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1Richmond Strat Baseball League ConstitutionUpdated: March 13th, 2021League OverviewThe Richmond Strat League is a face-to-face Strat-o-Matic league based in the Richmond, VA area. It consists of strat-omatic cards from the most recent Major League Baseball season. Our league is divided into an American and NationalLeague, with the winners of each league playing in the annual RSBL World Series.This constitution describes the rules of function and play for the RSBL, but it cannot cover every possible situation.League members who find situations that are not covered by the constitution can either call the commissioner or theirleague president for a ruling. League members should play in the spirit of the Strat-o-Matic game, which along with ourchanges follows the rules of Major League Baseball. In the spirit of realism and maintaining the integrity of our league,every effort should be made by every manager to win every game they play. “Dumping” games to get a better draft pickshould not be tolerated.Changes to the constitutionAny changes to the constitution require a two-thirds vote. A quorum must be present for league activity to be official. Aquorum is considered 50% of existing franchises. Proxy voting is not allowed, but absentee voting is allowed for ruleproposals that have been previously posted and are voted on without changes. Rule changes will become effectiveimmediately unless otherwise noted. Strat-o-Matic rule changes are accepted by default, unless voted out (or by executiveorder). The cutoff date for new rule proposals will be set by the commissioner, but prior to the league meeting.League OfficersLeague officers will take office after being voted in at the fall league meeting. Prior commissioner will still be responsiblefor ongoing business from the previous season. Voluntary contributions of work by other league members, i.e. serving oncommittees, helping with the banquet/draft, taking care of trophies, etc. is encouraged.CommissionerOversees the running of the RSBL. The commissioner enforces the constitution and has the power to take any action forthe betterment of the league and to facilitate the smooth function of the league. The commissioner serves a one-yearterm. Commissionership can be shared between two individuals if voted in by the league. Any action by thecommissioner may be overridden by a two-thirds vote of the league members. In addition to supervision of league play,the duties of the commissioner include: Final authority on rules interpretation, ensuring that play progresses on schedule,arranging the draft and other meetings, interviewing and nominating members for league approval, appointingcommittees, assigning projects, and penalizing league members who break rules or don’t meet deadlines.League presidentsAppointed by the commissioner. They are responsible for the running of their own league, collecting statistics, interpretingrules of play in the event the commissioner is unavailable or has a major conflict of interest, and assisting thecommissioner in performing his duties as they pertain to his league.TreasurerOversees the finances of the league, although final authority on funding is in the hands of the commissioner. Collectsdues and other league fees, disburses expenses and other moneys, and publishes an annual financial report or asrequested by the commissioner.Website secretaryResponsible for the RSBL website, draft guide, recording of league business, upkeep of the constitution, leagueaddresses & phone numbers.League statisticiansResponsible for collecting & distributing the 40, 81, 121, and 162 games stats and batting/pitching leaders for their ownleague. They will also report those managers that have failed to submit their stats on time to the commissioner.Trade secretaryContact person for all trades made in the league. He is responsible for recording trades, updating rosters & draft boards.The Richmond Strat Baseball League

2Team ManagementTeams can be co-managed, but the franchise will have only one vote at league meetings. Managers who own two teamswill have two votes at the league meeting. In the event of a dispute over ownership of a franchise, the officers of theleague will decide by a majority vote as to who will retain the franchise. If the League’s officers deem an owner’s conductdetrimental to the welfare of the league, then control of the franchise may be taken away by a two-thirds vote of the othermembers in the corresponding league.DuesDues will be reviewed and decided upon yearly at the league meeting depending on league needs. Managers running twoteams will pay half price dues for the second team. Individual league members with dues deficiencies will be referred tothe commissioner. The commissioner will set a deadline to receive payment of these deficiencies. Failure to meet thisdeadline will lead to escalating sanctions that could lead to the forfeiture of the offending managers team. No franchisewill be able to draft and/or manage a team without complete payment received on draft day. Any trades involving futuredraft picks require a 50% deposit towards the next year’s dues by both teams.Switching LeaguesFor two teams to switch leagues, it must be approved prior to the 15 man rosters being submitted by a 2/3 vote of theleague. At the beginning of the draft, managers that switch leagues will pick an available ballpark in their new league at nocost. Managers interested in switching leagues should contact the commissioner prior to the league meeting.ExpansionTo be eligible for expansion, a manager must declare his intent to join the league by the fall league meeting. Expansion isallowed by a two-thirds vote of the existing franchises in that league. Expansion teams will be permitted to pick their 15man protected list from unprotected players from the previous year. New and undrafted players from the previous yearcannot be chosen. An expansion team may not trade before they have submitted their 15-man roster. Their draft positionshould be first in every round of their league draft. If MLB expands during the same year the league expands, thenadditional changes for the expansion team(s) may be voted on.Protection listEach franchise will be permitted to protect 15 players from year to year, with the protection date being set by thecommissioner about November 1. All other players that receive Strat-o-Matic cards will be placed in a pool for draftingpurposes. A franchise may protect a player on their current roster even though he will not have a Strat card in theupcoming year.New OwnersIf an owner leaves the league, a new owner will be selected by these means: First priority will be given to any team’s co-manager who wishes to manage the available franchise. This comanager must have been active in playing games and taking part in League activities to the satisfaction ofLeague Officers. Second priority will be given to potential new owners, not currently in the league in any capacity, who areinterested in managing a teamA new owner will be given the franchise by the commissioner and will be affirmed by a majority vote. Once a new ownerhas taken over an existing franchise, his trades (for a time determined by the commissioner) are subject to commissionerreview. Ideally potential new managers should serve an apprenticeship to ‘learn the ropes’ before they become fullfledged managers. If a manager has quit the league previously without providing sufficient notice, they must receive twothirds supermajority in order to receive a new franchise.Vacant teams/contractionOnce an owner has made known his intention to the league that he intends to forfeit ownership of his franchise, theleague should attempt to fill the vacancy as soon as possible. Any trades a departing manager has made (within areasonable time period) are subject to review by the commissioner. If a team does not have an active manager when the15 man rosters are due, the commissioner will then freeze the vacant team. All players on the roster will be non-tradableand unavailable in the draft. In addition, any draft picks of that team will be void. If the team is still un-managed after oneyear, all players on that team will re-enter the draft (if they have a card from Strat-o-Matic). If a manager is found to takeThe Richmond Strat Baseball League

3over the team, he will have the option of selecting him 15 man keepers from the frozen team and will draft after the nonplayoff teams but before the playoff teams within the league he is entering.Season ScheduleThe season will consist of a 162 game schedule. If Major League Baseball plays less, then all cards will be prorated toreflect 162 games. A schedule vs all opponents will be distributed to all teams on or before the draft. This scheduledetermines the games and series among all teams with associated days off. Doubleheaders will no longer be scheduled.Days off are indicated by a “ ” after the series and the day off is in effect at the completion of the series. Flexibility is thekey word for scheduling in the RSBL. Teams are expected to play series at a pace to keep up with the general leaguetimetable. It is suggested that schedules be balanced and not by playing your whole series with one team early or late inthe season. Interleague play is now part of the schedule. Note: Universal DH will be used in 2021. The league will vote inthe future to see if this rule continues.Each manager is expected to play games on schedule. The following deadlines must be met to avoid penalties from thecommissioner: 40 games by April 30th, 81 games by June 30th, 121 games by August 31st, 162 games by October 31st.Also, playoffs & World Series games should be completed by November 21stTo keep the league win-loss records current, all managers are required to e-mail the league or post (via websitediscussion board) their current win-loss information on the 1st and 15th of the month. All deadlines will be met, unless apetition is made to the commissioner at least 2 weeks prior to the deadline.TradingTrading for the current season is allowed up to and including game 81 or June 15th whichever comes first. All players/draftpicks traded must be immediate. This will prevent a player from playing on 2 teams at the same time. The 4 game leewayis in effect. For example, Team A has played 50 games & Team B has played 20 games. If Team A trades a player toTeam B, the trade is immediate but Team B cannot use the player until game 46. If Team B trades a player to Team A,the trade is immediate and Team A can use the player immediately. A manager cannot receive a player for a player at alater time (player to be named later), but he can trade a player for a future draft pick. Trades with considerations outside ofplayers/draft picks (money, etc.) are not allowed. Any ‘future agreements’ to consummate a trade are not enforceable.Trading of future draft picks is allowed only for the upcoming draft or for next year’s draft after 15-man protection. Playertrades for ‘next year’ are allowed at any time (as long as the future draft pick rule is upheld). Trades are reversible if bothparties agree, or if the commissioner vetoes the trade. (If a new manager is grossly being taken advantage of, a manageris unfairly ‘stocking’ another team, trading players/picks you don’t own, etc.).In order for the trade to be official, an e-mail needs to be sent including the opposing manager, the trade secretary, rosterkeeper, and other affected manager. Posting the trade solely on the discussion board without sending an e-mail, is NOTan approved method to report the trade to the leagueIf a manager has teams (whole or partial) in both leagues:A player drafted or a draft pick held by a manager for one of his teams may not end up on the other team during the sameseason, regardless of intervening trades. A season starts when a team submits their 15 man roster & ends when the nextyear’s 15 man roster is submitted. Also, a manager may not make trades for both of his teams with one team at the sametime.StatisticsEach manager is expected to keep stats in a diligent manner. Stats are very important, both for the interest of players inthe league and as a check on usage. Stats are due at the 40, 81,121, and 162 game deadlines. Individual & team totalsshould be calculated for all stats. Individual game sheets will be kept until the following year’s draft and are subject toreview to determine overuse of players and statistical game accuracy. To prevent over usage, stats are required to bekept for players traded to other teams.The following stats should be kept for all batters: (including pitchers):Batting Average, On Base Average, Slugging Average, Games, At Bats, Runs, Hits, Runs batted In, Doubles, Triples,Homers, Strikeouts, Walks, Hit by Pitch, Stolen bases, Caught stealing, Errors, Sacrifice FliesThe following stats should be kept for all pitchers:Earned run average, Games pitched, Games started, Complete games, Shutouts, Saves, Wins, Losses, Innings Pitched,Hits allowed, Walks, Strikeouts, Hit Batters, Homers, Runs, Earned RunsThe Richmond Strat Baseball League

4If a manager is delinquent in submitting his stats to the league statistician (post dated by midnight of the deadline orelectronically dated in the case of email), then he will forfeit his latest pick. For every week thereafter, that forfeited pickwill change to the owner’s next best pick. The owner will lose a pick for each set of stats that are late regardless of howmany picks that owner has. (1st offense 15th round, 2nd offense 10th round, 3rd offense 5th round, 4th offence 1stround).BallparksBallparks are used by the RSBL and affect ballpark single & ballpark HR ratings. New ballparks selected will use thecurrent ballpark numbers distributed with the Strat-o-matic cards. Every year a manager can decide to keep the previousballpark numbers or update his park to the current ballpark numbers without penalty. Managers who do not wish tochange their ballparks will retain their current ballpark numbers. All ballparks must be unique (i.e. two teams cannotselect the same team’s park). AL managers can only choose unclaimed AL ballparks with AL picks and vice versa for NLmanagers. New managers & teams switching leagues will select an available ballpark with no penalty at their league’sdraft, and after all other teams have chosen.Whenever a manager has owned the same ballpark for 3 or more years, he may elect to change his ballpark to anavailable park with any draft pick in their league’s draft. Managers that have owned the same park for less than 3 yearsmust use 5th round or better draft pick in their league’s draft to change parks. Anytime a manager uses a draft pick toselect a new ballpark, he will receive an extra draft pick (untradeable) at the end of the draft.Prior to each draft, the commissioner will provide a lottery for managers who want to change ballparks. Each manager willdeclare their intensions of drafting a new park or keeping their current park. Managers that decide to draft a new park willimmediately lose the rights to their current park & it will be available for other teams in that league.DraftOur league will schedule both an American and National league draft. The league that drafts firsts will alternate every year(AL drafts first in odd years, NL in even years). This draft is usually scheduled for the second or third weekend inFebruary. Each franchise is given 18 draft picks for the next year’s draft in the league that he played the previous year.New managers will draft in the league they will be playing.Drafting will be done in reverse order of finish based on the previous year’s standings. In case of a tie, the team with theworse head to head record will draft first in the first round, and then reverse for each succeeding round. If a game 163playoff is necessary to break a tie, the game will be considered a regular season game in the standings. The loser of theplayoff will have a worse regular season record & their draft picks will be ahead of the winner’s throughout the draft.Managers taking over vacant teams will draft behind the non-playoff teams and before the playoff teamsFor players who spend time in both the American & National leagues, our league will use the combo cards instead of theseparate American & National league split cards. Players that spend time in both leagues will be drafted in the league withthe greater amount of games played. If that is tied, then at-bats or innings pitched will be used to determine the draftingleague. If still tied, then the player’s last team will determine what league he is drafted in.RostersActive roster size between games 1-121 and the playoffs is set to 26 players and between games 122-end of year is setto 28 players. All players not on your club’s active roster constitute a minor league roster. All teams must have at least 10pitchers on their rosters during the regular season & playoffs. There is no maximum roster limit, but a franchise may nottrade players or draft picks so that it is unable to maintain a minimum roster (active & minors) of 30 players. A franchisemay also not trade upcoming draft picks so it is unable to maintain a minimum draft of 15 players.If a manager does not have 30 players/draft picks due to penalties prior to the draft, then the commissioner will beresponsible to make the necessary moves to get the team to a minimum roster. After the 15 man rosters have beenannounced managers will have access to current draft picks for the upcoming draft and future draft picks for the draft ayear later.Prior to & including game 121, players may be sent down/called up from the minors subject to the following rules: Once a player has been farmed out to the minors, he must remain there for at least twenty games (this is supersededwhen rosters are expanded after 121 games). Players who are brought up from the minors need to remain up for aminimum of ten games. Each pitcher may be sent down and brought back only one time. Although, if a pitcher starts in the minors he may becalled up twice. When the pitcher goes back to the minors for the second time, he must remain there until rosters areexpanded after the 121 game mark.The Richmond Strat Baseball League

5Between games 122 – end of season, players may be sent down/called up from the minors subject to the following rule: Any player sent down to the minors must remain there for at least 10 games. There is no minimum amount of gamesthat a player needs to remain up before he can be sent down to the minors.The following minimum requirements for teams to start the season.- AL team must have 1458 games and 300 innings of relief.- NL team must have 1296 games and 300 innings of relief.If You do not cover these requirements by the end of the draft you will be penalized a 5th round(or next higher) pick.Active Roster RequirementsPlayers must meet the following qualifications to be on an active roster Batters - 175 plate appearancesException #1: Catchers who have 30 games or more and have at least 95 plate appearancesNote: Catcher must be first defensive position on cardException #2: Players who appeared in 60 games or more and have at least 125 plate appearances Starters - 12 starts Relievers - 40 innings pitched OR 40 appearances Starter-relievers - 8 starts AND 65 IPNote: If a starter-reliever is underlined & cannot qualify as a starter reliever, he may still be playable as a pure starteror reliever if he meets the higher qualifications at his primary position.Note: Players kept on the 15 man roster may be used on the active roster even if they do not meet eligibilityrequirements. This ability is waved if the player changes teams at any time post-protection. The player will still beineligible for the playoffs, but can play during the regular season. Any player acquired after the 15 man keepers, eitherthrough trade or via the draft will be subject to normal eligibility rules.Player RestrictionsAll players are governed by their performance in the previous major league season. Players will be limited in order tosimulate their performance in real life. If a manager lets a player exceed his limits, it is valid grounds for a protest andpenalty. If major league baseball plays less than 162 games, then the Strat cards will be pro-rated and limits adjusted fora 162 game season.Batter limitsAll batters are limited by games played. If his total plate appearances are less than 3.1 times his games played, he is alsolimited by at bats. When a batter reaches either his at bats or games limits, he is no longer eligible to play. Any time adefensive player enters a game, whether it is for pinch hitting (actual batting or not), pinch running, or as a defensivereplacement, it counts as one game played.Pitcher limitsStarters are limited to their number of starts (no inning restrictions)Relievers are limited to their innings pitched (no game restrictions)Starter-relievers are limited by total games, games started, and innings pitchedDeclaring pitchersStarter-relievers (no underline) must be declared a starter-relieverStarter-relievers (underlined) can be declared as a starter or a starter-relieverReliever-starters (underlined) can be declared as a reliever or a starter-relieverAny “combo” pitcher must be declared as to his role before the season starts and included on the beginning seasonroster. Managers who obtain starter-reliever (underlined) or reliever-starter (underlined) pitchers in a trade can changetheir status from starter to starter-reliever or reliever to starter-reliever as long as the their total stats do not exceed theplayers new starter-reliever limitations.Substitution of playersAn outfielder may play another outfield position not listed on his card with the following restrictions: A center fielder may play left or right without any adjustments to his fielding rating A right fielder may play left without any adjustments to his fielding rating A left fielder may play right by lowering his fielding rating by one (2 becomes a 3, 3 becomes a 4, etc.) But a 5rated left fielder cannot play RF (unable to add 1 to the range).The Richmond Strat Baseball League

6 No player may play center unless he is rated thereNo adjustments are made to the throwing armPlayers without a fielding position on their cards can only be used as a DH or a pinch hitter. No defensive replacements orshuffles may be made in mid-inning (after the first batter in the inning) unless the pitcher is removed and the player bats inthe pitcher’s slot in the lineup. (i.e. only in NL games or games that has lost the DH). Pitchers may not be used to pinch hitunless all everyday players have been used up.Use of PitchersDotting pitchers & point of weakness (POW)Whenever a pitcher is dotted, ignore any out reading followed by a dot and substitute SINGLE **. All pitchers can bedotted by the following scenarios: Any pitcher that allows five runs in one inning automatically becomes dotted. Any pitcher that allows eight runs must immediately be removed from the game. Once a pitcher’s point of weakness inning has been reached, he can be dotted by allowing 3 hits and/or walks inone inning or less or 4 hits and/or walks over two innings or less. Intentional walks or hit by pitch do not contributetoward a pitcher’s point of weakness.Starting pitchers point of weakness for starters is determined by innings. A five-inning POW starter can be dotted at thebeginning of the fifth inning; six inning POW starter can be dotted at the beginning of the sixth inning, etc. Reliever’s pointof weakness is determined by outs. A one inning reliever can immediately become dotted; two inning relievers can bedotted after three outs, etc.StartersIn addition to the above dotting rules, starters will be automatically dotted after pitching over 2 innings past their POWinning. For example, a 5 inning POW starter will be dotted if he is pitching at the beginning of the 8th inning. Starters willalso be dotted after giving up 5 or more runs and pitching past their POW inning. No starter may pitch more than 10innings unless he is throwing a no-hitter.All non-asterisked starters must have 4 games of rest between starts. Pitchers that are asterisked can start on 3 days ofrest. In the playoffs all pitchers can pitch on 3 days of rest. Off days count as only one day of rest.A starter may not be removed from a game before the fifth inning or POW inning (whichever is lower) unless the pitcher isdotted or has given up five runs (three runs in playoffs). For example, a one inning POW opener just needs to pitch to onebatter, a four inning POW starter must pitch to the first batter in the fourth inning. Any starter with a POW of 5 or larger,must pitch to the first batter in the 5th inning.RelieversAny reliever who pitches past his endurance (dot) inning or beyond three innings (the first batter of his fourth inning) willbe dotted in all future appearances until he receives a game of rest or the team has a day off. This penalty does not applyif a double or triple play causes this situation to occur.Relievers who pitch more than one inning past their endurance inning automatically become dotted (i.e. a two inningreliever will be dotted after he pitches 3 innings). Relievers who pitch five innings may not appear in relief the next day.Relievers who pitch six or more innings may not appear for two days. No reliever may pitch more than seven inningsunless they are the last available pitcher on the team. Like MLB, any reliever brought into a game must face at least threebatters or reach the end of an inning before removal.Starter-relieversWhen used in consecutive starting appearances, a starter reliever is governed by starting rules. When used in reliefappearances, he is governed by relief rules. When mixing back and forth, use the following chart to determine amount ofrest before he may relieve/start. 3 or less innings2 days rest 4 innings3 days restBolo pitchersA team which runs out of pitchers at the end of the season will be assigned the worst available pitcher from the bolo(undrafted pitchers) pile by the respective league president. At the end of the season, any bolo players received by a teamcannot be kept and will go back into the draft. If a manager has to use a player in this manner, these penalties will ensue:The Richmond Strat Baseball League

71st time-15th round pick; 2nd time-10th round pick; 3rd time-5th round pick. If the manager does not hold any of thesepicks, the next earlier will be lost.End of Season TiesAll ties involving first place & fourth place playoff eligibility will be decided by a one game playoff. All stats from the playoffgames will become part of the regular season totals, although player limits will not be affected. This game (game 163)occurs on the day immediately after the end of the regular season (game 162), so the pitching rotation & rest must takethis into consideration. All other divisional ties will be decided on head to head competition and if still tied a coin flip willdetermine draft order.The first round of the playoffs will start on the day immediately following game 163 and pitching rotation and rest musttake this into consideration for teams emerging from game 163 and advancing into the first round of the playoffs. This alsomeans that any team not involved with the one-game playoff that will meet the winner of game 163 will have one day offfollowing the end of their regular season (game 162).PlayoffsThe top 4 teams in each league will make the playoffs. If by commissioner ruling a team declared ineligible for theplayoffs finishes 4th place or higher, the highest eligible team will receive a 1st round bye while the other two playoff teamswill face each other in the divisional series. All injuries (hitter and pitcher) will be ignored in the playoffs.There will be a day off between the end of the regular season and the playoffs. In the first round of the playoffs, the firstplace team meets the fourth place team and the second place team meets the third place team. The winners of those twoseries meet for the league championship. The higher seeded team has the home field advantage. All playoff series willbe best of seven games. The home field advantage in the World Series alternates by year (NL is the home team in evenyears, AL in odd years). The designated hitter will be used at AL ballparks in the World Series. A 2-3-2 format will be usedin the playoffs (two at the higher seed’s home, three at the lower seed’s home, and two at the higher seed’s home field)with one day off between change of venue. There will be one day off between each playoff series and shorter playoffseries will give the winners more rest. (For example, 6 game series 2 games rest, 5 game series 3 days rest, etc.)Prior to the playoffs, each participating team must submit a playoff roster of 26 players. Playoff teams can adjust theirrosters between playoff rounds. This roster will include at least two catchers and ten pitchers.Player Limitations for PlayoffsAny player who qualifies for the active roster is eligible for the playoffs with the following limitations.Playoff limitations for Batters (non-catchers):Pinch hitting can occur anytime during a playoff game, but a pinch hitter cannot stay in the game prior to the 7th inningunless it counts as a game started.Games65 games or less66-85 games86-105 games106-120 games121 gamesNormal2 starts 1 PH3 starts 1 PH4 starts 1 PH5 starts 1 PHNo limitsAt-bat limited1 start 2 PH2 starts 2 PH3 starts 2 PH4 starts 2 PHNo limitsPlayoff limitations for catchersNote: Catcher must be the first position listed on the cardGames40 games or less41-60 games61-80 games81-100 games101 gamesNormal2 starts 1 PH3 starts 1 PH4 starts 1 PH5 starts 1 PHNo limitsAt-bat limited1 start 2 PH2 starts 2 PH3 starts 2 PH4 starts 2 PHNo limitsPlayoff limitations for Starting Pitchers:12-17 starts18-25 starts1 playoff start2 playoff startsThe Richmond Strat Baseball Le

It consists of strat-o-matic cards from the most recent Major League Baseball season. Our league is divided into an American and National League, with the winners of each league playing in the annual RSBL World Series. This constitution describes the rules of function and play for the RSBL, but it cannot cover every possible situation.