Constitution

WORLD WIDE BASEBALL ASSOCIATION

AMERICAN LEAGUE

CONSTITUTION AND PLAYING RULES

            

INTRODUCTION

THIS CONSTITUTION IS QUITE BASIC.  IT "SHOULD NOT" BE MISTAKEN FOR ANY TYPE OF LEGAL DOCUMENT OR FORMAL THESIS. I IMPLORE EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU TO TAKE IT IN THE SPIRIT IN WHICH IT WAS WRITTEN. IT IS MEANT TO BE A BASIC OUTLINE OF THE RULES, REQUIREMENTS, RESTRICTIONS, ETC. OF THE WWBA-AL.  AS MOST OF YOU KNOW THIS CONSTITUTION HAS CHANGED MANY TIMES, NONE OF THIS IS ETCHED IN STONE.  THE MEMBERSHIP SHOULD ALWAYS CONSIDER IT THEIR UTMOST RESPONSIBILITY TO MAKE POSITIVE AMENDMENTS TO THIS CONSTITUTION. YOUR INTERVENTION AND INPUT WILL INSURE US ALL THAT WE AS A LEAGUE WILL CONTINUE TO IMPROVE AND PROSPER FOR YEARS TO COME. THE LEAGUE'S LONGEVITY CAN BE TRACED TO AND IS THE DIRECT RESULT OF THE DEDICATION AND ENERGIES OF ITS MEMBERSHIP.  NO CONSTITUTION, SET OF RULES, CODE OF ETHICS OR LAWS IN GENERAL WILL EVER BE MORE IMPORTANT TO OUR SUCCESS THAN THE TRUST AND RESPECT WE SHOULD HAVE FOR EACH OTHER.

I. ORGANIZATION

A.    The main goal of the World Wide Baseball Association is to promote friendship and have fun through playing Diamond Mind Baseball Computer Major League Baseball Game.

 

B.     The organization will consist of 28 active managers, divided with 14 American and 14 National League teams.  Each league will be divided into three conferences in the AL and NL.  The conferences in the American League will be called Canadian, Jersey and, Skylands Divisions.  Each team will select a Field Manager to be listed on the Roster.

 

C.     All members are required to adhere to the letter, intent and the spirit of the Constitution.  Repeated failure to follow league rules and practices, gross incompetence, or a violation involving personal integrity, will result in expulsion from the league.

 

D.    Each league will have a commissioner who will perform the duties necessary with league business.  They will act as the arbiter in all league disputes.

         

E.     Basic operating rules shall be as follows:

1.       We will use the current edition of Diamond Mind Baseball its Computer-Manager function and if possible, the NetPlay component.

 

2.       Each team will have a maximum active roster size of 27 players with at total roster of 40 players.  Batters only with the minimum of 30 at bats or 30 games played and 15 innings pitched or 15 games played during the previous MLB season will be used.  If there are any borderline cases, the commissioner will decide on the players’ eligibility. 

 

3.       All players are owned by each manager from the current draft unless they are traded or released and all teams are owned by their respective leagues.

                                                

4.       There will be no inter-league play, except for an All‑Star Game, if possible, and the WWBA World Series.

 

5.       All new/rookie players in Major League Baseball are owned by their respective WWBA leagues.

                        

6.       Any amount of inactive players may be activated for all quarters of the regular season as long as no more than 27 players are active.  The fourth quarter will be an open roster and there can be as many as 40 active players for each series. 

 

7.       Every team must have at least “two” players rated at every defensive position on their “active roster at all times throughout the season.”

 

II. SCHEDULE

 

A.      The regular season will consist of two halves, of which half of the games played will be away in a 162 game schedule.

 

1.       Each series will be due on or before the date listed on the WWBA schedule. 

2.       Each team will play all opponents half of their total games home and away.

Any late series results to the League Office, or the visiting manager will cause the Commissioner may impose penalties for continued lateness and any overuse of players.

 

B.  Post Season Play

            Conference Championship and Playoffs:

            A total of six (6) teams will be eligible for playoff competition.  They are: three (3) divisional winners and three (3) of the remaining ten (11) teams with the best Winning Percentage from regular season play.

            If any ties for position are to be determined for the remaining playoff positions, the Commissioner will determine the playoff participants from (a) regular season play against each other, (b) then their divisional opponents and finally if needed, (c) a coin flip which is called by the team who was higher in the standings to determine the home field advantage. The additional game starting pitchers must keep with the three (3) days rest between starts in order to start any extra game. A sudden death one game playoff will occur and will be played NetPlay head-up and if unable, then by managers choice or League Office.

            To determine playoff opponents, list teams by Winning Percentage one (1) through six (6).  Wild Card teams cannot receive a bye in the first round of the playoffs.  Therefore, a Division Winner must be in positions 1 and 2 of the 6 teams listed.  For round one, the first two teams will get a bye as the remaining four teams play a 3 of 5 game series.  A division winner will always have the home field advantage if they happen to fall to positions 4, 5, or 6.  The AL championship series will be 4 of 7 games.

 

Managers who are in the playoffs must meet to play the post-season series head-up or online.  A manager may designate who will play their games, and if necessary the League Office could play the series if needed.  Head-to-head and NetPlay are to be used.

 

               World Series:

             The Commissioners from both the National and the American Leagues may play the World Series, alternating home fields every year, or unless the AL and NL managers participating can play head‑up, NetPlay, computer  manager.   (See Appendix A)

 

 

III. TRADES

 

All trades will take place during the year at times designated by the Commissioners prior to the draft and with a date to be determined yearly as appropriate. 

For a trade to be official, the managers involved must have paid their dues for the upcoming season for all pre-season trades.  Managers may trade draft picks (slots) for the present season only prior to the regular season. 

 

An “unlimited” amount of players may be traded at midseason.  Draft Picks for the following season only, one (1) thru five (5) may also be traded at this time. 

Any telephone or online agreement by both managers is valid and will be upheld by each of the League Offices American and National.  All trades must be reported to both AL and NL commissioners and to the Roster Managers for the league.  The information needed to report a trade must be clear and dated in order to avoid confusion as to the sequence of the player transaction.  

All trades will not be final until they are confirmed by both managers and posted on the website.

 

"Loaning" of players is not permitted.  Terms such as "a player to be named later" or "future considerations" are not permitted.  

 

Managers' trades will be monitored by a Trading Committee and the League Office.  The ruling on any trades and the threshold for approving or rejecting a trade should be viewed as a screening out process protecting the long term interests of the league.  The committee will rule as a consensus.  All first year managers’ league trades will be monitored by a Trading Committee. 

 

Any player traded at mid-season will have eligibility that remains for that traded player. 

 

III. RULES OF PLAY

           

A.           All WWBA Rules, Diamond Mind Baseball, and Official Rules Baseball Rules will be followed, in that order of priority (whenever a conflict exists).  Each manager should have the latest edition of the Official Baseball Rules, but it is not necessary.

 

B.            A player cannot be used at a position not rated except if an injury or ejection with no replacement available.  Each active roster must have a rated player for backup for each defensive position.  The manager who does not have a player available because of an injury or ejection, will then use the worst batting averaged player as the replacement.  Note: Teams must have a backup for every defensive position for the entire season of play.   

            

IV. PLAYER USAGE

 

A.    Batting and Fielding Limitations and Eligibility:

All other players will be rated with Actual At Bats + 5% to the next

             round up a multiple of 5.

             Eligibility compliance throughout the season is the total responsibility of the manager and any overuse will be penalized via the Rookie/Free Agent Draft.

 

B.     The Designated Hitter will be used in the American League only.

 

C.    Pitching Limitations:

Starting and Relief Pitchers: Actual MLB Games Started and Relieved.  Note: A team may use any “unused starts” as relief appearances.

             A pitcher without a starting rating is not allowed to start a game in WWBA.

 

All teams must begin the regular season with and before the first game of the regular season, with a minimum of 162 Starts, 300 Relief Appearances.  It is suggested that at least 5700 at bats are on a team prior to the season in order to stay away from any overuse of players. 

 

D.    Post Season Series: 

Batter eligibility is determined by their WWBA eligibility and in order to play in the post-season must have been active in either half of the regular season.  Prior to their first game, each team must designate a 27 man roster that cannot be changed once the playoffs begin except there can be changes for the World Series.

 

Any At Bats or Appearances for pitchers accrued in the 10th inning and beyond do not count toward their usage for that series.  The League Office will determine post-Season eligibility based on regular season eligibility.  Any overuse of player eligibility will be penalized for the Rookie Draft by the commissioner.

 

 

V. INSTRUCTIONS/ROTATIONS

 

A.    Series Statistics: 

1.       Series Stats:  Diamond Mind Baseball series files must be sent to the visiting manager and the League Office.  A short synopsis should be included for each game with highlights to accompany the file.  The visiting manager must receive in a timely fashion.

2.       Series Identification:  List visitor, series number and home team. (e.g. SS34PA)

3.       Season Statistics:  The Site Coordinator will send a file with the database to begin each half of the season. 

 

B.     Instructions:

Complete road manager's instructions are to be set using the Computer Manager.  Note: Please remember to take out relievers who will be starting a game in that series. 

 

“Reset Player Usage” for both teams before starting a series, once.  Manually list Starting Pitchers and Lineups for each game played.  Do not allow the computer to choose pitchers or lineups for any game.

 

A Computer Manager file must be sent to the League Office, home managers and the Site Coordinator on dates specified by the league playing schedule.  The complete pitching rotation must be sent to the League Office and the commissioner will send a final file to all members for each the first and second halves.

 

C.     Home Managers: 

             A series may be played in advance but it is not necessary.  If the home manager does not have the time to play a series, he may allow the road manager to play the series, and he should notify the League Office.  If the League Office does not receive the results of a series within the time period set by the Commissioner, the League Office will arrange to have the games or series played for the home team.  If the series should arrive after the series has been played, the late results will be void.  On or about March 20th, it is the responsibility of all managers to either send or call the Commissioner with their final rosters of 40 players to be used for the upcoming season. 

 

D.    Half season pitching rotations and Computer Manager files must be received by the Commissioner and all managers at least 1 week prior to its use before the season and at mid‑season. The Commissioner will develop a half season file that would contain all rotations for the members.  Computer Manager files can be sent for each series, a block of series or an entire quarter for the current season.  The commissioner will decide on the exact dates when materials are due.

 

E.     Pitchers "Rest Rules" as provided by Diamond Mind Baseball will be in effect.  (DMB uses four days rest between starts.  You must have at least three day’s rest between starts in a rotation listing.)

 

F.      If a manager is late with results five (5) days and there is no communication from the playing manager, the away manager may play the series.  The home managers results when received, will be disregarded and void.  The home manager may communicate his possible lateness and both managers must agree on who will play the series.

 

G.    Home managers must send the series results to away managers, League Office and the Website Coordinator.

                 

H.    The results must contain all game files for that series and a small write-up for the newsletter for the League Office, visiting manager and WWBAonline.com Newsletter. The receiving manager must respond with a reply that the completed series has been received.  The commissioner will create a file for the due date so both AL and NL managers can keep aware of the ongoing season. The league database will be sent to open the season and at mid-season to all AL managers for them to download to the DMB game.

 

 

 

VI. PENALTIES AND PROTESTS

 

Regular season player eligibility overuse will be one position per infraction and will be adjudicated with the Rookie Draft.

 

Playoff teams will be penalized in the Rookie Draft in the Second (2nd) Round and the non-playoff teams in the Third (3rd) Round.  The commissioner may decide on further penalties due to constant overuse of players.

 

Playoff Penalties for overuse of at bats in a series will result in one position in the 2nd round for each at bat and the first round for any pitching overuse.

 

There will be no protests when the home manager is using the computer manager unless circumstances demand this action.  (e.g. Misuse of starting pitcher or lineups.)

 

 

VII. DRAFTS

 

A.    Rookie/Free Agent Draft

Rosters of all actual Diamond Mind Baseball teams indicating which players tthat will be eligible to be drafted, will be sent approximately December 1st of each year. 

 

The draft of rookie/free agents will take place prior to the opening of the season using the WWBA online chatroom.  TBD.

 

The manager then has three minutes to choose his player.  If a manager is not available for the draft, he must send the League Office a list of draft picks in an email to select his wishes. The manager could also have someone else choose for him.

 

The order of the draft will be the worst Winning Percentage picking first and the American League Champion selecting last.  A tie in records of two or more teams will result in alternate picks determined by (1) head-to-head (2) divisional play, and if a tie, after a coin toss prior to the draft.

 

B.     Waiver Draft: Players may be chosen at the mid-season Waiver Draft.  Choosing order will be decided by winning percentage in reverse order at mid-season and the present playing season. 

 

Prior to the Mid-Season Waiver Draft, all players in the Waiver Pool are eligible to be chosen in the draft which are cut players prior to the regular season.  When a player is selected from the pool a player must be released to adhere to the 40 player roster total.  The 40 roster limit must always be respected.  At season’s end, all players that make up the Waiver List will be cut by each league.

 

VIII. BALL PARKS

 

Stadium Selection for your team will be:

1.      Stadiums supplied by the game,

2.      No two WWBA teams may have the same stadium in any league.,

3.      Neutral Park, (Generic) with a personalized name for the stadium,

4.      You may not alter the characteristics of the MLB park that you have selected, and

5.      If a team’s current park is no longer used in MLB, you may choose any park not currently being used by an AL franchise.

 

Stadiums cannot be changed for 5 years after selection except when a new manager takes over a team, he will have the option to keep or change the home stadium.(2008)

                 

      Ball Parks that will be used for the 2015 WWBA-AL season are:

                  Abbotsford                 Busch Stadium

                  Bathurst                      Miller Park

                  Carteret                       Globe Life Park

                  Chilliwack                   Fenway Park

                  Cortland                      Angel Stadium

                  Guildford                    Safeco Field

                  Korn City                    The Coliseum

                  Marshall                      Oriole Park at Camden Yards

                  Perth Amboy               Turner Field

                  Queens                      Hub Kittle Memorial Field (Neutral Park)

                  Jackson                        Target Field

                  South Amboy              Kaufmann Stadium

                  Toronto                       Coors Field

                  Warren County           Progressive Field

                 

 

New Rules and/or Rule Changes:

The Commissioner can alter, add, or delete WWBA Rules as needed to ensure the stability and for the good of the league.  These changes are open to discussion if necessary, and the commissioner’s decision is final.  Any member can propose a rule change prior to the upcoming season at a designated time. 

The membership will decide whether changes will be made in WWBA with a 70% approval rate (9 votes) on each proposal to show a true positive direction by the membership of all votes submitted.

 

WWBA American League Dues:

The yearly dues are $15.00 for the season to cover the cost of the web site, yearbook and awards.  All fees must be paid to the Commissioner prior to participation in any draft.  A detailed account of all moneys is available upon request to any league member.  Dues are not refundable if a manager leaves WWBA for any reason once the season begins.

 

 

APPENDIX A           


WWBA PLAYER ELIGIBILITY FOR PLAYOFFS


WWBA - AT BATS                              4 GAMES                6 GAMES

               551+                                                       Unlimited                   Unlimited

               501-550                                                           17                                23

               451-500                                                           15                                21

               401-450                                                           14                                19

               351-400                                                           12                                17

               301-350                                                           10                                15

               251-300                                                           9                                 13

               201-250                                                           7                                 10

               151-200                                                           6                                  9

               101-150                                                           4                                  6

                 51-100                                                           2**                              4**

                 01-50                                                             1**                              1**

 

WWBA STARTS                                              5 GAMES      7 GAMES

 

               25 +                                                                 2                      3

               20-24                                                               2                      2

               15-19                                                               1                      1

               00-14                                                        Cannot Start in Playoffs

 

WWBA GMS PITCHED*                            4 GAMES        6 GAMES

 

   60+ or 20 MLB Saves                                      Unlimited         Unlimited

   50-59                                                                           3                      4

   40-49                                                                           2                      3

   30-39                                                                           1                      2

   01-29                                                                           1**                  1**

 

** = Maximum appearances or at bats in the series.  Not Unlimited for the last game of series (5th or 7th game).

 

*GP= GS+GR If the pitcher will be used only as a reliever.  If a pitcher is to be used as both a starter and reliever, the amount of games come into play and they must have three (3) days rest between appearances.

 

Starting pitchers can be used as relievers even if they have no regular season relief appearances. Use the formula above for GP.  " unused GS allowed may be used as GR" 

 

If a pitcher has GS and GR eligibility he can be used as both and his playoff eligibility will be based on the charts above.( ie; A pitcher has 19 GS and 19 GR in the regular season he gets 1 GS and 1 GR in the playoffs. )

 

A pitcher must have 3 days rest between starts.

If a pitcher is used as a starter and reliever he must have three days rest before and after a start. 

 

Position players and relief pitchers are unlimited in the final game of a series if they didn’t exceed their allotted usage in the first 4 or 6 games, in which case they would be ineligible to play in the final game.  Any player who exceeds their eligibility restrictions in games 4 and 6, may not play in the final game of a series.

 

Appearances (GR & AB) accrued in extra innings will not count against the appearances allowed in the first 4 games of a 5 game series and the first 6 games of a 7 game series.

 

A teams’ playoff roster can consist of any 27 players and will remain the same through all rounds of the playoffs except the roster can change before the World Series begins.

 

We will “reset player usage” at the end of the regular season and not again until the beginning of the World Series. During the first three playoff rounds, batters faced for catchers and number of pitches thrown for pitchers (fatigue factor) will carry over from series to series. 

 

Home field advantage in the World Series will rotate each season with the American League having home field in the odd numbered years and the National League having home field in the even numbered years. Home field rules will be used and the games must be played via net play.

 

Revised 2/2015