Crystal Playoff Ground Rules

Ground Rules for FHL Crystal Playoffs (playoff team owner/managers please read below carefully and in it’s entirety):
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1.  All series in the Crystal Playoffs (Crystal Playoffs Round 1, Conference finals, and Crystal Finals) will be best of 7 games with the better seeded team getting home ice advantage.  Each series must be completed within posted deadlines (we typically allow 3 weeks since this is online play).  Details on the schedule will be posted in the next email (May 1) when the FHL Crystal Playoff League File is released to start play!
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2.  All games may be optionally attempted to be played head to head on the internet.  The home team customarily hosts the game but if home team cannot host the internet game, then the visiting team may host.  This is purely optional.
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3.  If neither them can host or one team prefers to play against COA, then the game is resolved by the home team as per regular season rules against visiting team COA.
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4.  Games during the series should be played in order.
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Example in LA vs. Quebec series – Games #1 and 2 should be played sequentially first by Quebec with results posted and games exported with recaps one at a time, then games #3 and 4 should be played the same way with posted by LA, then game #5 (if necessary) should be played and posted by Quebec, game #6 (if necessary)is then played by LA and posted, and game #7 (if necessary) is played last by Quebec.
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5.  As part of good sportsmanship, please allow visiting team a chance to change their COA after viewing results of each prior game posted.  If no changes are required, then use the old COA.  Also it is encouraged that teams directly exchange their COAs with their opponents via email.  Please submit COA changes ASAP after results of prior game viewed.  If you are playing head to head this is less critical.  However we have found that you can save a lot of time if you exchange COAs even with internet play.
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6.  If during head to head game there is an internet interruption, the game should be attempted to be restarted by both teams using the resume game function by the hosting team.  If unable to reconnect, then HOME team should complete the game (please note if the visiting team is hosting the game, then the visiting team needs to send the HAL file (resume autosaved game file) to the home team to use to complete the game.
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7.  Any disputes in the game results should be brought to myself and Chad attention ASAP.  We will resolve any such issues which may result in us declaring one side play the game against COA or even SIMing the game if conflict cannot be resolved to the mutual satisfaction of both teams using both teams COA.  FHL Exec will be carefully deliberated and will be made for the best interests of the FHL and the decisions are final.
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8.  Consult the FHL Webpage tutorial on “How to set up online game” and “How to resume interrupted netplay game” and “How to set up Router for Port Forwarding.”  You should be familiar with these tutorials.
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9.  As part of good sportsmanship and courtesy – all teams should be punctual (within 10 minutes) of mutually agreed upon head to head online game start dates and times.  Be sure to specify TIME ZONE when giving times (ex. EDST, CDST, PDST, etc.).  I strongly recommend that both teams exchange cell phone numbers just in case one party is late or needs to reschedule. Don’t just show up 30 minutes late and say your sorry.  Give the courtesy call or text letting the other party know you may be delayed.
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10.  Also it is strongly recommended that both teams playing online get on some sort of Instant Messenger system (or can use cell phones) to communicate and coordinate setting up of games, taking breaks during intermissions of games, etc. Using emails is very cumbersome and IM is much better.  We use AOL IM but you can use whatever works for both parties.  Although APC! Hockey has an instant messenger system built in, we have found it a bit cumbersome and can’t be used until the connection is already established.  So an alternative IM system is preferable.  
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11.  Also, as part of good sportsmanship, please keep decision points in games (ex. line changes, moving into opponent zone, penetration, passing, shooting, etc.) to within 15 seconds.  Nothing is more aggravating than an opponent who sits back 1-2 minutes pondering whether he or she should penetrate, pass, or shoot.  Also if you have to leave the computer please let the other party know.  I don’t bring these things up in a vacuum but these are actual things that have occurred over the course of ears doing internet games. So follow the golden rule “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” 
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12.  Due to different PING rates for online games, I recommend that Play by Play scrolling and Play display delays be set at 3/3.
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13.  All games that go into OT are continuous 5-on-5 sudden death and there is no shoot outs.  Rules have been changed to reflect that and there are no shoot outs.  The shoot out bug during playoff mode has been fixed I am assured by DKS.
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14.  Remember to have fun.  Head to head online games are purely optional but the ultimate test in coaching/managing acumen which is why FHL allows playoffs be played H2H if so desired. Otherwise the default is versus COA.
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15.  Just as in the regular season, you are only allowed to dress 18 skaters, and 2 goalies.  I have set all players to active so please remember to set “Player Availability” to active or inactive using the separate screen (do not use grid).  Check out the tutorial “How to set player availability” on the FHL Webpage for a refresher.  
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16.  Remember about GP limitation rules which are discussed in FHL Constitution.  I have included excerpt below for those who need a reminder:
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Players with more than 62 games played will be eligible to play all playoff games. Less than 62 games played they will be eligible to play 40% of their actual games played with fractions rounded up (FRU). So for example say defenseman who played 55 games in NHL, can play FHL post season 55×0.4 = 22 games. So if you had to play the full complement of the best of 7 for 4 rounds of all post season games (Round 1 games, Quarter Finals, Semi (Conference) Finals, and Crystal Finals) then he will only have to sit out 6 games (28-22=6).
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17.  It is also greatly appreciated (but not required) that a recap be written by the home team of each Crystal Playoff game for the rest of the FHL to enjoy vicariously.  If you are really averse to writing and posting a recap, then please attach the game film on your email along with exported game (those are files with .flm extension).  
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18.  Certain games FHL will be broadcast on Twitter so you can follow along if you have Twitter.  Also the FHL Webpage has Twitter feed which you can follow in lower right hand corner of page but be forewarned that these posts are delayed versus the instantaneous texts if you have Twitter.  We’ve got about 30 followers on Twitter and believe it or not we’ve got some NHL players and NHL groups and announcers who follow the FHL (ex. Jaroslav Halak, THN, Hobey Baker Award, etc. to name a few).  
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19.  You can read all these playoff rules in FHL Constitution.
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