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The Newbie Mixes Team Drive returns
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Recurse
April 21, 2020

After briefly disappearing alongside the final season of ESEA, the Newbie Mixes Team Drive is making a comeback for RGL S3.

Coming back from a two-season hiatus, the Newbie Mixes Team Drive is open for a brand-new generation. (image courtesy of KevinisPwn)

In this endeavor, those new to competitive TF2 can sign up to be paired with like-minded teammates and an experienced coach to drip their toes into the competitive scene. This makes it a great opportunity for folks to gain some valuable experience and make connections within the community.

Once the season starts on May 19th, teams will play in either the Newcomer or Amateur division of RGL Traditional Sixes, which will last 8 weeks plus playoffs. Within this period, teams will play 3-4 times per week for around 2 hours per night. (This is typically Sunday-Thursday from 9:30-11:30 EDT, although schedules are flexible.)

Regarding coaches, they will provide their team with map reviews, demo reviews, advice on how to run a TF2 team, and otherwise lend their experience to the group.Each one will have gone at least 8-8 in ESEA Open or made playoffs in RGL Intermediate. As an added benefit to coaches, RGL has agreed to waive the league fees of all coaches who complete the season with their team.

Moreover, Newbie Mixes also needs coaches for their weekly mixes, which run every Friday night at 9:00 EDT. It would also be greatly appreciated to donate or sponsor a server for the Newbie Mix Teams. Otherwise, simply spreading the word about the team drive will also be a tremendous help.

A few Frequently Asked Questions have already been listed here, and any other questions may be posed in the Newbie Mixes Discord.

Newbie Signups are open here while Coach signups are available here, both lasting until May 11th.

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#1
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hell yea i need dis

hell yea i need dis
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#2
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very epic gamer moments

very epic gamer moments
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#3
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should help that every newbie mix team doesn't have to start off 0-5 because of how stratified esea open was

should help that every newbie mix team doesn't have to start off 0-5 because of how stratified esea open was
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Sign me up instantly

Sign me up instantly
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#5
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nice to see newbie mixes are going strong in this trying times, ill be looking forward to some new faces. (and perhaps old ones too who are coming back)

nice to see newbie mixes are going strong in this trying times, ill be looking forward to some new faces. (and perhaps old ones too who are coming back)
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#6
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signed up to coach, looking forward into molding a batch of newbies into perfect players

signed up to coach, looking forward into molding a batch of newbies into perfect players
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#7
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i'm in there boys

i'm in there boys
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newbie.tf
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Hey, guys! I know most of the tftv crowd is no longer in the "newbie" category, but if you are new (or know some newer folks in pugs or whatever), sign up/encourage people to sign up for the team drive! They can also test the Newbie Mix waters this Friday with the (somehow still running) weekly mixes.

Reminder that the team drive participants are paired up with people of similar experience and assigned coaches to help them learn the ropes of being a new team.

Thanks!!

(ALSO sign up to coach, because we want to give these newbies the best available coach)

Hey, guys! I know most of the tftv crowd is no longer in the "newbie" category, but if you are new (or know some newer folks in pugs or whatever), sign up/encourage people to sign up for the team drive! They can also test the Newbie Mix waters this Friday with the (somehow still running) weekly mixes.

Reminder that the team drive participants are paired up with people of similar experience and assigned coaches to help them learn the ropes of being a new team.

Thanks!!

(ALSO sign up to coach, because we want to give these newbies the best available coach)
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#9
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I love the work the newbie mix admins put into this community. Keep it up!

I love the work the newbie mix admins put into this community. Keep it up!
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Just a small update on this - we built a total of 14 teams, the vast majority of them with very little prior competitive experience. They are all now safely registered in RGL and scrimming madly in preparation for their season. It was a combination of about 60 hours of work between 4 people to build the teams, plus all of the individual hours that the coaches have put in to getting their teams ready since they were announced last week. Huge thanks to Grumpy, Tony and Hellcatt for the assistance with the drive, to RoGue for promoting it and jumping in last minute to do a bunch of stuff that the rest of us dreaded, and to all of the coaches and other mixes admins who have taken this project on.

Also, thanks to everyone who applied to coach, we had almost 40 people apply and deciding on the final people was really tough because there were a lot of qualified coaches and obviously not as many teams. We looked at previous experience playing, but prioritized the people who had the most coaching and teaching experience, as well as community involvement and prior team leader experience. A few of the coaches were specifically requested by the newbies who met them on Friday night mixes, and we felt that this kind of connection/trust was something we wanted to foster into the season (ETA: in the interest of fairness, none of the requested coaches will be receiving the RGL refund). If you did not get picked, it's not a personal judgement against you and there is a chance we may be contacting you mid-season if another coach can no longer meet the commitments.

Just a small update on this - we built a total of 14 teams, the vast majority of them with very little prior competitive experience. They are all now safely registered in RGL and scrimming madly in preparation for their season. It was a combination of about 60 hours of work between 4 people to build the teams, plus all of the individual hours that the coaches have put in to getting their teams ready since they were announced last week. Huge thanks to Grumpy, Tony and Hellcatt for the assistance with the drive, to RoGue for promoting it and jumping in last minute to do a bunch of stuff that the rest of us dreaded, and to all of the coaches and other mixes admins who have taken this project on.

Also, thanks to everyone who applied to coach, we had almost 40 people apply and deciding on the final people was really tough because there were a lot of qualified coaches and obviously not as many teams. We looked at previous experience playing, but prioritized the people who had the most coaching and teaching experience, as well as community involvement and prior team leader experience. A few of the coaches were specifically requested by the newbies who met them on Friday night mixes, and we felt that this kind of connection/trust was something we wanted to foster into the season (ETA: in the interest of fairness, none of the requested coaches will be receiving the RGL refund). If you did not get picked, it's not a personal judgement against you and there is a chance we may be contacting you mid-season if another coach can no longer meet the commitments.
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