2020 AUDL Season Update — June 19

June 19, 2020

The American Ultimate Disc League, guided by a diligent Covid-19 task force of doctors, epidemiologists and healthcare professionals, has developed a safe return to play concept and plans to host a bubble tournament that enables a limited season to occur in 2020. This tournament would be played without fans in attendance. 

The potential new format would take place August 8-16 in Westfield, IN at the Grand Park sports complex—the official home of the Indianapolis Colts training camp—which provides a spacious and isolated environment for practice, game play and accommodation. The AUDL is currently in the process of eliciting feedback from its teams, players, staff and officials to determine the viability of this concept.

No player, official or staff member will be pressured to participate, and there will be no negative sentiment towards those who face higher risk for personal or family situations, or are not otherwise comfortable attending.

Key concepts

  • Mandatory Covid-19 test the week of departure for Grand Park

  • Mandatory Covid-19 test on arrival at the facilities for every individual, as well as mandatory quarantine in hotel room until determination of test results; maximum of two (2) persons per room; players must continue to follow the Covid Policy and Procedure document that was created for players when returning to training.

  • Partnership with nearby hospital group to manage the testing and timely reporting process

  • Any positive test will result in an immediate care response and isolating the individual from the rest of the players and staff

  • Medical staff on site that will administer daily screenings for temperature and potential symptoms, and be available for any consultations

  • Social distancing guidelines will be strictly adhered to outside of game environments

  • Playing fields, eating facilities and hotels will be occupied only by tested and monitored players and AUDL Personnel 

  • Food will be provided for all personnel by the league on site

  • No games will be scheduled from 9:00AM-5:00PM ET so participants can work remotely

  • All teams will be guaranteed a minimum of four (4) games. There will be no AUDL league champion crowned, but there will be a tournament champion.

  • All participants will be afforded several opportunities during the event to educate themselves on the issues of systemic racism in our society. 

  • The AUDL, its teams and sponsors will investigate providing funding to local organizations that address social injustice and the prize pool normally allocated to the winning team will be allocated to organizations that address social injustice.

  • Due to border travel restrictions, our three Canadian teams will not be participating in the Grand Park tournament and are currently organizing a similar event to be held in Canada later in August