Boot Scooters Finalize Roster

The Nashville Boot Scooters have a place to play and now they have filled their rosters of players that will roll into action for the teams’ inaugural X-treme Scooter Quidditch League (XSQL) season which begins in less than two weeks.

“I think we have some of the best mixture of quidditch players and scooter riders for our team,” said Head Coach Kevin Henning. “This is an entirely new sport which will call upon some radical skills to be successful on the field.”

The Boot Scooters has narrow down the field from over 200 players to their final roster of 25 players.

The game features seven players on the field consisting of three chasers, two beaters, the keeper and the seeker. Teams are also allowed to carry utility players on their roster who can play in any position or fill in for injured players.

Here is the roster of players by positions:

  • Keepers
    • Jayke Archibald
    • Augustine Monroe
    • Tyler Trudeau
  • Chasers
    • Andrew Axtell
    • Julia Baer
    • Justin Cole
    • Kaci Erwin
    • Samuel Haimowitz
    • Rachel Heald
    • Quincy Hildreth
    • Luke Langlinais
    • Lindsay Marella
    • Nicholas Marino
    • Mercedes Natali
    • Simón Van der veen Quant Arends Jr.
  • Beaters
    • Bailee Fields
    • Max Havlin
    • Jackson Johnson
    • Hallie Pace
    • Vicky Sanford
    • Cole Travis
    • Tyler Walker
    • Lulu Xu
  • Utility
    • Joshua Andrews
    • Harry Greenhouse

Archibald and Cole were teammates with the Boston Night Riders of the Major League Quidditch (MLQ) where they won the league title.  They also played on the United States National Team along with Trudeau and Fields.  The two utility players, Andrews and Greenhouse, are local players who survived the open try-outs to secure spots on the roster.

The front office has been working hard to finalize sponsors and ticket requests in preparation for the season.

“We are getting more interest the closer it gets to the first game,” said Team Manager Ryan Cooper. “We are competing with high school, college and the Predators so it is going to be a challenge to stay in the conversation.”

Justin Cole thinks there is room for his team in Music City.

“Have you seen the scooters out there? This game is going to be their sport and I know they are excited about it.”

The Boot Scooters will open the season on September 26th against the San Francisco Muggles.  The team will play seven home and seven away games.

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Boot Scooters Secure Home, Filing Roster

The Nashville Boot Scooters were rudely uprooted from their intention of playing their home games at Greer Stadium after city council reversed their approval and left the local X-treme Scooter Quidditch League (XSQL) team homeless.  Fortunately, the Boot Scooters were able to move to the Nashville Fairgrounds but they are less than thrilled about the move.

“It’s okay,” said Team Manager Ryan Cooper.  “It’s not our ideal choice but we ran out of time to find a better option.  We had hoped to find a suitable place in the downtown area but we had to scramble after losing Greer.  Hopefully people will come out and support us.”

Nashville’s team will build a temporary stadium at the fairgrounds hoping for a more permanent home next season.

The Boot Scooters are also busy filling their roster with both experience quidditch players as well as strong scooter riders.  Players with a hybrid of the two will most likely find themselves on the starting team.

“It’s a unique sport that’s for sure,” said head coach Kevin Henning.  “I’m really pleased with the turn out and the talent that we have to choose from.”

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Jakye Archibald (left) and Justin Cole (right) signs with Nashville

The Boot Scooters signed Jakye Archibald and Justin Cole from the Boston Night Riders of Major League Quidditch (MLQ).  Archibald, a keeper, and Cole, a chaser, played on the championship winning team this past summer.

“They are good, solid players,” comments Henning.  “We are happy to get them here in Nashville.  Their quidditch experience will be an asset to us.  We are expecting them to easily switch from the broomsticks to scooters.”

Cole loves the concept.

“This is really cool to do this on scooters instead of riding a stick around the field.  I think this league has a chance and I wanted to be a part of it,” he said.

Archibald is also happy about being in Nashville.

“This is a happening place and the people have welcomed us here.  I’m looking forward to the first game to see what we’ve got.”

The Boot Scooters open the season on September 26th against the San Francisco Muggles.

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City Rescinds Approval For Boot Scooters To Use Greer Stadium

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Boot Scooters Forced To Find A New Home

First they approved it – with conditions – and now the city has rescinded their approval to the Nashville Boot Scooters to use Herschel Greer Stadium for their home games in September.

“We just didn’t feel like conditions would be made safe in one month for the team to play there,” said Jerry Jackson, City Councilman.  “We feel bad that we told they could and now we have changed our minds but it was never about the team or the organization.  Safety of the players and fans was our main concern.”

Team Manager Ryan Cooper is now scrambling to find another site for home games.

“This really puts us in a bind and now we are trying to find some place to play.  We didn’t want to go any further from the downtown area but now we are getting desperate.  This is disappointing.”

Cooper said that the team is now looking at locations such as the Nashville Fairgrounds, Vanderbilt University and Lipscomb University as potential locations for the team’s first season in the X-treme Scooter Quidditch League (XSQL).

The Boot Scooters’ first game is scheduled for Saturday, September 26th against the San Francisco Muggles.

There have been rumors that the Boot Scooters could sit out the first season and wait until 2020 to field a team.

“False,” said Cooper.  “We ARE going to play somewhere.  Coach Henning and his staff are close to finalizing the roster and they are practicing and preparing for the season.  We may not like the location but it will be temporary this season until we can find a more permanent home.”

Cooper also said that fans can order their tickets now by calling 1-800-SCOOTIN.

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Boot Scooters Release Schedule

The Nashville Boot Scooters have a playing location and now the X-treme Scooter Quidditch League (XSQL) has distributed their first regular season schedule.  The Boot Scooters will open against the San Francisco Muggles on Saturday, September 26th at Greer Stadium.  Nashville will have seven home games and seven away games.  There will also be several promotions throughout the season with Bird Scooter offering a chance to win a scooter on opening night.  Vanderbilt hospitals will give away free helmets to the first 200 fans on October 10th.  There will be a Harry Potter costume night on October 27th.

The Boot Scooters will close the season at home on Sunday, November 10th against the Atlanta Avengers.

Boot Scooters’ coach Kevin Henning likes the scheduling.

“It looks pretty favorable to have a home game to start things off and get fans excited about the team and league.  I think we’ll find out quickly who the top teams will be.  Now we need to get players that will fill our roster.”

The times of the games will be determined later.

“We’re just excited to get sponsors onboard and once the stadium is constructed, we will be able to fine tune things,” said team manager Ryan Cooper.

The top four teams will advance to the semifinals during the weekend of Nov 16-17.  The championship game will be played on Sunday, November 24th.  The league is working with a major network to televise the title game.

2019 Nashville Boot Scooters Schedule

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Henning Named Boot Scooters Coach

The Nashville Boot Scooters introduced Kevin Henning as their coach for the X-treme Scooter Quidditch League (XSQL) franchise.

Henning formerly coached the Boston Night Riders of Major League Qudditch (MLQ). He had led Boston to league titles in 2015 and 2016.  He has a record of 29-12 over four seasons.

“I am excited to be here and to be a part of this unique league. It will be fun putting this team together and giving the fans a team they can be proud of.”

Nashville team manager Ryan Cooper was happy to snag Henning as the franchises’ first coach.

“He is a well known coach in the quidditch community. He knows how to put together a competitive team. Nashvillans don’t know it now but they will see the results on the field later.”

So what’s the next step for the Boot Scooters?

“We need to fill the roster and start practicing,” said Henning. “It is very important to get players playing together and in sync. You can’t just throw people out there and expect them to play well. This isn’t a playground league.  It requires timing, stamina and you have to be able to take the contact.”

Henning is known for his blunt comments but is also a fun coach. After winning back-to-back titles with Boston, he took his players to Fenway Park to give Red Sox players a chance to try quidditch.

Henning was also asked about Nashville Mayor’s threat to ban electric scooters.

“I think the city has more pressing problems to worry about than scooters. I mean that’s my personal opinion. To be fair, I am just visiting Nashville for the first time so I really don’t know the frustration people are having with it. I just think the mayor needs to concentrate on other things.”

Henning plans to take advantage of the open tryouts as well as experienced players from MLQ to fill the Boot Scooters roster.

Cooper also announced that the XSQL has reached a deal with the SciFi Network to televise weekly league games this season.  The network will feature a game-of-the-week of one live game on a weekend night during the season.  More details will be released when the league reveals the regular season schedule.  The regular season will be played in October.  Each team will play 14 regular season games followed by the playoffs.

The Boot Scooters are also narrowing down locations for their “home” field with Centennial Park, Bicentennial Park and a location in the Gulch in consideration.

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Hugh Jackman To Join XSQL?

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Hugh Jackman showing off his scooter skills

The new X-treme Scooter Quidditch League (XSQL) has gotten the attention of sports fans and riders of electric scooters and now some celebrities are taking notice of the new league.  Celebrity Hugh Jackman is often seen riding a scooter in New York City and was asked if the XSQL would become the next “Greatest Show on Earth”.

“I don’t know if I would go that far,” Jackman said.  “I think it will be different and appeal to the younger crowd.  I really hope the league makes it.  I can’t wait to see the first game.”

Jackman laughed when asked if he was interested in playing on the New York team.

“I’m pretty good on the scooter but not like that.  I’d like to make a few more movies,” he added.

In addition to Jackman, Ashton Kutcher has also taken notice of the new league.  There has been talk of Kutcher becoming part-owner of the Los Angeles team.

“We’re all for the support,” said Mark Rockwell, commissioner of the XSQL.  “Their support gives us some credibility and with any new league that’s something any sport needs.”

Rockwell was not aware of any celebrities who are seriously interested in playing on a team.

Nashville Boot Scooters are another team benefiting from celebrities recognizing the new league.

“We’ve had a lot of country stars who have called me about the league and wanting to support us,” said Ryan Cooper, team manager.  “We have a few that actually want to become part-owners of the team.  I am not allowed to name them but I think the Boot Scooters will have a solid backing.”

The Boot Scooters hope to name their head coach this week as XSQL teams need to fill the coaching positions by July 1st.

“It’s hard because you really don’t have a lot to choose from,” said Cooper.  “You don’t have college teams or minor leagues.”

Cooper did say that a lot of XSQL teams a looking at Major League Quidditch (MLQ) which is an amateur league played during the summer to find their coaches and fill some of their roster positions.

The XSQL has set a deadline of August 1 to fill their rosters with players.  The league will release the first regular season schedule soon as team’s get ready to put their scooters in play.

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Pro Scooter League Reveals Rules

XSQL_photoThe new X-treme Scooter Quidditch League (XSQL) has hinted about the rules of this new hybrid sport since announcing their launch in the Spring. League officials have stated that the new sport would feature rules which are a variation of the fictional sport of quidditch. The most obvious difference, of course, is that the players will ride electric scooters instead of flying on broom sticks.

The use of electric scooters will add a twist to the game but fans should expect the same excitement as the game that was shown in the Harry Potter movies with the exception of the aerial maneuvers.  XSQL Commissioner Mark Rockwell says that the scooters will be the key component to make it work.

“We are currently working with a company to design special scooters for the league,” he said.

Rockwell would not reveal the company name at this time.

“The main difference will be the steering so that players will not need to keep both hands on the scooter if they are in possession of quaffle, bludgers or snitch.”

Yes, all those terms will be a challenge for anyone not familiar with quidditch.

The field will be SportCourt which is a form of artificial turf used by some college field hockey teams.  The surface is flat and will not impede scooters like natural grass fields would.  The field is rectangular with rounded corners (60 yards by 36 yards) with three hoops of varying heights at each end.  The ultimate goal is to score more points than the other team by the time the snitch is caught.  The snitch is a tennis ball placed at the bottom of a yellow long pouch which is attached to the back of the player’s shorts as if it were a tail.

XSQL Rules“We still have some work to do on the rules but we will do our best to stick to the original quidditch game.  Obviously some variations are needed with using electric scooters,” Rockwell added.

The game will be shorter with four 10-minute quarters rather than traditional quidditch so that players can keep their scooters charged.  Quick chargers will be available between quarters to allow players to keep sufficient charge.

In response to Mayor Briley’s threat to ban scooters, the Nashville Boot Scooters conducted their first educational party last weekend.  Thousands attended the party as the XSQL gave out hundreds of helmets to scooter riders in an attempt to help with safety issues raised by the mayor.  The party also included scenes from Harry Potter of quidditch as a way to attract attention to safety tips for riding scooters downtown.

“We hope it will be effective,” said team manager Ryan Cooper.  “I have seen a few riders whiz by me this morning wearing the helmets and abiding by the rules but there are many more who are not.  I’m not sure if we are going to be able to meet the mayor’s demands or not but we are doing what we can.”

The Boot Scooters are planning to hold another open tryout this weekend as they will be in Centennial Park on Saturday from 1-5.

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Pro Scooter League Teams Finalized

The new kids on the block will be rolling into eight cities in October.

Last week, the teams adopted their nicknames and assigned team managers for the X-treme Scooter Quidditch League (XSQL) inaugural season this fall.

The teams will be:

  • Atlanta Avengers
  • Austin Scorpions
  • Los Angeles Sunbirds
  • Nashville Boot Scooters
  • New York Juggernauts
  • Orlando Wizards
  • St. Louis Sorcerers
  • San Francisco Muggles

Teams will now focus on filling their rosters with local talented electric scooter talent.  Open tryouts have begun in most cities and should continue through the end of June.

The Nashville Boot Scooters held their first open tryout last Wednesday in the Gulch.  Team Manager Ryan Cooper was overwhelmed with the response as over 200 riders reported to the open tryout.

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Scooter rider takes a spill during Nashville’s Open Tryouts

“I was stunned by it.  We expected maybe 50-11 but we had 223 register for the tryout.  We will definitely have a large group of players to pick from and some difficult decisions,” he said.

Teams will eventually fill their rosters with 21 players.

A parking lot was blocked off in the Gulch for the tryouts as players showed their skills with their scooters as well as some drills involving Quidditch rules.  Players were excited about this new sport.

“It’s not on broomsticks like Harry Potter but it’s pretty damn close,” said Cyrus Antonio.  “This is going to be awesome and I’m glad Nashville has a team.  I hope I will make the roster.”

Players not only have to maneuver their scooters but they also have to have possession of a ball at some point in the game so being an expert rider is crucial.

“Yeah, you have to be good at it because you can’t always keep both hands on the scooter.  Some players are out here wiping out or not too steady with it,” said Antonio of other players.

While the XSQL adopts the rules of Quidditch, some modifications have been made to incorporate scooters.  This is a process that is continuing to be modified.

The Nashville team is still attempting to narrow down where their home games will be played in October when they will play seven games at home.  While the Gulch remains to be the most likely choice, finding the location to install the specially designed SportCourt will require space even with it being a temporary venue.

“We would like the Gulch, we won’t deny that.   It is the hip area of town and location where we will have a lot of scooter riders,” said Cooper.  “We hope to secure a place soon so we can set up and scrimmage to get ready for the season in October.”

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Will XSQL Help or Hurt Scooter Craze?

May6aIt wasn’t long ago that downtown Nashville was void of electric scooters, now they have flocked the sidewalks, streets and bike lanes.  Will the new X-treme Scooter Quidditch League (XSQL) quell some of the angst downtown commuters have with the electric scooter craze?

“No, absolutely not.  The damn things are a nuisance!  If anything, this so-called professional league will make things worse!” said Harry Smelderfelder who works downtown and is very agitated by the scooters.  “This new league only encourages more of them.  They need to be gone.”

Shelly Jessy had another viewpoint.

“I actually think this league will help and may even encourage riders to maintain the image of scooters in the area.  Having a professional league is going to be cool.”

Jessy plans to participate in the first open tryout on May 15th.

“It will be one of the few leagues that will be co-ed and I think this is a great opportunity for female – or any sexual orientation – rider to get involved.”

Nashville Bootscooter’s team manager, Ryan Cooper, agrees with Jessy.

“We will not discriminate against anyone.  If you can master the electric scooter, you will be evaluated without regard to being male, female or any other.  We want this to be a league of inclusion as one of the first professional sports league to include anyone.  I think this will be one of the main things that will make an impact on scooter riders in the Music City.”

The Bootscooters hope to capitalize on the electric scooter craze and attract some of the more talented riders to make the team and promote the sport along with a positive image of electric scooters.

Nashville will join seven other cities in October when the league begins play.   The game will play a variation of quidditch to include riders on electric scooters instead of broomsticks.  The XSQL will build Sport Courts which will accommodate electric scooters.  The Nashville franchise is still working out a deal on where to set up their home field.  Some suggested locations have been The Gulch, Vanderbilt University and a location along the Riverfront.

“We are still working out the details,” Cooper added.  “We don’t want to announce anything prematurely until we know for sure and can begin marketing.”

It is expected that the home field will be a temporary location for the team’s seven home games.

Two other teams announced their names this week.  The Atlanta Avengers and Austin Scorpions join the Bootscooters, Orlando Wizards and St. Louis Sorcerers in announcing their names.  Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco will announce their names next week.

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Nashville’s Newest Team Needs A Name

XSQL_logo2Last week Nashville was awarded a franchise in the new X-treme Scooter Qudditch League (XSQL) and now the franchise is looking for a name. Nashville will be one of eight teams in this unique league which features electric scooters mixed with quidditch.  Teams will have specially designed fields.

The XSQL will be looking for fans to name the Nashville team in a name-the-team contest. The league is asking fans to vote on the following team names: Boot Scooters, Renegades, Revelers, SuperStars or Villains.

The league plans to play a 14-game schedule in October and hopes to attract some of the most talent scooter riders in the Music City. Open tryouts will be announced at a later date. Players must be advanced scooters users.

The league also hopes to name a team manager within the next two weeks.  Once a team manager has been named, the team can start scheduling tryouts and filling their rosters with chasers, keepers, beaters and seekers.  Players will ride scooters instead of using broomsticks.  Quidditch rules will be modified to accommodate the scooters.

City officials are still wondering where the Nashville franchise will play.  A source close to the commissioner said that the league is hoping to find an area downtown to install the playing field.

The other seven cities are also seeking names for their new teams.  Here is a list of what they are looking at:

  • Atlanta – Fire Ants, Avengers, Arrows, Wasps
  • Austin – Rattlers, Argonauts, Aragogs, Scorpions
  • Los Angeles – Lynx, Stars, Sunbirds, Hot Wheels
  • New York – Nighthawks, Juggernauts, Wanderers, Yorkers
  • Orlando – Wizards, Storm, Lasers, Dragons
  • St. Louis – Steamers, Stingers,  Vipers,  Sorcerers
  • San Francisco – Quakes, Seals, Fog, Muggles

Nashville hopes to tap into the recent influx of electric scooters in the past year.  The XSQL could be some positive news that scooter riders could use.

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