We Supercoaches put time and effort into researching our teams so when Round 1 finally arrives we can go a bit loopy: We make weird trades, start having bad dreams and forget the simple but important aspects of Supercoach.
Here’s a list of tasks that you need to remember. They seem so obvious, but forget one and it could set you well back in the race for the Holy Grail.
- THE TRAFFIC RULE
Complete your team a few hours before lock-out for each game as the high traffic before Round 1 has crashed the site multiple times in the past.
- CAPTAIN AND VICE-CAPTAINS
Don’t forget to pick a Captain and Vice-Captain. Remember that when you trade out a Captain or Vice-Captain their replacement doesn’t automatically get nominated as Captain (or VC).
Don’t forget to name Emergencies. I know this point seems obvious, but it happens!
- ROOKIES #1
Make sure your rookies are playing unless you are planning a floating donut.
- ROOKIES #2
Be careful with the Sunday rookies in Round 1 as they may be named on the extended bench and then cut from the final squad. Don’t be fooled by nasty AFL coaches: In some cases rookies are named on the field and still don’t make the final cut!
- ROOKIES #3 aka THE RELTON ROBERTS RULE
Just because a rookie is playing, that doesn’t mean he’s a good selection!
- THE LOOPHOLE
If you’re going to loophole a non-playing bench player make sure he DOESN’T ACTUALLY PLAY. There are few worse feelings than having a first game rookie as your Captain.
(7b. Don’t ask Motts about the 2016 Zorko loophole: Move on man!)
- THE ROLLING LOCK-OUT TRAP aka THE REVERSE TRADE RULE
This has trapped me several times. From Round 2 the rolling lock-out remains so you can still trade at any time but YOU CAN’T REVERSE TRADES.
- THE LUMUMBA
Cast a quick eye over your team – are there any players who might be preseason hype players? Pay special attention to players you have picked as they will play “more midfield time”! Spare me!
- THE LOG-OUT CHECK
When you’re done, log-out, then log back in to make the team saved correctly!
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