New scouting system

  • Posted by The Commissioner
    12/02/19 (120, Regular Season 2024)

Effective immediately, scouting for college players is now a multi-level system that allows GMs to get more details about players as the scouting progresses, increasing the realism.

The system is designed to reward early scouting.

Scouting Levels

The scouting levels are as follows:
  • Scouting Level 1 - Basic letter grades (A, B, C, D, E, F), strengths and weaknesses - (Cost: 1 trip large school, 1 trip small school)
  • Scouting Level 2 - Specific letter grades (A+, A- etc.), and text scouting - (Cost 1 large school, 2 small school)
  • Scouting Level 3 - Masked grades (Isolation, Post Execution, Self Creation) - (Cost 1 large school, 1 small school)
  • Scouting Level 4 - Personality type and locker room fit - (Cost 1 large school, 1 small school


Restrictions

You must wait 14 JBL Days between scouting levels.

After the CJBL tournament, only levels 1 and 2 are available (or a workout, which reveals all information, but at a higher cost). Again, this rewards early scouting.

Workouts


The workouts are only available for declared players. The workout reveals the workout rating, intangibles and any medical red flags. The cost of the workout will depend on the previous scouting level.

  • Level 0 (not scouted) - Cost 7 trips
  • Level 1 - Cost 5 trips
  • Level 2 - Cost 4 trips
  • Level 3 - Cost 2 trips
  • Level 4 - Cost 1 trips


Additional trips will now be awarded after the CJBL tournament based on the scouting budget. An additional 21 trips will be given to all teams regardless of cap position. This means that teams over the cap that have no scouting during the season will still be able to workout at least three players once players have declared, but teams that are below the cap and have scouting trips will get the benefit of early scouting and cheaper workouts.

Obtaining More Trips


As always, writing original content will be rewarded with additional trips. The amount of trips awarded are assessed on the content itself.

New features for 2024

  • Posted by The Commissioner
    04/01/19 (1, Training Camp 2024)

Lots and lots of new features coming up this year. Several have been implemented so far:


  • New team strategy and depth chart are now combined and are changeable at a team level. There are many new options, including options for selecting Team Philosophy, Offensive Freedom, Shoot Threes, Drive To Basket, Crash Offensive Boards, Push Ball After Rebound, Defensive Intensity, Switching and how much zone/press/trap to play.

  • Newly designed locker room which gives more information about influence, as well as allowing teams to select their own mentor relationships

  • Coaching page is removed and replaced with a Tendencies page for controlling player tendencies



Training camp will be simulated this weekend, so make sure you set your training camp focuses here.

New feature: Player FA interest

  • Posted by The Commissioner
    18/12/18 (1, Offseason 2024)

Players will now express their interest in hearing your offer. Interest is listed on the Free Agency page (http://jblfl.com/freeagency?year=2024).

More detail is noted when you negotiate an offer with a free agency (such as whether the player wants to play on a winning team or not).

If a player has lower interest, money talks: offering their desired contract (or more) can help change their minds. A player with a High or Very High interest may, under certain circumstances, take a pay cut to join your team.

Free Agency commences 20 December

  • Posted by The Commissioner
    17/12/18 (1, Offseason 2024)

Free Agency will commence Thursday 20 December 11am Australian Eastern Daylight Savings Time (Wednesday 19 December 4pm Los Angeles, 7pm New York).

Free Agency days will be simulated as follows (all times AEDT):
20 Dec (morning): Days 1 & 2 (a few hours apart)
20 Dec (evening): Day 3
21 Dec (morning): Day 4
21 Dec (evening): Day 5 - signing moratorium ends
22 Dec (morning): Day 6
22 Dec (evening): Day 7
23 Dec (morning): Day 8
23 Dec (evening): Day 9
24 Dec (morning): Day 10
24 Dec (morning): Day 11

I will update the schedule post Christmas but the majority of major signings occur during this period.



FA Primer

Below is a primer on how cap holds work and some intricacies of the free agency system.

Cap Holds
Your cap space is limited by “cap holds” which is the player’s last salary, or any contract you have offered.

For example - if you have $30mil cap space but Player A's last salary is $10m and Player B's last salary is $5m, you really only have $15mil cap space until you either:

(a) offer a contract - the offer is a firm offer that can’t be withdrawn. The cap hold then becomes the contract offer; or
(b) renounce the player’s tenure rights. This means you can no longer exceed the cap to sign the player (but can still bid/offer a contract to him).

This forces you to deal with your own free agents first unless you have a lot of cap space to manoeuvre. This is the way we keep FA fair and not allow teams to sign or offer contracts to other teams’ players and then re-sign their own free agents (exceeding the cap).

This means if you bid on another team’s FA, unless you have the cap space, you will be forced to give up your own players’ tenure rights. The spirit of this rule is to ensure that you deal with your own free agents first to keep it fair, otherwise teams with extensive cap space could corner the market with huge offers and then re-sign their own players over the cap.

Accordingly, if you make a bid and that maxes out your cap space, you are then “locked” in to bids, which includes bids for your own players.

Withdrawing/increasing offers
You cannot withdraw an offer. An offer is final. You can however increase an offer to a free agent. This will remove your previous offer.

Player behaviour
Just because you offer a player their expected contract, does not mean they will sign with you. Players have a variety of factors that include but are not limited to, location, money, coaching, teammates, whether they want to play for a winner, their expected playing time and player status.

Players will reject an offer that is underwhelming or they are not interested in within 1 day (ie if you offer on Day 6, they will have rejected it by Day 7). Offers can be held longer, however, especially if multiple teams are offering contracts. In general, a player that is happy with an offer with sign within 3-4 days early on in free agency.

Dependent on the specific player, and their personality, an offer of under 50% of their asking price could result in the player refusing to accept any further offers from your team. This percentage could be even higher with maximum salary level stars.

Restricted Free Agency & Matching
Restricted Free Agency gives a player's original team the right to keep the player by matching a contract the player signs with anothe team.

Players eligible are those players coming off their rookie contract with their option picked up - a team must hold 3 years or more of tenure rights of that player. If someone bids on one of your RFAs, and the player accepts, you can match and sign the player to the same length and amount. Once the player agrees, you have 3 days to make a match.

Note that this may mean a player stays against their will, so there may be conflicts with the player if a team matches an offer sheet and he wants to leave (especially for players leaving to get more playing time).

Trades
Trades are not allowed during the free agency period to avoid teams making offers and then trading into a position that would make the offer invalid (ie that the offer would send the team over the cap).

Sign and trades are available. This is the only way to trade a free agent within the 30 day free agency period (otherwise you would have to wait until Day 42 as per the Trading Rookies/Free Agent rule). Sign and trades can only apply to Tenured Rights players (not Unrestricted, or Early Tenured) offered max year deals from their original team.

MLE and Minimum Salary
Note that the MLE and minimum salary offers are not included in this process. The MLE (if the team has the MLE) and minimum salaries can be used to exceed the cap at any stage.

Salary Floor
Every team has to hit the salary floor ($64,000,000) by the end of the trade deadline of 2023 (Day 120). Practically, as you can't offer more than minimum salary to a player once the season starts, if you're below the floor by the time the season starts, the only way you can reach it is by trading in salary, which can be tough as you still need to comply with the trade rules. Keep this in mind when you make your bids. If you don't reach the floor, your cap is reduced the following season.

Moratorium
Players cannot sign until Day 5, but they can verbally agree. The first 4 days are generally to deal with your own free agents and understand your exact cap position before going after other teams' free agents; if you have a lot of cap space, however, you can make offers to other team's free agents from Day 1 (keeping in mind this may stop you exceeding the cap with your own FAs).

General free agency advice
(a) Read through the FA rules (http://jblfl.com/rules) carefully, especially regarding max salaries you can offer, the impact of Early Tenure vs Tenured FAs, and penalties if you exceed the cap.
(b) Deal with your own players quickly and early, and don’t lowball. The further you are from their expected salary, the longer the negotiation will drag out.
(c) Use any tenure rights you hold to secure your own free agents early on. The longer you wait, the less flexibility you may have if a player rejects an offer.
(d) If you don’t want to offer a contract to a player, renounce his rights immediately.

Two new features

  • Posted by The Commissioner
    14/11/18 (174, Playoffs 2023)

Two new features:

Live Simcast: Follow along with the simulation results as they happen. No need to refresh, the results will instantly appear. Check out the Simcast here.

Trash Talk: After several GMs requested this, I present the anonymous trash talk feed: Trash Talk. Note you can remain anonymous or post under your team name.

Free Agency primer

  • Posted by The Commissioner
    16/09/18 (1, Offseason 2023)

Below is a primer on how cap holds work and some intricacies of the free agency system.

Cap Holds
Your cap space is limited by “cap holds” which is the player’s last salary, or any contract you have offered.

For example - if you have $30mil cap space but Player A's last salary is $10m and Player B's last salary is $5m, you really only have $15mil cap space until you either:

(a) offer a contract - the offer is a firm offer that can’t be withdrawn. The cap hold then becomes the contract offer; or
(b) renounce the player’s tenure rights. This means you can no longer exceed the cap to sign the player (but can still bid/offer a contract to him).

This forces you to deal with your own free agents first unless you have a lot of cap space to manoeuvre. This is the way we keep FA fair and not allow teams to sign or offer contracts to other teams’ players and then re-sign their own free agents (exceeding the cap).

This means if you bid on another team’s FA, unless you have the cap space, you will be forced to give up your own players’ tenure rights. The spirit of this rule is to ensure that you deal with your own free agents first to keep it fair, otherwise teams with extensive cap space could corner the market with huge offers and then re-sign their own players over the cap.

Accordingly, if you make a bid and that maxes out your cap space, you are then “locked” in to bids, which includes bids for your own players.

Withdrawing/increasing offers
You cannot withdraw an offer. An offer is final. You can however increase an offer to a free agent. This will remove your previous offer.

Player behaviour
Just because you offer a player their expected contract, does not mean they will sign with you. Players have a variety of factors that include but are not limited to, location, money, coaching, teammates, whether they want to play for a winner, their expected playing time and player status.

Players will reject an offer that is underwhelming or they are not interested in within 1 day (ie if you offer on Day 6, they will have rejected it by Day 7). Offers can be held longer, however, especially if multiple teams are offering contracts. In general, a player that is happy with an offer with sign within 3-4 days early on in free agency.

Dependent on the specific player, and their personality, an offer of under 50% of their asking price could result in the player refusing to accept any further offers from your team. This percentage could be even higher with maximum salary level stars.

Restricted Free Agency & Matching
New this year is Restricted Free Agency, which gives a player's original team the right to keep the player by matching a contract the player signs with anothe team.

Players eligible are those players coming off their rookie contract with their option picked up - a team must hold 3 years or more of tenure rights of that player. If someone bids on one of your RFAs, and the player accepts, you can match and sign the player to the same length and amount. Once the player agrees, you have 3 days to make a match.

Note that this may mean a player stays against their will, so there may be conflicts with the player if a team matches an offer sheet and he wants to leave (especially for players leaving to get more playing time).

Trades
Trades are not allowed during the free agency period to avoid teams making offers and then trading into a position that would make the offer invalid (ie that the offer would send the team over the cap).

Sign and trades are available. This is the only way to trade a free agent within the 30 day free agency period (otherwise you would have to wait until Day 42 as per the Trading Rookies/Free Agent rule). Sign and trades can only apply to Tenured Rights players (not Unrestricted, or Early Tenured) offered max year deals from their original team.

MLE and Minimum Salary
Note that the MLE and minimum salary offers are not included in this process. The MLE (if the team has the MLE) and minimum salaries can be used to exceed the cap at any stage.

Salary Floor
Every team has to hit the salary floor ($64,000,000) by the end of the trade deadline of 2023 (Day 120). Practically, as you can't offer more than minimum salary to a player once the season starts, if you're below the floor by the time the season starts, the only way you can reach it is by trading in salary, which can be tough as you still need to comply with the trade rules. Keep this in mind when you make your bids. If you don't reach the floor, your cap is reduced the following season.

Moratorium
Players cannot sign until Day 5, but they can verbally agree. The first 4 days are generally to deal with your own free agents and understand your exact cap position before going after other teams' free agents; if you have a lot of cap space, however, you can make offers to other team's free agents from Day 1 (keeping in mind this may stop you exceeding the cap with your own FAs).

General free agency advice
(a) Read through the FA rules (http://jblfl.com/rules) carefully, especially regarding max salaries you can offer, the impact of Early Tenure vs Tenured FAs, and penalties if you exceed the cap.
(b) Deal with your own players quickly and early, and don’t lowball. The further you are from their expected salary, the longer the negotiation will drag out.
(c) Use any tenure rights you hold to secure your own free agents early on. The longer you wait, the less flexibility you may have if a player rejects an offer.
(d) If you don’t want to offer a contract to a player, renounce his rights immediately.

Restricted Free Agency

  • Posted by The Commissioner
    01/09/18 (177, Regular Season 2022)

As previously indicated, Restricted Free Agency will be coming into the 2023 Free Agency period.

Restricted free agency gives the player's original team the right to keep the player by matching a contract the player signs with anothe team. This is called the "right of first refusal."

(1) Eligible Players - Restricted Free Agency is only for players coming off their rookie contract with their option picked up (4 years for a first round pick and 3 for a second round). Players who have been released and then signed by another team before the conclusion of their contract are not eligible.

(2) RFA rights are traded with the player.

(3) The player's current team can match another team's RFA offer sheet. The match must be exactly the same length and amount.

(4) A team has 3 FA days to match. During that time the team that has offered the contract cannot use their cap space used up by the offer.

(5) If 3 days passes with no match, the player is signed.

(6) If a match occurs the player will be signed straight away on the exact same terms.

(7) Note that this may mean a player stays against their will, so there may be conflicts with the player if a team matches an offer sheet and he wants to leave (especially for players leaving to get more playing time).

For more information, please see the Rules.

All-Star Ballot available

  • Posted by The Commissioner
    11/08/18 (118, Regular Season 2022)

With the 2022 All-Star game upon us shortly, make sure you vote for the All-Star benches!

Click here to vote.

New podcast: JBL Digest

  • Posted by The Commissioner
    17/07/18 (1, Regular Season 2022)

RKG has put together a new podcast called "JBL Digest" which is a deeper look at several topics. This week's episode features:


  • The state of the PG position in the JBL

  • Deep Dive: Atlanta Devils

  • Firing Up The Trade Machine



Make sure you check out the podcast here: JBL Digest!

New feature: Game Flows

  • Posted by The Commissioner
    06/07/18 (1, Regular Season 2022)

New feature added: game flows (score vs time) are now visible on the box scores. Check it out!

Devils @ Jailbirds

2022 Season starts Wednesday

  • Posted by The Commissioner
    01/07/18 (1, Training Camp 2022)

The 2022 Season starts Wednesday. Make sure you check Training Camp results and set your lineup for opening day!

Rule changes for 2022/2023

  • Posted by The Commissioner
    28/06/18 (1, Training Camp 2022)

Some rule changes, most which have been announced already. Check the Rules for more detailed information.

Applicable for 2022:
• Salary floor penalty changed to be more gradual (between $50-64m, 0.5x the amount under; under $50m, the full amount under).
• During the season, a team can only sign minimum salaries and cannot offer large contracts to free agents (for example, to reach the floor).

Applicable for 2023:
• Stretch salary by releasing player over multiple seasons. You can only stretch one player at a time and it can’t be on the first year of a player’s contract. Stretch length is contracted years left x 2.
• Salary floor becomes applicable to expansion teams. This means expansion teams must reach the floor by Day 120 in 2023.

New features added

  • Posted by The Commissioner
    24/06/18 (1, Offseason 2022)

This offseason has been a productive one for the JBL league office. New additions for the upcoming season (and beyond):

• Customise shot preference per player (effectiveness dependent on personality, coaching, player type etc.)
• Set Training Camp focus for your team
• Offseason Checklist
• Historical Games (League > Historical Games) page, featuring history's greatest performances
• Awards page (MVP, Rookie of the Year etc)
• Season Recap page (Season by Season overview)
• Advanced Stats: OWS, DWS, WS, WS/48, BPM, VORP
• Ability to offer team options from My Team Home
• Personality profiles visible on player pages and in Locker Room
• Free agent mood added (Re-sign, Testing, Leaving)
• Live Draft Page with countdown to draft.
• Contract extensions now available via My Team > Roster > Actions
• Release player online now available via My Team > Roster > Actions
• Show totals for awards on player profiles (championships, MVPs)
• New team/roster page with better navigational tabs
• Coach profile now shows player profile if they are a former player
• Show player relationships (father/son, brothers)
• Player options now displayed on expiring contracts page, on player page, and on salary tables
• Logging in from a particular page takes you back to the page you wanted to go, instead of re-directing to your My Team home
• Depth chart will warn GM and prevent saving of depth chart if they have not filled out the inactive slots

There are plenty more backend fixes which won't necessarily be visible but will hopefully fix some of the bugs. Enjoy the 2022 season!

2022 Free Agency has begun

  • Posted by The Commissioner
    19/06/18 (1, Offseason 2022)

The Free Agency period has begun. The signing moratorium is active until Day 5, when players can sign rather than just verbally agree.

Make sure you make your bids early to secure the players you want to keep.

2022 offseason schedule and new features

  • Posted by The Commissioner
    09/06/18 (1, Offseason 2022)

Congratulations to the Seattle Thunder for an amazing title run in 2021.

The offseason is upon us which means that there are some important dates:

Draft commences: Friday 15 June 10am Melbourne AEST
Free agency commences (estimated date): Wednesday 20 June 10am Melbourne AEST

Time until the Draft:



The Free Agency date is subject to change based on how long the Draft goes for.

Also, there have been some new features added:

* Offseason Checklist
* Ability to offer team options from My Team Home
* Personality profiles visible on player pages and in Locker Room
* FA Mood added (Re-sign, Testing, Leaving)

There is a lot more to come over the next week, so keep your eye on the site and the Slack channel.

Trade deadline approaching

  • Posted by The Commissioner
    30/04/18 (109, Regular Season 2021)

The trade deadline is the end of the All-Star break, which starts after Day 120 is simulated. This means the deadline is fast approaching.

While the League hasn't decided the full 'real world' break timing, there will be at least a few days with no games to play the All-Star game and to allow the finality of any deals.

College scouting now available

  • Posted by The Commissioner
    27/04/18 (97, Regular Season 2021)

College scouting is now available.

Log in to http://collegejbl.com using your JBL login and you will be re-directed to the player rankings page.

All scouting trips have been allocated. This includes any penalties assessed for being over the cap at the end of 2020.

Going forward, extra scouting trips may be added on a "use it or lose it" basis, or for rewards for writing articles.

Team news now in home screen

  • Posted by The Commissioner
    19/04/18 (73, Regular Season 2021)

Your team specific news is now available in your My Team - Home area at the bottom of the screen.

This will show you information directed at your team, and will primarily show you injury information or information that will allow you to keep up to date with injuries.

Players no longer aware of being on the block

  • Posted by The Commissioner
    09/04/18 (49, Regular Season 2021)

Previously, players had been aware when they were listed on the trading block. This is now no longer the case.

This means you can list players on the block if you're interested in receiving an offer for them without the playing reacting negatively to the fact that he is on the block.

You can list a player on the Trade Block (which is here) directly from a player's profile page.

Player coaching options now available

  • Posted by The Commissioner
    09/04/18 (46, Regular Season 2021)

Additional controls are available via the My Team > Coaching page. These include:

Playing Time
Set to either coach (default), more or less. A coach will try to play the player more on the 'more' setting, and less on the 'less' setting. The coach still has the final say.

Primacy
Primarily how much the player shoots, or gets the ball. Set to either default, more or less. Default will leave the decision up to the player as per usual, more will give them a green light and less will ask them to restrict their shots where possible. Again, the player AI may override your choice to some extent.

Minutes Restriction
To use a minutes restriction, choose Yes and enter the maximum minutes you want a player to play.

If you set a player to 0 minutes, he will not play. You can't set a starter to 0 minutes. Note there may be some emergency situations where the player is required.

If you have only two players on a depth chart position (for example, a starting C and a backup C only), and set both players to a minutes restriction that does not add up to 48 minutes, the coach will likely put the starter in to make up those minutes.

Trading restrictions passed

  • Posted by The Commissioner
    08/04/18 (43, Regular Season 2021)

After Day 42, the following trade restrictions have passed:


  • Players traded to a team before the season can now be traded, including back to the team they were traded from during the offseason.

  • Picks traded from a team can now be traded back to that team.

  • Recently signed free agents can now be traded.

  • 2021 rookies can now be traded.

  • Contract extensions (max extensions only) can now be offered.



For further details, please see the Rules.

2021 Season starts tomorrow

  • Posted by The Commissioner
    18/03/18 (1, Training Camp 2021)

Make sure you set your lineups and coaching options, because 2021 kicks off tomorrow!

Coach Signing period begins

  • Posted by The Commissioner
    18/03/18 (1, Offseason 2021)

Coach signing is now open for head coaching offers only.

This is only required if you are an expansion team or need to re-sign your head coach (ie Knights, Skyhawks).

Once all teams have head coaches, assistant coach hiring will begin. With only 12 teams requiring head coaches, this should progress quickly. The next coach signing day will advance in 24 hours. Coaches sign quicker than players.

A brief overview of the rules:
* Each team needs one head coach and two assistant coaches. All three coaches must fit into the $10mil Coaching Budget
* The head coach must always earn more than the assistant coach.
* You can poach another team's assistant coach (under contract or free agent) only -- no poaching of head coaches is allowed. If you sign another team's under contract assistant coach, you will be docked $500,000 from your Scouting Budget and the other team will receive that as compensation.
* All head coach contracts are 4 years, all assistant coach contracts are 3 years. Minimum salaries for head coaches are $1,500,000, and for assistant coaches $1,000,000.
* As an aside - the $10m Scouting Budget is entirely separate to the $10m Coaching Budget, although any extra Coaching Budget will give you extra scouting trips (eg if you had $2m left in your Coaching Budget, your Scouting Budget would be $12m).

The Rules have a more comprehensive overview of coaching options and how strategies apply to your team.

Link: Coach Free Agency

Free Agency opens tomorrow

  • Posted by The Commissioner
    09/03/18 (1, Offseason 2021)

Free Agency will begin, and offers can be offered in:

Saturday March 10, 10am AEST
Friday March 9, 3pm PST
Friday March 9, 6pm EST
Friday March 9, 11pm GMT
Saturday March 10, 7am PHT

New features

  • Posted by The Commissioner
    08/03/18 (1, Offseason 2021)

Article posting now available
GMs can now post articles (rather than press releases) by logging in, going into My Team > Press Release and choosing 'Article' instead of 'Press Release'. This will, of course, post the article directly to the front page so be aware of spelling, punctuation and general editing.

Comments on articles
I've installed Disqus so you can now comment on each article. You will need to register with Disqus separately, so please use the same name as you use on Slack and use your team avatar/badge to denote which team you are from.