Player Education Week Round 1 : Bidding?Call Up Restrictions? Contracts?

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  1. LG McDonald

    LG McDonald Director of Hockey Operations

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    Due to the majority of our PSN community being new to the LGHL structure over the next week I will being making a single post to the community in regards to hot topic questions that many players may not be aware of. The hope is to educate as many players and managers as possible to ensure everyone understands why the League runs a certain way as well as what roles these rules play in the grand scheme of things!

    Round One Topics are; Bidding, Call Up Restrictions, and finally Contracts(manager and player)

    Understanding Why We Use Bidding?

    Bidding is a cool feature that draws the most site traffic each and every season. The concept is very basic, whereby any player whom is signed up by a certain date is then entered into a bidding session. Once the session begins that is where all the action happens.

    The real NHL uses a salary cap which is something we wanted to simulate here as well. The salary cap makes team building more of a strategic game, hence why I feel it is an extremely useful form of team selection. The second biggest benefit to bidding is it gives a true value to each and every player won. What I mean by that is all 30 teams have an opportunity to win each and EVERY player whom is signed up. Therefore our managers need to predetermine what players are worth in their own opinion prior to the session starting. The big name all-stars will draw a heavy price tag where the unknown newly scouted players may make up our "steals of bidding"

    As a player it is important to understand you do not have the ability to control where you end up. Each team has a crack at you and may see you as a piece of the puzzle in their master plan. That alone is what makes LG very different than other Leagues. This isn't a "club based" build a team with buddies. The idea is for everyone to sign up, and play where they end up. This is also a great way to meet new players and perhaps expand those relationships as well. I truly believe it also makes winning a more rewarding process as well since teams are built through such an elaborate process.

    The League has always used the logic that a player whom is won in bidding had little to no restrictions on them for call ups. That only makes sense in a tiered system. Also, our players whom are passed up during bidding would not have call up restrictions on them simply because they were overlooked during bidding. The call up restrictions which I will get into next, normally apply to players whom sign up AFTER our bidding sessions are completed.

    Understanding Call Up Restrictions?

    There are two forms of call up restrictions; players and managers. The above discussion in regards to bidding is what makes call up restrictions a necessity with our current structure. We can all agree that all 30 teams in a bidding session have an equal opportunity to win every player in that session. We also can now agree that the player salaries are a true representation of that player's value. Therefore if a player is not in a the bidding session, there was no real "fair" way for us to issue them a true value.

    The left over players or late season sign ups end up being randomly assigned to an organization simply for replacements. During the season we have players who have to walk away, therefore we have a need for replacements. Since the replacements are simply "randomly assigned" and give a generic one season, 500k contract, those players require a restriction to help prevent our bidding system from losing its value.

    The normal restrictions we have currently in the NHL in our Xbox League is that we do not allow any randomly assigned players to be called up full time to the NHL. We have made the decision the NHL is our most competitive League therefore we want players whom were won in bidding to be the only guys that actually are eligible to be on a full time NHL roster. That is obviously the goal for our NHL PSN league as well, but I understand we still have to grow our brand and League to the point where there is enough stability to maintain that restriction.

    Management have a call up restrictions as well. AHL Management is NOT eligible to be called up full time onto an NHL roster. Once again that ability would simply allow a player to circumvent our bidding system and end up on a roster they want. Also, it is very clear that without strong, consistent management, a Team falls apart. We do not want our AHL to suffer or feel second class, hence why we require our AHL Management to be committed to their one season contract and remain in their role for the duration of the season.

    How Do Contracts Factor In?

    Contracts play a major role in the LGHL. Once again, we have different contracts; players and managers.

    After bidding, each player won is automatically on a single season contract at their current salary assigned from bidding. Each team then is given an additional ten contract years that can be distributed among a maximum of eight players. The kicker is, in order for a player to be on a multi season contract, the player need to agree to that contract offer. Contracts can be one, two or three seasons long depending on what a manager offers and then what a player agrees to.

    Due to our bidding system, a certain amount of players each season will then be entered back into bidding for free agency. That allows us to have a consistent baseline of players entered back into bidding each season, but also allows our managers to build a "dynasty" and make a name for themselves.

    Management are also on contracts. The League extends a contract offer to each Owner, GM and AGM who currently is listed at a salary of zero. The stipulation of those contracts are that the contracts are a single season contract where the Manager has accepted to be in that role for the duration of the contract. In situations where a Managers steps down during their contract, that manager is ineligible to return to the League that season. This may appear harsh to some, but the goal is to ensure we have consistence and stability for each team and it's players.

    We can all agree that our teams are only as good as our managers. Therefore the League requires a certain level of commitment from our Mangers to ensure that the players are giving the best experience possible. The only exception to this rule is our NHL AGMs. Our NHL AGMs are promoted after bidding, and retain their currently salary. Since this position is deemed more of an additional hand, or none "mandatory" position, the League has a more casual approach. We allow Owners to replace their NHL GM when they need without penalizing the player. This could also be looked at as a mentoring program to give players and opportunity to see the ins and outs of the League and perhaps encourage those players to be contracted managers in the future as well.

    That concludes round one! If you have questions please feel free to hit me up via PM! Also if you have any suggestions on topics you'd like to see me discuss in the future feel free to make the suggestions via PM also.

    Thanks for your time
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