KRFL Draft Instructions

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Before the Draft
I want to register for the draft and setup my account.
I want to get an overview of how the software works.
Once the Draft Begins
COMMISSIONER'S NOTES
Why you need to read them.
A NOTE ABOUT TIME SLOTS
Why time slots are only approximate.
MANUAL PICK
I want to manually pick during my time slot.
AUTO PICK
I want the software to make the pick for me during my time slot.
I want to target just one player to be autopicked in a round.
I want to draft only one player per position during a day's rounds using Auto Pick.
SKIP A PICK
I want to DECLINE (or SKIP) my pick for a particular round.
I don't want to make a pick today in either round.
MISSED PICK
I missed picking in my time slot but still want to pick in this round.
TENDERS
I want to tender a player.  (Free Agent Draft Only)
MISTAKES/ERRORS
I want to report a mistake or software error.
SALARY COSTS PER ROUND
I want to know how much money I'm spending per round.
EXTRA DRAFT PICKS (Free Agent Draft Only)
I want an extra pick in a salary round.


Before the Draft

Register for the draft
Note: If you forgot your password, write the Commissioner who will clear the old password so you can register again.

Step 1: Connect to the Draft at http://www.aaroncraneinstitute.com/football/apcfb_draft/
Step 2 : Locate the Register Button at the top of the page, click on it, and fill in the form.
You MUST use the EXACT three letter team code provided here for your Team Name.  It is a quirk of the software that the three letter team code must match exactly (all caps) with the team name abbreviations used to set up the draft.  Don't screw this up.

ALA ATL BAR BAY BEN BLK BRX CLE DES EDI INV KEN

KUT NYH PEN RGG SAL SEA SWF TAM TEN VAN WAR WSS

Your Username is up to you and it goes without saying that your password should be easily remembered and written down. Enter your email address for email notification of when you're on the clock.  Optionally enter your 10 digit cell phone number (no spaces or dashes) and identify your phone carrier if you'd like to get a text message when you're on the clock.   (Note: Neither of these notification methods are reliable.  Sometimes they work, sometimes they don't.  We have no idea why.  Don't count on them.  Instead, either plan to monitor the draft around the time of your draft slot or use the AUTOPICK option).
Tick the Keep me logged in box.

Step 3: Click the Register Button .
Step 4: After registering, click on the GM Options (menu at the top) and set Turn on Autopick to 15 minutes (See "A note about Time Slots" for why this step is important). Leave everything else alone unless you're adventurous. 
Step 5: Hit SAVE .

Overview of the draft software

After you've registered, you'll see a number of tabs at the top of the page:
PLAYERS /  PRIORITY / NOTES / GM OPTIONS / SELECTIONS / TENDERS / CHAT

PLAYERS
List of all available players, sortable by position.  Use this page to make a manual pick when you're on the clock OR
add players to your priority queue when you're not.
PRIORITY
Arrange players in the order of their draft priority when using the AUTOPICK feature.  The Autopick must be on for the Priority list option to appear.
NOTES
Make notes to yourself.
GM OPTIONS
Turn the AUTOPICK feature on/off here.  Autopick should ALWAYS be set to 15 minutes.  Under Available Columns and Selected Columns, you can choose what information appears on the PLAYERS tab. Add or remove columns by clicking on the column name.
SELECTIONS
The main page where the ongoing progress of the draft is recorded.
TENDERS  (Free Agent Draft Only)
The list of tendered players.
CHAT
We don't use this.
 


Once the Draft Begins

COMMISSIONER'S NOTES
At the top of the Selections page you'll find important and timely announcements from the Commissioner regarding the draft each day.  Read them.

A NOTE ABOUT TIME SLOTS
A schedule of time slots will be published on the website but it is important to know that these time slots are only approximate.  The software doesn't allow us to specifically state when you'll be on the clock because some teams will use the full time limit given to them while others will pick quickly making the schedule wonky. Expect that you'll likely be on the clock before your scheduled selection time.  The best way to deal with that is to either use the autopick option OR be able to monitor the draft a half hour or so ahead of your pick time.

MANUAL PICKS
I want to manually pick during my time slot.
You must, of course, be logged in AND on the clock.  (The team currently picking is always listed at the top of the Selections page with a countdown clock that refreshes every minute). To make a pick manually during your time slot, go to GM Options and make sure the Auto Pick option is unticked (OFF) before you're on the clock and click SAVE at the bottom of the page. Then go to PLAYERS and find the player you want to draft. If you are on the clock, you will see an option to DRAFT THIS PLAYER. Click on it then visit the SELECTIONS page where you'll see your manually drafted player listed.  (Note: If someone with a SKIPPED pick decides to make a pick while you're on the clock, you will be temporarily taken off the clock until that skipped pick is made).

AUTO PICK
I want the software to make the pick for me during my time slot.
Make sure the Auto Pick option is ticked ON (and that you've clicked SAVE at the bottom of the page) in GM OPTIONS before you're on the clock.  You also must make sure that your PRIORITY list is sufficiently populated with enough players to make sure someone is picked when your time slot comes up. If there are no available players left in your PRIORITY list your pick will be skipped.  (Note: If you try to switch from manual to autopick while you're on the clock (and presumably vice versa), the software will pick for you randomly.  The simple solution is: DO NOT switch from manual to autopick when you're on the clock! ).

Also, when you turn AutoPick on after turning it off, a bug in the software will reset you Auto Pick time to “After 0 minutes”.  PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU CHANGE THIS TO 15 minutes before clicking Save.

 
I want to target just one player to be autopicked in a round.
If you want the Auto Pick to only choose a specific player if they are available and no other, for example, you want to pick up Brown, Jim, RB the next round but skip your pick if he is no longer available, simply place Mr. Brown as the only player in your active queue.If someone else picks him before your  turn, the pick will be skipped. Depending on your draft strategy, it is probably advisable that you revisit your priority list before each round or turn off the autopick if you know you want to skip the next round's pick.  This can be done at any time prior to when you are on the clock. 
I want to draft only one player per position during a day's rounds using Auto Pick.
Go to GM Options and tick the option "Zero Out Priority Of Players with Same Position:" Use this option when you are auto-picking for two or more consecutive rounds and don't want to pick up more than one player at a specific position.  For example, you might want to pick a QB in round 4 so the top players in your priority list are QBs.  Assuming you had enough QBs prioritized to get a QB auto-picked in that round, all other remaining QBs in your list will automatically be moved to your inactive list and the remaining non-QBs will move up in your rankings.

SKIP A PICK
I want to DECLINE (or SKIP) my pick for a particular round. There is currently a bug in the software which will occur if you decline a pick. AT THIS TIME, DO NOT EVER DECLINE A PICK.  If you do by mistake, notify Mark Blume and Steve Ward IMMEDIATELY.  We hope to have this bug fixed soon.
If you know that you don't want to make a pick in a round for salary reasons, when you're on the clock you can click on either the Decline or Skip options on the Selections screen if you are picking manually. The difference between DECLINE and SKIP is that the latter gives you the option of changing your mind and pick later in the round. If you'd like to SKIP a round using AUTOPICK, make sure your Priority Queue is empty of Active listings.
I don't want to make a pick today in either round.
If you turn the AUTOPICK on and clear your active Priority list, your picks for that day will be skipped.  You can safely ignore the draft for as many days as you like using this option.

MISSED PICK
I missed picking in my time slot but still want to pick in this round. 
If you missed your pick while set to manual picking, or, you have changed your mind during a round and would like to make a pick in the slot you've previously SKIPPED, simply click "Unskip" on the Selection page next to the round and time slot of the pick you are making up and proceed to make your pick manually (AUTOPICK must be OFF before unskipping).  Return to the Selections screen to confirm that your unskipped pick was made.  Make sure before making an an Unskipped pick that the round and salary tier is what you intend.  Once processed, the pick is irrevocable.

TENDERS  (Free Agent Draft only)
I want to tender a player.
Tender Offers must be submitted by email to the Commissioner before the conclusion of drafting on the previous day. The email should include the name of the player tendered, his position, your team name and the next day's round (salary tier) that your offer will be applied to. All Tender Offers are provisional because it is possible that another team will draft your tender offered player at a higher salary if the current round hasn't concluded. Successful tenders will be processed after the day's draft concludes and prior to the next day's rounds and can be found listed under Tender Selections. Tendered players do not count as draft picks for the round in which they are tendered (ex. a team tendering a player in round five can still make their round five pick).

MISTAKES/ERRORS
I want to report a mistake or software error.
Problems of any kind, software errors,  user errors, oopsies, should be reported immediately to the commissioner by email. The faster the notification, the quicker the resolution.
Known Minor Errors:
ERROR 1: I picked a player manually and the software slotted the pick in an earlier more expensive round.
SOLUTION: Don't panic. Don't draft another player in your schedule slot. Write the Commissioner who will simply re-record your pick in the correct slot at the correct salary. You will get your player.

ERROR 2: I picked a player manually and he disappeared from the draft list but did not show up as drafted on the Selections page.
SOLUTION: Double check to make sure that he is not still listed in the player list. If he is, the pick didn't process so try it again. If he isn't, don't worry. You will get your man. Write the Commissioner and he will make the correction.

ERROR 3: The program reset my auto pick delay to 0 minutes.
SOLUTION: This is not a big deal. It just means your auto pick will fire quicker than we'd like. We ask that it be set at 15 minutes to help us stay close to the daily draft schedule. If you notice you're set to 0, simply reset it to 15 under GM Options.

ERROR 4: If you move punts_inside_20 into your filter list under GM Options, an error occurs.
SOLUTION: Remove punts_inside_20 from the filter.  Get full stats from the game.

NOT AN ERROR: Someone else who was scheduled before me was on the clock when I should have been.
SOLUTION: This is NOT an error. When someone UNSKIPS a pick, they temporarily take over the clock until they make their choice. Your time will resume the second they are finished.

SALARY COSTS PER ROUND
I want to know how much money I'm spending per round.
FREE AGENT DRAFT
Round 1: $10m
Rounds 2: $7.5m
Rounds 3-4: $5m *
Rounds 5-6: $4m *
Rounds 7-8: $3m *
Rounds 9-12: $2m **
Rounds 13-16: $1m **
Rounds 17-22:  $.5m
Rounds 23-27: $.3m
Rounds 28 - conclusion: $.1m

ROOKIE DRAFT
Round 1: Selections 1-4: $1.5m
Round 1: Selections 5-8: $1.25m
Round 1: Selections 9-12: $1m
Round 1: Selections 13-18: $.8m
Round 1: Selections 19-24: $.7m
Round 2: Selections 25-36: $.6m
Round 2: Selections 37-48: $.5m
Round 3: $.4m
Round 4: $.3m
Round 5: $.2m
Rounds 6 and 7: $.1m

EXTRA DRAFT PICKS (free agent draft ONLY)
I want an extra pick in a salary round.
* The $5m, $4m, and $3m salary tiers used to have three rounds each.  Because so few picks were made in the third round of each tier, the league has eliminated those rounds but retained the ability of each team to make an optional third pick added to the end of the concluding round of each tier.  To obtain an extra pick, contact the Commissioner by email at least a day in advance and you will be given an extra slot at the end of the second round.

** The $2m and $1m salary tiers used to have five rounds each.  Because so few picks were made in the fifth round of each tier, the league has eliminated those rounds but retained the ability of each team to make an optional fifth pick added to the end of the concluding round of each tier.  To obtain an extra pick, contact the Commissioner by email at least a day in advance and you will be given an extra slot at the end of the fourth round.