Rules that directly affect the scoring system must be voted on during the off season. Rules that do not directly effect the scoring system can be changed with a midseason meeting or vote, provided that the change does not directly effect the first split playoff placement. Rules changes in either case need a 70% acceptance rate to supersede the current applicable rule. Likewise, disagreement by more than 30% of the owners with the proposed rule change constitutes failure of the proposed change, at that time. Proposals may be reworked or just readdressed by the owners at a later date. Until a rule is changed by a proposal, the current ruling will stand until it is voted down by 70% of the owners.
SCORING: Scoring is broken into two broad categories, everyday players (batters) and starting pitchers. Scoring is accumulated during the course of a week, with the stats being totalled according to the true statistics of the player. The accumulated score for your team for the week is pitted against the score of your opponent for that week. The team with the greater score for the week is the winner of that game. A game, therefore, constitutes a week of real time. (see SCHEDULES) All stats are via USA Today, and are the final word on any dispute.
BATTERS: Everyday players score points based on accumulated batting totals according to the following format: Any base hit = 1pt, Double = 2pts, Triple = 3pts, Home Run = 4pts, RBI = 1pt, SB = 2pts. The accumulated points for the week are divided by the number of official at bats the player has during the week. The player must have a minimum of 6 AB for the week to count. (see PLAYERS)
PITCHERS: Pitchers accumulate points based upon the following categories. Note the possibility for negative totals: IP = 0.2 pts, SO = 0.1 pts, BB = -0.1 pts, ER = -0.2 pts.
BONUS SCORING: If a pitcher achieves one of the following goals for a game the minimum score for that game will be adjusted to: Shutout = 2.0 pts, No Hitter = 3.0 pts, Perfect Game = 4.0 pts. Note that this is the minimum score for these circumstances, not the maximum. Pitching points are divided by the number of games started during the current week. Totals for all pitchers are added, and the resulting total is divided by 2, to reduce impact. If the pitcher you have chosen to start does not pitch 1 inning, a substitute pitcher will be used, if eligible. (see PLAYERS)
PLAYERS: Teams will start one player at each everyday position per week, and may start one player from any position to accumulate stats as the DH. Note that using a DH may disallow an "injury" replacement for the week, if you elect to use a player other than outfielder at the DH spot. Four pitchers will be started, and one backup pitcher may be selected.
PLAYER ELIGIBILITY: A player is eligible to play the position that the player played the most games at during the previous season for the first half of the next season. This total is official via the Sporting News Fantasy Baseball guide. If, on draft day, a player is perceived to be permanently switching positions, a motion may be made to switch the player to that position for the first split season. The owners must agree with a 70% vote. If there is no 70% agreement, the player is not switched at that time. If a player plays more games at a different position during the first half of a current season, he must switch positions at the mid-season split. The owner must make the necessary roster moves to keep the player at that time. Total games are official via the USA Today's Baseball Weekly. Players that played the majority of their games as a "true" DH are eligible to play the "field" position they played most, and if they only played DH, they are eligible only as an outfielder. Players who are not listed in the Sporting News Fantasy Baseball Guide are eligible for the position listed in the minor league information provided in Baseball weekly.
PLAYER ROSTERS: Owners may legally keep 2 players for each position with 2 exceptions. Owners may keep 6 pitchers, and 6 outfielders. Owners start 1 eligible player per position, with any one player as DH, plus 4 pitchers, per week.
INJURY SUBSTITUTION: Everyday players who do not accumulate 6 AB and pitchers who do not pitch 1 inning are eligible for substitution if they are elected to start a particular "week". Position players who are eligible (excluding DH and OF) are automatically replaced in the starting lineup if the starter for any reason does not reach 6 AB. If a "backup" pitcher and outfielder are selected along with the starting lineup, these players will automatically fill in for starters that do not reach the minimum stats, if they are eligible. If a position player is selected to start as a DH, they are not eligible to be a backup at their "natural" position. Therefore, using an outfielder for DH is generally a safe policy. The backup outfielder will also backup the DH position, if the DH does not get enough AB. If a player is chosen to backup, and they are not eligible for any reason, there will be no stats accumulated for that position. Likewise, if a roster has an open spot and no player is eligible to backup, there are no stats for that position. The remaining unchosen pitcher will be an alternate backup, if it is necessary.
FRANCHISE PLAYERS: Prior to the following years draft, each team must select 3 players to keep as franchise players until the next season. No player may be franchised for 2 years in a row, however, by ANY team. That means that if a player was franchised LAST year, he will not be eligible to be franchised again THIS year. Once he is selected in the regular draft, he may be franchised, once again.
TRANSACTIONS: Owners may make 9 roster moves, or transactions, during a split.
(See SCHEDULE.)Players not currently on another roster are considered free agents, and may be picked up by an owner, at the cost of one transaction. A player must be dropped to accomodate the player, unless there is already a vacant roster spot for the player's eligible position. If a player is officially listed on the disabled list in Baseball Weekly, or another verifiable source, a player may be chosen from the available players. If the injured player returns, the owner may replace a player on the roster with the returning player, at any currently eligible position, but this also costs one transaction. Failure to reclaim the player by the next week is to waive rights to the player.
There are 2 periods of free transactions during the season. The first, begins on the Tuesday in week 11 of the first split, at midnight, and ends at 10am the following Monday. During this period, an owner may make any transactions and may switch player positions, based upon player eligibility for the second split.