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League Membership
The league name is GET A LIFE BASEBALL LEAGUE (GLBL), referred to as "the league" throughout these Rules & Regulations."

The league is made up of 10 teams. Fewer teams are permitted only if a lack of quality ownership makes it impossible to field a full league.

The league is divided into two divisions. Division names are chosen by the previous season's Division Champions. Prior to the draft, defending Division Champions will hold a Division Draft to determine which teams will play in their divisions.

Teams are not permitted to use the name of any team in any of the four major sports leagues, or the name of any GET A LIFE FOOTBALL LEAGUE team.
Commissioner
The Commissioner conducts the business of the league in conjunction with CBS Sports.

If a situation arises that is not adequately covered by the existing Rules & Regulations, the Commissioner will make a ruling that he feels is in the best interest of the league.

Disputes that cannot be handled within these Rules & Regulations, or resolved by a ruling from the Commissioner, are decided by an outside arbitrator agreed upon by all parties involved. The arbitrator's decision is final.

A Deputy Commissioner is appointed prior to each season. The Deputy assists the Commissioner when necessary, and assumes the duties of the Commissioner should the need arise.
Ownership
Any individual(s) approved by the Commissioner may own a team.

Ownership in more than one league is legal, but ownership of more than one team in a league is not permitted.

There is no limit to the number of owners a team may have. Unless the Commissioner is informed otherwise in advance, it is assumed that any owner listed for a team is permitted to perform any functions for that team.

All franchises are part of the league and can not be sold. If an owner or ownership group decides they no longer want to be part of the league, that franchise reverts to the league and the Commissioner will seek new ownership. Teams may be transferred to new ownership with the approval of the Commissioner.
League Fees and Prize Pool
The league has a schedule of fees covering player transactions. No money passes between teams. All fees, except the league administration fee, are paid into the prize Pool and distributed at the conclusion of the season.
  • Franchise Fee ($100).
  • Signing Bonus paid when a team exercises a player option at the draft. The bonus is equal to one eighth of the final bid for the option player, rounded up to the next quarter (minimum of $2).
  • Trade ($5 per trade regardless of the number of players involved).
  • Free Agent Signing (1/4 of the winning FAAB bid).
  • Roster Fine ($5), assessed if a team's roster requires Commissioner intervention to make it legal. This may include: too many players, exceeding the salary cap, no eligible player at a position, or too many players at a position.
  • Weekly Loss Fee ($3 for having a losing week, $1.50 for having a tied week).
Fees are paid in advance by personal check, money order, or by PayPal to the Commissioner. A minimum of $200 must be placed on account on or before Draft Day. Teams without funds on account will be frozen from free agent bidding and trading.

All fees collected are placed into the GLBL Treasury. A League Administration Fee of $125 is subtracted from the League Treasury. This fee covers the league management web site and the Championship T-Shirt. All remaining money becomes the Prize Pool.

From the Prize Pool $100 is paid to each Division Champion, and $50 is paid to the Best of the Rest Tournament winner. The rest is distributed at the end of the season as follows:
  • 50% to the League Champion
  • 25% to the 2nd place finisher
  • 15% to the 3rd place finisher
  • 10% to the 4th place finisher
Each week the team with the best record is paid $15. If there is a tie, the prize money is split.
Statistics
The league statistics are compiled by CBS Sports and posted at their web site.

Statistics of a player are assigned to a league team only when that players is on the Active Roster of that team.

A "week of play" begins each Tuesday and ends with the conclusion of all games the following Monday.

Any errors detected by league owners must be reported to the Commissioner immediately.
Calamities
A "calamity" is defined as death, illness, injury, relocation, or other unforeseen circumstances preventing an owner from completing the current season.

In the case of a calamity, the Commissioner will recruit an owner from the league not involved to run the affected team for the remainder of the season. After the season any money due the affected team is forwarded to the owner or their family.

In the case of a calamity involving the Commissioner, the Deputy Commissioner assumes the duties of the Commissioner for the remainder of the season.
Removal of Team
The Commissioner may remove an owner or owners if he feels there is sufficient cause. Causes include, but are not limited to: collusion, inactivity, and gross mismanagement which affects league play.
Suspension of Season
If a player strike, owner lockout, or any other unusual event causes a season to end prematurely, the team with the most wins at the point the season is declared complete by MLB is declared the league champion. The other finishes will be determined the same way.
Draft
The 2017 drafts:

GLBL BK - 10 a.m. on Sunday, April 2 at the Robison House.
GLBL BB - 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 29 online.

Teams have a $260 draft budget to acquire a 24-man Active Roster. Teams are not required to spend the full $260, but each team must have a full 24-man Active Roster. The salaries of a team's retained players are totaled and subtracted from the draft budget. The remaining amount is what the team has available to fill its Active Roster. Option rights have no monetary value and thus are not subtracted from the draft budget.

Bidding is in increments of $1, with $1 being the minimum bid. There is no set maximum bid so long as each team always has at least $1 left for each open spot remaining on their roster. An owner is selected to begin the draft, and names a player to be bid upon and offers an opening bid. This can be any NL player not on another team's roster, or it can be a player whose option is held. This process is known as "throwing out a player. Bidding continues until a bid is made which is not topped. That bid is considered the winning bid.

If an option is held on the player thrown out, the team holding the option is given the opportunity to match the winning bid.

The team that wins the bidding on a player adds that player to their roster, announces which position he will fill, and has the amount of the winning bid subtracted from their draft budget. This continues until all teams have a full 24 man Active Roster.

Players eligible at more than one position may be shifted during the draft.

A team may not bid on a player who is not eligible for one of the remaining spots on their Active Roster.

Teams may not throw out a player who is not on a Major League 25-man roster (except DL players).

Teams may throw out a player who is on the 15-day disabled list, but players on the 60-day disabled list may not be thrown out.

The team who has retained the option on a player may throw that player out for bidding but may not bid any further on that player.

A team must throw out a player for bidding, there is no passing.

All players kept or acquired at the draft must be played the first week of the season, no transactions after the draft to replace injured or suspended players.
Keepers
A team may keep up to seven players from their off season roster for their opening day Active Roster. A maximum of five of those players can be under contract. Any player from the off season roster may be kept, so long as position requirements are met (teams can't keep four 2nd basemen).

Keeping the option rights to a player counts as one keeper, although that player is not actually on the team's roster.

The names of all keepers must be given to the Commissioner no later than seven days before the draft. A team that does not notify the Commissioner of the names of their keepers before the deadline forfeits the rights to all players on their off season roster. Most often this will be done by setting your keepers at CBS, but they may also be sent by email or called in by phone if CBS is not available.

Keepers may be traded up until midnight of the day before the draft. Trades may not put any team at more than seven keepers.

Players who retire, die, get traded to the AL, or get put on the 60-day disabled list, between the deadline for naming keepers and the draft, may be released.
Contracts
Players acquired at the draft are bound by the standard player contract. The standard player contract is for two years plus an option on the player in the third year.

Players signed as free agents during the season have a one year contract plus an option.

In determining the contract status of a player, a "year" is a full year or any part of a year.

The contract of a player acquired in a trade remains the same, the contract goes with the player to his new team.

When a player is released, his contract is void. He becomes a free agent and begins a new contract when signed.

The contract of a player whose option is exercised is two years plus option.
Option Rights
Holding an option on a player gives a team the right to match the highest bid for the player involved, after bidding on that player is complete.

A team exercising their option must pay a signing bonus of 1/8 of the player's salary (rounded up to the next quarter increment) into the prize pool. The signing bonus is not a part of the salary cap. The minimum signing bonus is $2.

EXAMPLE: At the draft Ryan Braun, whose 2-year contract has ended, is thrown out for bidding. The winning bid is $40 by the Dudes. The Spitballers have the option for Braun, so they can match the winning bid and get Braun for $40. They would then be obligated to pay a $5 signing bonus (which is not deducted from their draft budget), and get Braun for two more years with an option in the third year. If the Spitballers decline to exercise the option on Braun, he goes to the Dudes for $40 with no signing bonus.
Player Salaries
The salary of a player is determined by the means of their acquisition and does not change unless that player becomes a free agent.

The salary of a player purchased at the auction is the amount of the winning bid.

The salary of a player signed as a free agent is the amount of the winning FAAB bid.

The salary of a player acquired in a trade remains the same.

The salary cap for each team during the season is $300.
Active Roster
A legal active roster is comprised of 24 players consisting of these positional requirements:
  • Two catchers
  • One 1st baseman
  • One 2nd baseman
  • One shortstop
  • One 3rd baseman
  • Five Outfielders
  • One middle infielder (2nd baseman or shortstop)
  • One corner infielder (1st or 3rd baseman)
  • One utility (any player who is not a pitcher
  • Four starting pitchers
  • Four relief pitchers
  • Two additional pitchers (can be either starters or relievers)
A team may never have more than 24 players on their active roster.

Teams have until 5 minutes before each player’s game to add them to their roster, or remove them.
Inactive Roster
Teams may carry up to 10 inactive players. The 10 players may consist of any combination of the following:
  • Injured (an player on the Major League disabled list)
  • Minors (any player who is in the minor leagues)
  • Bench (any player for any reason, maximum of two)
If there is a question about the status of a player placed on the inactive roster as either injured of minors, the team owner must provide proof that a player is eligible for those spots.

When a player's Major League team activates him from the disabled list or calls him up from the minors, the player must be activated to active roster before the next deadline for roster moves, or moved to a bench spot. The activation begins with the next week of play.

Teams may activate players from their inactive roster at any time. Active roster players must be moved to the inactive roster or released, as necessary to accommodate the players being activated. There is no limit to the number of times that a player may be transferred back and forth between the active roster and the disabled list, farm team, or reserve team.

No players can be signed directly to the inactive roster, players may only be moved down from the active roster.

Teams must have a legal roster by the roster deadline the Tuesday following any transactions.
Position Eligibility
BATTERS: A player may be assigned to any position that he played at least 20 times during the previous season. If a player did not play 20 games at any position, he is eligible at the position he played the greatest number of times.

A batter becomes eligible for a new position once he has played that position at least five times during the current season.

PITCHERS: A player is considered a starting pitcher if he started at least 10 games the previous season, and a relief pitcher if he had 20 relief appearances the previous season. If a player did not reach either of these requirements the previous season, then he is eligible in whichever position he played the greatest number of times.

A pitcher becomes eligible to be a starting pitcher if he starts five games, or a relief pitcher if he makes 10 relief appearances during the current season.

If a player did not play any games at the Major League level, he may be assigned to the position shown for him at his highest level of Minor League play.

If a player did not play any games the previous seasons, games played in the last season he played will be used.
Free Agents
Any NL player that is not on the active or inactive roster of any other team is a free agent.

A free agent may be bid upon any day of the week, but is not added to the roster until the beginning of the next week of play.

Teams submit sealed bids through CBS Sports to claim a free agent. CBS Sports will determine the winner of the bidding and assign the player to the winning team. The player's salary will be the amount of the winning bid, and that amount is subtracted from that team's free agent acquisition budget (FAAB).

Teams will begin with a $200 FAAB to use for signing free agents. If a team depletes their FAAB, they will not be able to sign any more free agents.

Teams must have a legal roster by the roster deadline on the Tuesday following any transaction.

No free agents may be signed once the playoffs have begun.
Trades
From the end of the draft through midnight PST on Monday, June 5 (the final night of the 9th week) teams are allowed to trade freely with any other team(s).

From 12:01 a.m on Tuesday, June 6 through midnight PST on Monday, July 17 (the final night of the week that contains the All-Star break), teams are allowed to trade a maximum of two players to any other team. This is not per trade, but cumulative over the entire period. After this deadline there is no trading of any kind.

A trade is official when all teams involved have agreed to the trade on CBS Sports, or reported the trade to the Commissioner.

Trades may involve players from the active roster, inactive roster, FAAB dollars (up to a maximum of 10 per trade) or any combination of those things. Trades may not include cash, players to be named later, or any other future considerations.

Trades are effective with the commencement of the next week of play.

Teams must have a legal roster by the roster deadline on the Tuesday following any transaction.
Outright Release
A player may be released at any time, however, his stats continue to accumulate until the end of that week of play.

Teams must have a legal roster by the roster deadline on the Tuesday following any transaction.
Players Traded to the American League
Players traded to the American League will be allowed to complete the season with his GLBL team and will continue to accumulate stats. If the player is released by his GLBL team, he may not be re-signed.

An AL player may not be traded to another GLBL team.

At the end of the season if there are any AL players on team rosters they will be released by the Commissioner.
Off Season
A team's off season roster may not exceed 40 players. No positional requirements must be met, and trading is done without limit or cost. No free agents may be signed during the off season.
Head-To-Head Play
Each week teams will play head-to-head against another team. Games will begin on Tuesday and conclude the following Monday. Teams compete against each other for the week in five batting and five pitching categories. They are:
  • Total Bases (TB)
  • Runs Batted In (RBI)
  • Stolen Bases (SB)
  • Runs (R)
  • On Base Percentage (OBP)
  • Quality Starts (QS)
  • Holds Plus Saves (HS)
  • Strikeouts (K)
  • Earn Run Average (ERA)
  • Walks Plus Hits / Innings Pitched (WHIP)
The team that wins each category will be credited with a win. If a category is tied, that game will be recorded as a tie. Each weekly matchup produces a total of ten results for each team in the league standings.

There are 18 weeks of play, with each team playing every other team twice. The best team in the division based upon 180 games played is named the Division Champion and advances to the playoffs.

The two remaining teams with the best records, regardless of division, advance to the playoffs as wildcards.

Tie breakers are:
  1. Head to head record in games between the tied teams.
  2. Best record in divisional games
  3. Best record in three categories selected at random in the head-to-head matchup between the tied teams.
  4. One additional category selected at random until one team enjoys an advantage
Playoffs
Teams play a single elimination playoff to determine the League Champion. All playoff games are two weeks long. The Division Champion with the best record will play the Wildcard team with the worst record, and the other two playoff teams will play each other. In the second round, the two first round winners will play each other for the League Championship and the two first round losers will play each other for 3rd and 4th places.

Rosters may not be changed for the two week duration of each playoff game. Though no free agents can be signed, players may be moved to and from the inactive roster between playoff games.

The next four best records compete in a similar single elimination called the Best of the Rest tournament.

The two teams with the worst records play head-to-head twice during the two playoff rounds. Records for the two weeks are added together and compared. The team with the worst record is declared Toad of the League.

Tiebreakers for this playoff round will be:
  1. Best regular season record.
  2. Best regular season record in games played between the tied teams.
  3. Best record in three categories selected at random.
  4. One additional category selected at random until one team enjoys an advantage.

Teams may expand their roster by up to four additional reserve players for the post season. Players are acquired through free agent bidding with no money added to a team’s FAAB. Players acquired during roster expansion will have no option rights for the following season.
Minimum Inning Rule
Each team's pitching staff must accumulate a total of 30 innings pitched each week. If a team fails to reach the minimum innings, they are fined $10. Each team is given amnesty one time during the season to account for the effects of rainouts or other unforeseen occurrences.

If a team does not compile a minimum of 600 innings over the course of the entire season, they are ineligible for the playoffs.
COMMISSIONER'S STATEMENT
COLLUSION BETWEEN TWO OR MORE TEAMS WILL NOT BE TOLERATED!

While it is difficult to prove that owners have acted in concert to affect the outcome of the season, any owners that exhibit behavior that strongly points to such conduct will not be invited to play in any future Get a Life Sports leagues or pools. The object is to compete and have a good time, and the conduct described above would certainly be contrary to that aim.