Still (ideally) about six to seven weeks out from starting the draft, but those of you guys who are planning on coming back this year and anyone who may be interested in joining the league this year depending on openings give these a look and let me know what you think.
1. 14 teams in the league, 15 wrestlers per team. You'll start 11 wrestlers each week. One at each weight from 125-285 and then a flex guy from any weight that will be eligible to score points at whatever weight he wrestles.
2. Scoring is based on total points. The regular season runs through the week of conference tournaments. Top 5 in the standings and the highest scoring team during conference week that isn't already in the top 5 will advance to NCAA's.
3. 3 points for a decision, 4 for a major, 5 for a tech fall, and 6 for a pin/dual meet forfeit/injury default
4. All dual meets count for points. We'll also count the All Star match, Kauffman Brand, Las Vegas, Reno, Midlands, Scuffle, PSU Open, MSU Open, Body Bar, Navy Classic, Brockport, Binghamton Open, PSACS, and Hokie Open.
5. Scoring for the All Star match will function the same way that it did last year 9/10/11/12
6. Wrestlers who win the Las Vegas, Reno, Midlands, and Southern Scuffle tournaments will receive ten bonus points. Wrestlers who finish as runners up at those tournaments will receive five bonus points.
7. Wrestlers who win the Big 10 and Big 12 tournaments will get 16 bonus points, runners up at those tournaments will get 12 points. Wrestlers who win OW at those tournaments will get 5 points. All other conference tournaments will award 12 bonus points for a champion and 8 for a runner up.
8. The Hodge Trophy winner, NCAA OW, and the Gorrarian Award will also award 5 bonus points.
9. Both supplemental drafts will be back in their same format. The three round supplemental during the week before the Midlands and the Southern Scuffle, and the one round second supplemental during the final week of the regular season.
10. If you're returning to the league you'll have an opportunity to keep a wrestler from your team last year. The format of this has been slightly modified with the addition of the prospect keeper option which can be viewed in detail below. The draft order as it relates to keepers and non keepers will function in the same way as last year, meaning in round 3 the non keepers will all draft and the keepers will follow them up. Rounds 1 and 2 will function how they always have.
11. The back up rule/weight bump rule will be the same as it was last year. If your wrestler bumps up a weight class in a dual meet and wins you get his points. If your wrestler sits out a dual and his back up wins and no one has his back up you'll get points there so long as no one else has the back up on their team. If your wrestler bumps up and loses but his back up wins you don't get the back up's points no matter who has the back up.
12. Back ups will still be eligible for tournaments. Like last year though you'll have to specifically declare the back up as your guy the points won't be automatic. The one exception for this will be conference week where you'll automatically get back up points if your guy sits out and his back up isn't on anyone else's team.
13. If your wrestler beats a guy in the Intermat Top 20 at a tournament that we don't score you'll get points for that. I'll do my best to track those results down but its in your own best interest to bring those results up to me if they happen
14. If you trade a guy away and for some reason experience buyers remorse you'll have to wait three weeks to get him back. There will be a trade deadline again this year, all trades will end before the second supplemental.
15. We'll use official tournament scoring for NCAA's again. This is the only tournament where we'll use this system.
1. As I mentioned above starting this year we're eliminating one of the wild card spots. We'll still have six teams advance to NCAA's but those teams will be comprised of the top 5 in the standings after conference week, and then the highest scoring team during conference week that wasn't already in the top 5.
2. We'll be instituting a prospect keeper option that was originally detailed in this thread during the draft last year.
Basically if you keep a guy that you drafted in rounds 11-15 last year you'll get to keep him as your pick in the round that you drafted him in last year with a two round penalty. So if you keep your 12th round pick from last year he'll count as your 10th round pick this year. If you keep a guy that you drafted in rounds 1-10 last year the same rules will apply that always have. He's your first rounder.
3. Wrestlers who are kept or are drafted within Rounds 1-4 will only be eligible to be traded for each other.
4. This one is still kind of up in the air, but I want to try and figure out a method where tournaments can be counted retroactively if there are enough wrestlers ranked in the top 20 there.