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.
- 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.
- 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.
Don’t forget to name Emergencies. I know, sounds simple but it happens! See ‘The Loophole’ below.
- ROOKIES #1
Make sure your rookies are playing unless you are planning a floating donut.
- 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!
- 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 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- THE LOG-OUT CHECK
When you’re done, log-out, then log back in to make the team saved correctly!
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