Season Showdown: Sportsmanship


Season Showdown Credits

Season Showdown Credits

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EA has released the third aspect of NCAA 10’s new Season Showdown feature (skill and strategy being the other two): Sportsmanship.

For those who don’t already know, Season Showdown is an online feature that tracks how well each school’s fans perform using a variety of categories. Each week there will be match-ups based on who each team plays in real life. For example, in Season Showdown Georgia fans will be squaring off against Oklahoma State fans on NCAA 10 while the real Bulldogs and Cowboys fight it out on the field.

The Sportsmanship feature’s main purpose is to discourage players from “cheesing”, while rewarding the players who play games straight up and realistically. There are several different ways to both gain and lose Sportsmanship points throughout the game:

Ways to Gain Credits:

  • Punt on 4th down – Easy; if the situation calls for you to punt, you punt.
  • QB Kneel – If you have a lead late in the game and can just knee out the clock, you will now be rewarded when you do so.
  • Chewing the Clock – A new addition to the game this year is the ability to “chew” the clock. When this feature is activated, the game automatically fast forwards the game and play clocks so that there is 12 seconds left when you break the huddle. This way you still have time to come to the line and call an audible if you need to, but you don’t have to sit and wait for the play clock to wind all the way down.
  • Concede Defeat – If you are trailing late in the game, or just straight getting throttled, offer to concede defeat and end the game. You can gain credits for waiving the white flag, and your opponent can also gain credits by accepting and showing some mercy.

Ways to Lose Credits:

  • Go for it on 4th down – Obviously if you are losing late in the game, or are encountered with a 4th and 1 in borderline field goal range, you will not be deducted for going for it. However, if you are the type of player who goes for it on nearly every 4th down, no matter distance and score, you’ll find yourself getting deducted for poor sportsmanship.
  • 2 Point Conversions – Again, there are times in a game when going for 2 is not only acceptable, it’s necessary. This feature is in place for the times when teams go for 2 point conversions when it is unnecessary. If you are up 20-0 and go for 2 instead of kicking the extra point, you will lose Sportsmanship credits.
  • Onside kicks – Though they are rarely successful, we still see people who kick onside kicks all the time, despite having the lead. Now you will lose Sportsmanship credits if you feel the need to kick an unnecessary onside kick while leading.
  • Calling a timeout to pad stats – We’ve all been in the situation where we are losing and just want to get the game over, then our opponent calls a timeout with 1 second left just to run one more play or kick one more field goal. Now, if you call that late timeout with a lead just to pad some stats, you’ll be deducted Sportsmanship credits.
  • Running up the score – If you have a big lead late in the 4th quarter, but are still throwing the ball all over the yard, expect to lose some credits. Do the respectable thing and run the ball to keep the clock winding and finish the game off to avoid the credit deduction. Now obviously, if it’s a key third down you need to convert to keep the drive alive, or the game is close enough you still need to score, there will be no credit deduction.

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That’s all for now, but EA has announced that all of the situations and scores for which you can gain/lose credits are tunable on the fly. So if they need to make adjustments after the game comes out they can do so quickly and without the need of a patch.

Any Sportsmanship credits that you gain or lose throughout the course of games will not only be applied to whichever school you represent, but also your own Season Showdown ID score. This makes it easy to check out an opponent’s ID card and know exactly how you can expect them to play.

I think the addition of the Sportsmanship portion of Season Showdown will be very effective for online players. It probably won’t have a big impact on those players who just don’t care about playing the game the right way, but for everyone else this is a cool new feature. Not only does it entice you to play realistically by rewarding you with credits, but it tracks how each user plays so you can identify right away if you want to enter into a game with someone by checking out their Sportsmanship credits.

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