In order to increase the number of players available for the draft we've postponed the draft and the season by one week. The draft will now be held on 08/20 starting at 11AM at Wicked aka Trick Shot Billiards in Clifton Park. The season will now begin on Saturday, September 16th.
As of this writing, 181 accounts were created at upstateflagleague.com since we launched. Of those accounts, 140 registered for the combine, and of those only 50 are presently draft eligible (paid deposit or in full). We're hoping to get more players draft eligible over the next week to give us a stronger draft & season. If you’re one of the draft eligible players, please encourage others to get eligible. Players now have until 08/19 to pay the $50 deposit.
If we do not increase the number significantly over the next week we could do the draft with 4 teams, and reduce the season down to 6 regular season games which would result in everyone playing each team twice during the regular season. If we had to do that we would discount player registration to $95 for regular players and $80 for offensive linemen. Players who already paid in full would receive a partial refund.
It would also give players & coaches a better chance of winning the weekly awards and end of season cash prizes with fewer to compete with. Gotbeer.com is giving $500 cash to our season MVP. Nature's Own is giving $400 to our coach of the year. Capital District Lawn Care is giving $350 to our offensive lineman of the year. Albany Distillery is giving a t-shirt and pair of distillery tour passes to the player of the week. Wolf Hollow Brewery is giving some swag to the offensive lineman of the week.
Four teams would not be as strong as a start for the league as we had hoped for, but you have to start somewhere. Rome wasn't built in a day.
The end of season award voting will begin Monday, 11/06.
A round robin scrimmage will give coaches an opportunity to see what free agents have to offer.
Salih Banks First Overall Pick in 2017 UFL Draft.
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Nature's Own is giving a $400 cach prize to the Coach of the Year.