Monday APL

Monday Albert Park League (APL) is run by Ultimate Victoria and has been operating since 2001. Monday APL caters for everyone with opportunities for the very advanced players through to the beginners. It is a 4-3 gender split mixed league with three divisions on Monday nights, and three seasons with relegation-promotion happening between divisions during season breaks. Registration for Monday APL is open to all teams. Got a question or two? Send an email to the Monday League Coordinator: Raphael Buelens.  To stay up to date with what’s going on at APL join the email or Facebook group (links to the right).  While we communicate using email and Facebook as often as we can, this website is the authoritative source of information about Monday APL.

The seasons are four months long:

  • Season 1: January – April (breaks for first weeks of year, Australia Day if Sun-Mon-Tue, Labour Day, Easter Monday and Anzac Day, and the Grand Prix period in March and April).
  • Season 2: May – August (break: Queen’s Birthday holiday).
  • Season 3: September – December (breaks: Melbourne Cup Monday and Christmas and New Year).

Monday Divisions 1, 2 and 3 are played as follows:

  • Divisions 1, 2 and 3 are limited to a maximum of nine teams.
  • Games are 70 minutes, between 6:30pm and 10pm (games start sharp at 6:30pm, 7:40pm and 8:50pm).
  • Location: synthetic fields 4/5 and 7/8, west of the baseball diamond, off Hockey Drive in Albert Park.
  • The cost is $1300 per team per season, with a reduction to $1000 during Season 1 due to the breaks.
  • All players are expected to have current WFDF accreditation.

Dates for 2019

Season 3 2019 is as follows:

  • Monday Dates: September 2 to December 16 (15 weeks); breaks: day before Melbourne Cup Day (4 November).
  • Monday registration opens: August 5.
  • Monday registration closes August 19 (Monday Finals Night for Season 1 2019).
  • Successful teams announced: Thursday August 22.
  • Fixture announcement (at least for first round): Monday August 26.
  • Final day for Monday player payments: Monday September 2.

Tentative Dates for 2020

Season 1 2020 is as follows:

  • Monday Dates: January 13 to April 20 (11 weeks); breaks: Australia Day (January 27), Labour Day (March 9), Grand Prix (March 16), Easter Monday (April 13).
  • Monday registration opens: December 2.
  • Monday registration closes: December 16 (Monday Finals Night for Season 3 2018).
  • Successful teams announced: Thursday December 19.
  • Fixture announcement (at least for first round): Monday 30 December 2019.
  • Final day for player payments: Mon. January 13.

Season 2 2020 is as follows:

  • Monday Dates: May 4 to August 24 (16 weeks); break: Queen’s Birthday (June 8).
  • Monday registration opens: April 6.
  • Monday registration closes April 20 (Monday Finals Night for Season 1 2020).
  • Successful teams announced: Thursday April 23.
  • Fixture announcement (at least for first round): Monday 27 April.
  • Final day for Monday player payments: Monday May 4.

Season 3 2020 is as follows:

  • Monday Dates: September 7 to December 21 (15 weeks); breaks: day before Melbourne Cup Day (November 2).
  • Monday registration opens: August 10.
  • Monday registration closes August 24 (Monday Finals Night for Season 1 2019).
  • Successful teams announced: Thursday August 25.
  • Fixture announcement (at least for first round): Monday August 31.
  • Final day for Monday player payments: Monday September 7.

League Standards

To aid captains and players decide upon which division is most appropriate, the following represent the standards that loosely apply to each division.

  • Social League: This is the lowest standard of competition that is a part of the Albert Park League (APL) and is intended to introduce players to Ultimate. This includes an introduction of rules, forehand and backhand throws, and general terminology (e.g. cutting, handler, dump, etc).
  • Division Four: When offered, this is an opportunity for players to implement and practice foundational techniques covered in Social League in a competitive environment. The standard is for players to further practice individual skills and begin practicing fundamentals of team play (e.g. stacks, forces, etc). As Division Four does not run every season, teams should assess whether Social League or Division Three would be a preferred alternative.
  • Division Three: Once individual players are comfortable with their skills, Division Three provides an opportunity to learn advanced team tactics (e.g. zone) and individual skills (e.g. hammers).
  • Division Two: Teams within Division Two should be comfortable with all fundamental skills and be working on mastering advanced skills.
  • Division One: This is the highest standard available at APL. Several players are at an elite level and compete at national or international tournaments. Players without solid fundamental skills and good fitness may find the division challenging.

Teams may register players at their discretion, even if they do not conform to these standards. Examples include:

  • Developmental Players: These are players that are below the standards outlined above. Such players may find the division challenging.
  • Mentors/Coaches: Players at a higher level than the outlined standards are encouraged to help teams progress.

Note that, in either case, the standard of the league should be applied. Perceived violations of these standards, such as excluding developmental players or a group of mentors throwing amongst themselves, may be reported as bad spirit by the opposing captain.

If, in the judgment of the APLC, a team registers itself in a division outside these standards (e.g. a group of elite players registering in Division Three), the APLC may redirect their application to a division consistent with these standards.