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Bama Secs (@bamasecs) is a popular social media outlet and blog that focuses on ultimate in the south. In 2016 they created an all-star team of college men’s players named the Bama Secs Select (BSS) to challenge the Atlanta Hustle in an AUDL format exhibition game in Grady Stadium. The game proved to be an exciting display of talent with both teams battling into overtime. The Hustle prevailed with a narrow one-point victory.
Looking to build on the huge success of last year’s inaugural game and livestream, the two groups have devised a new format that allows them to include and showcase the talents of the women’s division as well.
Bama Secs will expand their Select roster this year to include both the top female and male college players in the Southeast.
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“Ozone is very excited to partner with the Hustle for this year's futures game, ‘“ said Sophie Darch (@sdarch10). “This is a fantastic opportunity to showcase all-star college players, women's ultimate, and the Atlanta frisbee community. We are looking forward to a continued relationship with the Hustle and the AUDL in their effort to promote gender equity in our sport. “
Hannah Leathers (@hLeath) added, "Something unique about this initiative is that the Hustle came to us with the idea. It's important to note that in order to make strides in gender equity, women need allies other than female advocates to take action. The Hustle is certainly thinking differently about how to approach their relationship with female athletes this year, and we hope this game sets a great example of an action that can be taken!"
You are probably wondering, how is it going to work? This year the Atlanta Hustle will pair with the BSS Women and Atlanta Ozone will pair with the BSS Men to compete against each other. The teams will play four single gender quarters instead of playing coed and each pair of teams will combine their scores. The men and women will alternate which quarters they play based on a pre-game flip. For example, Ozone vs BSS Women in quarters 1 & 3, Hustle vs BSS Men in quarter 2 & 4, etc. The pair of teams with the highest aggregate score at the end of four quarters wins. If overtime is needed, then the genders will alternate playing points for a five-minute period.
The game will be played on an AUDL field with key AUDL rules - 4 timed quarters, stall 7, yardage penalties, etc. A full set of rules will be posted later. The game will include game advisors with the power to make some active calls.
“I think the format speaks for itself. This is going to be really interesting and exciting to our fans, “ said General Manager John Boezi. “As far as we know, no one has ever tried anything like this before.”
“The Hustle’s mission is to amplify ultimate by entertaining fans with high level competition and showcasing the sport’s unique values. We believe this new format aligns perfectly with our goals and those of the community. It will showcase elite athletes of both genders playing the sport at the highest level in a way that is designed for fans. “
This game coincides with Atlanta's premier high school tournament, AFDC Junior’s Terminus. Sophie Darch says, “We are pumped to support these high school athletes during the day and provide a showcase opportunity for them Saturday evening. Should be an exciting weekend for ultimate fans in Atlanta! “
Shout out to 2016 Ozone captain Emily Lloyd (@elloyd86)who was instrumental for this project.