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bigblue_dl
09-13-2012, 02:44 PM
Hello everyone, I have volunteered to get people signed up for the USCHO fantasy college hockey leagues that we play annually. I decided to move the thread to D1, as opposed to the cafe, where it usually is, to generate more interest and reach a larger number of USCHO posters.

We use the website www.fantasycollegehockey.com that was developed by Zudnic, another poster. The game is always quite a bit of fun, and I think most people are able to have a good time with it.

Anyone is welcome to sign up to play, BUT if you sign up, you will be expected to be able to show up to the draft on the night it is held for your league, and participate in the league throughout the season. In the recent past we have had problems with posters signing up and not showing up for drafts, or neglecting teams all season. This creates a huge pain for everyone else that wants to participate and for the people that run the site. I will do whatever I can to make sure I get you in a draft on a day that you select, to minimize any problems. To sign up, go here (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dGpiUzM5UWEzMjhZOE9jWjQxODM3dmc6M Q#gid=0), and fill out the form. (If that link doesn't work, let me know. This is the first time I've made a Google Form, so I'm not sure if I did it right)

When I get all the entries, I will split people up into leagues, depending on which day you can draft, and any special requests to be in a league, or not in a league, with another poster. The goal will be to have leagues of 7-9 teams, ideally 8. Each league will be run separately from each other, draft separate and have a different champion. To conduct the draft I am going to try to use a Google Docs spreadsheet to keep track of everything, though I haven't gotten that completely sorted out yet. In the past we have used AIM to conduct a draft, but we have run into issues with everyone having the software and being able to use AIM. I am open to suggestions on what would be the best way, that is most accessible to everyone involved.

These leagues will use players from all of Division 1 NCAA hockey. Any and all leagues are in play. You are required to start 6 forwards, 4 defensemen, and 2 goalies each day, and you'll have a bench that consists of the same amount of each position, for a total of 12 forwards, 8 defensemen, and 4 goalies. You do not have to set your roster for a week and leave it, like with fantasy football; you are allowed to change your starters each day, prior to the start of the games. There is no limit to the amount of roster moves you can make. The scoring is detailed at the fantasycollegehockey.com website, so feel free to take a look there in the meantime. Also, don't sign up at the fantasycollegehockey.com website now, we have to get the leagues set before anything can be done on that website. If you try to sign up now, all you're likely to do is cause headaches for Zudnic.

There have already been several posters that have expressed interest in the old thread, for those of you that have, please fill out the form so I can get you on the list. Also, if anyone signs up with the form, please post a confirmation that you have signed up in this thread, so I can make sure that I get everyone's information.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask. There are several of us around that have played in previous seasons that would be able to help you out and answer questions.

hockeyplayer1015
09-13-2012, 03:01 PM
Signed up. bbdl, I put Oct 5th in the "other" option as well. I SHOULD be able to make the Oct 4th time, but that would likely be the only date I can draft since I'm out on the boat until the 4th. I won't know what time I'll be at my house until the 3rd likely, but I'm hoping it will be by 8pm Eastern.

Looking at the schedule, with only a single exhibition on the 5th, I figured I would throw that out there just in case enough people can possibly draft that night instead.

I will add to bbdl's description of the FCH leagues, that draft nights CAN take several hours. It is truly dependent on how prepared people are, and if every person in that league shows up or if there are several no-shows. I would say, with a prompt 8pm start time, to expect drafting until 11pm or so.

bigblue_dl
09-13-2012, 03:04 PM
Signed up. bbdl, I put Oct 5th in the "other" option as well. I SHOULD be able to make the Oct 4th time, but that would likely be the only date I can draft since I'm out on the boat until the 4th. I won't know what time I'll be at my house until the 3rd likely, but I'm hoping it will be by 8pm Eastern.

Looking at the schedule, with only a single exhibition on the 5th, I figured I would throw that out there just in case enough people can possibly draft that night instead.

I will add to bbdl's description of the FCH leagues, that draft nights CAN take several hours. It is truly dependent on how prepared people are, and if every person in that league shows up or if there are several no-shows. I would say, with a prompt 8pm start time, to expect drafting until 11pm or so.Ok. I know that you have that issue with drafting. If we can get a league to draft on the 5th, that would be ok to.

Another option is, a few of us were considering doing an additional league with only FCH veterans, as kind of an All-star league. We might be able to do that one on the 5th.

hockeyplayer1015
09-13-2012, 03:11 PM
Ok. I know that you have that issue with drafting. If we can get a league to draft on the 5th, that would be ok to.

Another option is, a few of us were considering doing an additional league with only FCH veterans, as kind of an All-star league. We might be able to do that one on the 5th.

Noted.

CornwallAce
09-13-2012, 08:28 PM
Fantasy Hockey eh?

I Got an AHA team winning the National Championship.

Shirtless Guy
09-13-2012, 08:55 PM
In

bigblue_dl
09-13-2012, 09:19 PM
I have 4 in so far:

Me
hp1015
shirtless guy
FieldHouseFaithful

FiveHole12
09-14-2012, 07:24 AM
Another option is, a few of us were considering doing an additional league with only FCH veterans, as kind of an All-star league. We might be able to do that one on the 5th.
In.

I would be interested in this league if you want me. Would be nice to be in a league where all team gm's are vigilant and regularly participate. ;)

bigblue_dl
09-14-2012, 08:50 AM
In.

I would be interested in this league if you want me. Would be nice to be in a league where all team gm's are vigilant and regularly participate. ;)If we end up doing that league, I'll let you know.

pgrass01
09-14-2012, 01:48 PM
In.

I would be interested in this league if you want me. Would be nice to be in a league where all team gm's are vigilant and regularly participate. ;)

Same here...

Thanks for helping out bigblue_dl. And thanks to Zudnic (And seanpc?) for setting up the website. Its pretty cool to follow players we wouldn't otherwise be associated with.

bigblue_dl
09-14-2012, 02:40 PM
I did get both fivehole and pgrass's sign-up info. It looks like that form actually worked, I wasn't sure if it would.


Here is the google documents spreadsheet that I am hoping to use to draft: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0ApfOnU5g-h_ndHAtRjBKODJORFVKSEdZcHpJbm5tbEE

My hope is that we can all go view the spreadsheet, and use the built-in chat function to conduct the draft, we shouldn't even have to require anyone to get a google sign-in. It might be a little confusing because it will assign a number to each person, but we can put that number in the spreadsheet instead of team name for the draft only, and it should solve any problems. Or we could just make sure to state team name prior to each pick such as: User239283: bigblue_dl - Justin Schultz, D, Wisconsin

(now, hopefully no one actually drafts Justin Schultz)

Shirtless Guy
09-14-2012, 03:23 PM
I did get both fivehole and pgrass's sign-up info. It looks like that form actually worked, I wasn't sure if it would.


Here is the google documents spreadsheet that I am hoping to use to draft: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0ApfOnU5g-h_ndHAtRjBKODJORFVKSEdZcHpJbm5tbEE

My hope is that we can all go view the spreadsheet, and use the built-in chat function to conduct the draft, we shouldn't even have to require anyone to get a google sign-in. It might be a little confusing because it will assign a number to each person, but we can put that number in the spreadsheet instead of team name for the draft only, and it should solve any problems. Or we could just make sure to state team name prior to each pick such as: User239283: bigblue_dl - Justin Schultz, D, Wisconsin

(now, hopefully no one actually drafts Justin Schultz)or any number of other early departures.

FiveHole12
09-14-2012, 03:44 PM
I did get both fivehole and pgrass's sign-up info. It looks like that form actually worked, I wasn't sure if it would.
bigblue... Mistake on my draft dates. I cannot draft on October 4th. Gonna be in CT rockin' with Ian Anderson that night. :)

Zudnic
09-15-2012, 02:41 PM
I am in but I am limited on my draft times. The last Thurs in Sept is really the only time I can do it. If that day doesn't prove popular, I'll have to sit this year out.

bigblue_dl
09-16-2012, 08:10 PM
I am in but I am limited on my draft times. The last Thurs in Sept is really the only time I can do it. If that day doesn't prove popular, I'll have to sit this year out.Ok, I'll try to make that work out.

Also, bumping this back to the top. We still don't have a whole lot of people participating. FCH is very fun, if anyone out there is on the fence you should just do it, you won't regret it.

bigblue_dl
09-17-2012, 11:12 AM
Would there be any interest in doing a "keeper" FCH league? You'd keep your players throughout their 4 years of eligability, and it would add quite a bit more strategery, trying to balance your team with upperclassmen that will score big this year, but drafting enough freshmen and sophomores that you're set for the future. Also, trying to draft players that are more likely to stay 3 or 4 years, and not getting stuck with a few 1 and dones.

Shirtless Guy
09-17-2012, 02:23 PM
Would there be any interest in doing a "keeper" FCH league? You'd keep your players throughout their 4 years of eligability, and it would add quite a bit more strategery, trying to balance your team with upperclassmen that will score big this year, but drafting enough freshmen and sophomores that you're set for the future. Also, trying to draft players that are more likely to stay 3 or 4 years, and not getting stuck with a few 1 and dones.There would be alot to work out with a keeper league but it could be very fun. Need to have 8 quality managers though.

Fighting Sioux 23
09-17-2012, 05:43 PM
I have a question. Are there matchups or games played against other users, or is this a pure total points league?

Shirtless Guy
09-17-2012, 06:03 PM
I have a question. Are there matchups or games played against other users, or is this a pure total points league?it is a points thing throughout the regular season which is basically just for seeding and then playoffs has been head to head.

FiveHole12
09-17-2012, 06:37 PM
Would there be any interest in doing a "keeper" FCH league? You'd keep your players throughout their 4 years of eligability, and it would add quite a bit more strategery, trying to balance your team with upperclassmen that will score big this year, but drafting enough freshmen and sophomores that you're set for the future. Also, trying to draft players that are more likely to stay 3 or 4 years, and not getting stuck with a few 1 and dones.
I'd be interested.
Here's a wrinkle... How about a freshmen draft each year to replace graduates only. If you lose a guy to early departure, you're stuck with his roster spot until his class graduates.