The National Pro Grid League has officially announced their 2016 season…kind of. They announced there will definitely be a season and there will be an online combine along with a draft, but no word yet on exact dates or locations of the matches that will be held in August and September.
Below is the official press release from NPGL.com…
We know you can’t wait to see more GRID action, and there are multiple ways you can follow your favorite players and teams battle it out during the 2016 season: Television, live online, GRID-side and updates via our GRID app, social media and website NPGL.com.
National Pro Grid League matches start in mid-August and run through September, concluding with the exciting quest for the Pinnacle Trophy during the playoffs. You can watch every match on the 2016 schedule stream live online and also witness the fast-paced and exciting racing GRID-side. TV air times will follow.
Be sure to download the GRID app to not only get real-time updates on matches, but to also get the latest peek behind the scenes, learn more about the NPGL players and follow all league social media posts in one place.
The NPGL’s eight teams — Los Angeles Reign, New York Rhinos, Boston Iron, DC Brawlers, Phoenix Rise, Miami Surge, San Francisco Fire and Baltimore Anthem — look forward to welcoming the hot new talent that will join the league this year, most at the draft on April 19. Teams can sign some players between now and April 19, when final rosters have to be set. A supplemental draft will occur on April 29.
The journey to the draft begins with the online combine. This year, prospective NPGL players will be creating a profile and submitting information and videos through the new online combine process. The system will launch in March and details will soon be released so you can be sure to pursue that dream of becoming a professional athlete.
Profiles will be reviewed by all eight of the league’s teams, which will be seeking athletes with different skill sets to fill out their rosters. Videos of certain tests being performed will be required.
DC Brawlers Head Coach Justin Cotler know what it takes to win the NPGL Championship — he’s the only head coach to have done so in the two-year history of the league. But winning wasn’t easy. And it requires a balanced mix of athletes.
“There is so much parity in the league now,” Cotler said. “Each match is a battle separated by just a few points. A key addition in the offseason, either by sign or the draft, can put a team over the top. The video submissions this year will be essential to finding the next great addition to a team. You never know where you will find that diamond in the rough.”
In addition to videos, GRIDScore™ is the first piece in the overall picture used to evaluate athletes. The tests that comprise GRIDScore™ are slightly modified this year, more information on what will be required will be released soon.
Roster size requirements for the NPGL’s eight teams will stay the same as last year: 18 players (nine men and nine women), with all being active. Teams can sign up to 24 players total, with six of those being developmental players (three men and three women). Developmental players will not play during the season. The only exception comes if an active players is injured during season, then a developmental player can be moved active to fill the roster position. But the injured player cannot return to play for the remainder of the season.
For the 2016 season, each team will designate seven women and seven men to play each match, and every player in the 14 will be eligible to play in the match.
GRID is the world’s first professional spectator sport with two co-ed teams racing head-to-head in a two-hour match. It incorporates speed, skill and strategy in a test of endurance through a variety of weightlifting and body-weight elements. Each two-hour match features two 14-person teams (7 women, 7 men) going head-to-head in 11 races. GRID has eight NPGL teams: Los Angeles Reign, New York Rhinos, Boston Iron, DC Brawlers, Phoenix Rise, Miami Surge, San Francisco Fire and Baltimore Anthem. Visit NPGL.com for more information, and follow Grid — NPGL on Facebook, @TheGridLeague on Twitter and @GridLeague on Instagram. Download the GRID League app on Google Play and Tunes.