Draft Room Troubleshooting


These issues have been reported by some users, and the recommended action is provided. Issues with an "Alert" prefix are designed alerts that occur in the draft room when certain conditions are met.

If you haven't already, you should also familiarize yourself with the Draft Manual and Draft Room FAQs.


    A team joined my draft but they don't show up

    In a Basic Draft, when teams load the draft room they'll need to enter a team name before they show up in the team summary box.

    For Advanced and Custom Drafts, each team is assigned an email address during setup for authentication purposes. When your leaguemates load the draft room for the first time, they'll have to create an account if they don't already have one. If they register on Drafty with a different email than the one assigned to their team, commish can update their email assignment in the draft room under Commish Toolbox > Team Settings. Email assignments are case-sensitive, so it is recommended that you copy/paste their registered email from under the Spectators menu which shows you anyone who is watching your draft room.

    Once the email assignment is changed, they need only refresh the page to be automatically seated.

    My draft room never stops loading

    If your draft room continues loading  for more than 10 seconds, your browser session needs to re-authenticate. Simply refresh the page and your draft room should load like normal. This happens most frequently when joining a draft room for the first time with a direct link.

    If a simple refresh does not work, try a hard refresh by pressing CTRL+SHIFT+R. This is a little Internet trick to reset your browser's cache for any website you're actively viewing.

    If a hard refresh does not resolve the perpetual loading, your draft room URL must be invalid. Double-check to make sure there are no typos or hidden spaces at the beginning or end. You might also check your Locker for direct access to draft rooms where you've been assigned a team.

    I can't join a draft

    In some cases, the inability to join a draft is caused by having an apostrophe in your name or team name in your user profile. As silly as this may seem, it is very fixable. Go to My Locker > Edit My Profile and remove any apostrophes, and try to join your draft room again.

    I can't place a bid

    Some draft rooms have come to a grinding halt when a team name contains a special character, such as a hashtag # or stylized "curly apostrophe" (the latter usually occurs when copy and pasting from another website or program like ESPN or Microsoft Word).

    ’ - this apostrophe is bad
    ' - this apostrophe is good

    To resolve, have the commish go into the Commish Toolbox > Team Settings and remove any special characters from team names. All teams should refresh their browser (CTRL+R on PC or Cmd+R on Mac) to reset the UI.

    If the team with a special character is currently the high bidder, let the timer run out on the current auction then use the commish power to Undo Last Auction.

    My draft results return a 404

    Some draft hosts have reported trouble viewing their draft results. Never fear - your draft results are intact! There's a known issue with the saving mechanism. Until it's patched, please contact support with your draft room ID to have your results added to your locker.


    Loading Draft Room

    Draft room has a new version. Refresh the page to prevent errors during the draft.

    Seen when the system identifies that an update has been made to your draft room automatically in the background.

    You have not been assigned a seat. See troubleshooting guide for details.

    Seen when a user loads the draft room but their email address doesn't match any of the team assignments.

    Sorry, this draft is full.

    Seen when joining a mock or basic draft that has reached its max capacity for participants.

    There is a problem with your player list. Please contact support via live chat.

    Seen when there's been an issue loading your player list. Causes may vary and support will be able to fix it for you.

    Placing A Bid

    This draft is currently paused. Try to be patient.

    You can't place a bid when the draft is paused.

    Your roster is full.

    You tried to place a bid but your roster is full, so your bid attempt failed.

    You can't afford the current bid.

    You can't place a bid if you don't have enough budget.

    The bidding starts at $[0-9].

    Somehow you managed to try and open bidding below the minimum bid (extremely rare).

    Chillax, you're still the high bidder.

    You tried to bid but you're already the high bidder, so there's no need to bid again.

    You are the high bidder... for now.

    Confirmation that your bid was placed successfully.

    Using Auto Bid

    You must enter a Target Bid.

    You tried to turn on Auto Bid, but you didn't provide a target bid first.

    Your budget is insufficient for that bid.

    You don't have the budget to cover the target bid you've entered.

    Current bid is more than your Target Bid.

    Your target bid must always be higher than the current bid (which may have gone up since you set your target bid).

    Plz enter a target bid. Auto Bid disabled.

    If your target bid is cleared while Auto Bid is turned on, Auto Bid will be turned off automatically.

    Your target bid exceeds your available budget.

    If Auto Bid is on and something happens that causes your budget to fall (like if commish manually adjusts your team settings), Auto Bid will be turned off automatically.

    The current bid exceeds your target bid.

    You tried to turn on Auto Bid, but your target bid must be higher than the current draft.

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