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This page will be updated at least once a week with the latest news from the National Skydive League. Special thanks to Kurt Gaebel, founder of the league and webmaster of its web site.

October 11, 1999

Georgia Skydiving League champion Mr. Pink has its own website. You can visit Mr. Pink at Mr. Pink has won the Georgia Skydiving League every year, since the league began in 1997. Last year, Mr. Pink competed at the first National Skydiving League Championship at Skydive DeLand. This year, Mr. Pink qualified again as the GSL champion with the highest season average and will again travel to Florida in November for the National Skydiving League Championship 1999. If you visit Mr. Pink's website, do not forget to take a look at the flash movie. This team introduction will put you right on Mr. Pink's track...

October 10, 1999

Another new league will be born next season. The Great Lakes Skydiving League is preparing its inaugural season. The GLSL will run four meets in the 2000 season. The date for the first meet has been set for June 23-25, 2000. League sponsor Aerohio will host this meet. Other skydiving centers in the area are still welcome to join the league. The plan for the first meet at Aerohio is including a six-day skills camp with Arizona Airspeed on June 17-22, just prior to the competition.

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NSL 2000


October 5, 1999

The National Skydiving League has finalized the plan for the 2000 season. As a new feature, it will include the NSL Playoffs. These playoffs will allow more teams to advance to the second level after the regional league season. Since even more leagues are getting ready for the new season than in 1999, the potential for holding playoffs prior to the NSL Championship is there and will be used. All active leagues will be divided in the Western Skies and the Eastern Skies. Each league will run the overall class with the handicap system for the whole season. The best two teams of each league will qualify for the Western and Eastern Skies Playoffs, up to a maximum of sixteen teams.

There will also be "wild card" qualifications into the playoffs for teams which could not qualify directly by placing first or second in their league. These teams can still get into the playoffs by the highest raw averages in the Western or Eastern Skies after the directly qualified teams.

Since the Texas and Georgia Skydiving Leagues have been forming the National Skydiving League together with the Florida Skydiving League in the very beginning, these leagues will organize the NSL Playoffs 2000 for the first time. The Western Skies Playoffs will take place in Texas, the Eastern Skies Playoffs in Georgia. Eight of the sixteen teams at each playoffs will advance to the NSL Championships 2000, no wild cards there anymore. A total of sixteen teams will compete for the NSL Championship 2000 title and the medals. The basic game plan is ready and can be found at the NSL 2000 page.

October 4, 1999

NSL president Kurt Gaebel used the opportunity of the U.S. Nationals 1999 to exchange experiences with some of the league directors who were on site at Skydive Sebastian. Gaebel discussed the future of the league and the plan for the 2000 season with Glen Hauenstein of the Georgia Skydiving League, Kamuran Bayrasli of the Ranch Skydiving League and Howy Hensen of the Midwest Skydiving League. All three of them were in Sebastian to compete with their own teams (Mr. Pink, Sonic Force, Hinckley Mock 4). Gaebel was grounded by coaching ZSpot through the meet. There were enough weather breaks for their meetings. The NSL plan for 2000 will be published very soon.

At the same time, three major players of the west coast were present to discuss and prepare the inaugural season of the future West Coast League. Tim Wagner of Skydive Arizona, Melanie Conatser of Perris Skydiving and John Hamilton of Skydive Elsinore took some time of their busy schedule to move another step closer toward the start of the potentially strongest league in the country. All three players are very positive regarding the start of the league. Other helping hands as Jacintha Toro, Mary Traub, Gary Danner were offering their support for these efforts. The next step will be to create a schedule and the basic rules for the West Coast League. Most likely, this information will be published at the beginning of November.

Gaebel at the NSL headquarter had recently received a growing request from teams and competitors in the west to get another league started at the west coast. The nationals in Sebastian were the best opportunity to get the momentum started.

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