Thanks guys. I'm really pushing this offline draft for this league because I just moved down from central/north Jersey down to south Jersey, and since most of my friends and I are big gamblers, I'm trying to get people to come down to AC after the draft, whether it's later that night or they stay over and we head down the next morning. And with me moving ~2 hours away from my hometown, I don't get a whole lot of chances to chill with these guys, so if I can give them a good reason to drive all the way down to my new place, I'm going to use it
Now, let's see if I can hit all the new points in one post. If I missed something, I'll get back to it later.
I don't think anyone will need more than 90 seconds, they usually don't even need 60, but there's always a couple picks (especially toward the end) where you're really scouring the FA pool trying to find the best pick for your team, and everyone has those rounds where you're really cutting it close. I don't mind if people take a little extra time if they really need it, but I figure we'd all like to keep it going at a somewhat reasonable pace.
I'm really liking the idea of giving the last-place team their choice of draft position, I think I'm really going to be pushing that idea.
As for no-shows, I was going to do just what Curtis here recommended by using the player's pre-rankings. To use his example, let's say the no-show already has a second baseman drafted, and the next-highest player on their list is a 2B. Our league uses a UTIL position, so if that's not filled, I'll probably draft the second baseman and put him in that spot. If both 2B and UTIL are already filled, I'll just move on to the next open position on their starting lineup. And once the entire lineup is filled, I'll just be drafting the next-highest ranked player on their list and putting him on their bench.
I do like the idea of keeping track by writing down each player for each team he was drafted for, and putting him in his position on the team, rather than just in whatever order he was drafted in. But instead of just doing it on some sheets of paper on the wall, I'm leaning toward setting up a couple dry erase boards so that it's large enough for everyone to see from their seats, instead of forcing them to get up each time.
edit: ok, I misread the post, you're talking about those big pads, which would serve the same purpose as the big dry erase boards. Either way, I'm taking funds from the league fees to pay for them (and any drinks and snacks and such needed) instead of having the whole cost come out of my pocket. Then anything left over is going to be split between the top 2 or 3 teams.
Ok, I know I missed a couple points there, but I have to get up early tomorrow and go to a couple early leads, so I'll have to cut it short here and finish tomorrow. Thanks again, you guys have been a big help.