So you found PASPN, and decided that you wanted to create and run a Mock GM league for yourself. Creating a league was pretty straight forward-- you want things to start immediately so you put a start date the same day, perhaps deciding whether or not to be a GM or Agent was the major obstacle. The league is created and is set to start in a few hours. You manage to figure out how to add a CBox or chatango chat to your league front page thinking to yourself the hard part is over. The countdown strikes zero and your league can officially begin transforming into its own NBA virtual world, but there is just one problem: No GMs to fill out these vacant GM spots!!
One of the main obstacles new Mock GM league creators face each day is filling their leagues with thirty GMs. Its difficult enough to round up eight players for a traditional league yet thirty? It may sound like a difficult task, but it really doesn't have to be. Here are some tips to filling out your leagues with GMs and Agents:
Don't just invite individual people, invite communities! Mock GM was built around the community aspect as a way of keeping the NBA buzzing on the internet during the offseason. PASPN recognizes the value of the chemistry established in online basketball communities whether it be message board forums or blogs. Starting a community Mock GM league will only enhance chemistry as it gathers together all the community basketball minds in an engaging activity. The addition of real NBA news adds to the user experience. The most effective way of starting a community Mock GM league is working with your favorite websites moderator or content editor and have them publish either a sticky note post or create a blog entry letting the users know of the community activity being conducted. Everyone likes to try new things and trying them amongst familiar people only enhances the experience.
Make your league a Hybrid League. For league owners who have a private league with enough friends, but not enough to fill their leagues can simply list their league in the public directory which would put your league on cue with people looking for leagues join. To list your leagues in the public directory, go to your league Settings and leave the password field blank. Once you are comfortable with your league, add a passcode to make it private again or adjust the membership requirement level to keep your league public but exclusive
Overall Mock GM is about community and everyone is part of a community on the internet. Invite your community to Mock GM. Other online services include Mission Competition (http://missioncompetition.com) an online service that allows fantasy sports league owners the ability to guard against "quitters" through several options. Mention PASPN and Promo code YMRT2FWZ8S1K (not sure how many times you can use it) for their latest promotional offering.
Mock GM Tips and Strategies -- Tips to make your Mock GM summer more enjoyable
1.Should I set my begin trading date ahead so I should wait for members to join or should I allow picking teams to begin immediately? I honestly prefer to have the league fill with members before allowing the members to pick teams (for GMs) and players (for Agents). Something about everyone starting at the same time and when that countdown reaches zero and withing the first few seconds half the teams are claimed. If you Must have the Lakers, Magic, Rockets, or whoever your favorite team may be you can set the trade date immediately then I guess set the time up ahead for everyone else.
2. Agent Sand Bags. Mock Agents do not forget that you are responsible for players you buyout meaning, you cannot release them without negotiating a contract for them. If you are prepared for a sand bag then so be it, but once the regular season starts unsigned players can't earn fantasy points. Three to four sand bags are okay since you each agent has thirty client slots. For leagues with fewer agents it's fine, but with leagues with twelve or more agencies, every slot counts
3. Contract Submissions Deadlines. Once the minimum bids have been set, the Agent does not have to wait for the submission deadline to decide a contract if both a GM and Agent come to a meeting of the minds. The submission deadline is the last possible date before actions will be taken regards to an NBA free agent. After the first action is taken, if an approval doesn't happen immediately then a grace period is assessed before all contracts for this player are marked inacitve.
4. Finding the next Trevor Ariza and Ramon Sessions. Those of you who managed to lock up Ramon Sessions or Chris Anderson last year to a multi-year contract at a bargain price are probably laughing at the GMs this year throwing max deals to get this guy. This tip is more so scouting that next fantasy stud and signing him to a mult-year deal now. One player that comes to mind is this year is Dominic McGuire
Ngozika is a fantasy architect and consultant with a focus on Media Studies and Communications from MIT. His thesis is focused on the generating activity during off-peak times