GLBL Rules

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League Settings overview
NEW in 2020:  The league will test out an inter-league schedule with 24 games against opponents in the other league.  The schedule is set at 144 games.
· Financials ON
· Designated hitter: NO
· Fictional players
Franchises have Two levels of minors
· Reserve Grade
· Youth League (23 and under age limit)
Coaches: OFF
Scouts are ON
Rule V: NO
Rating scale of 1-5
Playoffs (no playoffs in the minor leagues)
· The 2 league champions plus the two teams with the best records will qualify. Head to head will be used to break the tie
· The semi-finals will be a best of 7 series with the League Champion having home field advantage over the Wild Card. The series will be split 2H, 3A, 2H
· The GLBL Championship Series will be a best of 7 game series with the the league champion always having home field advantage over the wild card.  In case of a tie between the league champs, or wild cards, the team with the most wins will get the home field advantage. The series will be split 2H, 3A, 2H
edited on 2-23-17
Sim schedule:
· 4 days per regular season sim
· Off season and pre-season sim lengths to be determined
· Sims to occur everyday (M, T, W, T, F, ) unless commish provides advance notice of absence
· Exports due no later than 7:30 AM Eastern Standard Time – note the sim will be run anywhere between  7:30 AM and 11 AM EST
Stadiums & Relocation
· Franchise names and location will not change.
· Stadiums are preset by the Commissioner, GMs will be allowed to adjust ONE of the SIX park factors every 3 years. Each change cannot increase or decrease a park factor by more than 0.030
GM’s may submit their ball park factors before the end of the Inaugural draft.
· No park factor can go below 0.85 or above 1.15
· Maximum capacity of stadiums is set to 40,000.
Free Agents
· 3 service years required for salary arbitration
· 6 years service time minimum for free agency
· Minor league free agency is active at 6 years
· No compensation for lost FA’s
· 2012 CBA rules are not in effect
· All free agent claims are made in game with the following rules in place:
· Maximum contract length of 5 years for any player aged 24 or under
· Maximum contract length of 8 years for any player aged 25 or older
· No player shall earn less than a previous year in the same contract (i.e. year 3 cannot be for less salary than year 1 or year 2)
*Rule change:  GM’s may vary the amount of salary money from season to season (25-1-16)
· Player option years are allowed
· Team option years are NOT allowed
-Starting in 2016 contracts may contain a vesting option for the final year of the contract.
· The total of any bonuses in a contract must not exceed 20% of the total value of the lowest single year of salary
· Free agents can only be signed during the regular season, off-season or pre-season window. FA’s cannot be signed during the playoffs by any teams unless the offer was made before the post-season begins.  
New temporary guideline and effectively immediately:
Do not heavily weight year 1 or 2 (in multiple year deals) with a player opt out option
Opt outs with the same $ amount for each season are legal in any year.
Trades
· The commissioner may cancel a deal if it harms team or league integrity. This will only happen in extremely lopsided deals, if at all.
· All trades must be posted on the league message board.
· Both parties must agree to the deal before it is processed.
· Draft picks CANNOT be traded.
· Recently drafted players CAN be traded.
· Trading is closed between the trade deadline July 31 and the last game of the GLBC Grand Final.
· Veterans cannot veto trades
· Cash can be included in trades
Roster Rules
· 25 man limit on ML roster, 30 man limit for both Reserve Grade and Youth League teams
o The active roster will be extended to a limit of 30 for Spring Training, the roster must be down to 25 men for the opening day sim of each season. A special ‘roster moves’ sim will be scheduled between the end of Spring Training and opening day
· Youth League team has a maximum age limit of 23 years old was waived on 12-8-16 so that there are no longer restrictions.  
· No ‘September’ call up options
· No secondary roster
· ‘International Complex’ limited to 20 players
· Minimum of 4 man rotation for regular season games and 3 man for playoffs
· All pitchers set to start in the rotation must be set to SP, MR/CL can only start if set to ‘Emergency starter’ and the AI has them replace an SP injured during a sim
Amateur Draft
· During each season on or about March 1 there will be an Amateur Draft
· The draft will consist of eight (8) rounds with players for 10 rounds generated
· Draft Order
o The non-playoff teams will draft in inverse order of winning percentage. Ties will be broken based on head-to-head record (better record drafts first), then a coin flip if required
o The playoff teams that do not reach the GLBL Grand Final will draft in inverse order of winning percentage. Tiebreakers remain the same as above
o The GLBC Grand Final loser picks 11th
o The GLBC Grand Final winner picks 12th
· B. The league will hold the Amateur Draft using the Statslab utility. The draft pool will be released approximately 75 days prior to the Draft to allow lists to allow drafting to begin in the utility. All picks must be made through the Draft Utility or by emailing the Commissioner detailed instructions
Contract Extensions
· All game created contracts in 2015 will be honored
· Contract extensions
· Maximum contract length of 5 years for any player aged 24 or under
· Maximum contract length of 8 years for any player aged 25 or older
· No player shall earn less than a previous year in the same contract (i.e. year 3 cannot be for less salary than year 1 or year 2)
*Rule change:  GM’s may vary the amount of salary money from season to season (25-1-16)
· Player option years are allowed
· Team option years are NOT allowed
· The total of any bonuses in a contract must not exceed 20% of the total value of the lowest single year of salary
-Starting in 2016 contracts may contain a vesting option for the final year of the contract.
Debt Relief
GLBL has an established one time debt relief program, full rules can be found in the forums (currently TBD)
Other
  • All games rain outs will be made up before the playoffs begin. -added 14-3-16
Last Edit:  14-3-16