Verns Hat League (2015)

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Hat League
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Verns League is a TEACHING LEAGUE for beginners and intermediate-level players. NO EXPERIENCE IS REQUIRED; just bring your enthusiasm, humor, wit, and interest in chasing plastic. It's a great way to learn ultimate, improve your skills, and meet new people.

Experienced players captain teams and pass on their knowledge and love of the game. Never captained before? No problem. Let us know you're interested and we'll pair you with a "veteran captain" to mentor you.

The season begins after we spring ahead to daylight savings time (Vernal Equinox) and runs for 10 weeks.


Playoff bracket is here.  Teams will be seeded and placed in the bracket after the regular season ends on May 22.

League rosters are finalized, and the teams are formed.  Go check 'em out!

This means that if you haven't heard from the league organizers, then unfortunately you didn't make it through the lottery process.  Give it another shot next year, as we'd love to have you!

The introductory clinic is on Friday March 27th, from 6:30-8:30, at Jefferson Park, rain or shine.  All Verns players are encouraged to come out, regardless of skill level.  This is the best chance you'll have to learn basic skills, improve your techniques, receive coaching from experienced players, and shake off the winter rust, so definitely make it out if you can!


The player fee is $72.27 (includes sales tax) for 2015 and can be paid online. To pay by check, make one out to "DiscNW" and mail it to DiscNW, Attn: Verns League, PO Box 85112, Seattle, WA 98145.

Your registration fee will get you 10 weeks of ultimate frisbee playing, a custom printed team jersey, and an opportunity to meet other ultimate frisbee players in a fun learning environment.

Games will be on Friday evenings from April 3 to June 5.  Games will generally be 6:30-8:30pm (about 2/3 of games) or 8:30-10:30pm (about 1/3 of games).  We will have a skills clinic on Friday March 27 at Jefferson Playfield, 6:30-8:30.  Players of all skill levels are welcome!


There will be a lottery for men. So, if you are a man you will initially be placed on the waitlist. Make sure to register before the lottery deadline (March 2) to be eligible for the lottery. If you are not selected in the lottery you will remain on the waitlist. You might still get a spot in the league if players selected in the lottery drop out or do not pay on time. Players taken from the waitlist will be selected according to the order assigned in the lottery.  However, in order to ensure that some new players get a chance to participate, we will limit the number of experienced players that are selected through the lottery.

Buddy Policy. League size and number of teams is a limit of the number of women we have register each year.  If a man is buddied with a woman in the registration process, then the man will be advanced through the lottery automatically and the pair will be put on the same team.  See the DiscNW Buddy Policy for hat events.

Waitlist Policy.  The DiscNW Wait List Policy states that DiscNW volunteers receive priority status on the waitlist.  Individuals who have volunteered for DiscNW in the past year will bypass the lottery.   Volunteer this year for DiscNW to improve your status in next year's Hat Leagues and other similar Waitlist limited events.  Additionally, experienced players who are willing to captain a team may receive priority status at the discretion of the League Coordinators.


Important Dates

  • Registration Window for Lottery Closes - March 2
  • Registration Closes - March 6
  • Payment Deadline for Lottery Selections - March 8
  • Captains' Meeting - TBD
  • Pre-Season Practices (optional) - March 27
  • Season Starts - April 3
  • Playoffs - May 29 and June 5
  • Season Ends - June 5

Captaining and Mentoring

Do you enjoy teaching ultimate? Are you an experienced vet who would enjoy mentoring a new captain? Are you a cool woman with a few years of ultimate experience who wants to pass her love of the game onto the next round of newbies? Consider captaining or mentoring for Verns! 


Captains can't do it all! Mentors show up a little early to games to throw with any new players on your team. Mentors will also help answer basic questions about ultimate rules and strategy, and instill the Spirit of the Game into a new cadre of players.


Captains have 3 jobs:
1. Help teammates learn team strategy and field sense
2. Make sure everyone is having fun
3. Send weekly game reminders and use the roster manager tool to track RSVPs. 

Captains' Benefits:
1. Enjoy sharing your knowledge of effective plastic chasing with people who want to know.
2. You'll get to teach a new round of people the art of heckling.
3. You will likely have a lot of say in which restaurant hungry folks flock to after games.
4. People will think you know stuff.  We plan to give you some new teaching tools so it will be easy to fool people.
5. By the end, you'll think you know stuff.
6. You'll have mentors to help you :)
7. If you're selected to captain, you're guaranteed a team to play on, and a say in which jersey color and design you end up with.
8. Captains might get some awesome swag customized for Verns League. 
9. Captains will get a custom deck of UltiCards! 


Most games will be played at Jefferson Park in South Seattle.  We will also have games at Lower Woodland Park (North Seattle), Magnuson Park (North Seattle), and Genesee Park (South Seattle).  All fields are turf.  Click the links for specific locations.


The 11th Edition of the Rules of Ultimate will be used for Verns.

League Specific Rules

The first three games of the season (April 3 through April 17) will not be scored.  We want to encourage captains to take advantage of teaching moments mid game and after games.  We also want to encourage new players to play without the pressure of winning or losing.  During this period, captains may choose to begin keeping score towards the end of the 2 hour time ("game to 5" -type of score), but this score will not be reported on the website.  Captains may choose to end the games early and debrief with new players specific items of strategy.

For the next five games of the season (April 24 through May 22), captains can elect to keep score.  It is not a requirement to keep score and is not bad spirit to request to not keep score.  However, we want to make the option for competition available to teams who want it.  

Teams will be reseeded for the last two games of the season for a playoff series.

While keeping score (last seven weeks of season): 

  • The soft time cap is 20 minutes before the end of the field time: add 2 points to the highest score and play to that score.  Win by 1.
  • The hard time cap is 5 minutes before the end of the field time: finish the point in progress. If one team is ahead, they win. If the game is tied, play one more point.
  • 3 timeouts per game.

This is an 18+ league in accordance with the DiscNW Hat Event Particpation Policy.

Start and finish your games on time.

Additional league rules will be posted prior to the start of the season.


No Dogs

Note to athletic field users, friends, and families: Dogs are not allowed at organized athletic fields, beaches, or children's play areas in Seattle, Shoreline, and Redmond parks. They are welcome on leash everywhere else in the park system, and there are other off-leash areas where they can romp without leashes.  All our fields are turf, last we checked dogs and turf aren't good for each other.  Please leave Fluffy at home on game days.

No Alcohol

Note to athletic field users, friends, and families: Alcohol is not allowed at organized athletic fields, beaches, or children's play areas in Seattle, Shoreline, and Redmond parks.  Drinking beer is allowed at many fine taverns and restaurants across King County.  Please leave the spirits at home on game days.

In the past we've received at least one warning per season regarding dogs and beer on the fields by various parks departments.  If further infractions occur we risk losing access to the fields.  Please refrain from bringing dogs and alcohol to games.  Thanks!