Here is our Constitution - hope it helps...
A. These rules control play in the RLF Rotisserie Baseball League
B. These rules will be modified, amended or supplemented as deemed necessary by the commissioner. The commissioner shall be the sole authority for interpreting the rules and regulating disputes. All decisions of the commissioner are final.
C. These rules may be changed upon the affirmative vote of at least 2/3 of the current teams in the league. It shall be the commissioner's sole decision whether to call for a vote to change the rules unless a majority of current teams have requested a vote.
A. The league will be composed of between 8 to 12 teams
B. Each team will draft 23 players from a Major League Baseball American League team roster on the date of the draft. Players on injured reserve and players that subsequently get sent to the minors by opening day are eligible to be drafted; however, no roster moves are permitted until week 2 of the season.
C. The 23 players must conform to the following roster requirements at the draft and throughout the season:
1. 2 catchers
2. 1 first baseman
3. 1 third baseman
4. 1 corner (1st or 3rd)
5. 1 second baseman
6. 1 short stop
7. 1 middle (2nd or short)
8. 5 outfielders
9. 1 utility (DH and anyone else)
10. 9 pitchers (no restrictions)
D. Position eligibility is determined by playing at least 20 games in the prior year at that position or 1 game in the current year at that position. Position eligibility will be established by Baseball Weekly; however, it is possible to prove to the satisfaction of the Commissioner that such eligibility is incorrect. Any challenges to Baseball Weekly for the draft must be brought to the commissioner two days prior to the draft. Players not playing 20 games at any position qualify only as DH unless they played less than 20 games total in which case they qualify at the position most played. Minor league games count if no major league games were played.
A. Each team paying the entry fee prior to or at the draft will be eligible to participate in the draft. Each team must designate a drafting owner, who will be responsible for taking the official drafting position of the team.
B. The draft is an auction where the last and highest bidder gets the player.
C. Each team has $260 to spend and the minimum bid for proposing and increasing bids on players is $1.
D. A team must acquire a complete roster by spending up to $260. A team may spend less than $260 but no more than $260.
E. A team may not propose or bid on a player if it has no place on its roster for the player based on eligibility requirements.
F. A team may not bid more than its maximum bid. Its maximum bid is the amount of dollars the team has remaining minus one less than the number of players the team still needs. Example: Team 1 needs only 3 pitchers to complete its roster and has $10 - Team 1 can bid $8 (10 - 2). Team 1 then has $2 for two players and may bid only $1 on each.
G. The bidding order is clockwise based on seating position. All owners must maintain the same seating position throughout the draft.
H. The first team to propose a player will be the team sitting to the left of the commissioner. After each player is acquired, the team next to the last proposing team, moving clockwise, will propose the next player throughout the draft.
I. After a player is proposed the next team must raise the bid or withdraw. Once a team withdraws, it may not reenter the bidding on that player.
J. The bidding on a player is concluded when only one owner remains, and that team shall have acquired such player at its last bid price.
K. The draft ends when all teams have a complete roster. Each team is responsible for keeping track of its own roster and maximum bid. The commissioner will stop a team from bidding more than its maximum bid, but if a mistake is not realized until it is too late to correct, the penalty will be on the team. The penalty will be determined later but will be severe.
A. Teams are ranked in order of performance of the players on their team in five offensive and five pitching categories - batting average, home runs, RBI's, steals, runs scored and wins, saves, ERA, WHIP (walks + hits / innings pitched) and Strikeouts.
B. All players on a team's active roster acquire statistics for the team. All players are on the active roster unless they have been placed on the team's injured reserve or reserve roster according to the rules described below.
C. Teams are given points based on their standing in each category. Example: In a twelve team league Team 1 is first in saves and last in wins - Team 1 receives 12 points for wins and 1 point for saves.
D. Teams are ranked based on their total points from each of the eight categories.
V. ROSTERS IN SEASON
A. No roster salary cap exists during the season. Each team will be provided with a $150 free agent acquisition budget ("FAAB"). When a team has expended all of its FAAB, it cannot acquire any more free agents.
B. Teams may replace players on their rosters by acquiring free agent players by expending their FAAB. Eligible free agent players are on an American League roster and not an RLF roster. Cut players lose their salary designation and may be acquired 1 week after being cut. No transactions are allowed until week 2 of the regular season.
C. Roster moves are due by noon on Mondays to the commissioner by e-mail. In order to acquire a free agent, the team must submit a bid. If more than one team submits a bid, the higher bidding team acquires the player. A team may submit an alternate bid in the event their first choice is not acquired. Example: Team 1 submits "Primary bid - $10 on Benji Gil; Alternate 1 - $1 on Tim Salmon." Team 1 gets Gil for $10 unless some other team bids $11 or more. In that event, Team 1 gets Salmon for $1 unless some other team bids more. The commissioner shall review all bids in good faith, including its own.
D. If a team acquires a free agent, it must cut a player from its roster to make room for the player, or a player must be placed on the team's injured reserve or reserve roster. A player is eligible for the injured reserve or reserve only if the major league team has reported that the player has been placed on injured reserve, sent to the minors or traded to the National League by the Monday deadline. USA Today is the official reporting source. A team retains the rights to players on its injured reserve and reserve roster but statistics are not accrued.
E. A player may be activated from injured reserve on Monday of each week, but room must be made on the roster by cutting a player or reserving a player, if eligible.
F. A released player may be acquired the next Monday by any team except the releasing team which must wait an additional week to reacquire such player.
G. Players may be traded between teams for other players, FAAB, minor league draft picks or any combination thereof. Uneven trades (3 for 2, 3 for 1 etc) are permitted, however, a team must conform to the league roster rules by the Monday deadline by either releasing extra players or acquiring players using FAAB to fill open roster slots.
H. The trading deadline is the second Monday after the Major League trading deadline (early August).
A. The league entry fee for 2002 is $125. $100 of total receipts will be allocated to payment of website at commissioner.com for league administration. The commissioner shall pay only $75 of entry fee.
B. Payout shall be as follows based on overall ranking at the end of the regular season - tie breaking games count for the standings, playoffs do not:
1. 11-12 team league
a. first - 50%
b. second - 25%
c. third - 15%
d. fourth - 10%
2. 8-10 team league
a. first - 55%
b. second - 30%
c. third - 15%
3. Tying teams shall share equally.
C. Funds will be disbursed by the commissioner within a reasonable time after the conclusion of the season.
VII. KEEPER SYSTEM
A. Each team shall be able to designate up to seven players as keepers for the next season. The keeper deadline shall be approximately one week before the draft and shall be timely announced by the commissioner.
B. When players are acquired by a team, they receive a contract status designation of "A". When players are saved by a team for the following year, they receive a contract status of "B".
C. A player may be saved at the same contract price in his B year as in his A year. A player's contract price is the price at which the player was most recently acquired either by draft or free agency (FAAB acquisition).
D. After a player's B year, a team may keep a player under one of the two following options:
1. The team may keep the player for one additional year at the same contract price, in which case the player's contract status shall be designated "Z". After a player's Z season, the player must be released to the draft.
2. The team may sign the player to a contract extension for a minimum of one year according to the following formula: current contract price + (the number of contract years times 4). The player shall receive a designation of "Y," "X," "W," etc. depending upon the length of the contract. Example: Team 1 has Manny Ramirez at $40B. For the next season, Team 1 signs Ramirez to a 2 year extension. Ramirez is then saved at $48x (40 + (2 x 4)). The following year Ramirez will be saved at $48Y and then in the last year of the contract, will be $48Z. A contract may only be extended one time.
E. Designated keepers injured or traded to the National League before the draft may be released by the team at no penalty or saved at their contract price and status (and will count against the salary cap at the draft).
F. A player with a contract designation of Y, X, W, etc. must be retained the following year or the team owning that player will be subject to the following penalty at the draft: years of contract remaining divided by total years of contract times contract price. Example: After year 1 of the Ramirez contract, Team 1 wants to cut him. Team 1 will incur a $24 penalty at the draft (1/2 x $48), i.e., Team 1 may spend a total of $236 at the draft. A player may be released at no penalty if the player has sustained a long term injury at the keeper deadline or is not on an American League roster (i.e., traded to the national league, Tommy John surgery, etc.). A long term injury is one that, at the time of the auction, would keep a player out for at least 3/4 of the upcoming season.
G. A new owner acquiring an existing team may cut any player at no penalty.
H. Contracted players traded between teams retain their contract status. A released player shall be reacquired at status A.
I. Free agents acquired after August 1st of each year shall have a minimum contract price of $20. Example: Team 1 acquires Glenallen Hill for $1 and Michael Tucker for $28 for the stretch run on September 1. Oliver enters the system at $20A and Ayala enters at $28A.
AMENDMENTS (MINOR LEAGUE DRAFT)
2 rounds, straight draft, in reverse order of finish in prior year for the first round,then reversed to order of finish for the second.
Only players on a minor league roster affiliated with an AL team are eligible to be drafted, ie, players on the major league roster but on the DL to start the season (this includes players on minor league rehabilitation assignments) are NOT eligible for the minor league draft (those players are eligible to be acquired in the regular draft). Disputes will be settled in favor of allowing the pick, but if it is subsequently determined that the player was ineligible, the player wil be released by the commissioner and the pick will be forfeited.
All drafted players will be assigned a contract of $3 upon activiation to the big league club with a contract status of A if activated before September (MLB), September call-ups can be retained with an A status if kept for the subsequent draft. Once activated, a player may not be returned to the minor league roster and will be subject to the 7 keeper limitation for the subsequent year (a player that is activated by a team for a few days and demoted before activated by the fantasy team may remain however). Players not called up during the year may remain on the team's minor league roster the next year, subject to the limitation described below.
Once brought up to the big leagues in real life, the fantasy team must activate the player according to the same time period as set for players coming off the DL (by the second Monday after being activated). If the player is not timely activated, rights to the player are forfeited and he becomes part of the free agent pool.
The maximum number of players on a minor league roster prior to the commencement of the minor league draft is 4. There is no in season limitation, however, teams must either forfeit minor league draft rights or release minor league players prior the draft to comply with the limitation described above. Minor league players and minor league draft picks may be traded separately or in conjunction with major league players.
If a player is traded out of the league his salary is added to the team's FAAB.