CIBL CONSTITUTION

  

Requirements for Participation

·         Diamond Mind Baseball current version with the latest season disk.

·         Internet connection and email capability.

·         Ability to prepare lineups for 6 games by Thursday each week, play 6 home games on average every other week and e-mail the results to the Commissioner no later than midnight Eastern time Monday.

·         Estimated time requirement is no more than 2 hours per week.

   

General

·         There will be 24 teams divided into 2 leagues with 3 divisions of 4 teams each.

·         The American League will use the DH, while the National League will not.

·         Rosters will consist of a maximum of 35 players, no more than 25 of which can be active for a particular series.  Beginning with week 24, active roster maximum size expands from 25 to 35.

·         Only players on the season disk will be allowed unless protected from the prior season.

·         Actual ballparks will be used, with a maximum of one team per ballpark.

·         Injury Rating will be used. All injuries will be cleared each week. 

·         Bullpen warmup disabled.

·         Weather effects enabled.

   

League Leadership

League leadership will consist of an elected Commissioner, an elected First Assistant Commissioner and an elected Second Assistant Commissioner, each serving a 3-year term.  Nominations will be made by the membership.  Election for each position will be by a majority vote of all members casting votes.  A quorum of ¾ of the members is required.

Position Duties

The Commissioner will be responsible for all trade decisions and levying of penalties as described in the body of the Constitution below.  The Commissioner will also be responsible for moderating discussions of league business as necessary, calling for votes on league business and proposed rules changes and administering those votes as described in the Constitution below.  The Commissioner will be responsible for either preparing or managing the preparation of the league schedule.  Finally, the Commissioner will be responsible for all other duties as described in the Constitution below.

The First Assistant Commissioner will be responsible for collecting weekly statistics and distributing results as described in the body of the Constitution below.  The First Assistant Commissioner will substitute for the Commissioner as necessary and serve as an advisor to the Commissioner on league business.

The Second Assistant Commissioner will serve as an advisor to the Commissioner and substitute for the First Assistant Commissioner and Commissioner as necessary.

Gameplay

Teams will play a 162 game schedule lasting 30 weeks.

Players are allowed to play out of position.

"Head to Head" Internet games are encouraged but not required.

Lineups and manager profiles are due to the opposing home manager and to the First Assistant Commissioner no later than Thursday, preferably sooner.  Box scores and statistics for the series are due to the First Assistant Commissioner no later than midnight Eastern time each Monday.  The First Assistant Commissioner will compile statistics and email each league owner a weekly newsletter containing the league disk, player transactions, and other news no later than Wednesday night.  Deadlines may be adjusted as needed to accommodate special circumstances.

Each manager submitting a Manager Profile for his series should specify players to be called up in case of injuries.  If a player’s injury period is shorter than the remaining length of the series then the player called up as a replacement must be farmed again as soon as the injury period expires.

If an Away manager believes that a series was played without using the supplied profile and/or instructions and the two managers can’t come to a resolution, then the Away manager may appeal to the Commissioner.  The appeal must be filed before the next week’s file is sent out.  The series results will be compared to the profile/instructions sent to the First Assistant Commissioner.  If the appeal is valid the series will be simulated using the Away profile/instructions sent to the First Assistant Commissioner and the Home profile on that week’s file.

(Amendment added 12/2016). During the preparation of the weekly stat file all players who have exceeded their total usage limits at the end of the previous week’s series will be farmed by the Commissioners’ Office.  A cumulative list of the farmed players will be distributed along with the weekly file.  If any player(s) on the farmed player list is included on an active roster the opposing owner may again farm the player(s) and notify both the Commissioners’ Office and his opponent.

The Commissioner will control all teams without an owner.

Playing Time Limitations:

1) Batters are limited to 102% of actual total plate appearances (Plate appearances are defined as AB+BB+HBP+SF+SH).

2) Batters are limited to 125% of actual plate appearances vs. LHP (except as in #10 below).

3) Batters are limited to 125% of actual plate appearances vs. RHP (except as in #10 below).

4) Pitchers are limited to actual innings pitched except starters who never appear in relief in the CIBL (see #6 below).

5) Pitchers are limited to actual games started.

6) Pitchers who never appear in CIBL relief may exceed actual innings pitched if their CIBL starts do not exceed actual starts.

7) Any player not obtaining 50% of plate appearances (batters) or 50% of innings pitched (pitchers) cannot be retained beyond the end of the current season except as in #11 and #12 below.

8) When determining if a BATTER is over his plate appearance limitations, we will go by the Play% that DMB calculates.

9) Any batter who appeared in 160 or more MLB games for a particular season may appear in the CIBL without any limitations.

10) If a batter has 100 or more MLB plate appearances vs. LHP, or 300 or more MLB plate appearances vs. RHP, he has no restriction against that handed pitcher.

11) If a batter has less than 100 total actual plate appearances, the 50% minimum plate appearance requirement for player retention is waived.

12) If a pitcher has less than 20 actual innings pitched, the 50% minimum innings pitched requirement for player retention is waived.

Players exceeding usage limitations in a particular week must be farmed before the following week's games. Failure to do this will result in additional penalties and a warning will be issued. Failure of an owner to heed this warning may result in expulsion from the CIBL at the Commissioner's discretion.

   

Penalties

If an owner is unable to meet any deadline, the Commissioner must be notified in advance to avoid a penalty.   After 2 days late, the League commissioners may use whatever information available to play the games. More than 7 days late without notification will result in expulsion from the league at the Commissioner's discretion. Missing more than 3 deadlines in a season is also justification for expulsion.   To expel an owner from the league, the Commissioner will email this intention to all current owners. The owner being expelled has one week to respond to all current CIBL owners regarding his/her desire to continue in the league. At this point a 2/3 majority vote is required to keep the owner in the league.

A player exceeding his allowed playing amount will cost his/her owner .001 in winning % for every extra PA or 1/3 IP, and .01 will be subtracted for every extra Game Started for pitchers.  For batters who have more than one PA violation (e.g. over 102% in total and over 125% vs.LHP), only the maximum violation for that player will be used in a penalty calculation. Winning percentages adjusted by penalties affect standings only--unadjusted percentages will be used when determining drafting and free agent acquisition position.

   

Trades and Free Agents

Trades will be allowed through the 20th week.  The Commissioner must be notified by BOTH parties via email, and no trade is final until it is included in the weekly newsletter.

The Commissioner  may reject any trade  if, in his/her judgement, it is not in the best interest of the League. If the owners involved in a rejected trade still wish to pursue the trade, the Commissioner will put the trade up for league vote. A 2/3 majority approval vote is required.

All trades made by the Commissioner must be approved by a 2/3 vote of the Commissioner’s Trade Review Board.  The board shall be comprised of the First and Second Assistant commissioners and an owner nominated by the membership and elected by a plurality of the voting members.  A quorum of 2/3 of the membership is required.

All players included on the original season disk but not on a CIBL team are considered free agents. Requests for these players must be received by the Commissioner before midnight on Monday.  If more than one request is made for the same player the same week, the requesting team with the lowest winning percentage will receive the player. Tiebreakers for free agent acquisition are (in order):  Winning %, how long since the last free agent acquisition, and the last draft position (higher draft position will get the player since this team will be the weaker one from the prior year). Players acquired from free agency during the season must be released to the free agent pool at the end of the season.  However, a player may be taken from the free agent pool anytime between the end of the draft and the start of the regular season and be retained on the regular roster as if he had been drafted.

There is a 35 player maximum per team, so if a transaction puts a team over 35, the team must release players until it is back down to 35.

   

Playoffs

In addition to the division winners, the non-division-winning team with the highest winning percentage in each league will make the playoffs as the #4 post-season seed.  Each series will be best of 7.  The first playoff round in each league will match the #1 team with the #4 team and the #2 team with the #3 team.  Home field advantage goes to the team with the higher winning percentage with the exception that the Wild Card team is always the visiting team in the Division and League series.  In the World Series, home field advantage will go to the American League team in odd years and the National League team in even years.  The DH will be used when the American League team is at home, and not when the National League team is at home.

(Amendment added 12/2016): If, after all penalties have been applied, there’s a tie for a post-season berth then the tie will be decided by live head-to-head play.  Injuries will be reset and usage limits and penalties will not apply for this game.  All roster players are eligible to play.  Home team would be decided by the same random selection used to settle draft position ties.

Playoff games must be played head to head via NetPlay unless both owners agree not to do so.

Playoff Playing Time Limitations

Pitchers:

·         Games Started: >29 actual = 3 CIBL playoffs, 20-29 actual = 2 CIBL playoffs, 10-19 actual = 1 CIBL playoffs, <10 starts actual = unavailable in CIBL playoffs.

·         Innings: >49.2 IP actual = unlimited CIBL playoffs, 20-49.2 IP actual = (actual IP/10) CIBL playoffs, <20 IP actual = unavailable in CIBL playoffs

Hitters:

·         >499 plate appearances actual = unlimited CIBL playoffs

·         50-499 plate appearances actual = (actual PA/15) CIBL playoffs

·         <50 plate appearances actual = unavailable in CIBL playoffs

·         no additional limits for vs. LH/RH

Amendment added August 2014:
A pitcher must pitch at least 10 innings during the regular CIBL season for the team that wants to use that pitcher in the postseason. A batter must have at least 50 plate appearances during the regular CIBL season for the team that wants to use that batter in the postseason.

Injuries will be cleared between playoff rounds.

Maximum roster size is 25 to be specified at the start of the each playoff series. Players may be brought up in case of injury, however.

After the Season

Each year, teams will be allowed to protect up to 25 players.    All players who did not get at least 50% of their actual plate appearances or innings pitched will be waived (except as in #11 and #12 above).

Trades are allowed freely after the World Series is over through the 20th week of the following season.

After the new season disk is available, owners should start preparing for the next draft that will be run typically in mid-January each year.  The exact date will be set by the Commissioner at least a month in advance.

The draft will be run by the Commissioner or his/her designee.  Draft position will be in reverse order of unadjusted final winning percentage.  Ties will be broken by a random selection method of the Commissioner’s choice.  The draft will consist of 10 rounds with a supplemental round, if necessary, to allow owners to complete a 35 player roster.  Owners may make selections until they have reached a 35 player limit.  However, owners may drop players at any time to remain below the limit in order to continue to make selections.

After each season (and perhaps during the season as well) there will most likely be issues each owner will be required to vote upon.  Suggestions for items to be voted upon may be submitted to the Commissioner at any time.  At the Commissioner's discretion, these items may then be submitted for vote and require a 2/3 majority to pass.  Owners may submit their abstinence when asked to vote.  Owners not responding may be subject to disciplinary action up to and including dismissal.

 

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