Season 1 2016 finished in outstanding fashion with a come from behind victory for the top spot, and one active club and player that would help reshape the NPL’s future prize structure. Barbara Kongsbak, assisted by her Portland Pétanque Club set an NPL record by playing 100 games in just 16 weeks. Arsène Dupin took 1st place by points nationally, and he is already continuing his run into Season 2. Here is a look at our top 3 players for Season 1:
Arsène Dupin 1st place/Heart of Texas Pétanque/Central Region /100 pts
Frank Guzman 2nd place/Ohlala Pétanque Orlando/ Southeast Region/97 pts
Thomas Leon 3rd place/Amelia Island Boules/Southeast Region/85 pts
Season 2 clears the standings for a brand new opportunity for everyone, and adds doubles alongside singles. Between seasons we received numerous ideas and supplements to the rules; however, with the time allotted we were unable to apply anything new this season. Decisions and changes to rules must go through a process, and be announced before a season begins. The NPL has created a founding block for a system of rules and requirements, but we are certain that with help from its members this will evolve in time to better estimate its players and teams.
I was able to start Season 2 off with a meeting of three clubs. Arsène Dupin and new member Scott Wegener from Heart of Texas were in Denver as well as Songmi Keating from Amelia Island Boules. Whenever I get the chance to meet NPL players from other clubs, I learn something important. Song described herself as a devotee to the game who would play all day if she had the opportunity. She loves the NPL for displaying competitive games, but she thinks that people get scared away by the word ‘competitive’. Song does not care that she did not make the required games in Season 1; she was glad that her games helped qualify other members of her club. Song was still able to assess where her games ranked her while in the ‘inactive’ category, and as she gets better she will play more and eventually qualify.
The NPL and FPUSA are coming together on a proposal for this second season on a prize structure that is intended to promote club unity. In Season 2 a single prize will be awarded to the most active club. This system will count and comprise both singles and doubles. Club averages will be displayed on the home page by the closing of registration at the 2nd Season Marker. Prizes will be awarded to an entire club to use towards: boules, gear, clothing, scoreboards, etc. Season 2 is yet another reason to get clubs excited about the NPL!
David Keil, NPL Commissioner