In fact, there were FSL teams in each of the four traditional categories who represented the oldest league in NSL 4way history on last weekend's overall leaderboard, including the 1st place in the Rookie Class.
It has been a very long time since more than nine teams competed for the Florida Skydiving League at a competition of the regular season. The Paraclete XP Outdoor Championship, formerly known as Shamrock Showdown, always attracts many more teams to DeLand for the outdoor season opener. However, it was back in June 2005 when ten teams attended a regular FSL meet. This competition was actually the only one with more than nine teams in the records of SKYLEAGUE.COM since 2003. Only the May meet last year had also nine teams on the FSL leaderboard.
FSL - May 17th, 2014 Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Round 5 Round 6 Total Avg Rank AAA Class 15,14,G J,21,17 1,7,13 3,E,10 12,16,A 19,N,4 Total Avg 1 Teiwaz AAA (US) 8 12 7 8 8 6 49 8.2 Rank AA Class 15,14 J,21,G 1,7 E,13,B A,K,L,O 19,N,4 Total Avg 1 Zunday (US) 6 9 7 6 11 6 45 7.5 2 TranZend (US) 5 8 8 6 4 4 35 5.8 3 Purple HaZe (US) 4 3 6 5 6 6 30 5.0 Rank A Class G,O,4 J,21 7,6 E,B,8 A,K,L 19,N Total Avg 1 Where is J (US) 5 5 2 5 6 - 23 4.6 2 Miami Exuberance (US) 6 8 5 - - - 19 6.3 Rank Rookie G,O,P, J,C,M F,Q,N E,B,D A,K,L N,H,O Total Avg 1 DeLand 3D (US) 7 9 10 7 - - 33 8.3 2 DeLand Aurai (US) 6 2 4 7 - - 19 4.8 3 The FoxeZ (US) 2 1 2 2 - - 7 1.8
The FSL May Meet saw four local teams competing in Z-Hills. The lineups were made up of some new faces, plus many of the usual FSL and Indoor Cloud League competitors, who are now part of different teams and flying different slots compared to where they were at the close of last season.
"When you take into account that this was only their second day jumping together, and that John is changing slots and stepping up two competition classes, the scores are quite remarkable and show the value of continuity for a young team."
He said that the Zunday members will continue to leverage the coaching that is available at the FSL Tunnel Kickers at iFLY Orlando, as well as at the FSL meets, as they prepare for the possibility of competing in Ottawa this September.
Bob Byrne said that the third A Class team, Purple HaZe, chose its name as a tribute to a popular local skydiver and their former team member who recently died, Rob Waspe. Purple Haze is captained by 4way veteran James Saine. The lineup includes another former member of Pyro4ic, Matt Hillson, with yet another former 4nicatorZ member, David Evans, and long-time skydiver Keith Hanley.
Last not least, Skydive City has also produced another new Rookie Class team, The FoxeZ, composed of four members who are new to 4way competition. They plan to join the FSL Tunnel Kickers at iFLY Orlando soon and then take on the Rookie Class teams from DeLand more seriously...