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.