American Ultimate Disc League
|This article relies too much on references to primary sources. (November 2012)|
|Current season, competition or edition:
2015 American Ultimate Disc League season
|No. of teams||25|
|Country||United States, Canada|
|Most recent champion(s)||San Jose Spiders(1)|
The American Ultimate Disc League (AUDL) is one of two professional level ultimate frisbee leagues in North America, the other being Major League Ultimate. It was founded by Josh Moore, and its inaugural season began in April 2012 with eight teams. Regular season games are played on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays during the months of April through July. The playoffs consist of division championships and culminate with a championship game in late July.
The first AUDL game was won by the Connecticut Constitution on April 14, 2012 over the Rhode Island Rampage by a score of 29 to 22, and the first goal was scored by Brent Anderson of the Constitution. The first ever championship was held on July 11, 2012 and was won by the Philadelphia Spinners by a score of 29 to 22 over the Indianapolis AlleyCats.
In this first season, the league consisted of eight teams broken into the Eastern and Western conferences. Jonathan 'Goose' Helton of the AlleyCats was named league MVP for the inaugural season. Helton, alongside Evan Boucher, Cameron Brock, Rob Dulabon, Dave Hochholter, John Korber, and Jake Rainwater were named to the first All-AUDL Team.
For the 2013 season, the Indianapolis AlleyCats and the Detroit Mechanix were the only teams from the 2012 season to remain in their cities, while the Bluegrass Revolution relocated from Lexington, KY to Cincinnati, OH. Even with only three teams left, the league still managed to expand to twelve teams overall.
In 2014, the league expanded to 17 teams, including the introduction of the West Division. The league also reached a multi-year broadcasting deal with ESPN3 that covered 14 regular season games, a playoff game, and the Championship Weekend.
In 2015, the league expanded to its current 25 teams. The new expansion teams consisted of the Pittsburgh Thunderbirds, Ottawa Outlaws, Los Angeles Aviators, San Diego Growlers, Jacksonville Cannons, Nashville Nightwatch, Raleigh Flyers, Atlanta Hustle and Charlotte Express. In March of 2015, the Salt Lake Lions announced that they will be suspending operations for the entire 2015 season; leaving the West Conference with only 6 teams. Franchises were also purchased in Austin and Dallas which will be launched in 2016, making a total of 28 teams.
The AUDL features a number of rule changes from the traditional set of rules laid out and established by USA Ultimate.
The field area has been expanded to 53 1⁄3 yards wide and 80 yards long with 20 yard end zones (the same size as an American football field, but with the end zones taking up twice as much of the field as in American football). Games are timed with four quarters of 12 minutes each, including a 15-minute halftime. If the score is tied, a five minute overtime period is played. If the score remains tied after overtime, a second overtime is played in which the first team to score wins.
Notable changes from the USAU format include the use of referees, a drop in the stall count from 10 seconds to 7, a ten-yard penalty for traveling when catching the disc, and a turnover for traveling when throwing the disc. There are also other infractions, such as too much physicality, that result in 5-, 10-, or 20-yard penalties depending on the severity of the infraction.
As of the 2015 season, 25 active teams compete in four divisions: East, Midwest, West, and South. There are 21 teams from the continental United States and four from Canada.
|Buffalo Hunters||Orchard Park, NY||Orchard Park High School Sports Complex||2012||Rebranded in 2013 as Rochester Dragons|
|Columbus Cranes||Westerville, Ohio||Warhawks Stadium||2012||Folded after 2012 season|
|Connecticut Constitution||New Britain, CT||Arute Field||2012||Folded after 2012 season|
|New Jersey Hammerheads||West Windsor Township, NJ||Mercer County Community College Stadium||2013||Folded after 2013 season|
|Philadelphia Spinners||Philadelphia, PA||Franklin Field||2012||Left after 2012 season Joined MLU in 2013|
|Rhode Island Rampage||East Providence, RI||Pierce Memorial Field||2012||Folded after 2012 season|
|Bluegrass Revolution||Cincinnati, OH||Sheakley Athletic Center||2012||Rebranded in 2013 to Cincinnati Revolution|
|Seattle Raptors||Seattle, WA||Renton Memorial Stadium||2014||Rebranded in 2015 to Seattle Cascades|
|2012||August 11, 2012||Philadelphia Spinners||29–22||Indianapolis AlleyCats||Pontiac Silverdome||Pontiac, MI|
|2013||August 4, 2013||Toronto Rush||16–14||Madison Radicals||Lane Tech Stadium||Chicago, IL|
|2014||July 27, 2014||San Jose Spiders||28–18||Toronto Rush||Varsity Stadium||Toronto, ON|
|2012||Jonathan "Goose" Helton||Indianapolis AlleyCats|
|2013||Jonathan "Goose" Helton||Chicago Wildfire|
|2014||Beau Kittredge||San Jose Spiders|
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