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Jim KingThursday, January 10, 2019
Foos Pulse

NEW YEAR, NEW LEAGUE, NEW PLAYERS…

Happy New Year and welcome to 2019! 2018 was a great year for foosball and we’re looking forward to an even better year for all Valley of Sun and statewide foosers. There are a few new events being planned for the year and many of the same great activities we’ve enjoyed for many years.

Foosball Table Giveaway

Once again, our own Steve Taylor will be giving away a foosball table to some lucky fooser on Sunday, January 27th, at The Loft Again. The table is a Tornado Whirlwind (home model) table and is due to Steve wanting to give a little something back to our foosball community as result of getting so much…friendships, camaraderie, good times, etc. from us, and as it’s also Steve’s birthday weekend, it’ll be time to celebrate. Eligible candidates will receive a ticket for playing Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, which means the more you play the better chance of winning. Make sure you get these dates marked on your calendar so you can be in attendance.

2019 Spring Arizona Foosball League

Signup has begun for the 2019 Spring Arizona Foosball League and is scheduled to start January 15th. Just in case you missed the email that was sent out to active players, “it's time to dig out the wraps and line up with your favorite teammates for another great league season!  League coordinators and sponsors have been working hard in the off season and are excited to open the doors to the latest version of the Arizona Foosball League!  Here are just some of the things to look forward to in the new season:

  • 16 game season featuring East and West conferences to minimize travel

  • Cash prizes & medals awarded for winners of all team & individual categories

  • Conference Championships AND League Championships for individual titles this season

  • Unparalleled online statistics, scheduling and match support

  • New venues & sponsors

  • Lots of new players

Although challenging to convey exactly what league play entails, here’s a summary that has appeared in past editions of the Foos Pulse.

For those of you not familiar with the league, that’s a darn shame since each season brings 16 weeks of competitive play for 3-person teams, followed by a couple weeks of wildcard/conference playoffs, and culminating with individual title matches and this season’s Foos Bowl XVIII Championship . First and foremost, this is a handicap league which ensures each and every player, whether beginning or veteran, has an even shot at winning.

You might be asking yourself how well can a beginner fare against the more experienced player.  Well, that has been remedied by the handicap system used to level the playing field for all players.  Each new competitor gets evaluated to establish a baseline by other veteran players or the league director.  True beginners may start at a rating of 1.0 or below and work their way up as their skills and winning improve.  For example, if a player with a 0.5 handicap is playing against a 3.5 caliber player (a ratings difference of 3) the lower handicapper will be spotted 3 points in their individual games with the winner being the first to reach 7.  Combined team events are calculated by averaging the player’s handicaps and then doing the math.  Handicaps are recalculated after each week’s matches and this continues through week 14, whereby they are locked for the remainder of the 16 week season and playoffs.

Each week’s matches are comprised of the following rounds:

  • Doubles : 3 games of doubles alternating with teammates

  • 1 on 1 Battle : 2 games of Singles; 2 games of Goalie War; 1 game of 5 Bar War; & 1 game of Forward Shoot-out

  • Rollerball : Rollerball indicates that the ball(s) must be kept moving at all times. One game of 3 on 3 two-ball rollerball and one game of 2 on 2 one-ball rollerball

  • Team ROTO : ROTO indicates that as one team scores they rotate a player into the game and one out of the game. There is one game of singles and one game of doubles.

  • Point Champion : Summation of the total points per game scored. The team with the most points wins this round.

The winner of the weekly match is determined by the total rounds won. If teams are tied, which can happen, there is a one game playoff whereby the home team get the choice of selecting either the game or players while the visitors end up choosing alternative, if applicable.

Since we’re in the gestational period of assembling teams there’s definitely a lot of strategy going into the formation of them. While on the surface it might seem better to have more well rounded and experienced players…let’s say higher handicaps… you shouldn’t overlook the possible importance of having one/some lower ranked players that could be a handicap competitive advantage in these league matches. The expectation here is that the lower handicapper(s) will be able to beat the higher rated opponent(s) since they’re spotted points. All I can say is that sometimes this philosophy works and sometimes it doesn’t. However, looking at the past few season’s results there have been quite a few upsets by the lower handicapped player(s). So, those of you still putting your teams together might want to quickly take advantage of some of the lower ranked players that are still available.

Upcoming Majors…

Following is a summary of upcoming major national/state tourneys that are sure to attract all levels of players.

Kentucky State $25,000: January 24th – 27th in Lexington, KY

19th Bart O’Hearn $10,000 Celebration: February 7th – 10th in Austin, TX

$7,500 Florida State Championships: February 22nd – 24th in Clearwater, FL

Las Vegas Hall of Fame Classic: April 3rd – 7th at the Golden Nugget in downtown Las Vegas

Based on conversations with active players, it’s sounding like Arizona will have a large contingent of players attending the Hall of Fame Classic. This event is always well attended and definitely raises the level of everyone’s game. I believe last year’s tourney had 562 players representing 42 countries. Also, this tourney also features this year’s inductees to the Foosball Hall of Fame.

And finally…

Once again, if anyone is interested in getting involved in local foosball in any capacity, visit www.ArizonaFoosball.com and register using the current signup sheet, post in our forums, or contact Bill Nolan at 602-751-8818. In addition, you can get the latest and greatest details on any foos related activities at this same awesome site.

Remember… Keep Foosin’ Fun!

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Sign up for 2019 Spring League Now!

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The 2019 Spring Arizona Foosball League is slated to begin on January 15, and sign-ups are open NOW! The league is open to all players, regardless of experience level. Teams are currently assembling and laying claim to various locations around the Phoenix area. You must be 21 or older to play in our standard league. The season runs 16 weeks, and the cost is $50 for the season (10% off for early registration). For more details on how the league works, check out the FAQ.

SIGN UP EARLY TO GET YOUR FAVORITE LOCATIONS & TEAMMATES!

The league signup sheet helps players assemble teams and select playing preferences. Add your name to the list below by clicking the JOIN! link on the top menu.  Note that adding your name to the sheet does not commit you to play or to pay; it merely indicates your availability & preferences.  The sooner you join the list, however, the greater the chance you will obtain your favorite playing locations and partners!  Confirmed teams are grouped together on the sheet by color code; all other players are displayed in plain white.



* YOU WILL NOT BE CHARGED A FEE * ...UNTIL A MINIMUM # OF TEAMS HAS BEEN MET AND YOUR TEAM HAS BEEN OFFICIALLY VERIFIED.

2019 Phoenix Spring League Sign-up Sheet
Start Date: January 15, 2019
Coordinator: Billy Nolan; billynolan@cox.net, (602) 751-8818
Fee: Teammate $50.00 | Reserve $16.50 | Substitute FREE!
PlayerRtgFee
Owed
RoleTeamTeammatesAvail.
Days
Preferred
Venues
ContactCommentsJoined
League
Joined
Team
Carey, Michael3.8-TeammateTEAM 1Roster Full??login to view12/1212/12
Dardano, Tony4.3-TeammateT,WStinger's, Bull Shooterslogin to view12/1212/12
Nolan, Billy
11
5.6-TeammateAnyAnylogin to view12/1212/12
Johnson, Miles3.8-TeammateFoos BrothersRoster Full??login to view12/1212/12
King, Jim
1
5.8-TeammateT,W,Su,MDubliner, Loft Againlogin to view12/1212/12
Proctor, Mark
4
4.4-Teammate??login to view12/1212/12
Oglesby, Ken
7
4.7-Reserve, SubT,M,W,ThDubliner, Loft Again, West Phoenixlogin to view12/1212/12
Fictum, Peter3.6-TeammateTEAM 3Roster FullM,T,W,ThDuke's, Main St. Billiards, Jester's, Tempe locationlogin to view12/1212/22
Medina, Esperanza1.0-Teammate??login to view12/1212/22
Dickson, Jim
1
6.9-Teammate??login to view12/231/9
Pickering, Dennis0.7-TeammateTEAM 4Need 1 player!

Pending: Jeff Minnig
??login to view12/2212/22
Pickering, Karyl0.8-Teammate??login to view12/2212/22
Flescher, Bill
4.5-TeammateTEAM 5Roster Full??login to view1/161/16
Mirzazadeh, Afshin
3
4.4-Teammate??login to view12/2312/22
Roberts, Eric5.7-Teammate, Sub??login to view12/1212/22
Petit, Chris
1
6.3-TeammateTEAM 6Need 2 players!??login to viewMake me an offer!12/2412/31
Newmeyer, Rob
1
3.4-TeammateTEAM 7Need 1 player!??login to view1/51/5
Rooney, Noel6.6-Teammate, Sub??login to view12/231/5
Mcclendon, Sam2.4-Teammate, Subpendingisrael mendoza (Need 1)??login to view12/24-
Mendoza, Israel2.6-Teammate, SubpendingSam McClendon (Need 1)??login to view12/24-
Schachtschneider, Gary6.7-Teammate, Reserve, Subavailable (Need 2)WDubliner, Loft Again, Hangarlogin to viewTuesdays - Status: Looking for dream team... lol12/12-
Avila, David3.2-Teammate, Subavailable (Need 2)??login to view12/24-
Brody, Josh0.3-Teammate, Subavailable (Need 2)??login to viewMake me an offer.12/28-
Freund, Paul
1
3.2-Teammate, Subavailable (Need 2)??login to view12/23-
Gelina, Justin2.2-Teammate, Subavailable (Need 2)??login to viewWhat to play on Eastside make me an offer!12/28-
Mathews, Steve5.2-Teammateavailable (Need 2)T,WStinger's, Dublinerlogin to view1/7-
Mccormack, Adrienne
2
1.1-Teammate, Subavailable (Need 2)??login to view12/23-
Myers, Mike
1
1.7-Teammate, Subavailable (Need 2)??login to view12/12-
Taro, Ron4.4-Teammate, Subavailable (Need 2)M,T,W,Th,FBull Shooters, Stinger'slogin to view12/23-
Turnidge, Scott
3
2.0-Teammate, Subavailable (Need 2)??login to view12/22-
Arora, Vivek4.5-Subn/an/a??login to view12/23-
Borkovec, Eric6.3-Subn/an/a??login to view12/23-
Chamberlain, Brad7.4-Subn/an/a??login to view12/22-
Compton, Delwayne
11
6.0-Subn/an/a??login to view12/23-
Crawford, John5.0-Subn/an/a??login to view12/12-
Deoliveira, Mark
1
5.8-Subn/an/a??login to view1/2-
D'estries, Jacqueline
1
2.3-Subn/an/a??login to view12/22-
Dusenberry, Colten
3
3.8-Subn/an/a??login to view12/22-
Hoffmann, Tom0.2-Subn/an/a??login to view12/23-
Lawrence, Michael
15
7.0-Subn/an/a??login to view12/22-
Miller, Kevin
1
4.6-Subn/an/a??login to view12/23-
Minnig, Jeff
1
5.2-Subn/an/a??login to view12/23-
Mouser, Tim2.0-Subn/an/a??login to view12/23-
Nelson, Casey
6
5.0-Subn/an/a??login to view12/23-
Pedersen, Bridget
1
0.1-Subn/an/a??login to view12/22-
Rhode, Jesse6.2-Subn/an/a??login to view12/23-
Saunders, Townsend
1
4.1-Subn/an/a??login to view12/22-
Stath, David
1
5.0-Subn/an/a??login to viewMight consider joining a team this season. Make me an offer!12/23-
Townsend, Carl
1
5.3-Subn/an/a??login to view12/24-
49 players-$029 teammates
2 reserves
33 subs
0 coords
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Stop *trying* to foos me and FOOS me...

 

Interim League Returns

7pm Wednesdays in East Phoenix (Scottsdale/Mesa)

3pm Saturdays in West Phoenix (Peoria)

DISCLAIMER:

Despite a "kung fu" theme for Interim League events, your kung fu may not improve.


Every Wednesday & Saturday until the start of the next officially sanctioned season, an Interim League event will be hosted at one of the league locations.  The location will be announced by email or SMS each week, and you will be able to sign up via the website, email, or text message.  Each event will offer a league-style event as well as pick-up games.  It's a great way to meet veteran league players, introduce new players to the league, win prizes, and just have some good fun and chat!

Details:

■ All players are eligible (NOT limited to veteran league players!).  New players will be given an initial rating by a league coordinator.

■ A small entry fee will be charged (equal to your league rating), along with a contribution from AZ Foosball, in order to provide prizes for each event, including:

·  Cash prize to top placing teams

·  50% off entry fee to next scheduled interim event to the winner(s) of the event

■ The following additional prizes* will be awarded at the end of the interim league period:

·  League Medal to the player with the best overall winning percentage

·  FREE ENTRY  to the next official league season to player with best winning percentage & rating < 4.0

·  FREE ENTRY  to the next official league season to player with best winning percentage & rating >= 4.0

·  50% off league entry fee to player with most interim events played

* Winners must have played in at least 33% of scheduled interim league events.

* Tie-breakers, in order: win pct., most events played, most total points, higher league rating, split.

* Prizes are non-transferable.

2018-2019 Winter Interim League Standings
Coordinator: Billy Nolan; (602) 751-8818
First Event Hosted: October 14, 2018
Last Event Hosted: January 13, 2019
# Events Hosted: 23
# to Qualify: 8
Final Event Scheduled: T.B.D.
Miles J.
Rookie Leader Miles Johnson
PlayerRtg#EvtResultsScorePct.
1Gary Cooper6.381/6, 1/7, 3/9, 5/9, 5/10, 7/7, 1/7, 2/644/610.721
2Afshin Mirzazadeh4.4103/9, 4/5, 2/5, 5/6, 5/10, 1/5, 5/6, 2/7, 1/7, 1/849/680.721
3Gary Schachtschneider6.7102/6, 4/9, 2/7, 7/9, 5/9, 3/7, 3/9, 5/9, 1/5, 4/751/770.662
4Jim King5.8134/7, 9/9, 1/4, 7/9, 2/6, 1/10, 4/4, 3/5, 1/6, 2/7, 2/7, 4/8, 3/658/880.659
5Miles Johnson3.8105/7, 3/5, 2/4, 7/9, 2/6, 3/4, 1/6, 2/7, 2/8, 5/640/620.645
6Jim Dickson6.9171/9, 1/7, 7/7, 4/9, 7/9, 1/5, 5/7, 5/9, 3/9, 3/6, 2/10, 5/6, 5/7, 4/7, 7/8, 3/6, 1/680/1270.630
7Townsend Saunders4.1127/9, 2/7, 5/9, 1/5, 1/7, 5/9, 1/4, 1/6, 7/10, 9/10, 1/6, 5/7, 5/7, 2/664/1020.627
8Ken Oglesby4.7145/6, 9/9, 3/7, 3/7, 1/9, 2/9, 9/9, 7/9, 5/9, 2/10, 5/5, 1/7, 5/7, 5/8, 1/669/1170.590
9Vivek Arora4.5133/6, 5/9, 5/7, 7/9, 3/9, 2/7, 1/9, 7/10, 5/5, 4/7, 5/7, 2/8, 5/658/990.586
10Eric Roberts5.787/7, 5/7, 2/9, 3/5, 4/9, 5/10, 7/7, 1/735/610.574
11Adrienne Mccormack1.1143/6, 4/9, 1/7, 2/9, 3/9, 7/7, 5/9, 4/9, 9/10, 4/5, 5/7, 5/7, 4/8, 5/661/1080.565
12Billy Nolan5.6175/6, 5/9, 2/7, 2/5, 4/7, 1/5, 2/9, 4/4, 5/9, 9/9, 1/6, 9/10, 2/4, 4/5, 4/6, 3/7, 5/7, 7/7, 1/672/1280.563
13Paul Freund3.2172/6, 7/9, 6/7, 5/7, 1/9, 5/7, 5/5, 7/9, 2/9, 1/10, 2/5, 5/6, 7/7, 1/7, 7/7, 7/8, 4/667/1240.540
14Holly Minnig3.987/9, 7/9, 3/7, 7/9, 3/9, 3/7, 5/8, 3/634/640.531
15Casey Nelson5.087/9, 4/7, 5/9, 9/9, 7/9, 5/7, 4/9, 9/10, 5/730/760.395
-Mark Morcos1.211/77/71.000
-Townsend Saunders1.011/66/61.000
-Matthew Canterbury4.511/44/41.000
-Jeff Minnig5.231/9, 3/7, 1/822/240.917
-Rick Weirman3.812/98/90.889
-Scott Turnidge2.023/10, 1/614/160.875
-Zack Belaire1.931/9, 1/7, 5/820/240.833
-Kevin Miller4.612/65/60.833
-Ronnie Garrett5.642/9, 7/7, 1/9, 1/725/320.781
-Steve Mathews5.213/86/80.750
-Karyl Pickering0.863/9, 4/9, 5/7, 1/9, 4/10, 2/738/510.745
-Delwayne Compton6.074/6, 2/9, 1/9, 3/10, 2/5, 5/7, 4/638/520.731
-Michael Miura1.013/75/70.714
-Leanne Diliberto0.722/9, 5/711/160.688
-Eric Hines2.061/6, 1/9, 3/9, 7/9, 7/10, 3/835/510.686
-Noel Rooney6.632/7, 2/5, 2/5, 5/515/220.682
-Jim Hubred6.014/96/90.667
-Jeremy Austin4.855/9, 2/9, 4/10, 2/7, 7/828/430.651
-Dennis Pickering0.775/9, 5/9, 2/7, 3/9, 7/9, 5/10, 4/736/600.600
-Chris Petit6.313/53/50.600
-Brian Sternberg3.913/53/50.600
-David Stath5.014/74/70.571
-Michael Carey3.877/7, 7/9, 4/9, 1/5, 5/9, 3/7, 3/730/530.566
-Travis Hubred3.775/9, 4/7, 7/9, 5/9, 4/7, 4/9, 5/730/570.526
-Tony Dardano4.355/6, 4/5, 4/6, 3/7, 4/716/310.516
-Esperanza Medina1.025/6, 3/66/120.500
-Derek Martin7.514/63/60.500
-Justin Gelina2.214/63/60.500
-Ron Taro4.455/6, 5/7, 5/8, 4/6, 5/614/330.424
-Scott Young3.479/9, 5/9, 5/5, 4/5, 5/9, 3/6, 6/619/490.388
-Peter Fictum3.649/9, 3/4, 5/6, 5/6, 3/611/310.355
-Steve Taylor4.817/93/90.333
-Nicholas Neff0.117/93/90.333
-Mike Sames6.715/62/60.333
-Bob Duncan4.015/62/60.333
-Rick Rivlin0.164/6, 9/9, 9/9, 7/10, 7/7, 2/615/470.319
-Tom Smith?29/9, 7/83/170.176
Leader of VeteransWinner of Last EventRegistered for Next Event
Leader of RookiesMost Events Played
Non-qualified
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