Welcome to the Jockstocks Oasis/FAQ section. Here we will do our best to answer as many of your questions as possible; from what to do if you run into problems getting signed up to questions about how to play the game. Many of you were familiar with what the Oasis once was; at Jockstocks, the Oasis will be available right here onsite. What is the Oasis? The Oasis will go beyond simply helping you learn the basics of the game; it will also include articles on game strategy written by fellow Jockstocks members! If you just need an explanation of a term or abbreviation, check out our glossary.


Basics

Is there a fee to play Jockstocks?
I registered but never received my confirmation email. What do I do?
Why should it matter if I use my real information or not?
Are there prizes available?
What if my password doesn't work or I can't remember what it is?
What if I have a problem with something or someone on the site?
In other games I've played I ended up signing up for multiple accounts. Will it be the same here?
Wouldn't I need more than one account to play the various competitions?
This sounds complicated. Where can I get more help?
What if I'd like more private help? Or just want to personalize some settings?

The Game

What IS this game called Jockstocks?
What would stop me from just buying and selling as I please?
Is there a limit on the number of shares available?
What do you mean by a stock split?
Dividends? What are they?
Do I have to sell to receive my dividends?
I see something called autosell on my portfolio page. What is that?
What is the long term section for?
I've seen people talk about achievement dividends. What are they?
Projections? What are THEY now?
Now you've thrown out another term I'm not familiar with. What is an IPO?
I hear people talking about something called amnesty. What is that?
What if there are MORE terms I'm not familiar with?
Do exhibition or all star games count?
Is there more than one type of competition?

Pick'em

What is Pick'em? How do I play?
When can I make my picks for the day?
What happens in the case of a tie or a game is rained out?
What if I think I wasn't given the right number of points?


Feature Points

What are Feature Points? What are their purpose?


Basics

Is there a fee to play Jockstocks?
NO. We hope to keep Jockstocks FREE to our members. Times are tough these days for a free site, tho. So if you appreciate our game, we have provided a donation link. If you would like to help us remain free, any and all donations are greatly appreciated. In addition, we would obviously appreciate our members clicking our banners, considering our advertisers' offers, and otherwise doing the things that help us to KEEP the game free.


I registered but never received my confirmation email. What do I do?
You have to list a legitimate email address or you will not be able to be activated to play. If you did not receive the confirmation email, fill out a help request by by clicking the help link on the bottom toolbar on any page or email us at nick@jockstocks.com.


Why should it matter if I use my real information or not?
We make security a very high priority; so your information will be kept private. Therefore there is no reason not to list your correct name, address, etc. None of that information is accessible by other members; only your username is. After all, if you win a prize you'll want to be able to receive that prize, right?


Are there prizes available?
We would love to have more prizes- when we generate more donations and a better revenue stream in general, we will add more prizes. However, at the present time any prizes we give out are in-game prizes such as money for your total value portfolio and IPO choices.


What if my password doesn't work or I can't remember what it is?
If your password does not work or you've forgotten what it is, use the 'forgot password' form on the login page. If you still have problems, email us at nick@jockstocks.com.


What if I have a problem with something or someone on the site?
For most any problem you have regarding the site, fill out a help request by clicking the 'Contact us' link on the bottom toolbar on any page or email us at nick@jockstocks.com. If your problem is with another member, please try to resolve the issue yourself or report them to one of our moderators; but failing that we will always do what we can to resolve any and all issues.


In other games I've played I ended up signing up for multiple accounts.
Will it be the same here?

NO. While that may have been true at other sites, Jockstocks will be set up so that there is little or no reason to EVER sign up for more than one account. In fact we greatly discourage it.


Wouldn't I need more than one account to play the various competitions?
NO. Why? Because each account has more than one portfolio! If you're just starting out, you'll want to concentrate on playing your total value portfolio. That is the ONLY one you'll just continue to build throughout your time at the game. Your other portfolios, tho, are handled differently. You'll have a fresh new $1,000,000 monthly portfolio on the first of every month. Your monthly portfolio from January, April, July, and October will be converted to your quarterly portfolio. Other months it will simply be reset to $1,000,000. Your quarterly portfolio for the first quarter will be converted to your yearly portfolio on April 1st. In other quarters it will simply be reset to $1,000,000. Your yearly portfolio will be reset at the end of each year. The same is true for any single sport portfolios. While this may sound confusing, you'll find it makes sense once you start playing. The main thing to remember is that, whether you play a portfolio or not, at some point it will reset; the exception being your total value portfolio.


This sounds complicated. Where can I get more help?
We have a great community of members; many are more than willing to help you with whatever questions you might have. Our forums are very active. If you have a question, no matter how silly you may think it is, ask away on one of our many forums. The Newbie Questions forum might be the place to start- and while you're there, let us all know a little about you by introducing yourself on the Welcome New Members forum. Our chat is another great place for questions because there you can get your questions answered in 'real time' as well as get to know some of our members. A guided tour is 'on the way'; but until then, utilize all the help the forums and chat can be for you. Of course, our forums and chat aren't just for finding help. They're also a great place to just kick back and enjoy talking sports...or whatever you'd like to talk about.


What if I'd like more private help? Or just want to personalize some settings?
If you would like to ask a question privately, or just contact one of our members privately, we have an internal mail system that you can access by clicking the Messenger link at the bottom of the page. You'll know YOU have a message waiting when you see an envelope icon in the upper right of the page. The messenger area is also where you can change your password or some of your other profile information. To change your time settings, add an avatar, etc you'd do that via the usercp button on the forum page. You'll note also that there is a calendar button. This is where we schedule various upcoming events like projection updates. If you so choose, you can even use the calendar to schedule your OWN upcoming events privately.

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The Game

What IS this game called Jockstocks?
Jockstocks is uniquely different from the typical fantasy game. Most games deal with one sport at a time; Jockstocks combines no less than SIX different professional sports in competitions that bring fans of all of those sports together. How? Jockstocks is a stock simulation; buy and sell ficticious shares of real athlete's stock so that your portfolio outperforms that of your competition. Each active stock will see its price rise or fall for 2 reasons: 1.) by other members buying and selling (you'll see members use the slang terms 'moo' and 'antimoo' for this) and 2.) by the daily dividends it receives.


What would stop me from just buying and selling as I please?
Just like in real stock markets, there are commissions to be paid for every transaction. When stocks are bought, there is a commission fee. When stocks are sold, there is a commission fee. The fees are 1% of the total transaction when you make a purchase; 1% of the total transaction when you sell stocks. Those fees are not large enough to kill your profit potential- but they are large enough to discourage you from making quick or careless decisions without losing money in the transaction.


Is there a limit on the number of shares available?
There is an unlimited number of overall shares available for any one stock. However there is a limit on how many shares an individual portfolio can purchase. The maximum number of shares one can purchase is 10% of your portfolio's total value up to a maximum of 10,000 shares. You may hold more than 10,000 shares, but you can't buy more than 10,000 shares. How could you end up with more than 10,000 shares if you can't buy that many? That would happen when a stock splits.


What do you mean by a stock split?
A stock split occurs when the share price reaches a ceiling. That ceiling here is currently at $10,000 per share and the ratio is 10:1. Stock splits here are done automatically at dividend time. Once dividends are calculated, our system looks to see if any stocks are at or above $10,000; if there are, the price is divided by 10 and the number of shares are multiplied by 10. Thus, while your total dollars invested will not have changed, the number of shares you now own is 10 times what it had been. For example: A stock reaches $10,000 per share. You own 10,000 shares. Your total investment is worth $100,000,000. After the split the share price would be $1,000, but you would now own 100,000 shares! The total value of your investment would still be the same $100,000,000. This is why we say you can't buy more than 10,000 shares, but you can hold more than 10,000 shares. In your early days of playing, however, there is only a limited need in concerning yourself with stock splits.


Dividends? What are they?
Each day at approximately 9am eastern time, active stocks will have cash added to their stock price based on the actual performances of the players those stocks represent. Dividends released at 8am will be based on performances from the previous day. Finding those stocks who have outperformed their projections by the largest margin, then, is the key to increasing your portfolio's value the quickest.


Do I have to sell to receive my dividends?
Your portfolio will increase (or decrease) according to the performance of the stocks it contains (referred to as stock dividends). Dividends are added directly to a stock's price so, while your portfolio value may have increased, you would gain no extra cash unless and until you sold that stock. This is not to suggest that you DO sell when dividends are released- but the most active, competitive players will make a habit of completely turning over their portfolios (selling all they own after receiving their dividends then using that cash for the next day's best buys) on a daily basis.

Remember, though, that stocks also gain or lose value when shares are bought and sold. So as active traders are selling stocks that have received their daily dividend, the value will drop some. BUT..as opposed to previous games you may have played, at Jockstocks you will have until 12pm eastern (3 full hours) to sell any stocks and receive the SAME selling price as someone selling the moment dividends are released- that is as long as you were holding that stock when dividends are released.


I see something called autosell on my portfolio page. What is that?
Autosell is yet another innovation we've created to make the game more convenient for you to play. If there are stocks you would like to sell after the dividends are released, but you don't expect to have the time in the morning, you may want to utilize autosell. To do so, check the box beside the stock(s) you'd like to sell, then click the 'move to autosell' icon. Those stocks will now be automatically sold for you immediately after dividends are released at 9am eastern; you don't have to even be online! *Note*: Autosell does have a 'cost'. In order to use this feature, you must first have an autosell ticket. How do you get a ticket? Simply go to our offers page and click each of our daily offer banners. Once you have, the autosell feature is unlocked and ready to use. Tickets do not accumulate, tho. They expire at divi time the day after the ticket is earned- so, if you use autosell regularly, you may want to be in the habit of clicking these banners around the same time each day. Remember, too, that you'll also earn free money for your active portfolio by clicking these banners each day. So it's free money and the use of a great feature for you..while helping Jockstocks remain free at the same time.


What is the long term section for?
The long term section may not be something you would utilize in the beginning of your time here; it will, however, be a feature you should utilize eventually. The long term section is where you can store stocks you've purchased, but would prefer not to accidently sell. Stocks in the long term section cannot be directly sold; they would first have to be moved back into the short term section or, if you were just wanting to sell one stock, you could go to that stock's profile page and sell from there. To place stocks in your long term section, simply check the box beside the stocks you want to move; then click the 'move to long term' icon. Especially once you have stocks that have split and you're holding over the maximum share limit, you'll appreciate the long term section.


I've seen people talk about achievement dividends. What are they?
*currently, achievement dividends are NOT being given- that could change* The vast majority of dividends are based on stats from actual games. We felt that left an aspect of sports out. So we give out these special dividends (nicknamed Emmitts because Emmitt Smith received our first achievement dividend when he broke the all time NFL rushing record). These dividends are given out at 9pm eastern the day after the achievement or award happens. To get an idea of what kinds of things could earn an 'Emmitt' check out the criteria list. This isn't to say the items on the list are the ONLY things that may be eligible- but it gives you a strong idea.


Projections? What are THEY now?
Each athlete that gets IPOd will have performance expectations placed on them; projections that are based on statistics that athlete has put up in the past. Therefore, the best 'buys' at Jockstocks are quite often NOT the 'big names' because those 'big names' are EXPECTED to put up large stats. Each sport will have its own group of statistical categories to follow. Simply seeing who hit the home run or scored the touchdown won't give you the complete picture on who has surpassed their projections the most and therefore may get the highest dividend.


Now you've thrown out another term I'm not familiar with. What is an IPO?
IPO stands for Initial Public Offering- a typical term for when a stock is first 'listed' (placed on the market and made available to be bought and sold.


I hear people talking about something called amnesty. What is that?
Amnesty was created as a way to allow members to occasionally buy split shares of stocks they don't have, for whatever reason. Normally, you cannot buy more than 10,000 shares of a stock, unless the stock has split. Then you can buy up to 50,000 shares. During amnesty, however, you are allowed to buy up to 100,000 shares as long as you have the cash and port size to do so. These amnesties often occur during a sport's all star break, but can happen at other times and involve multiple sports. Amnesty ONLY affects purchasing for your TV portfolio.


What if there are MORE terms I'm not familiar with?
It may take awhile to become familiar with all the terminology used at Jockstocks; especially if you've not played a game like this before or haven't at least dabbled in the stock market. There will also be various abbreviations used as column headers, etc., that may require explanation. We believe an informed investor is a happier, more successful investor and so we have created a glossary of terms and abbreviations.


Do exhibition or all star games count?
No, they do not. The market is open all day every day, but stats from exhibition and the various all star games will not earn stock dividends. Along similar lines, only PGA sponsored tournaments will receive dividends in golf and only official points races will receive dividends in NASCAR. Playoff stats, however, DO receive dividends; those dividends being based on each stock's current projections.


Is there more than one type of competition?
Currently, there are 3- 2 based on our listed stocks. The stock simulation will always be the main part of the game. Totally separate from the stock game is Pick'em. In Pick'em, you are presented picks daily- mostly games for that day. You pick who you think will win, and get points for correct picks. Pick 10 utilizes the regular market, but allows you to play on your schedule more, not worried about 'moo' because you're not actually buying stocks, you're picking them. Anytime before dividends are released, pick the 10 stocks you feel will get the largest dividends. You'll receive cash to your Pick 10 balance accordingly. For example, if a stock you picked receives a 7.5% dividend, you will receive $7,500 for that pick. We also plan to add PrePick10- exactly the same as Pick 10 except you'd pick any 10 listed stocks (before they take the field, court, etc and have cash added to your account based on how your 'lineup' performs.



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Pick'em

What is Pick'em? How do I play?
Pick'em was originally set up to give our members a taste of competition while the "real" game was being built. It will, however, remain a part of Jockstocks ongoing. To play, you will simply be asked to make choices on such things as who you think will win a particular game. You will earn points for each correct choice you make.


When can I make my picks for the day?
Picks for the coming day will be available at noon eastern time for the next day's games and will continue to be available until noon eastern on the day of the games. So you will have a full 24 hours to make your choices each day. Always check the date at the top of the pick page so you know which day's games you are making choices for. These times were chosen to allow members maximum flexibility in making their picks while never being allowed to make picks for games already in progress.


What happens in the case of a tie or a game is rained out?
In the case of a tie or rainout, the default method of handling this is that all members will receive points regardless of the choice they made. If a rainout causes a previously unscheduled doubleheader for the next day, the team you chose would need to win both games for you to earn your points. If a different tiebreaker is used, that method will be listed on the pick page.


What if I think I wasn't given the right number of points?
While this does happen, we've found that in many cases the discrepancy actually comes from members who either remembered their picks incorrectly, looked at scoreboards incorrectly, misunderstood tiebreakers, or simply did not get their picks properly submitted. If you feel there is a discrepancy that does not fit any of those possibilities, fill out a help request by by clicking the Contact Us link on the bottom toolbar on any page or email us at nick@jockstocks.com.



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Feature Points

What are Feature Points? What are their purpose?
Feature points are in-game points that can be earned in various ways on site, via the Offer Wall or purchased directly. Once added to a member's account they can be used to purchase various features, subscriptions and premium services.



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