Boot Scooters To Play At Greer Stadium Site

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Greer Stadium Site to be home to Boot Scooters

It’s not what they wanted but with time ticking, the Nashville Boot Scooters have agreed to play their inaugural season of the Xtreme Scooter Quidditch League (XSQL) at the former home of the Nashville Sounds.

“It’s not where we wanted but we had to make a decision so we could meet league deadlines for scheduling,” said Team Manager Ryan Cooper.

Cooper had hoped his team could play in the Gulch or a location closer to downtown where scooters are more prevalent.

“We will keep looking and hopefully have a better venue for next season.”

Greer Stadium has been vacant since the Sounds moved to First Tennessee Park in 2015.  The stadium has deteriorated over the years which leaves the Boot Scooters’ management a task to get ready for the first season in October.

“Right now our plan is to build the Sport Court and bleachers around the court on the baseball field and not use the existing bleachers,” Cooper said.  “Refurbishing the seats would cost too much.  We’ll just put our own stadium on the field.”

The Sport Court field will be a turf field which will be necessary for scooters to be used in the games.

The city reluctantly agreed to allowing the Boot Scooters to use the location.  Safety concerns where the chief concern but with the team using their own seating instead of the old Greer Stadium seating, the city agreed to let the team use the stadium this season with a one-year lease.

The XSQL will be releasing the 14-game regular season within the next two weeks.  The Boot Scooters will play their seven home games at Greer Stadium.

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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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Are You Ready For Some Quidditch?

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Believe it or not this is an actual sport.  No, really.

Major League Quidditch (MLQ) is a professional quidditch league based in the United States and Canada.  The 16 teams play from June to August with each team playing nine games.  The current list of teams are:

East Division:  Boston Night Riders, New York Titans, Ottawa Black Bears, Washington Admirals

North Division:  Cleveland Riff, Detroit Innovators, Indianapolis Intensity, Rochester Whiteout

South Division:  Austin Outlaws, Kansas City Stampede, League City Legends, New Orleans Curse

West Division:  Los Angeles Guardians, Phoenix Sol, Salt Lake City Hive, San Francisco Argonauts

Major League Quidditch was founded in 2014 by Ethan Sturm, who joined with Amanda Dallas in hopes of developing quidditch further.  Sturm and Dallas currently co-commission the league.  The first season took place in 2015 with eight teams. MLQ had an extremely successful first season, picking up a sponsorship with SAVAGE The Ultimate Apparel Company, hosting twelve regular season 3 game series, and putting together a Championship Weekend.

Let me say that I have yet to read the first Harry Potter book or watch a Harry Potter movie but I think I can safely say that the players do NOT actually fly on brooms in this league.    The game incorporates a gender-integrated contact sport with elements of rugby, dodgeball, wrestling, flag football and other sports.  Each team is made up of at least seven players who play with brooms between their legs at all times.  Well, not actually the entire broom.  Mostly a stick without the broom.  Each team has three chasers, two beaters and one keeper in play at all times.  Each team also sends one seeker into the game at the end of the seeker floor.  Chasers and keepers – also known as quaffle players, attempt to score goals and prevent the other team from scoring goals with the quaffle (ball).  Goals are worth ten points.  The seekers try to remove the snitch ball from the snitch to score 30 points and end the period.

mlq2Don’t worry.  You really need to watch a game on YouTube or on the league’s website:  www.mlquidditch.com.   Trust me.  You will need to see it to believe it.  I was cringing while watching them play and holding a stick between their legs to play the game.   Honestly it looks like total chaos but somehow these dedicated athletes have made it a sport.   You won’t see the games played in major league stadiums but you can stay informed about the teams and the league on just about any social media network.

The 2017 MLQ Championship will be played this weekend in League City, Texas.  The weekend will feature 12 teams that have qualified after regular season play.  In the first round it will be:  Rochester vs. Salt Lake City, the winner to play Austin.  New Orleans plays San Francisco with the winner playing Boston.  League City faces New York and the winner will advance to play Indianapolis.  Finally, Detroit will take on Washington with the winner moving on to play Los Angeles.  Boston is the defending MLQ champions.

If you’re good with a broom, there may be hope for you to make it to the major leagues.