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Mass Defiance member Ben Liston brought up the subject already in September 2005 and explained the desire of the 4-way fans in New England to join the network of the National Skydiving League. Mass Defiance recently finalized the team plans for the next two years, and these plans include helping to grow the 4-way community in New England.
Mass Defiance was probably the biggest surprise of the USPA Nationals 2005. It was no secret that the team had been together for a while. In fact, the 2005 season was already the second year for the same line-up with Ben Liston (Center Inside), Brian Stephens (Point), John Silva (Center Outside) and Jim Rees (Tail). Also, the team members were already experienced 4-way competitors before they joined with Mass Defiance.
Elsinore Gravity managed to keep close to a certain degree, but Mass Defiance was still 12 points ahead at the end of the 10-round competition. The 15.4 average in Perris would have been good enough for the 9th position in USPA's Open Class competition, tied with Perris Synchronicity and two points behind Perris Fury.
The very successful 2005 season encouraged the team members to make new plans for two more years with the same line-up, even though Mass Defiance will now have to step up into the Open Class at the USPA Nationals. Mass Defiance is also motivated to share knowledge, expertise and experience with the skydiving community in New England.
The Mass Defiance members will be involved in the NESL operation and activities, and Ben Liston works together with Beth Murray to prepare the league affairs for the 2006 season.
The potential for a successful re-launch and a great NESL 2006 season is better than ever before. The success of Mass Defiance has sparked the interest in 4-way in New England, and the team members plan to support the grass roots, including Rookie and A Class teams, with special care.
Ben Liston has contacted the skydiving centers in the NESL area and found only open doors. The Connecticut Parachutists Inc. (CPI), Skydive Pepperell and Jumptown in Orange, Massachusetts, are already excited to see additional events and activities coming along with the New England Skydiving League.
The NSL website has already added the space and pages for the New England Skydiving League, and Mass Defiance has been added to the line-up of AAA Class teams. Mass Defiance has not competed yet at any of the NSL meets, which might have been a reason that the name was not as well known as others before competing at the USPA Nationals 2005.
The NSL News will soon follow up with more information. Dates and locations of the NESL meets will be added as soon as possible, and Beth Murray can be contacted for additional information in the meantime.