However, it looks as if the upcoming weekend is the real start of the 2006 season. A total of ten different leagues have scheduled events for the same date, May 20-21, including three leagues in Europe (Germany, Netherlands, Austria). The competition draw will be provided by the Deutsche Sky Liga in Germany and posted at the NSL website Friday evening, as usual.
Former Virginia Parachute Council Director Dave Milliron was not able any longer to maintain the VPC operation, and it took longer than expected until a new leadership was possibly ready to take over the necessary chores to run the league. Chris Halsan recently works on final preparations to re-initiate the VPC activities in 2006. The NSL News will follow up with new information as soon as possible, and the meet dates will be added soon.
France is not the only new league player in Europe. Lennart Vestbom in Sweden and his FS national coach, Mattias Nord, former member of Sweden's national 4-way team Phoenix, have worked on plans to launch a league in the Scandinavian country and join the NSL/ESL network.
These plans have materialized for the 2006 season, and Sweden has scheduled three meets in June and July. Other Scandinavian countries, as Denmark and Finland, have already posted their meet schedule for this year. These two countries will launch their 2006 season simultaneously on May 25. The NSL News will follow up with more information from Sweden.
Four countries have signed up for the 8-way event at the moment. As in 4-way, the Russian team still has to qualify at the national championship in July. There is no doubt that USA and France will register their teams at any time. Arizona Airspeed will compete for the USA, and the French 8-way team will also be the same line-up that competed at the Malevsky Cup 2005 and at the World Cup 2005.
There will be a lot of 4-way competitions with many teams and many scores this year, and the major international events, World Cup 2006, Malevsky Cup 2006 and ESL Championship 2006 will bring the additional highlights on top of the weekly updates throughout the regular season. It will be worth to visit the NSL website on a regular basis, or sign up for the NSL Newsletter for weekly updates.