Constitution

N.L. CONSTITUTION INDEX.....!










TOPIC PAGE PARA SUB
ARTICLES,REQUIRED                           3 X11 A
BALL PARKS                                       4 XIII A-F
BASIC RULES OF PLAYING GAMES     2 V A-1
COMMISSIONER VOTING                   4 XIV E
COMMISSIONER DUTIES                       1 I D
COMMISSIONER'S LOTTERY BALL      3 1 NOTE
COMMITTEES                     10
DEFENSIVE POSITIONS                     2 V B
DESIGNATED HITTERS                       2 V G
DIVISION LOTTERY                           3 XIII II
DRAFT LOTTERY                             3 XIII I
DRAFT TIE-BREAKERS                       3 X C
DUE DATES                                      1 III C
DUES                                                 3 XI A.B
EDITOR'S NOTE                                  4 XV
EXPANDED ROSTER SIZE                 1 II F
EXPANSION   11
FIELD MANAGERS 4 XIII 1A-D
FIRST YEAR MANAGERS                     1 IV B-6
FREE AGENCY SCALE                        6 A
FREE AGENCY, BASIC RULES           5 I 16-
FREE AGENT TYPES                         6 A,B
GAME {USED FOR PLAY}                 1 II A
HOME MGR'S RESPONSIBILITIES       2 VIII A-C
INSTRUCTION / ROTATION SHEETS      2 VII A-F
KING SOLOMON CLAUSE                    11 1
LEAGUE OBJECTIVE                        1 I
MANAGER PROFILES                     2 VII F
MEMBERSHIP DUTIES                     1 I C,D
OBJECTIVE OF WWBA                     1 I A
ORGANIZATIONS                              1 I B
OWNERSHIP OF PLAYERS               1 II D
PINCH RUNNERS                              2 V I
PITCHER'S PINCH-HITTING              2 V F
PLAYER USAGE NUMBERS            2 VI A
PLAYOFF BRACKETS                    7A
PLAYOFF PLAYER ELIGIBILITY        8
PLAYOFF ROSTER                           1 II H
PLAYOFF ROUNDS                           7 III
PLAYOFF STRUCTURE                      7 I
POINT ADDENDUMS                       6 I
POINT PENALTIES                           2.3 VI-VIII B,C,A1
POINTS, ACQUIRING                       5 I
PROTESTS                                     2 IX A-C
RELIEF PITCHER USAGE                 2 V C
ROOKIE DEFINITION                        1 II C
ROOKIE DRAFT                                3 X A-C
ROOKIE PLAYERS                          1 II C
ROSTER MOVEMENT                      1 II G
ROSTER SIZE  & ACTIVE PLAYERS 1 II E,F
RULES OF PLAY                              2 V A-I
SCHEDULES                                  1 III A-E
STARTING PITCHER USAGE           2 V D,E
STARTING PITCHER'S REST            3 VII D,E
TIE-BREAKERS                               7 II
TRADE RULES                                1 IV A,B1-5
USAGE OVERAGES                        2 VI B
WAIVER LIST RULES                      9 I
WORLD SERIES ROSTER              1 II 1

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INTRODUCTION

*** AS YOU WILL SEE 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-N.L.. AS MOST OF YOU KNOW THIS CONSTITUTION HAS CHANGED MANY TIMES IN THE PAST 30+ YEARS. 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. THIS LEAGUE'S LONGEVITY CAN BE TRACED TO AND IS THE DIRECT RESULT OF THE DEDICATION AND ENERGIES OF IT'S 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 objective of the World Wide Baseball Association is to promote friendship and have fun through playing the Diamond Mind Major League Baseball Game.

B. The organization will consist of 28 active franchises, 14 National League and 14 American League. Each league will be divided into 3 divisions. Divisions can change with the addition/deletion of a franchise or with the geographical movement of an existing franchise.

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

D. Each league will have a commissioner (s) who will perform the duties inherent with the commissioner's office. The commissioner (s) will act as arbiter in all league disputes. In any proposal made by a league member that results in a league vote the commissioner will vote only if the results of the voting end in a tie.

{II} BASIC OPERATING RULES

A. We will use the current edition of Diamond Mind Computer Game.
B. There will be no inter-league play except the WWBA World Series.
C. All new/rookie players in Major League Baseball are owned by their respective WWBA leagues.

1. A rookie player is one that has not been previously drafted by a WWBA team and is carded by Diamond Mind for the upcoming season (these players must have 15 IP or 15 GP for pitchers and 30 AB or 30 GP for position players.

note: if a Major League Player is traded from one league to the other, the league in which he ends his current MLB season with is also the WWBA league that will include said player to their next rookie pool.

D. All individual WWBA players are owned by their respective franchises until traded, sold, waived or file for free agency.

E. Each team will consist of 40 players, 27 active and 13 inactive.

1. Every team must have at least "TWO" players rated at every defensive position on their "active roster" .
2. A player "MAY NOT" play a position that he isn't rated defensively for unless the game is in extra inning and all legal position substitutions have been exhausted.
3. Penalties for violations for E1 & E2 will be set by the commissioner.

F. 1. A Position Player must have at least 30 At Bats OR 30 Games Played in the previous MLB season to be ACTIVE in the current WWBA Season.

2. A Pitcher must have at least 15 Innings Pitched OR 15 Games Pitched in the previous MLB season to be ACTIVE in the current WWBA Season.

G. Unlimited changes to a team's active roster can be made at the end of EACH QUARTER of play which would allow a team to bring up any carded player in their Minor League System.

( * ) All CARDED players on a team's roster may be activated for the 4th quarter of each season and be illegible to play for the remainder of the current season.

H. A team's playoff roster will consist of any 27 players that were activated during that current season. This 27 man roster will remain as that team's playoff roster as long as they remain in the WWBA-NL playoffs. If a team gets to the WWBA World Series they may change their roster to include any player that was activated for that team during the current WWBA season. Please refer to Rule 8C for additional clarifiaction

I. Free Agency, Waiver Lists and Player Value Systems will be part and parcel of each league. See the respective sections for further details.

{III} SCHEDULE

A. The regular season will consist of a 162 game schedule.

B. A balanced schedule will be used with each team playing the remaining teams 12 games per season, 6 home and 6 road.

1. An "UNBALANCED" schedule will be used starting with the 2007 WWBA-NL season. Teams will play their 4 conference opponents 14 times (7 home - 7 away) and their non-conference opponents 10 times (5 home - 5 away)

C. Each series results are due to the league office and opposing manager on the date listed on the WWBA schedule sheet.

D. League Post Season Play: see playoff section.

E. The World Series will be played between commissioners, alternating home fields each year. The series can also be played head to head by the opposing managers if it does not delay the completion of the series for an unacceptable length of time. [A phone head-to-head series is possible when approved by both commissioners]

{IV} TRADES

A. All trades must take place during specified times known as Trading Periods.
B. For a trade to be considered official it must meet the following criteria:

1. Both parties must be members in good standing, meeting all league requirements.
2. They must notify their commissioner with the proposed trade.
3. Terms such as "player to be named later","future considerations" or anything like is not be permitted.

4. A team may trade their next year's Rookie Draft Picks at the Mid-Season trade period with the following restrictions. (It must be picks from Rounds 1-5 only and also must be from the next WWBA season only) They may also trade or acquire picks, rounds 1-5, with or to the A.L.

5. The commissioner has right to void any transaction that is not in the "best interest of the WWBA- NL

5A. The commissioner also has the right to call upon the WWBA- NL Trade Committee, consisting of himself, Tom Mendillo, Al Fabrizio and 1 random appointed member to settle trade discrepancy possibilities. In order for the Committee to VOID the deal a 3-1 vote of the committee to void said deal must be reached. Of course, any deal where any of the 3 committee members are involved will call for that member to relinquish his committee responsibilities for that particular trade. The commissioner will be responsible to appoint a new member when a committee member must step down.

6. First year managers will have all their transactions monitored by an appointed committee until the start of their second season.

7. If a team acquires a player from the A.L. during the regular season the following usage numbers will be used:

A. When trading with an A.L. team the player(s) you will be allowed...only the remaining at bats, starts, relief appearances from that player(s) usage allowance. Rule Changed for 2011 season.

B. If the player was inactive on the A.L. roster for that season the N.L. team acquiring that player gets his full WWBA usage numbers.

C. If a player transaction is made between Two N.L. teams said player will get whatever usage numbers (at bats, starts, relief apps) that are still left from the team he was traded from.


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{V} BASIC RULES OF PLAY

A. All official rules of the WWBA, DMB and Major League Baseball will be followed, in that order of priority.
B. A player can’t play at a position he is not rated to play except in the case of injury or ejection or where no other "rated replacement" is available.
C. A relief pitcher may appear in all games of a series. The 3 game restrictions is no longer in effect.
D. A starting pitcher may not relieve in a series that he has started and a relief pitcher may not start in a series he had relieved in.
E. Only pitchers with starting ratings and WWBA starts may start a game in the WWBA.
F. A pitcher may be used as a pinch hitter only if ALL other position PH possibilities have been exhausted. This is "NOT" the case for Pinch Running.
G. The Designated Hitter rule will be used in the American League only.


{VI} PLAYER USAGE NUMBERS

A. Regular season At Bats, Relief games and Starts are to be determined by an extrapolation formula.

1. At Bats:

{a} Actual MLB At Bats x 1.05, rounded up to next multiple of 5
{b} A player with 650+ actual at bats has number rounded up to next multiple of five.
{c} A player that uses 5% roundup factor has 650 at bat maximum cap.


2. Starts: The WWBA-NL will use the pitcher's Actual MLB Starts


3. Relief: The WWBA-NL will use the pitcher's Actual MLB Relief

Note: A team may use a pitcher's "unused starts" as relief games


B. Going over on player usage allotments will subject that GM to point penalties, 1 per at bat, 5 per relief and 10 per start, as well as other disciplinary measures if the commissioner feels that the point fines did not suffice.


THE FOLLOWING PENALTIES HAVE BEEN SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER

NOTIFICATION BY COMMISSIONER'S OFFICE.. AS OF:10-12-09

A. OVER USAGE PENALTIES: Players will be penalized for playoffs if they were over used during

The regular season. NOTE No player will be reduced to a "zero" usage number for a playoff series.

B. Relief pitchers penalties

1-10 relief appearances over = 10% reduction in
playoff appearances rounded up to the next whole
number

11+ relief appearances over = 25% reduction in
playoff appearances rounded up to the next whole
number

C. Hitters penalties

1-20 abs over = 10% reduction in playoff abs rounded
up to the next whole number

21+ abs over = 25% reduction in playoff abs rounded up
to the next whole number

D. Starting Pitcher penalties

No penalties in the first round

1-4 starts over = 1 start lost per series
5+ starts over = 2 starts lost per series

X. Playoff at bats, starts and relief appearances can be found in playoff section.

{VII} INSTRUCTIONS - ROTATION SHEETS

A. A Manager Profile Must Be Created By Each General/Field Manager To Replace Paper Instructions.

B. Pitching Rotation sheets must be completed for the entire half prior to the start of each half.

C. A pitcher must have at least 3 games rest between starts.

D. Starting with the 2001 season GMs will be expected to create a Manager Profile for their road games even if they do not want the profile used. This is for the times that games need to be played by the commissioners due to late results.

If a GM does not create a profile one will be created for him by the commissioner.

{VIII} HOME MANAGERS AND SERIES RESULTS

A. The home manager will send the following to the road manager at the completion of their series: VIA- E/MAIL 1. The stat files for that particular series

B. The home manager will send the following to the league commissioner Jim Lee and stat secretary Tom Mendillo as well as the ROAD MANAGER:

VIA- E/MAIL 1. The stat files for that particular series

C. All series results not in by the assigned due dates are subject to point penalties.

D. Late Series Penalties:

If the commissioner (Jim Lee) is not emailed at least two days before the due date with an explanation for why the series will be late that manager will waive his right to play the games if they are indeed late. Even if an extension is granted a point penalty ( 5 pts per day) will still be issued.

{IX} PROTESTS AND FORFEITS

A. If a manager believes that the opposing manager did not follow his instructions or the rules of the WWBA in a way in which the violation influenced the outcome of a game, series etc. he can file a protest with the league office.

B. If the accused manager disagrees with the complaint he may file a counter-protest. At this time the commissioner will issue judgment on the complaint.

C. If it is determined that the protest was a viable one and that improprieties were evident the game may be replayed or forfeited.


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{X} DRAFT

A. The rookie draft will be in early March. All members are encouraged but not required to attend the annual draft. If not able to be present at the draft a phone draft or computer draft will be used. If neither is available it is the General Manager's responsibility to get a prioritized list to the draft committee prior to draft day.

[1] The N.L. Rookie Draft will be capped at 9 rounds. Any player on the Rookie List thst is not chosen by the end of the 9th round will be place on the Waiver List for that year. Effective starting with 2016 season...as per commissioner invoking the King Solomon Clause. [11-1-A]

{XI} THE WWBA NATIONAL LEAGUE LOTTERY SYSTEM

{I} THE DRAFTING ORDER FOR THE FIRST ROUND OF EACH YEAR'S ROOKIE DRAFT, AND ONLY FOR THE FIRST ROUND WILL BE DETERMINED IN THE FOLLOWING MANNER:

{A} THE TEAMS THAT DO NOT MAKE THE PLAY OFFS IN THE PREVIOUS SEASON WILL ENTER A LOTTERY TO DETERMINE THEIR DRAFTING ORDER. [TIE BREAKERS WILL APPLY IF TEAMS INVOLVED HAVE IDENTICAL RECORDS] 1. Worst Road Record 2. Worst Lifetime Win % 3. Coin Flip

{1} THE DISTRIBUTION OF BALLS WILL BE AS FOLLOWS:
{a} THE TEAM WITH THE WORST RECORD RECEIVES 5 BALLS.
{b} THE TEAM WITH THE 2ND WORST RECORD RECEIVES 4 BALLS.
{c} THE TEAM WITH THE 3RD WORST RECORD RECEIVES 3 BALLS.
{d} THE TEAM WITH THE 4TH WORST RECORD RECEIVES 2 BALLS.
{e} THE TEAMS WITH THE 5TH – 9TH WORST RECORDS RECEIVE 1 BALL EACH.

{2} ONLY THE FIRST FOUR DRAFT POSITIONS WILL BE DRAWN VIA THE LOTTERY. THE REMAINING SIX TEAMS WILL BE PLACED IN REVERSE WINNING PERCENTAGE ORDER.

NOTE: An ADDITIONAL LOTTERY BALL" KNOWN AS THE COMMISSIONER'S DISCRETIONARY BALL COULD BE ADDED TO THE MIX TO COMPENSATE FOR AN EXCESSIVE IMBALANCE IN THE RECORDS OF THE TEAM'S INVOLVED. A TEAM WILL BE AWARDED THIS BALL IF THEY FINISH LAST FOR A SECOND CONSECUTIVE SEASON AND DID NOT RECEIVE THE FIRST PICK IN THE PREVIOUS YEARS DRAFT.

B. The drafting order will be reverse winning percentage. {Starting with worst percentage picking first and going to best percentage picking last in each round. NOTE: At least: Picks 1-5 will be placed in a lottery to determine order.

C. A tie in winning percentage for non lottery teams will be broken in the following manner:

1. Worst Road Record
2. Worst Record in Division
3. Worst Head to Head record
4. Worst Lifetime Win %

D. The players drafted during the annual rookie draft will be pre-determined by the rules for Rookie Players stated on Page-1,II,C,1 of this constitution.


{XI} DUES

A. WWBA National League dues will be $20.00 per season to be received by the end of each November.

B. Dues are non-refundable should a manager leave the WWBA during the season.

{XII} PUBLISHED ARTICLES (formerly Required Articles)

A. Each GM can submit an article (s) for publication in the Newsletter Section of the web-site
1. A 5 point bonus will be awarded for articles that were published in the first half
2. A 5 point bonus will be awarded for articles published in the second half

{II} The NL has gone to a Geographical Division Alignment. They are: Changed end of 2013 season.

GULF: Gold Coast, St. Pete, Tampa, Ybor City

ATLANTIC: Carolina, Palm City, Peninsula, Suffolk County, Waccamaw

WESTERN: Concord, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Midland, Sequoia

NOTE: These divisions are subject to change only by a 2/3 majority vote of the membership or if a team relocates or is replaced by another team in a different geographical area. Expansion may also affect these geographical divisions.



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{XIII} NEW FOR PLAY IN THE 1999 WWBA-NL SEASON... BALL PARK EFFECTS

Each team will choose a current Major League Ball Park to represent their home park for league play.

A draft will be set up to determine the order in which the parks shall be selected. Rules to govern ball parks will be as follows.

{A} Members may draft any current MLB park with the exception of Coors Field
{B} No two WWBA-NL teams may have the same MLB venue
{C} A team may chose to play in a neutral park. One that is not a current MLB facility.
[1] If you chose to play in a neutral park you must supply a name for that park.

{D} You MAY NOT alter any of the characteristics of the MLB park that you have selected. ie. Change the field of play from turf to grass or distances of fences or...etc.

{E} You MAY NOT change your existing ball park unless it is approved by a 2/3 majority vote by the current membership [10 of the 15 current General Mangers.] You may however, change from your current park to a neutral park "ONE TIME" without approval being necessary. If you then decide to change back to an existing MLB park the vote process will take effect.

{F} A team may change ball parks "without" a 2/3 majority vote if they have had their current park for AT LEAST THE PAST 3 YEARS . King Solomon Clasue: 03.12.2014

{G} If a team's current park is no longer used in MLB he may choose any park not currently owned by an NL franchise



{XIII-A} FIELD MANGERS

(1) Each WWBA team must name a Field Manager for each season.

The criteria for Field Managers are:

[A] They must be an Ex-MLB Player or baseball affiliated person / player.
[B] They must be ALIVE
[C] Player Managers will not be allowed
[D] Must be approved by the Official Field Manager Review Committee.


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WWBA-NL FREE AGENCY

I Points:
Free Agency is put into effect through the use of points acquired by each NL franchise.
Teams can acquire points in the following ways:
A: Trade
B: Bonus from Commissioner
C: Point Addendums found on Page 6-I in this constitution
D. A team will also be given a point for each game lost the previous season

IA A team will be awarded BONUS points in the following manner:

Winning N.L. Pennant 15
Winning Division 10
Making the playoffs 05

Plus and additional bonus of 5 points for winning the WWBA World Series 05


Note: A team will only be awarded the highest bonus points that they qualify for. ie: If a team makes the playoffs, wins their division, wins the pennant and the the world series they get 20 points not 35


II Basic Rules of Free Agency

1. Teams must follow the Free Agency Scale in terms of free agent filings but are not required to sign a free agent.

2. If a team's free agent is not signed by the end of the current free agent procedure that player will be returned to his original team for the price of "ONE" point. If the team does not have the point to purchase the player back or if the team just does not want the player back he will be placed on the next NL Rookie Draft list or NL Waiver List

3. The General Manager will determine the player {s} that file for free agency using the free agency scale to determine the number of free agent filings.

4. A team can prevent a free agent from signing with another team by matching {plus 1 point} the high bidder for that player. This will be known as the "Buy Back Option".

5. A team that looses a free agent will not receive any form of compensation by the team that signs that particular free agent.

6. If two teams have identical bids on a free agent and are the high bidders on that free agent the team with the most number of losses from the previous season will be rewarded that free agent. If the number of losses are the same the Tie-Breaker Format listed below is to be used:

6A. The Complete Tie-Breaker Format is:

1. Worst Road Record
2. Worst Record in Division
3. Worst Head to Head record
4. Worst Lifetime Win %


7. A team cannot bid more points than it owns on a particular free agent.

8. Points will be deducted from a team's point total when that team is noted as the high bidder on a free agent.

8A. All team Point Accounts will be frozen once the Free Agent Bids sheets, for that year, are sent from the League Office.

9. A team may trade or release or cut any Free Agent after signing him during an appropriate roster movement period.

10. If a team exercises the Buy-Back option it will be considered a free agent signing and will be counted against the number of free agents that team is allowed to sign.

11. Once your free agents have filed with the league office you may trade any player on your roster with the exception of your free agents.

12. Each team will be sent a final free agent order list. This list will be used by the teams to make their free agent bids and must be returned to the league office by the scheduled date. If a team does not want to sign any free agents they still must return their sheet noting their intention not to participate.

13. The order of the free agency procedure will be determined by a descending "BID" amount. Tie bids will be broken by the following manner. [ At Bats, Starts, Relief.] A team's signing priority will be by descending bid order. Using same tie breaker rules.

{A.} If a team has identical bids on more than one player and is eligible to sign more than one of these players they can have the right to decide which player they wish to sign. They can prioritize their Bid Sheet to state their intentions on how to break tie bids. [IE: BIDS LIKE 27A, 27B, 27C, etc.]

14. A complete list of the entire free agency period, with bids, will be sent to each member following free agency.

15. The commissioner will participate, if he so chooses, in free agency by sending a copy of his free agent bids to 3 NL members at the time he mails out the blank free agency final list sheet.

16. A team's free agency period will terminate when {a} they have spent all their allowed points {b} when they have signed the maximum number of free agents allowed by the free agency scale.

*** IMPORTANT NOTE: THERE SHOULD NEVER BE FREE AGENCY IN DURING AN EXPANSION YEAR **


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FREE AGENCY SCALE

NO. OF WINS    NO.OF FILINGS(@)      NO.OF SIGNINGS {*}

00-54                              -0-                              -4-
55-65                              -1-                              -4-
66-74                              -2-                              -3-
75-81                              -3-                              -3-
82-89                              -3-                              -2-
90-99                              -4-                              -2-
100-up                             -4-                              -1-

{@} represents the minimum number of players that will file for free agency from your team

{*} represents the maximum number of free agents that can be signed by your team

DEFINITIONS

TYPE A FREE AGENT: is a player that ends the season on a team's 40 man roster and has at least: 80 At Bats or 80 Games Played for Position Players or at least: 40 Innings Pitched or 40 Games Pitched for Pitchers from the previous MLB season. They must also have been on the OPENING DAY roster of their current WWBA team OR have PLAYED for their current WWBA team during the previous season. If a type A free agent is not signed or the Buy Back Option is not used on him during the free agency period he will be added to the rookie draft pool.

TYPE B FREE AGENT: is a player that is carded for the next WWBA season and is owned by the WWBA-NL but not on a current WWBA roster. Type B free agents would have been previously entered in a WWBA rookie draft. If a type B free agent is not signed during the free agency period he will be added to the rookie draft pool.

POINTS: a unit of value that can be used for the signing of free agents, for a measure of value during a transaction or for the claiming of players from the waiver list.

Point Rules:

#1. At the end of each WWBA season each team will receive 1 point for each of its losses during that WWBA year.

#1A See addendum { I } below
#2. A team may acquire points via trades.
#3. Points can be accumulated / carried over from season to season.
#4. A team may not lend or borrow points to or from another team.
#5. A team must have at least one point in its account at all times.

[see Addendum { II } below]

#6. The league office may deduct points from a team's total for infractions with league due dates or requirements. These will be known as LEAGUE FINES!!!

{II} Penalty for reducing point account to {0 or lower}

1st Fine: Fined 50 points from Point Rule #1 {See POINTS above}
2nd Fine: Loss of 2 free agent signings
3rd Fine: Loss of 3rd round rookie pick
4th Fine: Loss of 2nd round rookie pick
5th Fine: Loss of 1st round rookie pick and REFERRAL to DISMISSAL COMMITTEE


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Post Season Usage Rules:

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; Joe Blow 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 at least
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.

# = maximum GR or AB in the series. These players are not unlimited 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
American League has home field in odd numbered years
National League has home field in even numbered years
Home field rules will be used and the games must be played via net play.


IMPORTANT NOTE: All PLAYOFF GAMES MUST BE PLAYED USING THE NET-PLAY OPTION: If teams involved in a series cannot play the series in a timely manner {to be determined by the commissioner} members that are no longer involved in the playoffs will be appointed to play the series.

PLAYOFF STRUCTURE:

[I] WHO MAKES THE PLAYOFFS:

{3} THREE CONFERENCE WINNERS
{2} NEXT TWO BEST RECORDS

[II] TIE-BREAKERS:

If two or more teams end the regular season with identical records and it affects the playoff structure the following tie-breakers will be used to determine the order or placement of the playoff participants:

IF THE TIE RELATES TO A DIVISION TITLE OR WILD CARD SPOT :

1. A ONE GAME PLAYOFF WILL BE ADDED TO THE REGULAR SEASON
A. Home team is decided using Rule II.1 (below)
B: All players that are NOT over their allotted usage numbers are UNLIMITED for this game.
( I ) If a player has exceeded his allotted usage numbers he is NOT eligible to play in this game.

C. This game will be considered as the start of the playoffs.

1. Teams will clear rest prior to this game.
2. After this game there will be 1 off day then playoffs commence without clearing rest / reset player usage.

Note: The pitcher starting this 1 game playoff will not be able to start again until he meets the starting pitching / rest rules for the playoffs.


[II.1] IF THE TIE RELATES TO TEAMS NOT INVOLVED IN DIVISION TITLE /PLAYOFF RACE:

1. BEST ROAD RECORD
2. BEST DIVISIONAL RECORD
3. BEST HEAD TO HEAD RECORD
4. COIN FLIP

[III] PLAYOFF ROUNDS:

WILD CARD ROUND #1

Type Of Series: BEST OF FIVE GAMES

Two Wild Card Teams, Non-Division Winners with Best Record

Team w/ best record is home for games 1, 2 & 5


CONFERENCE ROUND #2 NLDS

Type Of Series: BEST OF SEVEN GAMES

Team w/ best record plays team with 4th best record
Team w/ 2nd best record plays team w/ 3rd best record
Team w/ best record is home for games 1,2, & 6,7

Note: A Wild Card team cannot have Home Field Advantage if playing a Conference Champion

LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP #3 NLCS

Type Of Series: BEST OF SEVEN GAMES
The two remaining teams from the Conference round
Conference Winner vs Non-Conference Winner: Conference Winner is home games 1,2,6,7

If both are Conference Winners Or Non-Conference Winners the team w/ best record is home
for games 1, 2, 6 & 7


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8.A PLAYOFF ELIGIBILITY AND USAGE NUMBERS

EFFECTIVE STARTING WITH 2009 SEASON

8A-1.0 WWBA PLAYOFF ELIGIBILITY AND USAGE NUMBERS

POSITION PLAYERS: SERIES LENGTH

WWBA –            AB ALLOWED      4 GAMES      6 GAMES

551+                                              -UNL-          -UNL-
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                                              4                9
101-150                                              4                6
51-100                                               2#              4#
1-50                                                  1#               1#
# = not unlimited Abs for game 7

STARTING PITCHING SERIES LENGTH

WWBA-GS ALLOWED 5 GAMES 7 GAMES

25+ 2 3
20-24 2 2
15-19 1 1
00-14 CAN NOT START IN PLAYOFFS
RELIEF PITCHING SERIES LENGTH

WWBA-GP*                          4 GAMES              6 GAMES

60+ or 20 MLB SAVES              -UNL-                  -UNL-
50-59                                         3                         4
40-49                                         2                         3
30-39                                         1                         2
01-29                                         1#                       1#
# = not unlimited Abs for game 7

*** Important Note ***   If a team's player exceeds their allotted number of at bats, starts, relief appearances during a game the opposing manager has the right to have that game "REPLAYED".

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8.B

Playoff Rosters : A playoff roster can be made up of any player that played for " THAT" team during the current WWBA season. This roster (though under committee review at this time) will be used as long as that team remains in the WWBA-NL playoffs. For the World Series the NL Champion may adjust his roster to included any player that played during the current WWBA season even if he was not activated for the prior WWBA-NL playoff rounds.

8.C

Playoff Rosters For Traded Players : In order for a player that is acquired during the Mid-Season Trading Period to be eligible for a playoff roster that player "MUST" be activated for play during the 3rd quarter of the current season.
PASSED AT 2015 DRAFT:
A PLAYER MUST "PLAY" FOR THEIR NEW TEAM DURING THE 2ND HALF OF THE SEASON IN ORDER TO BE ELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE IN POST SEASON PLAY. IE.[ A PITCHER MUST "PITCH" IN A GAME AND A POSITION PLAYER MUST HAVE A PLATE APPEARANCE IN A GAME***



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[I] WAIVER LIST RULES:

[ I ] The NL will be using the following formula to determine the Waiver Draft Order starting with the 2015 N.L. Waiver Draft

1. The draft order will be determined by adding a teams WIN % of the prior season to the WIN % in the first half of the current season with the lowest WIN % picking 1st, and so on.

[1A] If two or more teams have the same WIN % the team with the lowest WIN % for the current year gets the higher seed.

[1B] In the rare occurrence that teams are still tied the GM with the lower lifetime WIN % gets the higher seed.

[1C] If the current WIN % is also tied the team with the worse road record is awarded the higher seed.


2. Any player released by a team will not be available until the next round. These players will cost one point if they are currently un-carded and 5 points if they are carded.

3. The waiver draft will take place at a scheduled time near the end of the 1st half of a season. The Commissioner will announce the Draft Date as well as the drafting procedures prior to draft day....usually 2-3 or so weeks prior. The Waiver Draft will take place in the WWBA Chatroom.

4. All restrictions for keeping waiver players are now NULL and VOID. You may cut any players claimed at the beginning of the next season if you wish. No longer does a team have to hold an un-carded player until the next Waiver Draft as well as a carded player having to be activated for play during the current season. You may also trade any claimed player during official WWBA trading periods.



5. The point cost for each player in the Waiver Draft will be as follows:

Value of :Un-Carded players

01 point: player who isn't playing in MLB
05 points: player who is playing in the current MLB season but isn't carded

10 points: player who is carded in the current MLB season

Value of :Carded players

05 points: player who isn't playing in the current MLB season
10 points: player who is playing in the current MLB season but isn't carded
15 points: player who is carded in the current MLB season

(5A) Carded Player means that player already has 15 Games Pitched and / or 15 Innings Pitched for pitchers OR 30 Games Played and / or 30 At Bats for batters

(5A1). The playing time above will be determined based on the players stats in the current MLB season on the last day of June or before is draft is held prior to the end of June.

(5A1a) Actual date to be determined by N.L. Commissioner)

(5A2) Players cut by teams will be 1 point if they are not carded in the current WWBA season and 5 points if they are.



6. All teams will be allowed to participate in all rounds. There will be no elimination from the draft because of a set number of passes. The draft will end when all teams pass in a round.



7. As per point rules in N.L. Constitution you must always have at least "1 point' in your account at all times. This applies to the claiming of players from the waiver list.



8. A team "MAY NOT" place a claim on a player that they waived during THAT calendar year.

9. A team must maintain a max-40 player roster at all times. It may be necessary to place a player on waivers due to a trade or waiver claim. If this occurs the newly waived player is added to the waiver list.

10. If a player on the waiver list is not claimed during the claiming period he will be placed in the appropriate N.L. or A.L. pool at season's end if he meets the established criteria for inclusion.

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{1} THE N.L. COMMITTEES

A.. The N.L., through the infinite wisdom of current and past commissioners have established the following committees This 4 member panel, whose names shall remain a mystery, have sworn to make these decisions with the sole purpose to insure that the integrity and the moral and ethical principles of the WWBA N.L. are always maintained and adhered to. Any N.L. member that disputes any of the findings of these committees will be labeled a " Torre " and proceedings may be initiated to remove said member from his position as owner/G.M. of that WWBA franchise.

(I) Team Name Committee
(II) Field Manager Name Committee
(III) Ball Park Committee
(IV) Team Logo Committee

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{1} THE KING SOLOMON CLAUSE

A. For all matters not covered in the constitution regarding any function or related to any part of the WWBA will be addressed by the League Commissioner.

B. The commissioner's decision regarding said matters is final.

C. The commissioner's decision may only be changed by a 2/3 majority vote of the membership.

D. The commissioner may appoint members to serve on committees at various times during the year to make decisions on issues that may arise. ie. Name Committee ( A committee that approves new franchise names in the WWBA-NL)

1. These appointments are responsibilities that are inherent to being a WWBA-N.L. member.

2. As are other league responsibilities such as voting on official proposals, meeting required due dates, paying dues, etc.

E. The Commissioner will vote on proposals, etc. only when the membership vote ends up in a tie.

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1998 & 2006 EXPANSION DRAFT RULES
TEAMS W/ LIFE-TIME WIN % OF .500 OR GREATER
PROTECT
12 PLAYERS WITH NO MORE THAN 5 BEING PITCHERS

TEAMS W/ LIFE-TIME WIN % OF .450 TO .499
PROTECT
13 PLAYERS WITH NO MORE THAN 5 BEING PITCHERS

TEAMS W/ LIFE-TIME WIN % BELOW .450
PROTECT
14 PLAYERS WITH NO MORE THAN 5 BEING PITCHERS

NOTE *** There will be a pull back option given to every team after they lose their first player

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{I} Expansion Team will choose 25 players from "Unprotected Lists" with no team losing more than 2 players.

{II} Expansion team will pick 2 players {not owned by current WWBA franchise} from Arizona Diamondbacks and Milwaukee Brewers. [FOR 1968 EXPANSION DRAFT ONLY]

{III} Expansion team will be given a "Lottery Pick" {1 ball} in 1st round of NL Rookie draft and 25, 40, 55, 70, 85, etc. in following rounds.

{IV} Expansion team will be given 156 points to establish their point account.

{V} Expansion teams may sign any Waiver List Player once the Waiver List is established prior to the start of games for the current season.

The Player Value System will be used to determine signing amount.

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Other points of interest regarding expansion draft:

DURING THE 1998 SEASON

At the All-Star Break a WWBA-NL team's roster {active OR inactive} cannot change by more than 3 players.

There will be NO TYPE A FREE AGENCY at the end of the season but there will be a TYPE B FREE AGENCY {players un-owned by WWBA franchise}.

Trading Period will begin after the Expansion Draft is held. {Oct.'98}