A live player draft allows you to define a pool of available players in your system, and coaches to login to the website from a remote location such as their home or office, and participate in picking teams in real-time. This
can be used for picking teams at the beginning of the season and evenly distributing talent throughout the league or organization.
The draft kit can also be used to automatically assign (draft) players to teams. For example, you may not want to hold a live draft, but you may want to evenly balance teams across the board. To do
this, create a draft and rank the players by player Rating. Then set the draft pick time to :01 or :00 seconds and the draft machine will automatically draft players to teams to balance out talent.
Admins that have access to the Online Draft system will see this option under the Teams section of the Admin Features page. When clicked
They will be taken to a page to setup a draft or edit an existing draft.
On the draft setup page...
If there are no drafts created, click "New" to add a new draft.
If there are drafts created, select one in the list and then choose an option:
- Settings: Allows you to configure the settings for the draft.
- Open: Allows the admin or commissioner to open and start the
- Undo: Allows and admin or commissioner to undo all assignments
the draft created
- Delete: Allows an admin to delete a draft and remove all entries for the draft
Creating a draft
Once you have clicked "New" or "Settings," you'll be taken to the draft setup page.
Enter in all of the settings for your draft and click Submit to save.
- Title: The title of your
draft (i.e. 2012 Minors Draft)
- Address: A direct link to
your draft. You can use this to send in an email to all managers in the draft.
This will essentially be their invitation.
- Commissioner: Select a
person that will be responsible for running the draft. The person selected
here will have the ability to change settings for the draft and start the
- From Season: Choose the
season of the teams you will be drafting for.
- Select Teams: Click in the
box next to each team you want to include in the draft. This will set their
draft order. Leave a team's field blank to exclude them from the draft.
- Draft Type: Snake draft
will go in reverse order once the first round is over. Traditional will go
through the same order for every round.
- Seconds per Pick: Set home
many seconds each coach will have to make their selection.
- Players per team: If you
have a set number of players per team, enter a number here. Leave this blank
to draft all players in the pool.
- Free Agents: Select which
pool of players will be available for this draft.
- Gender: Select the gender
of players that will be included in the draft pool.
- Born Between: Use this to
limit the draft pool by age.
- Between Grades: Use this to
limit the draft pool by grade.
- Registered in: Use this
option to limit the draft pool to a specific registration program.
- Rank Players: Choose how players will initially be ranked in the draft pool.
Starting a draft
Once all of the settings have been added, you can start your draft. Send the "Address" from above to all people involved in the draft and they will be able to login and access the draft board.
To start the draft, the draft commissioner must login, go to Admin > Teams > Draft Players and click "Open." Once opened, they can click the Play button to start the draft timer.
The draft board
- Round/Timer: This shows the
round, pick and time left for the pick. You can roll back an entire round or
one pick using the icons here. You can also play or pause the draft as the
- Team Draft Order: This is
the order of your draft. Teams listed in green are teams where the coach has
logged into the draft, others have yet to enter the draft room.
- Selected Player: As you
select a player in the middle of the board, their information will appear on
top of the page.
- Player Pool: This is the
pool of available players. As they are selected, they will be removed from
- Draft Queue: You can add
players here that can be auto-drafted. For example, if you want to get someone
later in the draft and you want to make sure they are still available, add
them to this list. If drafted by another team, they will be removed.
- Draft Selections: This is
your roster. As you draft players, they will be displayed here.
- Chat Window: Communicate with other members in the draft by typing messages here.
Drafting a Player
To draft a player, click on the player's name in the Player Pool or the Auto-pick
Queue and click on the green icon above your team roster, "Add to Roster."
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