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Old 08-31-2014, 03:33 PM   #1
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Manual random number based offseason improvement

I used to write articles about NCAA Football back in the day and thinking back, they almost always came down to second guessing some aspect of the game and wishing it was better. Thinking back it's almost a little sad that I was always wishing for something developers never planned on doing. Take improvement. You recruit three quarterbacks in a class that are a similar OVR range. Go through 3 to 4 improvement cycles, and in any NCAA game to date, those guys are going to very similar ratings wise by the end. Very very rarely would you see one of them overtake the other in terms of OVR unless they were very close in terms of ratings.

I always wondered why this sufficed for people. Is that how football works? Obviously not. You have players transfer out and quit. Players who just don't have the work ethic others have. Why should I open the improvement tab and see that 70 players have all improved 3 OVR to 7 OVR points with the vast majority right at 5... I decided to come up with something where you could conceivably see players lose a few OVR points, or improve greatly to where you see a 65 OVR guy have a shot to be a 90+ guy someday. What made this possible for me is that this is the last NCAA game we may ever see, and I've got (what I think is) the best playing game to date and all the time in the world.. Why not?

Before I blither on too long here let me stop and say this is something I've only done for an offseason... It's just an idea in the early stages, something I would like feedback on from "numbers guys. Or something to try if you're interested in something different. It can be improved, I know it.

I originally figured I would count up the improvement points the team got, and then redistribute those points somehow. But quickly you realize if you do that, you'd have have a decent lower end of the roster but too many highly rated guys.

so whereas in my most recent offseason the team improved an average of 4.67 points the "old way", my system ended up with improvement slightly less than 3 OVR points per player. But that includes a few players that drop by as much as 5 OVR points.

I keep an annual roster (this will be necessary so you can edit players at the start of the season back to their original ratings) and it has the basic skills that apply to each position along with the OVR. So for running backs, ACC/AGI/SPD/STR/ and the "moves" ratings along with Carry. I also list pass blocking for that position.

At the end of this roster I have some created ratings for my players. One is Work Ethic - WE - which applies to the improvement. Each player has a randomly selected rating between 40 and 99 for this, which never changes (for me at least... do what you want). To originally set this up I recommend either using the random.org app or go to this site and set the random numbers with this site

http://www.wessa.net/rwasp_rngnorm.wasp - You can do multiple runs and look for the best distribution that fits what you're trying to get done. Then you could randomize THOSE numbers for applying to your players. Anything that takes it completely out of your hands.
Here are my settings in case this helps anyone:
41 Low Truncation Point, 99 High Truncation Point
Mean 78, Standard Deviation 15, Number of Bins 1, List Random Numbers in table? YES
(This way you can take the list and go right down your roster for the players that need new ratings)
This gives me about 10% of players with really bad ethic ratings, 40% with average, and 30% above average. Around 10% of players will improve better than the CPU players do.


So this is pretty simple, each offseason you randomly select the player improvement based on that work ethic rating.

I'm currently using:
(WORK ETHIC RANGE)- IMPROVEMENT RANGE

(40-45) -5 to 4
(46-50) -4 to 4
(51-55) -4 to 5
(56-60) -3 to 5
(61-65) -3 to 6
(66-70) -3 to 7
(71-75) -2 to 7
(76-80) -2 to 8
(81-85) -1 to 9
(86-90) 0 to 10
(91-95) 1 to 11
(96-99) 2 to 12

I should mention here that I also had a randomly selected number from 1 to 4 that applied to the type of improvements they would make... I balance this with their "player type" rating - i.e. a "pass block" tackle will always improve more as a pass blocker than as a run blocker, but a balanced tackle will improve similarly in both.

1 - physicality - STRENGTH agi/acc, rarely speed
2 - awareness - huge awareness gain, then minor improvement elsewhere
3 - position skills based - block shedding/pursuit for defensive players as an example
4 - all around improvement


The following correlate with when you roll a 3:

Skills Types

1 - Concentrate on best attributes
2 - Concentrate on weakest attributes
3 - Concentrate on "player type" attributes
4 - Major increase to non position specific skills if applicable (blocking if RB/WR) (Juking/Moves if FB/WR/TE)
5 - Concentrate on best attributes
6 - (HB: BTK/TRK/) (FB: BTK/TRK) (WR: RTE/CTH) (TE: CIT/IBL) (OL: PBK) (DL: TAK/PUR) (LB: TAK/PUR) (DB: CTH/PRS/MCV)
7 - (HB: ELU/SPM/JKM) (FB: CTH/RTE) (WR: CTH/CIT) (TE: CTH/RTE)(OL: RBK) (DL: POW/BSH) (LB: BSH/POW) (DB: BSH/PUR/TAK)
8 - (HB: BCV/SFA/CAR) (FB: PBK/IBL) (WR: RTE/CIT) (TE: RBK/CTH) (OL: IBL) (DL: PMV/BSH) (LB: PUR/FMV) (DB: ZCV/PRC/BSH)
9 - (HB: CTH/SPC/CIT/RTE) (FB: RBK/IBL) (WR: ELU/BTK) (TE: PBK/CTH) (OL: ALL3) (DL: FMV/PUR) (LB: TAK/MCV) (DB: ZCV/MCV/POW)
10- Concentrate on "player type" attributes

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So just as a couple examples. DE Zach Cable (son of Tom) is a pretty blah player but got a great work ethic rating in my game and spiked 12 points his first offseason and is now 70 OVR. Richard Mongtomery, my HB, looked like he would be a starter after a redshirt season but his improvement was 0 and other players passed him by. He will still play, and his work ethic is fine, just got a bad "roll." While the improvement overall is lower than you'd normally see, I think it's a lot more realistic.

This is pretty demanding on time at least for the first offseason as you implement the spreadsheets you'll need to keep track of it, etc. I have just taken it in stride spending an hour to a couple hours when permitted and basically taken a week for my offseason. After all, there's no rush. Thanks EA and players...

NOTE: AS OF MARCH 2018: Added a new facet to the ETH rating and it's really simple. If a player rolls their lowest possible improvement within the range they are at, they will go down a notch in ETH rating to the next lowest number that will be in a lower range. So taking from what is above, if a player has an 88 ETH rating he is in this range:

(86-90) 0 to 10

Let's say he rolls a zero: He will now drop to an 85 ETH rating. This can happen as many times as he rolls the lowest or highest number in the range. If he rolls a 10, he goes up to 91.

Any constructive feedback appreciated.

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Old 09-01-2014, 05:28 PM   #2
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Re: Manual random number based offseason improvement

These are my results, for anyone interested. However they don't include five players that were cut, three of which had -5 OVR and the other two at -4 OVR... So take that into account, there was a lower end you don't see here.

I won't be doing another one for a weeks until my next season is over, will bump at that time.

Player (Improvement) New OVR
Zach Cable (12) 71
Ryan Edwards (11) 72
Broc Westlake (10) 70
Delency Parham (9) 74
Kristoffer Olugbode (8) 75
Jordan Grabski (8) 68
Trent Cowan (7) 70
Brandon Wells (7) 66
Marc Millan (7) 74
Spencer Beale (7) 73
Deon Watson (7) 76
Chad Chalich (6) 80
Justin Podrabsky (6) 68
Andrew Williams (5) 68
Maxx Forde (5) 82
Jake Manley (5) 66
Brett Thompson (5) 67
Mason Woods (5) 65
Anthony Rice (4) 70
Eric Lemke (4) 65
Quinton Bradley (4) 64
Jordan Edginton (4) 62
Chris Featherstone (3) 69
Alex Stork (3) 62
Ben Westrum (3) 59
Jesse Davis (3) 63
Jerrel Brown (2) 72
Solomon Dixon (2) 72
Matthew Neal (2) 61
Marius Burgsmueller (2) 63
James Randall (1) 63
Dezmon Epps (1) 83
Cody Elenz (1) 69
Nick Edenfield (1) 62
Jacob Sannon (1) 66
Bradley Njoku (0) 75
Jayshawn Jordan (0) 66
Richard Montgomery (0) 70
Juan Martinez (0) 65
Eric Tuipulotu (-1) 61
Joshua McCain (-1) 64
A.J. Harris (-2) 58
Dallas Sandberg (-2) 66
Austin Rehkow (-3) 86
Matt Linehan (-3) 65
Mike Marboe (-3) 68
D'Mario Carter (-4) 58
Armond Hawkins (-4) 58
Tueni Luepamanu (-4) 56
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Re: Manual random number based offseason improvement

I like the thought process behind this, not really sure I'd consider having players decline at the college level, but see how doing so would make the process appear more lifelike. Think the thing I like the most is that by doing this you could see some of the 4&5 star recruits actually reach a plateau and have 1-3 star recruits that become true gems. Are you going to keep the players work ethic static, or reroll for everyone each year?
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Old 09-01-2014, 08:12 PM   #4
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I like the thought process behind this, not really sure I'd consider having players decline at the college level, but see how doing so would make the process appear more lifelike. Think the thing I like the most is that by doing this you could see some of the 4&5 star recruits actually reach a plateau and have 1-3 star recruits that become true gems. Are you going to keep the players work ethic static, or reroll for everyone each year?
It's pretty much a static thing at least in my mind. I know it has been hard for ME to improve my work ethic over the years.... I'm always gonna be a C+ / B- effort type of guy... And yes, like you mentioned, the idea of having players improve at different rates, and in different ways, attracted me the most. The idea that a Zach Cable (58 OVR) might end up being a really solid player by the time he's a senior is exciting to me.

Thanks for the feedback, I'd like to know what you think makes most sense really...
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Your inclusion of work ethic as a variable is what interests me the most. I mostly play as small schools myself, I like building up a lower ranked team over the course of a few years. I've had guys ranked in the 60's set NCAA records, yet have no chance of being drafted as the simulated draft seems to look mainly at overall as the deciding factor.
I think it would cool to see a way to implement performance into their improvement as well, for example a guy that leads or is near the top of the nation in rushing yards would improve more than a similar ranked guy that seen limited use due to depth chart or injury
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Re: Manual random number based offseason improvement

Are you using the random number generator to determine how much a player increases in each individual stat? Curious as to how I might go about doing something similar, currently I give guys a bonus points at the end of bowl season for getting conference or NCAA Player of Week, or being a throphy winner. 1 point for each PoW, 5 points for a thopby and 10 points for the Heisman
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Are you using the random number generator to determine how much a player increases in each individual stat? Curious as to how I might go about doing something similar, currently I give guys a bonus points at the end of bowl season for getting conference or NCAA Player of Week, or being a throphy winner. 1 point for each PoW, 5 points for a thopby and 10 points for the Heisman
Not really... I think that's something that is definitely in play but I found this did take a lot of time (I'm pretty busy). Like I may have mentioned here I did do the random number to decide what TYPE of improvement they made (1-4) and then when you combine that with the player type they are, you pretty much know what it entails.
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Nice to see an old MaddenMania guy still plugging away at NCAA football games!

I love the idea you presented, I was thinking of doing something similar in my current dynasty (just revived a NCAA'14 dynasty in the first season, about 8 games in) where I randomly picked some players from my team & either applied a stunt in progression (lower ratings to produce an OVR 2,3,4 points lower) and vice versa.
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