The Road to the Grid Invitational – Amateur Matches Find New Talent

As fans of Grid, we are stoked to see the NPGL pushing amateur athletes get into the sport. We’ve competed in amateur Grid matches ourselves, and we were actually at this match in Nor Cal a few weeks ago, so we know firsthand how fun this stuff is. Props to the League for helping all the up and comers!

Two amateur GRID teams raced on August 29, an opportunity to fine-tune their strategy and execution before chasing the $50,000 in cash and prizes on the line in the inaugural GRID Invitational.

NorCal Alliance and Flagship are two of the 16 homegrown amateur GRID teams convening for the GRID Invitational as part of 2015 Championship Week.

“With these amateur events, like this one and the GRID Invitational coming up, it’s a perfect opportunity for athletes to kind of get on the GRID and see what it’s all about,” said Jamie Lee, who is on the development roster with the San Francisco Fire, and who also is a player and coach for NorCal Alliance.

Some of these athletes may even be the future stars of the NPGL.

“I think it’s huge, just for preparing for a combine or the trials, and trying to test everything initially and get prepared to be out there on a bigger stage,” said amateur player Alexys D’Tiole.

For some amateurs, like David McKellar, they do it for the enjoyment.

“Even if you don’t have the best athletes, you go out there and have fun. It’s definitely tons of fun just racing,” McKellar said.

Go to to learn more about the amateur tournament and the $50,000 in cash and prizes on the line. See where teams are bracketed, with play beginning on September 17. The championship match will be played at 1:30 p.m. PT, which is prior to the NPGL Final at 5 p.m. PT.

The GRID Invitational features a team from Hungary, one from Ireland and 14 from around the United States. Click here to see the bracket. Go to to learn more about the tournament and how you can get in on the action next year, either by building a team or finding one as a free agent.

Want to see future NPGL players in action? No tickets are required for entry to GRID Invitational matches. If you can’t make it to the arena, we’ll have open cameras streaming to GRID TV, bringing you a live view of the tournament matches.

You can connect on Facebook at or follow the action during the week on the social media accounts that will be dedicated to the tournament: @gridanywhere on Instagram and Twitter.


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