The CLUB Rules

General governance of the CLUB.
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The CLUB Rules

Post by aaron » Tue Apr 03, 2018 3:54 am

Champion Leagues United Baseball

Changes are in red.


The Commissioner will manage the daily operation of the CLUB, simulating games in a timely manner, maintaining league files and participating in GM discussions. He will respond to questions about the league and facilitate the recruitment and development of new members. The Commissioner will act in the best interest of the league at all times!

Leadership Committee
The leadership committee will consist of experienced OOTP GMs and former commissioners. These GMs will aid the Commissioner in league matters, provide opinion in sensitive issues, and be part of big decisions. They will be a point of contact for other GMs with questions or concerns about the league.

General Managers
GMs will own a copy of OOTP and expect to update to each new version, be active and responsive online, and export regularly. They should also post prior to any absence. Should a GM decide to leave the league, for any reason, it is expected that he or she send a brief note to the Commissioner so that we may find a replacement as quickly as possible.

The Commissioner reserves the right to take action should any GM fail to export or communicate in a timely manner or conduct him/herself in a way deemed detrimental to the league. Remember, we are here to compete, but also to have fun!

Teams must export at least once per real-time week (unless the commissioner has been notified prior of an absence or other unavailability). If any team does not export within this timeframe, they will receive a warning. If they do not export within the next two simulation periods, the leadership committee will vote to enact penalties up to and including removal from the league.

League Structure

Champion Leagues United Baseball will consist of two 15-team leagues (the National and American Leagues), made up of all 30 current major league franchises. Each league will be subdivided into three five team divisions:
-The Champion Division will consist of the top five teams (by winning percentage) combined across the previous three years.
-The Professional Division will consist of the next five teams.
-The Tertiary Division will consist of the worst five teams across the previous three years.
Each year, divisions will be realigned according to winning percentage of each team across their last three years. Ties will be broken by the fourth year (fifth, sixth, etc. if necessary).

Tiebreaking Procedures
If two teams at the end of the season are tied for a postseason qualifying position, a tiebreaking regular season will be played to determine the winner. If three or more teams are tied, no tiebreaking games will be played. The standings order determined in-game by OOTP will be used.

Ten teams will participate in the playoffs—all six division winners, and two wild card teams per league.
Wild Card (play-in) and Quarterfinal Series are best-of-5.
Semifinal Series and the World Series are best-of-7.

Contracts and Extensions

A player may not be signed to an extension longer than one year until he has reached and been awarded arbitration at least once. Players with at least 4 years of major league service are automatically eligible for multi-year extensions.

For any contract, free agent or extension, with an annual value of $10MM or more, no contract year will be twice that of the lowest.

If two options are offered (player or team) in a contract, both must be the same.

Any free agent player is not eligible to be signed by any team until they appear in the FA pool.

Illegal Contract Penalties

Player is offered a multi-year extension before reaching arbitration: Contract shortened to one year at the highest guaranteed year, which will not count as an arbitration year if under 3 years ML service time at the time of extension.

Contract with a year valued above $10M in which the lowest year is less than half of highest year: any years less than 60% of highest contract year will be raised to 60% of highest contract year.

Two options years that are not the same: Both option years become guaranteed, 10% added to both.

Incentives too high (i.e. above 550 PAs): Incentive will be lowered to the maximum incentive threshold, minus 150% overage of your offer. (ex - you offered 600 PA incentive, max is 550. Penalty will be the incentive kicks in at 475 PAs (550 - 75 = 475))

Total incentives over 25% of lowest contract year: ALL incentives become guaranteed for every contract year.

Vesting option incentive too high: Vesting option will become guaranteed.

Every new member to the CLUB will have a 60 day (real life) grace period in which one violation will be voided without penalty.

Team Options
Each team option must have a 25% buyout. Violations will result in the year becoming guaranteed. However, OOTP 20 has a feature in which this can be set in-game. Hopefully we will not have an issue of illegal buyouts.

Vesting Options & Incentives
Vesting Option years and Incentives must be reasonable:

- PA (plate appearances) 550 or less
- IP (innings pitched) for pitcher with OSA (borderline/emergency) starter role not to exceed 160 innings
- IP for pitcher with OSA bullpen role not to exceed 60 innings
- Games not to exceed their highest previous year.

Violations of vesting options will result in the year becoming guaranteed.

The maximum combined total incentives offered in a contract must not exceed 25% of the lowest contract year.

Trading Players

Trades must be posted and confirmed in the forum by both GMs before being processed.

The Trade Deadline is July 31st in-game, after which no trades (of any kind) will be processed until the beginning of the offseason.

Trades are processed PRE-SIM. Instruct the Commissioner in the forum trade post, otherwise players will be DFA.


Free agent signings may not be traded until June 15th. Draftees are eligible to be traded after they have signed with drafting team.

Disallowed OOTP trades will be noted by the Commissioner and that trade voided (for example, teams may not trade further into the red, per OOTP).

Trading Draft Picks
Draft pick trading is not allowed.

Trade Vetoes

Trade vetoes will be extremely rare and I hope they never happen. A veto is only appropriate when either condition is met:
1) Collusion
2) Conduct determined to be detrimental to the league

If one of these conditions is met, the leadership committee must vote unanimously to put the trade up for a veto vote within 24 hours of posting. The trade will be put on hold, and 16 votes to veto will result in the trade being cancelled.

In either case, additional penalties such as removal from the league may occur.

Free Agent Compensation
Compensation rules will follow the updated (2017 CBA) rules with OOTP 20.

COMP tags will be removed Opening Day.

Coaching and Scouting

Coaching is ON.

Scouting is ON (high accuracy).

Financial and General Settings

Attendance baseline 30,000.
Ticket price $30.00 (NOT to exceed $60)
Visiting team gate share is 20%
Draft compensation ON
National media contract is $35,000,000 - Fixed for all teams
Owners decide team budget
Luxury Tax – 25% tax rate on all overage of payrolls 125% or higher of league average.
Cash max $10,000,000
IAFA - Soft Cap of $5MM
DH on for AL, off for NL
10/5 Veto Trade Rule OFF
Player Actual, Potential, and Other Ratings 20-80 scale
DL 15-Day & 60-Day
Waivers 10 days
DFA 19 days
Injury frequency NORMAL
Delayed diagnosis NEVER
Suspensions OFF
Rainouts OFF
Storylines ON
GMs in control of lineups ON
Development for pitchers and hitters 1.050
Aging for pitchers and hitters 0.900

Sim Schedule

During the regular season, the CLUB will simulate three times a week: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings. Exports will be due at 7 am ET (unless otherwise notified by Commissioner).

The postseason schedule will LIVE SIM half of each series at a time. When all remaining teams have exported, we will continue with the next sim.

Offseason will sim per Commissioner's posted schedule.