The Chattanooga Area Rotisserie League (CARL) is in need of 5-6 new, hardcore fantasy baseball owners. Our league has been in existence since 1989 and due to various circumstances has openings for some serious, long-term dedicated owners. We are a 4X4, auction, NL-only keeper league. Last season we had 10 teams, but recently lost one owner and may lose/replace an additional 2-3 for the 2009 season. We are looking for owners who can attend the Draft in person, held here in Chattanooga, usually in late March. The entry fee is $70.00, of which half is due before March 1 to ensure ownership.
As indicated above, we would prefer a owners who are involved both during the season and off-season. I have included a copy of last year's League Constitution that givens an excellent idea of how are league works. Typically we discuss potential rule changes in February so there may be a slight tweak or two forthcoming; however a paid owner would have input.
If you are interested or have any questions, please contact me at NHLfan98@bellsouth.net.
We use CBSSportsline:
Player Pool: NL Players.
Players traded out of league's player pool do not accumulate stats.
Positions: C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, MI, CI, OF, U and P.
Eligibility: Players are eligible at their primary position, plus positions they've played 20 games last year or 5 games this year.
• Lineups are set once for the start of each period.
Deadline is 30 minutes before gametime on the first day of the period.
Schedule: Weekly scoring periods, starting on Tuesdays.
Min IP: 1000
Max IP: 3000
• Teams not meeting the minimums will receive 0 points in categories using AB or IP (e.g., BA or ERA)
• Teams will stop receiving points when maximums are exceeded.
League Entry Fee: $70.00
Scoring: Rotisserie System.
Scoring for Batting Categories
BA - Batting Average
RBI - Runs Batted In
SB - Stolen Bases
TB/hp - TB+BB+HP
Scoring for Pitching Categories
ERA - Earned Run Average
S - Saves
W - Wins
WHIP - Walks + Hits / Inning
Constitution: Chattanooga Area Rotisserie League
Constitution and Rules
Mission and League Structure
The Chattanooga Area Rotisserie League (CARL) was founded in 1989. The purpose of the league was to gather a group of baseball enthusiasts to enjoy camaraderie with each other in a friendly competition. While prize money is part of the equation, all owners should remember that the main goal of the league is to have fun and should conduct their activities and interaction with other owners with that in mind. Trash talking at the draft, on league message boards or in other arenas of contact with other owners is allowed, even encouraged. However, always remember to treat your fellow owners with respect and personal attacks are forbidden. All owners are required to understand the rules which follow and adhere to the spirit of them. While it is expected everyone will and should use these rules to effect the best outcome for their team, owners should not strive to find loopholes to subvert the intent of the rules. Situations such as these can be rectified by action of the executive committee if necessary.
There is no set number of owners, although 10 or 11 seems to be the ideal number for a national league only structure. Our league is ultimately ruled by decisions decided upon by a majority of owners. The day to day operations of the league are handled by a group of officers selected by the league membership. This executive committee consists of three members, whose terms run indefinitely until they resign or are removed by a vote of the league majority. The executive committee is expected to provide leadership for the league in areas such as rule interpretation and modification, oversight of the duties of the league secretary and treasurer and settlement of any other issues or disputes within the league. A vote of the league majority can overrule a decision of the executive committee. If a league vote results in a tie, the decision of the executive committee is the tiebreaker. The league secretary is responsible for operating the website, fielding free agent bids, trades and releases and generally assuring the day to day operation of the league goes smoothly and the statistics are accurate. Any decisions made by the secretary in the course of these duties may be appealed to the executive committee if an owner feels those decisions are incorrect or unfair. The league treasurer is responsible for collecting fees from each owner and tracking and accounting for all league money. The league treasurer is also responsible for dispersing the prize money at the end of the season.
This league is dedicated to the memory of two former owners who are unfortunately no longer with us, at least not in body. Terry Crigger was one of the founding fathers of the league, in fact Terry was probably the biggest driving force in formation of the league. Mike Patterson joined the league in its second season and later served as league president for several years. Both will be remembered for their contributions to the league and for just being our friends.
Money and Fees
League fees are $70 per owner if the league consists of 10 or more owners, $80 if the league has nine or less owners. Each owner is required to submit half of their fees to the treasurer by March 1, which confirms his participation for the upcoming season. The remainder is due draft day. All transactions, including money allowed for free agent bids, are included in this fee. Any money designated for free agent bids which is not used will be forfeited. League expenses, primarily the cost of the league website, will be paid from the fees collected. The remainder of the money will be distributed as prize money under the following formula:
First place-60% of prize fund
Second place-25% of prize fund
Third place-15% of prize fund
Teams and Rosters
Each team consists of an active roster of exactly 23 players and a reserve roster with a maximum size of 12.
The active roster must be filled with the following positions:
CI (either 1B or 3B)
MI (either 2B or SS)
Utility (Any position)
It should be noted the utility position may be filled by a position player or pitcher, if filled by a pitcher your active roster will have 10 pitchers.
Position eligibility is as follows. Any player who played 20 games at a position the previous season will be eligible at that position. If a player didn’t play any position for 20 games the previous season, he will be eligible at the position at which he logged the most appearances. Minor league appearances can count toward position eligibility, however it is each owner’s responsibility to provide proof of this eligibility if challenged by another owner. The website is set to determine player eligibility and will generally be used as the guide to eligibility, although it’s not foolproof and can be overruled with proof showing otherwise. Players may also gain position eligibility by playing five games during the current season at a position. A player may gain eligibility at middle infield by combining their appearances at 2B and SS, likewise for the corner infield spot with 1B and 3B appearances. A position player cannot be placed in a pitching spot even if they make the required appearances, nor may a pitcher be used as a position player under the same scenario.
The reserve roster may contain up to 12 players and consists of players which carry two distinct contract statuses. Players who have exceeded rookie status (more than 50 innings pitched or 130 at bats) will either be status 1, 2 or 3 depending on the time they have been under contract. Players who have not exceeded their rookie status can be acquired and carried as status 0 players and the time on their contracts won’t begin accruing until they lose rookie eligibility or they are activated. No owner may carry more than five players with status 0 at any time. You may continue to carry players using status 0 after they’ve exceeded the rookie threshold with the following two exceptions. On August 1 of each year, anyone carried as status 0 who has exceeded rookie eligibility at that point, must either be changed to status 1 or released. Also, on March 15 prior to the season, which coincides with the date for submitting protection lists for the draft, any status 0 players who have exceeded their rookie status at that point must either be released or moved to the active protection list as a status 1 players to be kept. It should be noted that some players may be eligible for either status. A rookie may have not exceeded their rookie eligibility, but be on a major league roster. In that scenario, he may be acquired either during the active or reserve phase of the draft or by free agent acquisition. Any player acquired in this fashion will be status 1 and can never be returned to status 0 even if otherwise eligible. A player who is released and signed by another team is the exception to this.
Draft and Keepers
During the active phase of the draft, each owner has a total budget of $26 to fill his 23-player active roster. Every spot must be filled by the end of the draft by players who are active on a national league roster and be eligible to fill the position for which they are designated. Depending on the timing of the draft, final national league rosters may have not been finalized. In that case, a player is eligible for the active phase of the draft if he has not be sent to the minors by that point. Owners may draft players during the active phase of the draft who are on the disabled list.
The minimum bid on any player for the active draft is 10 cents, with all following bids being divisive by 10 cents. Owners take turns bringing up players and the bidding proceeds in a circular order around the draft room until an owner wins the auction on that player. During the course of the bidding on individual players, an owner may pass up to two times on the bidding before being considered out of the bidding on that player. Do keep in mind, if you pass and the bidding doesn’t get back around to you, you have lost your opportunity to bid further on that player. Each owner also has the right to pass on their turn to bring up a player for auction one time during the course of the entire draft. There is no maximum bid on player except as it relates to the $26 salary cap. If a bid would leave an owner with less money than needed to fill his active roster with the remaining money, that bid will be disallowed.
Owners have two options concerning players who have reached the end of their three-year contracts. They may choose to let the player reenter the pool and be available at the draft or they may choose to extend the player’s contract and retain keeper rights. Player contracts may be extended for one, two or three years, .50 for a one-year extension, $1 for a two-year or $1.50 for a three-year. The applicable new salary takes effect upon the first year of the extension and players’ contracts may only be extended one time under their contracts. Other than exceptions for release by their team, trade to the American League, or retirement, no player with an extended contract may be released without penalty. If an owner releases a player during a contract extension, he will forfeit the salary of that player against the $26 draft cap during the period the extension applies. A player with an extended contract who is released may be resigned by another owner and the contract extension won’t apply. However, any third-year player who is released will have third-year status even if resigned by another owner. Players with extended contracts will have a second digit added to their status. A status of 33 will denote a player in the final year of his extension, 32 for a player with two years remaining and 31 for a player with three years remaining.
Immediately following the active phase of the draft, the minor league portion of the draft will be held. Players who qualify for status 0 will be eligible for this phase of the draft. Including players kept from the previous year in that status, each owner may build this area of their reserve roster to a maximum of five players with a maximum total salary of $2.50. This phase of the draft is conducted in the same fashion of the active phase of the draft, using an auction format with a minimum bid of 10 cents with the above mentioned caps.
The final phase of the draft consists of filling the remainder of the reserve roster. This is done by draft fashion rather than auction fashion with owners proceeding in order with their picks. Owners may build their reserve rosters to a maximum of 12 players. Players with status 0 previously acquired count toward this maximum. Salaries of $1 will be assigned to players picked in this phase and they will be year one in their contracts. The reserve draft will be conducted in a snake fashion with the beginning order based on the previous year’s standings. The order will be 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, and so forth through the last place finisher, than concluded with the final three picks being 3rd, 2nd, and finally first. The order will reverse after each round. For the purposes of 2008, reserve draft order will be determined by random means and the draft will be done in snake fashion.
Prior to March 15 each year, owners are required to submit keeper lists for the upcoming draft. Each team may keep up to a maximum of 14 players on their active roster. Those players will have their contract status increased by one year. Players which reached the end of their third year at the conclusion of the previous season may not be protected and are subject to topper rules in the upcoming draft. Owners may also keep up to a maximum of 5 players with status 0 with their total salaries not to exceed $2.50. While no other players may be kept on reserve entering the draft, owners do have the option of moving reserve players to the active roster and protecting them there. Owners may drop any players off their protection lists who are released or traded to the American League on dates falling between the submission of protection lists and the draft.
Categories and Scoring
There are eight statistical categories, four hitting and four pitching, which determine the league standings. The offensive categories are batting average, runs batted in, stolen bases and total bases, which is actually total bases plus walks and hit by pitch. The pitching categories are wins, saves, earned run average and ratio, which is hits, walks and hit by pitch divided by innings pitched. There is a minimum requirement of 1,000 innings for each team over the course of the season, any team failing to meet this requirement is automatically dropped to last place in both ERA and ratio. If more than one team fails to meet the innings requirement, they will be considered as tied for last in those categories. There is no minimum requirement for at bats.
The teams are ranked in each category with the first place team receiving 10 points (in a 10-team league), second receiving 9 and so forth. The points from each category are added to get the overall standings. Should the final standings end in a tie, the first tiebreaker is which team has the most category firsts. The second tiebreaker is the greater of innings pitched plus at bats.
Free Agents and Transactions
Owners may bid on free agents each week beginning with the first Saturday after the draft with the final bidding period being the Saturday eight days before the end of the regular season. All bids should be submitted to the league secretary no later than Saturday midnight each week. All owners are limited to a maximum of 20 bids totaling no more than $30 over the course of the season. There is a minimum bid of $1 on major league players and 50 cents on players which are eligible for minor league status. The league secretary will notify each owner of the status of their bids by no later than Sunday at noon. In the event of a tie in the bidding, each owner will submit three bids to determine the bidoff by no later than 8 p.m. Sunday. The first bid must be at least 10 cents higher than the original bid. The second and three bids must be greater than the previous bids. An owner may opt to either withdraw his bid or to stay with his original bid rather than rebidding. If the owners remain tied after the bid off process, the player will be awarded to the player currently lowest in the standings.
Each owner is responsible for submitting releases required to clear roster spaces for his free agent acquisitions. These must be received by the league secretary no later than midnight on Sunday. Any owner who fails to provide the necessary releases will lose the free agents for which there is no space on the roster, and the transaction will still count toward the 20/30 cap.
Scoring periods are divided into weeks which run Tuesday through Monday. Owners are responsible for setting their weekly lineups using the function provided by the website. All lineups should be set at least 30 minutes before the start of the first game on Tuesdays, the website will not allow moves after that time. Each owner is responsible for setting a legal lineup consisting of the correct number of players in each position. The website provides an alert to make owners aware of an illegal lineup. Any team which has an illegal lineup will not accrue stats during that scoring period. In the event of computer or other problems which may prevent an owner from performing his lineup function before the deadline, an owner may submit their moves to the league secretary. These moves must be received at least 30 minutes before the start of the first game Tuesday, any moves received after this deadline will not be honored. Owners are encouraged, but not required, to replace players in their active lineup who have become inactive because of being placed on the disabled list, demoted to the minor leagues, released or traded to the American League. However, no owner may activate a player from reserve who is not active on a national league roster with the exception of players on the disabled list. Players who have been traded to the American League will not accrue stats once traded.
Trades are allowed between the time the season ends and March 15, and from the end of the draft until August 1. No trades are allowed between March 15 and the draft or after August 1 until the end of the season. All trades should be reported to the league secretary no later than Sunday midnight preceding the week in which they are to take effect. In order for a trade to be valid, each owner involved must submit confirmation by this deadline and any releases necessary to free required roster space should be submitted, or the trade will be ruled invalid. No trades will be allowed unless both teams can fill their active lineups with legal players after the trade. No collusion in trading will be tolerated and all trades should have at least the possibility of helping both teams. Any trades of a questionable nature are subject to the review of the executive committee, which has the authority to veto any trades it finds to be of a questionable nature.
In the event of ownership changes from the previous season, any new owner is required to assume ownership of any existing team before expansion will occur. New owners are required to submit half their draft fees for the upcoming season at the time of their ownership commitment in order to reserve their teams, even if that date falls before the normal March 1 deadline. Each new owner is subject to approval by a majority of existing league owners.
If adding a new owner results in an increase of the number of teams in the league, the following expansion policies will apply. Each existing owner, at the time of submitting their protection lists prior to the draft, will also submit a portion of his keeper list to be protected from the expansion draft. On the active roster, each owner may protect half his keepers plus three from being selected in the expansion draft. Players who are status 0 and protected on the minor league roster are not subject to the expansion draft and do not figure into determining the number of players an owner may protect on the active roster. An owner must have a minimum of players unprotected, at least one more than the number of expansion teams. Before the beginning of the draft, the expansion owner (or owners) is required to pick one unprotected player from each existing team. These players are placed on the expansion team’s active roster with their status and salary remaining as it was prior to their selections. In the event of more than one expansion team, the owners of each expansion team will alternate picks with each team required to take one player from each existing team.