SCORESHEET FANTASY BASEBALL: CONTINUING LEAGUE RULES
These rules apply to all continuing leagues formed and for which team owners are found by Scoresheet. If you are in a private league (one that finds its own owners), you may modify these rules as you see fit. However, following the Scoresheet standard rules in private leagues can help settle any rules questions that may arise.
- New continuing leagues in both the AL and NL will be 10-team leagues.
- Each year, teams will keep 13 players. The
remaining rounds of the draft, beginning with Round 14, will go in REVERSE order of the
final league standings in EVERY round (except the league's playoff winner will pick last
and other division winner(s) will pick 2nd to last, regardless of won-loss
will be due approximately February 6th (exact dates for each league
will sent out with updated rosters the last week of January)
and the 2014 player lists will be released approximately January 20th.
This will allow a couple
of weeks to make trades after the player lists are released and before the
protected lists are due. You can make trades throughout
the off-season. However, please send us a trade note as soon as a trade is made
so that we can process it.
All protected spots must be used; you can not only protect 11 players, for example, and get the first 2 picks in the draft. (However, you CAN trade protected spots as described below.) Among tied teams, we use the team number as a tie-breaker for determining draft order. This upcoming year (for the 2014 draft for existing leagues), the lower (smaller) numbered team among tied teams will draft first in Round 14 (the first "real" round of drafting after the 13 rounds of keepers.) The tie-breaking order alternates each round, so the higher (larger) numbered team among tied teams will draft first in Round 15, the lower numbered tied team picks first in Round 16, and so on. The tie-breaker also alternates every year - in 2015, the higher numbered team among tied teams will draft first in Round 14.
NOTE Any players that move from one league to another will be available in the next year's draft, making your Round 14 pick potentially VERY valuable! Therefore, do not trade away your Round 14 picks without recieving a lot of value in return!
- In addition to the 13 players protected each year, you can also protect any "Scoresheet minor leaguers" you have on your roster. A "Scoresheet minor leaguer" is a player who, at the end of the season, still has less than 130 career major league at-bats, or less than 50 career major league innings pitched. "Scoresheet minor leaguers" have an "m" next to their name on your league roster. Each minor leaguer costs one of your draft picks - if you protect one, you lose your 35th round pick; if you protect two, you lose your 34th and 35th round picks; and if you protect three, you lose your 33rd, 34th and 35th round picks, and so on. (NOTE: If you've traded away a late pick, you lose the following pick instead. Further, it is only your own team's picks you lose for protecting minor leaguers - if you have traded for another team's late round picks, they can not be used in exchange for protecting "minor leaguers".) You CAN protect as many "minor leaguers" as you like with the 13 standard protected spots if you like.
- At the beginning of the season, you can keep a maximum of two players that have signed with a team in the other league (and show up on the other league's Scoresheet player list). If any of your players are traded to the other league during the season, you can finish out the year with them. If a player has switched leagues, and is not protected by his owner, then he out of your league and not eligible to draft. NOTE: "Scoresheet minor leaguers" that are kept DO NOT count against the limit of two "other league" players if they are on the other league's Scoresheet player list. In future years, if they are no longer "minor leaguers" and you protect them as regular keepers, they do count against the two player crossover limit.
- You can trade draft picks, and you can also trade protected spots. But draft picks and protected spots can be, at most, one year in the future when you trade them. For example, once your league has drafted Round 18 in 2014, you can trade for a 2015 Round 18 pick. But in 2014, you can not trade for year 2016 picks, and you can not trade for 2015 picks until that round of the draft has been held in 2014. Also, if you trade away one of your protected spots, it means you get to protect only 12 players, and the team to which you traded the protected spot gets to protect 14 players. NOTE: You can NOT make trades for players to be named later (they are too difficult to review for fairness.) Also, you can NOT "rent" players. Deals such as: "I'll give you Verlander for the rest of the season, and then you give him back, plus a draft pick" are definitely NOT allowed!