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XFL 2020 Rules, Gameplay and Personnel Discussion

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16 minutes ago, GDAWG said:

DC Defenders:

 

 

 

They need to swap pants.

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22 hours ago, DG_Now said:

Starter seems like a much better fit.

Starter may not feel like getting back into it, with the AAF's failure being so recent.

My guess is there's no supplier mark because Vince chaffed at the idea of paying Nike, Adidas, or UA for the privilege.

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42 minutes ago, Ice_Cap said:

Starter may not feel like getting back into it, with the AAF's failure being so recent.

My guess is there's no supplier mark because Vince chaffed at the idea of paying Nike, Adidas, or UA for the privilege.

 

It will probably be TapOut, which he already owns. 

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Weird that there's trades before the players have even hit the field and shown if they can play.  Also, in a situation where the league owns all the teams, who makes / approves trades?  If they have individual GMs, couldn't the league be like "lol no" when there's a trade that they feel might weaken a team in a market they're counting on?  Seems a little hard as a fan to believe that your team is really doing what it thinks is best for it.

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46 minutes ago, BringBackTheVet said:

Weird that there's trades before the players have even hit the field and shown if they can play.  Also, in a situation where the league owns all the teams, who makes / approves trades?  If they have individual GMs, couldn't the league be like "lol no" when there's a trade that they feel might weaken a team in a market they're counting on?  Seems a little hard as a fan to believe that your team is really doing what it thinks is best for it.

FWIW, they had OTAs and mini-camps in the respective cities which ended on Wednesday

The head coaches are also the GM. 

 

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The XFL has detailed some of the unique rules they'll be using, including some for kickoffs, punts, overtime and PATs: https://www.xfl.com/rules (includes videos to help visualize some of these changes)

 

Kickoffs:

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  • The kicker kicks from the 25-yard line and must kick the ball in the air and in play between the opponent’s 20-yard line and the end zone.
  • The coverage team lines up on the return side 35-yard line and the return team lines up on the 30-yard line. Each team must have exactly 3 players outside the hash marks on both sides of the ball and cannot move until the ball is caught by the returner.
  • Out of bounds kicks and kicks that fall short of the 20-yard line will result in an illegal procedure penalty, taking the ball all the way out to the kicking team’s 45 yard line.
  • Players can move when the ball is touched by the returner or 3 seconds after the ball touches the ground (when the official waves his hand down).
  • If the ball is kicked into the end zone and is downed it is a “Major” touchback and the ball is placed at the return side 35-yard line.
  • If the ball bounces in bounds and then out of the end zone or is downed in the end zone, the ball is placed at the return side 15-yard line.
  • If a player on the return team touches the ball and it goes out of bounds, the ball is spotted where it went out of bounds.
  • If a team wishes to run an onside kick, it must indicate this to the official before the play and the two teams will be permitted to line up using traditional NFL rules (i.e. 10 yards apart from the kicking team). There will be no surprise onside kicks.

 

PATs:

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  • After a touchdown, the team has the option of running a play from the 2, 5, or 10-yard line, worth 1, 2, or 3 points respectively. The team must run an offensive play and no kicking plays are allowed.
  • If the defense is able to cause a turnover and return the ball to the opponent’s end zone, the resulting score is equal to the number of points the offense was attempting to score on its PAT.

 

Punting:

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  • Punting team cannot release past the line of scrimmage until the ball is kicked.
  • Gunners must line up at the line of scrimmage and are permitted to move laterally once the ball is snapped until it is kicked.
  • Defenders over the gunner cannot cross the line of scrimmage until the ball is kicked.
  • If the ball goes out of bounds inside the 35-yard line, it is a “Major” touchback and the ball goes to the 35-yard line.
  • If a punted ball lands in the opponent’s end zone or goes out of the end zone the result is a “Major” touchback, and the ball goes out to the 35-yard line.
  • Fair catches are permitted (though disincentivized)

 

Overtime:

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  • Overtime shall consist of 5 “Rounds”, staged in alternating single-play possessions as is customary in NHL shootouts or MLS penalty kicks. A “Round” will consist of one offensive play per team. Each possession starts at the opponent’s 5-yard line and the offensive team has one play to score. The team with more points after 5 rounds is the winner.
  • If a team has been mathematically eliminated before all 5 rounds have been completed, the game ends immediately (e.g. If Team A scores on its first 3 attempts and Team B is stopped on its first 3 attempts, then no subsequent plays are necessary). 
  • If teams are tied after 5 rounds, then rounds continue until one team is leading at the conclusion of a round, and that team will be the winner.
  • For scoring purposes, each successful overtime score is worth 2 points.
  • The defensive team cannot score. If the offensive team commits a turnover, the play is over immediately.
  • If the defensive team commits a penalty, the offensive team will be allowed to re-attempt from the 1-yard line.
  • Any subsequent penalty committed by the defensive team on any subsequent play, including in future rounds, will result in a score awarded to the offensive team.
  • If the offensive team commits a pre-snap penalty, the ball will be moved back from the original spot, pursuant to regular rules and the play will be re-attempted.
  • If the offensive team commits a post-snap penalty, the play will end and no score will be awarded.
  • There will be a minimum of 20 seconds between plays with the ball-spotting official working in conjunction with TV and Official Review to signal when the next play begins.

 

Double Forward Pass:

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  • If a team completes a forward pass behind the line of scrimmage, that team may throw a second forward pass, as long as the ball has at no time crossed the line of scrimmage.
  • Once the ball has passed the line of scrimmage, no forward passes are permitted.

 

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Thanks for the info.

 

I'm really excited to watch professional Calvinball.

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It is the timing of the game which I think is going to cause problems too.  It's a lot like your college/NIRSA intramural football timing.

 

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Running Game Clock

XFL Rule

Outside the last 2 minutes of each half, the game clock will run after incompletions and out of bounds plays.

Aside from incompletions and out of bounds plays, game clock rules outside the last 2 minutes of each half are the same as the NFL.

 

Current NFL/College Rule

The NFL game clock stops after every out of bounds play until the Referee re-spots the ball, and on incomplete passes until the next play begins.

College stops the clock after every 1st down and when a player goes out of bounds until the Referee re-spots the ball. The clock also stops after an incomplete pass until the ball is snapped on the following play.

 

Rationale

The XFL is aiming to play each game in under 3 hours, but with the same amount of total plays. In order to achieve this goal, the XFL is treating incompletions and out of bounds plays the same as plays that end in the field of play.

 

 

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The overtime rule looks like it's going to be a mess, but I am curious to see how it will work.

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37 minutes ago, GDAWG said:

The overtime rule looks like it's going to be a mess, but I am curious to see how it will work.

 

If this league were serious about briging the total time of the game down to under three hours, it would have no overtime at all during the regular season.  A draw is a perfectly legitimate result in any game other than an elimination game. And in the playoffs just play an additional period of, let's say, ten minutes under normal scoring rules, with no gimmicks.

Also, in the interest of shortening the game time, the XFL should have adopted the AAF's no-kickoff policy.  (Maybe have a kickoff to open each half; but have no kickoff after a score.)

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