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SFL Tutorial

1) What is the SFL?

The Spring Football League is a virtual simulation league full of online owners who draft, sign, and trade players to their respected franchise.

Duties include: $30 fee (as of 2018) for one team and $50 for two teams, interactivity, remaining under the salary cap, providing an ample number of players for a roster, and drafting players in college and territorial drafts. A $60 late fee is required if teams miss the deadline.

Games are simmed using Action! PC. We acknowledge the existence of all professional football leagues in real time. You are not allowed to sign players currently on an NFL roster.

2) How do I sign players?

– SFL Salary Cap is $25 mil as of 2018

– Contracts Last Between 1 and 5 Years

– Salary Minimum is 50k

Contract Offers will be sent as so:

Last Name, First Name Pos. Height Weight College Process of Aquiring
Terms: 1st yr Salary-2nd Yr Salary-3rd Yr Salary ($Signing Bonus/Years of Contract) CAP: $Cap Total

Or…..

Stanback, Isaiah QB Washington TD/07
Terms: 600K-700K-800K ($2M SB/4 yrs.) CAP: $1.1M

– The roster max during the off-season is 70 players

– Rosters may not exceed 50 players by week 1 of the regular season

3) How do I cut players?

The Holdrege Dusters cut:

Stanback, Isaiah QB 6-2 216 Washington TD/07
Terms: 600K-700K-800K ($2M SB/4 yrs.) CAP: $1.1M

4) How do I trade players?

Both owners will send me an e-mail to confirm with each other ccing the e-mails as so:

Holdrege Dusters trade:

Stanback, Isaiah QB 6-2 216 Washington TD/07
Terms: 600K-700K-800K ($2M SB/4 yrs.) CAP: $1.1M

to the McCook Bison for:

Stanback, Isaiah QB 6-2 216 Washington TD/07
Terms: 600K-700K-800K ($2M SB/4 yrs.) CAP: $1.1M

5) How does the salary cap/cap penalties work?

As you can see above, Akili Smith was signed to a first year base salary of 200k and a second year base salary of 250k. He had a 100k signing bonus. The bonus is divided amongst the years in the contract. Therefore his first year cap hit would be 250k. In year two it would be 300k.

If the team decides to cut a player with a signing bonus he will receive a cap penalty of the players’ signing bonus through the rest of the contract. Therefore, the Dusters would have 50k in dead cap space for the remaining years on his contract.

6) How do you rate players?

I take league history into consideration as much as possible. I will not abandon owners who have committed millions of dollars to a franchise player who I wouldn’t personally rate very highly. My rating system usually goes along the lines of:

A) SFL History and Production

Production will decrease/increase sporadically. That’s just the way of the beast in the sim world and real. But I will do my best to stick by what I would’ve foreseen if the SFL were a real world league. Starting in 2017, SFL Production will have a higher determination of future ratings than it had in the past. Success in the SFL will mean more.

B) What I have seen with my own eyes.

I watch A LOT of football. A lot. Statistics can be deceiving and I will often go by what I have seen a player do compared to just looking at numbers or reading a report.

C) NFL production.

Like it or not, but that’s the pinnacle of professional football. I will value a player’s production in the NFL over just about everything else I have seen or read about a guy. Starting in 2017, NFL production will still have a heavy determination on a players ranking, but it will be subjectively determined per player based on their age and SFL history.

D) BCS production.

I know a guy coming out of Florida or Miami(FL) isn’t necessarily a better player or pro prospect than someone out of Grand Valley St. Community College. However, the level of talent is undoubtedly higher among college football’s most prestigious programs. We will be able to find a lot of guys like a Tim Tebow, who isn’t the prototypical NFL quarterback, who may not get drafted very high in the NFL who will fit our league and give the league more credibility.

E) CFL and AFL production.

A lot of you guys know I look at these games as a different beast. The stats are inflated and the game is a lot of different and requires a lot of different technique and skills. But they are talented football players non-the-less and they’ve been a key source for talent in the SFL for years.

F) Smaller colleges.

Smaller schools are becoming a bigger and bigger source of talent for NFL teams and it’s not impossible to find a Tony Romo, Walter Payton, or Jerry Rice.

G) Other minor leagues.

Talk about your diamond in the rough. But every once in awhile a Reggie Swinton or Michael Lewis pops up.

7) How do I submit lineups?

For those of you planning on sending line ups for the preseason and the regular season (which is hopefully all of you) I’ll accept a wide range of things from a simple depth chart to sending me a line up for each formation in your offense. Everything from a 5 WR set to a triple tight end goal line set.

I will also allow you to send a very specific type of offense you would like to run. Whether you’d like to run a lot of shot gun, draw runs, sweeps, a short passing game, or even a vertical passing game. Please be as specific as possible.

Otherwise all line ups will be set by the CPU and coaching strategy will be based on your coaching staff’s history.