We in Brisbane are pleased to let you all know that the fields are booked for the inaugural Bashionals tournament, to be held on 17-18 April 2010 (the weekend before Nationals)!
Why are you doing this?
With an increasing number of teams now making a run at Regionals but missing out on a trip to Nationals, we're excited to offer a second event to build your season around. In 2009, around 27 Open teams played Regionals, competed for 16 Nationals spots, and many folks had their season over in March after a handful of games. Bashionals is here to help!
What's Bashionals again?
Bashionals = B-Nationals, but with much more fun and Ultimate that's just as competitive. Moreso perhaps, because the teams will be much more of a similar level of skill and talent.
Why should I consider Bashionals?
More excitingly than Nationals, the field at Bashionals will likely be wide open. And better than Regionals, teams are likely to be of a similar level of talent, skill and depth. The winner of the inaugural B-Nationals event could indeed be YOU and will no doubt be held in high esteem!
Plus, Brisbane is a fine spot to come and play some Ultimate at. We'd love to have you visit.
Who can come?
The tournament is open to any team that isn't going to Nationals 2010. We will consider requests from any individual Nationals-bound player who wants to play in support of non-Nats team - eg a senior player or two leading/coaching/organising a developing or new team or club.
How will you confirm who's coming?
Invitations will be further sent out immediately after Regionals results are reported, with team deposits due by Friday 19 March. Bashionals will go ahead if at least six Open teams commit to playing, and confirmation will be made by Monday 22 March to allow people to plan etc.
We are also willing to run a Women's division if four teams are interested.
But you can register now if you want, at: http://afda.com/rego/showcompetition.php?competitionid=779
But I'm such a good player that I'll never be going to Bashionals!
We would also ask experienced/elite Nationals-bound players to get behind promoting Bashionals in your local area. The sorts of players who'll benefit from going to Bashionals rely on your support, encouragement and leadership. Your region or club's "B" team (and "C" team, and local league players) need you to get them going that step further than just 'making up the numbers' at your local Regionals - this is how you convert them into A team players! And of course, maybe one day you'll find yourself coming to Bashionals too!
What's this about a trophy?
Finally, there will be a sweet and perpetual trophy presented to the winners by the very important Secretary of the AFDA and the also very important President of QUDA - so yeah its serious and good!
Looking forward to it. More info as we get closer to the event, but we wanted to get everything onto everyone's season planning.