SCORESHEET OLD TIMERS BASEBALL: ROSTER BALANCING
For a web draft, you can choose to turn Scoresheet's Roster Balancing feature on or off using the box at the bottom of your ranking list. If you have Roster Balancing on, the draft program will follow the Roster Balancing rules described below. If you turn it off, then when your pick is made, you will simply get your highest listed player that is still available regardless of position needs, and the Roster Balancing rules will not apply. You are free to turn Roster Balancing on and off throughout the draft.
The purpose of Roster Balancing is to give you a starter at each position before you start receiving second-string players. For example, if you think a good shortstop is very important, you might rank 4 of them within your top 10 players on your draft list. Once you get one shortstop, Roster Balancing will skip the next shortstops listed and draft your highest ranked non-shortstops in subsequent rounds. However, since you need 3 outfielders, and 4 pitchers to fill your rotation, it will not skip over outfielders until you have 3 of them, and will not skip over any regular pitchers you've listed until you have drafted 4 of them. At the end of Round 13, or possibly later if you've used the Plus Sign option discussed below, you should have one C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, three OF's, four regular pitchers, and one short reliever.
HINT: It is best NOT to try and guess how other owners will set up their lists. The best method is to simply list players in the order you think they'd help your team!
After you have a starter at every position (including three OF's and 4 regular pitchers), the draft system goes back to the top of your ranking list, and similar Roster Balancing procedures begin for your backup players. In Rounds 14-29, you will get at least one reserve player at every position, including 3 reserve outfielders, and 8 more pitchers (at least 5 of which are NOT short relievers) before you get your final players. (We give you 8 more pitchers because we feel a team should have at least 13 pitchers to do well in Scoresheet baseball games.) We also strongly suggest that you list plenty of catchers, as getting a third catcher will probably help your team! Be sure to list plenty of utility type players (who qualify at more than one position) and/or extra shortstops, as any SS can play an adequate 2B and 3B in Scoresheet. By the end of Round 29, you should have 2 players at each of: C, 1B, 2B, 3B, and SS; 6 OF's; and 13 pitchers, at least 9 of which are not listed as short relievers on the draft lists. Since almost anyone can field a competent first base in Scoresheet, we do not force you to draft a backup first baseman. So, instead of always assigning you a second one, you are allowed to draft a fourth reserve outfielder instead of a backup first baseman.
Your 30th through 36th picks can be almost anyone. After you get sufficient backups, these last picks can include up to: 4 more pitchers, 3 more outfielders, or up to 2 additional players at each other position. It is possible that if you do not list enough players at each position, players may be assigned to your team by default. (The order players are assigned by default is by playing time. If you need both pitchers and position players, then for default drafting purposes, one inning pitched is equivalent to 2 plate appearances.) Because of this, your ranking sheet should include plenty of players at every position. And as noted above, for a web draft, you can choose to turn Roster Balancing on or off as the draft goes on. If Roster Balancing is off, then you will simply get the highest ranked player on your list who is still available, regardless of position needs.
Plus Sign Option
If you have Roster Balancing turned on, there is also an "advanced option" you can use. If you choose, you can put a plus sign (+) next to a player's number on your ranking list, allowing you want to draft that player even if you already have a player at that position. For instance, you may have already drafted someone as your third baseman, but a second third baseman is still undrafted when his spot on your list is reached. If you have a plus sign (+) next to the second third baseman's Scoresheet player number, you will draft him also, even though you already have a third baseman. A plus sign will only override roster balancing for one extra player at each position. For example, you could get a second shortstop, or a 4th starting outfielder before you get a starting catcher. However, you will NOT get a second backup at a position before you get a starter at all other positions. Once you get a "plussed" player, he counts at that position. We feel you should use the Plus Sign option sparingly, if you choose to, in fact, use it at all). (We recommend keeping the number of plusses you use under 10!) The Plus Sign option is the reason that some teams may NOT have a starter at every position at Round 14, or have a starter and backup players at each position by Round 30.