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PSCB LEAGUE RULES

Puget Sound Computerized Baseball (PSCB) is a face-to-face, continuous ownership, computerized draft league.  The league was formed in 1990 to provide team owners a recreation opportunity, to act as their own General Manager as well as Field Manager of a baseball team.

The league is designed to promote friendly competition, in a competitive league. Every attempt is made to allow managers to be able to be successful over the long run and that no one team is non-competitive for an extended length of time.

The league will use “Diamond Mind Baseball” (DMB) as their game as choice.  The league commissioner or his designee(s) may research other computerized baseball games and make recommendations for change as they see fit.

The rules of DMB and major league baseball will apply unless modified by league rules.

The preferred method of play is face-to-face using the internet host/connect feature of DMB.

The following types of play are also considered face-to-face:  Games played on a common computer with both managers present.  (See Protocol, for other situations)

LEAGUE STRUCTURE/ORGANIZATIONAL RULES

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LEAGUE STRUCTURE AND ORGANIZATIONAL RULES

Organization: PSCB will be divided into two leagues consisting of the Atlantic and Pacific. Each league will have 2 divisions, the East and the West. The total league size will be held to 24 teams, 12 in each league. This is to insure that there will be enough players available to meet (PSCB) player restrictions.

Each team will play a 154 game schedule. The schedule will be balanced; that is 14 games against each of the other 11 teams in the league.

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Membership: The League Commissioner will be responsible for recruiting and placing new managers into respective divisions.   Dismissal from the league will require a 2/3 vote from the league as a whole.
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Managers: All managers must own or have access to a computer and Internet connection. It will be each manager's responsibility to manage their team's "Manager Profile" to insure that they use players in accordance with the league rules.
Each manager is expected to check e-mail on a regular basis. E-mail will be the primary means of communication from the league office to managers.

While the league encourages managers to play their games face-to-face it is not a league requirement. Managers may need to take advantage of the commuter manager function of the game.

Managers are however expected to manage their team's profile, communicate with their opponents on a weekly basis, and insure that, however the games are played; the correct pitching rotations and lineups are used.  It is the visiting team’s responsibility to make sure the home team has their up-to-date MP; this is especially true if changes are made after the weekly database is sent out by the commissioner.

During the season managers should expect to spend 1-2 hours a week monitoring their team profile and keeping up with league business. Managers who play face-to-face can expect to spend 2-3 more hours.

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Protocol: Managers are reminded that the game, while competitive, is for recreational purposes. All managers have the responsibility to insure that they comply with league rules.

It also will be considered in bad taste to run up the score. Stealing bases with a 5 run lead (including using the hit & run) and trying to improve a player's statistics in one-sided games would be examples of this. Fines, loss of draft picks, or being asked to leave the league could result if a manager fails to show good sportsmanship.

Prior to each week's series it will be the visiting team's manager that is responsible (but the home team can as a courtesy also email) for contacting his opponent to make all necessary arrangements to play the series (see MP above). If the home team has not heard from the visiting manager by Thursday night then he is free to play the series.

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Voting:  Each manager will receive one vote. All issues/rules will require a 2/3 favorable vote by league members.
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Dues: The league will charge annual dues based upon the league's needs for the current year, the amount charged (if any) will be set by the commissioner.  Dues are payable to the treasurer, on or before the secondary phase of the winter draft.
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League Officers: The league as a whole will choose a Commissioner (for life) and a Treasurer. The Commissioner will have final decision powers in all disputes.   The commissioner may appoint league members to serve on special committees as needed.
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Removal from Office:  The Commissioners and Treasures term of office is continuous (for life) but either or both may be removed from office by a 2/3 vote of all managers.
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Protest: Protests involving the RULES OF THE GAME must be made with the other manager at the time of the dispute and must be filed within 48 hours from midnight of the night the game was played.

Protests involving eligibility / protocol must go to the commissioner or his designee. An eligibility protest upheld means forfeit of the game in question!
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Statistics: The DMB has its own built-in statistics program. This program can generate all necessary statistics. Indeed this is a great feature of playing DMB. The manager's responsibility is to insure that all games played are saved to disk and then transferred to the commissioner to be added to the master statistic program.
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Team Rosters: Rosters will be divided into three distinct categories. The first will be the active roster, not to exceed 25 players. (After game 126 rosters may be expanded to 34 players).  The second roster, the inactive roster, not to exceed 9 players. Each franchise also will maintain a development squad, not to exceed 6 players. No team is allowed to have more than 34 players on the first two rosters, nor more than 40 total at any time.

Each franchise will retain all rights to those players on their roster, (40 players maximum after the season has started) until their freeze list is due December 1.

Each franchise must keep (on their active roster) at least 9 but no more than 12 pitchers (until the rosters are expanded to 34). In addition, managers must keep a back-up for each field position, which is someone rated to back-up each field position. The commissioner will have the power to order changes to a team's roster if this doesn't take place.

Players on these rosters that have been placed on the Data disk by DMB will be referred to as "carded" players.

The development squad will be selected during the summer draft. The Commissioner will set the date (normally the second Saturday of June) and notify all managers. Players eligible for this draft will be all players not on a PSCB roster. Players on the development roster will be the property of the respective team until they are moved to the active roster or released.
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Freeze Lists: As directed by the commissioner (before the winter draft) all teams must submit a freeze list on or before December 1. At this time a manager may release players from their active roster, move players from the development squad to the regular roster, or move un-carded players from the regular roster to the development squad. Teams may freeze as many as 25 players. However this will result in not being able to participate in the primary phase (until all teams have 25 players) of the winter draft.

Final rosters are due on to the commissioner by midnight of the Monday preceding the opening of the season.
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The Drafts: There will be two separate and distinct drafts in the league. The first will be the winter draft and the second called the summer draft, to be held the second week of June. These drafts will take place at a place and time specified by the commissioner. Teams draft in inverse order of standings. The summer draft will use inverse order, based upon the standings after game 77. Ties will be broken by a manner decided by the commissioner.  The World Series winner will draft 24th in the winter draft.

The winter draft will be divided into two phases. The first will be to fill out each team roster to 25 players (primary). Teams will draft until they have reached the 25 man limit. Once all teams have reached 25 players the secondary phase of the draft will start to fill in the additional 9 players on each roster. The primary phase of the draft will be held by phone, e-mail, or other direct means of communication.  The date of the secondary phase will be in January, as announced by the commissioner.

One week prior to the summer draft teams may release players from their development squad.  Released players will be subject to the summer draft.
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Trades: Teams may trade players after the completion of the World Series s through completion of the second week play the following season (except when the rosters are frozen by the commissioner). Any player traded from a team may not return to that team until the following year. All trades are to be reported to the commissioner. The commissioner will have the final OK on all trades and may veto a trade based upon the equity to the trading partners or the effect on the league. He may veto a trade if it (in his opinion) drastically alters the balance of power. The trading parties may appeal (see protest) any vetoed trade. In this case the commissioner will select at least 2 managers to review his decision.  If one of the committee agrees with the decision, then the veto will stand.

There will be NO DRAFT PICKS TRADED. The primary reason is for administration purposes. There may be other benefits as well.

In a multiple player trade, in which the player movement is unequal, the team that receives the extra players may not exceed a total of 34 players. At the time the trade is reported this manager must release that number of players that will insure that he does not exceed 34. Any team not having 34 players at the start of the regular season, and not being able to fill all its required games, will have its roster altered to meet obligations by the commissioner. Trades will be allowed into the season up to the 14th game.
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Regular season schedule: Prior to the season the commissioner will use the game's schedule generator to create that season's schedule. All games will be played using the official schedule. The first series will be held in February.

The regular season will consist of 154 games. The commissioner will allow the computer to play any games not completed in the prescribed manner of play.

The games will be played in seven game series against opponents listed on the official schedule. You will play your division twice and the other division twice.
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Rule changes: Rule change proposals are to be submitted in a typed format on or before December 1. Rules will be dealt with prior to the summer draft. Those rules receiving 2/3 majority of the total number of votes cast will be considered ratified. Rules passed go into effect no later than the following season. Unless otherwise specified, no rule shall be retroactive.
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SPECIAL LEAGUE RULES, ELIGIBILITY, & GAME-SETUP

Home field characteristics: Each franchise will play the configuration of his home ball park, based upon the data and options provided by DMB.”
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Days Rest: During the regular season, one day's rest will be programmed after every series. There will be a three day rest period at the season's mid-point. This is to simulate the All-Star break.
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Era: The league will use the current (season being played) AL ERA.
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Relief pitcher warm-up: The game will be played with the relief pitcher warm-up function turned off.
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Injuries: The game will be programmed for no injuries.
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Disk Failure/Crash: In the event of a disk failure or crash, any results that can not be recovered will result in those teams replaying the necessary games.
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Traded Players: For those players that may have been traded during the Major league season, their combined statistics will be used for eligibility.
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REGULAR SEASON

Position Player Eligibility:
Players will be eligible to Play 100% of as many games as they did in real life, or up to 100% of their plate appearances. They may not exceed either of these limits. Players with 502 or more plate appearances will be considered full-time players and only be monitored by games played. Each team is responsible to monitor this and each team is subject to the (team) buffer that has been established. All appearances in a game will be considered as games played. These statistics will be monitored by the league officers.

All managers will have available to them the following buffers that will provide some protection form an inadvertent error in player usage:  (these are team totals):

  • Players: 5 games, 20 plate appearances
  • Starting pitchers: 1 appearance
  • Relief pitchers: 3 appearances

    It is the manager's job to insure that he does not exceed these limits. Remember these are team totals.
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Usage Violations:  The commissioner will evaluate all violations individually, taking into account all factors that may have led to the violation.  He may apply sanctions if deemed appropriate, these sanctions could be loss of draft picks in the winter draft as well as offending teams not allowed to continue into the playoffs.

Special Batter Adjustment:  A player who has 30 at-bats or fewer against a pitcher who throws from the same side that the player is batting will have his statistics zeroed out, (example; if a LHP does not have 30 AB’s against LHP in real life, the commissioner will zero out his batting stats against LHP). They may then be used any manner assuming they do not exceed the player eligibility limits as determined by total PA & games played.

All substitutions will be in accordance with Major League Baseball rules.

Designated Hitter: Will apply to both leagues.
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Starting Pitcher Eligibility: A pitcher is eligible to start in the same number of games that he did in real life. If rated as a reliever, he may use starts as relief appearances. Starting pitchers who are not rated as relief pitchers may not relieve in the regular season.

All other factors, such as fatigue, will be governed by DMB.
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Relief pitcher Eligibility: A relief pitcher may be used to relieve in the same number of times as he did in real life appearances. Other usage will be controlled by DMB.

If all pitching eligibility is used, the manager must then select a position player. This will count as a game played for this player.
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Pitchers used as Players: Pitchers may not be used as offensive players. (In the event that the computer manager makes this type of substitution, it will not count against the team.)
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Roster Movement: Player movement from the active roster to the inactive roster and the reverse to the active roster will be governed as follows:

  1. A player who played 140 games or more may not be placed on the inactive list. Nor any player with 502 or more plate appearances. (Applies in playoffs also.)
  2. A pitcher who had either 25 starts or 45 total appearances may not be placed on the inactive list. (Applies in playoffs also.)
  3. Movement to-and-from the active roster and the inactive list can be made only between a series.

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PLAY-OFFS

Schedule:
The playoffs will consist of a best-of-7 games series. One day's rest will be granted after the regular season end and before the playoffs start, and between the first round and the League Championship Series. An additional day's rest will be taken after both game 2 and 5 of the two League playoffs. In the first round the division winners will play the second place team from the opposite division, and will be the home team for games 1, 2, 6, and 7. Winners advance to the LCS, in which the team with the best regular season record is home team for games 1,2,6, and 7.
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Ties for Play-offs: One game will be played on the normal day off between the regular season and the playoffs. Rotation carries over from the regular a season, as if it were game #155. The statistics count towards the regular season. If more than 2 teams tie the commissioner will decide on playoff procedure.
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Rosters: A 25 man roster will be used for the playoffs and World Series. This roster will have been declared to the commissioner by all teams that would have a chance to advance from the regular season to the playoffs after the 133rd game of the season and before the 134th is officially scheduled. In the event a manager fails to do this, his playoff roster will be the same as was used in the 133rd game. Playoff teams will be permitted to change their roster between series in accordance with major league baseball rules.
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Starting pitcher eligibility: Pitchers who did not have at least 10 starts in real life are not eligible to start in either the payoffs or World Series. Starting pitchers who are eligible, but not rated as relief pitchers, may be used as relief pitchers with a limit of two appearances, providing this is their only use.
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Relief pitcher eligibility: To be eligible to participate a RP must have at least 20 relief appearances in real life. Starting pitchers who are eligible to start and also had relief appearances in real life are exempt from this restriction providing they have at least 20 total appearances in real life.
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Players eligibility: Any player who is on the 25 man roster and had least 45 games and 140 plate appearances played in real life, is eligible to start all 7 games. Players who are on the 25 man roster but don't meet this criteria, may be used as 3 plus players subject to the normal rules for these players. A player's PLUS games can be used as follows:

  1. Pinch runner (after the 5th inning), or
  2. Pinch hitter (after the 5th inning), or
  3. Defensive replacement in the 7th inning or later

If a player's PLUS is used before the 7th inning to pinch hit or to pinch run, he must then leave the game; however, a player used as a PH or PR in the bottom of the 6th can stay in for defense. A player whose PLUS game is used in the 7th inning or later may remain in the game and play defense.
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WORLD SERIES

Rules and Schedule:
The World Series is also the-best-of- 7 games. All player/pitcher eligibility is the same as the playoff. Two days rest will be given each team prior to the World Series and again one additional day after game 2 and game 5. Pacific is home team in even years for games 1,2,6,7.
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MISCELLANEOUS

Most correspondence will be via E-mail.
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Web site: The league will provide a web-site at www.PSCB.com.
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A manager can only request a change in his franchise name once every three years.
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