PRs must be raised well in advance of the dates below to have a chance of being included in this Ansible release.
There is no Alpha phase in 2.9.
2019-08-29 Beta 1 Feature freeze No new functionality (including modules/plugins) to any code
2019-09-19 Release Candidate 1
2019-10-03 Release Candidate 2
2019-10-10 Release Candidate 3
2019-10-17 Release Candidate 4 (if needed)
2019-10-24 Release Candidate 5 (if needed)
Temporarily, Matt Davis (@nitzmahone) or Matt Clay (@mattclay) on IRC or github.
See the Ansible 2.9 Project Board