Looking for knowledgeable, dedicated owners to take over teams in several of my leagues. I commish 5 leagues and am charged with filling 80 teams with the best of the best. If you are unsure whether or not you have the time or gumption to commit then you are not what I'm looking for.
All of my leagues are run on CBS and are various scoring formats comprised of rotisserie, h2h catagories & h2h points. Please find below a sample constitution that is pretty much the same in all leagues with the exception of scoring.
Please contact me at email@example.com if interested.
LEAGUE CONSTITUTION ... updated 8/19/12 (3.8), updated 3/30/12 (3.13, 3.15, 4.6), updated 10/24/11 (1.2)
***** SECTION I. POINTS SCORING & PLAYOFFS (see above) *****
* PLAYOFFS: Six teams make the playoffs at the end of the Regular Season.
... 1.1: Four division winners will earn the top four seeds in order of overall record. The remaining wild card teams are slotted in the following order: record, head-to-head record, division record and total points.
... 1.2: If at season's end a tie breaker is necessary to determine playoff seeding we will go to the following method; total points scored will be the first tie breaker followed by head to head record and lastly divisional record..
... 1.3: The top seed in each conference will receive a bye. The remaining division winner will play the wild card team.
... 1.4: During the playoffs, in the event of a tie the home team wins and will get to move on to the next round.
... 1.5: Playoff rosters will lock on the first day of the first matchup. No pickups or drops will be allowed during the playoffs.
***** SECTION II. SCHEDULE *****
* REGULAR SEASON: We play each team in our division 3 times, within conference 2 times and out of conference 4 times for a total of 21 periods over 22+ weeks.
... 2.1: The out of conference matches will rotate every year alternating whole divisions.
... 2.2: Any games including the All Star week that are shortened will be combined with either the week before or after so as not to miss any games or have a ridiculously short scoring period like we had in year's past.
... 2.3: The schedule will be updated prior to the start of the season and a link can be found on your league home page.
* PLAYOFFS: The playoffs will consist of 3 rounds starting in period 22 and lasting a total of 3 periods with the championship & 3rd place game being a 10 day event. The 5th place game will be played in round 2.
... 2.4: Any extra MLB games added to the season to determine playoff implications will be counted/added to the 2 week event.
***** SECTION III. ROSTERS *****
* LEGAL ROSTER: A legal roster consists of 25 active players and up to 25 bench players. In the off-season a legal roster is 50 players maximum.
... 3.1: Players drafted during the current season as well as players who haven't signed their first major/minor league contract by opening day must be released. They are saved for the following years draft.
... 3.2: Any player who has not appeared in at least one major league game by noon on June 1st can no longer be claimed from this point forward. These players will be saved for the following year's draft.
* ACTIVE ROSTER: The active roster consists of 16 hitters (2xC, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, MI, CI, 2xDH, 6xOF) & 9 pitchers (6xSP, 3xRP) for a total of 25 total players. Please find a list below of guidelines & regulations.
... 3.3: All position players must have played at least 10 games at a position, either the previous season or the current season, to be eligible for that position.
... 3.4: If a player was inactive for whatever reason the previous year(s) whether that be the disabled list or benched before he is eligible for any position, per league standard, the current years eligibility defaults to the last year he was position eligible.
... 3.5: If a player has played multiple positions but has never qualified at any position, per league standard, that player would be allowed to play any position he has played until he qualifies. At this point he will not be allowed to play any other position until he qualifies at that position.
... 3.6: RP/SP Eligibility rule is simple and is as follows. If a pitcher is pitching in relief then he can be used as a RP. If he is in the rotation then he must be used as a SP. Example... Kerry Wood comes off the dl and goes to the pen. He is eligible as a RP. Once he goes into the rotation he must be changed to a SP.
... 3.7: If a player has been put in an ineligible position the commissioner will attempt to maneuver a legal roster. If this cannot be achieved the player(s) will be removed for the week. Retro-active if necessary.
... 3.8: In the event a team's roster is illegal the commissioner will first go to the bench and activate the highest scoring player eligible at said position(s). If there are no bench players available to fill the vacant position(s) the commissioner will add player(s) based on the highest scoring available player on the waiver wire at said position. If the commissioner has to add player(s) you will be dropped to the bottom of the waivers order. That said, teams should not be short players on their active roster. There is no excuse (see 4.4). Repeat offenders will be held accountable.
... 3.9: A disabled player as well as minor leaguers who are thought to be activated during the week can be added to the active roster and may remain there until there is evidence to the contrary. This is a gray area and will fall under the commissioner's discretion.
... 3.10: Any player definitively sent to the minor leagues or the disabled list must be removed by the next scoring period or I will do so for you. Should this action put you over the bench limit any applicable penalties will apply. However, should this occur on the same day as lineups lock (usually monday) they can remain in the lineup for the week.
... 3.11: In the best interests of the league the commissioner reserves the right to take action if any of these guidelines are not followed properly. This will especially be the case with repeat offenders.
* BENCH ROSTER: Each team is allowed up to 25 bench and/or minors players. Please make sure they are categorized correctly.
... 3.12: Based on the above rules, should any team be over the 25 man bench limit player(s) will be cut based on waivers selection. Last in, first out. This applies to claimed players who are not on the active roster only.
* INJURED RESERVE: Each team is allowed a maximum of 8 IR players.
... 3.13: During the season, no player is allowed to be placed on the IR until he is marked as such by CBS. However, you will be allowed to leave that player on your active roster until CBS updates. After the annual draft, the commissioner will allow hurt players on the DL even though they are not marked by CBS. This will only take place until the season begins.
... 3.14: Once a player is taken off the DL owners will be given 48 hours to rectify their respective roster should the team exceed the 50 player limit. The penalty for exceeding this threshold will result in the commissioner dropping the last bench player(s) claimed via waivers.
... 3.15: Injured reserve officially opens as soon as the annual draft ends and closes at noon, October 10th. If players remain on IR after this date the commissioner will back track and release the amount of players necessary to conform to league specs based on the order of waivers election. Last in, first out.
* OFF SEASON ROSTER: Each team is allowed up to 50 total players comprised of any denomination of active, bench or minors. The deadline is October 10th at noon.
***** SECTION IV. TRANSACTIONS *****
* TIME STAMP: The time stamp on the league message board, an add/drop or a trade announcement is boss. It's the only thing that matters so if a deadline has passed or a player is added, whatever the situation the time stamp is again, the only thing that matters. This applies to anything. No exceptions. Period.
* WAIVERS: Waivers will be in effect as soon as the draft is completed until rosters freeze on Monday, September 3rd at 2:00 A.M. However, players can be dropped at any time.
... 4.1: Waivers will be held once per week and will run at 2:00 A.M. on Monday.
... 4.2: If anyone claims a player(s) off waivers and as a result exceeds the 50 player threshhold those players will be released immediately and no adjustment will be made to the waivers order.
... 4.3: Players not in the database will be exempt from waivers but can be added every Saturday starting at noon and ending Sunday at noon on a first come, first served basis prior to the prospect deadline. Any player added must be posted individually on the league message board. Just write the name of the player in the header and post. If you submit a list it won't count. If you do not have room on your roster the transaction is null & void. The commish will then add him to the respective team as a placemarker. Also, make sure the player you are adding is not in the database. Players are added every day so this is very important.
Now, players are added to the database continuously so if you claim a player who is already owned (via placemarker) you will lose your waiver position so you must make sure you check beforehand. This is done by going to the roster grid and using the "control f" search option. This is the only way to check rosters for players that I add manually.
Lastly, if I've added a placemarker and that player is added to the database DO NOT go through the waivers process or you will move down the waivers order. Message me and I'll make the swap for you without penalty.
... 4.4: Teams are allowed to add player(s) the day lineups lock to the active roster if there are no bench alternatives by simply posting the main message board. No bench or minors moves will be allowed.
... 4.5: Post draft / pre season waivers: Once the draft ends any player can be claimed. However, they must be signed to a major/minor league contract before the start of the season or they must be released.
* TRADES: Trading is allowed from October 10th, starting at noon up until the trade deadline on Sunday, September 2nd at 11:59 P.M.
... 4.6: A trade can consist of any combination of players or draft picks. However, teams are only allowed to deal picks 2 years in advance. All trades must be transparent and future considerations are not allowed. There will be no trade committee at this time but in case of extreme circumstances the commissioner can step in when it concerns the best interests of the league.
... 4.7: Any team that exceeds the 50 player threshold as a result of an uneven trade will be given 48 hours to rectify their respective roster from the time the trade is posted. The penalty for exceeding this threshold will result in the commissioner dropping the last player(s) claimed via waivers.
... 4.8: A trade is official once it is accepted via the trade tool and is posted to the main board. In addition, I would ask a trade announcement be posted when involving draft picks. If a trade is accepted by accident a message must be sent to everyone via the main message board right away as these things have happened in the past. However, the team making the offer will have zero recourse for obvious reasons.
... 4.9: Any deal that includes assets traded they do not possess will be immediately revoked. I'm not going to allow time to re-negotiate a deal based on a "gentleman's agreement". In short, make sure when you make a deal you're trading assets you own or the deal will be voided. In all actuality, this is incumbent on all trading parties to make sure their trade partner actually owns what they are trading.
****** SECTION V. ANNUAL DRAFT *****
... 5.1: Draft Order: For the first round, the top 6 teams will draft at the end from 6th on down to 1st. The remainder of the teams who finished 7th-16th will be thrown into a lottery system with the highest weight given to the higher finishing teams. For example, the 7th & 8th place teams will receive 9 chances, the 9th & 10th place teams - 7 chances, the 11th & 12th place teams - 5 chances, the 13th & 14th place teams - 3 chances and the 15th & 16th place teams only 1 chance. Basically, we are adopting an NBA style draft system. All outcomes will be conducted through a randomizer. The rotation will be last to first in all subsequent rounds.
... 5.2: Draft Picks: You will receive a draft pick for every open roster spot available. The final date to make roster spots available for the draft will be tbd.
... 5.3: Draft Eligibility: Any player can be drafted. However, they must be signed to a major/minor league contract before the start of the season or they must be released.
... 5.4: Teams are no longer allowed to trade picks they do not own past round 3. For example, if a team trades 7 picks then that team must have a maximum of 46 players at the cut deadline. However, picks acquired via trade will not factor into this equation So, for example , if you're only planning on making 1 pick you can't trade picks 4-10 or you'll be forced to cut 6 players.
***** SECTION VI. LEAGUE FEES & AWARDS *****
... 6.1: The annual league dues are $30 per team. The winner will receive $200 while 2nd place receives $80 and third will garner $50. The remaining $150 goes towards this site.
***** SECTION VII. TEAM OWNERSHIP *****
... 7.1: In the event that an owner is deemed not fit for ownership, the commisioner can remove said owner at anytime providing it is in the best interests of the league. Should this happen an explanation will be provided by the commissioner upon request.
***** SECTION VIII. CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS *****
... 8.1: Rules changes can be proposed and voted on during the offseason only. To propose a rules change, email it to the league. It will be reviewed and discussed. If enough momentum gathers so to speak I will put it to a vote with all voters decisions posted on the message board. A two-thirds majority vote is required to pass an amendment and all owners will be required to participate.
... 8.2: The commissioner reserves the right to have executive power on everything for purposes of closing rule loopholes and to protect the integrity of the league and the spirit of the constitutional laws outlined here. The commissioner also has the right to impose rule changes unilaterally if deemed necessary.