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#1 torridjoe

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Posted 18 March 2005 - 09:23 PM

There's some things I need to update, and we can always talk about the rules for next year, but this is what was on the books when the new season started on March 1...



Constitution: Draft
Snake-style draft (reversing order in alternate rounds). Players may be selected in any order, regardless of position. The draft is over when every team has the full complement of 26. Supplemental rounds may be held separately, but are part of the draft. All criteria for an active roster must be met by each team at the end of the draft (i.e. you cannot fail to draft a catcher and wait to pick up one as a free agent).

Once a player is drafted, he may not be dumped until after the draft is complete.

Trades cease midnight the day of the draft. Trades resume immediately after the draft.

The commissioner may call up to three mandatory 3-hour sessions without vote. Typically, there are two such sessions the first and third evenings of the draft, should time neccesitate them. They may, however, be called at any mutually agreeable time. At no time will any mandatory session exceed 12pm Eastern except by mutual agreement.

Sessions are mandatory for a reason--to propel the draft along, and facilitate banter. As such, unexpected absences not considered of an emergent, serious nature are highly, highly discouraged. Should one arise during the draft, the owner(s) must whenever possible provide for pick selection in their absence.

Each pick has a time limit of two hours. During normal process, no penalty is assessed for lateness, other than the derision of your fellows. During mandatory sessions called or agreed upon, exceeding the limit without provision of selection shall result in a $10 fine, and the forfeiture of the selection until after all unpenalized teams have full rosters. Multiple owners penalized will proceed in round, and then draft, order of the picks lost. Each subsequent pick also has a time limit of two hours. A minimum of four hours must therefore elapse before two fines in succession are assessed. Please make whatever arrangements are necessary to attend the mandatory sessions for the full period of time. Besides, it's fun.


Roster
A team’s active roster (starters) will consist of 21 players as follows:

- 1 catcher
- 1 first baseman
- 1 third baseman
- 1 second baseman
- 1 shortstop
- 1 middle infielder (an extra second baseman or shortstop)
- 1 corner infielder (an extra first or third baseman)
- 5 outfielders
- 9 pitchers (At least 5 starters and at least 3 relievers)

Statistics are calculated for all 21 players on each team’s active roster every day.

A team’s inactive roster (bench) will consist of 5 players during the draft. There is no position restriction on these slots. These players may be active MLB players not on your starting lineup, injured players on the disabled list, or players sent down to the minor leagues. During the season you may not exceed 5 players at any one time. For instance, if you have 5 players on the disabled list, you must drop one of them off your bench roster to pick up a free agent to start or you can leave the injured player as a starter and sacrifice his points. You may, however, carry fewer than 5 bench players if you like.

A player is eligible to be drafted at any position at which he appeared in 20 games or more during the preceding season. Players making their MLB debut are eligible at the position either that they played most during the most recently completed Spring Training, or at the position recommended by the external stats source of record (currently Yahoo!). All players who did not play more than 20 games last season are eligible at the position they played the most games at. Once a player plays a new position for 5 games in the current season, they will be eligible at that position as well.

Upon completion of the draft, you must have players eligible (based on the criteria above) at each of the 21 active roster slots. If you do not, you will be forced to relinquish a player at a position for which you have a surplus and fill the active slot via waivers/free agency.

21 starters must remain intact for the entire season with the correct player allotment (i.e. a team may not have 7 outfielders and no catchers starting, or a second baseman may not be started as a shortstop during the season unless he meets shortstop eligibility). PLEASE check your rosters for proper eligibility! Our rules are not necessarily based on what Yahoo allows you to do with them.

If a violation should be found after the fact--that is, games have been recorded and credited that should not have been--the commissioner will use the available players on the team's roster to create a legal lineup. If there is more than one way to rectify the lineup, the player listed first alphabetically will be used. If it should become necessary to use the waiver wire to obtain an eligible player, the owner shall choose the player to be dropped, as well as any roster changes necessary to accomodate that drop retroactively. The pickup shall be the first available free agent at the necessary position, listed alphabetically by last name. Note that any player illegally activated can only be reserved in order to rectify the problem. They cannot be shifted to an eligible, active position on the roster after the fact.

Scoring Category Rankings
Team rankings will be calculated daily using 5 offensive and 5 pitching categories. The offensive categories are total home runs, total stolen bases, total runs batted in, total runs scored, and composite team on-base percentage [h+bb+hbp/PA]. The pitching categories are total wins, total saves, total strikeouts, composite team earned run average ([runs/innings]*9), and composite walks and hits to innings pitched ratio (WHIP) ([walks+hits]/innings pitched).

In each of the ten categories, teams are ranked from first to last. In a 12-team league, the first place team in each category receives 12 points, the second place team in each category receives 11 points, the third place team receives 10 points and so on with the last place team receiving 1 point. Ties will split the available points between the tied teams. For instance, in a tie for 2nd most HR, both teams will receive 11.5: (12+11)/2. For categories in which a lower result is more desirable (such as ERA and WHIP), the lowest result scores the highest points.

The rankings and total team scores at the official end of the major league season (one game MLB tie breakers are included and playoff games are not included) will decide the final standings.

Lineup changes between the active and reserve rosters, and between either of these and the waiver/FA wire are effective for the following day’s games.

Roster Movement

Transactions can take place at any time during the applicable eligibility periods. There are two types of transactions: Trades and Free Agent Acquistions.

Trades: a player or players from one fantasy team are traded to another fantasy team. The number of players can be unbalanced (i.e. 2 for 1 and/or positions do not match). However, unbalanced trades must be accompanied by other roster movement (free agent acquisition or another trade or trades) to ensure the team has a full roster of 21 starters eligible for the position they are slotted.

The trading deadline is August 31 of each season unless the season is too short to reach that date. If the last date is known, as many days as possible (up to 30) will be used to set the trading deadline previous to it. If the season ends abruptly, trading season will remain open until the following CutDown Day.

If draft picks are being traded, either by themselves or as part of a player swap, the owners MUST notify Commissioner before that part of the trade is official. Owners may execute the player swap on the league host site before the rest of the deal is confirmed, but be warned that if a dispute arises over draft picks that precludes the completion of that part of the trade, THE PLAYERS TRADE WILL REMAIN IN FORCE. Until both owners send the Commissioner exactly the same terms, the deal is not struck. Once both communiques agree on the terms, the deal is official, and will be committed to host site transaction logs, or internal logs if necessary. The entire draft pick provision is not in effect, whenever host site protocols permit detailed inclusion of draft picks in official trade agreements.

No non-league parameters may be included in a trade. That is, you can't trade beer or your spouse as part of any BOSMOSPOF transaction.

All trades are subject to veto by the Commissioner, for evidence of clear collusion. Clear collusion is defined as a situation that reflects a lack of motivation on the part of one or more teams involved, to enhance his or her chances of winning. This rule should almost never be invoked, if at all, and is reserved for only the most egregious violations of fair play and competitiveness. It is expected that each owner do his or her best to improve the chances of winning the current season. By the same token, a spirit of caveat emptor shall guide you in your efforts to trade.

A veto may be overridden by votes that reach or exceed 75% of the non-Commisioner, non-trade-involved owners.

If a player is traded from his actual American League team to the National League (or vice versa) there is no impact, as the league is using players from both leagues.

Waiver/Free Agent Acquisitions: you can try to cut any player on your active roster and replace them with any player in the waiver/free agent pool (MLB players not on the active or reserve roster of any team). If the player you acquire is not of the same position eligibility as an active player released, the latter must be replaced by an eligible player from your reserves.

A player newly added to the pool, or newly released, is ineligble for pickup for a variable period determined by the hosting site, currently approximately 48hrs. After this time, the player “clears waivers” and is subject to a claim. A claim may be made in advance, and will be considered in current waiver order. At the start of each season, the waiver order shall be the reverse of the draft order. If two owners make claims on the same player, the team with the lower waiver number shall receive player. Upon receiving their waiver claim, the owner moves to the end of the waiver order, and everyone else moves up one spot in the order.
The current auto-Commissioner (Yahoo!) will process all waiver claims and maintain the current waiver order.

Free agent acquistion is first come, first serve. There is no limit on free agent acquisitions. You may always release a player from your reserves without adding one from the free agent pool, or add a free agent to your roster without a concurrent release, assuming you have space on your reserve roster. All add/drop transactions are closed from the day after the final day of the regular season (or the last day of regular season games played, including pre-postseason playoffs), through the draft. Transactions open again the day after the draft is officially completed.

Owner Removal
An owner may be voted out of the league for gross misconduct such as seriously past due fees payment, collusion, or failure to participate actively so as to enhance his/her chance of winning. A vote reaching or exceeding 75% of league membership shall be sufficient for ouster. If an ouster is made, that owner shall be refunded dues for the current year. The remaining members will vote on whether to dissolve the franchise and release all players to the waiver pool, or seek new ownership. A simple majority shall carry this vote. Should there be no majority, the players release to the waiver pool by default.

Fees
Current league fees are $50, and include all services and transactions, including all hosting fees for web-enabled service (currently $0). An entry void of all services may be obtained by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to the Commissioner. Fees are payable to the Commissioner March 1. Nonpayment of fees precludes the opportunity to earn reward, regardless of standings. In such cases, reward will be paid to the next-highest scoring owner. Fees not paid by the end of the season will also render the owner ineligble for the coming season until they are paid, and is possible grounds for removal by the league.

Reward
The team with the highest total score at the close of the MLB regular season shall receive monies equal to or slightly exceeding 50% of the net fees receipts, in $25 increments until the threshold is reached. For a 12-team league, this payout would be $300. The team with the second highest total score shall receive monies equal to or slightly exceeding 66.6% of the remainder, in $25 increments until the threshold is reached. For a 12-team league, this payout would be $200. The third highest scoring team shall receive a portion of that remainder, such that the award exceeds the league fee to the next $25 level. For a 12-team league, this payout would be $75.

The Lidle Award is offered to the best scoring team from the first day after the MLB All-Star Break, through the end of the season. The reward shall be the remainder of fees after all other charges and payouts have been completed. The current default reward is $25.

#2 torridjoe

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Posted 18 March 2005 - 09:30 PM

this was the extant eligibility clause:

A player is eligible to be drafted at any position at which he appeared in 20 games or more during the preceding season. Players making their MLB debut are eligible at the position either that they played most during the most recently completed Spring Training, or at the position recommended by the external stats source of record (currently Yahoo!). All players who did not play more than 20 games last season are eligible at the position they played the most games at. Once a player plays a new position for 5 games in the current season, they will be eligible at that position as well.

I didn't have it quite right, Noa. Spring Training is the decider.

#3 torridjoe

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Posted 18 March 2005 - 09:46 PM

also, waivers are in reverse draft order, which means Noa gets first crack.

That's up for change in 06, by the way. I think it should go to last place.

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