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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHAT IS THE GAME FORMAT / WHAT ARE THE SETTINGS?

Please visit the league FAQ for these settings, as all leagues will be different.

WHAT IS THE SPORTSMANSHIP POLICY?

  • Members are expected to uphold principles of sportsmanlike behavior at all times.
  • You will show respect for your opponents and respect for the sports that you are simulating.
  • You will be expected to communicate in a polite, acceptable manner during any communication related to United Leagues.
  • You will refrain from running up the score.
  • Under no circumstances are you allowed to forfeit a game or make up scores / stats for a game.
  • You will be expected to play fairly without the use/help of known cheats/glitches.
  • You will be expected to use a mic during the game - the technology is there and you are expected to use it to some degree. Choosing not to talk is ok - but you must meet up with your opponent, say "hello" and wear the mic during the game. This is done to alleviate against any game play issues or the possibility of a dropped game.
  • Owners exhibiting unsportsmanlike behavior at any time during their membership at United Leagues will be subject to suspension.
  • The commissioner has the right to make a game be replayed at any time for any reason.
  • If there is a history of bad game play (i.e. negative feedback, complaints in the forum or to the commissioner), the commissioner can step in at any time to overview the situation and make a judgment call on the game.

CAN I PLAY WITH INJURED/SUSPENDED PLAYERS?

Players get hurt or suspended in real life and if a roster update comes out, that player may be set as a bench player - however as long as he is on your roster, you can play with him. You can play with ANY player on your roster, as long as it is current.

WHAT ARE THE POLICIES REGARDING GAMERTAGS / USERNAMES?

United Leagues reserves the right to reject membership based on offensive, inappropriate or close association with currently used gamertags or usernames.

HOW DO I SCHEDULE MY GAMES?

The following means should be used when scheduling your games:
  • Instant Messenger
  • SMS Text Messages - View an owner's team page to see if they accept text messages.
  • Email
  • Xbox Live Messaging
  • UL Private Messaging - Your opponent will receive his message in the owner console when he logs in.
  • Phone Numbers (if published) - If you have attempted to reach your opponent with the above steps to no avail, see if they have their telephone number listed and give them a call.
  • The UL Website (Forum) - The forum is to be used for discussions and not for scheduling games. Although, if you are having trouble scheduling with an opponent, i.e. your e-mails being ignored, you can then attempt to contact your opponent via the forum.
  • Contact The Commissioner - If you have tried everything in an attempt to schedule your game, contact the league commissioner - they will assist in getting in touch with them.

BULK/JUNK MAIL FOLDERS

  • Just a warning to everyone, emails that we send out to everyone in a league might end up in your bulk mail folder as it COULD look like spam...
  • Suggestions: Create rules for each league and have it send it to your inbox.  For example: Anything with the subject line of United Leagues, send it to your inbox...
  • While 99% of the info from this league network will be posted in news sections - you WILL be held responsible for any emails we send out - it is not our fault that you do not get it...
  • Another reason to check the website at LEAST once a day for updates/news.

WHAT DO I NEED TO DO IF I AM GOING TO BE AWAY FROM MY XBOX FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF TIME?

  1. Contact the commissioner of the league and explain your situation and when you will return.
  2. Contact your upcoming opponents and make them aware you will be gone for a while and when you will return.
  3. Make a post in the league forum stating you will be gone and for how long.
  4. If you do not follow these steps, you will be subject to removal.

WHAT IS THE STRICT GNP REPORTING POLICY?

  • GNP Reports are due every Tuesday morning (8am CST) and must be submitted/updated for every game you have that is past due.
  • Failure to do this will result in your account being locked.
  • Once you contact an admin, we will explain your violation and unlock your account.
  • This is the only way we can determine if an owner is still active - when GNPs pile up, sometimes we have to make unpopular decisions to keep a league moving forward.  These GNP reports will always save you from being removed.

WHAT ARE THE GNP PROCEDURES I MUST FOLLOW WHEN A NEW WEEK IS ACTIVATED?

  • Sign in and look in your Owner Console
  • There you will see a new links under each game if a GNP report is either due or out of date.
  • After you report the status of this game - the report link will disappear and you are in the clear. By reporting, you are telling the league that you are still active and your attempts to get the game in.
  • Your GNP report should contain the following information (updated each week):
    • What methods you have used to contact your opponent
    • What progress has been made to schedule the game. If the game has been scheduled, you can report that here.
  • Reporting these status reports is THE most important part in keeping your account in good standing.

AFTER A GAME IS PLAYED, WHAT HAPPENS THEN?

  • Either the winner or loser can report the results.
  • Make sure the score and all stats for the winning / losing team are correct when submitting them.
  • If there are any scores or stats that were posted incorrectly, contact the commissioner as soon as possible.
  • Leave feedback for your opponent.

WHAT IS FEEDBACK?

  • All feedback is due after the game has been played.
  • To leave feedback, look in your Owner Console for reminder links.
  • There are 3 types of feedback:
    • Positive
    • Neutral
    • Negative
  • Here are some questions to ask yourself when leaving feedback:
    • Was the owner easy to deal with when scheduling the game?
    • Did he communicate well?
    • Did he play a fair game?
    • Did his style of game play reflect good skill?
    • Did he take advantage of any glitches?
    • Did he have a good attitude?
    • Did he speak?
  • "Good Game" does not cut it!
  • NO HEADSET / NO COMMUNICATION = NEUTRAL FEEDBACK!
  • Feedback is not optional - you are required to leave it for your opponent after every game you play. If the feedback policy is ignored you will be subject for removal.
  • The feedback system was designed to promote game play, good attitude and prompt scheduling. For it to work, everyone must use it.

CAN MORE STATS BE KEPT?

  • Yes, we can keep more stats. The question is will we keep more stats? The answer is no. We are a bare minimum stats league network. The basis of United Leagues is to track 3 basic stats in each league. We have found that this reduces the desire for most guys to stat pad and reduces the amount of problems we deal with on a daily basis.
  • United Leagues is purely about the competition and sportsmanship, not about writing down stats of video game versions of real players for 20 minutes after the game. Most guys in United Leagues do not play for stats, they play for wins and for the group of great owners these leagues possess. There are plenty of leagues out there that cater to guys who are into the glory of stats, and we are proudly not one of them.

CAN WE USE ONLINE LEAGUES BUILT INTO OTHER GAMES?

  • Some league will be designated as a "franchise league" which will include using the online tools built into the games.  However, each owner's history will be scrutinized before they are allowed to join.  Also each owner must participate in another regular season league to be elidgible.

For the rest of our leagues, they will remain here as standard leagues that do not use the online tools:

  • These services are unstable at best - there have been many issues in the past where they were down and you could not login to get your game in.
  • We will not allow player trades as it is OUR job to keep teams filled to finish the league - if someone gets a team and trades away all the good players - no one will want to take that team.
  • This site is for casual players - introducing player stats and trades takes the "casual" out of it and forces the casual players out of the league.

HOW DO THE TOURNAMENTS WORK?

  • These are 8-man, single elimination.
  • Tournament will not start until there are 8 registered owners.
  • Round 1 seeds will be based on the overall ranking in the league at the time of the tournament start.
  • An owner must use the selected team throughout the tournament
  • Rounds must be completed by the due date.
  • Any rounds not played by the round deadline will result in a loss for both teams.
  • You may request to the admin that a round be extended.
  • Scores will not be tracked.

WHAT IS THE DRAFT?

  • The draft is that way we select teams before every season starts based on draft points.
  • Depending on your previous season finish. The last overall ranked team gets the most points, the 1st overall gets 1.
  • Depending on how many tournaments you win: You get 1 point for every tournament you win.
  • Ranked games: The top 5 will receive the following draft points:
    • 5 draft points for 1st place
    • 4 draft points for 2nd place
    • 3 draft points for 3rd place
    • 2 draft points for 4th place
    • 1 draft point for 5th place
  • Winning the Owner of the Season Award earns you 5 draft points.
  • Winning the Peer Choice Award (PCA) (which will be decided upon by you the owners) earns you 5 Draft Points.

HOW IS THE DRAFT ORDER SET FOR THE FIRST SEASON OF A NEW LEAGUE?

  • ROUND 1: The draft board will be set in order of VIP membership, then seniority. A deadline will be announced by the commissioner that all current United Leagues members who wish to sign-up for the league must do so before the stated deadline. Sign-ups will be ordered according to membership sign-up date - VIP members first.
  • ROUND 2: The draft board will be set in order of league signup.

HOW IS THE DRAFT ORDER SET FOR SUBSEQUENT SEASONS OF AN EXISTING LEAGUE?

  • ROUND 1: Members entered in Round 1 are returning owners.
  • ROUND 2: Round 2 draft board will be set in order of seniority until a deadline passes.
  • ROUND 3: Round 3 draft board will be set in order of league sign-up.

CAN I TRADE MY DRAFT PICK?

  • Trading of draft picks must be made in writing to the Global Trading thread (see sticky thread in the Global Forum) by all parties involved in the transaction to the league commissioners before a league starts.
  • Under no circumstances may teams be traded after the start of a season.
  • Trades may involve draft picks only.
  • All trades will be reviewed by United Leagues staff and may be rejected at any time.

WHAT HAPPENS IF THE GAME IS DISCONNECTED?

  • A game is not an official game until a full game is played.
  • If a disconnect occurs, the game must continue where the disconnect occurred. Simply restart with the same score and play the amount of time remaining or if both owners agree, the game can be played over.
  • One caveat, the game can be replayed at any time; it just depends on the both owners.
  • If a game is too laggy, both owners can decide to start the game over, or wait till another time to play. This decision needs to be made early on.
  • It is a good idea to take down the stats after every quarter/half.
  • If a decision has to be made about the game after a disconnection, and the commissioner has to step in - this decision will be final.

WHAT ARE RANKED GAMES?

Ranked games are simple pick-up games that league members can play on the side. Some details about ranked games:
  • Any team can be used
  • Ranked games follow the league standard of play
  • The league rules and game setup are the same
  • Only wins and losses are tracked - no stats, no score How are ranked games sorted?
  • Ranked games are sorted a point scale. For a win, you will receive 3 points and for a loss you will receive 1 point.
  • Ranked games are sorted by PE (points earned) 1st, then by winning %.
  • Do ranked games affect the draft? Yes, the top 5 owners will receive draft points:
    • 5 draft points for 1st place
    • 4 draft points for 2nd place
    • 3 draft points for 3rd place
    • 2 draft points for 4th place
    • 1 draft point for 5th place

WHAT IS THE FRANCHISE FEE?

  • There will be a $5.46 franchise fee for all teams entering the draft for each season.
  • The only way to make payment is through PayPal.
  • 2 UL credits will also take care of your league fee (see below)

The reasons behind the fee:

  • The software that runs the league took a long time to develop. This is an easy way to recoup some of that time.
  • This also allows for continuing maintenance, and enhancements.
  • There are a very good group of core owners in this league. We think this will bolster stability as well as participation.
  • The United Leagues is all about adult game play, and this is a good way to ensure that we cater to the adult gaming community.
  • By charging a fee, albeit a very small one, we are able to regulate the owners that are not very serious about committing to a full season Fee details:
  • To enter a draft or to take over a team during the course of a season, the fee must be paid unless the season has made it to the 1/2 way mark.
  • There will be NO refunds given at any time.

WHAT ARE CREDITS?

Credits allow you to save up during seasons so that free seasons can be awarded. Here is how it works:

  • You will get 2 credits for paying a league fee and completing a season
  • You will get 1 credit for a new United Leagues referral who completes a season
  • 2 credits earn a free season

Some notes:

  • Credits can be spent in any league - no matter where they are earned.
  • You will get your credits once the season is reset for a new season - not before.
  • You can only gain credits for paid seasons. In other words, if you use credits to get a free season, you will not be awarded with credits when that season finishes.
  • To get the referral credit, your referral must be NEW TO United Leagues, and must COMPLETE his/her season.
  • You will not receive a credit for completing a season for which you did not submit a league fee (i.e., if you take over a team after the midpoint of a season).
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