I want to start by saying some probe teams dont end up have enough consistent players- but most teams - in my experience, have to sit at least one probe player a week, more likely 2 or 3.
Being apart of a team identity has always been a high point for me. I think separating leagues is a bad idea because it might further separate probes from veterans. Probe is failing at developing players imo because there isnt enough incentive for veteran players to become friends with and play with new players, aside from some veterans just being elitist (lookin at you nova
) please keep in mind, Earning praise from veterans and trust that you might play a ZHL game is BY FAR the most rewarding thing to probe players.
In order to increase incentive you could make probe worth more by having it count for home field playoff adv or something- this might be problematic with the current probe set up as coaches might play eu stars instead of true young probes.
I have alot of ambiguity as far as eu players in probe. On the one hand, youd want new players, regardless of server, to develop and make frnds. On the other you dont want newer players sitting the bench for eu stars. the easy solution is to ban all eu from probe league but i hope we can create a more elegant solution.
another way to increase incentive for veterans to coach probes would be to create a rule where each ZHL team would have to start one probe player, 2-5 games a season. Youd be looking to target people like myself, mlg, chad, ispy etc .. someone who hasn't really played in ZHL and was drafted past 4th round.. it would be easiest to just make a list of eligible probes before draft.