Players: Other attributes
You can see players' exact age on the player page. One Hattrick year is 112 days long, which means all players are a certain age and 0-111 days.
All players have a personality. They can be nice or nasty, leaders or loners, temperamental or calm. Right now the personality does not affect much in the game, but it is, for example, wise to appoint a team captain with good leadership abilities. More info about how personality affects the game is found in the psychology chapter.
Players who have been in a lot of matches learn things not directly concerning their skills, which positively affects their actions on the field. This is simulated through experience.
Players with a high loyalty to the club perform better on the field. Loyalty increases with time spent at the club.
There are two types of loyalty:
Player loyalty bonus
For each consecutive day you keep a player on your team, he will get a little bit more attached and loyal. The more attached and loyal he gets, the better he will play.
Loyalty is gained faster in the beginning, then slower and slower over time. Maximum loyalty is reached after three seasons, but the halfway point is reached after 12 weeks.
Maximum bonus: +1 skill level on all skills (stamina excluded)
Example: Tommy Wright is a solid playmaker with passable defending, and he has max (divine) loyalty. He will then perform as if he were an excellent playmaker with solid defending (and this will also be reflected in his star rating).
When a player reaches divine loyalty he gets the full bonus. Your youth players start with divine loyalty.
Please note that a player loses his loyalty to your club if you sell him to another club. So if you later buy him back, you have to build up his loyalty from scratch again.
Mother club bonus
Players that play for their mother club, such as your youth players, and have done so through their whole career always give a little bit extra on the field, as they hold a special place for the club in their hearts.
Bonus: +0.5 skill level on all skills (stamina excluded).
Players that have been playing for their mother club their whole career are indicated with a heart icon on their player page. Please note that any youth players you've sold and then re-bought will not get this bonus.
Gaining both bonuses
It is perfectly possible for a player to get both bonuses. So when you promote a youth player (it naturally doesn't matter which youth system you use) to your senior squad, he will get a 1.5 skill level bonus on all skills (excluding stamina) until you sell him.
Total Skill Index (TSI)
Total Skill Index is a measurement of how skilled a player is. TSI increases with training and can also increase (and decrease) with form.
The better form a player is in, the better he will perform. It's not about the physical context though; it has nothing to do with how well trained a player is. Form in Hattrick reflects a combination of aspects affecting whether a player will perform at his full potential, like for example how his private situation in life is at the moment.
On the player page you can see a player's "current form". It's the figure applied for matches. An "excellent" player in "wretched" form is usually worse off than a "passable" player in "solid" form for example.
Current form is negatively affected by the amount of stamina training in the team; the more stamina you train (percentage-wise) the more negative effect.
Additionally, there's a hidden "background form", which is used to compute where the player's form is heading. Each week, during training, the current form of every player will change, moving toward the hidden background form.
Current form is not changed at once to the figure of background form. Instead it moves in steps over several weeks, though the further away from background form they are the larger the steps will be.
After current form has been changed during training, there is a chance that background form is changed for each player. Every player has the same individual chance of having his background form change, and there is nothing you can do to influence this chance.
However, when chance decrees that a player's background form will change, there are several factors that influence what the new background form will be:
If a player has participated in a match during the week. This is very important!
Training intensity - the harder you train, the better form in general
Your coach - the better skilled he is, the better form in general
Form Coach - a Form Coach specializes in improving form.
Assistant coaches - Assistants also help improve form
About half of all players have a characteristic called a” specialty", which has impact on matches. There are 5 different main specialties available for players: "Technical", "Quick", "Head", "Powerful" and "Unpredictable".
Every main specialty has a good and a bad side, explained in the Special Events chapter. Specialties can also be useful for certain tactic types as explained in the Tactics chapter.
One rare specialty also exists: Regainer. Players with the regainer specialty will find they heal from injuries faster than other players.
Sometimes players get injured. If this is the case, the injury, unless very slight, will put them on the treatment table for a couple of games. The risk of injury increases as the team increases the intensity of training or the number or level of Assistant Coaches on the staff.
Older players take a longer time to heal, and a medic can be hired to help players heal faster. Medics also help reduce the risk for injuries. Players approaching their forties will have a hard time recovering at all though. Also remember that the injury times stated are only your trainer's best estimates - if your star forward has a week-long injury, it could take him 8 or 9 days to get fit again.
Yellow and red cards
Players may get booked or sent off during games, highly aggressive players (especially those with low honesty and lacking experience) more often than others. Two bookings (yellow cards) during a match will automatically lead to the player getting sent off (red carded). Getting sent off means that the player is suspended from the next competitive game.
A player will also be suspended for one match after accumulating 3 bookings from competitive games during a season. Bookings from league, cup, and qualifying games are all counted. If a player has already been booked twice in league matches one season, and receives another booking in a following cup match, he will be suspended for the next competitive match, regardless of whether it's a league match, cup match, or qualifier.
You can check your Players list for how many bookings each player has received. A player who has accumulated 3 bookings or was sent off in his last match will have a red card symbol on the Players list, to show his suspension.
After serving the one match suspension, a player's card accumulation will be reset to 0. Additionally, all players' accumulations will be reset at the end of the season. A player can't get a suspension (or serve a suspension) from a friendly game.