New players join the game with their current skill level (actuals) and their projected maximum skill level (potentials). Similar to real life, some players may not reach their full potential in all areas, while others may exceed initial expectations.
How Players Develop
A player's development each year is influenced by several factors:
- Individual Development, Peak, and Decline tendencies
- Rating-Specific tendencies
- Low Minors Bonus: Players in the low minors receive a small bonus to their development at the start of each preseason. This bonus decreases as a rating approaches the league average. It benefits players who require more development the most.
- Random Dice Roll: A random factor can slightly influence a player's development, pushing it higher or lower for that particular year.
Development, Peak, and Decline
Players generally follow similar patterns of development and decline through their career, although individual tendencies can modify these patterns. On average:
- Players reach peak development between the ages of 26 and 29.
- Around 75% of a player's ratings develop to their full potential.
- Players remain at their peak performance for approximately 4 to 6 years.
Apart from overall tendencies, each rating can have its own unique development, peak, and decline patterns.
- Some skills may peak early, while others take longer to develop.
- This means that any type of career is possible, with ratings developing at different rates for different players.
Low Minors Development Bonus
Players in the low minors receive a small development bonus for each rating at the start of each preseason.
- Once a player has played in a game, they cannot return to the low minors.
- If you wish to move a player from Triple-A (AAA) to the low minors (LMs) before they have played, please contact your commissioner.
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