Fans of Canadian football know it well... ‘The Waggle’. It’s a rather generically used term to describe backfield motion towards the line of scrimmage before the snap of the ball. If all the offensive players are on the same page, the Quarterback snaps the ball just as receivers are hitting the line of scrimmage at full running stride.
Athletes arriving in Canada and playing the sport for the first time often claim this is one of the most difficult aspects to get used to. It’s unique to Canada’s game and takes a lot of practice to get right.
So how does this work in Canadian Football 2017?
We’ve addressed this by having the additional step of requiring the player to put the offense in motion via a button press, and then having a second button press to snap the ball.
Once the offense has lined up in their initial formation positions, you would press the (B) button on the controller and start the players motion. As receivers get up towards the line of scrimmage, you then need to snap the ball with the (A) button. If you time it right, receivers are in full stride crossing the line of scrimmage. If you mistime it, one of the receivers will be over the neutral zone and off side.
Whoa! Whoa! Whoa! --- That’s way too complicated! I keep getting called for going offside!
Yes, we understand. Novice players and those simply not used to the rule have given us feedback about this and we’ve added an option to enable ‘Snap On Waggle’.
While you the player still start the motion, enabling the ‘Snap On Waggle’ will put the snap of the ball into the hands of the computer. You can still manually snap the ball before that if you wish, but it’s not something you would have to do.
When you start your very first game of Canadian football 2017, you will be asked if you would like to play as a novice player, if you say yes, then the Snap On Waggle option is switched on, and the 20 second play clock is switched off. This allows you to play the game with slightly adjusted rules until you’re comfortable with 3 down football. These and other settings can be changed at any time prior to kick-off via the game settings screen.
The Waggle is a unique and challenging part of Canadian football and we think it will provide gamers with an new challenge. But we also understand there are new players out there that would rather not deal with that right from the start. Hopefully this solution will accommodate both sides.