My new league recently had three members back out prior to the due date of our league payment 2/18/07. Our Draft Order and draft date has been set. Draft Date is Sunday March 16th at 11:00 CST. Great draft spots are available - #1, #12, and #7. The constitution is available for your review below for those of you who did not see my post a few months back. Please email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave me a message here if you are interested in a spot as we are trying to fill these spots and get our league paid up asap. Also if you have aol instant messenger thats a plus, as most everyone in our league does.
FANTASY BASEBALL CONSTITUTION
ARTICLE ONE - DECLARATIONS
1. The League. The league will be known as Northside Kr3w. The entry fee for this league will be $200, and voted upon each year following 2008.
2. The Constitution. This document will be referred to as the "Constitution."
3. The Commissioner. The Commissioner may be contacted at email@example.com. If the Commissioner changes his e-mail addresses, he will notify all owners via e-mail from the new address.
ARTICLE TWO - OWNERS' DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
1. Number of Owners. The league will have 12 owners, each managing their own team. The number shall be changed upon majority vote of League.
2. Duties or Owners. Due to the nature of the league and the desire for owners to be consistently involved in the league, prior to participation in the league, each owner accepts the duty to the following:
a. Participate in the draft in person., i.e. be online during the online draft.
b. Promptly respond to e-mails from other owners and the Commissioner regarding trade offers and discussions and other league matters.
c. Promptly respond to official trade offers within 72 hours, either with acceptance, rejection, counteroffer and/or an indication that the owner is deciding on the trade.
d. Agree to participate for at least two seasons beginning in the 2008 Major League Baseball season or agree to find a substitute owner willing to agree to the terms and conditions of the Constitution that is approved by a majority of the existing team owners.
e. Otherwise uphold the integrity of the league. This includes "trying" through the end of the season, responding to trade offers promptly, NOT dropping star players if out of contention, and avoiding collusion or other inappropriate conduct.
3. Consequences of a Failure to Perform Duties. Failure to follow the duties outlined above may result in expulsion and denial of future participation in the league.
ARTICLE THREE - FORMAT AND SCORING
1. Head to Head 5x5 Scoring. The format will be head to head scoring where teams will compete against one team a week in 10 categories, 5 hitting, 5 pitching. The team with the best total in each category will receive one point. The team with the highest number of points in a week will receive the win for the week.
2. Player Activation. Daily lineup changes will be permitted throughout the course of the season. Lineups must be submitted at least 1 hour before the start of the 1st mlb game during the day. All changes after this time period will not take effect. If a team does not have the appropriate players activated, then they will receive 0 points for that day and will automatically default.
3. Ties in Categories. Ties will be allowed in each category and therefore teams will both receive .5 points. However, ties will not be allowed on a weekly basis. Ties will be broken according to the following formula: Runs+ HR + SB + Wins + K + Saves + RBI). If a tie exists after this formula is processed, best 2 of 3 of the average categories (AVG, ERA, WHIP) will receive the win.
ARTICLE FOUR - ROSTER
There will be 10 batters and 5-8 pitchers on the team's active roster. There will be seven bench spots, one disabled list spot, and 5 minor league player spots.
1. Offense. Each team will have at most 18 active players. Offense conisisting of:
a. 1 each of C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS
b. 3 OF
c. 2 utility (DH or any other non-pitcher)
a. Either Pitchers. Each team will have five to Eight active pitchers. There are no restrictions on the composition of an owner's pitching staff in terms of number of relievers or starters.
3. Bench. 10 spots. This can comprise of any makeup of MLB OR Minor League pitchers or batters. Additional bench spots are NOT allotted for injured players.
ARTICLE FIVE - SCORING CATEGORIES
There will be 10 categories, 5 for offense and 5 for pitching. The positions will be as follows.
1. Offense. The 5 offensive categories are:
a. BATTING AVERAGE (AVG)
b. HOME RUNS (HR)
a. RUNS BATTED IN (RBI)
b. STOLEN BASES (SB)
c. RUNS SCORED (R)
2. Pitching. The five pitching categories are:
a. WINS (W)
b. EARNED RUN AVERAGE (ERA = ER/IP * 9)
c. WALKS + HITS PER INNING PITCHED ((BB+H)/IP = WHIP)
d. SAVES (SV)
e. STRIKEOUTS (K)
ARTICLE SIX - POSITION ELIGIBILITY
The league will be using CBSSportsline’s position eligibility requirements primarily because the league is at CBSSportsline’s mercy for scoring purposes. For in-season eligibility, Players are eligible at their primary position, plus positions they've played 20 games last year or 5 games this year.
ARTICLE SEVEN - MAJOR LEAGUE DRAFT
1. Draft Order. Draft Order for 2008 will be randomly generated via cbsportsline prior to the live draft. To keep the league exciting, the draft order from then on will not be a reverse snake from the past season’s standings.
3. Order for New Owners. Owners that did not participate in the League the previous season will select their draft position after all returning owners, even if the new owner is a substitute to replace a retired owner. If there is more than one new owner, the decision on the draft position will be determined by the order the new owners sign up.
4. Snake Draft. The draft will be 33 rounds 28 MLB players and 5 Minor Leaguers, snake-style, where the owner with the first pick in one round will have the final pick in the subsequent round and the first pick in the following round.
5. Time Limit Per Pick. Each owner will have a maximum of one minute and thirty seconds per pick. If the owner has not made his selection within one minute and thirty seconds, his pick will be selected based upon the next individual in his draft rankings order per CBSSportsline’s website.
6. Draft Will Start Promptly. The draft will begin exactly at the date and time agreed upon by all owners. Should an owner not be present when it is his turn to, his picks will be selected from the draft order that owner has set forth on CBSSportsline’s website.
ARTICLE EIGHT - WAIVERS AND FREE AGENTS
1. Undrafted players. After the draft, upon completion of the Commissioner entering all the draft picks, all undrafted players will be placed on waivers according to CBSSportsline’s waiver rules. Initial waiver order is determined by reverse draft order. Thus, the player that originally had the final pick in the first round will have first waiver priority.
2. Free agents. Free agents will be available on a first come, first added basis.
3. Waivers. All players dropped from a team's rosters are placed on a 48-hour waiver period according to CBSSportsline’s waiver system. Waiver claims should be submitted in the order owners would like to see them processed. After one claim is successfully processed, the owner will be dropped to the lowest waiver priority and all the other owners will move up one position.
4. Cannot Drop List. To start the season, players drafted in the 1st 5 rounds (top 60 players), or those ranked in the first 5 rounds (keeper purposes), they are considered Cannot Drop List players. These players cannot be dropped from a roster unless a significant change occurs to the player, batting order change, traded, team trades for similar player, injured, or other items determinable by the Rules Committee. These players may be traded away, but cannot be dropped unless they have incurred situations mentioned above. The Commissioner will reassess the Cannot Drop List on June 30, adjusting it to the current top 60 MLB players. This is done for the purpose of Non Dumping. See below for detail.
5. NON Dumping. The intention of this league is for the long-haul, for owners to enjoy for multiple years; however, player dumping can quickly erase this concept. If any owner wishes to make a trade in July through August, involving Cannot Drop List players then that player must pay a nonrefundable down-payment for the next season entry fee which will be set at 90% of the current season’s entry fee. This is done to keep owners from dropping their top players when they are out of contention. If the owner refuses to pay this fee, then the trade will be vetoed.
6. Players not on CBSSportsline’s List. There may be players that are not on CBSSportsline's player list that are placed on a major league organization's 25-man roster. An owner can activate an unlisted player only if he is selected in the major league or minor league draft. All other unlisted players must appear in the CBSSportsline’s waiver pool and be claimed using the waiver process.
ARTICLE NINE - TRADES
1. Time for Trades. Trades can be made at any time - before the draft, during the draft or after the draft. Draft picks can be traded prior to the draft and are final unless traded back.
2. Non-Waiver Trade Deadline. The non-waiver trade deadline for 2008 is September 1, 2008.
3. Trade Review and Approval. Trades must be made in order to improve an aspect of each team involved in the trade, NOT to improve the position of the other owners in the league. Owners will NOT be required to provide any rationalization for their trades as this provides insight to each owner’s rationalizations and forecasting methods. All trades must be conducted using the trade function in sportsline. Trades will be submitted for Commissioner review once a minimum of 6 vetos is reached. The Commissioner will approve all trades unless there is evidence of collusion between the parties or if one party evidences the desire to quit or "give up." The Commissioner will not reject a trade because of including but not limited to on an owner's stupidity, idiocy, or misevaluation of a player as long as the trade shows that value will be added to both teams. An owner in violation of the integrity of the League will be subject to immediate expulsion from the League and may be banned from future seasons.
4. Trading for Future Draft Picks. Trades may be made for future draft picks if and only if: (a) the picks are for the following season and (b) the trade is for value. These trades will be more heavily scrutinized by the Commissioner and may be subject to a majority vote between the Rules Committee. Members on the Rules Committee may not participate in the evaluation of their own trades.
ARTICLE TEN - KEEPERS
1. Number of Keepers. Each owner must designate FIVE MLB players at the end of the season to retain to the following season. Owners will be allowed to keep 5 MINOR league players for free if they were not eligible for rookie of the year (by MLB standards).
2. Keepers - Time Limit. There will be NO time limit for keepers.
3. Submission of Keepers List. Keepers lists must be submitted to the Commissioner 4 weeks before the draft for the following season. The Commissioner will then post all keepers on the League Message Board.
4. Impact of Final Standings on Draft. The draft order for the following year will be based on pervious year standings in the following manner:
• The team with the best record NOT to make the playoff will get the #1 overall pick. The second best team will get the #2 pick, and so forth.
• The remaining 6 picks will be decided based on final standings in the ‘Big Dance’ bracket.
THIS SYSTEM ENCOURAGES OWNERS TO CONTINUE TO PLAY COMPETITVELY, AND PLAN FOR FUTURE YEARS EVEN IF THE PLAYOFFS FOR THE CURRENT YEAT ARE OUT OF THE PICTURE.
5. Impact of Keepers on Draft. An owner must "draft" all their keepers in the draft the following season. NO OWNER MAY DRAFT ANY OTHER TEAM’s KEEPERS. The round in which these owners draft will be based upon the season ending rankings per CBSSportsline. Players will be drafted in the round according to their ranking. For example, a player ranked in the from1-12 must be drafted in the 1st round as there are 12 teams in the league. Players ranked from round 13-24 must be drafted in the 2nd round, and so on.
However, if a team wishes to keep two players that are ranked in the same round, then they those players will count for the round they are both in, as well as the next round. For example, if you finish the season with the #1 and #2 ranked player for the year, then you must draft the #1 player in the 1st round, and can wait to draft the #2 player until the 2nd round.
ARTICLE ELEVEN - AMENDMENTS TO CONSTITUTION
1. Initial Ratification. If an owner signs up for the league, he agrees to the terms and conditions of this Constitution. Should an owner refuse to abide by these terms, he may withdraw his team from the league prior to the draft.
2. Time for Amendments. Amendments will only be made between the close of the regular season and February 1 the following year. Amendments require a 2/3 majority of all owners for approval.
ARTICLE TWELVE – PRIZE MONEY
1. The money shall be divided amount the top 3 teams in the final standings:
CBS Entry Fee - $129.95
First Place - $1,400.00
Second Place - $300.00
Best Record - $375.00
Third Place - $200.00
ARTILCE TWELVE – PLAYOFFS
1. The ‘Big Dance’ bracket will consist of the 3 division winners and 3 wildcard teams. The two division winners with the best record will receive a 1st round bye.