It's very apparent that the AGLA needs some help, so I thought a thread where constructive ideas can be put together by the community. Here are some of my personal ideas on how the AGLA can improve.
1. First and foremost, the AGLA needs to officially move to Grifball.info. Roosterteeth has pretty much given up on Grifball and offers zero support to the league nowadays. TrueFlyingCow has done a tremendous job thus far on the site, but it could really use some more help. One major addition would be the creation a complex forum over there. When I say complex, I mean a forum that includes different sections of discussion. For example, the forum would include sections such as:
A. Introductions: A place where newcomers can join and introduce who they are and what they enjoy to community. This would allow people to come in and feel involved right away.
B. Free agent market: Looking for a team? This would be a place where new players can find a team to join if they don't have enough friends that want to play. Also, it's a great place for teams in need of a player to find one.
C. Current League Discussion: Would need updated often, but this would include all discussion pertaining to the current AGLA season. Team threads would be included here.
D. Real Life Talk: A place to talk about anything going on in real life, whether its politics, sports, etc. etc. This would take the pressure off competition a little bit and allow people to relate to each other in something other than video games.
E. Game Zone: Enjoy playing other games other than Grifball? This would be a section for discussing upcoming games, old games, and any other discussion pertaining to video games. Halo discussion would also belong here.
F. Trash Talk: A fun thread where you can trash talk other players and teams. This section should be advertised as a section not for wimps or the weakhearted. Also, no personal would be allowed here.
-These are just a few examples of what we could include. Anybody would be allowed to create a thread in these sections, and this would improve community involvement as a whole.
2. The league needs to keep the one league format until we expand enough to have a Rookie/Legacy format. After that, the league needs to stick to the approach where you are forced to move up to the Legacy league after 1-2 seasons of play. Nobody should be allowed to just hang around in the lower tier league as long as they want. This doesn't help the competition of Grifball, and it is exactly what started the Amateur/Pro split. This will encourage players to get better and the overall competition should increase. At the same time, if there is only one league, the new players will get stomped upon entrance into the league by everybody except other rookies, and that will not be very fun for them. The Legacy league should always be bigger than the Rookie league.
3. The admins or whoever is running the league also need to implement a permanent punishment system. A point system would be best. For example, if a player stat pads in matchmaking, they would get a discipline point. You could say 1 point is a warning, 2 points warrants a suspension, and 3 points warrants a season ban. Anything past that is outrageous and should warrant a permanent ban. This way you don't have people getting angry getting banned over stupid rules (like stat-padding).
4. There should also be a system to reward players for reporting cheaters. If we could somehow promise something valuable for turning in an alternate account user (such as Laggerz, Scet, Pie, Zeg, etc. etc.), then there would be a lot less cheating going on (although I never got the point of cheating). Cheating should always been a one season ban regardless of the warning system.
-- 4.1 Another great idea to catch multiple accouters would involve the switch over the Grifball.info. Then, we could require every single person to register on the site in order to play Grifball. They would need a valid gamer tag in order to do so as well. Then, TFC could check the IP (hopefully) of any newcomer & if IP's match, obviously it's the same person.
5. The veterans of Grifball should put together a history of Grifball, which has been talked about in the past. Grifball has a rich history of several years, and without showing newcomers what has happened, they probably don't know what to expect when they join. If the newcomers could read about what has happened in the past and the great moments in the history of Grifball, they will be compelled to join such a community with rich tradition. A Hall of Fame would also be a good addition to league with a short summary of each person's accomplishments and contribution to the league.
6. Prizes would be a great addition to the league as well. I'm not sure how this would work, but at least you would be giving the champions something besides pride for working an entire season to win. Microsoft points would be a great way to reward the winners, and if we could improve the league enough to get advertisements on Grifball.info, then we would have a way of paying for them as well.
These are just some of my ideas. The AGLA needs to improve it's structure immensely, and I believe all these ideas would work towards a better league.