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The ringer point race is designed to give teams the ability to strategically affect the performance of the opposing team. In addition, it creates even more excitement and intensity in the sport with it’s player vs player structure.

This race is a head-to-head skills test between two single players of opposing teams. Each team will have the chance to prior to a match select from a pre-determined list.

Every match will contain 2 ringer point races with each team choosing one. A player may only be used ONCE for a Ringer Point Race per season and a team may only choose a single test once in the season

The scoring will be two points for the winner, one point for the loser if under the time cap or zero points for hitting the time cap. The time cap will be variable based on the winner’s score. The second place player must finish within 20% of the winners time to stay within the cap.

The strategy and new spectacle of the Ringer Point Race will be a blast to see. Get your tickets for the 2021 Season NOW.

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Florida Grid League Season Opener 2021 https://thefgl.com/florida-grid-league-season-opener-2021/ Mon, 24 May 2021 18:29:56 +0000 https://thefgl.com/?p=17787 The post Florida Grid League Season Opener 2021 appeared first on Florida Grid League.

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After a cancelled season due to the global pandemic and a shortened tournament that left everyone in the GRID ecosystem wanting more, we are just weeks away from the highly anticipated 2021 Florida Grid League Season. 

The new season will feature tons of new talent, new sponsor support, new media distribution, new event partners, and new chances for people to play and get involved with the sport of GRID.

The season kicks off in a full weekend event partnered with Europa Games on July 2nd & 3rd at the Orange County Convention Center. 

Event details are as follows:

 

FGL Matches

All 8 Florida Grid League teams will be in attendance to kick off the season in exciting inter-conference play. Inter-conference rarely happens unless it is the championship match, and the matchups are set between teams that have never played each other before. One match will be Friday night and the other three matches will be on Saturday. You can view all 4 matches for the price of one expo entry fee. It will be exciting and fun to watch with great matchups. All matchups and schedule will be announced soon.  These matches will not be livestreamed – the only way to watch is in person! 

 

Gym vs Gym GRID matches

The Gym vs Gym GRID matches are a great opportunity for gyms of all levels to sign up since any level athlete can play. Teams of 8-12 players representing their home gym will go head-to-head in a friendly yet exciting GRID match. The abilities within a team will range a lot. The gyms might have some of their best athletes in the gym play on the team along with those who are inexperienced competitors or those who would not typically compete. This is an incredible community building opportunity since the whole gym will work together, network with other gyms, and have a lot of fun. If you’re interested in bringing your gym to play GRID, email staff@thefgl.com for details. 

 

Full Fitness EXPO

The Europa Games fitness expo will feature over 300 exhibitors, 60,000 attendees and multiple sports including: physique competitions, cheerleading and dance, powerlifting, grappling and karate tournaments and GRID.

expo link: https://www.ubuexpo.com/cities/orlando/

 

How to be a part of it if you are not playing.

There are a lot of opportunities to help operate the event from being a referee to helping with equipment and working with logistics. If you are interested in contributing and being part of the sport, then apply to be a referee or join our staff in the link below.

FGL Staff

 

 

 

Apply to be a Referee: https://gridreferee.com/

Join Our Staff: https://thefgl.com/work/

Learn more about Europa Games: https://thefgl.com/europa-2021/

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2021 Season Preview https://thefgl.com/2021-season-preview/ Tue, 16 Feb 2021 20:39:22 +0000 https://thefgl.com/?p=17258 The post 2021 Season Preview appeared first on Florida Grid League.

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Welcome to the 2021 Season!  As of this writing, we are currently in the ‘player signing’ period.  This is the time of the Off Season where teams have the ‘first right’ to re-negotiate with their current players.  Once the signing period has passed, any players who have not already been signed are considered free agents and may talk to other teams if desired. 

Next up, we’ll be participating in the American Grid Trials, hosted by the American Grid Association.  This is a series of 12 short, fast tests, meant to showcase an athlete’s strengths, and how those strengths would translate to playing GRID.  Anybody in the world can participate in the trials, and each test has a $100 prize for the best performance, AND $100 if you beat the best FGL player too. (Fun fact, last year one man, Griffin Roelle won $1,000 over the course of the Trials…not too shabby for a couple of 5 minute tests).  Teams will be using these results to recruit new talent for their teams in the upcoming season.  Every year we see more and more players from out of state, and out of the USA…we’re excited to see how many will participate and where they come from this year!

We’re still solidifying many of the details for the 2021 season, but here’s what we know so far…

  • Timeframe is looking like early July through the Fall, with a Championship event sometime in September or October. 
  • We’ll shoot to have some inter-conference play this year
  • We’re going to experiment with conference event formats…potentially double headers?! Our goals are to provide an excellent experience to our players and fans, so we’ll continue to figure out the best timeframes and parameters to work within. 
  • The As 1 Tournament featured shorter matches clocking in at about 1 hour which went over extremely well with the players, staff, and fans.  We’ll be trying those out during the Season as well. 
  • We have a completely new way to earn points we’ll be announcing that will showcase our specialists more than ever before. 
  • And so much more!  

As for COVID, we’re not sure how that’s going to affect our spectator situation, but we are investigating broadcasting as many matches as we can, so that people can watch whether or not they feel comfortable attending in person.  We hope to have in-person spectators again, with safe COVID guidelines in place – but it’s too early to make that determination yet.  

Interested in playing on a team?  Be sure to sign up for notifications about the American Grid Trials coming this Spring.  

What are you most excited for this season?

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The As 1 Tournament – December 2020 https://thefgl.com/the-as-1-tournament-recap/ Tue, 02 Feb 2021 15:28:02 +0000 https://thefgl.com/?p=17200 The post The As 1 Tournament – December 2020 appeared first on Florida Grid League.

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What do you do when you’re a sports league and are not allowed to host events?  When the COVID-19 pandemic hit in early 2020, the Florida Grid League was about to start their 4th season…players had been signed, sponsors were supporting them, and plans were made.  But as we all know, 2020 had different plans and we joined the tens of thousands of cancelled events and businesses thrown into upheaval that year.  

Soon after, we watched as the US and the world became embroiled in unrest after the video of George Floyd’s death.  We saw fighting, violence, and division overtake our country worse than we’ve seen in our lifetimes and we mourned the country we thought we knew.  

But as summer brought lower numbers of COVID cases and we clarified how we wanted to help our fellow Americans we decided that the sport of GRID was needed more than ever.  GRID inherently promotes equality, diversity and unity more than any other sport in history, and it is our vision to change the way society thinks about human capability, teamwork, and equality.

So we decided to host the As 1 Tournament in December – a weekend long ‘season’ where all 8 FGL teams would come together for the first time in history.  We made careful adjustments to the schedule, our processes and requirements in order to keep everyone safe from COVID, and we designed a logo and brand around the tournament that communicated how we feel the world would ideally function – all of us, as one big team, working together towards a common goal. 

In the months leading up to December, the tournament gained traction, attracting talent from all over the country and even internationally.  Despite the risks, teams and players were excited to be able to have some semblance of  normalcy and to work towards something important again – taking home the As 1 tournament championship with their team.  Coaches were signing players, strategizing how to best perform in this new tournament style, and excitement was building. 

Others took notice, and soon we had sponsors reaching out, wanting to be involved, and broadcast stations interested in bringing GRID to a larger audience.  The pressure to make this event a success became more intense because we knew we had the largest audience ever.

And then we hit a wall….around Thanksgiving, COVID numbers were skyrocketing around the country again, and we began to have players and staff pull out.  All teams and the league were scrambling to find enough people to participate in the event, which was frustrating because the interest level was at an all time high!  Understandably, people were just nervous about the pandemic and putting themselves or their families at risk.  The week before the event, both of our Chief Refs had to pull out because of exposure, and some teams still did not have enough players to field a full team. 

FGL Staff

But as with any other challenge we’ve ever faced, the entire FGL team pulled together and found a way.  By the time the tournament weekend rolled around, we were ready to execute.  And it. Was. Awesome.  

 

The entire weekend was filled with energy, positive vibes, teamwork, incredible highs, tight races, devastating losses…basically the very best of team sports.  We had not one, but TWO GRIDlocked matches, which was the first time in FGL history.  Just about all the feedback from players, fans watching on the livestream, and staff was – this was the best event we’ve ever done.  After so many challenges and so many nerves on whether or not we could (or should) pull this off, at the end of the weekend it was more clear than ever that GRID is the best sport in the world, and it is exactly what the world needs right now.  

 

What was your favorite part of the As 1 Tournament?

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Andrea Valdez describes how transitioning to GRID training benefited her as an athlete and bodybuilder https://thefgl.com/bodybuilder-andrea-valdez-describes-how-transitioning-to-grid-training-benefited-her-as-an-athlete-and-bodybuilder/ Tue, 29 Sep 2020 23:27:50 +0000 https://thefgl.com/?p=16582 The post Andrea Valdez describes how transitioning to GRID training benefited her as an athlete and bodybuilder appeared first on Florida Grid League.

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Andrea Valdez describes how transitioning to GRID training benefited her as an athlete and bodybuilder

Andrea Valdez is a bodybuilder, coach, former gymnast and writer. In the past, she wrote a great article that is a window into how incorporating GRID Training or any new form of training can benefit an athlete mentally and physically in ways they didn’t expect.

While the version of GRID she was training for in 2016 was different, most of the concepts she references in the snippets below apply. We did highlight what we felt were the most relevant components of the article for our version of GRID Training which is outlined on this page here. If you want to read her full article, follow the link at the end of the article.

A clip describing her introduction to the sport:

I stumbled upon this sport because I needed something to do in the years between bodybuilding shows, but it is by no means a mere placeholder. This is an entirely new goal that stands alone for me.

In fact, while the search for a new athletic endeavor was at first “what could I do for the next year or two while I put on some size before it’s time to diet again”, has now ended up as “here is this new thing I am obsessed with and I will not stop until it is no longer an option to continue.”

Yes, I love training for GRID that much.

Here she describes how it is different from what she is used to:

GRID is a crazy mix of strength, skill acquisition, speed, and short-term endurance, which basically feeds into every part of athleticism that I love.

It’s also why I pretty much know that when I DO compete in bodybuilding again (whether that’s 5 or 15 years from now), I will never go back to how I was training for bodybuilding before. I have learned that I mentally and emotionally thrive on a mix of lifts and movements that are fun, challenging, and exciting. Olympic lifting is now one of my favorite things in the world, and those are skills that I would hate to lose or regress in by cutting them out of my programming.

Describing the effects of incorporating GRID Training:

I’m not saying this is a “better” way of training, but it sure has been an eyeopener as to what I am capable of. Sure, my lower half has grown tremendously, but this may also have a lot to do with my nutritional intake, as discussed above.

It has also opened my eyes as a bodybuilding coach and has lead me to push my athletes a bit more in certain areas to see if we can possibly get more out of them, too. Some athletes do not need this nudge, but others have seemed to benefit. The way I now see it, if one of my athletes has the time and energy in their off-season to make an effort in generating strength and size gains just a little bit faster, then why not give it a go? It’s just another tool in the toolbox and another experiment to collect data going forth.

Her summary of what GRID Training did for her. Keep in mind she had a close relationship with a coach and changed up her nutrition as well:

Discovering GRID was the only way that I could let go of my constant need to over-monitor and over-analyze the daily state of my physical appearance. Sure, it is now an entirely new obsession, but it is a much more productive obsession.

I now train to acquire skills, not to put on muscle. I now eat more to perform, not eat less in fear of losing my leanness. Both of these statements are incredibly ironic, as I am now finally in a state where I have been acquiring more muscle mass than ever before and am leaner than my previous off-season figure physique ever was.

Make sure you check out our newly launched, weekly GRID Training program!

Follow Andrea Valdez on Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/andreavaldez/

If you’d like to read her full article click this link here.

More about our sport below:
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WHAT IS GRID? It is a true team sport where players accomplish feats of athleticism in a game consisting of several short, fast, and extremely exciting races.  Men and women compete together on the same team and players showcase their strengths as their role on their team. Each race is made up of a series of movements.

In GRID, overall fitness is not a requirement to excel. Specialists (often focused on a certain range of movements) thrive just as much as utility players (often well rounded and generally fit). The strength of the team overall is how well they are coached, strategize, gel together, and are properly suited physically to perform well. Want to play?

Learn more here – https://thefgl.com/season-players

Watch the 2018 Championship Team story – https://youtu.be/3yvoMLhu2GY 

 

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Kelly Valdez (AKA Kelly Alyssa) former Florida Grid League competes in Titan Games https://thefgl.com/kelly-valdez-aka-kelly-alyssa-former-florida-grid-league-competes-in-titan-games/ Sat, 20 Jun 2020 23:15:56 +0000 https://thefgl.com/?p=16221 The post Kelly Valdez (AKA Kelly Alyssa) former Florida Grid League competes in Titan Games appeared first on Florida Grid League.

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Kelly Valdez (AKA Kelly Alyssa) former Florida Grid League competes in Titan Games

Kelly Valdez (IG handle @kellyalysssa) crushed it in her Titan Games debut with multiple victories including Jessie Graff.

This former Miami Freak utility player (highlights shown from her time on the Freaks) served in the US Coast Guard out of Key West and would travel up to Miami to compete with her team. She since moved to California where she is currently a wildland firefighter.

Kelly is a sweetheart off the GRID but a badass on it and was a big contributor to her Freaks team. We are thankful for her time with us and proud of her for her incredible recent athletic success as a Titan! Be sure to tune in to see her compete again on the Titan Games broadcasts every Monday at 8:00 EST on NBC.

Her Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/kellyalysssa/

Watch this clip of here competing – https://youtu.be/r1jLJsB9wOU

 

 WHAT IS GRID? It is a true team sport where players accomplish feats of fitness in a game consisting of several short, fast, and extremely exciting races.  Men and women compete together on the same team and players showcase their strengths as their role on their team. We often get asked, what is the difference between GRID vs CrossFit? The main thing is, CrossFit (according to them) is a training methodology first, a competition second. We are a sport first. A coed team sport in which two teams race head to in a match consisting of 11 different races. Each race is made up of a series of movements. In GRID, overall fitness is not a requirement to excel. Specialists (often focused on a certain range of movements) thrive just as much as utility players (often well rounded and generally fit). The strength of the team overall is how well they are coached, strategize, gel together, and are properly suited physically to perform well. Want to play?

Learn more here – https://thefgl.com/season-players

Watch the 2018 Championship Team story – https://youtu.be/3yvoMLhu2GY 

 

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How To Perform the Butterfly Muscle up by Paula Leyes. Video Tutorial is released https://thefgl.com/how-to-perform-the-butterfly-muscle-up-by-paula-leyes-is-released/ Wed, 13 May 2020 16:06:03 +0000 https://thefgl.com/?p=16191 The post How To Perform the Butterfly Muscle up by Paula Leyes. Video Tutorial is released appeared first on Florida Grid League.

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How To Perform the Butterfly Muscle up by Paula Leyes. Video Tutorial is released

The butterfly muscle-up is a very important movement in the sport of GRID as it gives a team a huge advantage in speed when a player is performing them instead of regular kipping muscle ups.

The movement was fairly unknown until this clip below went viral on Paula Leyes Instagram in 2019. 

Others have brought the movement to life in the past such as CrossFit Games athlete Alec Smith shown here performing them.

When Paula was first learning the butterfly muscle-up she tried to find resources online about how to do it and none existed. So we made one with her!

Video introduction:

Learn how to perform the butterfly muscle up with Florida Grid League MVP Paula Leyes of the Miami Freaks. She breaks down the movement into portions and walks through a 6 step progression to master the movement.

The butterfly muscle-up is one of the most sought after movements in the sport of GRID and in the Florida Grid League. Paula is the first female ever to perform them in the League. She is also the first-ever female MVP in the Florida Grid League.

Huge thank you to our official equipment sponsor Valor Fitness for making this video and our League possible – Website – http://valorfitness.com/ 

Watch the video here:

Here is the video transcript for those that cannot watch with sound at the moment or to reference while in the gym:

“The butterfly muscle up is a movement used in the sport of GRID. Be safe and only attempt it if you are proficient in other forms of muscle ups. It is for competition, not for everyday training.

The difference from a regular muscle up is the elimination of two parts of the movement which speeds it up. The first is the dip press out which you can see here. The butterfly MU is already at the top while the regular has yet to press out.

The second elimination is the backswing. You can see after the top of the muscle up on the butterfly side, I go directly into the forward swing for the next one while the regular kip first has a backswing before beginning that motion.

A regular speed comparison shows how you can perform 2-3 butterfly muscle ups in the time it takes to do one regular. This speed is a huge advantage in the sport of GRID.

Let me break down the butterfly muscle up into parts so it’s easier to understand what you need to develop.

  • The first part is a full body arch that leads to the front swing. Don’t break at the knees to keep full body tension.
  • Then at this point you see an aggressive ring pull towards the hips
  • Ride that momentum to the catch at the top in the L-sit position
  • While at the top… kick backward, leading with the heels
  • as you reach back start to push out with the rings and open them up
  • As you start to open the rings push your chest forward and lead with it to continue into the next full body arch and subsequent pull

I recommend a 6 step progression to build up to the parts of the movement you will need.

  • The first thing is to practice your L-sit hold on the rings until you can hold it for at least 15 seconds

  • The next step is eliminating the dip portion of the kipping MU. Focus on aggressively achieving height with your kip so you can land at or close to the top of the dip

  • to develop the feeling of skipping the back swing start at the bottom of the dip, swing the feet back leading with the heels and push the rings out and chest forward to swing forward into another low catch.

  • As you start to get used to that, try catching higher and higher but only using that front swing at the bottom. Just one rep at a time

  • Then start looking to catch in that L-sit position at the top so it is easier to swing the feet back and start the next one and string them together

  • Then put it all together and you have a high speed butterfly muscle up!”

 

Here is Paula’s information including her core workout programming:

Check out her Core From Home Program – https://www.corefromhome.com/

Follow her on Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/pau.leyes/

And on YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/user/paulaleyes

 

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A new Southern Conference team is awarded to Shay Nissim, Isaias Torres, and Bryleigh Hansen https://thefgl.com/a-new-southern-conference-team-is-awarded-to-shay-nissim-isaias-torres-and-bryleigh-hansen/ Thu, 16 Jan 2020 01:28:12 +0000 https://thefgl.com/?p=12912 The post A new Southern Conference team is awarded to Shay Nissim, Isaias Torres, and Bryleigh Hansen appeared first on Florida Grid League.

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2020 kicks off with a brand new team announcement in the Southern Conference. The new GRID team will compete in the Season starting in May. They will play in a regular Season, Playoffs, and Championship for a $20k Grand Prize. Learn more about the FGL Season here.

Shay Nissim is a long time supporter of the League and is the mind behind putting the team together. He says of the opportunity:

“I have been following and supporting the League for a few years and when the opportunity to get involved as a team owner came up, I jumped on it.  I love the sport, the community, and believe whole heartedly in potential of the League. I can’t wait to get started”

Shay’s first order of business was to recruit head coach Isaias Torres and his team captain in Bryleigh Hansen who has played in the League for years with the Tampa Bay Brigade.

Bryleigh stated about the opportunity:

“It was incredibly difficult to leave the team I got started in the sport with. But, I love the idea and challege of helping a new team get started and I felt the opportunity was too great and could not say no. I am very excited to try out a new conference and help the team grow”

Isaias has been in the South Florida CrossFit community for years and mentions why he got involved:

“I’ve been coaching CrossFit for 7 years and with my background in MMA, I felt this opportunity yielded a chance to get back into sports and competing in a way that I love. I’m excited to build a great team culture and compete with the other great teams in the South”

If you are interested in playing for or being involved with the new team to be named the “South Beach Palms” (branding announced soon) contact them through their IG page here.

 

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Northern Conference Week 4 Recap https://thefgl.com/north-conference-week-4/ Thu, 08 Aug 2019 18:08:55 +0000 https://thefgl.com/?p=11705 The post Northern Conference Week 4 Recap appeared first on Florida Grid League.

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Match format – Fuji.

The 4:00 REDEMPTION MATCH – Jacksonville Steel vs Orlando Aces 

This match was an opportunity to test out a couple new race formats and new movements.  Were you there and have feedback?  We’d love to hear what you thought!  

6:30pm North Conference Finals – Tampa Bay Brigade vs SWFL Sharks

After one of the most exciting and intense matches we’ve ever witnessed, we wanted to give a more detailed recap of what happened in each race.  

Race 1. Partner forward –

After falling behind in the first two quadrants, multiple faults called on the Brigade on the dumbbell pistol thrusters (non supporting foot touching ground early) allows the Sharks to surpass the Brigade and take the race.

Score – Sharks 2 / Brigade 1

 

 

Race 2. Mirror –

The Brigade took an early slight lead and held it to the win. In the 4th quadrant, the male Shark dropped the barbell prior to the female finishing her reps and the team was required to run back to the start line. This did not affect the outcome as the Sharks still finished the race under the cap.

Score – Sharks 3 / Brigade 3

Race 3+4. Female echo –

Both teams were efficient with the strength based movements, but struggled on the bodyweight movements. The Brigade failed multiple reps on the med ball muscle ups but got through them, while the Sharks stalled completely on them in both races leading to non completions and 0 points in both.

Score – Sharks 3 / Brigade 7

Race 5+6 Male echo –

The efficiency on the deficit free standing hand stand pushups proved to be a huge advantage for the Sharks and they used it to win the first male echo. On the second, however, the final rep of the medball muscle ups was failed multiple times allowing the Brigade to catch up from the HSPU advantage and take the second male echo.

Score – Sharks 6 / Brigade 10
*** a 4 point advantage at this stage is a huge lead, especially with the ladder coming up as the Brigade is the dominant team in the League at the Ladder race***

Race 6 Ladder –

The Sharks took a surprising win in the Ladder due to a couple of misses in the 4th quadrant by the Brigade. The spread being 4 points (less than 10) means that the Brigade was able to retain a point, while the Sharks received 2 for the race.

Score – Sharks 8 / Brigade 11

Race 8 Jack and Jill –

Mistakes were made by both teams and the referees creating a very unique scenario and making the outcome of the race very complicated to sort out.

The initial run of the race led to a fairly substantial win by the Sharks which would have resulted in a score outcome of 2 for the Sharks and 1 for the Brigade in that race.

However, an illegal alternate players (coming off the bench) participated in the race for the Brigade. When a player comes off the bench in the match, the race umpires must be notified of that player entering, who they are replacing, and whether it is a wildcard alternate or not. The Brigade failed to do this and the result of that violation is a 0 for the race, regardless of the outcome.

To make matters more complicated, the Sharks performed the last two movements of the race in an illegal portion of the GRID. The rules of this race dictate that all hand stand walk performance take place in the outside half of the lane to allow adequate reference to the hashmarks for the need to restart the performance in the event of any kind of failure. The entire body is not allowed to cross halfway mark of the lane indicated by the dash marks at each quadrant line.

The League also made a mistake in this race as the Referees are supposed to correct the players in the event of an element being performed in an illegal location. Because of this the Sharks were not given a chance to correct the mistake mid race as they should have been.

All of this means the Sharks did not perform the race within legal rules, but because the Referee mistake was involved the race would normally need to be re-run to find the winner.

The result was that the Sharks had to re-run the race, by themselves since the Brigade could not get points from the race. All they had to do was finish the re-run version of the race (the final two elements) under the shortened cap. Which they did.

Score – Sharks 10 / Brigade 11

Race 9 – Female Triad

The race was won cleanly by the Brigade.

Score – Sharks 11 – Brigade 13

Race 10 – Male Triad

The race was won by the Sharks by 32 seconds. It was noticed that one Shark player began a legless rope climb early (as the last rep of a bar muscle up by a teammate was not quite complete) but it was ruled the difference would clearly not have affected the outcome of the race.

Score – Sharks 13 – Brigade 14

 

 

Race 11 – Sprint Relay (Winner take all)

The race lead went back and forth multiple times with faults by both teams. Ultimately the overhead squats were finished at nearly identical times and it came down to a foot race. The League had 4 referees and a camera (actual footage below) in place to discern the winner in the event of a close race. 

 

The following is a statement by the Commissioner as to the nature of the judgement call process:

“All 4 referees (myself included) were in agreement that they looked to cross at the exact same time. None had a suggestion as to which crossed first based on what was seen in real time.

The camera was in great position, so at first, we felt confident we could consult the film to find the winner. Until the film was viewed. Since the Sharks player was falling forward, the trailing portion of their body was what crossed last and what we felt was at the same time as the trailing portion of the Brigade. Since the player happened to cross so close to the camera, only the top portion of his head became visible for a flash. There was no way of indicating when his body crossed the line. We had no choice but to re-run the rulebook-determined portion of the race which was the last 4 elements to determine the ultimate winner.”

 

The Brigade took the re-run on another close finish and the ultimate match win to face the Southern Conference winner in the Championship match.

 

Final Scores:

Orlando Aces – 19  Jacksonville Steel – 5

Tampa Bay Brigade -17  SWFL Sharks -14

The South Conference Finals are this Saturday, Aug 10th – you don’t want to miss it.  www.thefgl.com/tickets for early bird tickets
 

Northern Conference Standings after 4 matches.

  Tampa Bay Brigade ( 4 – 0)

  SWFL Sharks (2 – 2)

  Orlando Aces (2 – 2)

  Jacksonville Steel (0 – 4)

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South Conference Week 3 Recap https://thefgl.com/south-conference-week-3-recap/ Mon, 22 Jul 2019 13:14:32 +0000 https://thefgl.com/?p=11538 The post South Conference Week 3 Recap appeared first on Florida Grid League.

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Match format – Pikes Peak.

The 4:00 match up in week 3 of the Southern Conference featured two great teams battling for the right to go to the Conference Championships.

The Fort Lauderdale Lions jumped out to an early lead with two quick race wins in the Partner Forward and Mirror. The Echos and Triads were close and heated battles, but the 10+ victory in the Ladder and the 2 early race win put the match out of reach for the Elite heading into another close race in the Sprint Relay.

Elite star Angel Rodriguez was not only effectively moving barbells in the 4th quadrant, but quickly performing high skill gymnastics such as   the back uprise during Jack and Jill… and making a strong argument for MVP voting coming soon.

The Lions were working around some injuries and had some players step up into unique roles such as Strength Specialist Robbie Rodriguez on the Chest to Bar pull-ups, and one of the lightest male players on the team acting as closer in the Sprint Relay in Eric Cardona.

All made for an incredible show leading up to the 2nd match between the Miami Freaks and Pompano Pulse.

The Freaks quickly took control, backing up their first place ranking in the South. The Pulse did not make it easy on the Freaks though, and made a statement in the female echos on the speed of the hand stand pushups by Andrea Vazquez and Ashley Thompson.

The Freaks ended up with a strong win heading into the Conference Championship against an equally strong looking Lions team.

Overall, another incredible day of GRID. Be sure to grab early bird tickets to the Conference Championships in your area for 40% off. Go to thefgl.com/tickets, now.

Final Scores:

Fort Lauderdale lions – 21  Palm beach elite – 12

Miami freaks – 22  Pompano Pulse – 10

Southern Conference Standings after 2 matches.

 

 Miami Freaks ( 3 – 0)**

   Fort Lauderdale Lions (2 – 1)**

    Palm Beach Elite (1 – 2)

  Pompano Pulse (0 – 3)

 

** Clinched Conference Championship berth

 

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