Rules: Offline Draft

Updated: August 21, 2007, 12:09 AM ET

Note: The Offline Draft option is only available to customizable leagues.

If your league is setup to use the "Offline Draft" option then it conducts its own draft without the aid of ESPN's online draft system. A common example of this is for leagues that gather together every year at a house or in a bar and do their draft in person. The format of an offline draft is up to the league members themselves though they should use the established league settings as a basis, especially the roster maximums. Recording each team's draft picks (usually on paper or in a computer program like MS Excel) is what's needed in order for the Offline Drafts to work.

Pre-draft: Your league's draft type and details are listed on both your League Settings page, as well as on your League Office page (as seen in the example below).

DRAFT INFO
Type: Offline Draft
Date: Set by LM

In Offline Draft leagues there is no need to submit your draft lists and therefore is no options to do so. Rather you can use the available Draft Kit information to print out and bring to your draft.

Note: If the league manager changes the league's draft type from Offline to either Live or Autopick (or vice-versa) each league member will be sent an email notification of the changes (if they're opted in to receive such communication).

Enter offline draft results: (league manager only) After your offline draft is done you must submit the results to our system via the "Submit Draft Results" page available to access on both the League Office and LM Tools page. There is no time limit on this process but it should be done as soon as possible after the league's offline draft is complete so all team owners can start managing their teams. When you begin the process of entering the draft picks the league converts into "Draft Mode" and several of the league settings lock until you finish entering all the results into the system.

Below is an example of the "Submit Draft Results" form you need to use to enter your league's offline draft results. Simply highlight a player's name on the left "Select Player" area and click the right arrow to move them into the "Draft Player to team" area. Once you have done this for every player/team the owner drafted submit the results by clicking on the "Save & Continue" button. Once you have done this for every team you can then submit the entire league's draft into our system.

Select Player:

By slot:

Draft Player to team:

Set team:

Quarterbacks
All teams

Hold Ctrl to select multiple players

Team: Bristol Warriors
Owner: J. Kinnersley

Note: This is a screenshot and is not functional. The actual page may vary.

Conclusion of the draft: After the league manager has finished entering all the offline draft results for your league the system will need a few minutes to process and convert the league into regular season mode where owners can start managing their teams. All owners will receive an email notifying them that the draft is complete.