Co-ed Rec League (Ausball)
Join us for the co-ed, non-contact version of Australia’s favorite game. Ausball is a game based on Australian Football (which is NOT rugby). It is a fun-filled, energetic, co-educational, tag version of the game. This laid back social league is a great way for beginners from children to adults to try the sport. New players are mixed in with veteran players to ensure healthy competition, and skills training is provided for all new players.
What is Ausball?
Imagine soccer, volleyball and basketball rolled into one cool game where everyone gets to be the quarterback at the same time. Another way to think about it is that Ausball is like Ultimate Frisbee, with a few twists. The ball is passed quickly from player to player by either handpassing or kicking. There is no turnover rule, so the ball is almost always “live” resulting in a fast, free flowing game where everyone is involved. Scoring is usually frequent, so games are not only fun to play, but fast and exciting to watch!
The rules are simple and easy to learn (it will take about 10 minutes) and NO EXPERIENCE is required. In fact, we encourage it as the game is designed for complete novices!
Ausball has seen significant success since its inception in 2006 in Washington D.C. as a co-educational, tag version of the game of Australian Football League incorporating most skills used in Australian Football, as well as mimic the style of play without the physical contact.
Here’s a short video about what it’s like to play a non-contact version of Australian Rules football:
Usual Co-ed Rec League Field Location (Map)
Location: Clinton Park
Address: 5576 SE Division St (Parking lot is on Clinton, 1 Block West of 58th)
Weather: Rain, Hail or Shine
Equipment: Soccer cleats will be an advantage but not essential
Co-ed Rec League Season Schedule
Ausball Games will be played in 2016 on the following Sundays: 2/21, 2/28, 3/6, 3/13, 3/20, 3/27, and 4/6
Skills development 2:00pm – 2:45pm
Games from 3:00 – 4pm
Season runs for 7 weeks
Additional Skills Training will be held on Thursdays from 6:30-8pm: 2/25, 3/3, 3/10, 3/17, 3/24, 3/31
Sign up now to be put on a team by season start.
The cost is $5/game. You can also purchase all 7 games for $30. You can pay ahead of time:
Where is Ausball Played
Today, Ausball is played by over 300 participants, both male and female across four cities; Atlanta, Baltimore, Sacramanto and San Francisco. Portland will be the fifth city to offer this unique co-ed non-contact rec league sport to its city.
The Ausball Academy
Ausball operates under an innovative, professional and sustainable non-profit business model that provides training and educational tools for the Ausball League community. It facilitates the implementation of a safe, educational and fun version of Australian Football with the ambition of increasing the awareness of and participation in the game, and associated Australian sporting culture, throughout the United States.
The goals of the Ausball Academy are to:
- Establish a professional and sustainable non-profit organization that attracts significant funding to invest in attracting new players to Australian Football and providing them with a developmental pathway.
- Coordinate and manage the implementation of Ausball with the aim of having it recognized as a National recreational sporting option.
- Provide innovative and cost effective league management tools such as training, liability insurance, registration application, data management, automated data entry tools, website integration, equipment, apparel and marketing solutions.
- Develop and provide tools for players to continue developing from the beginner level, all the way through to playing at the highest level, the Australian Football League (AFL).
What is Australian Rules Football?
Australian Rules Football, or simply Footy, is a fast-paced, full-contact, highly-skilled game of football that is unique to Australia but is growing internationally at a fast rate. The Australian Football League (AFL) has produced a fantastic video overview of the game and the professional league in Australia.
For a more detailed description of the game check out the USAFL’s overview: