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#110 | SimFBA | ATH Position


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Hi everyone,


There are three dev diaries being released today, this is the first of three. This dev diary will cover a new feature for our football sim next year: An additional position that we call the Athlete (ATH).

Athlete is a position designated for a player, indicating that thier skillset can fit a multitude of roles on a football team. An athlete can be seen as a swiss army knife; they can play a multitude of positions, but their progression will be determined by the position they play in a season. Athletes can cover a wide range of positions from the QB, to the OLine, and even a Punter.


When tackling this position from a recruiting perspective, we wanted to give users a clue on what a player's skillset may be like when recruited. To help users with this, there are ten archetypes that fall under the ATH position:

  • Field General: Indicates that the player may perform best either as a linebacker or as a QB
  • Triple-Threat: Indicates that the player has throwing capability but can also be utilized as a runner. Some may even have kicking ability.
  • Wingback: Indicates that the player will perform best when lined up as a receiver or when given the ball.
  • Slotback: Indicates that the player may perform best either on the line of scrimmage, as a tight end, or as a receiver.
  • Lineman: Indicates that the player may perform best on the line of scrimmage. Can be offense or defense.
  • Strongside: Indicates that the player may perform best either as a linebacker or as a DE.
  • Weakside: Indicates that the player may perform best either as a linebacker or as a defensive back
  • Bandit: Indicates that the player may perform best as a linebacker or as a safety
  • Return Specialist: Indicates that the player may perform best on the STU
  • Soccer Player: Indicates that the player made the right decision to switch from soccer and can use their skillset either as a punter, kicker, or even as a skills player.


How are attributes generated within each archetype?

The range of attribute generation for the attributes specific to the archetype of the ATH is considerably wider: Some Field General ATH will be more capable at linebacker than QB, some may be vice-versa. Some may have a chance of both. Because of the variability of position, ATH are currently designed as a boom/bust type of recruit. If you want a specific skillset in a player, it is going to be safer to recruit a player at a specialized position (Non-ATH). If you want a player that is more versatile, consider the ATH.


Progression for ATH?

Progressions will be covered in a later dev diary, though for ATH players, we're looking at a number of factors for future seasons including the positions played by the ATH in a season. 


When can we recruit ATH players?

This upcoming season.


Thank you for reading this dev diary! We hope you have a great day.


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