Super League Triathlon Draft 2022: New Rules Announced

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Super League Triathlon’s all-star managers and Fan Team owners are preparing for the much anticipated Championship Series draft with a raft of crucial decisions to make in an all new format for 2022.

After a successful debut season for SLT’s Teams concept and an inaugural win for Tim Don’s SLT Eagles, there is more intrigue, tactical awareness and pressure on the managers and athletes heading into a new season, especially with the introduction of the Fan Team, owned by supporters and headed by Annie Emmerson.

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The live draft will take place in August, and there is much for the managers to consider.

The first major decision on who will be retained, with a new twist for this year seeing Team Managers offered the opportunity to retain one male and one female athlete from 2021, or to gamble on not retaining and getting a First Pick in the new draft format.

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After that they have to consider who they draft? And do they prioritise a swimmer? With the Short Chute rules changing in 2022 so that an athlete can win a shortcut for another member of their team, the value of somebody out the front at the start has gone up yet further.

It is not only the likes of serial World Champions Tim Don and Chris McCormack who are considering these issues, but there is the chance for anybody to get involved by becoming an owner of the Fan Team. Owners will get to vote on all of the above issues for manager Annie Emmerson to carry out on their behalf as they get to play fantasy triathlon in real life.

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Here is Super League Triathlon’s guide to how the new draft will work.

Round 1 – Retained List

  • Team managers given the option to retain one female athlete from their 2021 team
  • Team managers given the option to retain one male athlete from their 2021 team
  • All non-retained athletes and any new athletes go into draft pool
  • If a manager decides not to retain a female athlete then they get a First Pick of the women in Round 2
  • If a manager decides not to retain a male athlete then they get a First Pick of the men in Round 2

Round 2 – First Picks

  • Managers who opted not to retain a female athlete get the chance to pick a female athlete from the draft pool
  • Managers who opted not to retain a male athlete get the chance to pick a male athlete from the draft pool

Round 3 – The Draft

  • There is a random draw to decide the draft order
  • The draft works as per 2021 with a snake draw down from 1-5 and then back again until all athletes are picked
  • Female athletes are drafted first, male athletes are drafted second

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