The Players page (http://www.teamhearthleague.com/players.html) on the THL website lists the current signing status of all registered players. This page is updated daily. Any player or captain without a “Y” in the “Registered” column on the Players page is considered “unregistered” and is not eligible for the draft or participation in the Beta Season until they register. Players can register for the Beta Season at http://www.teamhearthleague.com/season-beta-registration.html.
A directory of email addresses will be sent to all registered players and captains. Only registered players are included in this directory. Updated versions of this directory will be distributed as needed.
Anyone who has registered for the BETA season and has not been “signed” to a team by a captain is considered a free agent. This includes those who were on a team in the ALPHA season.
If you are a free agent, you can be signed to a team before the “draft” day (12 Apr) if you and a team captain both agree, complete the Player Signing Form. For those teams that aren't complete (e.g. not containing 5 signed members) by draft day, an algorithm will be applied (“draft”) to fill any empty spots with free agents of an appropriate player rating (PR). Current team signing status can be viewed on the Teams page.
Any undrafted free agents after that point, act as substitutes for players that can't make their matches. Substitutions are arranged by captains, usually early in the week.
Note to Captains - if you want to scout talent from the free agent pool before the draft, check the Team Hearth League website (http://www.teamhearthleague.com/players.html) to see a listing of available players. Use the email directory or the Facebook group to aid in communicating with player prospects. Protip: strong players of every PR get signed quickly!
To determine the PR cap, the average PR for the league was calculated. Then ~10% was added to allow some ‘wiggle room.’ This yielded a PR cap value of 1850. Therefore, the sum of a team’s players’ PR may not be greater than 1850 before the season starts. On draft day, any unassigned team spots will be filled with players based on their PR, ensuring an even distribution of “strength,” and compliance with the cap system.
Activity For Unsigned Players
We are currently working on a tournament structure where free agents may play against each other based on their PR. This will allow everyone in the league (that wants to play) a chance to get some games in. This can function to increase player’s reputation and PR, making them more attractive candidates for substitution into the league this season, and leads to better positioning for next season’s draft. More information on this will be available later, so keep checking the Facebook page!
If you have any questions or concerns, you can comment here, by email, or on the Facebook Page.