Fantasy Baseball Web Drafting
Our web based draft is not one where you have to log on during a set time slot to make a pick, nor is it a chat room draft where you log on for hours. Instead, as each team's pick comes up our program will pick the top available player from a list that you can create, change and save to the web at any time. You will be able to make changes to your list whenever you want, but can also choose to just let it stay as is for as long as you want. But by being able to make changes at any time you can adjust your list before every one of your picks, giving you the same control as if you were at a live draft.
Your draft list will be password protected so that only you can see it. Trades can also be made during the draft, including trading of draft picks. And as each pick is made that pick will be posted for everyone to see, and your league roster will also be updated as the draft goes on.
Team owners using web based drafting will start by creating their player ranking list on their league's web page. As each owner's turn to pick comes up the draft program will select the highest listed undrafted player on that team owner's ranking list, subject to our normal Roster Balancing Procedures. But with web drafting you will have an option to turn roster balancing off and back on for your upcoming picks at any time during the web draft.
For one year leagues the draft order in round 1 will be randomly assigned, and then the draft order will reverse in each round. So team 1 will pick first in round 1, last in round 2, first in round 3, etc. For existing continuing leagues the draft order will be in reverse order of the previous year's standings in every round.
As each pick is made it will be posted to that league's web site. Ranking lists can be added to or changed as often as a team owner wants. If an owner's list runs out (has no available players left at positions needed by that owner) the program will automatically draft a player for that team based on last year's points scored. But as long as a team owner keeps adding to his list as the draft goes on (or submits a long enough list initially to last all 35 rounds) players will all be picked from the owner's ranking list.
The exact start date of the draft depends on when you join, and drafts will end a few days before the start of the season. The first drafts will begin in early February and thus will run for about 7 weeks, with roughly one round per day drafted. We will be starting more leagues after that thru mid-March as team orders come in.
The exact draft schedule will be posted before the draft begins so that team owners know when each of their picks will be made. And once again, this is NOT a chat room draft where owners need to be logged on at the same time. The draft program will simply pick the highest listed player on the team owner's list whose turn it is to pick. And unlike some e-mail drafts where one owner can hold up the whole draft, picks will be made as scheduled (the program will pick a default player if necessary).
You can use our usual trade form on the web to report trades of players and/or picks at any time. The trade will go into effect as soon as both owners involved report it. Player eligibility during the draft will follow our normal 'draft by list' rules. For instance, in an American League draft, a player who is on our National League player list cannot be drafted. The list of eligible players will appear on your ranking list page, including all undrafted players on your league's list. If you want to draft someone who doesn't appear (usually a truly obscure minor leaguer), send us an e-mail and we will add him to our list of eligible players, as long as he is under contract to a team in your type (AL or NL) of league, and is not on the other league's Scoresheet player list.
For owners with web access who are playing in leagues that usually draft by sending in draft lists to our office, we do heartily recommend joining a web based draft league instead. NOTE: The Scoresheet office will make a list for any orphaned teams in your league, and can also enter a list for any owners who do not have web access. So having an orphaned team in your league, or an owner who can not get to the web, will not stop your league from using the web draft.
Leagues that generally do their own 'private' drafts can also use this system if they desire. 'Private leagues' can also set whatever starting and ending day for their draft they want, and then a schedule will be created with the correct number of rounds per day to meet that starting and ending day. If your league wants to use this system please contact us to set up your draft schedule.