MADDEN 17 LEAGUE RULES AND GUIDELINES All members of a PX1 Sports Madden League are required to read and know these rules. A PDF copy of the rules and guidelines is attached for easy offline review. If you choose to print a copy of the rules, it is your responsibility to add or amend your printed copy with any changes made by league management throughout the season. Once you have read over the rules and guidelines, please reply to this thread with some version of "Read and Agree" acknowledging you have read, understand and agree to abide by the rules laid out in this thread. If you have any questions, comments or concerns about the league rules and guidelines, please contact the league commissioner. To keep the thread clean and easy to navigate, any comments other than an acknowledgement and agreement to the terms will be removed. CODE OF CONDUCT All members of PX1 Sports leagues are expected to conduct themselves as mature adults. PX1 should be a place to meet new friends and have fun. Users are expected to play realistic simulation football and treat other members with integrity and respect. We expect all members to be open to feedback and improving their sim game. Members who are caught cheating, team killing, who display a win at all costs attitude, use excessive profanity, use racial slurs or remarks, berate or verbally abuse other members or otherwise display a negative or aggressive attitude towards members or site staff will be removed from the league and face a permanent ban from the site. All members should keep in mind that being competitive and having fun can go hand-in-hand. We do not want to be babysitters but we also do not want to create a negative environment for our members. Treat others as you would hope they would treat you and everyone’s experience will benefit because of it. The code of conduct extends to the forum, Slack, Twitch chat, and any other league related communications. TWITCH All league games must be streamed on Twitch. If you do not have a Twitch account, you can sign up for a free account here. Once you have signed up, make sure to go into your settings (wrench icon), go to "Channel & Videos" and click the box next to "automatically archive my broadcasts" and then save your changes. This is required and allows us to go back and watch games and pull the video for league related shows if need be. ADVANCE SCHEDULE All leagues advance on Tuesday and Thursday night at 11 PM CST and Sunday morning at 11 AM CST. PLAYER RANKINGS All Madden league game results between two users on PX1 Sports will be entered on the PX1 Player Rankings. When the game is complete, the winning team should go to the Rankings page on the forum and click “Submit Game Result”. Then enter the system the game was played on, your opponent’s forum username, the game played (Madden), game result (you won, lost or the game disconnected), your score, your opponent’s score and your rating of your opponent’s simulation gameplay principles. Rating Guidelines Game exploits are defined as any play, movement or tactic used to exploit the game’s programming or AI, whether intended or unintentional. This includes but is not limited to money plays, abuse of certain pass routes, manually moving player’s to create blocking glitches, abusing penalty logic, making unnatural movements with your players, excessive scrambling, etc. Here are the guidelines members should use when rating their opponent’s gameplay: 5 stars – Opponent played great sim football and adhered to all rules and guidelines. One or two minor infractions could be allowed. You generally have no complaints or they are very minor. 4 stars – Opponent played mostly a sim football game. Minor infractions may have been made. Possibly one known cheat or exploit used, most likely unintentionally. The game was pretty good overall but you were a little frustrated by a couple of things that your opponent did. 3 stars – Opponent played sim football principles but made some minor infractions and used some game exploits. A three-star rating generally indicates a player who wants to play sim but may have some bad habits or may be unknowingly using game exploits. This player needs help to clean up their game to continue playing at a league level. 2 stars – Opponent made some attempt to play sim football but was heavily reliant on game exploits and broke several rules or guidelines. This opponent really does not grasp the idea of sim football that we expect. 1 star – Opponent does not have an understanding of sim principles. Mostly game exploits were used and many rules or guidelines were broken. This is a typical lobby player who exploits AI issues over and over. Suspension/Probation Generally speaking, 5-star ratings and the occasional 4 here and there are expected. An owner who is consistently receiving 4-star ratings or who has received a 3-star rating will be contacted by league admin and may be placed on probation while they work on their sim game. Continual ratings of less than 5-stars while on probation may lead to a suspension and/or a removal from the league. OWNER SANCTIONS All sanctions and disciplinary measures will be handed out by the leagues Competition Committee. This includes broken records, statistical outliers and gameplay violations. Any sanctions handed down are able to be appealed to the league President and Vice President. However, the Competition Committee has unilateral control over sanctions and suspensions and any penalty handed down by them will typically be final. USER ACTIVITY Owners are expected to be active in the Slack chat and to check the forum at least once per day to keep up on league activity, confirm game results, etc. We are not a league to just show up and play your games. We want everyone to be active and to get to know each other and enjoy the game beyond just playing games. Owners who are inactive may face removal from the league. Quitting/Removal from league An owner who quits the league will face a minimum one-year suspension from re-joining the league (typically one full Madden cycle). This is to encourage guys to stick around and play the entire year (usually 8-10 months) and to keep the league as full as possible at all times. Members who are removed for inactivity or for gameplay violations will not be allowed back into the league.