Frequently Asked Questions
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We have two separate FAQ pages that deal just with the postseason:
Our Playoffs and Bowls FAQ page describes the options for extending your existing PICK'EM pool into the Playoffs and Bowls
Our College Football Playoffs FAQ describes how the website handles the new College Football Playoff system, and what options are available
What is OFP? - Office Football Pool.com is the leader in office pool hosting. We offer a variety of football, basketball, golf, baseball, soccer and NASCAR games. To learn more about any of the games we offer, visit our Home page. Note: Information about our basketball pools is available on our other website. Visit www.tournamentpools.com for details.
When was OFP launched? - OFP started in July, 1999. 2014 will be our 16th season hosting football pools.
What can I do on OFP? - You can run or participate in private or public sports pools and fantasy leagues (no, it doesn't have to be for an office) for any of the sports listed above. We offer Pickem Pools, Survivor Pools (aka Survival, Eliminator, Suicide), Fantasy Golf, Fantasy Football and 13 Run Baseball and other fun formats.
Is there a mobile version of your website? - Yes! Our site is fully functional on your cell phone browser. Our special mobile edition contains the most popular pages like for doing picks and checking standings and results. When you first access our site from your phone you should be automatically dropped into the mobile version. There is also a link at the bottom to switch between the mobile and full site versions.
I forgot my password. What should I do? - To retrieve your password, go to the HELP>Retrieve Password screen, provide us with your username or e-mail address, and we'll send you an email with instructions for changing your password.
I forgot my username. What should I do? - To retrieve your username, select HELP>Retrieve Password, enter your registered email address in the form provided, and we'll send you an e-mail with your username (screen name).
How do I change my username, email address, and/or password? - You can change all of your personal information from the My Account screen.
Remember, usernames and email addresses must be unique to the site.
My email address has changed, and I forgot my password. How can I retreive my password? - If you were in a pool, your pool manager can change your email address using the pool roster page. When he/she does that, the computer will change your password and email it to your old and new email addresses. If you weren't in a pool, you can write us and we'll change your email address for you.
I know my username and password, but I still can't log in. - If your username and password are correct and you still can't log in, it's probably because your browser is set to not accept cookies. Cookies are harmless, and are necessary for you to use the site. Set your browser to accept cookies, and you'll be able to log in. To check if your browser is set to accept cookies, take our cookie test.
What should I do if I want more than one account under the
same email address? - Simply use the "alias" feature. Aliases are designed to let you create as many accounts as you want, all under the same email address and password. This feature allows you to enter more than one set of picks for yourself, or it can be used to enter picks for someone else. Our site allows you to easily switch between aliases with a single click. Click here for more information on aliases.
How can I convert an alias to a full account? - To convert your alias to a full account, do the following:
- Log in under your main account.
- Click "My Aliases" link above your username.
- Click the link to "Convert"
- Enter an email address and password for your new full account.
- Click Submit and you're done.
How much does it cost? - The cost for 2014 Pick'em Pool hosting (most formats) is $30 for the first 10 pool members, plus $3 per member above 10. If you have 20 people in your pool, for instance, the cost is $60 ($30 base fee + 10 additional members, at $3 each). If we hosted your game last year, the cost will be the same as before.
The cost for Survivor Pool hosting is $20 for the first 20 members, plus $1 per member above 20. The cost for a 50 person survivor game, for instance, is $50 ($20 base fee + 30 additional members, at $1 each).
The cost for fantasy league hosting is $50 per league.
The cost for Share Pools is about $5 per member.
The cost for Baseball 13-Run Pools is $30.
The cost for Golf pools depends on the number of tournaments you are doing, but ranges from $1 to $3 per person.
I don't know how many people will be playing. Can I wait to pay until after everyone has joined? - Yes. We encourage you to get your pool going, and pay after you know exactly how many people will be participating. For Pick'em, we give you 3-4 weeks into the regular season before you need to pay. For Survivor pools, we ask for the hosting fee soon after your first weekend of games.
How do I pay for my pool? - You can pay for your pool online by clicking here. We accept Visa, Mastercard and PayPal. You can pay over the phone with your credit card too.
Can I test out the website before I pay? - Absolutely. We encourage you to test out the site before you pay. You can set up your pool or league with no obligation to pay, so feel free to start one now.
What is the pick deadline? - The pick deadline is the day and time by which all pool members must finalize their picks for the week. This deadline is set by the pool manager and is clearly shown on the picksheet and in score emails and reminder notices. The pool manager can change the pick deadline at anytime.
How do I set the pick deadline for my pool? - Only the pool manager can set the pick deadline for their pool. The pool manager can set the pick deadline to whatever time he/she wants using the POOL SETTINGS>Pick Deadline page. The default pick deadline for pro football is Sunday at 10AM, Pacific Time, and the site is set up so you can leave the deadline set on Sunday all year long. Even when there's a Thursday game, you can leave the deadline set for Sunday because of our built-in safeguards which prevent people from entering or changing picks for games that have already started. Once a game starts, all picks for that game are locked.
Some managers like to set their pick deadline for Friday so everyone can print out the poolwide picks at work, and then take the picksheets home knowing that all the picks are locked.
Fantasy Football Leagues and Share Pools do not have pick deadlines. It is all based on the individual game times.
When there's an early game (e.g. Thursday), can I enter a pick for the early game only and then come back later to do my Sunday picks? - No and yes. You have to complete the full picksheet before you can submit it. Otherwise, you'll get a picksheet error. But, if you want to focus on the early games first, you can return to the picksheet later to change your Sunday picks, up until your set deadline.
The season starts with a Thursday game, as pool manager do I need to change my pick deadline for Thursday? - You can change the deadline, but it's unnecessary. The pick deadline for the Thursday game is always kickoff time, regardless of the overall pick deadline for your pool. If you haven't selected a pick for the Thursday game by then, you will be unable to make a pick for that game.
What happens if the Thursday game starts before I enter my picks? - If you miss picking a Thursday game, you get a "no pick" for that game, which is neither a win nor a loss. You can still enter your picks for the Sunday games, provided it is before your deadline. If your pool uses Autopicks, the computer will pick for you when you forget. If you don't use the Autopicker, you'll get a "no pick" for every game that you don't enter picks for.
For missed entries in a confidence pool, you lose your highest ranks first. For example, if your top rank is 16, you lose your 16 pointer when you miss entering the Thursday game.
Can I change my picks? - Yes, for pools that have a pick deadline (not Share or Square pools) you can change your picks as often as you like, but only up until the pick deadline. After that time, no picks can be made or changed. Also, you can never change a pick for a game that has already started.
What do I do if I miss the pick deadline? - If you have made use of the Autopicks feature, the website will make your picks for you. Check with your pool manager to see if Autopicks is enabled for your pool.
If you are not using Autopicks, we recommend that you immediately post your picks on your pool's trash talk message board (which is time stamped) and then try to contact your pool manager who may take pity on you and accept your late picks.
What if someone forgets to enter picks? Can we give him
all the Home Teams? - Yes. OFP has a feature called "Autopicks" that lets your pool members choose which default picks they want. They can choose from All Home, All Road, All Dogs, All Favorites, or All Random. The pool manager has the option of allowing or not allowing Autopicks.
Do Autopicks include predictions for the Monday night tiebreaker? - Yes, the Autopicker picks a random tiebreaker total between 20 and 50 points. This is for Pick'em pools only.
Can I change picks made by the Autopicker? - Maybe. If it's before your pick deadline and before gametime, you can change your picks. However, most of the time, the autopicker doesn't run until after your pick deadline.
Can the Autopicker change the picks that I already entered? - Absolutely not. The Autopicker will never change your picks. The way we have it coded, it's impossible for the Autopicker to change anything.
How do the Confidence Ranks for Autopicks work? - The autopicker always assigns the lowest rank (pts) to the earliest game (the game highest on the picksheet) and works up to the highest rank on the latest game (the game lowest on the picksheet like the Monday Night game). There is one exception to this rule: when you are set for ALL Favorites and your pool is scored straight up, in which case it assigns the highest rank on the biggest favorite and works down to the lowest rank on the smallest favorite.
How do Autopicks work for Survivor Pools? - In Survivor Pools, the Autopicker gives you the biggest favorite, based on the point spread, that you haven't picked already and whose game has not yet been played. So if according to the point spread, the biggest favorite of the week is playing in a Thursday game and your deadline is only on Sunday, the Autopicks will be given on Sunday, and you WON'T get Thursday night's favorite, you'll get the biggest favorite of the remaining teams whose games have not yet started.
I have a Best Bets pool (we pick 5 teams each week). Why does the autopicker only choose the last 5 games of the week? - With Best Bets, our autopicker functions in two different ways depending on which autopick option is selected by the pool member.
a. If the Autopick option is set to "Random", it will assign truly random picks regardless of the game startime (i.e. a team from the first game of the week is just as likely to get picked as a team from the last Monday night game).
b. If the Autopick option is set to anything other than Random, then teams from only the last 5 games (if you have a pick 5 Best Bets) will be picked according to the autopick setting (favorites, dogs, etc.). This is so that if you miss getting your picks in and are assigned autpicks, then if the pool manager is willing to shift the deadline for you, you still might be able to change some of the remaining picks if the games have not been played yet.
I have Autopicks turned ON, yet some people still don't have picks this week. Why? - The most common reason people aren't getting Autopicks is because they haven't visited the site this year. We programmed the new Autopicker that way intentionally. If you want to assign autopicks to everyone, use the link under POOL SETTINGS > Default Pick Settings
Another possibility is that the pool is set to limit the number of autopicks someone can get during the course of the season. Check your pool settings to see if there is a maximum number of autopicks set.
How do I exclude pre-season results from the season standings for Pick'em Pools? - The pool manager can change the weeks that get included in the season standings by using the POOL ADMIN>Week Settings page. You can start and stop your season standings in any week, including the pre-season, the regular season, and the playoffs.
Using this feature, you can practice during the preseason and do separate standings for the playoffs.
Is the MNF tiebreaker the closest to the total without
going over? - No. Our program takes the absolute difference between your prediction and the total combined score on Monday night. You can be over or under the actual total. The person closest to the actual total is the winner. However, if you want to use the "closest without going over" method, you can add that statement to your text rules and it's easily implemented manually.
What if my Survivor pick ends in a tie? Do I get a win or
a loss? - That is a setting that the pool manager has control over. By default the website counts a tie as a loss (strike) in Survivor pools. If you want a tie to count as a win (survive), you can change your setting on the POOL SETTINGS>Setup and Scoring page. Check the box that says "Count ties as a winning pick".
What are "Best Weeks?" - Using "Best Weeks," you can have your season standings based on a number of best weekly results. This way, if someone misses a week or has a really bad week, they still have a shot at winning the season prize (or bragging rights). We use your 5 Best Weeks in our free public pool, the OFP Mega Pool. A lot of private pools use 15 Best Weeks, which is the same as throwing out your worst 2 weeks in a 17-week season.
What is the difference between "Poolwide Picks" and "Poolwide Picks - 2"? - There are several differences between the Poolwide Picks and Poolwide Picks - 2 pages. The Poolwide Picks page is ordered by the weekly standings, and Poolwide Picks - 2 is ordered by the season standings. Also, Poolwide Picks only shows people who have entered picks this week, when Poolwide Picks - 2 shows everybody, regardless of whether they have entered picks for this week. Lastly, Poolwide Picks - 2 shows your Autopick option if you haven't entered picks yet.
How are ties treated? - In pools that award points, like confidence and key bonus and pools with weighted games, you get 1/2 the possible points when your game ends in a tie. For example, if your confidence picks have 13 points on the game that tied, you would get 6.5 points. If the game were worth 1 possible point, you would get 0.5 points. If your pool doesn't award points, then it just counts as a tie in the W-L-T column and it also counts as 1/2 a win if you're using Win% as a tiebreaker.
How do point spreads work? - Point spreads on officefootballpool.com are always shown relative to the home team. A negative number means the home team is favored and a positive number means the road team is favored. Add the point spread to the home team's final score to see who covered the spread.
Who sets the point spreads? - We get our spreads from Dr. Bob of DrBobSports.com. We always set the spread to end with 1/2 point to avoid ties. In 2014 we are rounding DOWN. If the line is even, say -3, we'll make it -2.5. If it's +7 we'll make it +6.5.
For Share Pool format pools, we don't always use a 1/2 point line.
Can my pool use custom point spreads? - Yes. If you prefer, you can enter your own custom point spreads. However, you can't do custom over/under totals at this time.
When do the point spreads get set? - We set the lines on Tuesday mornings by 9:30AM Pacific. Generally, the college lines go in sooner, like on Monday nights, but the official time for all lines is 9:30 Tuesday.
Do the point spreads change during the week? - For most pool formats the answer is No. Once we set a line it never changes. However there are rare instances where we type the line in wrong and we will change it then. This normally happens on Tuesday and we notify everyone affected by the line change.
For Share Pools the lines (point spreads and over/under totals) can change anytime during the week. You are graded at the line that was in when you made your pick.
Can other people see my picks? - It depends. The pool manager can opt to hide everyone's picks until after the pick deadline, or he can leave all the picks open for viewing. The manager can NOT change this setting back and forth during the week. Picks are always viewable once the games start or once the pick deadline passes. Note: The pool manager must write the website to get this setting changed for most pool formats. If you are a manager, write us to get your hide picks setting turned on or off.
Can the pool manager enter someone's picks after the week is over? - For Pickem and Survivor pools, yes, the pool manager can enter/change picks after the fact. Picks that get changed by the manager are flagged in the standings and poolwide picks pages so that everyone can see that a change has been made. The pool manager can also change someone's score without modifying their picks.
How do the confidence rankings work? - In pro pools where there are up to 16 games each week, you value your picks 16 (highest) through 1 (lowest) receiving points for each win corresponding to your rating. Your 16 point team is the team you are most sure will win. If they win, or cover the spread, you receive 16 points. Your
1 point team earns you 1 point for a win. If a game ends in a tie, you get half the confidence rank (e.g. 1.5 points for your 3 rank).
Standings in a confidence pool are determined by total points.
In weeks where there are only 14 games, the values go from 16 to 3, but we can set you up to make it 1 to 14 if you like. In college pools, the values start with the number of games you have and go down to 1. For example, if there are 10 games, the values go from 10 (highest) to 1 (lowest) and so on.
How many people can join my pool? - There is no limit to the number of people who can join your pool. We have hosted pools with thousands of members.
What is the best way to invite people into my pool? - We have an invitation form that contains all the information people need to register with the website and join your pool. The pool manager can find this form under
POOL ADMIN>Pool Invite. Another option is to forward the email you received after you set up your pool. That email contains a link and all
the directions necessary to join your pool. Finally, if people are already familiar with OFP, you can give them the Pool ID and Pool Entry Code and send them to POOLS > Join a Pool.
I'm planning to reuse my pool from last year. How do I remove players who won't be participating this year? - You can boot people out of your pool using the roster page. Find it at POOL ADMIN>Pool Roster.
I'm planning to start a new pool this year and don't want to confuse people with last year's pool. How do I get rid of my old pool(s)? - Pool managers can delete their old pools at POOLS>My Pools.
Once I boot someone, how do I prevent them from rejoining? - To prevent someone from rejoining your pool after you boot them, simply change the entry code of your pool. The other people in your pool won't be affected by the password change.
How do I change the pool entry code? - To change the pool entry code (a.k.a. pool password), go to POOL Settings>Basics. If you have a deadline to join your pool, changing the pool entry code is a good way to prevent people from joining after that deadline.
Can I use a college game for the Tiebreaker instead of the Monday Night Football game? - Yes. To set your own custom tiebreaker game go to POOL ADMIN > Set Tiebreaker Game.
How can I change the pool manager? - If you are the pool manager, you can give that role to someone else in your pool. Log in and go to this page: POOL ADMIN>Swap Manager.
Can there be 2 pool managers? - Yes, the main pool manager can designate another pool member to be a co-manager and the co-manager will have most all the same rights as the main manager. To designate a co-manager, go to your Pool Roster page, click on the username of the new co-manager and change their pool status to "co-manager" on the member detail page.
Can I change the name of my pool and keep everything else the same? - Yes. To change your pool name, go to POOL SETTINGS>Basics.
Can I divide the season into 2 parts and have winners for the 1st half, 2nd half, and full season? (Pick'em only) - Yes. On the Weeks Settings page, you can change the start and end weeks of your pool. A normal pool will start in week 1, and end in week 17. The first part of your pool would start in week 1 and end in week 8, and the second part would start in week 9 and end in week 17. You can use the week feature to do separate standings for preseason and playoffs, too. In addition, we have a Part Season Standings page, where any pool member can check what the standings would be under various start and end week scenarios.
What if my pool members have forgotten their username and/or password. - If they haven't changed email addresses, you can send them their passwords using the poolwide email tool. The poolwide email screen has a checkbox for including people's passwords in the mail you send. If they have changed email, you can change their email for them and the system will automatically change and send them their new password.
I want out of a pool. How do I remove myself? - POOLS > My Pools and click on the link to "Request Boot". If the season has NOT started yet, you will be removed from the pool as soon as you click on "Request Boot". If the season HAS started, you need to request to be removed from the pool by your pool manager.
The picks shown on the web site are not the same picks I entered. I should have 3 more wins in the standings. Can you fix it for me? - Absolutely not. You are responsible for confirming that your own picks are accepted by the web site, and we never change anyone's picks.
I entered my picks earlier in the week, but now it says that I didn't enter them. Can you enter my picks for me now? - Sorry, but no. You are responsible for confirming that your own picks are accepted by the web site, and we never change or enter anyone's picks. The best way to confirm your picks is to return to the picksheet page and see that your picks are prefilled on the form. When you do this, don't use the "Back" button on your browser. Instead, click on the "PICKS" link. This will ensure you are looking at a fresh page.
I have to log in again each time I click on a new link within the website. Can this be changed? - Yes. If you have to log in every time you click a new link in our website your browser is probably configured to not accept cookies. To find out if your browser is set right, take the cookie test. If you don't pass the cookie test, you will need to change your browser security settings to allow cookies from our website.
When I click the "back" button to fix my picks, the picksheet is blank. - This is a common error with the Internet Explorer browser. There is a nice fix that is described here. It will help you on OFP and other websites.
My company firewall prevents me from accessing officefootballpool.com at work. What can I do? - You can use the IP address instead of the domain name. Here's the link: http://126.96.36.199/. Write us for other options.
I have a pool on another site. Can I transfer that pool to OFP? - Yes, it's relatively easy to transfer your pool from another site to OFP. People do it every year and we can help you do it.
What if I still have some questions? - You can write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
directly, or you can visit our help message board by clicking here.
Can I use site with my cell phone? - Yes, absolutely!
When you use your phone to access our website, you should automatically be given the mobile view of our website (with small screen-friendly menus and pages). If not, scroll down to the footer and click on the "mobile" link.
Is there an iPhone app for OFP? - There is for our other website, Tournament Pools.com. We are still deciding if we will make a similar application for OFP. Meanwhile, we continue to expand the capability of the "mobile" version of our website which works very well with the iPhone. And if the "mobile" version is not for you, our main website is fully functional on the iPhone browser.
How can I prevent people from joining my pool now that it has started? - To prevent people from joining your pool after it has officially started, you should change your pool entry code (POOL SETTINGS>Basics). This will prevent anyone new from joining your pool. Then you should set your "Allow Multiple Entries" setting "off" (uncheck the the Allow Multiple Entries box on POOL SETTINGS>Basics page). This will prevent anyone who is in your pool already from adding entries, but will not affect any multiple entries that are already in the pool.
Can I do an NCAA Basketball tournament pool on OFP? - We do basketball pools on our other website, and it's called Tournament Pools.com. Your OFP username and password work there, and you can access it by clicking here: Tournament Pools.com.
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