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Step 1: Creating Your Player
(This post was last modified: 08-22-2021, 02:04 AM by BadWolf.)

Welcome to the league!

So you've just joined the site and want to get started, but don't know how. Look no further. This post is the first in a set of numbered threads that form a tutorial to help you start off on this site with all the basics that you need to know. 

A disclaimer: If any part of this doesn't make sense, we encourage you to contact one of the mentors, whether on Discord or through site PMs! The message you received when you registered has the list of who's on the committee, any of us are willing and able to answer your questions.

The first thing you'll be wanting to do when you join is create your player!

There are a few basic things that each player template has to consider before you get to the actual player building.

Username: Self-explanatory. This is where you would put your username that you registered on the site.

First/Last Name: These are for the first and last name of the player you're creating. They don't have to be even close to your own! One of the best parts of this site is that it allows you to create players completely different from you. You can pick crazy, bizarre names, and it's totally fine. You can create as a player from a completely different and foreign country, and have a name to match. It's really up to the reaches of your imagination.

Position: This will be either forward (LW/RW/C), defense (LD/RD), or goaltender (G). Choose wisely! Don't worry too much about what the league might need or have space for. It's your player, create what you would like to build towards the most. Goaltenders are a little bit harder to find space for, but ultimately, if you stay active on the site and keep progressing your player, no matter what position you are, you will be able to find a home on a team.

Birth Date: You can make this realistic if you'd like, but ultimately, since seasons on the site don't follow an IRL equivalent timeframe, it doesn't really matter. And this date won't have any impact on the sim or anything.

Shoots: Which side is your player's dominant shooting side.

Recruited By: This is where you say how you found out about the site. If someone referred you/brought you in, just write their username here. If you were brought from a recruitment thread on Reddit or another site, you can state that. Google, etc. Really, just listing what or who brought you to our site.

Jersey Number: Self-explanatory.

Height/Weight: The sim engine does take these into account if you are a skater, with taller/heavier players playing a better physical game. SHL players with dimensions anywhere from 110-300 lbs have been seen, as well as 4'2” to 7'6” for height. All in all, the sim will accept the size of any reasonable hockey player that you might think of in the process of creating your player, so feel free to get creative.

Birthplace: Where do you want your player to be born? Your player's birthplace will determine what nation they're eligible to play for in international play! If you want more information on international play, feel free to visit this forum or ask the mentors to find out more on the different nations, their management styles, and their rosters. If you're not sure yet where you want to play, feel free to either leave this blank or make your character's birthplace a nation that doesn't have a federation! That will enable you to be able to choose your team at a later date. If you do choose a birthplace with one of our current federations and later would like to play elsewhere, you're allowed one transfer after your rookie season as long as you have not yet started in a tournament for your birth federation. The current existing federations can be found here.

Alright. Now that you've gotten all of that out of the way, here's where the real fun begins: building a player. For each different position, there are different roles that players can build towards. Each type of player has a different role on a roster just like in real hockey.

To find the different roles, click here and browse through the different possibilities. As time goes on you will be able to alter your build in a way to change your role but having an idea in mind of what kind of player you are looking to build and what role they play will greatly help you out to start.

Once you have decided which role you would like for your player, it's time to actually create your player!

Go to this page (Create a Player) to get started!

The first part of the form deals with the player aspects mentioned above. They're either fill-in-the-blank or drop-down for your convenience. Once you've gotten through all that, it's time to get down to the build itself! This will break down into the position, the archetypes, and finally, the attributes.

You've already chosen an role based on what kind of player you'd like to build. Each role has different key attributes which will be highlighted in red once you select your role. These are the most important stats for the player type you want to build and you should consider making these higher than the other stats available. Again if you feel overwhelmed its totally normal, there is a lot to take in so feel free to reach out on site and ask a rookie mentor!

Finally, to start your player off, you are given 155 TPE (total points earned) to apply to your player as you wish when you first create. TPE do not apply 1 to 1 - the scale to apply any TPE you earn, including your starter TPE, will depend on the attribute value itself.

The Update Scale for skaters is provided below

From 5 -> 6    1 TPE
From 6 -> 7    1 TPE
From 7 -> 8    1 TPE
From 8 -> 9    1 TPE
From 9 -> 10    2 TPE
From 10 -> 11    2 TPE
From 11 -> 12    5 TPE
From 12 -> 13    5 TPE
From 13 -> 14    12 TPE
From 14 -> 15    12 TPE
From 15 -> 16    25 TPE
From 16 -> 17    30 TPE
From 17 -> 18    40 TPE
From 18 -> 19    50 TPE
From 19 -> 20    55 TPE

The Update Scale for goalies is as follows

From 5 -> 6    1 TPE
From 6 -> 7    1 TPE
From 7 -> 8    2 TPE
From 8 -> 9    2 TPE
From 9 -> 10    5 TPE
From 10 -> 11    5 TPE
From 11 -> 12    8 TPE
From 12 -> 13    8 TPE
From 13 -> 14    15 TPE
From 14 -> 15    15 TPE
From 15 -> 16    25 TPE
From 16 -> 17    25 TPE
From 17 -> 18    40 TPE
From 18 -> 19    40 TPE
From 19 -> 20    40

Keeping this in mind, you have 155 TPE to add onto the base values of each archetype in the form and build your player. If you want to know more about what each attribute does past the creation interface, there is an extensive description post right here on the OOTP website. Our mentors suggest, that at least to start, try and limit the number of attributes that go above 15 as this limits your ability in the sim as a player in juniors.

Once all this is done and the build checks out, you can submit and you're done! A member of SMJHL Head Office will swing by the Create a Player forum shortly to approve your player and register you for the upcoming draft class. Feel free to move onto Step 2, improving your player!

We have a video Tutorial for Updating now link. Please note that some of this might be dated and discuss strengths, weaknesses and different attributes, those have since changed but the general process remains the same.

Next is Step 2!


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