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and Player Acquisition
Agent (FA) Pool
Usage and Eligibility
- The CCNL is a continuous ownership
draft league and will consist of 24 individually owned teams.
- All CCNL games will be played
via the internet, using the most current version of Strat-O-Matic CD-ROM
computer baseball game.
- CCNL members are required to
own the latest version of Strat-O-Matic CD-ROM computer baseball game, with
card image, and have AOL Instant Messenger.
- All super advanced options
will be used.
- Injuries will NOT be
- The following Max
Rules will be used:
- Bunt for base hit
- Improve base running
- More base running
- Doubles and triples
- Realistic throwing
- Pitch around option
- Robbing a home-run
- Limited OF mobility
(but a player cannot play CF if not rated in CF on his card)
- Required menu/rules option
menu settings will be set by the League Office prior to league files being
made available each Play Month. Managers are NOT to change any of these
settings, unless requested to do so by the Commissioner. Changing these
settings constitutes cheating and you will be immediately kicked out of
- Managers are allowed to set
the following options to his or her personal preferences:
- Offense and Defense
- Play by Play Color
- Play by Play
Background and Sound
- Card image on will be
the default. Only if BOTH managers agree, will the card image be turned
- Also, if both managers
agree, they can use the Quick Play feature. But BOTH must agree.
- The CCNL will consist of 2
sub-leagues, designated as the American and National leagues. Each
sub-league will consist of 12 teams.
- The CCNL will be made up of 6
divisions, 3 in each league, designated AL East, AL Central, AL West, NL
East, NL Central, and NL West. Each division consists of 4 teams. As much
as possible, divisions will be based on time zones. This could mean yearly
divisional changes. The Commissioner will make this determination prior to
each season, when the roster of managers is set and prior to the draft.
- The DH will be used in all
American League ballparks.
- Team's names maybe changed
prior to the draft. These names may not be changed during the season. If a
team changes hands, the new owner can chose a new team name before next
- All members will treat each
other with dignity and respect.
- Under no circumstances
will foul language used in a demeaning manner - whether via AIM or during
any league communications - be tolerated.
team shall consist of up to 40 players. A team may never have more than 40
active players at any time except from the end of the regular season until
the draft cut down date, which is January 5. You MUST cut down to at most
35 players on your roster. These players may be obtained through the
draft, free agency, or trades.
roster must show 720 Plate Appearances AFTER the 5% allowance for
each position (including DH if AL). It is the manager’s responsibility to
make sure that any trades made during the season enable his team to remain
viable as far as usage.
- The formula is (AB x
1.05)+(BB x 1.05). Round up at .5.
- Each roster must show 1524
IP AFTER the 5% allowance. It is the manager’s responsibility to make sure
that any trades made during the season enable his team to remain viable as
far as usage.
- Each year 2 weeks prior to
the Player Draft, a Ballpark draft will be conducted.
- The ballpark draft is
- Any team must
announce the Wednesday prior to the Ballpark Draft their intent to
- The order of the
Ballpark Draft will be the same as the Player Draft.
- Ballpark Draft picks
- Team owners retain
the right to a new stadium if the MLB team moves to a new ballpark or
- A team may never be
in possession of:
- More than one
- More than one
ballpark draft pick
- Both a ballpark and
a ballpark draft pick
- A team does not own
a ballpark draft pick until they drop their ballpark
- Managers may switch leagues
(AL/NL) after being in the same league for 5
- Existing managers
will have first choice in switching leagues prior to new manager's league
- The commissioner will move
teams between the divisions within a league based on the time zone and
- A manager does not
get to request a divisional change as this could be construed as moving
divisions in order to be more competitive.
- Draft-Eligible players are
any players who played in MLB the previous season and received a player
card for that season. COMPUTER-ONLY players ARE NOT draft-eligible.
- Only players who had
20 Innings Pitched (19.2 rounds up to 20) or 35 Plate appearances (AB+BB)
on their card are eligible for the draft and/or to play in the
league. The 5% that we add for
usage does NOT apply in this case.
- A player already on
your roster may be used in the regular season only – if Strat issues him
a card. If he is cut, he is not
eligible for the draft.
- Prior to each season, a
rookie free agent draft will be held.
- The order of the draft will be in reverse order of
the final regular season standings, with the following exceptions.
- The World Series champ will pick 24th in each round.
- The World Series runner up will pick 23rd in each
- The runners up in the League Championship Series'
will pick 21st & 22nd, with the order decided by reverse order of
their regular season records.
- The runners up in the Division Series' will pick
17th - 20th, with the order decided by reverse order of their regular
- Non Playoff Teams will
draft ahead of Playoff Teams, seeded in reverse order of finish.
- If 2 teams have the
same record, the team with the better head-to-head record picks
earlier. If that was a tie, there
will be a coin flip.
- The draft shall be scheduled
for 10 rounds.
- Each team will have
one pick per round. This pick may be traded or waived.
- Once a team reaches
their roster limit, they may not continue to draft.
- Teams who have not reached their 40-man roster limit
after 10 rounds may continue to draft until the roster limit is reached.
- Prior to the start of each
month, teams are required to designate a number of players as inactive, in
order to bring their Active Roster to 25. Active rosters must have at
least 2 players rated at each position and must contain a minimum of 5
pitchers who are eligible to START. (Must be rated as Starter or
- If a team has 4 *
starters, they may carry only 4 starters.
- Teams must send their
Computer Manager, with “STARTERS SCHEDULE” prior to the upcoming month. The
following schedule will be adhered to, subject to adjustments by the
commissioner when circumstances require it:
- All results, trades FA
requests in by the 25th
- New rosters/stats sent
out by the 27th
- CMs in by 30th (No
- New .LZP file sent out
by the 1st
- All players designated as
inactive prior to the start of a month must remain inactive until the completion
of the current month.
- EXCEPTION: If a player
is used up during the month, he may be replaced by another player from
the inactive list. Player for
player, pitcher for pitcher.
- If using up a player
depletes you at that position or deprives you of carrying 2 players
rated for the position, you MUST replace him with a player that plays
- A used up starting
pitcher cannot be replaced until the series in progress is completed.
- Active rosters expand to 40
players for the September play month.
- At the start of each
September game, each team must designate a 25-man roster for that
game. No limitations except for
the 2 players per position requirement.
- Make sure, prior to the start
of each game, that the “Create Game Files” option is turned on.
- Upon completion of each
series, the Hosting team manager is required to email the Game Files to
the commissioner AND the league statistician. All files must be mailed
immediately upon completion of the series.
- You must send the
export files, box scores, and play account files.
you pinch hit for a player, you must have a player eligible for the
replaced position, regardless of point in the game.
are limited to 105% of actual usage (ABs plus Walks, a.k.a
Plate Appearances for fielders or IPs for pitchers). Always round up at
.5. The limits will be added into the league rosters prior to the start of
- You may use a fielder up to his limit for Plate
Appearances OR his limit for ABs, whichever you reach LAST. So if a
player's adjusted ABs are 105, and his adjusted PAs are 125, he might
reach 125 PAs in our season before he reaches 105 ABs.
In that case, he may continue until he reaches 105 ABs.
- Pitchers who are not rated as
Starter, may not perform in that role, Pitchers who are rated as a Starter
only may only pitch in relief under the following conditions:
- It is the 9th inning
or later AND
- All of the team's
remaining available Relief rated pitchers are fatigued AND
- The team has no
remaining Relief rated pitchers available AND
- The starter being used
will have sufficient rest to make his next start
Pitchers must have at least 4 days of rest, unless they are rated with an
asterisk, then they may start on only 3 days rest. Any pitcher starting games with insufficient
rest will be suspended for 1 Play Week. Any second offenses by an owner
will result in a player suspension of 3 weeks. A third offense by an owner
will result in that player being released into the free agent pool and the
owner will lose a 1st round draft choice the following year.
- A player may not field a position
for which he is not rated, EXCEPT:
- If your player is
rated in center field, he may play any outfield position at his center field
rating, per SOM rules.
- If his card doesn’t
rate him in center field, he cannot play center field.
- If a player is rated
in left field or right field, he can play either LF or RF per SOM rules.
- If an ineligible player
appears in a game, and said infraction is caught by the opposing manager
before the next At Bat, then the UNDO LAST PLAY function will be used to
revert to the point in the game just prior to the infraction taking place
and the infraction corrected.
- If the infraction is caught
after the first At Bat --the play will stand and the ineligible player
shall immediately be removed from the game. If the manager does not have
any players that can play that position then the opposing manager can
select ANY player (excluding pitchers) to play that position. This does
not apply to a mistake in making a double switch where a position player
accidentally was used as the pitcher and vice versa.
- Any player who has exhausted
his allowed usage will be removed from the team's SOM computer game roster
for the remainder of the regular season.
- Penalties will be assessed
for overuse, tardiness and any other behavior that infringes upon the
spirit of the league, unless the league office grants specific permission
to do so.
- Player Overuse: Managers are
expected to act in the spirit of fair competition, as such, if a player is
overused by even 1 AB or IP, the penalty will be as follows:
- Suspension of the
player for the rest of the season, including the playoffs.
- A team forfeits its right to the playoffs if they
have 2 or more overused players.
- Penalties are assessed on a point scale. Like in
golf, you want a low score:
- Each player at 1 AB/PA/IP is equal to 1 pt
- Each player at 2 AB/PA/IP is equal to 2 pts
- Each player at 3 AB/PA/IP is equal to 3 pts
- Each player at 4 AB/PA/IP is equal to 4 pts
- Each player at 5 AB/PA/IP is equal to 5 pts
- And so on...
- An IP over is a full IP
- Penalty table is as follows:
- 1 pt lose a 5th round pick
- 2 pts lose a 4th
- 3 pts lose a 3rd
- 4 pts lose a 2nd
- 5 pts lose a 1st
- Commissioner's discretion after that - removal from
the league is always an option
- The Commissioner may reduce penalties after reviewing
the circumstances of the overuse.
- You must complete all of
your games by the 25th of each month. Since you start on the 1st of the
month, this gives you 24 days to complete all of your games.
- The league
statistician will check the games played at the halfway mark of the play
month, on the 12th of the month. At this point you should have at least
12 games played.
- If you are not going
to be able to get 12 games in by the 12th, let your opponents and the
league know about it. Tell us how you are going to get all of the games
done for the month on time.
- If you do not let us
know, and there is a pattern of waiting til the
last half of the month to get your games played, you will be removed from
the league. Stuff happens and the league understands that. So let us know
what is going on or we have to assume you are not interested in playing.
- It is your responsibility to
make sure your games are played. If an emergency arises notify the league
and we will find someone to play your games. But this will not be
tolerated on a consistent basis.
- If you are
unavailable to get your games played, and a series gets autoplayed, and as a result your opponent(s) overuse
player(s), you will BOTH get the penalty point(s).
- Each team will play a 162
game regular season schedule.
- Each team will play
every other team in its division 14 times (7 H, 7 A) for a total of 42 intra-division
- Each team will play
every team in the other divisions within its league 12 times (6 H, 6 A)
for 96 games.
- Each team will play
every team in the opposite league 2 times (1 H 1 A) for 24 games.
- Each team will play 1 month
on the schedule and the games must be completed during that “Play Month,”
approximately 27 games.
- Once all games are finished
the rosters will be updated for trades.
- Once the new rosters are sent
out, each manager MUST send the computer manager, which will include the
“Starter Schedules” for the upcoming play period. The league office will
then send out Rosters containing all CMs for the month and up to date
- League games will be
scheduled within the CD Rom game itself, but the managers can play the
games anytime within the "Play Month".
- ALL games in each scheduled
series MUST be completed by the end of the current “Play Month”. League
files for each successive “Play Months” cannot be released until all
series from the previous month have been completed. Managers who are
continually involved in late series will have their membership reviewed by
the League Office, and may face expulsion from the league.
- ALL games must be played
between two human opponents. Under no circumstances are any league games
to be played one manager vs. a HAL computer manager controlled team. Teams
must immediately inform the Commissioner if they are unable to manage
their teams during a current, or upcoming, “Play Month”.
- Teams may elect to bring in
their own fill in manager. If the team is unable to supply their own fill
in manager, the League Office will make arrangements for someone to step
in and manage the team’s games. All results from games managed by fill in
managers are final and binding.
- ANY MANAGER FAILING TO NOTIFY
THE LEAGUE OFFICE THAT HE WILL BE UNABLE TO PLAY HIS GAMES, AND FAILS TO
DESIGNATE A FILL IN MANAGER IN TIME FOR THOSE GAMES TO BE COMPLETED WITHIN
THE DESIGNATED PLAY PERIOD WILL BE SUBJECT TO DISMISSAL.
- Trades may be made freely
until the end of the July Play Month.
- The trade deadline for the
Play Month is the same as the Game Deadline.
- Teams may not make any trade
that would place their current roster above the team roster limits (except
during the off season which is after the regular season trading freeze is
lifted until the draft cut down date). You may freely release players into
the Free Agent Pool, in order to make room on your roster for a trade.
- Once a player has been
traded from a team during the play season, he may not be traded to that
team again for one calendar year.
- Draft picks may not be
traded except during the off-season. Then, only draft picks for the
immediately upcoming draft may be traded. During the off-season, draft
picks may be traded up to and including draft day.
- After a trade has been agreed
upon, all parties involved must submit the trade proposal to the League
Office. If the trade is approved by the league office, the trade will be
listed on the website. Do NOT announce your trades to the league directly.
- At the conclusion of the current
Play Month, all approved trades will become Official, with the League
Office actually moving the players to their new teams prior to the release
of the next block league files.
- Trades which have been
approved may only be rescinded if ALL managers involved agree prior to the
roster update for that month. Teams will retain full rights to any player
that they acquire through a trade, until that team either trades, or
releases, the acquired player.
- All carded players who are
not on a CCNL roster, at the conclusion of the Free Agent/Rookie draft
will be placed in the Free Agent Pool.
- Free Agents may be picked up
at any time, but the pickup is only effective at the end of the play month
(the 20th of the month).
Agents may not be used in the playoffs.
Agents may only be picked up to prevent over usage. The manager must tell
the commissioner why the Free Agent acquisition is necessary. The
commissioner decides whether the Free Agent may be picked up or not.
The commissioner may delegate this responsibility to avoid a conflict of
cut from a team, a player may not be picked up by any other team.
- If two or more managers
option the same player, the one with the poorest winning .pct at the end
of that play month gets the player. If this occurs prior to the start of
the season, then the team that had the earlier draft position gets the
- All free agents taken during
the season will be returned to the free agent pool at the end of the
- Once you pick up a
FA, you may cut him later to pick up a different FA.
- You can NOT trade a
player that you picked up as a FA.
- The teams with the best
records in each division will make the playoffs.
- If there is tie for
division winner, and the teams would make the Wild Card, or even be tied
for the final Wild Card entry, then the tie breaker procedure (below)
will determine the division winner and the loser becomes the Wild Card
- If there is a tie
for division winner, and the teams would not make the Wild Card, or be
tied for the final Wild Card entry, then there is a one game playoff to
determine who wins the division with the loser out of the playoffs.
- Home team is
determined by the tie breaker procedure below.
- The game takes
place THE NEXT DAY AFTER the regular season ends.
- There is no off day
for starting pitching, but you do have to reset the days off to account
- The 2 non division winning teams
with the best records in each league will be Wild Card teams and will play
each other in a 3-game series to determine which team advances to play the
top seeded team in the league. The
better record hosts games 2 & 3.
If the 2 teams have identical records, home team is determined by
the tie breaker procedure below.
The Wild Card series starts 2 days after the regular season ends.
there are 2 teams tied for the final Wild Card spot, then there is a one
game playoff to determine who wins the division with the loser out of the
playoffs. Home team is determined
by the tie breaker procedure below.
there are 3 teams tied for the final playoff spot, the tie breaker
procedure will determine which team gets a bye in the first game.
That team will host the winner of the one-game playoff in another
one-game playoff to determine the final playoff team. This method will also be used if 3
teams are in a tie for both Wild Card spots. One team gets a bye in to the 3 game
playoff, the other 2 have a 1 game playoff to get in.
there are 4 teams tied for the final Wild Card spot, the tie breaker procedure
will determine which teams are home for one game. The winners play
each other in one game with home team based on the seeding from the tie
breaker procedure. This method
will also be used if 4 teams are in a tie for both Wild Card spots. The 1-game playoff determines which 2
teams are in the Wild Card Series.
tie breaker game takes place THE NEXT DAY AFTER the regular season ends.
is no off day for starting pitching, but you do have to reset the days
off to account for relievers.
- For the
purposes of playoff usage, all of the above games are treated as 1 playoff
name a 25-man roster that is to carry you through all of your potential
reset of days off for relievers, otherwise no relievers would ever be
tired to start a game.
usage and eligibility is the same as for any playoff series.
- Tie Breakers:
- Head to head record
- Division record
- Total runs scored
minus total runs allowed.
- Each league’s Division playoff
series and League Championship Series will be a best-of-7 series, with the
higher seeded teams having home field advantage, hosting games 1, 2, 6 and
- The CCNL Series will be a
best-of-7 series, with the winner being crowned CCNL Champions. Home field
advantage for the World Series will be determined by the current CCNL year
being played. The NL team will have home field advantage odd numbered
years, while AL will have Home field advantage in even numbered years.
- Playoff usage is limited to
10% of the AB/IP listed on the card (without our 5% buffer). Starters may
only pitch on the days rest that would normally
be allowed during the regular season.
- When determining
usage, always round DOWN. Even at
.9, you round down. So 129 At Bats
at 10% is 12.9, so the player gets 12 At Bats for the series.
- The 25-man playoff roster
can be changed between series.
- Free Agents picked up
during the season are not eligible for the playoffs.
- Starter-only pitchers
are NOT allowed to relieve
- Playoff dates will be
scheduled at the start of the season so that the playoffs don’t drag on
for months. There will be a reasonable window of time in which to finish
your playoff games, so if you are in contention, be prepared to schedule
starting pitchers, days off must follow the schedule.
- September 29 – Regular
- September 30 – Off
Day/1-game playoff if needed
- October 1 – Wild Card
Series Game 1
- October 2 – Wild Card
Series Game 2
- October 3 – Wild Card
Series Game 3
- October 4 – Off Day
- October 5 – Division Series
- October 6 – Division Series
- October 7 – Off Day
- October 8 – Division Series
- October 9 – Division Series
- October 10 – Division
Series Game 5
- October 11 – Off Day
- October 12 – Division
Series Game 6
- October 13 – Division Series
- October 14 – Off Day
- October 15 – League
Championship Series Game 1
- October 16 – League
Championship Series Game 2
- October 17 – Off Day
- October 18 – League
Championship Series Game 3
- October 19 – League
Championship Series Game 4
- October 20 – League
Championship Series Game 5
- October 21 – Off Day
- October 22 – League
Championship Series Game 6
- October 23 – League
Championship Series Game 7
- October 24 – Off Day
- October 25 – CCNL Series
- October 26 – CCNL Series
- October 27 – Off Day
- October 28 – CCNL Series
- October 29 – CCNL Series
- October 30 – CCNL Series
- October 31 – Off Day
- November 1 – CCNL Series
- November 2 – CCNL Series
- If more than one manager
needs to be replaced at the beginning of a new season, an attrition draft
may be held prior to the rookie/free agent draft. Only new managers will
participate in the actual draft. The new managers will draft from a
combined pool made up of the players from the dissolved teams. No rookies
or free agents are involved in this draft. New teams will draft after the
non-playoff teams in the rookie/free agent draft. The commissioner
reserves the right to forego the attrition draft if it is deemed
unnecessary and continuing teams will retain their draft positions.
- Manager-less teams are not
eligible for the playoffs. If a team is promoted to the playoffs because
of a manager-less team, then that team will be treated as a playoff team
as any other playoff team.