It happens every year, it never ceases to amaze…………Coaches wanting desperately to dump their plans that they’ve been working on over the pre-season after just one Round of footy. I just want to present a few examples for the case of keeping calm and simply sticking to the plan you worked on for months………
Believe it or not……before I stumbled upon SCT in 2013, I dabbled in various SuperCoach forums online. In one of these Forums I stumbled across the current leader after Rd2 in 2012, Jeff*. (For the purpose of the story, let’s call him Jeff*……not his real name…….I have a feeling he’s probably still cruising around the SC Forums).
When I met Jeff, I congratulated him on his great start and asked how he was looking with an eye to the next few Rounds. ‘I’ve got the $50k in the bag’, he tells me…….‘I haven’t used a trade, not even for corrective rookie trades!’, he says………..‘There is no way anyone is gonna catch me from here!’. I gently reminded him that there were still twenty-one weeks to go and there were roughly 200 000+ Coaches plotting their next move to take his spot. ‘Let ’em try, I got this’ proclaimed Jeff.
The good thing about the SuperCoach site/app is that you can keep an eye on rival teams using the search function. So I kept an eye on Jeff’s team that year……and I watched him slide out of the Top100 after Rd6…….then the Top1000 after the Byes……then the Top5000……..Jeff ended the season just inside the Top10k. His starting side was a healthy mix of premos & mid-pricers, many of which had performed well over the first 2-3 weeks only to drop off sharply before the bye Rounds. Instead of replacing them at their peak price, he held them thinking they would be the Top scoring players in their area. By the time he replaced them, season-ending injuries starting kicking in after the Byes and he had no luck trading in ‘elites’.
Anything can happen in footy/SuperCoach, from poor form to injury, one week really is a long time in this business. So when I see Coaches going the early Crow here and on social media, I remember Jeff. It’s a long season, Coaches…….don’t panic after one Round!
The second example of not going the early crow, and there are a couple………
While receiving all the applications for our LoEC Leagues, the great majority of them follow a similar pattern that is easy to recognise (I’m sure these Coaches wouldn’t mind their screenshots being used here):
This first photo belongs to Kyuubi (our SCT Cup Winner from 2018)……..you’ll notice he was outside the Top10k after two rounds before storming to the Top100 by the time the Bye Rounds were upon us. He ended the season ranked #57.
This 2nd photo belongs to The Bald Muppets who looked to be struggling after 2-3 Rounds, sitting around the 25k mark before he ended the season at #25 overall.
Third photo belongs to TrudgeonTriumph@SCT, who was outside the Top20k after Rd1 but climbed his way into the Top1000 by seasons end, finishing at #642.
**Very rarely does the Winner nail his starting line-up and stay inside the Top50 all season**
One thing you can be sure of is that these Coaches didn’t panic-trade after a couple of ‘average’ Rounds. They traded wisely, they planned ahead and they navigated the Bye Rounds skilfully.
Please take these examples into account if your season hasn’t started as you’d hoped. There is a long way to go and there are plenty of SCT Leagues relying on you to coach through the entire season. Good Luck, Coaches!
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