Rules: Offline Draft


The Offline Draft option is only available to Custom leagues. If your league is setup to use the "Offline Draft" option, you and the other Team Owners will conduct your 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. In order for an Offline draft to work, it is critical that someone records each team's draft picks (usually on paper or in a computer program like MS Excel).

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 examples below).

In Offline Draft leagues there is no need to submit your draft lists online and therefore, there is no option 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 Online or Autopick (or vice-versa) each league member will be sent an e-mail notification of the change.

After your offline draft is done, you must submit the results to our system via the "Enter Offline Draft Results" page accessible 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 driver's name on the left "Select Driver" area and click the right arrow to move that driver into the "Draft Driver to Team" area. Once you have done this for every driver the team owner drafted, submit the results by clicking on the "Save" button. Once you have done this for every team you can then submit the entire league's draft into our system.

After the League Manager has finished entering all the draft results for your league, the system will need a few minutes to process and convert the league into regular- season mode so owners can start managing their teams. All owners will receive an e-mail notifying them that the draft is complete.