New to this league, where are the rules?

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    ipat

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    New to this league, where are the rules?

    Post by ipat on July 28th 2011, 7:21 pm

    Hey everyone, I have recently applied to join this league through the thread found in the ea sports forum. I was just wondering where the league rules are ? Reason is because it seems that this league has been around for awhile but as I navigate through the forums I dont see it. Are there specific trades rules, game rules, and other rules that we must follow while we are in this league. Please let me know, as I would like to look over them before the game drops. Thanks

    Zsirvone28

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    Re: New to this league, where are the rules?

    Post by Zsirvone28 on July 29th 2011, 2:28 am

    ipat wrote:Hey everyone, I have recently applied to join this league through the thread found in the ea sports forum. I was just wondering where the league rules are ? Reason is because it seems that this league has been around for awhile but as I navigate through the forums I dont see it. Are there specific trades rules, game rules, and other rules that we must follow while we are in this league. Please let me know, as I would like to look over them before the game drops. Thanks

    Second this. Will be my first year and OD with XML. Curious on rules and whatnot..
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    TheDarkKnight50
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    Re: New to this league, where are the rules?

    Post by TheDarkKnight50 on July 29th 2011, 10:02 am

    The new league rules for this upcoming year will be posted soon. We'll still have open discussion over most of them. However, I can post here our previous rules that we have used in the past soon to go off of for u new guys.


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    Re: New to this league, where are the rules?

    Post by Zsirvone28 on July 29th 2011, 1:55 pm

    TheDarkKnight50 wrote:The new league rules for this upcoming year will be posted soon. We'll still have open discussion over most of them. However, I can post here our previous rules that we have used in the past soon to go off of for u new guys.

    Yeah, I think that'd be an awesome idea. That way we can have some of the older guys break down the rules and tell us what they did and didn't like in addition to the new guys giving ideas as well..
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    Re: New to this league, where are the rules?

    Post by mowarrior79 on August 1st 2011, 11:57 am

    Just remember this one rule and you'll be fine...

    play sim and respect your opponent
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    Re: New to this league, where are the rules?

    Post by TheDarkKnight50 on August 1st 2011, 9:03 pm

    mowarrior79 wrote:Just remember this one rule and you'll be fine...

    play sim and respect your opponent
    Yeah pretty much, that will gain you a lot around here. Just that much. Though, we will be putting the new rules for XML 12 online in the coming few weeks.

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    Re: New to this league, where are the rules?

    Post by Zsirvone28 on August 1st 2011, 9:05 pm

    TheDarkKnight50 wrote:
    mowarrior79 wrote:Just remember this one rule and you'll be fine...

    play sim and respect your opponent
    Yeah pretty much, that will gain you a lot around here. Just that much. Though, we will be putting the new rules for XML 12 online in the coming few weeks.

    We should start a thread and have people post in here what we want/don't want in terms of gameplay. Do you guys have a rules posting that you used for your last few leagues?
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    Re: New to this league, where are the rules?

    Post by TheDarkKnight50 on August 1st 2011, 9:07 pm

    Ok here is what our PREVIOUS league's rules were. Here is a general guideline of what we have gone off of in the past. Will be editing, changing a few things for the upcoming season.

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    I. Online Franchise Settings
    a. Stock rosters.
    b. 32 user teams.
    c. This franchise will continue until Madden 12 is released.
    d. No salary cap.
    e. League advances every 3 days (or less) routinely.
    f. All-Madden level.
    g. 8 minute quarters.
    h. Injuries on.
    i. 15 second clock run off.
    j. Trading allowed (5 per team each season), but not with CPU. All trades must be accepted by the commissioner.
    k. Draft pick trading is not allowed, unless behind closed doors aka. it's not the XML's fault if your trade falls through after you have all ready committed. (free agent draft trading IS allowed)
    l. Trade deadline is Week 6 of the regular season. (once Week 7 starts, no more trades allowed)

    II. Game Play Standards

    We are looking for true Madden football strategy players. We are not looking for the "abuse the flaws of the video games" strategy. If you don't see it happen in the NFL then it will not be allowed in this league. We plan on being strict with this specific rule. 8 INT, 600 yard passing, 400 yard rushing games will NOT be tolerated. If you have seen QB’s throwing 8 INT’s in a game then you let me know. You get the idea; know when to stop and when to go. Please note that occasional records are understood but let’s be real.

    Make realistic player substitutions. For example, putting a SS at LB is what NOT to do (putting your TE at No. 1 WR is another example). Putting a MLB at ROLB is OK, or a RE at LE, RT at LT, RG at C, DE at OLB, or a FS at SS etc.. You be the judge and you know what kind of subs should be allowed or considered out of line. If you honestly don’t know, ask the commissioner or a league advisor.

    Reasons For Termination:
    Again, we will have a ONE strike policy in this league. If you have crazy unrealistic stats, or run up the score on your opponents then you do not have a spot in this league. This league is built upon respect and respectable game play. If you have the game won in the 4th quarter you better be running the ball or trying to run the clock out. I don’t want to see 99 yard TD bombs at expiration when you have beaten your opponent. Know when to quit.

    Activity. Period. If I feel you aren’t active then I have the right at any point in time to release you from the franchise. If I feel it is in the best interest then I will do it. Check forums every 1-2 days as a rule of thumb. The more media posts you create, or the more content you can bring to the league the better chance you'll stick around.

    Quitting a game. If you quit your game vs. your opponent you will be removed from this league instantly. Please understand that connection issues can occur, but if there is reasonable cause to believe you quit, you will be removed for it. Also disrespecting other owners verbally (to an extreme).

    Play Selection:
    Avoid glitch plays to make it a fair game. You CANNOT come out in the same play over and over, and over again. Learn new plays or playbooks if you only have 5 plays you know how to run. GameFlow is always a possibility as well if you have a problem with this. You know it’s frustrating when you play someone and they use the same play for the entire game again and again so let’s stop the process. If you play vs. someone who you feel uses the same repeated plays you may report them to the commissioner (see reporting policy in section three, below, of the rule book).

    Show some balance on offense. If you are going to pass 50 times and rush 7 times in a game then you do not have a spot in this franchise. We expect for some balance in the offense. We aren’t asking to run as many times as passing (50/50) however we are asking you respect the running and passing game equally. I understand some teams are built to run, some are built to pass, but remember this is an NFL copycat league. If you don’t see it on Sunday’s then don’t do it here. I find more issue with teams throwing 40 times to running 5 times than I do a team running the ball 30 times and passing 12 times.

    Stay in check on the screen passes. We don’t want HB’s with 10 receptions a game every week. Use some more plays in the offense, as a guide.

    DO NOT THROW TO THE FLATS FOR YOUR MAIN SOURCE OF OFFENSE, USE IT AS A CHECK DOWN.

    On the defensive side of the ball, respect the blitz game. We expect everyone to get a pass rush but I don’t want to see guys running to the other side of the line to get a sack (a LE going to the RE side to get a two on one scenario). Guys having 4-5 sacks every game will not be allowed.

    You can manually move defenders. You are not limited to only moving one guy. In the NFL all positions adjust accordingly to be in position to defend.

    Special teams will only have two guidelines. NO fake field goals or FAKE punting allowed.

    III. Transactions
    Due to no salary cap in Madden 11 Online Franchise, we will have our own form of an off-season free agent process. Every team MUST cut an elite player from their roster following each XML season as well as a 70+ and a 65+. As long as every team is at 48 players heading into the next season we are good. We base your elite players OVR rating upon some basic math. We add your top 10 players overalls (excluding all K/P, and 33+ players). We then subtract 50 points, then divide by 10. This is your elite player rating you must cut. Some teams may be below 80, while some may have to cut a higher 80's player.

    This will provide some off-season changes in team’s lineups. There will also be a free agent draft on AIM to acquire these free agent players. The team with the worst record during the given season will have the first choice at the free agent pool (ex. same order as rookie draft order). Once that team selects one of the free agents, the second worse team will get a choice at replacing their former player. From there it will trickle down to the Super Bowl champion having the final choice at a new free agent player. We have 2 rounds and we hold this on AIM messenger.

    Kickers and Punters are not allowed as one of the players. Only players 32 years old and younger count.

    This will shorten the gap between the best and worst in the league.

    NOTE: Commissioner will make all roster additions/subtractions during the off-season. DURING the season, FA pick ups are at all. I will notify the league when I am in control of roster cuts and when I am not in the League News.

    IV. Reporting Game Play Abuse And Scheduling Issues
    When you feel an opponent used flaws of the video game consistently during a game please send email to xtrememaddenleague@hotmail.com. State what was done and if possible create a highlight of the play directly after the game. The highlight will make it easiest to evaluate what you claim. Once that is done the Commissioner will decide whether to penalize a GM.

    If there is a certain aspect of someone’s game that rubs you the wrong way and are unsure whether or not is allowed, contact us at the above email as well to discuss the possible infraction.

    If you have an opponent who isn’t contacting you in the 3 days during each week in the league, contact us and we will either boot the other user to allow your game to play; or we will sim your week if you do not get your game scheduled in time. Contact members via Playstation Network, AIM, or email. Put an effort in, if we see that you tried to schedule your game on the forum with no response we’ll be sure to get your game in and completed.

    (you can find a full listing of general manager contact information in the scheduling section of forum.)

    If you have any questions about any rules or have an idea for a potential rule addition, please contact me or a league advisor.

    Enjoy this league, it is created to have fun and experience a realistic online franchise!


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    Zsirvone28

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    Re: New to this league, where are the rules?

    Post by Zsirvone28 on August 1st 2011, 9:52 pm

    Some possible additions:

    --You may motion players, but you CAN NOT snap the ball with a WR in BETWEEN the tackles. They must be outside or behind the TE.
    --You are only allowed to control the KR/PR on special teams return plays. It is not allowed to user a blitzer on a punt and move him back towards the returner to receive extra blocking.
    --TWO defenders must have a blitz/rush assignment on EVERY play and attempt to rush the passer throughout the duration of the play. If a player is usering a defender with a blitz assignment, they MUST blitz/rush the passer/defend the run/engage the line and NOT back into coverage (unless they're are already two computer players rushing the passer). 'Contain' is a legitimate blitz/rush assignment.
    --Kickoffs must go past the 20 in the air (no pop ups that go to the TE). Squibs may be used but only when under 2 minutes in the half or game.
    --QBs can only drop back 15 yards from the line of scrimmage at ALL TIMES.

    --Position changes ALLOWED:
    FS/SS/CB
    OLB/MLB
    OLB/DE
    DT/DE
    OT/OG
    OG/C
    TE at WR (can not be higher than the 3rd WR on the Depth Chart)

    Zsirvone28

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    Re: New to this league, where are the rules?

    Post by Zsirvone28 on August 1st 2011, 9:58 pm

    We should DEFINITELY be able to move picks (making the 5 trade rule irrelevant, unless that's only used during the Trade Deadline and off-season trades are limit-less) especially with League Manager this year when it tracks everything for you. I like moving around in the rookie draft, stocking piling picks and moving up for the guys I really want.

    Free Agency shouldn't be a draft either. Again, League Manager has it set up just like it will be an offline franchise (if I read their site correctly), where it's a bidding war for every player. Teams should have limitless opportunities to control their team and ultimately their destiny. Contracts are handled by LM, so we should have the choice of building through the draft or going out and spending big time bucks on Free Agents.

    These additions would ultimately create a balance in the league as teams need to find THEIR recipe for success by figuring out their contract situations, figuring out what players fit their scheme/playing style, and sending their franchise in the direction they ultimately want it..

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    Re: New to this league, where are the rules?

    Post by Free_Palestine94 on August 21st 2011, 3:51 pm

    dang I hope theres less than 8 minute quarters. I thought the original 6 was great

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