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    FRANCHISE SETTINGS

    FS.1 GAME SETTINGS

    FS.2 SLIDER SETTINGS

    FS.3 JERSEY SELECTION

    FS.4 TEAM SELECTION

    FS.5 COACH SELECTION

    FS.6 WEEKLY ADVANCE SCHEDULE

    FS.7 SEASON SIMULATIONS

    FS.8 SALARY CAP


    ROSTER

    R.1 DEPTH CHART CHANGES

    R.2 POSITION CHANGES & SUBSTITUTIONS

    R.3 ROSTER REQUIREMENTS

    R.4 RELEASES & RE-SIGNINGS


    OFFENSE

    O.1 OFFENSIVE PLAYCALLING

    O.2 AUDIBLES

    O.3 HURRY-UP OFFENSE

    O.4 MOTION

    O.5 PLAY-ACTION PASS

    O.6 QB MOVEMENT

    O.7 TWO QB OFFENSE

    O.8 SLOT RECEIVERS

    O.9 MANUAL CATCH

    O.10 DISTRIBUTE THE BALL

    O.11 GOAL LINE FORMATION

    O.12 RUNNING OUT THE CLOCK

    O.13 4TH DOWN RULE

    O.14 RUNNING UP THE SCORE


    DEFENSE

    D.1 DEFENSIVE PLAYCALLING

    D.2 FORMATION LIMITATIONS

    D.3 PERSONNEL SELECTION

    D.4 AUDIBLES & ADJUSTMENTS

    D.5 BLITZING

    D.6 PLAYER MOVEMENT

    D.7 POSITIONAL BOUNDARIES


    SPECIAL TEAMS

    ST.1 ONSIDE KICKS

    ST.2 FAKE PUNT & FAKE FIELD GOAL

    ST.3 PLAYER MOVEMENT


    WEEKLY GAMEPLAY

    WG.1 GAME SCHEDULING

    WG.2 PAUSING

    WG.3 DISCONNECTS

    WG.4 REPLAY PARAMETERS

    WG.5 GAME SIMULATIONS

    WG.6 QUITTING

    WG.7 RESTARTS


    LEAGUE REQUIREMENTS

    L.1 EXPECTATIONS

    L.2 FORUM & SOCIAL ACTIVITY REQUIREMENT

    L.3 INACTIVITY

    L.4 ETIQUETTE

    L.5 CODE OF CONDUCT


    TRADES

    T.1 TRADE EVALUATION

    T.2 TRADE ANNOUNCEMENT FORMAT

    T.3 TRADE DEADLINES

    T.4 TRADE RESTRICTIONS

    T.5 DRAFT DAY TRADES

    T.6 PLAYER OVERALL RATINGS

    T.7 TRADE PROTECTION

    T.8 TRADE BLOCKS


    RE-SIGNINGS

    RS.1 RE-SIGNINGS


    FREE AGENCY

    FA.1 PRE-SEASON & REGULAR SEASON FREE AGENCY

    FA.2 FREE AGENT CONTRACT TERMS

    FA.3 FREE AGENT PROTECTION

    FA.4 OFF-SEASON FREE AGENCY

    FA.5 RESTRICTED FREE AGENCY


    ROOKIE DRAFT

    RD.1 DRAFT PARAMETERS

    RD.2 DRAFT SETTINGS

    RD.3 DRAFT BOARD

    RD.4 DRAFT DAY TRADES

    RD.5 ROOKIE SIGNINGS

    RD.6 ROOKIE TRADE AND RELEASE

     
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    FRANCHISE SETTINGS

    FS.1 GAME SETTINGS

    • Coaches only CCM
    • Weekly progression
    • Pre-existing injuries OFF
    • All Madden
    • 7 minute quarters
    • Accelerated Clock OFF
    • Injuries and Fatigue ON
    • Game speed SLOW
    Team or formation specific playbooks only; legends and customized playbooks are not allowed.

    FS.2 SLIDER SETTINGS

    QB Accuracy: 30
    Pass Blocking: 48
    WR Catching: 55
    Broken Tackles: 55
    Run Blocking: 60
    Fumbles: 35
    Pass Def Reaction Time: 50
    Interceptions: 30
    Pass Rush: 70
    Rush Def Reaction Time: 50
    Block Shedding: 50
    Tackling: 50
    FG Power: 43
    FG Accuracy: 40
    Punt Power: 50
    Punt Accuracy: 50
    Kickoff Power: 50
    Injuries: 50
    Fatigue: 50
    Min Player Speed Threshold: 50
    Offside: 60
    False Start: 55
    Holding: 50
    Face Mask: 52
    Defensive Pass Interference: 55
    Offensive Pass Interference: 55
    Punt Catch Interference: 55
    Clipping: 55
    Intentional Grounding: 55
    Roughing Passer: 52
    Roughing Kicker: 55

    FS.3 JERSEY SELECTION

    The home team elects the shade of jerseys used, light or dark. Throwbacks and alternate jerseys may be used by either team at any time during the regular season as long as the away team's jersey selection is the opposite shade of the home team's jersey selection (light vs. dark or vise versa). Throwbacks and alternate jerseys are NOT allowed during playoff games.
    FS.4 TEAM SELECTION

    When the game is released, teams will be selected by each owner through a draft in which the selection order is determined by a random lottery. Owners may NOT swap or trade their position up or down in the team draft. Owners will manage the same team throughout the entire franchise for every season. Post team draft, owners may swap teams prior to the activation of the franchise, but teams may not be traded for additional compensation such as money, players, or picks. Team swapping is NOT allowed once the franchise has been activated - even if a team becomes vacant. You are required to build your franchise and live with those decisions for the entire life of the franchise.

    FS.5 COACH SELECTION

    All team owners are expected to create their coach in their own name and use the same coach throughout the entire season. If a coach wants to change their scheme mid-season, they may adjust the individual player schemes. If a coach wants to change either playbook mid-season, they may change their playbook in the game settings when they challenge their opponent for the week. Regardless of record, at absolutely no time may a coach retire, resign, or be fired from the league and rejoin during the regular or post-season as it will not only reset their record and their XP, but there is a "bug" that will also reset player injuries. Any owner who removes their coach during the regular or post-season will be subject to penalty and possible removal.

    FS.6 WEEKLY ADVANCE SCHEDULE

    The league will advance every THREE days from the opening of the current franchise week at midnight EST, OR upon completion of all games for the current franchise week; whichever transpires first. The league staff reserves the right to grant minor extensions if extenuating circumstances are presented.
    FS.7 SEASON SIMULATIONS

    The CCM season results will be simulated every other season. For example; we will play season 2012, simulate season 2013, play season 2014, simulate season 2015, play season 2016; and so on. During a simulated season, ALL regular season AND post season game results will be simulated and the outcomes will be determined by the CPU. There will be no practice sessions allowed during the simulated seasons. Owners will be expected to complete their off-season and regular season franchise tasks during the simulated seasons including re-signings, releases, free agency, rookie draft, rookie signings, trading, and player/coach XP distribution.

    FS.8 SALARY CAP
    The salary cap will be determined by the online CCM. Teams MUST comply with the salary cap for the year which applies and remain under the cap at all times. Each individual owner is responsible for managing their team salaries to remain under the cap while maintaining the minimum roster requirements.
    To view your Team Salaries while in the online CCM; select the upper right tab and proceed…
    MORE… > STRATEGY (whistle icon) > TEAM SALARIES (money bag icon)

     
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    ROSTER

    R.1 DEPTH CHART CHANGES

    Each owner is responsible for setting their team’s depth chart within the franchise BEFORE each game. Depth chart changes are NOT permitted before the opening kickoff. However, depth chart changes are allowed during the game if:

    • If a player is struggling.
    • If a player is injured OR to prevent injury.
    • If the game is a blowout.

    R.2 POSITION CHANGES & SUBSTITUTIONS

    Players may be designated to play at ONE position of your choice; both rookies and veterans alike. You may change a player’s natural position. Each team MUST announce any player position change in the Team Management forum if the player is being moved out of his natural position. The league staff will approve or deny the position change based on the player’s size and skillset.

    With CCM, legitimate position changes should no longer create an unfair advantage. Therefore, proof is no longer required. However, once you announce a position change, the player must remain at that position on the team's roster throughout the remainder of the franchise. He may be moved back to his natural position if he is traded or released to a different team.

    Madden allows you to change personnel in different formations from the play selection screen. If you utilize the switching personnel feature PLEASE DO SO WITH CAUTION. Switching personnel in the play calling screen and/or calling audibles that put personnel out of position and into any unacceptable situations is prohibited.

    Acceptable position changes and/or substitutions are as follows:
    • RB > FB = only if 230 lbs or greater AND speed is 85 or less
    • FB > RB = interchangeable
    • RB > WR = only if used at the 3, 4, or 5 receiver position in the depth chart
    • TE > WR = interchangeable
    • OL > OL = all positions on the offensive line are interchangeable
    • DL > DL = all positions on the defensive line are interchangeable
    • DE > OLB = only if changing base defense from 4-3 to 3-4*
    • OLB > DE = only if changing base defense from 3-4 to 4-3*
    • LB = all linebacker positions are interchangeable
    • CB > S = interchangeable
    • S > CB = interchangeable

      *DE and OLB may interchangeable as formation subs for the 5-2-4, 3-3-5, 2-4-5, 1-5-5, and 3-2-5 formations. However, those formations may NOT be used as BASE defense formations. They are to be employed in the appropriate situations only.
    NOTE: The online franchise does not allow us the capability to make physical changes to a player's position. Therefore, any position changes will need to be performed via editing your team's depth chart. The league staff reserves the right to disallow any position changes that are announced.

    R.3 ROSTER REQUIREMENTS

    Minimum players allowed = 48; Maximum players allowed = 53
    The position requirements that follow are the MINIMUM requirements of natural players at each designated position:

    OFFENSE

    QB = 2
    HB = 3
    FB = 1
    WR = 4
    TE = 2
    LT, LG, C, RG, RT = 1 at each position; 10 total O-linemen

    DEFENSE

    LE, RE, DT = 1 at each position; 7 total D-linemen
    LOLB, MLB, ROLB = 1 at each position; 6 total linebackers
    CB = 4
    FS = 1
    SS = 1

    SPECIAL TEAMS

    K = 1
    P = 1


    R.4 RELEASES & RE-SIGNINGS

    Teams may release players at any point throughout the season. In order to prevent teams from manipulating the cap system, a "no tag-backs" rule has been established. Teams may NOT release a player during the pre-season or regular season and then immediately re-sign the player they just released to a one year free agent deal. It is a loophole which allows teams to sign the player at a fraction of what the his original contract was. Re-structuring contracts may only be performed during a contract year or when the player has requested to re-negotiate his current contract.

    Once a player is released from his contract during the pre-season or the regular season, he cannot be signed to a free agent contract by the team that released him until the following off-season free agency phase commences if the player maintains free agent status. If signing a free agent is an issue of need, the team can sign a different player at the position to replace the player that was released. If the team wanted to keep the player that they had released, the team shouldn't have released the player in the first place.


     
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    OFFENSE

    O.1 OFFENSIVE PLAYCALLING

    Coaches in the NFL mix up their play calling, however, when a coach sees that a team is weak in an area, they exploit it. This is legal, however, with some exceptions. Do not call the same play or pattern over and over again. If a team can't stop the run or pass, you may exploit them with a heavy dose of either one by using a number of different plays. If you've called the same play twice in a game, it's time to think twice about calling it again. QUICK SNAPPING IS PROHIBITED! ALLOW THE DEFENSE TO SET! An exception to this would be if the play clock is about to hit zero. Otherwise, a one or two second count would be sufficient.

    O.2 AUDIBLES

    Calling audibles at the line of scrimmage is commonplace in every level of football. However, these audibles are almost always to plays in the same formation, or to flip the side of the play. Audibles to a completely different formation are prohibited. Audibles to a different play in the same formation, or to flip the personnel to the other side of the field to run the same play is permitted. Calling an audible to change the formation circumvents personnel rules (I.E. WR at TE, WR at FB, HB at FB), and is not allowed. When calling an audible, the offense MUST allow the defense time to adjust and be set for at LEAST one second before snapping the ball.

    O.3 HURRY-UP OFFENSE

    Hurry-up offense may only be used in the final two minutes of each half following the two-minute warning. The exception to the rule would be if a team is down by 21 or greater at any point of the game; or it may be used at any point in the fourth quarter when a team is losing (not tied). Hurry-up offense is prohibited when the clock is stopped, i.e. possessions out of bounds, incomplete passes, or penalties. When using the hurry up offense, please allow your opponent to set their defense before snapping the ball. If a player is put in motion, he must be set before the ball is snapped - even if the play clock is about to expire. Purposely trying to cause off-sides penalties or taking advantage of defensive AI is not allowed.

    O.4 MOTION

    ONLY ONE PLAYER MOTION IS ALLOWED ONCE THE OFFENSE IS SET. The player put in motion must re-set before snapping the ball. If you decide to motion a player and he is not able to re-set before the play clock expires, you MUST call a timeout or take a delay of game penalty.

    O.5 PLAY-ACTION PASS

    Play-action should only be used in warranted running situations. Your team MUST require 10 yards or less to attain a first down or a touchdown in order to call play-action on 3rd down.

    O.6 QB MOVEMENT

    Rolling out with the QB following the snap MUST be by play design (QB roll out, play action roll out, option, or screen). Dropping back or rolling out to avoid a sack is warranted if defensive pressure is there. However, there has to be pursuit by the defense in order for it to be considered a legitimate QB scramble. There is no limitation on running straight ahead through the pocket with the QB. You cannot intentionally drop your QB back 10+ yards and/or you cannot SPRINT with the QB to the sidelines immediately following the snap just to get receivers open. If you're found doing this against any owner you'll be warned, then removed. Highlight video evidence must be produced in order for a complaint regarding excessive QB movement to be considered.

    O.7 TWO QB OFFENSE

    The use of a two QB offense is very limited in the NFL and should NOT be utilized heavily in your game plan. The occasional substitution of a running QB in the wildcat or some other formation is acceptable as a trick/change of pace type play.

    O.8 SLOT RECEIVERS

    The use of #1 and #2 receivers at the slot position is allowed if a playbook formation puts the receiver in the slot by default.

    O.9 MANUAL CATCH

    Owners may manually control a WR to make a possession catch. However, manually controlling the WR during the play and pulling them off of their route to gain an advantage over the defense OR to manual "rocket catch" is prohibited.

    O.10 DISTRIBUTE THE BALL

    WR's should be the main target for passing plays. HB's should be CHECKDOWN receivers and not primary targets. HB receptions should not get out of hand or be a primary aspect of an offensive gameplan. Your 3rd, 4th, and 5th WR should not be a primary target. Majority of passes should be thrown to your two outside WRs with few exceptions.

    O.11 GOAL LINE FORMATION

    The goal line formation may be used at any time if the offense is within 10 yards or less of either end zone. It may also be used in situations involving one yard or less to attain a first down.

    O.12 RUNNING OUT THE CLOCK

    Since we are not playing 15 minute quarters, we have to be cautious of excessively running clock. "Killing the clock" is only permitted with under 3:00 of each half. Excessively running the clock at any other time could result in a forfeit, a replay, or other action. "Killing the clock" would mean running the play clock down excessively under 15 seconds every play. We all know there are certain situations that are unavoidable, but when the game clock is running between plays, please try to have your plays called within a reasonable time.

    O.13 4TH DOWN RULE

    We encourage straight play in this league, however, we do not want to limit players to the point where they cannot play aggressively. With that in mind, teams my go for it on fourth down:

    • Past the 50 yard line with 2 yards or less to attain the first down.

    • If the deficit is two touchdowns (14 points) or more in the second half, teams may attempt fourth down regardless of field position or distance to attain the first down.

    • If it is the 4th quarter and a team is losing by any amount of points, NOT TIED, they may attempt a 4th down conversion regardless of field position or distance to attain the first down.

    O.14 RUNNING UP THE SCORE

    Running up the score is not allowed in this league or any other TSO league. If you are ahead in the 4th quarter by 21 points or more with four 4 minutes remaining you should be running the ball. With two 2 minutes left: you must either run the ball or you must QB kneel if you can run out the clock remaining and your opponent is out of timeouts. Any unnecessary scoring or stat padding will not be tolerated. Use your best judgment. Show sportsmanship by respecting your opponent.

    There are things you should do when on the positive end of a blow-out. Removing your starters, punting, running the ball and chewing the clock should be staples of your gameplan. Starters should not be scoring when up by four scores. Late scoring will NOT be tolerated. There should be no reason for the winning team to score in the closing minutes of the game if it is a blow-out.
     
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    DEFENSE

    D.1 DEFENSIVE PLAYCALLING

    Teams should mix up their defensive formations, coverages, and blitzes based on their defensive scheme and the opponent’s offensive gameplan. Please call realistic defensive plays for the proper situation. Use a 4 or 5 DL set to stop the run and a 3 or 4 DL set to play the pass. Sitting in Cover 3 or DE Contain all game, for example, is prohibited. The only exception to this goes along with offenses becoming one dimensional. If your opponent is forced to become one dimensional due to the score, you will be permitted to do so on defense.

    D.2 FORMATION LIMITATIONS

    On defense, the 4-6 formation and the use of the "crowd the line" audible bringing "eight in the box" are strictly prohibited on third or fourth down if the yardage to attain the first down is 10 yards or greater. On first and second down, the 2-5-4 and 2-3-6 formations are limited to 3wr and 4wr sets, but may be used in any situation on third or fourth down. The 5-2 and 1-5-5 formations are strictly prohibited. PLEASE DO NOT USE THE 5-2 OR 1-5-5 FORMATIONS.

    D.3 PERSONNEL SELECTION

    Defensive personnel selection should be based on what offensive personnel are selected in the huddle. In addition, personnel selection should be based on time remaining, the down, and the yardage required for the offense to attain the first down and/or the distance to the goalline. We do not have a "match up" rule per say. However, the rule of thumb is that the defensive formation selected can only have up to one cornerback greater than that of the receivers in the offensive formation unless it is an obvious passing down (third or fourth down and 10 yards or greater).

    D.4 AUDIBLES & ADJUSTMENTS

    When making adjustments on the field pre-snap, be sure that you are not making the exact same adjustments on every play. Constant press coverage, constant line stunts, shifting the DL and linebackers in the same manner every play and the like falls under the category of not mixing up play calling, and is frowned upon. In addition, moving anyone other than the player you will control is prohibited. If you find yourself in a situation where your guys move as you are switching to the player you intend to control, audible to your original play by pressing X+LT (360) or []+L2 (PS3).

    D.5 BLITZING

    There are exploits and AI deficiencies that can be taken advantage of in Madden - even when employing defensive schemes that are often seen in the NFL. There are teams in the NFL that rely on their speed on defense sometimes using blitz schemes all game. Although it is not illegal to blitz all game, playing Madden is not entirely the same as playing in the NFL. Showing blitz should be used VERY sparingly, but can be an option to mix it up.

    D.6 PLAYER MOVEMENT

    Manual player movement of ONE defender pre-snap is allowed. The AI is able to account for our manual player movement. Therefore, you may manually move a defensive back as long as he remains within his "positional boundaries." You must remain in control of that defensive player until the ball is snapped on offense. All manually controlled defensive players must remain within their "positional boundaries" until the ball is snapped.

    Manually controlled players should also mix up their strategies during the game. A defensive tackle will NOT swim all game as the offensive lineman would make necessary adjustments to counter that. Unfortunately, the AI does not think that well so mix up your attack.

    NFL teams also shift players around in order to get a better blitz angle. However, there are a lot of "glitch blitzes" that prevent us from allowing teams to move players around on defense other than Madden shifts or manually controlled defensive backs. At no point should shifts be made to take advantage of the D-line spacing or to allow a DB to encroach the line unpenalized in order to reach the quarterback unabated.

    D.7 POSITIONAL BOUNDARIES

    “Positional boundaries” are defined as follows:

    • D-line - No movement other than defensive line shifts (pinch, spread, left, right). ALL DEFENSIVE LINEMAN MUST BE VISIBLE AND ON THE LINE AT THE SNAP OF THE BALL. Spreading the D-line and audibling or manually controlling the DE's to crash out around the OT's is not allowed. Manually audibling and/or manually controlling a DE/DT to drop into zone coverage is also prohibited unless the play called from the huddle is a zone blitz calling for the DE/DT to drop into coverage.

    • LB - One shuffle laterally, either direction, and/or a Linebacker shift (pinch, spread, left, right). NO MOVEMENT TOWARDS OR AWAY FROM THE LOS.

    • CB -No individual movement allowed. Press and cushion coverage allowed.

    • FS/SS - Lateral, forward, and backward movement allowed; ONE STEP ONLY FORWARD/BACKWARD. You may NOT move up to the linebackers' depth.

     
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    SPECIAL TEAMS

    ST.1 ONSIDE KICKS

    Onside kicks are permitted at any time by the losing team in the 4th quarter only.

    ST.2 FAKE PUNT & FAKE FIELD GOAL

    Fake punts and fake field goals may be attempted only when the situation falls within the 4th down rule requirements. If you are allowed to go for it on 4th down in that situation, you can also fake the punt or the field goal. Faking a punt or field goal is part of the game and provides "the element of surprise," but please be realistic. These tactics are utilized in the NFL on a limited basis. Teams are allowed TWO (2) fake punts and TWO (2) fake kickoffs each season including the playoffs. The use and success rate of each will be tracked in the forum. Any team that violates the season allowance will be required to bench one starter on defense and offense chosen by the league staff.

    ST.3 PLAYER MOVEMENT

    Player movement before the snap is strictly prohibited. More specifically, manually moving a defender back for an additional blocker on PUNT RETURNS both before AND after the snap is prohibited. Manually moving a defender before the snap on PUNT BLOCK or FG BLOCK attempts is prohibited.
     
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    WEEKLY GAMEPLAY

    WG.1 GAME SCHEDULING

    Use of the Game Scheduling forum is mandatory. A two game requirement will be STRICTLY enforced each calendar week. The weekly advances will occur every three days (72 hours) at midnight EST with the exception of holiday weeks. If you are unable to schedule your game with an opponent prior to the scheduled deadline, communicate it in the scheduling forum and notify a staff member. If you know you are going to be on vacation, please set your team to “auto-pilot” so that your opponent may play the CPU. Owners whose games are un-played without a valid reason(s) will be subject to removal. League activity is not an option, it is required by both playing games and staying up to speed on the forums.

    WG.2 PAUSING

    Madden allows a limited number of pauses during the game, so please keep that in mind. If it's ever necessary to pause the game, please provide a quick explanation to your opponent if you’re not utilizing your headset at that time. Pausing the game to show poor sportsmanship will not be tolerated. Please do not start a game if you know something will interfere with your playing time.

    WG.3 DISCONNECTS

    Games will disconnect from time to time for various reasons (and usually have nothing to do with either user's setup). We expect all owners to have a reliable, high-speed ISP. If you are having any type of Internet trouble, please do not start the game until the problem is resolved. If it becomes a continual issue that isn’t resolved, you will be removed.

    If a disconnect occurs as a result of the EA servers and both users are still online and connected to the EA servers, DO NOT quit and count the game stats. If both owners are disconnected from each other, but still connected to the game, they must POWER OFF their PS3 only. DO NOT quit and count the game stats unless the game was in the second half and if BOTH owners agree that the game was already in hand. If it is undetermined which owner is still connected OR if it is undetermined whether or not the game was already decided; both owners must POWER OFF their PS3 to avoid counting the result. Refer to WG.4 REPLAY PARAMETERS for those disconnect instances where the result is undetermined.

    WG.4 REPLAY PARAMETERS

    If a disconnect occurs at any point in the game, the winning team may elect to replay the game in its entrety. Otherwise, the following parameters should be followed unless instructed otherwise by the league staff:

    1st Half disconnect: Replay game in its entirety with the score being recorded and added to the replayed game. For example, if Joe is beating Bob 10-7 in the second quarter with 2:00 to go and has possession at the time of the disconnect. One full game will be replayed and the previous score of 10-7 will be added to the ending score of the replayed game. If Joe would have got the first possession of the second half in the disconnected game, he can choose to give the first possession of the replayed game to Bob even though he had the ball before the disconnect, in order to get the second half possession.

    1st half disconnect with under 2 minutes remaining: This situation can be considered 1 half of play. If any team had the ball within FG range (25 yards or closer), that team will be awarded 3 points to the disconnect score. One full half will be played with the appropriate team receiving the kickoff on reconnection.

    2nd Half Disconnect: Disconnects with less than 2 minutes remaining in the game: Replay one quarter and the leading team will take a time out when 2:00 minutes are remaining in the quarter to simulate the 2 min warning.

    For game stats purposes, the reconnection can be played in its entirety. However, the game is over as per the situation according to the disconnection rules. Meaning you are not to play 6 quarters for one final score, the game is over after the 2nd half is played if in fact a full 1st half has been played already. IF A GAME IS BEING REPLAYED DUE TO A DISCONNECT, BOTH OWNERS MUST QUIT THE REPLAYED GAME BEFORE THE FINAL SECONDS EXPIRE. THIS IS REQUIRED SO THAT THE LEAGUE STAFF MAY SIM THE WIN FOR THE APPROPRIATE TEAM. HOWEVER, IT IS NOT NECESSARY TO QUIT THE REPLAYED GAME IF THE APPROPRIATE TEAM IS ALREADY GOING TO RECEIVE THE WIN AS THE FINAL RESULT OF THE REPLAYED GAME.

    WG.5 GAME SIMULATIONS

    Although game simulations are rare, they can occur. If an owner has made a full effort either through the forum or via documented YIM contact to communicate with their opponent with no response, inform the staff. If there is no contact after the staff member has issued a warning, the CPU will be appointed as the opponent. At that point, the staff will make a determination on the status of the unresponsive owner. If any circumstances prevent an owner from playing a game on time (illness, vacation, etc.) it must be communicated in the Vacation / Out of Town section of the forum or in the appropriate game scheduling thread. If the staff determines that both parties were at fault, the game will be determined by a CPU simulated win. Once games are simulated, they cannot be "reset" or "replayed" as the EA servers do not allow us to change game results that are final.

    WG.6 QUITTING

    Please do not start a game if there’s a chance you will not be able to finish it. In the case of an emergency situation where you are forced to leave the game, an agreement should be made between both players as to whether the game will be replayed from the start or simulated in the opposing teams favor. If an owner quits during any league game, tournament game, or any other type of league or TSO sponsored game because they are losing, frustrated, or angry with their opponent; they will be subject to immediate dismissal from the league and TSO. Any fees or donations that were paid will not be refunded if an owner is removed for quitting games.

    WG.7 RESTARTS

    There will be NO restarts for user vs. CPU games. In the unlikely event that you experience a problem/emergency during your game against a CPU opponent, notify your commissioner immediately. Failure to instantly notify your commissioner will result in a sim. If restarts against the CPU become a trend you will be dismissed from the franchise.

     
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    LEAGUE REQUIREMENTS

    L.1 EXPECTATIONS

    The winner of each REGULAR SEASON DIVISIONAL contest and each POST-SEASON PLAYOFF contest is REQUIRED to post a game recap. The loser may follow with any comments and/or pleasantries thereafter. We don’t require a novel - just two or three paragraphs about how the game played out and who your player of the game was (accompanied by the usual "good game" pleasantries). Other owners are also free to discuss as it pertains to them. Highlight videos are welcomed and considered game recaps.

    • ALL members are expected to participate any time an official league discussion or poll is presented, you're expected to jump in and post your opinion.

    • Use the designated scheduling thread in the Game Scheduling forum to schedule your game with opponents each week.

    L.2 FORUM & SOCIAL ACTIVITY REQUIREMENT

    The members of 12th Man Football and the TSO community are who make this organization successful. Social interaction between the coaches in the forums is an integral step toward building the strongest league possible and ultimately enhances the enjoyment of the league for all involved. You could be the straightest gamer in the world, who shows up for each and every game on-time, and if you're ignoring the forums, you're not pulling your weight. So if you're not a big forum goer, or don't like discussing your games, this isn't the league for you.

    L.3 INACTIVITY

    Inactivity will not be tolerated. If an owner fails to comply with announced deadlines pertaining to the league such as quotas for games played or failure to respond to league-wide broadcast messages that require a reply; the lack of performance is grounds for immediate dismissal. This includes insufficient log-ins to your forum account and inadequate actions towards posts pertaining to getting games played before the appropriate deadlines.

    L.4 ETIQUETTE

    RESPECT ONE ANOTHER AT ALL TIMES. Do not make it a habit of complaining about a person’s gameplay without first asking yourself, “why am I mad?” If the answer is because you could not stop their offense or they caught you off guard on defense, then hit the practice field and move on. If there is a rule infraction or dispute during a game, pause the game and communicate the concern with your opponent. If you are unable to resolve the problem with one another, get an available staff member involved. At no point should either owner involved in a dispute take the matter into their own hands, disrespect their opponent via messenger, or berate their opponent publicly in the forum. The league staff reserves the right to remove any owner that violates the code of conduct as it has been outlined here.

    L.5 CODE OF CONDUCT

    TSO plays an integral part in the development of NCAA, Madden, and potentially other genres in the future. ALL 12th Man Football league members, present and future alike, are required to recognize and respect that TSO is the governing body of all leagues within the community. YOUR voice is important. Just as you did by completing your TSO application, each league member is required to confirm publicly that they will respect and contribute to the TSO community. Any deviation from that will result in the immediate dismissal from 12th Man Football and the TSO community.

     
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    TRADES

    T.1 TRADE EVALUATION

    ALL trades must be announced in the Team Management forum. Although league approval is not required, ALL trades MUST be announced so that they are accounted for under the T.4 TRADE RESTRICTIONS. CPU trading is enabled, and therefore, trading with CPU teams is ALLOWED if the CPU team agrees. The T.4 TRADE RESTRICTIONS apply to USER and CPU team trades alike.

    Please keep in mind that this is NOT a fantasy league. The league staff reserves the right to deny any trade.

    T.2 TRADE ANNOUNCEMENT FORMAT

    An example of the trade announcement format is posted as follows and it must be used for a trade to be accounted for:

    TEAM 1
    Player A - position - Overall rating, age; or draft pick
    Player B - position - Overall rating, age; or draft pick

    TEAM 2
    Player A - position - Overall rating, age; or draft pick
    Player B - position - Overall rating, age; or draft pick

    T.3 TRADE DEADLINES

    All trades must be requested by the scheduled weekly deadline for the transaction to be effective on the next week's roster. The regular season trade deadline is the conclusion of week EIGHT. No trades of any kind are allowed after week nine commences. Trading will resume upon conclusion of the Superbowl.

    T.4 TRADE RESTRICTIONS

    · UNLIMITED number of teams may be involved in a trade; however, CPU teams may NOT be involved in multi-team trades
    · CPU TRADES are only allowed if the CPU team makes an offer to a human team; a screen shot of the offer will be required
    · UNLIMITED trades; however, only one trade may be performed with each individual team per season including the CPU teams
    · FOUR players or picks total per trade ( 1 for 1; 1 for 2; 2 for 1; 2 for 2; 3 for 1; 1 for 3 ); an exception to this restriction are CPU trade offers to other teams
    · UNLIMITED picks may be accumulated via trade; however, future draft picks are limited to the current and the next season's draft
    · NO cumulative cap penalty limit

    We are not a fantasy league and this is not the NBA or MLB. Only FOUR players or picks TOTAL between the teams involved are allowed per trade. Therefore, if Team A is sending ONE player, Team B can send a combination of THREE players/picks to Team A as compensation.


    For trade limit purposes, the following definitions apply...

    "SEASON" begins with the off-season retirements & re-signings phase and ends with the conclusion of the Superbowl.

    "OFF-SEASON" begins with the conclusion of the Superbowl and ends with the conclusion of the pre-season.

    "REGULAR SEASON" is the commencement of week 1 and the conclusion of week 8 (regular season trade deadline).

    T.5 DRAFT DAY TRADES

    Draft day trades are allowed if they fall within the T.4 TRADE RESTRICTIONS. There is no limit on the number of draft picks that a team may accumulate via trade. Draft day trades must be completed by the teams involved within the online CCM. Draft day trades MUST be posted in the Team Management forum. The draft will NOT be paused to allow additional time for teams to complete a draft day trade.

    T.6 PLAYER OVERALL RATINGS

    For trade value purposes, a player's overall rating is based on what the player's highest overall rating is at the player's most suitable position scheme. The player's overall rating on the team that is receiving the player in a trade is the receiving team's risk or reward.

    T.7 TRADE PROTECTION

    A player that has been received in a trade may not be traded again until the off-seasonfollowing the completion of the Superbowl of the season which the player was traded. For trade protection purposes, the definition of "SEASON" begins with the off-season retirements phase and ends with the conclusion of the Superbowl. Teams may release players received via trade at any time.

    T.8 TRADE BLOCKS

    Teams may update their trade block in the online franchise or post the information in the the Team Management forum.

     
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    RE-SIGNINGS

    RS.1 RE-SIGNINGS

    THERE ARE NO LONGER ANY PLAYER LIMITATIONS REGARDING YOUR RE-SIGNINGS.

    The salary cap will be determined by the online CCM. Teams MUST comply with the salary cap for the year that applies and remain under the cap at all times. Each individual owner is responsible for managing their team salaries to remain under the cap while maintaining the minimum roster requirements.

    To view your Team Salaries while in the online CCM; select the upper right tab and proceed…

    MORE… > STRATEGY (whistle icon) > TEAM SALARIES (money bag icon)

     
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    FREE AGENCY

    FA.1 PRE-SEASON & REGULAR SEASON FREE AGENCY

    Other than cap space and roster limits, there is no restriction to the number of free agents that a team may sign during the pre-season or regular season.

    In order to prevent teams from manipulating the cap system, a "no tag-backs" rule has been established. Teams may NOT release a player during the pre-season or regular season and then re-sign the player they just released to a one year free agent deal. It is a loophole which allows teams to sign the player at a fraction of what the his original contract was. Re-structuring contracts may only be performed during a contract year or when the player has requested to re-negotiate his current contract.

    Once a player is released from his contract during the pre-season or the regular season, he cannot be signed to a free agent contract by the team that released him until the following off-season free agency phase commences if the player maintains free agent status. If signing a free agent is an issue of need, the team can sign a different player at the position to replace the player that was released. If the team wanted to keep the player that they had released, the team shouldn't have released the player in the first place.

    FA.2 FREE AGENT CONTRACT TERMS

    Teams may extend an offer for any contract length and/or amount the free agent will accept within the limitations of the online CCM.

    FA.3 FREE AGENT PROTECTION

    Newly acquired free agents may NOT be traded until they have completed the current season with the team that they have signed a contract with. For free agent protection purposes, the definition of "SEASON" begins with the off-season retirements phase and ends with the conclusion of the Superbowl. Teams may release players signed via free agency back to free agency at any time.

    FA.4 OFF-SEASON FREE AGENCY

    A free agency period will be held both before and after the draft. Bidding will be determined by the online CCM. Teams are only limited to what their cap space allows without going below the minimum roster requirements.

    FA.5 RESTRICTED FREE AGENCY

    There are no restricted free agents with the online CCM. The league will NOT be holding a restricted free agency period of its own.

     
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    ROOKIE DRAFT

    RD.1 DRAFT PARAMETERS

    The rookie draft will be held LIVE within the online franchise every off-season including simulated seasons. The draft will be scheduld for a pre-determined date and time that is convenient for the majority of the league owners AND coincides with the current league schedule. We cannot cater to every owner's schedule; and therefore, we reserve the right to schedule the rookie draft for a date/time which an owner or owners may not be present. There is no limit to the number of draft picks that a team may have for the draft.

    RD.2 DRAFT SETTINGS

    Teams will have 60 seconds with each pick to make their selection. The LIVE draft will not be paused for any draft day trades. The LIVE draft will not be paused to allow a team more time to make their selection if the rookie they were prospecting was selected with the previous team's draft pick. The LIVE draft will not be paused if an owner is not present when their pick is "on the clock" in the draft order. The league staff reserves the right to pause the LIVE draft at any time in warranted situations that are not intended for self-gain.

    RD.3 DRAFT BOARD

    Owners are not required to be present for the rookie draft. If an owner is unable to attend the LIVE draft, or if they choose not to attend the LIVE draft, or if they choose to leave the LIVE draft at any time; it is the OWNER'S responsibility to establish their team's draft board within the online franchise. The CPU will make the draft selections for all owners who are not present at the time that their draft pick is "on the clock." The league staff will NOT be making draft selections for owners who are absent during the LIVE draft; nor will the league staff manage absentee draft boards.

    RD.4 DRAFT DAY TRADES

    Draft day trades are allowed if they fall within the T.4 TRADE RESTRICTIONS. There is no limit on the number of draft picks that a team may accumulate via trade. Draft day trades must be completed by the teams involved within the online CCM. Draft day trades MUST be posted in the Team Management forum. The draft will NOT be paused to allow additional time for teams to complete a draft day trade.

    RD.5 ROOKIE SIGNINGS

    All drafted rookies are signed to their respective teams. The contract amounts are pre-determined within the online franchise.

    RD.6 ROOKIE TRADE OR RELEASE

    Newly acquired rookies may not be traded until one season has been completed with their respective team. Rookies may be released to free agency at any time.

     
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    TRADE RULES edited to reflect the changes of 9/6/12; T.3 TRADE RESTRICTIONS
     
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    WEEKLY GAMEPLAY rules edited under WG.3 DISCONNECTS to include parameters for what to do when one or both owners are still connected to the EA servers.
     
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    FRANCHISE SETTINGS rules edited under WG.4 COACH SELECTION to include parameters for selecting / hiring / firing coaches.
     
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    ROSTER rules edited under R.3 POSITION CHANGES to include parameters for position changes.
     
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    ROSTER rules edited under R.2 POSITION CHANGES & SUBSTITUTIONS to ALLOW for OLB/DE formation subs.
     
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    FRANCHISE SETTINGS rules revised to adjust for turning off the salary cap in the online CCM (due to the salary cap glitch). The rules under FS.7 TRADE PROPOSAL FORMAT have been added to reflect the changes to the franchise management.

    FREE AGENCY rules revised to adjust for turning off the salary cap in the online CCM (due to the salary cap glitch). The rules under FA.3 OFF-SEASON FREE AGENCY have been edited to reflect the changes in franchise management.

    TRADES rules revised to adjust for turning off the salary cap in the online CCM (due to the salary cap glitch). The rules under T.2 TRADE PROPOSAL FORMAT and T.4 TRADE RESTRICTIONS have been edited to reflect the changes to the franchise management.

    The following trade rules were eliminated...
     
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    ROSTER rules revised to adjust for turning off the salary cap in the online CCM (due to the salary cap glitch). The rules under R.4 RELEASES & RE-SIGNINGS have been added to reflect the changes to the franchise management.

    RE-SIGNINGS rules revised to adjust for turning off the salary cap in the online CCM (due to the salary cap glitch). The rules under RS.1 RE-SIGNINGS have been edited to reflect the changes in franchise management.

    FREE AGENCY rules revised to adjust for turning off the salary cap in the online CCM (due to the salary cap glitch). The rules under FA.1 PRE-SEASON & REGULAR SEASON FREE AGENCY have been edited to reflect the changes in franchise management.

    The following re-signings rule was eliminated...
     
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    FREE AGENCY rules revised to prevent teams from sand bagging veteran free agents with back loaded large contract deals in order to be awarded the contract when competing with other teams; knowing that the free agent will most likely retire before the majority of the contract is paid. The rules under FA.2 FREE AGENT CONTRACT TERMShave been added to reflect the limitation for free agents age 32 or older...

     
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    FRANCHISE SETTINGS rules edited under FS.8 SALARY CAP to eliminate manual salary cap and team penalty calculations. All salary cap limitations will be applied within the online CCM itself.

    ROSTER rules edited under R.4 RELEASES & RE-SIGNINGS to remove manual recording and team penalty calculations of team releases in the forum. All releases will be tracked within the online CCM itself.

    TRADES rules revised to reflect limitations applied for reformatted league. T.1 TRADE EVALUATION changed to indicate that staff approval is no longer needed; but the staff reserves the right to deny any trade. T.2 TRADE ANNOUNCEMENT FORMAT changed to eliminate cap penalties and reasoning behind trade. T.4 TRADE RESTRICTIONS changed to eliminate BLOCKBUSTER rule and completely revise trade limitations. T.5 DRAFT DAY TRADES changed to ALLOW for draft day trades which fall within the T.4 TRADE RESTRICTIONS. T.6 PLAYER OVERALL RATINGS changed to reflect the player's highest overall rating at the player's most suitable position scheme.

    RE-SIGNINGS rules edited to eliminate age related contract term limitations.

    FREE AGENCY rules edited under FA.2 FREE AGENT CONTRACT TERMS to eliminate age related contract term limitations.

    ROOKIE DRAFT rules edited under RD.4 DRAFT DAY TRADES to ALLOW for draft day trades which fall under the T.4 TRADE RESTRICTIONS.
     
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    TRADES rules revised to disallow trades with CPU teams UNLESS the CPU team makes the offer to the human controlled team. The rules under T.4 TRADE RESTRICTIONS have been edited to reflect the changes.

     
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