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#170 Theme Leagues Q. What is a theme league? How is it different from a public or private league?
  A. A public league is a league that anyone can join. The goal of this league is simple - draft a winning team!

A private league is a league that you can create that is not available to the public. For example, you could create a private league only for you and your friends. The goal is still the same - draft a winning team!

A theme league is a league with a twist. The goal is still to draft a winning team, but you can change the rules and regulations any way you want (provided it is feasible for the contest organizers to administer). For example, you could create a theme league where a rule is that teams can only draft players from 1980 or later. Or, you could have a combination of rules such as owners can only draft players from 1980 or later and the players must have played for Montreal. You can also limit options such as the Waiver Wire and minor league players. Once a theme league is full, the league founder has the ability to align the divisions anyway he likes. Theme leagues remain open until they are filled, but you may contact your theme league founder to see if he/she wants to merge the theme league with another league; or contact customer support to request that your team be moved to a public league or returned to the draft center so you can join a new league.
#174 Theme Leagues Q. Can I realign the divisions in my theme league?
  A. Yes, once the league is full you may realign the divisions anyway you see fit. However, we must remind you that being the founder of a theme league places responsibility on your shoulders. Please do not make the experience a negative one for the other owners in your league. They are counting on you to run the league fairly and maturely. To realign the divisions, simply click on the "Realign" option that appears in the theme league guidelines box on the League Overview page when the league is full. This option will only be available until league play begins. Also note that if a schedule has been generated for your league, realigning will cause the schedule to be wiped out and a new one will need to be generated. This may delay the start of your league, so avoid realigning more than once if possible.
#178 Theme Leagues Q. What do each of the theme options mean?
  A. When you start a theme or Dynasty league, you have the ability to customize some of the rules of the league. Here is a explanation of each.

Allow Waiver Wire -- you can choose whether or not the teams in this league have access to the Waiver Wire.

Allow Minor Leaguers -- this lets you choose whether each team will be given 6 minor league prospects at the start of the season.

Max Players Out -- you can specify the maximun number of players a team can have out to injury or suspension at a given time.

Allow Trades -- you can choose whether or not to allow teams to trade players in your league.

Number of Votes to Veto Trades -- This simply allows the league founder to specify how many votes each proposed trade needs against it before it is cancelled.

Playoff Intensity -- Simulated sports games calculate their outcomes based on averages. Using each player's real life numbers, the simulator finds the average in each statistical category. For example, if someone played 80 games and scored 20 goals in a particular season, he averages 0.25 goals per game or one goal every four games. The simulator uses that same average all season long and it never changes no matter how good he is doing in a particular SimLeague. While this is the nature of simulating sports based on real stats, the "What If" questions start creeping up come playoff time. Would he still shoot for that average if he was playing in an intense playoff game in front of a sold out home crowd? Would the pressure be too much? Everyone can agree that hockey teams tend to step it up a notch in the playoffs. So based on abundant feedback, we felt it would be interesting if we introduce an optional "intensity" factor for the playoffs. Now you'll be able to see who will step up and who will crumble under the pressure of the Stanley Cup playoffs!

Relaxed Roster Requirements -- In an open league, you have some flexibility to change your roster around, but you must keep at least 10 forwards, 5 defenders, and 2 goalies. This is not including minor leaguers. Using this option ignores these requirements. You will only have to keep a total of 23 skaters and 2 goalies, but the positional requirements are not enforced.

Max Number of Players Out -- If you don't want your league to be plagued with injuries or suspensions, you can set a maximum number of players any given team can have out at a time. Once a team reaches this number, any in-game injuries or ejections will not carry on past that game. The team will not lose any more players until one or more of their players return.

Private League -- if you wish to hide the league number, choose this option and no one will be able to join your league unless you give them the number.
#667 Theme Leagues Q. I was thinking of making a theme league, but it would only be a 20 mil. cap. When I go to make it 20 mil, it does not have that option- HELP!!
  A. You first create your league using one of the salary caps that is available to you. Once you have done that submit a new ticket requesting an adjustment on the cap to the figure that you want. Once the adjustment has been made do not return your team to the draft center until your league has some additional members otherwise the league will close and you'll need to start over once again.

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