Madden Leagues a lot of times have very detailed rules for specific reasons. To stop cheese play, abuse of offense & defense plays, ect. MOL gives the player the freedom to run his team the way he or she sees fit. To honor their opponent with keeping the integrity of the game.
That being said, we do have some basic ground rules.
Display good sportsmanship at all times. No Racism. Friendly banter is allowed. Obviously, if you know your opponent personally and are friends - do as you see fit!
Do not run up the score to insult opponent or to pad stats. Run out the clock when you know the game is in hand.
If you are losing and not playing well, please do not quit.
MOL members will join the league Discord. Most of you are already familiar with Discord. If not, no problem! We will help you. Very easy.
The Discord will be used to contact members to schedule up and coming games. Or, if you just want to hang out and talk about what ever, share pictures, it will be there for you to use.
NO HUDDLE is allowed during the last 2 minutes of the 2nd quarter and the last 2 minutes of the game. The start of the 4th quarter you are losing by 8 or more points - NO HUDDLE is allowed.
Please do not spam the same play over & over. You know what I mean (shotgun trips L or R, roll QB out so WR clears coverage and bomb down field). This isn't MUT.
When it's 4th & less than 10yds and your at least on own 45yd line - it's your call to go for it or fake punt. Otherwise punt. If there is seconds to go in the 1st half no matter where you are, you may go for it.
If you are losing in the 4th quarter by 2 scores, you may go for it anywhere you see fit.
OVERTIME - it's your call.
*2 POINT CONVERSIONS*
You may go for 2 anytime UNLESS you are up by 16 points or more. Or if you are winning and the game is out of reach.
It is very simple. PLAYERS are to be in their intended positions. Call your defense as you see fit. Under NO circumstances are you to SUB a player such as the SUBLB to use a DB with speed as a user control player and run around the middle of the field. If you play or have played MUT you know what I mean. (Players have positions for a reason.)
That being said, you may control whom ever you like that is on the field from their intended position.
As for spamming defensive plays - there is no such thing. If you do (run same play over and over), the offense will make you stop. Simple.
No onside kicks allowed UNLESS you are losing in the 4th quarter.
FAKE extra points and Field Goals are allowed as long as they do not conflict with other rules stated.
FAKE punts are allowed as long as they do not conflict with other rules stated.
*FAKE kicks are considered "Going for it"*
Do not restart vs CPU games. All rules apply vs CPU as they would against USER opponent.
Do not use super-sim vs CPU teams.
While playing against the CPU you get disconnected due to power or internet outage, or server loss, please be honest and email the commissioner of the issue. Please state where you were at in the game and the score at the time of disconnection. We will fix the situation quickly and fair as possible.
When playing vs. user and a disconnect occurs, please contact your opponent and agree to set up a new game to where you left off as best as you can. Please follow up with the commissioner with an email of what transpired. This is the one time you may reset the game without telling the commissioner first.
*FORCE WINS & SIMULATIONS*
If your user opponent does not show up with in 30 minutes of the agreed time to play, contact the commissioner there was a no-show. A brief detail of what happened and the time you were suppose to play. You will be eligible for a forced WIN. The commissioner will contact the "no-show" to hear their side of the situation. Then a decision will be made
and both parties notified of the outcome. Sometimes life happens and at the end of the day, it's just a game.
*PLEASE NOTE* The commissioner of MOL reserves the right to force WIN or SIM a game that has not been played with in the time scheduled. Meaning if a user vs user game doesn't take place during game week, MOL commissioner will take action needed to proceed.
You must start the regular season with a 53 man roster and maintain 53 throughout the season. During the regular season you may sign up to 3 free agents with an overall of 70 and above. Free agents 69 and below you may sign as many as you need. The only time you may exceed the free agency limit (70 above), is if a player is injured and on IR. Signing a player to maintain 53 man roster does not count.
You can NOT change a player's position, name, attributes, or super star abilities. You can NOT EDIT a player's contract. You may change a player's equipment and number.
USERS get 4 trades per season. A season being Re-sign stage - Super Bowl.
Trades with CPU teams are ALLOWED.
You can NOT trade away a player you have signed from free agency in the same season.
FOR NOW - Trades between 2 users are allowed WITHOUT approval or a vote. It is between just the 2 parties involved. However you want to discuss a trade with someone is up to you. Social Media, Discord, or even through console party chat. Once a trade happens, you can NOT ask for it to be reversed. After a trade takes place, the parties involved must notify league members through Discord in the trade section and email the commissioner.
Most leagues do not do it this way. But, I believe in fairness and honesty. If it is a legit trade, it does not matter. But, if a league member notifies the commissioner of possible unrealistic trades, the commissioner will Investigate the situation. After discussing the matter with the two members about the trade and the commissioner agrees it was shady, the parties involved will be subjected to possible INSTANT BAN from MOL. THERE IS YOUR WARNING.
I want a league where people do not need a babysitter. And to build a reputation of a honest league that gives its members more freedom than any other league.
*ADVANCING GAME WEEK*
2 games per week
Game 1: Sunday 12am est.-Wednesday 11:59pm est.
Game 2: Thursday 12am est.-Saturday 11:59pm est.
*Advance times subject to change if games are finished early or time zone difference*
Example: everyone finishes game 1 by Monday night - we advance to game 2 on Tuesday.
Game week times go off eastern time. Example - if someone from the UK their time (4am Thursday) can play eastern time Wednesday 11pm est. The UK player is still with in timeframe for game 1.
For now, in our inaugural season we will run a season playing 2 games in a calendar week. If agreed upon by MOL members we want more or less per week, will be discussed after YEAR 1.
Quarter length: 7 minutes
AI trades: ON
Accelerated clock: 20 seconds
Coach Firing: OFF
Practice squad stealing: ON after week 3 concludes
Founding members of MOL will choose their NFL team. Once teams are established, a fantasy draft will be held. From that day forward the NFL team rosters will be established for the duration.
New members that join during the season will choose a NFL team controlled by CPU and accept the teams current roster.
* Some settings subject to change that is in the best interest of the league.*
*Commissioner of MOL reserves the right to enforce any rule to protect the integrity of the league and its members.
If you are here and apart of the league, you've established to myself and the MOL members you enjoy the game of football and want to be apart of an online league. If this is your first league - WELCOME! And if you are like me and have been apart of a league before, I hope you enjoy your time here at MOL.
To be transparent to all of you, here is why I have started MOL.
I have never ran a league before. I have been apart of a league in the past and I fizzled out after about 4 weeks. The league was very detailed and a good one - but too much was needed from me to continue. I do not want that to happen to you.
Madden every year seems to be the same when it comes to franchise mode. MUT I do enjoy, but it is a very PAY TO WIN mode. So, the idea of playing Madden online using the roster of players that you do not need to unpack to build a franchise and compete with others on a level playing field seems worth the shot.
I would like to create a salt free environment, for players that enjoy franchise mode. A mode you are competing with other players on the field, free agency, managing a teams budget, and trying not to lose key players to another team.
I know I have set some basic rules and guidelines, but they are needed in a league. However, if you have been around an online league some of their rules are very particular (for good reason) sometimes. But, I want to let you guys play and operate your team as freely as possible. Have a good experience here at MOL. But it will take all members to do so. But I believe we can - I know we can. If one or two bad apples show up - they will be released. I will not stand for immature adults that can not follow a few simple rules and guidelines.
I would like to finish by saying thank you for being apart of MOL. I may be the commissioner, but its YOU that will make the league great! And if at anytime you feel its too much or just want to not be apart of the league - ITS OK! Just email the commissioner of your departure. At the end of the day, it's just a game.