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SFL Communications

November 15, 2020

The Simulation Football League and its 24 teams conducted owner meetings over the last nine days, with four different two-hour calls to go over the more complicated issues facing the league heading into next season. The biggest change will be to the in-season signing process, which will now sign players at a max of their earned value as a SFLm call-up, rather than transferring the value of the departing player directly to the incoming player. Those players then can re-sign or enter free agency in the off-season.

“Our league has changed so much just over the last few seasons and it was clear there were outdated policies, most of which referred to rookies, their value and their signing process,” said Commissioner Cameron Irvine. “After a conference call, it was clear the one-to-one transfer of values was not something even the team’s wanted and will take a team-option as to whether they sign a replacement or continue on without progression as SFLm players build value. I thank the owners for their participation, patience and professionalism to help us get answers on a variety of topics.”

Owner Meeting Headlines

  • Rookies will also now be eligible to be drafted in similar positions on the defensive side of the ball. Safeties and cornerbacks are interchangeable, as are defensive ends and tackles. Defensive line and offensive line can also switch sides of the ball and offensive line players have the opportunity to control more than one offensive lineman, after an offensive line coach proposal received enough votes for approval. This will also apply to supplemental draft players taken at a non-primary position.
  • The league has also adjusted its rules for coming out of retirement. Receiving 79% of the vote, a player who misses two seasons would receive regression in skills to the max of the tier below their last contract. Three seasons missed drops them a max tier lower, four seasons missed drops them another max tier lower, with max copper being the lowest a previous player’s value can deteriorate.
  • Rookie value is no longer restricted to base silver, getting 58% of the vote to abolish a restriction. Rookies’ drafted would be able to receive a contract matching all progression earned.
  • Rookies can be drafted at their primary position or an allowed position change from their primary position. Secondary positions and supplemental draft will not be a part of future drafts. The upcoming Rookie Draft is set for three rounds, expandable to four if applicable.
  • Home Field Advantage has been debated within the community as to its effects and possible causes. Team owners have been running controlled testing since the postseason and recording all data and results with private streams. 132 simulations were run with two teams with SFL plays and roster construction that produced similar results to SFL history. Owners voted to table any changes for Season 16 until the same amount of tests were run on legend settings (the league currently runs simulations on all-pro settings) to see if a level change is the cause of the issue. Testing must be completed by December 31 to result in any Season 16 settings changes.

The full list of rule change proposals, approvals and rejections and vote totals are listed below. The upcoming league calendar includes the re-signing period (Monday November 16-30), SFL Honors (Wednesday November 18) and the SFL All-Star Game (Sunday November 29). All-Star Game rosters will be unveiled during SFL Honors.

Owner Meeting Full Results:

  • In-Season Transactions – New Change (13 votes needed for approval)

The League is abolishing the permanent like for like replacement system of players in season. Please choose one of the following options for In-Season Replacements:

Option A: Players who replace another in-season can temporarily have full value transferred for the remainder of the season. The player who signs in-season continues to progress their minor league player under SFLm progression and progresses their major league player under SFL progression. Once the season is over, that player returns to the SFLm with ‘experience’ and takes their SFL progression with them.

Option B: Players who replace another in-season will be signed at the max value they have achieved through SFLm progression, will progress as a SFL player and will not continue to progress their minor league player. They are then eligible to be re-signed or enter free agency.

Option C: In-season signings will be abolished. Teams will play with the 20 players they signed in the off-season, regardless of activity.

In-Season Transactions – PLAYERS ARE REPLACED AT THE CURRENT SFLM VALUE APPROVED Received 58%. 51% needed to pass.

  • Rookie Position Changes – Rule Change (16 votes needed for approval)

Current Rule: Rookies may only be drafted at the position they played in SFLm. (Secondary Positions will not be used in Season 16)

Proposed Change: Allow Rookies to be drafted at these allowed positions:
FS-SS
FS-CB
SS-CB
DT-DE
DL-OL (if that proposal is approved)

All rookies playing any other position may not be drafted at a different position.

Rookie Position Changes – APPROVED Received 96%. Needed 67% to pass.

  • Supplemental Draftee Position Change – New Rule (13 votes needed for approval)

Should the previous proposal be approved, Supplemental Draftees from Season 15 that are signing at their SFLm Season 1 Primary positions would be allowed to make the same allowed position changes.

Supplemental Changes – APPROVED Received 83%. Needed 67% to pass.

  • Value Coming Out of Retirement – Rule Change (16 votes needed for approval)

Current Rule: Retired User Players can come out of retirement at any time and sign at the ratings/value they last played as or lower.

Proposed Change: If a player has not played for 2 seasons, they may only sign up to max value of 1 tier below where they finished the season they played. Each additional season drops the value by 1 tier with Max Copper Value being the lowest it can drop.

Coming Out of Retirement – APPROVED Received 79% of the vote. Needed 67% to pass.

  • Max Rookie Value – Rule Change (16 votes needed for approval)

Current Rule: Rookies may not sign to a value higher than Base Silver Value for their position. The League is abolishing this limit.

Proposed Change Options:

Option A: Rookies will not have a value restriction. They will be able to sign at whatever value they have earned through progression in SFLm.

Option B: Rookies in their first season of SFLm will have their value capped at Base Silver Value for their position. Rookies in their second season of SFLm will be able to continue progressing to Max Silver Value.

Option C: Rookies may not sign to a value higher than Max Silver Value for their position.

Max Rookie Value – NO LIMIT TO ROOKIE VALUE APPROVED Received 58% (run-off). Needed 51% to pass.

  • Home Field Advantage – New Rule (13 votes needed for approval)
Please choose one of the following options in regards to policies surrounding Home Field Advantage:

Option A: Away Teams will be given an extra 5 Coach Points to add on to their players.

Option B: Complete 132 game testing, then complete another 132 game test with the game difficulty set to Legend to be completed by Dec 31, 2020. If completed on time and the Home Team wins 60% of games or less, owners will vote on changing the game difficulty to Legend for Season 16. If the test cannot be completed by the deadline or if the Home Teams wins 61% of games or more, then no vote for Season 16 will occur.

Option C: Make no changes in regards to Home Field Advantage.

HFA – LEGEND DIFFICULTY TESTING APPROVED Received 58%. Needed 51% to pass.

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  • QB Scramble – Rule Change (16 votes needed for approval)

Current Rule: QB’s have a scramble rating of 0. With the Scrambler animation, it increases to 60 and is progressible to 90.

Proposed change: All QBs will have a default Scramble Ratings of 30. With the Scrambler animation, it increases to 80 and is progressible to 90.

APPROVED Received 75%. Needed 67% of the vote to pass.

  • Loyalty Points Increase – Rule Change (16 votes needed for approval)

Current Rule: Each team receives 20 Loyalty Points to use on re-signing players in the offseason.

Proposed Change: Each team will receive 30 Loyalty Points to use on re-signing players in the offseason.

APPROVED Received 83%. Needed 67% of the vote to pass.

  • Franchise Building Block Points – New Rule (13 votes needed for approval)

Expansion Teams will be given a pool of Franchise Building Block Points to use when signing Free Agents in the offseason. These points will have the same restrictions as Loyalty Points.

Option A: Expansion Teams will be given half as many FBB Points as current teams have Loyalty Points.

Option B: Expansion Teams will be given an equal amount of FBB points as current teams have Loyalty Points.

Option C: Reject the Proposal

APPROVED. TEAMS GET EQUAL AMOUNT OF POINTS 54% received (run-off). Needed 51% to pass.

  • LB Run Coverage Attribute Maximum – Rule Change (16 votes needed for approval)

Current Rule: Max rating for Run Coverage for LBs is 75.

Proposed Change: Increase the max rating for Run Coverage to 80.

APPROVED Received 91%. Needed 67% to pass.

  • Announcement Rule – Rule Change (16 votes needed for approval)

Current Rule: If a player/team announces a signing before the league has announced it, that player may not sign with that team for the current season.

Proposed Change: Players who are re-signing with the team they played for in the previous season may publicly announce they are returning to that team without penalty. The actual signing may still not be announced before the league has approved the contract. This would not apply to Free Agency.

Announcement Rule – APPROVED Received 83%. Needed 67% to pass.

  • OL to DL Position Change – Rule Change (16 votes needed for approval)

Current Rule: No other position can change to OL and OL cannot change to another position.

Proposed Change: OL and DL can switch positions with each other. All current position change rules would apply.

OL to DL – APPROVED Received 83%. Needed 67% to pass.

  • OL to DL Position change Addendum – New Rule (13 votes needed for approval)

Should the previous proposal pass, the Pass Rush and Run Coverage attributes can convey to Pass Block and Run Coverage and vice versa should a player change position from DL-OL/OL-DL. All other attributes convey according to current rules.

Allow DL attributes to go to Blocking – APPROVED Received 62%. Needed 51% to pass.

  • Director of Communications as Exempt Staff – Rule Change (16 votes needed for approval)

Current Rule: A team or user may reference the future signing of a player belonging to a staff member of General Manager, Head Coach, Offensive Coordinator and Defensive Coordinator in an exempt role through social media and other public avenues, but must wait for a signing announcement from the league for official confirmation.

Proposed Change: Add Director of Communications to the list of staff positions that may be announced early.

DOC on Exempt List – APPROVED Received 91%. Needed 67% to pass.

  • Owner Player Replacement – Rule Change (16 votes needed for approval)

Current Rule: Owner Players may be replaced at any time during the season.

Proposed Change: Owner Players may not be replaced during the season.

Owner Player Replacement – APPROVED Received 91%. Needed 67% to pass.

  • Generic Player Points – New Rule (13 votes needed for approval)

Teams will receive an amount of Generic Points equal to the amount of generic players on their team. These points would be applied to generic players before the start of the season and cannot change during the season. They will follow the same restrictions as Loyalty Points.

Generic Points – APPROVED Received 62%. Needed 51% to pass.

  • Offensive Line Coaches – New Rule (13 votes needed for approval)
Users can be signed as OL Coaches that can control more than 1 OL player. Owners may not be OL Coaches. If approved, implementation will be voted on below.

OL Coaches – APPROVED Received 54%. Needed 51% to pass.

  • If approved, how should the OL Coach Progress?
Option A: OL Coaches progress up to 5 players, but only 1 player in a week.
Option B: OL Coaches progress up to 2 players, but only 1 player in a week. Teams could have 2 OL Coaches
Option C: OL Coaches progress up to 5 players, but can split a week’s progression amongst all of them.

OL Coach Progression – 5 PLAYERS WHO PROGRESS 1 PLAYER EACH WEEK IS APPROVED Received 54% (run-off). Needed 51% to pass.

  • If approved, how should unsigned OL players be implemented?
OL players are linked to that OL Coach User. Any new OL players would start at Base Copper Value.
OL Players are put into a player pool waiver wire system with priority set by last season’s record.

Unsigned OL Players – OL Players linked to user Approved Received 75%. Needed 51% to pass.

  • Week 12 Progression – Rule Change (16 votes needed for approval)
Currently, the amount of Week 12 Progressions and errors is putting a lot of strain on the League Office to complete at the end of the season.
Current Rule: If a player must save in the last week of progression, they can instead add attribute points in the lowest rate for their level.
Proposed Change: Abolish the rule allowing players to progress even if they normally could not.

Abolish Week 12 Special Progression – APPROVED Received 83%. Needed 67% to pass.

  • Bonus Progression – Rule Change (16 votes needed for approval)

Current Rule: Copper and Bronze Players have an opportunity to gain Bonus Progression throughout the season. When those players complete 3 consecutive successful progressions, on the 4th week, they may add +3 Primary OR +5 Secondary to their normal progression. The week in which the bonus is applied does not count towards the next bonus. Only players who start the week’s progression window as Copper or Bronze level players may receive this bonus. This Bonus Progression does not apply to banking progression as a rookie.

This system is providing too much strain on the league office and cannot continue in it’s current form. We will first ask whether owners would like to abolish the system entirely.

Proposed Change: Abolish the Bonus Progression System

Abolish Bonus Progression – REJECTED Received 54%. Needed 67% to pass.

  • Bonus Progression Options – New Change (13 votes needed for approval)

If the Bonus Progression is to remain, please choose which of these options you want to see applied to the system to make it better:

Option A: Any incorrectly submitted progression will not be counted and will not be corrected.

Option B: Bonus Progression can only be claimed in Weeks 4, 8, and 12. If a player misses progression during one of these 4 week blocks, they will have to wait until the next one to try again.

Option C: Players may only apply Bonus Progression to 1 attribute.

Option D: Player may only apply Bonus Progression to up to 2 attributes.

Limiting attributes – APPROVED Received 54%. Needed 51% to pass. Option D had more votes and will be the limit enacted.

Bonus Progression can only be claimed in Weeks 4, 8, and 12 – APPROVED Received 54%. Needed 51% to pass.

Any incorrect submission will not be counted – REJECTED Received 25%. Needed 51% to pass

  • Kicker Kick Accuracy Max Rating – Rule Change (16 votes needed for approval)

Current Rule: Kickers can reach a max rating of 99 for Kick Accuracy.

Proposed Change Options:

Option A – Reduce Max Rating to 80

Option B – Reduce Max Rating to 90.

Option C – Make no change until 132 games of testing is completed.

Option D – Make no change

Kick Accuracy – REDUCING VALUE REJECTED Received 58%. Needed 67% to pass.

  • Kicker Kick Power Max Rating – Rule Change (16 votes needed for approval)

Current Rule: Kickers can reach a max rating of 99 for Kick Power

Proposed Change Options:

Option A: Reduce max rating to 90.

Option B: Test the attribute change before a proposed change

Option C: Make no changes.

Kick Power – REDUCING VALUE REJECTED Received 33%. Needed 67% to pass.

  • Re-Signing Period – Rule Change (16 votes needed for approval)

Current Rule: Players may re-sign with the previous team they played for anytime in the offseason that signings are accepted.

Proposed Change: Players may only be re-signed to the previous team they played for during Re-Signing Period. If a player is not signed, they may only sign as a Free Agent to another team.

Re-Signing Period – REJECTED Received 12%. Needed 67% to pass.

  • Head of Scouting as Exempt Staff – Rule Change (16 votes needed for approval)

Current Rule: A team or user may reference the future signing of a player belonging to a staff member of General Manager, Head Coach, Offensive Coordinator and Defensive Coordinator in an exempt role through social media and other public avenues, but must wait for a signing announcement from the league for official confirmation.

Proposed Change: Add Head of Scouting to the list of staff positions that may be announced early.

Head Scout on Exempt List – REJECTED Received 50%. Needed 67% to pass.

  • Owner Player Roster Spots – Rule Change (16 votes needed for approval)

Current rule: Each Team Owner may have a player on their team.

Proposed Change: Teams may only have 1 Owner Player using one of the 20 Roster Spots on their team.

Owner Player Limit – REJECTED Received 58%. Needed 67% to pass.