How to Follow the 2015 NPGL Draft
We’ve made it through Pro Days, the Combine is coming April 18-19 and then we get to the day Grid fans have been waiting for and Grid hopefuls have been working toward: The 2015 NPGL Draft.
On Tuesday, April 21, the National Pro Grid League will present the 2015 Draft. Of all the athletes who submitted GridScores, more than 500 were invited to Pro Days. Based on performances at six Pro Days across the country, Combine invitations were extended to almost 200 athletes.
The men and women at the Combine will be showcasing their strength and skill sets one last time, vying for more than 70 roster spots. The athletes know what’s at stake — the opportunity to become a professional athlete, to be seen by millions of Americans watching the matches broadcast on NBC channels, and by more fans around the globe when the matches are streamed live.
When all the Combine racing is done at the end of Sunday, April 19, NPGL team coaches and management will have one day to finalize their wish lists before the Draft on Tuesday. Just like Grid requires strategy in order to win matches, the strategy starts with choosing players who coaches feel can give their team an edge, and who can work well together.
The Draft will be virtual, meaning you can follow Draft day developments on multiple platforms, in real time. The NPGL.com homepage will change format to our live tracker. You’ll be able to easily follow along as the athletes get drafted. You will see their photo and learn more about them, including their GridScore™ and Specialty Scores.
Updates and signings will be posted in real-time via the NPGL Twitter account. Follow @TheGridLeague and our hashtag #NPGLDraft. We also will have coverage on Instagram @GridLeague and Facebook.com/GridLeague.
The draft order begins with expansion team Baltimore Anthem having the first pick, followed by the team with the worst record in 2014 continuing through to the team with the best ranking in 2014.
2015 Draft Order
- Baltimore Anthem
- *Boston Iron
- *Los Angeles Reign
- New York Rhinos
- Phoenix Rise
- Miami Surge
- San Francisco Fire
- DC Brawlers
* As there was an imperfect 2104 season, a coin toss determined that the Boston Iron will choose before the Los Angeles Reign, and their picks will alternate throughout the Draft.
The Draft will start at 11 a.m. ET and continue through until rosters are full. Teams will have about 3 minutes to make each pick.
Teams have the option to fill their roster up to 24 athletes or just the minimum required 18. Teams are not required to draft beyond 18 players, but they can draft players so that their roster reaches 24 (12 men and 12 women). A team’s roster must be cut to 18 before start of the season, so the remaining six would make up the development roster. Those development players are not eligible to play during the 2015 season.
A grace period for signing free agents begins Saturday, April 11 and continues through- Tuesday, April 21. The first supplemental draft, if necessary, will be Tuesday, April 28. The secondary supplemental draft will be Tuesday, May 5.
Be sure to follow along April 21 as your favorite team adds new players. See who will be joining the returning players and those newly signed to the NPGL’s eight teams.
Grid is the world’s first professional spectator sport with two co-ed teams racing head-to-head in a two-hour match. It incorporates speed, skill and strategy in a test of endurance through a variety of weightlifting and body-weight elements. Grid has eight NPGL teams: Los Angeles Reign, New York Rhinos, Boston Iron, DC Brawlers, Phoenix Rise, Miami Surge, San Francisco Fire and Baltimore Anthem.