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UCF easily handles USF to win the East division of the AAC.
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Section A - Administration

 

League Administration

  • The Site Administrator is Soluna. He handles all matters directly related to the sim.
  • The Commissioner of NFLHC is alienufo. He has all administrative powers over the NFLHC sim.
  • The Interface Administrator is Inspiral (though it is not currently used by NFLHC)

Franchise Sales

  • If you are an owner of a franchise and plan to sell the team, step down, or make a swap within your organization where you will no longer be the owner, NFL commissioner alienufo must be informed.  
  • If no objections arise the move will be approved. If objections arise, the move will be vetoed and someone else will have to be hired.

Section B - Basic Team Structure/Info

 

Team Roles

 

     a. Owner - their responsibilities include:

  • Hire/Fire other personnel
  • Make sure people you hire do their jobs
  • Post Team Pages

     b. General Manager - their responsibilities include:

  • Drafting players
  • Sign players
  • Maintain cap sheets
  • Cut players
  • Trades

     c. Head Coach - their responsibilities include:

  • Create/Maintain depth charts
  • Gameplans

     d. Other Personnel

  • Assistants are allowed but have no official responsibilities
  • Not allowed to fill in for one of the roles unless otherwise approved

One person can cover all three roles, or each role can be covered by different people, but a single role can not be shared between two people.

 

Team Pages

 

Every team must post a team page in the Teams forum.  The team page must include correct player lines for all players currently on your active roster, practice squad, and injured reserve.  The format that should be followed when creating a team page can be seen here.

 

Cap Sheets

 

All teams are required to maintain a google docs spreadsheet with all of their current player contracts listed.  The General Manager is responsible for maintaining this spreadsheet.  You can find a list of links to all of the current cap sheets in this thread.

 

The format for cap sheets should be as close to this one as possible.  Failure to maintain a cap sheet properly can result in severe penalties for your team.

 

Depth Charts

 

Head Coaches must post a depth chart in the current season's depth chart forum, and maintain it throughout the season.  The format for a depth chart is as follows:

 

Offense

Quarterback

Running Back

Fullback

Wide Receiver

Tight End

Left Tackle

Left Guard

Center

Right Guard

Right Tackle

 

Defense

Left Defensive End

Defensive Tackle(s)

Right Defensive End

Left Outside Linebacker

Middle Linebacker(s)

Right Outside Linebacker

Cornerbacks

Free Safety

Strong Safety

 

Special Teams

Kicker

Punter

Kickoff Specialist

Kick Returner

Punt Returner

Long Snapper

Kickoff Team (10 Players, not including the Kick Returner)

Hands Team (11 Players, to be used during Onside Kicks)

Punt Return Team (10 Players, not including the Punt Returner)

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Section C - Schedules

 

Preseason

 

Preseason games are exhibition games and will not count towards regular season totals. Teams do not focus on winning games, but rather they are used to evaluate teams. Each team will play two Preseason Games and the team owners may choose their opponents for these games.

 

Regular Season

  • The Regular Season will be 17 weeks. Teams will play 16 Games in this time. Every Team will have one BYE week at some point during the season.
  • Every team plays six games against the other three teams in its division, facing off twice per season — once at home and once on the road.
  • Every team plays one game against each of the four teams from a division within its conference — two games at home and two on the road. Which division a team plays is determined by a rotation system ensuring that the teams in one division will play the teams in every other division in its conference once every three years.
  • Every team plays one game against each of the four teams from a division in the other conference once per season — two games at home and two on the road. These matchups are also determined by a rotation, which ensures that all teams play every team from every division in the other conference once every four years.
  • Every team plays its remaining two games against teams from the two remaining divisions in its own conference — one game at home and the other on the road. The matchups are determined by where the teams finished in their divisions in the previous season. For example, a team that finished the previous year in third place in its division will play the third-place teams from the two other divisions in its conference.
  • Teams that failed to make the playoffs in the previous season are allowed to apply to give up one home game in exchange for the right to host a game in London or another predetermined site (e.g., Mexico City).
  • Roughly halfway through the regular season, trades for players will no longer be allowed.
  • Around the same time as the trade deadline, teams are allowed to offer contract extensions to players that are currently in the final year of their contract.  The same rules apply here as the off-season re-signing period.

 

Postseason

  • The 4 division champions from each conference (the team in each division with the best overall record), which are seeded 1 through 4 based on their overall won-lost-tied record.
  • Two wild-card qualifiers from each conference (the two teams with the best overall records of all remaining teams in the conference), which are seeded 5 and 6.
  • Wild Card Week: 3 hosts 6, 4 hosts 5.
  • Divisional Week: 1 hosts Lowest WC Winner, 2 hosts Highest WC Winner
  • Conference Week: Highest Seed hosts Lowest Seed
  • Super Bowl: AFC Champion plays NFC Champion at a predetermined neutral site.

 

Offseason

  • Shortly after the Super Bowl, trading for players is once again allowed.
  • All teams players will be progressed for the new season.  Players may also announce their retirement during this time.
  • Teams will be allowed to make contract offers to their current free agents, as well as offer extensions to players on their roster. This is a one shot deal. Once your GM posts the offers, they are considered final.  Players that reject a new contract will become free agents.
  • The Draft will take place during the off-season.  All 4.0 skill seniors, early declarations, and 4.0 skill JUCOs who did not end up on a college team will be eligible for the draft. 
  • The NFL Combine invites all of the draft eligible college players rated 77 or higher to compete in various drills such as the 40 yard dash, bench press, broad jump, etc.  These results, as well as Pro Day scouting reports, are released prior to the draft.
  • Immediately after the draft, players that went undrafted may be bid on with a point system.  Each team has 50 points and may select up to 10 undrafted players to bid on.  The team with the most points bid on a player will sign him to a minimum contract.  Further details can be read here.
  • After the draft, all team pages and cap sheets must be updated by a specific posted deadline.

Section D - Salaries & Contracts

 

Salary Cap

 

The salary cap is the maximum amount of money a team may spend on players during the season.  There is no salary floor, and any cap room left over at the end of a season does not carry over to the next year.  Exceeding the salary cap at any point during the season will result in large penalties, as it is one of the most serious offenses a team can make.  Exceeding the salary cap temporarily during the off-season is acceptable but there will be a deadline when everyone must be under it.

 

The current salary cap for the 2019 season is $137.5 million.  It will be increasing again to $145 million in 2020.

Salary cap changes based on league revenue, and changes are typically announced during the off-season.

 

Cap sheets will be audited by the league commissioner prior to the season beginning, and randomly during the season. If any errors are found, punishments may be dealt out.  Severity of the punishment will depend on the severity of the error.

 

Tags

 

There are two types of tags that may be placed on a player during the re-signing period.  Each team may only use one of these per season, and once a player has had one of the tags used on them, they may not have the tag used on them again as long as they remain on that team.

 

Franchise Tag

  • A franchise tagged player signs a 1 year contract at a salary equivalent to the highest they’ve been paid in a season during their current contract + 30%
  • A team cannot franchise tag a player multiple times. The limit is 1.
  • A franchise tagged player cannot be traded or cut for that season.
  • A franchise tagged player will be slightly less likely to resign with the team the next cycle.

 

Transition Tag

  • A transition tagged player signs a 1 year contract at a salary equivalent to the highest they’ve been paid in a season during their contract + 10%.
  • A team cannot transition tag a player multiple times. The limit is 1.
  • Any team can sign them away (first dibs) but must provide their nearest two 1st round picks as compensation to do so.
  • A transition tagged player is not impacted in likeliness to resign.

Draft Salaries (Rookie Contracts)

 

All picks will have 4 year contracts with a 5th year option being available for players picked in the 1st round.

5th year options work similar to a franchise tag, in that the player cannot refuse it, but their salary goes up depending on position for that year.

5th year options must be decided on by the end of the players 3rd season.  The value of the 5th year option will be the “Above average starter” value for the players position from this table: http://cfbhc.com/wiki/index.php?title=NFLHC#Free_Agency

If the player is already making more than that, then they will get their current salary + 15% for the 5th year.

Players that are drafted in the 5th, 6th and 7th round have non-guaranteed contracts. This means they may be cut at any point prior to the start of the regular season without penalty. If you cut a player with non-guaranteed contract mid season, they take the normal cap hit penalty for the current year, and no penalty for remaining years after that. All UDFAs signed during the UDFA bidding process will also have non-guaranteed contracts.
 

  • 1st Overall Pick: 4 years, 24 million + 5th year option
  • 2nd - 5th Overall Pick: 4 years, 22 million + 5th year option
  • 6th - 10th Overall Pick: 4 years, 18 million + 5th year option
  • 11th - 16th Overall Pick: 4 years, 16 million + 5th year option
  • 17th - 32nd Overall Pick: 4 years, 14 million + 5th year option
  • 2nd Round Pick: 4 years, 9 million
  • 3rd Round Pick: 4 years, 7 million
  • 4th Round Pick: 4 years, 5 million
  • 5th Round Pick: 4 years, 4 million - NON GUARANTEED
  • 6th Round Pick: 4 years, 3 million - NON GUARANTEED
  • 7th Round Pick: 4 years, 2 million - NON GUARANTEED

For accounting purposes, here are the previous years' rookie contracts:

 

2014

2015

  • 1st Overall Pick: 5 Years, 60 million
  • 2nd and 3rd Overall Pick: 5 Years, 55 million
  • 4th through 10th Overall Pick: 5 Years, 50 million
  • 11th through 20th Overall Pick: 5 Years, 45 million
  • 2nd Round Pick: 4 Years, 28 million
  • 3rd Round Pick: 3 Years, 18 million
  • 4th Round Pick: 3 Years, 9 million
  • 5th Round Pick: 2 Years, 3 million
  • 6th Round Pick: 2 Years, 2 million
  • 7th Round Pick: 2 Years, 1.5 million

 

2016

  • 1st Overall Pick: 5 Years, 50 million
  • 2nd and 3rd Overall Pick: 5 Years, 45 million
  • 4th through 10th Overall Pick: 5 Years, 40 million
  • 11th through 24th Overall Pick: 5 Years, 32.5 million
  • 2nd Round Pick: 4 Years, 18 million
  • 3rd Round Pick: 3 Years, 10.5 million
  • 4th Round Pick: 3 Years, 7.5 million
  • 5th Round Pick: 2 Years, 2.5 million
  • 6th Round Pick: 2 Years, 1.5 million
  • 7th Round Pick: 2 Years, 1.0 million

 

2017

  • 1st Overall Pick: 4 years, 32 million + 5th year option
  • 2nd - 5th Overall Pick: 4 years, 30 million + 5th year option
  • 6th - 10th Overall Pick: 4 years, 26 million + 5th year option
  • 11th - 16th Overall Pick: 4 years, 24 million + 5th year option
  • 17th - 32nd Overall Pick: 4 years, 22 million + 5th year option
  • 2nd Round Pick: 4 years, 14 million
  • 3rd Round Pick: 4 years, 12 million
  • 4th Round Pick: 4 years, 10 million
  • 5th Round Pick: 4 years, 6 million
  • 6th Round Pick: 4 years, 4 million - NON GUARANTEED
  • 7th Round Pick: 4 years, 2 million - NON GUARANTEED

 

2018

  • 1st Overall Pick: 4 years, 28 million + 5th year option
  • 2nd - 5th Overall Pick: 4 years, 26 million + 5th year option
  • 6th - 10th Overall Pick: 4 years, 22 million + 5th year option
  • 11th - 16th Overall Pick: 4 years, 20 million + 5th year option
  • 17th - 32nd Overall Pick: 4 years, 18 million + 5th year option
  • 2nd Round Pick: 4 years, 11 million
  • 3rd Round Pick: 4 years, 9 million
  • 4th Round Pick: 4 years, 6 million
  • 5th Round Pick: 4 years, 4 million - NON GUARANTEED
  • 6th Round Pick: 4 years, 3 million - NON GUARANTEED
  • 7th Round Pick: 4 years, 2 million - NON GUARANTEED

 

2019

  • 1st Overall Pick: 4 years, 24 million + 5th year option
  • 2nd - 5th Overall Pick: 4 years, 22 million + 5th year option
  • 6th - 10th Overall Pick: 4 years, 18 million + 5th year option
  • 11th - 16th Overall Pick: 4 years, 16 million + 5th year option
  • 17th - 32nd Overall Pick: 4 years, 14 million + 5th year option
  • 2nd Round Pick: 4 years, 9 million
  • 3rd Round Pick: 4 years, 7 million
  • 4th Round Pick: 4 years, 5 million
  • 5th Round Pick: 4 years, 4 million - NON GUARANTEED
  • 6th Round Pick: 4 years, 3 million - NON GUARANTEED
  • 7th Round Pick: 4 years, 2 million - NON GUARANTEED

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