Reserve Team Sub
May 4, 2012, 11:24 AM
Team(s): Yeovil Town FC
For several seasons now, vienna, RRYFS, BlueUpNorth & I have been running this reasonably popular competition for TK initially, and now NLM.
For the 2011-12 season, vienna has kindly donated a 2013 Non-League Directory (as yet unpublished!) for the winner and has pledged to repeat this small generosity with a 2014 Directory for the winner of next season's competition.
The four Admins work extremely hard for ten months of the year to bring our gamers well in excess of a thousand matches, drawn from Steps 1 to 6 + games from every Round of the big three knock-out tournaments, per season... and while predicting every fixture provided will be no mean feat, to qualify for the prize, one has only actually a need to predict a minimal 58% of available games.
The prize is awarded to the gamer with superior PPG over the season, subject to having made enough predictions.
We need new players for next season, the more the merrier. The game is not exclusive to NLM gamers, so get your friends, relatives, work colleagues & social (and Facebook?) mates to join in the fun. If you are a member of any footie websites/forums elsewhere, get permission to advertise us there. You can set-up your own Private League tournaments within the game, so use that fact to draw in new players too.
The points one wins (to inform one's PPG) come from (a) predicting the exact correct scoreline from a given match, worth 3 points and marked as a Win on the game's main merit table; (b) failing predicting the exact correct scoreline from a given match, nevertheless correctly assigning the H/A win or draw, worth 1 point and marked as a Draw on the game's main merit table; (c) any other incorrect result predicted for a given match, worth 0 points and marked as a Loss on the game's main merit table.
A PPG hovering near 0.7 would be a very good return and might well win the prize!
The current 2011-12 game may be found at http://www.nlpl.co.uk/.../index.php?cmd=table for reference and one may sign-up already for next season's game. This season's standings will remain onsite until 30th. June at least, but will be reset for the coming season shortly thereafter.
Most matches in the game will be set a few weeks in advance of their playing dates, however admin. only guarantees a 24-hour-prior policy, meaning basically, there will never be any matches set up giving gamers less than 24 hours notice of their presence. We restrict to 24 hours, because of the obvious 'imminence problem' that may otherwise affect end-of-season play-offs!
Occasionally illness/connectivity problems DO affect administrators' ability to input fixtures and we have a policy of replacing any/all fixtures so 'missed' at later dates... we try to ensure gamers average two-dozen fixtures each 'normal' playing-week (Sat. to Fri.) & 32 fixtures per Bank Holiday weekend.
Postponements are monitored and re-dated regularly and if for any reason there happens to be any substantial 'glitch' with a given match (e.g. a league brings forward some match with under 24 hours warning, etc.), we may remove it from the system - but replace with a new match at a later date.
If any gamer falls ill, has connectivity problems, holidays, etc. - the game maintains a 'contingency' default-scoreline mechanism - but this HAS TO BE primed by each gamer individually - whereby a cover-all scoreline (say 1-0) is registered by the gamer, who then MUST actully use his "PREDICT" button to apply that default value to his outstanding predictions.
We advise all gamers to do this as a matter of course, on a regular basis, and always whenever admin. has added a new group of fixtures to the game (**NB** very often new fixtures begin life in the game as 'TBA's, only later being designated an actual division & then teams... do your default predictions as soon as you see the 'TBA's appear!).
Further to this and by private, prior arrangement - any gamers not fancying leaving a swath of games to a single default scoreline - may ask vienna (a regular top-player) to duplicate his own predictions for them, or to assign them simple 2-1,1-1,1-2 scorelines (or variants) in accordance to how vienna predicts his own picks. These latter services are however limited in duration and should not exceed a fortnight in any case!
We have a 'hard-core' two-dozen players who rarely miss a single prediction and for 2012-13 I'd like to see us get 100+ regular players... there's over 4000 of us registered here on this Forum. Lets see if 3% would come and enjoy our game in the new season - making all admin's hard work and effort that much more worthwhile and rewarding!
Inherited by AngusGF