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SFL Communications

May 1, 2019

The Simulation Football League presented by APM Music has concluded its bi-annual Owners Meetings with three new rules and four rule changes that will take effect immediately, most notably the nuances placed on running backs in order to create more unique styles of play in the run game.

The Salary Cap holds at 920 from the previous season and the re-signing period will begin Friday May 3. According to Section 4.2 of the league rulebook related to finalized contracts:

  • Once finalized, a player may not change teams as they are officially committed. ¬†A contract is considered ‚Äúfinal and official‚ÄĚ when both team and player have agreed to the contract in the Group DM with the league and the Director of Player Personnel has added the player to the roster. At this time, the contract cannot be canceled or otherwise voided by the player or team. Extenuating circumstances can be brought to the League Office and a ruling will be made.

“We are all looking forward to our 13th season,” said Commissioner Cameron Irvine. “Owners conducted meetings flawlessly this off-season with our new structure behind the scenes. It led to very in-depth conversation and a lot of positive back-and-forth that resulted in more formulated and educated proposals. I applaud those who participated deeply and with great passion, those are the owners in which this league will continue to build an incredible foundation.”

The following are new rules approved by owners and added to the rulebook:

Running Back Archetypes:

  • At the time of HB player creation, the user will choose their HB‚Äôs archetype and running style.
  • Each archetype will have specific maximums for the three most important running back attributes: Speed, Agility, and Break Tackle.
  • These guidelines do not apply to FBs or bronze non-user players.
  • Archetypes: Power/Balanced/Finesse a. Speed ‚Äď 82/87/92 b. Agility ‚Äď 80/85/90 c. Break Tackle ‚Äď 90/85/80 d. Running Style – Power/Balanced/Finesse
  • In addition to these imposed maximums, 3 of the running back High Value animations will only be available to certain archetypes:
    • Battering Ram ‚Äď available to Power HBs only
    • Branching Tackles ‚Äď available to Balanced HBs only
    • Breakaway Burst ‚Äď available to Finesse HBs only
  • Players can change archetypes over the course of their career, but only during the offseason.
  • Players may only move one spot along this path each offseason: Power – Balanced – Finesse.
  • When changing archetypes, maximums and animations will follow the same rules as players changing positions.

Implementation for Season 13 – This offseason, each user with a running back will declare which archetype they wish their running back to be at time of signing. Once a user declares which archetype they wish their HB to be, they will be allowed to alter the affected attributes and abilities up to but not exceeding the build value they had at the end of season 12. This means that they can adjust their speed, agility, and break tackle, but may not adjust any other attributes. They may switch between battering ram, branching tackles and breakaway burst, but they may not change any other animations. They may drop any abilities or reduce their overall build value just as they can during any other offseason.

Percentage of vote needed: 51%     /     Percentage of vote received: 70%

Draft Pick Compensation:

In the event of a cancelled draft, teams may sign 1 rookie at the projected value of the corresponding rookie on the big board for their pick position in the draft. (ex. Atlanta has the 14th pick in the draft. The 14th rookie on the Rookie Big Board has a draft value of Max Silver -4. Atlanta may sign a single rookie at that value).

Percentage of vote needed: 51%     /     Percentage of vote received: 65%

NOTE: The league will have a one-round draft heading into its 13th season, schedule for June 1.

Current and Defunct Franchises Folding Franchise:

A franchise folds when all of the following conditions are met:

  • The team‚Äôs owner relinquishes his team, or has it removed by the league for any reason
  • All players on the roster either retire or are released
  • The team is declared ‚Äúfolded‚ÄĚ by the league, and ceases to exist

A current franchise is defined as either of the following:

  • One team held continuously by a single owner for a period of time without folding
  • One team whose ownership has been transferred to another owner without folding at any point in the process

Any franchise that has folded at any time is considered defunct

  • A defunct franchise may not be recreated by anyone who was not one of the team‚Äôs former owners; if one of the team‚Äôs former owners attempted to recreate a defunct franchise, this would represent an extraordinary situation, and could only be done with approval of the competition committee and the league commissioner.
  • Any uniforms or names deemed to be attempts to closely replicate or recreate a defunct franchise will not be allowed. Defining an attempt to closely replicate a defunct franchise will be left to the discretion of the competition committee and the league commissioner.

Performance record-keeping guidelines:

  • Performance records include wins and losses, as well as any other statistics collected and stored by the league that relate to a team‚Äôs performance
  • All performance records of defunct franchises are considered frozen, and may only be connected to a current team if a defunct franchise were recreated by one of its former owners as described above.
  • All performance records of a current franchise are tied to that franchise from the time of its inception until it folds. Teams may choose to move or re-brand, but they may not choose to dissociate performance records from their franchise. The only way to dissociate records from a franchise is for that franchise to fold.

Percentage of vote needed: 51%     /     Percentage of vote received: 80%

The following are rule changes approved by owners and added to the rulebook:

Loyalty Point Allocation Increase:

Increase the Loyalty Points allowed per player from 5 to 10. The total amount of Loyalty Points allotted per team will remain at 20.

Percentage of vote needed: 67%     /     Percentage of vote received: 85%

Replacing Owner Players Mid-Season:

Owner Players may only be replaced by a user who has never had a previous user player. This is to prevent owners from using an owner player to reserve a roster spot for someone and circumventing the draft.

Percentage of vote needed: 67%     /     Percentage of vote received: 90%

Reduce Required Amount of Saved Progression, Silver level:

Every option slides back 1 week, so they have progression options for each week for 4 weeks. HVAs can be added in the 4th week. Gold would follow the following schedule:

  • Week 1: Save
  • Week 2: 1 Primary OR 2 Secondary
  • Week 3: 2 Primary OR 4 Secondary
  • Week 4: 3 Primary OR 6 Secondary
  • Week 5: Low Value Animation
  • Week 6: High Value Animation

Percentage of vote needed: 67%     /     Percentage of vote received: 85%

Running back Route God

Add Route God to the list of Low Value Animations that may be used by RBs.
Percentage of vote needed: 67%     /     Percentage of vote received: 70%

The following were rule changes rejected by owners and not added to the rulebook:

Naming Generic Players

Generic Players cannot represent anyone in the SFL Discord. If a player makes it known that they are being represented by a generic player, the league will rename the player immediately.
Percentage of vote needed: 67%     /     Percentage of vote received: 50%

End of Season Progression

Currently, Gold and Silver players are required to save progression for a week or two in order to add anything to their player. In order to provide a full 12 weeks of players being able to make decisions for their player, we would now allow a player who is required to save progression in the last week of progression for the season to add the minimum amount of attributes allowed for their tier.
For example: A Gold level player progresses in Week 10. They are required to save progression for 2 weeks, which would mean they would not be able to progress the remainder of the season. This new rule would allow them to add +1 Primary OR +2 Secondary in the last week of progression regardless.
Rule wording: If a player does not have any progression options besides saving in the last week of the season, the player may add the minimum amount of attributes allowed by their level (Silver and Gold).
Percentage of vote needed: 67%     /     Percentage of vote received: 55%

Co-Ownership Process and Structure Ownership

  • Ownership will consists of 2 concepts, co-ownership and majority/minority ownership.
  • Teams will be allowed to have at most 2 owners of any type.
  • Each current co-owner following passage of this rule must designate themselves either a co-owner, majority owner, or minority owner.
  • Single owners will be designated as sole owners or simply as owners.
  • Those designating themselves as co-owners this one time do not need to complete a full ownership application. They are grandfathered in.
  • Each team has only one vote on all league rules, owner applications, or any other league function requiring an owner vote.
  • It is up to the co-owners or minority and majority owners to work out who is voting for each league matter that is up for a vote.
  • If an individual applies for minority or co-ownership during the season and fails the quick 2/3 owners vote midseason, they must wait until that offseason to re-apply.

Co-ownership

  • Description: Co-ownership is designed for the long term.
  • Co-owners are vetted using the same process as owners and have equal authority with their other co-owner.
  • Co-ownership is not designed for people wishing to own a different team in the future.
  • Process – Applicants for co-ownership must be sponsored and recommended for co-ownership by the sole owner of the team wishing to join with them.
  • Applicants for co-ownership must complete a full ownership application, including answering the questionnaire given to applicants for full ownership.
  • Co-owners are only voted on during the offseason. However, a future co-owner can be approved by a 2/3 vote of current owners during the season to a temporary role of minority owner.
  • Following the season, they must then complete the full ownership application process and be re-voted on as a co-owner.
  • If they fail this offseason vote, they may remain on as a minority owner.
  • If they decide at the end of this season to continue as a minority owner without completing the full ownership application, they may do so.
  • Co-Owner Rights and Responsibilities – If one of the two co-owners leaves or is removed by the league, the other co-owner is automatically given ownership of the team.
  • Ownership of graphics and league fees are to be worked out between co-owners and the league has no role in managing this so long as the team is not delinquent in payment.

Applying for Sole Ownership:

  • In order to apply for sole ownership (of another team besides the one that they currently co-own), a co-owner must resign his position as co-owner.
  • If his bid for solo ownership is unsuccessful, he must wait one season to re-apply for co-ownership, at which point he must go through the entire application process again if he wishes to resume a role as co-owner.
  • He can opt to apply for minority ownership again immediately but must wait one season to be eligible to have that minority ownership converted to co-ownership.
  • Explanatory Example: A current designated co-owner at the end of season 13 wishes to apply for an expansion team that would start season 14 (i.e. we are in the offseason following season 13). He must resign as co-owner to apply. If he is unsuccessful, he is no longer a co-owner and must wait until the offseason following season 14 to apply for co-ownership. He may apply for minority ownership, but must wait until the offseason following season 14 to apply for co-ownership.

Majority/Minority Ownership

  • Description: Minority ownership is designed to help prospective future owners gain ownership experience.
  • It is designed for easy transition to solo ownership, however minority owners may remain as such indefinitely so long as they and their team and their majority owner remain in good standing with the league.
  • Process – Applicants for minority ownership must be sponsored and recommended for minority ownership by the sole owner of the team wishing to join with them.
  • Minority owners can be voted on at any time during the season or the offseason by a 2/3 vote of current owners.
  • If a minority owner wishes to become a co-owner, they may indicate this at any time.
  • Their majority owner must also state that he desires for the minority owner to become a co-owner.
  • The minority owner must then complete the full owner application during the offseason following their announcement and be re-voted on as a co-owner.
  • If they fail this offseason vote, they may remain on as a minority owner.
  • Co-Owner Rights and Responsibilities: If the majority owner leaves or is removed by the league, the minority owner is not automatically given ownership of the team.
  • He is allowed to continue as interim owner until the end of the season, at which time anyone approved by the league may apply for ownership of this team, including the current minority owner.
  • All applicants for ownership of this team will then complete a full ownership application and be voted on by owners in standard fashion.
  • If the previous minority owner is not successful in their bid for this team, they are no longer a minority owner of this or any other team, however they may be added as a minority owner of another team whose owner wishes to join with them at any time in accordance with minority ownership rules.
  • They do not need to wait a full season to be added as a minority owner of another team.
  • Minority owners may not own team logos or graphics.
  • League fees for team ownership are to be worked out between the majority and minority owners, and the league has no role in managing this so long as the team is not delinquent in payment.

Applying for Sole Ownership:

  • A minority owner may apply for sole ownership (of another team besides the one of which they are currently a minority owner) during any offseason without penalty.
  • If they are successful in their bid, they become sole owner of their new team.
  • If they are unsuccessful, they may continue as a minority owner of their previous team and remain a minority owner indefinitely so long as they and their team and their majority owner remain in good standing with the league.

Percentage of vote needed: 67%     /     Percentage of vote received: 60%

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