Super Profundo on the early eve of your day.
So, there have been many details of our event that have proven very tough to really pin-down. Its been hard to settle issues like a SCHEDULE until these other details were certain, because some of these details could have resulted in limitations on WHEN we could play our own music -- we almost had to schedule routines around when some nearby musical acts were taking a break. Instead, we'd finally negotiated a different location for freestyle where we would not be competing with any live music, so we were finally able to make a schedule. Additionally, since there was a little bit of uncertainty regarding the location of the event, it was tough to say whether or not we'd be in the same spot both days.
Anyway, that's all been resolved now. So...
1. We are NOT taking registration ahead of time. We will register competitors on Friday afternoon and evening, and on Saturday.
-- last year I got everybody registered on Saturday quickly and without a hitch. Please bring cash for registration fee. I will have change for whatever bills you've got, cause I'm cool that way.
2. At this time, we are NOT prepared to take routine music ahead of time. This might become an option in the next few days, but, don't hold your breath. We think that Flash-drives will be acceptable, but, a smart and well-prepared competitor would be advised to bring his music on a CD in addition to the flash-drive, just in case. And we all know who's smart and well-prepared...
3. The freestyle events WILL be happening at the same place both days (unless we need to rely on our rain-location on Roosevelt Island). Freestyle will be outdoors at the corner of Main Street and Plymouth Street in Brooklyn, NY. We're right outside the bounds of a very nice grassy park, the Brooklyn Bridge Park, and we'll have a nice view of the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges and lower Manhattan. Be warned -- it may be a little crowded -- frankly, we're hoping for plenty of (pardon the pun) foot traffic.
4. There are no other OFFICIAL events outside of Routines and Circle. However, we are being sponsored by Kikbo ( http://kikbo.com/
) and Molson Hart of Kikbo wishes to hold a side-event of his own with a Kikbo, with NO entry fee (so this will be available to our registered competitors and anyone else too) for a cash-prize for playing with a Kikbo (its a shuttle-cock -- you know, a hacky-sack with feathers...). I don't yet know all the details, such as exactly HOW MUCH prize-money he's offering, or exactly what the format of the contest will be. Molson and I have spoken briefly about this, and I have suggested to him a SICK ONE or SICK THREE
format. We will talk more soon, but for now the idea was that he would have Kikbos available to try on Saturday, and that he would take some feedback on Saturday to determine what contest format to go with on Sunday. All this weather-dependant -- apparently Kikbos are too difficult to use well in high wind...
And now, the SCHEDULE
All Freestyle events will be held at the corner of Main St. & Plymouth St., Brooklyn, at the DUMBO Arts Festival
3:00 pm -- Intermediate Routines
3:45 pm -- Open Routines
4:30 pm -- Intermediate Circle Contest - Prelims & FINALS!
5:00 pm -- Open Circle Contest
1:00 pm -- Intermediate Routines Finals
1:45 pm -- Open Routines Finals
2:30 pm -- Learn to Play Footbag (a small formal instructional seminar for interested spectators)
3:00 pm -- Open Circle Contest Finals
6:00 pm -- Award Ceremony -- At Pearl Street Triangle
Net Preliminary rounds will be at Firefighters Field on Roosevelt Island. Net consolations will be at Capobianco Field just left of the vehicle entrance to Roosevelt Island. Net semi and finals will be at the Pearl St. Triangle (where Pearl St. & Anchorage Place meet) at the DUMBO Arts Festival.
10:00 am -- Open & Intermediate Singles Net -- Roosevelt Island
1:00 pm -- Open & Intermediate Doubles Net -- Roosevelt Island
4:00 pm -- Open Singles and Doubles semi finals -- Pearl Street Triangle
4:00 pm -- Intermediate Singles & Doubles FINALS -- Roosevelt Island
10:00 am until 3:00 pm -- All Consolation Matches -- Roosevelt Island
1:00 pm -- Women's Singles DEMO match -- Pearl Street Triangle
2:00 pm -- Mixed Doubles Net -- Pearls Street Triangle
3:15 pm -- Open Singles Finals -- Pearl Street Triangle
5:00 pm -- Open Doubles Finals -- Pearl Street Triangle
6:00 pm -- Award Ceremony -- Pearl Street Triangle
The Pearl Street Triangle is only about 2.5 blocks from the freestyle site. If things go very smooth with freestyle, we may finish early enough that freestyler competitors can watch all of the Open Net Finals. Women's Singles and Mixed Doubles matches, on the other hand, will overlap with our freestyle finals.
And as long as I've brought-up one of our sponsors, I'll take a moment for the others:
We are being generously supported by:
Flying Clipper ( http://www.FlyingClipper.com
Freedom Footbags ( http://www.FreedomFootbags.com
Pro Kicker ( http://www.ProKicker.ca/eng/home/htm
World Footbag Association ( http://www.WorldFootbag.com
additionally, independant stitchers Waylon Lew
, Matt Cross
, and Nathan Pipenberg
are all contributing prizes (you know them, you love them... what would we do without them? Thanks guys!)
We would also like to thank:
Mike Schwartz of "Brothers Plumbing",( http://www.brothersplumbingsupply.com/
) (Mike is a member of NYFA!)
On-Location Photography ( http://www.OnLocationStudios.com
The Ellis Group Real Estate Consulting & Finance
The Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation ( http://www.RIOC.com
Chasham ( http://www.Chashama.org
The DUMBO Arts Festival ( http://www.DUMBOartsFestival.com