2019 Masters League

League Type: 
Hat
Price: 
$65.00
Registration Opens: 
2019-03-15 09:00
League Starts: 
2019-05-13 to 2019-08-12
Game Time: 
Monday 6:15pm
Location: 
Battle Creek Elementary School
60 Ruth St S
St Paul, MN 55119
Options
Teams: 
10

I Don't See a Register Link!

  • In order to register you must be logged into your TCUL account.  The login is located at the top of the leftside task bar.  If you don't have a TCUL account you can create one there as well.  Once logged in, each league page will include a Register button at the top.
  • Also, if you're a male looking to register for the coed league lottery, you need to register on the lottery page here

General Information

Below are some general facts about Year #3 of Masters League in TCUL, some of which will be explained in detail further down on this page. Keep in mind that the goal of Masters League is to provide an opportunity for older players to continue playing the game against players of similar skill and age. Spirit Of The Game is expressly encouraged, along with post-game cheers, and compassion for fellow players:

  • Eligibility:
    • Women 30+ by 12/31/2019
    • Men 33+ by 12/31/2019
  • Co-ed
  • Rosters will be 10 men / 7 women
  • Maximum of 12 teams
  • Teams will be selected randomly (Hat-League) 
  • Season runs for 12 weeks from May 13 to August 12 - no games on Memorial Day or during the 4th of July week
  • Games begin at 6:15pm
  • Games will be played on Monday nights
  • Locations: Battle Creek Elementary School in Saint Paul and St. Clair Community Center (Plaid Fields). During the first two weeks, some games will also be at Friendly Hills & Moreland Elementary
  • Cost = $65 (includes fields, t-shirt, and other wonderful things such as insurance, Paypal fees, cones, ice packs, etc.)
  • Most importantly, you do not need to be in top shape to play Masters League. See the section titled "Competitive vs Fun League" for more information

Registration

Register and pay for the league online. Registration for men entering the lottery begins March 15. Payment will take place through Paypal but you do not need to have a Paypal account in order to pay by credit card. We strongly encourage everyone to ensure that they can  login prior to the registration period. The lottery sign-up for co-ed leagues will occur from March 15 to March 22 (please note, your lottery odds do not change based on the day you complete this form, thus signing up on the 15th has equal odds to signing up on the 22nd).  This lottery sign-up period is only for MEN who wish to participate in one (or more) of the co-ed leagues and WOMEN who are carpooling with a man to ensure both are entered into the same league. Information on the lottery can be found here.  For women interested in participating in any co-ed leagues and who are not carpooling with a man, you may register any time during open registration or during the lottery period. Open league (post-lottery) registration will open on March 25th for all co-ed leagues and men's leagues. Women are encouraged to sign-up early for the co-ed league(s) they are interested in - invite your friends, family and teammates! 

If you would like to captain, please indicate so during the registration process. Volunteering to captain does not guarantee a spot in the league. If the website says that registration is OPEN but you don't see the "Register" button on this page, check your account profile to make sure your correct birth year is displayed. Players not recognized as being 30+ years old will not see the "Register" button.

Refunds

Every effort will be made to refund registration fees if a player realizes that they can no longer play before registration closes. However, after registration closes, no refunds will be processed.

Schedule / Timing

Masters League will run for twelve weeks from mid-May to mid-August. Fields will be available at 6pm with all games beginning at 6:15pm. We need to be off the fields by 8:30pm so there will be a hard cap at 8:20pm. Once the current scoring attempt is completed, the game ends unless the score is tied. If tied, play continues until one additional goal is scored (universe point). There will be no game on Memorial Day (5/27) or on the Monday during the Fourth of July week (7/1). Playoffs occur during the last two weeks with the top four teams playing one another and the bottom six playing one another. Each team will play most of the other teams at least once.

Fields

Games will be played at the following locations:

Week 1:  Battle Creek Middle School (3 fields) and Friendly Hills Middle School (2 fields)

Week 2:  Battle Creek Middle School (3 fields) and Moreland Elementary School (2 fields)

Weeks 3-12:  Battle Creek Middle School (3 fields) and Plaid / St Clare Community Center (2 fields)

Competitive vs Fun League - Can't It Be Both?

No league is perfect. Masters League was created in order to provide an opportunity for older players to still compete without playing against those in their late-teens to early 30s. In it's first years of existence, Masters League has fielded players in their 40s, 50s, and one who was 60+. That said, the other 60% of the league was in their 30s. There has been competitve play out there but also the ability to match up against players of any age/skill. As a TCUL league, expect games to be competitive yet fun at an older, slower pace. This is not a masters club league! Players just entering masters age should understand that players and teams aren't able to play as hard/competitive as they used to. Players at the far end of the masters spectrum should understand that there are still fast players out there who want to play hard and win games. Younger players need to lower their expectations. Older players need to dig deep and play to the best of their abilities. If everybody understands the capabilities and desires of their teammates, this can be a very enjoyable league!

Masters League Frustration = (Eroding skill level + age)/self-awareness

Rosters

Normal summer league rosters contain nine men and six women (9M/6F). Knowing that masters league is comprised of more parents and players with diminishing stamina, we added one of each gender to the rosters (10M/7F).

Rules

All USAU 11th Edition rules apply to Masters League (including the ability to play zone defense all season) with the following exception:

  • Players are able to call a brief equipment timeout which does not count as a team timeout
  • Children can play some points with a parent, subject to a pre-game captains agreement
  • Players self-identify their birth year via the TCUL website, therefore we generally follow the honor system for age verification. If a player or substitute player's age is questioned, one of the captains can ask a Masters Board member to verify age before or immediately after a game. In such a case, yes, we will card you. For 2019, your birth year must be 1986 for men or 1989 for women
  • Substitute players are allowed regardless of a team being savage or not. Captains should get a sense of how many points their players are capable or willing to play, and find suitable subs accordingly. The goal should be to maximize playing time for those that paid and want to play. Subs must meet all of the masters requirements and should not be a high caliber player. Subs are meant to supplement a team struggling with numbers, not to enhance a team's chances of winning. All subs should be announced to the opposing captain(s) before the game, preferably by email or text but in person if necessary.
  • The receiving team will determine if the current point will be played with 4 men and 3 women or 4 women and 3 men. The pulling team must match the gender ratio of the receiving team (the "Offense Decides Rule"). If the pulling team has 4 women or less available to play, they do not need to match

Playoffs

The league will employ a bracket playoff system, the same as the other summer leagues.

Weather Policy

Who doesn't love a good thunderstorm or a fun mud game? Well, old people and neither do our field providers. We will follow the motto of "If you can see it (lightning) flee it; if you can hear it (thunder), clear it." The best place to avoid getting struck by lightning is in a bar. Please head to one. Field providers will notify the league by 2pm if the fields are too wet/muddy for games to be played. We will get out a notice on the TCUL website and Facebook pages to announce all cancelations.

Lost & Found

Please give any abandoned items to a committee member (see below) and conversely, email the league with any Lost & Found inquiries. All Lost & Found items will be displayed next to the shotput fence in the NW corner of the ultimate fields.

The After Bar

The official Master's league bar is Obb's Sports Bar & Grill, located at 1347 Burns Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55106. Please wait until at the bar to enjoy adult beverages and the like. School/park grounds are never a place to imbibe.

The Masters Committee

Masters League came together with a lot of hard work from Geoff Daniel, Carole Norris, Andrew Barry, and Andy Kahn in addition to various TCUL board members. Feel free to congratulate us, berate us, or offer kind suggestions for league improvement. We can also take lost & found items if they are brought to our attention, or verify ages upon request.