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AALoA Madden Commish: the_EDJ
Madden co-commish: GoingCommandoAZ

AALoA NCAA Commish: SteelPitt16

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Steel Pitt
NCAA 11, 13, 14 BCS Champ
NCAA 11, 13, 14 BCS Champ
Yards : 4180
Swagger : 85
LocationNew York
Fave NFL Team : Pittsburgh Steelers
20110629
The Dynasty will be run in a sim style manner. In this way, it is expected that all players conduct themselves in a manner that makes the game fun, fair, and challenging for both parties involved. The primary goal, I my opinion, for participating in a video game league is to have fun. We all know that some of the cheap lobby tactics that take advantage of the CPU AI or just display poor sportsmanship can quickly turn playing the game into an unpleasant hour of gaming. The rules/guidelines are not here to make people feel restricted or confined in their game play but more so ensure that the hour you spend playing is enjoyable in victory or defeat.


Difficulty Level - All-American
Quarter Length - 7 Minutes
Recruiting Difficulty - All-American

Play style:
Everyone has a play style of their own. These differences are more than welcomed as it makes for a diverse league, but it's still important to mix up your play calls. Mixing up running and passing.
Calling different types of man defense, zone defense, blitzes, and zone blitzes. While people have favorite plays in key situations, running it over and over in that situation should be avoided, such as screen passes on multiple 3rd and longs or FB Dives on every 3rd and Short. While the popularity of the "Spread" offense has sky-rocketed and the reliance on an Air-Raid type of offense is true to some college's styles, those teams still run the ball.

Advancement:
The league will likely advance every 4-5 days. I will use the forum to post when a week is open as well as when the next advance date will be. If all games are played early I will advance the week early. Please note that I will not hold up the advancing of the week for recruiting only.

Rules:
1. No cheesing


While EA has done a decent job of removing AI flaws in their games, should any cheap tactics like rocket user catching and nano blitzing be found, they will not be tolerated. Play the game against your opponent, not the AI.

2. Moving Players

A.) Moving defensive lineman manually is not allowed.
B.) Moving Linebackers is allowed, but limited. You may only move linebackers horizontally; you are not allowed to manually bring them up tighter into the box on the edge, or into a gap. Once you move your linebacker, you must stick with them; you may not change to another player to move.
C.) Moving DB's will follow much of the same reasoning as LB's, here primarily horizontal, and with a limited vertical range, in that a safety must remain a few yards minimum behind a linebacker's depth unless you are showing blitz coverage (with Triangle + Right). If in blitz coverage, the Strong Safety is treated like a linebacker, the
Free Safety must remain deep. Once you manually move your defensive back, you may not change to another player to move.

3. Motion

The offense can motion a player once on offense. If the offense audibles to a new play/formation after the fact, they may not motion again.

4. Play-Calling

Mix up play calling on both offense and defense. Expand your playbook by trying new plays and formations in Practice Mode if you're not comfortable with a big playbook. If the offense spreads the field with 4 receivers or more, you shouldn't be in a base defense. If you're backed up into your own red zone, whatever formation you want to use is fine because the situation dictates it.

5. Call a paced game


Do not rush plays to try and pad stats, and do not milk the clock until the final 3 or 4 minutes of the game in a certain victory.

6. Play-action

In past games, play-action often took advantage of a weak AI no matter the down and distance. Because of that, do not call play-action passes on 3rd and long (5 yards or more to go).

7. Defensive Coverage

This goes along with mixing up your play calling. Do not call Bump and Run on every single play.

8. 4th Down Rules

Up by 14 or more – You are not allowed to go for it. You must kick (FG or Punt).
Up by 13 or less (or tied) – You may go for it if it is 4th and short (3 yards or less) but only if you have reached your opponent's 35 yard line.
Losing by 16 or less - you may go for it in on 4th and short (3 yards or less) but only once you have crossed midfield and entered your opponent’s side of the field.

Losing by 17 or more - you may attempt a 4th down conversion in any situation.

***If you find that a player broke a 4th down rule, it is expected that the violator punt the ball to the opponent immediately.

9. User vs. AI Games (Stat Padding)


Often, the AI does not offer a challenge for players. Because of this, User vs. AI games can get out of hand. As sim style goes, it can be difficult to regulate players who stat boost star players in hopes of leading the dynasty in different categories.

In playing AI games, there will be no stat boosting allowed. It is expected of AD's to sub in reserve players in the second half of blowout victories. NCAA makes this easy with the Mass Sub option.

Breaking of Rules:
Should an AD break a rule, the infraction will be taken into consideration and 1 of 3 scenarios can take place.

1) Suspension of star/key player(s) for a number of games. It will be the AD's responsibility to abide by the decision and bench their player in all phases of the game for the duration of the penalty.
2) Booted from the league.
3) The commissioner has the option to throw out results of games.

Reporting of Breaking Rules
The hardest part of enforcing rules is proving the infraction took place. The most important part is avoiding the immature he said/they said type arguments. We are adults, act like it. Stats are the easiest to track. Providing proof is important if you want to PM me with your concerns. Sometimes videos or snapshots, or a cell phone picture of something displaying the infraction can become important. We have a good group of guys, so this shouldn't become an issue.

While I feel firmly about these rules, they are open for discussion for the most part. Send me any questions or open discussion of the rules. There's also a separate thread for discussion.


Last edited by Steel Pitt on Sat Jul 02, 2011 9:25 am; edited 2 times in total
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on Wed Jun 29, 2011 7:12 pmSteel Pitt
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