It’s time to take to the court for some riveting Grifball action!
Signups are now open for the third season of GrifballHub’s Good Games League (GGL) in Halo: Reach. If you’re an old veteran, you can jump right in and sign your team up here. If you’re new to this, read on for more information.
The GGL is a recreational Grifball league with a focus on one thing: Having fun! If you’re looking to have a good time, make some friends, and share some laughs, this is the league for you. Our league is very laid-back and welcoming to new players. Last season over 200 teams signed up for the league, most of whom had never played in a Reach Grifball league.
If you don’t have a team yet, don’t fret. You still have a week to find three other players for your squad. If you want to find other folks to play with, post in this thread. But be proactive! Send XBL messages and forum messages to other people who are also looking for a team.
If you have a team of four, you need to identify when you would like to play. Your team will be responsible for showing up every week, starting the week of May 23, at the time below of your choosing:
Mondays at 8:00PM EST
Tuesdays at 8:00PM EST
Wednesdays at 10:00PM EST
Thursdays at 10:00PM EST
Fridays at 11:00PM EST / Saturday at 1:00PM Australian EST
Saturdays at 2:00PM EST / 6:00PM GMT
Sundays at 7:00PM EST
After you sign up, your will receive an e-mail within 48 hours. Captains must reply to this e-mail before May 21 for their registration to be complete. If the captain does not reply, the team will not be included in the league. Captains should also review the official rules of the league.
If you choose a time, you are making a commitment to have your team online and ready to play at that time, every week for five weeks. You will play two games every week at the time you sign up for. If an unforeseen circumstances arise, and one or more of your players cannot make it to a weekly match, you can substitute in any league player you want to play for your team. If your entire squad can’t make it one week, you can also reschedule for another night or make up the game during the “makeup week”, which is the week after the five-week regular season.
Teams that register for the league will be placed into divisions of six teams each. Divisions will be set up based on team availability and and experience. Each squad will play every other team in their division twice, for a total of ten games over five weeks. At the end of the regular season, the top teams will move on to the playoffs. In the end, we will have one Grifball team standing atop the league.
Teams will be assigned one day a week to play their games. If your team is only free on Monday evenings, then your team will only be asked to play on Monday nights. Once the league begins, setting up the games couldn’t be easier: On your gamenight, check the schedule, invite the other team’s captain, set up the custom game, and play! You and your team will be provided with a fun, recreational Grifball experience every week! For more information on our gamenight procedure, check out this article.
Folks from around the world are welcome to join the league, too. However, teams from Europe must sign up for the Saturday at 6:00PM GMT time slot. Teams from Australia, surrounding Oceania, and Asia must sign up for the Fridays at 11:00PM EST / Saturday at 1:00PM Australian EST time slot. If you need help with timezones, check out this time zone converter.
If your team is looking for help learning the ropes of Grifball, check out our new GGL Grifball Mentor Program. We can get you hooked up with a veteran team to help you out. Post in this thread with your team’s details and we can give you a hand throughout the season.
Perhaps the best part about the league is that you are free to play on any Grifball map and gametype you want. The default gametype is GGL Dash 2011, and the default map is our outdoor court Sierra Vista (for a closer look at Sierra Vista, check out this article and video). The default gametype is a five-round timed game, just like in Matchmaking, but it includes both Sprint and Evade. But if you want to try out something else, you’re more than free to do so, as long as both captains in the match agree on the settings. Feel free to look around our Map and Gametype Resource Center. Or if Matchmaking settings are your thing, you can download the matchmaking maps and gametypes here. When it comes to how you play, teams are free to go nuts!
Finally, our recreational league has one more bonus: Grifball Achievements! Called “Achieveables”, these fun challenges are presented every week as something neat for your team to try during your weekly games. For example, we might challenge you to win the game with your entire team having an overall negative Kill/Death ratio. If you complete a challenge during the regular season and submit it, your team will be awarded GrifPoints. At the end of the season, the teams with the highest GrifScore will make the playoffs, regardless of their record! So you could lose every game (go 0-10), and still make it to the postseason! More information on our Achieveables is available in this detailed article.
If you have any questions about the league, our events, the maps and gametypes, or the Achieveables, please feel free to ask! You can fill out this contact form, leave a comment below, or post a question on our forums. If you’re looking for a mentor team to help you out, check out this thread.
If you’re looking for more Grifball, now is the perfect time to jump in! Signups are open for one week, so get your team together and sign up for the league!
See you on the court!