Attached is the constitution with detailed information. The league entry fee is $104, plus around a $7 stat service fee, for every transaction a $2.00 fee is changed (trades, moves from reserves to active). We will have a Paypal account were you can send payment from a Paypal account, credit card, or you can pay in person. We are playing NL Only and are looking for 8-12 owners. You would be the 9th owners and four other that are interested. The draft will be on Friday March 31 at 8:30 PM. We will be doing a mock round or two so that the owner can get use to the live online auction tool, we may try to start earlier. You are welcome to join the draft in person at an owner's house or you can draft from a remote location online. If you are coming in-person let us know if you have a laptop, a wireless card or network card on the laptop. You can view the tool at http://www.fantasyauctioneer.com
. We are using http://www.rotowire.com
as our stats service. We auction draft 23 player, then have a snake draft for up to 5 reserves and 3 minor league players. Let me know soon because we will not add more than 12 owners.
I. TEAMS AND ROSTERS
1.1. The Midwest Rotisserie League consist (7-10) teams of only National league players. Each team will consist of (23 – 31) players (23 starters and 5 reserve players, 3 Minor League players). When a player moves from the NL to the AL stats will immediately stop accumulating for that player.
1.2. A team's roster consists of the following players:
• 5 outfielders
• 2 catchers
• 1 second baseman
• 1 shortstop
• 1 second baseman or shortstop (Middle Infield)
• 1 first baseman
• 1 third baseman
• 1 first or third baseman (Corner Infield)
• 1 utility player (non-pitcher who can be any offensive player)
• 9 pitchers (any combination of starters and relievers)
• 5 reserve players (any position) Optional
• 3 Minor League players (any position) Optional
1.3. No minimum innings requirement exists for all teams pitching staffs.
1.4. On 9/1 the league will expand the roster from 23 players to 25 players. The fee to add the player to the active roster is $2.00.
2.1. Each team must acquire 23 players at a total cost not to exceed $260 (not real money). A team need not spend the maximum.
2.2. Teams will nominate players for acquisition in random order.
2.3. The following players are eligible for the major league auction:
• Any players who are on a NL 40-man roster and are still with the major league club at the time of the auction
• Any players who are not on a NL 40-man roster but are projected to start the season on the NL squad and can be confirmed by at least half of the owners present.
2.4. The league will use an online auction tool to conduct the auction. The owner will have 45 seconds to select a player. Once a player is select and a bid price entered, the player will be acquired after 12 seconds have pass without another bid.
2.5. The team bidding first opens with a salary bid of at least $1 for any eligible player and the bidding proceeds at minimum increments of $1 until only one bidder is left. That team acquires the nominated player for the final bid amount. The process is repeated, with successive owners nominating players to be bid on, until every team has acquired a squad of 23 players
2.6. No team may make a bid for a player it cannot afford. For example, a team with $3 left and two openings on its roster is limited to a maximum bid of $2 for one player. ($1 is reserved for the other unfilled roster spot.)
2.7. No team may bid for a player who qualifies only at a position that the team has already filled and that team has already fulfilled its utility position.
2.8. After an owner acquires a player, he immediately chooses the position that player will fill. Players eligible at more than one position may be shifted during the course of the auction.
2.9. The salary of a player acquired in the major league auction is his final bid amount.
2.10 Minor league players and reserve players will not be included in the $260 draft. Minor league players and reserve players optionally added to a team’s roster will assume a $10 salary. The cost to pick up a minor league or reserve player is $2.00 in real money. The minor league and reserve players will by selected by serpentine draft after the auction draft is over. The reserve player draft will use the Rotowire auction software, drafting reserves by serpentine draft is a system option.
III. POSITION ELIGIBILITY
3.1. A player may be assigned to any position at which he appeared in 20 or more games in the preceding season. If a player did not appear in 20 games at a single position, he may be drafted only at the position(s) at which he appeared most frequently.
3.2. Once the season is underway, a player becomes eligible for any position at which he appears at least 1 time.
4.1. BASIC: The entrance fee is $104 + (stat service fee of $70.00/number of owners)
4.2. All fees must be paid by draft day. Unless arrangements have been made, commissioner has right to freeze rosters until fees are up to date.
4.3. All adds to a roster are $2.00, drops are free, and trades are $2.00 per owner per trade, and moves from reserves to active are $2.00
V. PLAYER SALARIES
5.1. The salary of a player does not change unless the player becomes a free agent, or is signed to a long-term contract.
5.2. The salary of a player acquired in the major league auction is his auction price.
5.3. When a player is claimed off waivers, his salary is the amount of money spent bid to claim the play.
VI. PRIZE MONEY
6.1. All fees shall be paid promptly, collected, and wisely invested by the League Treasurer, who is empowered to subject owners to public humiliation and to assess fines as needed to insure payments are made to the League in a timely fashion.
6.2. The money shall be divided among the first three teams in the final standings as follows: Overall: First Place 65%, Second Place 25%, Third Place 10%
6.3 The prize pool will be the $104 dollars collected from each team owner plus the fees collected for each chargeable transaction. Note that the league can make payments via PayPal to our treasurer. Paypal changes a 1.9% to 2.9% + $0.30 USD fee per transaction; as a result, this fee will be deducted from the total pool amount.
7.1. The following criteria are used to determine team performance:
• Composite Batting Average
• Total Home Runs
• Total Runs Batted In
• Total Stolen Bases
• Total Wins
• Total Saves
• Composite Earned Run Average
• Composite pitching ratio of walks and hits to innings pitched (RATIO = (BB + H)/IP)
7.2. Teams are ranked from first to last in each of the ten categories, and given points for each place. For example, in a fifteen-team league, the first-place team in a category receives fifteen points, the second-place team fourteen, and so on down to one point for last place. The team with the most total points wins the pennant.
7.3. In case of ties in an individual category, the tied teams are assigned points by totaling points for the rankings at issue and dividing by the total number of teams tied.
7.4. In case of ties in total points the money is totaled and split between the teams that tied.
8.1. RotoWire.com will be the recommended statistical service chosen and will constitute the official statistics for our league. Any problems with statistics/player moves etc. must be reported to the secretary within 7 days. After that, any changes fall under the discretion of the commissioner.
8.2. The effective date of any transaction for purposes of statistical calculation is the day of the transaction if the transaction occurred before the start of the first game for that day, when the games are in progress, the transaction will take place the next day.
8.3. Performance statistics of a player shall be assigned to a Rotisserie League team only when he is on the active roster of that team.
8.4. Standings and Transactions will be tabulated daily on-line and available on the Internet.
8.5. All regular season statistics from Major League Baseball, including any extra games necessary to determine playoff teams, will be included. Statistics from Major League Baseball's playoffs are not included.
9.1. From the completion of the major league auction until the first day of the major league season, rotisserie league teams are free to make trades of any kind without limit and without position requirements.
9.2. From the first day of the major league season until August 13th, rotisserie league teams are free to make trades of any kind without limit, so long as the active rosters of both teams involved in a trade reflect the required position distribution upon completion of the transaction. This would include subsequent pickups, drops, etc.
9.3. No trade may take place from August 13th until the last day of the regular season.
9.4. Trades made from the last day of the regular season until two weeks before the major league auction are not bound by the position distribution requirement.
9.5. No trade may take place from two weeks before the auction until the auction. Trades are official once both sides have posted the trade online.
9.6. There are no limits to the number of trades a team may make during the season.
9.7. Auction money may not be traded at any time.
10.1. Any player may be released when another player is claimed through the Free Agent Budget System.
10.2. When a player is released, he is placed on waivers for 7 days. Within those 7 days, the team with the highest bid will acquire the player. Each team has a $100 claim budget; the owner must bid the same salary or high of the player being claimed.
10.3. When a player is claimed off waivers, his salary becomes the bidding price for that player.
10.4. After the 7-day waiver period has passed, if the player has not been claimed, he immediately becomes a free agent and is available to all teams.
10.5. All teams can bid on available free agents. That team must wait until the player clears waivers and becomes a free agent before reacquiring the player.
XI. FREE-AGENT ELIGIBILITY
11.1. Any player who is on an active major league roster, not owned by another rotisserie team, and not currently on the waiver list may be acquired as a free agent by using the Free Agent Budget System.
11.2. No free agents may be acquired between the last day of the previous season and Opening Day of the current season.
11.3. Free agents may be picked up from Opening Day of the season until midnight on the second to last day of the season.
11.4. After a player is released to the free agent pool, he is eligible to be claimed by all teams by bidding in the Free Agent Budget System. Every Saturday at mid-night the owner with the highest bid will claim that player.
11.5 The Free Agent Budget System claim process:
Here is how you make FAAB bids on players. First, you need to decide which
players you really want to replace in your lineup. Let's say that Barry Bonds
really hasn't helped your team and you'd like to find a better player. After
looking at the free agent list you decide that Scott Podsednik is a much better
player and you'd like to bid $4 on him to replace Bonds. You would select Podsednik
from the free agent list, enter $4 into the FAAB amount field, select Bonds
from the list of your players and click the "Submit" button. You will see your
bid request in the middle table of the page.
Now, you know that Scott Podsednik is a hot commodity, so you think someone
might outbid you for him and you really need to make sure you replace Bonds.
You see that Geoff Jenkins is available, and although you'd rather have Podsednik,
you will take Jenkins if you get outbid on Podsednik. You would select Jenkins
from the free agent list, enter $3 (or whatever you want to bid on him) in
the FAAB amount field, select Bonds from the list of your players, and click
the "Submit" button. You will see this claim request listed second in middle
table on the page.
When your commissioner processes the bids he will try to get Podsednik. If
you are outbid for Podsednik, then he will move on to your next request and
try to claim Jenkins. If you are outbid on all of the players in your request
list then you will be stuck with Bonds.
If you later decide that you'd rather have Jenkins over Podsednik then you
can move their request position on your list by selecting the position you
desire for that player and hitting the "Move" button. You can have up to 10
requests in your list.
Now you decide that you'd also really like an upgrade over Jeter at shortstop.
To do this you'll want to start a new free agent list. From the drop down box
at the top of the page select "Create New List" and hit the "Go" button. Then
just go through the same process as described above for replacing Bonds.
You can create up to 10 different lists. You are not guaranteed to get any
players from each list, but you can get at most one player from each list.
All claims that you receive will be added to your roster with a "Reserve" status.
It will be up to you to set your lineup after all claims have been processed.
XII. THE RESERVE LIST
12.1. A team may replace any player on its 23-man roster who has been placed on the Disabled List, sent down to the Minor Leagues, been designated for assignment, or been released by his major league team. Also, a player can be moved from active to reserve daily before the first pitch. The reserve players will be included in the draft and will not be auctioned with the $260 draft budget. Please note 12.4, the movement of a player from active to reserve will cost $2.00. The reserved player can be placed in the active roster daily before the first pitch.
12.2. Five players a team may have on its Reserve List. Two players can
be on the Injured Reserve List. Additionally, three minor league players will be on the reserve list. Once a player is off the DL the owner will
have until Saturday mid-night to make the player active or place the player
on the Reserve List.
12.3. Reserving a player protects a team's rights to that player.
12.4. There are no limits to the number of Reserve/Activate moves a team can make in one season. The move will cost $2.00 per player that is moved from active to reserves.
12.5 A team can have up to three minor league players can be added to the roster.
XIII. ROSTER PROTECTION AND CONTRACTS
13.1. From season to season, each team must retain between 7 and 12 players.
13.2. The names of the players being retained must be recorded on distributed worksheets with the league secretary by midnight exactly two weeks before the next auction. No trades may take place from the time the worksheets are due until the auction.
13.3. After three seasons (a season is defined as any part of a major league season) of a player being owned by any rotisserie team without having been released to the free agent pool, the player must be signed to a long-term contract, given his option contract, or released.
13.4. If a player is released, he is made available to all teams in the next major league auction.
13.5. If a player is given his option contract, his salary is increased by 20% for one season. After that season is complete, the player must be released and made available for the next major league auction.
13.6. If a player is signed to a long-term contract, his salary will be raised by $5 for each year of the long-term contract. For example, if a player’s salary is $9 and a team wishes to sign him to a three-year contract, his salary is increased by $15 to $24.
13.7. If a player is released before the end of his contract, the team releasing that player will be penalized as follows: The team's salary cap will be decreased by $1 for each year in the total number of years in the contract. For example, if a player is signed to a 4-year contract and is released during his second season, the team waiving the player will have $3 removed from his allotted salary cap in the next season, leaving that team with only $257 instead of the usual $260.
13.8. A player may be signed to only one long-term contract. After the contract has expired, the player must be released and made available for the next major league auction.
13.9. Trades do not affect the contract status of a player.
14.1. The decision of the Commissioner supersedes the rules herein and is final in any disputes. He also has the power to change a rule with an unforeseen loophole post de facto (After the fact) for the benefit of the league.
14.2. All owners (known as the Committee Of the Whole) designate annually an Executive Committee composed of five team owners in good standing. The current Commissioner (self-appointed for life) is _____________. The Commissioner will be responsible along with ____________ (secretary) to keep the everyday operations of the League running smoothly.
14.3. Rule changes, pronouncements, and acts of whimsy after the inaugural auction are determined by majority vote of the Committee of the Whole.
14.4. The Executive Committee will be established to oversee and overturn any trade deemed detrimental to the competitive balance of the league.
Thanks - Rey