While the current season of the American Grifball League of America (AGLA) enters the post-season, and the lucky few are able to enjoy their new Xbox Ones on launch day, we will begin the Winter 2014 season of GrifballHub’s other Grifball league: The Good Games League (GGL)!
Team signups for our 14th GGL season will open on Friday, November 22 and will run through Friday, November 29. Games will begin the week of December 2.
The GGL is also a league with a blanket prohibition on malicious trash talk and personal attacks. GrifballHub is very proud to provide a safe environment for all players, regardless of their skill or experience, to make new friends and enjoy the Sport of the Future.
For the GGL, entire teams sign up together. Individuals cannot sign up by themselves, and every team that registers must have at least four players. If you are a player looking for a team, check out these forums.
The regular season will last for five weeks. Teams will be placed into divisions with other teams with their availability and at their level of experience. If you’re new, you won’t be going up against the Grifball pros, but rather you will be playing with other new teams.
Every team will play two games per week for five weeks at a set time, for a total of ten games. This is a great way to make friends in your division and in the Grifball community. You will get to fill your friends’ list with other Grifballers and have great people with which to play more Grifball games! After the regular season, the top teams will advance to the playoffs.
When you sign up, you will be given a choice of gamenights. Your team can choose from:
When we place your team in a division, you are to play every game of the regular season at that assigned time.
Let’s walk through an example:
Your team normally gets online to play Halo every Monday evening. So when you sign up for the Grifball league, you pick the Mondays at 8:00PM EST time slot. Once registration closes on November 29, you will be placed into a division with five other teams that can also play on Mondays at 8:00PM EST.
We will give you a schedule that tells you who to play each week. You will get online with your team every Monday night (December 2, December 9, December 16, December 23, and December 30) and play two games of Grifball through the Custom Games lobby: One against your first opponent for the week, and one against your second opponent of the week. This means you will play two games per week for five weeks, for a total of ten games over the course of the regular season. You will only be required to play on your chosen night.
If you are unable to play your games one week due to a conflict (such as a holiday commitment), fear not! You can make up your missed games at any time that works for both teams involved. You can also play any missed games during our special “make-up week”, which is a week-long buffer between the end of the regular season and the start of playoffs.
Although we can’t directly place you on a team, we can help you meet new people, including captains that are looking for new players.
Your first stop should be to post in the Recruiting forum. Be sure to include your gamertag and any other important information you can, such as your availability and experience.
If you are the enterprising sort, you can even start your own team! Call up your friends, or go to the Free Agents forum. Be proactive — contact other free agents and try to put together a team of four or more for the league.
Finally, just keep an eye on GrifballHub events for chances to meet other Grifballers. Become active in the community, get noticed by other Grifballers, and you may soon find yourself on a squad!
Want a challenge? Why not consider our Veterans’ Division?
This past season ten top-tier teams battled it out in our Veterans’ Divisions, where they played several times a week against the most difficult opponents. Three of the Final Four teams were from the Veteran Divisions, as well as both the teams in the championship game.
The Veterans’ Division is 100% completely voluntary. It’s open to teams with a proven track record of playing their games and playing by the rules. Generally speaking, this means teams with six or more seasons of league experience. If a team has fewer than six seasons, but believes they have a strong history of playing Grifball, they can register.
These voluntary divisions will have up to six teams each, and teams will play between 20 and 30 games over the course of the season. Teams should have a flexible schedule and some backup players. You see, regular season games in the Veterans’ Divisions will never be postponed. There will be no make-up week, no free scheduling. Teams are expected to get on at gametime and play. If a team does not show, that team will receive a loss.
Relatedly, games in the veteran divisions will all be eligible to be streamed. Since all the scheduling is set-in-stone, we will be able to more easily set up a streamer for the match and show the game to a wider audience! Teams should enter with the assumption that any of their games may be streamed.
Not everything will be different for the veteran divisions, though: Everyone can still go for Achieveables. And both the veteran divisions and the classic divisions will feed into the same playoff bracket for the post-season.
If you are a veteran team who does not have the availability for these special divisions, or if you would rather stick with the regular set up, that’s okay! The normal 10 game season is available for all teams, from the newest newbies to the most grizzled geezers.
See you on the court!