MAX WFHL Teams & Draft Update

 

With the MAX WFHL 2016 Draft just one week away, teams have been created and the draft order is set! 

The MAX WFHL is broken into two divisions, the North and the South, with three teams in each division.  The North Division is made up of the Boston Strikers (from Boston, Massachusetts), the Empire State Hustle (from New York, New York) and the Philadelphia, Furies (from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania).  The South Division hosts the second Pennsylvania team, the Central PA Power (from Lancaster, Pennsylvania), the Chesapeake Chargers (from College Park, Maryland) and our southern-most team, the Virginia Beach Breakers (from Virginia Beach, Virginia).

 

 

BOSTON STRIKERS
Boston, Massachusetts
EMPIRE STATE HUSTLE
New York, New York
PHILADELPHIA FURIES
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
 

CENTRAL PA POWER
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
CHESAPEAKE CHARGERS
College Park, Maryland
VIRGINIA BEACH BREAKERS
Virginia Beach, Virginia

 

For the innaugural draft, the draft order was set solely based on alphabetical order and alternating between the North and South Division.  The Boston Strikers have been awarded the #1 Draft Pick!  If the fan's "Early Prediction" for "Who will go #1 in the 2016 Draft?" is any indication of how things will turn out, it looks like Syracuse University's Alyssa Manley or University of North Carolina's Emily Wold or Nina Notman are strong candidates for that #1 pick.  The three players received 96 of the total 193 votes placed by fans (almost 50% of the votes).


EARLY PREDICTIONS RESULTS: Who will go #1 in the MAX WFHL Draft?

 

Moving from round to round, we have selected the "snake" method, so the Virginia Beach Breakers will have the last pick of the first round and then the first pick of the second round (the 6th and 7th overall picks), while the Boston Strikers will have the 1st overall pick and then will have to wait for the 12th pick to select their second player.  See the full draft order below.

So how is all of this going to work?  We obviously don't have real owners and coaches selecting their draft picks at this time, although we are discussing the possibility of doing a real college senior draft and WFHL weekend of competition next spring!  What we will ultimately be doing is selecting, in rank order, the top 36 players in the college senior class.  We have also set some rules for the draft to make things a bit more interesting.  Each team has six draft picks and out of those picks, they may select a maximum of two international players, and they must select a goalkeeper.  Beyond those conditions, there are no other factors such as position that must be considered.  It is a "best available" draft.

FUN FACT: There are 31 2015 Division I All-Americans in the draft - 18 are international player and 3 are goalkeepers

 

Of course this is a very subjective process and that is why we have enlisted our very own MAX WFHL Professional Analyst, Amy "Robo" Robertson, to help.  You will hear from her in the days ahead about draft strategy and the characteristics she will be weighing heavily in her ranking and selection of players.

In the middle of this week, when we have the complete "2015 Accomplishments" added to the player profiles and have done some introductory draft and player analysis, we will make live the voting process for the "Fans First Round Picks," where you the fans, will be able to select your first round, top 6 picks.  We will tally those votes and the top 6 players will be ranked and recognized as the "Fans First Round Picks" on Monday, February 22nd.

The six rounds of the draft will take place over three days, completing two rounds of picks each day:

Draft Schedule
     Tuesday, February 23rd: 1st & 2nd Rounds
     Wednesday, February 24th: 3rd & 4th Rounds
     Thursday, February 25th: 5th & 6th Rounds

 

Why is MAX Field Hockey doing this fake/mock league and draft?  To be creative and do something different!  Other sports receive so much more coverage and have really fun programs.  We want to help bring some of the same to field hockey.  We want to help build an interest, more awareness, and a more committed following to the sport of field hockey in an innovative way.  And who knows- maybe a version of this will really happen in the spring of 2017! 

 

VISIT THE DRAFT CENTRAL NOW!

 


DRAFT ORDER

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#1
  Round  
#2
  Round  
#3
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#4
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#5
  Round  
#6
 

 

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6

 

 

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5

 

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5

 

2

 

5

 

 

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4

 

3

 

4

 

3

 

4

 

4

 

3

 

4

 

3

 

4

 

3

 

 

5

 

2

 

5

 

2

 

5

 

2

 

 

6

 

1

 

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1

 

6

 

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