Offseason 50 Schedule

Congrats to Warren on his 30-23 EOTP Madden Bowl L victory over Smith!

We’ll tentatively be following the below schedule for the offseason. I will be tagging everybody in chat to update you on the schedule as we advance.

If everybody completes their re-signings quickly we’ll be able to advance to free agency early.

RE-SIGNINGS

We will be advancing past re-signs Monday (10/14) night at 11:59 PM Eastern.

For this offseason, the maximum contract length you can offer is five years.

FREE AGENCY

We’ll be using a revised system for free agency this offseason. Make sure to follow the below rules or you will be directed to release any players you sign:

  • The maximum contract length allowed is five years
  • The maximum bid amount is 150 points
  • The minimum bid amount is 30 points

Admins will be watching bids prior to every advance to ensure these three rules are followed. Any players signed to contracts that violate these rules must be immediately released.

Get your bids in early and often leading up to the first advance if you’re really worried about losing out on players – many high profile players now sign on the first FA advance.

All listed advances are within 15 minutes of the posted time to avoid blatant sniping.

  • First Advance: Tuesday (10/15) 8 PM Eastern
  • Second Advance: Tues. 10 PM Eastern
  • Third Advance: Tues. 11:59 PM Eastern

ROOKIE DRAFT

The 2020 NFL Draft will be held at 9:00 PM Eastern on Wednesday Oct. 16.

The first round I will be giving people 5 minutes per pick if they want it to negotiate trades – if you want to pick quicker feel free. Each round after that I will skip people who either A) did not show for their first round pick or B) did not RSVP for the draft and are not active in the chat at the time. Rounds 2-7 will proceed at normal pick clock.

As mentioned above, please RSVP to the draft post in the scheduling thread to indicate either attending or not attending.

Remember that all trades require approval from the committee so be prepared for late trades to take some time to be approved.

SCHEDULING

We had some issues with getting games schedule this season that will need to be rectified. It is expected that both users communicate on the first day of advance to schedule their games. Force wins and AP games will not be rewarded if you fail to at least attempt scheduling on the first day.

One of the admin group will have a talk with you if scheduling continues to be an issue, especially if play windows are small and change at the last moment repeatedly.

DEFENSIVE PLAY CALLING & PRE-SNAP MOVEMENT

We’re all still adjusting to Madden 20, however there were some behaviors across the league that need to be worked on. First, if you have not completely read the rules and understood your responsibilities, do so now before the next season starts.

As a reminder, you are not permitted to move players prior to the snap on any special teams downs and you are only permitted to move one player prior to the snap on defense. You are then expected to at least user that player for the start of the snap (and not just to move two steps and then swap to another player) – so don’t be moving safeties to the box and then immediately changing to a different player!

Defensive adjustments and playcalling must also be varied, meaning that you may not press every down, show blitz every down or call the same 4 plays on defense over and over. This is a sim league and we expect play variation on offense and defense.

POSITION CHANGES

Due to the addition of abilities for superstar and X-factor players, position changes were completely removed for season 1 as we decided how to handle things.

We will be creating a channel in Discord for submitting position changes (to follow rules that will be posted later this offseason in complete form). You will be expected to wait for approval before making any changes in the franchise. Additionally, superstar and X-factor players will still not be permitted to change positions in any way due to abilities.

Failure to follow these rules will result in severe punishments. Any superstar or X-factor moved will have their development dropped to normal (for superstar) and star (for X-factor) with an additional rating penalty to be handled on a player by player basis.

Simply put, do not make any position changes without admin approval.

CHANGES FOR SEASON 51

We’re making a few adjustments to league settings for the upcoming season as a result of user and admin feedback.

First off, we’re going to boost quarter length from 7 minutes to 8 minutes. With the new clock run off mechanics for Madden 20 the games are simply moving too quickly and allowing single drives to consume most of a quarter.

Secondly, we are going to boost XP on all offensive line positions to 110% in an attempt to help with the obvious pass rush issues in the past season and balance the rosters a bit since the day one rosters were very light on OL ratings in comparison to DL and edge rushers.

We’ll announce additional changes and rule edits prior to the season’s start. If you have any suggestions or comments about the existing set of rules, please talk to an admin and we can discuss it as a committee.