Your team's roster can be larger than 30 players - you do NOT have to cut players when you pick up free agents. You can also make unbalanced trades with other teams in your league, such as trading 2 players for 3. Although there is NO roster size limit, you may only list 15 starters and up to 15 backups on each depth chart. Unlisted players on your roster will be used as final backups, and will be used in player number order. This is useful for recently drafted free agents, and for plugging holes if you are particularly thin at a certain position. You can also list players on your active depth chart the same week you try and draft them - if you succeed in picking up that player then he'll be used where you listed him, and if you don't get him (someone else picking ahead of you grabbed him) then he will simply be skipped over.
Any depth charts and/or free agent lists turned in from your league's web page using our web based lineup form are FREE of charge. Charts that are mailed, faxed or e-mailed to us do incur a $4 typing charge. There will be more explanation of free agents and postmark deadlines with the information letter accompanying the draft results.
Trading of players is allowed through the week 12 games. You may NOT trade away future free agent draft rights. (Once you draft a player you may trade him, but you can not trade future free agent picks!) We will continue to monitor all trades for fairness. We must receive trade notices from BOTH owners involved in a trade before it can become final. After all, we can't put a trade through unless we know all the teams involved in the deal really agreed to it! There is no additional fee for trades, other than the $4 to submit a new depth chart - the $4 fee to turn in a new depth chart/free agent list covers everything you can do in a week, including changing your starters and reserves, picking up a free agent, and making trades.
In each league, the 3 division winners and 2 next best "wild-card" teams make the playoffs. (5 teams will make the playoffs in every Scoresheet Football league, including leagues with a different number of teams that were organized and drafted in person.) Ties for division winners and playoff spots are broken using the same rules as in the NFL. Wild-card games are played during week 15, followed by the rest of the playoffs weeks 16 and 17. The home team (the team with the better regular season record, or a division winner when playing a wild card team) is given a 3 point advantage in each playoff game.
To determine our weekly and overall prize winners, we total the 15 offensive and defensive positions for each eligible team each week (i.e., ignoring opposing players). We award $100 each of the first 14 weeks (not during the 3 final playoff weeks) to the team which scores the most such game points in ALL of Scoresheet Football that week. We also award $50 to whichever team scores the second most points throughout all of Scoresheet Football each week. Also, the ONE league winner with the highest 16-game point total in all of Scoresheet (not counting the wild-card games) wins a free year's membership in all 4 Scoresheet sports: football, baseball and hockey. (Only teams in leagues with at least 12 teams are eligible for these weekly and overall prizes; though league championship trophies will be awarded in all leagues.) NOTE: A single team can only win at most one first place prize per season, and at most one 2nd place prize per season. If the weekly winner has already won a first place prize earlier in the season then the prizes will be awarded to the next two highest point total teams that week.
Please follow submission deadlines for draft lists. If possible, we would appreciate the submission of your ranking list a couple of days before the deadline. Please notify us as soon as possible if for some reason you've missed a draft deadline - we'll do our best to work something out. And if you are paying on the installment plan please include a check with the ranking sheet.
Unfortunately, we can't do anything about Scoresheet-bound depth charts that become lost in the mail. On the other hand, if the Postal Service loses your weekly results, let us know and we'll gladly mail you a new copy. If you have any other questions or comments, please contact us. Our goal is to make Scoresheet Football as fun and rewarding as possible. Let's all have a great football season!