These rules apply to all standard continuing leagues including all public keeper leagues (public meaning that the league was 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.

  1. 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 records.) Protected lists will be due approximately February 11th (exact dates for each league will sent out with updated rosters the last week of January) and the new season's player lists will be released approximately January 21st. 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 2020 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 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 2021, 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!

  2. 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, does not have more than 130 career major league at-bats, or have more 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. If you've traded away a late pick, you lose the following pick instead. You can also protect "minor leaguers" with the 13 standard protected spots if you like.
  3. Our rule regarding lost picks has always been that it is only your own team's picks that can be lost - if you have traded for another team's late round picks, they can not be used in exchange for protecting "minor leaguers". That will still be the rule for the 2020 season - when you turn in your keeper lists in the 2020 pre-season it will still only be your own team's picks that are taken away for each minor leaguer you protect. However, beginning with the 2021 pre-season, the new rule will be that the last pre-season pick you own is used for the 1st minor league player you protect, your 2nd to last pick is used for the 2nd minor league player you protect, and so on, REGARDLESS of whether the pick is your own or one you traded for. For example, if you have 3 round 35 picks, they will be be used for your first 3 protected minor league players. Again - the new rule goes into effect in 2021.
  4. NEW - beginning in 2020, the crossover limit will increase from two to three. On each year's keeper list you can keep a maximum of *three* 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.

    Players that are not signed when the player lists are first posted January 20th will not count as crossovers (will not count against the 3 player limit from the other league) in 2020. Though they do (like all players other then Scoresheet minor leaguers) do require the use of one of your 13 keeper spots to protect them.
  5. 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 2020, you can trade for a 2021 Round 18 pick. But in 2020 you can not trade for year 2022 picks, and you can not trade for 2021 picks until that round of the draft has been held in 2020. 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 Kershaw for the rest of the season, and then you give him back, plus a draft pick" are definitely NOT allowed!
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