Mark your calendar (does anyone actually do that anymore?) for Saturday, December 1st, 2018. It’s hard to believe that the 2018 Almost Winter Classic is only 4 months away! Where has the time gone?
As a reflection of how many players we have gained over the last few years, the popularity of our internal tournament/celebration has grown substantially. Popularity is often a double-edged sword so in order to be fair to the players that participate in pick-up games during the year, new criteria for the AWC has been introduced.
- ONLY members that have signed up on OpenSports.net and have joined our OpenSports group page (link below) will be invited to the 2018 AWC. Note that this will not 100% ensure that you will get to play in the tournament (see below).
- CSH OpenSports group members that have attended pick-up games from January 1st until November 3rd, 2018 will be invited first (along with the 2017 Almost Winter Classic champions if they do not meet the “pick-up attendance” criteria). Both runner & goalie spots will be on a FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED basis as the number of invitees may exceed the number of open spots. A set date for the invite will be communicated so that all will have a fair chance to accept.
- Initial invitees will have 1 calendar week to accept the invitation. IF there are open spots remaining, a second invite will be sent out to the remaining members of the OpenSports group that have not attended any events this year. As with the initial invite, invitees will have one calendar week to accept.
- We will also have a “reserve” sign-up in the event that there are attendees signed up that cannot attend. This will be on a first come, first served basis as well.
- If you are NOT a member of the group on OpenSports prior to the invitations being sent and sign up for an open spot, you will be removed from the sign-up. This also holds true for non-pick-up participants that sign up during the first invitation (no exceptions).
We plan on the same basic format as previous years (6 teams, 10 runners + goalie on each team but this is subject to change) so spots will be limited!
In summary, if you want to play in the 2018 Almost Winter Classic you will, at the very least, have to be an OpenSports.net member and a member of our group on that website. Also note that active participants in our weekly pick-up games will get first dibs on open spots so do yourself a favor and get off the sidelines and come play sometime!