Last Minute Checklist

Written by Thommo on March 22 2018

We Supercoaches put so much time and effort into researching our teams that 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  obvious, but if you forget one it could set you well back in the race for the Holy Grail.

Guess who stuffed up their Captain loophole?
  1. THE TRAFFIC RULE

Complete your team as long before lock-out as you can in Round 1 as the high traffic has crashed the site in the past.

  1. CAPTAIN AND VICE-CAPTAINS

Don’t forget to pick a Captain and Vice-Captain. Remember that when you trade out a player who was marked as Captain or Vice-Captain (like Dangerfield), another player doesn’t automatically get nominated as Captain.

  1. EMERGENCIES

Don’t forget to name Emergencies. I know, sounds simple but it happens! See ‘The Loophole’ below.

  1. ROOKIES #1

Make sure your rookies are playing unless you are planning a floating donut.

  1. ROOKIES #2

Be careful with the Sunday rookies 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 on Thursday night and still don’t make the final cut!

  1. ROOKIES #3 aka THE RELTON ROBERTS RULE

Just because a rookie is playing, that doesn’t mean he’s a good selection!

  1. THE LOOPHOLE

If you’re going to loophole a non-playing bench player, make sure his team plays late in the round, that you switch him on the field as soon as you can AND MAKE SURE HE’S NOT PLAYING. There are few worse feelings than having a rookie as your Captain (unless he’s Nick Newman). Also make sure you have the Emergency on the bench player who is actually playing. Finally, if you are doing a Vice-captain loophole, make sure you have reasonable time between games to make the change. Many coaches get caught out with short turn-around times between Twilight games and Day and Night games.

  1. THE ROLLING LOCK-OUT TRAP aka THE REVERSE TRADE RULE

This one is more for Round 2 and beyond but it has caught me out several times. From Round 2, the rolling lock-out remains after the first match starts so you can still trade players in and out that haven’t yet played but YOU CAN’T REVERSE TRADES.

  1. MMS (Midprice Madness Syndrome) or LUMUMBA-ITIS

After the JLT, mid-price players who have performed well in the preseason become more attractive and we start to imagine our team looks better with these hype players. This is classic MMS! Make sure you have good reason for selecting the mid-pricer otherwise you are just screwing your team structure. The best cure is to stick to players you rated before the JLT series started. 

  1. THE LOG-OUT CHECK

When you’re done, log-out, then log back in to make the team saved correctly!

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26 thoughts on “Last Minute Checklist”

  1. So tonight do we have to have the whole team finalized or can we continue to make unlimited changes to the rest of the team as long as the Richmond and Carlton players are set?

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    1. Rolling lockout. every player from teams that have not yet played can be modified until the first bounce of the last game.

      Important – from round 2, you can make trades during the rolling lockout but any trade cannot be reversed. Even if the trade does not involved teams that have played. even if you do not have a single player from games completed, you cannot reverse trades after the first game of the round starts. Make sure any trade you do after the first game of a round is what you really want.

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    2. This week I am pretty sure players and trades don’t lock until each player plays. From Round 2 trades can’t be reversed once the first match starts.

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  2. Thanks. Particularly helpful to hear about the SC site potentially crashing in that 40-minute crazy window this evening.
    So many JLT heroes selected in sides I notice. Some will be OK, though a lot won’t!

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  3. Most (including myself) should be happy enough with your team, pending any late-outs. Won’t need to go on the crash-heavy site tonight, rush around until tomorrow with the rolling lockout.

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  4. Big rule is:

    Don’t sweat it tonight. As long as you’ve got your Carlton and Richmond players sorted with the VC on Dusty the rest can be sorted out tomorrow. Maybe even play a rookie off the bench tonight (remember to give them the E) to keep the Mottsy Manouevre open.

    You don’t need every rookie sorted today. You don’t need all your premos sorted today. Have things ready this arvo and check the final teams for tonight’s game then walk away from the SC app!

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    1. Sage advice Roo Bloke.

      Only Tigers-Blues rookie I’m considering is Garlett so rookie selections can largely wait until tomorrow.

      Just need a decision on where to play Garlett:

      TU – FWDs given lack of FWD rookies
      TD – MIDs to open up the swing

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  5. For the first time in years, I’m looking at my team with no confidence. (Apart from premo Mids). My DEF and FWD premo’s don’t instil me with confidence, mid pricers will bomb, rookies suck….and don’t even get me started about R2; Can I still select Dean Cox??

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  6. Hey Guys!

    Anyone Keen to join a league of extraordinary gentleman please do!

    League Code: 867551
    League Name: Collegians of John
    League Level : Medium to Advanced

    Thanks a Bunch!

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  7. Team sorted & happy with it but still trying to work out where I can find a spare $200k to keep in the Bank for when I want to trade Danger in – like as soon as he is playing!

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  8. I’m very concerned.
    Opening weekend for the season and I’m off for a three day fishing trip/ bender with my work mates. Not even sure I’ll have internet or the ability to read.
    Oh well might be slow out the blocks. Especially with something similar happening round two/ Easter.

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  9. So what is everyone’s intent with Danger?
    Take the risk he is on extended bench or play dusty instead and be ready to trade out someone?
    Cop a rookie score in his place if not named?

    Signed
    Very confused!!

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    1. I didn’t have him before his injury so I won’t plan for him now! If I did have him I would probably just start with him and hope rookie kills it this week.

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      1. yeah Thommo … I’m being a ‘little cheeky’with some of the posts, but my side currently does have him, but not Dusty … so it is an ‘easy swap’ if I want to go that way and no Danger … or, I posted in the Captains Table thread:
        Wanted: $50K to be able to afford Dusty as well, as my team is ‘beautifully and fully planned’ with only $100 left!! … haha, but I thought it OK to ask, as I am sure lots have same thoughts!

        Here goes the season! Good luck mate!

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      2. Oh no Thommo!! _ I failed your checklist already!! Trying to fit in Dusty and Danger and I made the mistake of not moving the VC onto Dusty!! Damn … will have to VC Mitchell now into …. ?

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