NPGL
The Grid

Strategic Team Athletics Racing

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What is GRID

GRID is a sport featuring two teams racing head-to-head to complete a series of weightlifting, body-weight and other athletic elements. GRID teams must possess intense speed, explosive strength, deep strategy and precise teamwork to complete the races in the fastest possible time.

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National Pro GRID League

The National Pro GRID League (NPGL) is the world’s first professional co-ed team sports league. Each two-hour match features two 14-person teams (7 women, 7 men) going head-to-head in 11 races. Follow National Pro GRID League on Facebook, @TheGridLeague on Twitter, @GridLeague on Instagram. The Teams:

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Teams

Eight professional teams are based in cities across the U.S. 

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Players

Men and women compete side-by-side on the GRID. 

Review the 2014 and 2015 Seasons

Match Recaps from 2014 and 2015 can be found here

The Matches

Teams go head-to-head in GRID matches, racing the clock and each other to win points. Each 2-hour match consists of 11 action-packed races that are easy to follow yet filled with strategic opportunities.

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The Playing Surface

Matches are played on a GRID court. Teams race in designated lanes, with each lane divided into four numbered quadrants.

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The Races

All matches have 11 races. Each race has a distinct set of unchanging rules, such as time limits and substitutions. Each race also has variable race elements.

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Race Elements

Each race is composed of a set of elements, or movements, such as deadlifts and squats. Race elements are defined by the match format.

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Match Format

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Match formats define a specific combination of race elements for each of the 11 races.

For example, race 7 rules dictate that the team with the most weight lifted wins, yet it is the match format that specifies which element they will perform to lift the weight: teams will perform cleans in the Teton match format and thrusters in the McKinley.

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The Rules

Here are some basics you need to know to enjoy GRID.

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Scoring

For each race, the winning team is awarded 2 points (or 3 points for race 11). The other team can still earn 1 point by completing the race within the allotted time (or by having the heaviest female total for race 7).

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Substitutions

Teams can substitute players on the GRID at any time. There are unlimited substitutions for most races.

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Bonus Flags

Once a match, each team can throw a bonus flag before any race. The team that wins that race receives 1 bonus point for the race.

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Challenge Flags

Coaches have one red challenge flag that can be used during races to dispute a referee ruling. Referees also have a yellow challenge flag that can be used to initiate post-race reviews.

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Rosters

Teams designate 7 women and 7 men to play. Each race begins with a starting lineup of 5 men and 5 women, with 4 on the bench. Between races, starting athletes can be substituted for athletes on the bench.

Tie-breakers

In the event of a tied match, or “GRIDlock,” teams will engage in an extra race immediately following race 11. Ties in overall standings will be resolved by tiebreaker points.

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The Races

Each Grid match consists of 11 races. The general rules of each race are fixed and described below. There are many specific variations of each race. In the NPGL, all the teams compete in the same set of specific races (match) each week or stage of competition. Teams compete directly against their live opponent to determine the win or loss. They are also competing indirectly against all the other teams for Tiebreaker Points.

RACE 1 - Partner Forward

One man and one woman on each team go back and forth through an increasingly difficult pair of movements. Each successive quadrant adds harder movements with fewer reps. Watch the substitutions because the athletes can’t work unless their partner is standing in the corresponding color box.

RACE 2 - Mirror

Three men and three women must match each other rep-for-rep as they grind through heavy lifts without letting the barbell fall to the ground. Teamwork and communication are essential as they have to navigate the transitions on and off the barbell.

RACES 3 & 4 - Women's Echo

Two women work as a team in a full sprint across the Grid. Thirty seconds later, they do it all over again as a separate race. Though simple the first time through, these races require solid strategy to be successful twice in a row. Substitutions and quick transitions are the keys to the fastest times.

RACES 5 & 6 - Men's Echo

Two men work as a team in a full sprint across the Grid. Thirty seconds later, they do it all over again as a separate race. Though simple the first time through, these races require solid strategy to be successful twice in a row. Substitutions and quick transitions are the keys to the fastest times.

RACE 7 - Ladder

The entire team is eligible to contribute in this seven minute ladder. The goal here is total weight lifted. The entire team’s total determines the two-point win, and the women’s total is the third point awarded. Every rep counts, and speed is just as important as strength.

RACE 8 - Jack and Jill

One man and one woman progress through increasingly challenging bodyweight elements. Smart substitutions and fast transitions among the highest skilled players will determine the victor.

RACE 9 - Women's Triad

Three women work simultaneously across three stations for each element on the Grid. Substitutions can happen at any point, but each station must accumulate the full number of reps before anyone can move on. Teamwork and fast substitutions are required to win.

RACE 10 - Men's Triad

Three men work simultaneously across three stations for each element on the Grid. Substitutions can happen at any point, but each station must accumulate the full number of reps before anyone can move on. Teamwork and fast substitutions are required to win.

RACE 11 - Sprint Relay

Four men and four women, each take on a single element in this super-fast relay race. They speed through the element and then sprint back and forth across the GRID. Specialists are thrilled because each player can focus just on what they do best.