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PBL League Rules
« on: July 21, 2018, 10:51:07 PM »

Here are all the vital rules of the PBL.  All Rules are Subject to Change and Moderator Discretion.


BE SURE TO CHECK FOR AMENDED AND UPDATED RULES THROUGHOUT THE RULES BOARDS
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Re: PBL League Rules
« Reply #1 on: July 22, 2018, 11:26:33 AM »
PREFACE

If you have never played a game like this before, here is a quick introduction to the game and how it functions.

Firstly, this genre of games is a sports management simulation, in which you the player are acting as a team's General Manager / Manager.  You have a boss (the owner of the team) and you have employees (coaches and players).  In this game you must balance keeping your coaches and players happy, while making the moves necessary to achieve goals set for you by your teams owner.

How you play:

You will apply to any available team, where you will be interviewed based on if the Owner believes you are the right fit for the team. From there, you may or may not already have a coaching staff. Each team will be required to have a Manager, Pitching Coach, Hitting Coach, and Scouting Director. Once you've signed your coaches to a contract you will begin either scouting, drafting, or signing players.

Scouting is a process in which your Scouting Director will give you a short evaluation of a players talents and how they will or won't fit in with your team. Any player who is a free agent (without contract for another team) can be negotiated with (via their agent) to sign with your team, and you may also draft rookie players out of the amateur draft. Any players undrafted will then become free agents.   

In this game all you do is interact.  You talk with coaches, you talk with agents, you talk with players, and you answer questions from the media after each "week" of game play.  Remember though, every post you make has an impact on morale, every decision you make impacts fan support and your GM reputation.  The higher your reputation, the better chance of people seeing things your way, just like in the real world.

This game is designed for you to have to make tough decisions and deal with hard times (that is where the fun of it really comes in) so when you see a new story that makes you have to think about what you will do next, or a star player wants more money than you have to offer, put your thinking cap on and see what you can do. This game is about creativity and critical thinking more so than it is about the ins and outs of baseball.  Remember there is no such thing as an unwinnable situation in this game, just because you don't figure out the way out of the scenario, doesn't mean it was unwinnable.

Play the game at your own pace and have fun, that is the key!  If you get fired, wait until a new team has an opening and sign up to continue the fun in the next season! 

Also, don't be afraid to ask other players for advice!






  

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Re: PBL League Rules
« Reply #2 on: July 22, 2018, 11:32:43 AM »
-   Each franchise will consist of a maximum of 20 players you can work with on your active roster, as well as 8 players on your reserve roster. You will be responsible for setting their roles in the team as to where they lie on the depth chart, rotation, etc.  You will also be responsible for understanding their issues and grievances and working out their contracts as well within the confines of a salary cap.

-   Each of players in the league will have a unique personality you will have to deal with.

HEARTLAND CONFERENCE

Midland Division
- New Orleans Brass
- Austin Drillers
- Albuquerque Roadrunners
- Mexico City Toritos

Badlands Division
- Omaha Explorers
- Indianapolis Aeros
- Chicago Mafia
- Thunder Bay Roar


COASTAL CONFERENCE

Atlantic Division
- Jacksonville Hammerheads
- Virginia Beach Tide
- Brooklyn Punishers
- London Griffins

Pacific Division
- San Diego Devil Dogs
- Golden State Bayhawks
- Boise Elk
- Tokyo Samurai Cats
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Re: PBL League Rules
« Reply #3 on: August 26, 2018, 05:23:32 PM »
1. Never edit your post.  If you do so, there will be dire consequences.  If you make a mistake, you make a mistake.

2. You have until you LOCK IN for pre-season of the season in question to be within your budget.

4. All Contracts and Expenditures must be posted in the "League Office" thread.  Once the deal has been processed by the mod, it will be "edited" showing mod activity.

5. The PBL Amateur Draft will consist of 3 rounds.  You may only trade draft picks ONE SEASON in advance*** (Season 2 picks can be traded during season 1, but Season 3 Picks are not able to be traded until AFTER the pre-season of season 2).

*** There is an exception to the "only x years into the future" draft pick trading rule.  If you have a HARD guarantee from your owner that your job is secure for "X" seasons, then you have the ability to trade draft picks up to that final season of guaranteed work. Remember though, Owners look at your trades as a way to form their opinion of you.  Even with job security, you can work your way into being fired and paid to GTFO. ***

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TRADING PLAYERS:

Teams may trade players and picks at anytime until the Week 10 Trade Deadline, after the deadline trades will not be permitted until the off-season.

WARNING: TRADING PLAYERS ANYTIME AFTER PRESEASON LOCK-INS DURING THE REGULAR SEASON WILL HAVE A MAJOR IMPACT ON YOUR TEAMS MORALE.

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RE-SIGNING PLAYERS:

You may offer your players a contract extension at anytime during the life of their contract, this goes for players too however, their agents may ask for new contracts at any time... it's a two-way street.

Free Agency does not begin until AFTER the postseason concludes.  There will be a window before the draft for teams to issue final offers to their own free agents before unrestricted free agency begins.

In the event of expansion, Expansion teams will also be allowed to offer any/all free agents contracts during the pre-draft free agency.



  

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Re: PBL League Rules
« Reply #4 on: August 26, 2018, 05:27:02 PM »
Roster Minimums: 20
1 CATCHER
1 FIRST BASEMEN
1 SECOND BASEMEN
1 THIRD BASEMEN
1 SHORTSTOP
3 OUTFIELDERS
3 STARTING PITCHERS
2 RELIEF PITCHERS
5 BENCH HITTERS
2 BENCH PITCHERS

Minimum Contract: $250,000

Cutting a Player from the Active Roster while still under contract will result in the team paying 50% of the contract for the duration of the contract from the team's salary budget.

PLAYER SALARY BUDGET: $80MM
COACHES SALARY BUDGET: $12MM
RESERVE ROSTER BUDGET: $10MM
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Re: PBL League Rules
« Reply #5 on: August 26, 2018, 05:28:28 PM »
TAMPERING:

Tampering also includes:

- Talking to a players agent about a player who is under contract for that season referencing contract figures.
- Entering talks of any type with a player currently signed to another team.

Any GM in violation of Tampering laws will be subject to a PR, Salary, and/or Draft penalty at the discretion of the Commissioner.


Filing a Claim or Complaint:

For tampering to be an issue, an involved party must file a complaint with the league office.
This could include an non-playable character filing the complaint (agent, coach, player).   

General Managers not involved in the dealings are ineligible to file complaints, unless the event takes place in a "public" thread (IE: Draft thread, Scouting Combine, etc).

(OOC: GM's not involved in these cases refers to situations where the only way the complaining GM knows of the events are via reading a team thread, which is considered NOT to be common knowledge.)



  

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Re: PBL League Rules
« Reply #6 on: August 26, 2018, 05:35:48 PM »
PROMOTIONAL CALENDAR

Unlike other sim games, PBL will not deal with player PR. Instead, you as the General Manager will be in charge of coming up with a promotional calendar for each home series during the season.

Promotional ideas can be t-shirt giveaways, bobblehead night, fireworks night... etc. This is the only time in the game that your creative writing skills are REALLY tested, so don't brush it off.  You get out what you put in, remember that.

*Keep in mind if you use any of your players for promotional activity, it could have a positive or negative effect on them.* 
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Re: PBL League Rules
« Reply #7 on: August 26, 2018, 05:39:27 PM »
WALK-UP MUSIC

While there is no PR related in player contracts, the owner may request that you pick out walk-up songs for specific players during the offseason. A walk-up song is a clip of a song played as the player either is coming up to bat, or entering the game as a pitcher.

Choose wisely as your decision has the potential to increase or decrease player morale. 



  

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Re: PBL League Rules
« Reply #8 on: August 26, 2018, 05:41:59 PM »
PRESEASON

After you get your team sheet and your thread unlocks... preseason has begun.

Each team will play 12 preseason games which do not effect revenue in any way.

These games are talent evaluation opportunities for you, and playing time for your players.  You will lock in for the entire preseason at one time.

After those games are simmed and posted, the regular season will begin!



  

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Re: PBL League Rules
« Reply #9 on: August 26, 2018, 05:57:03 PM »
LOCKING IN FOR A REGULAR SEASON OR POST SEASON GAME

When you are ready, simply tell your coach the following things (only if something differs from your offseason lock-in or the lock-in from the following week):

- Pitcher Rotation
- Batting Line-up

Game strategies are controlled by your Manager and cannot be adjusted.






  

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Re: PBL League Rules
« Reply #10 on: August 26, 2018, 05:59:41 PM »
DRAFT RULES:

- Each of the 3 rounds will have a 24 hour time limit. If you do not not draft before time expires you will be penalized by losing your draft pick for that round, and will not get it back, there are no "make up" picks.

- You may send a proxy list to me if you feel you may not be around to make your draft selection. Do not send proxy lists to ANY other GM, only to me.  Proxy picks by other GM's will not be counted and you will forfeit your draft pick immediately, as will the proxy picking GM who makes the post. (GM making the pick for you will be treated as making a pick out of turn.)

- Drafting out of turn will result in a league fine AND forfeiture of the draft pick in question.

- Typos in the draft will be in character, be careful.

- If a drafted player refuses to sign, they become a restricted free agent, meaning the team who originally drafts the player has the right to match any agreed upon contract (within a 24 hour window of the contract being submitted to the league office). A player refusing to join the team after being retained via restricted free agency will be forced to sit out of the league for a full season before re-entering the draft.



  

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Re: PBL League Rules
« Reply #11 on: August 26, 2018, 06:12:09 PM »
REGULAR SEASON MEDIA RELATIONS

After the scores have posted for the week and the threads have unlocked, you will go into your press conference and talk about the series. After your initial press conference, you may or may not get follow up questions from members of the media.

When the media is satisfied your coach will come to you.  DO NOT APPROACH YOUR COACH (OR ANYONE ELSE) FIRST!

If you irritate your media group then you risk losing fan support due to the bad articles the local/national press may write about you due to your attitude and/or behavior.



  

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Re: PBL League Rules
« Reply #12 on: August 26, 2018, 06:20:38 PM »
PLAYER SCOUTING

Each season, teams will have $5MM in scouting funds. These funds can be traded between teams in 1MM incraments.

Each scouting report will cost $1MM. How accurate your scouting report is will rely on how good your Scouting Director is. 



  

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Re: PBL League Rules
« Reply #13 on: August 26, 2018, 06:24:29 PM »
RESERVE ROSTER

Each team will have a reserve roster with up to 8 players allowed on it.

You will not get any information about the players on the reserve roster, but it's treated more like a way you can send players up and down or keep a player not ready for the "Major Leagues" down in the "Minors".

The Reserve Roster will have a MAX of $10MM in salary. If you go over cap, you will be induced a league penalty of $5MM for the current season and the season that follows.
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Re: PBL League Rules
« Reply #14 on: August 26, 2018, 08:10:25 PM »
STADIUM SPONSORSHIP

The naming rights to your stadium are able to be negotiated with a sponsor. Depending on your market, team success, star players, etc... is how much money you will receive in return. The money received will be in recruiting money, that will not be allowed to be traded. This money can only be used for scouting in the amateur draft. 



  

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Re: PBL League Rules
« Reply #15 on: August 26, 2018, 08:43:59 PM »
DISABLED LIST

You can send up to 2 players to your teams DL.

When you send a player to the DL, it will open up a roster spot that MUST be filled. The DL player stays on your salary, so be careful if you choose to sign a free agent or call up someone from your Reserve Roster to fill the spot.

The DL player will at a minimum be out for 2 weeks (6 games) before being able to return, if healthy. 



  

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Re: PBL League Rules
« Reply #16 on: August 26, 2018, 08:58:05 PM »
MANAGER SALARIES

Each team will be required to have a Manager, Pitching Coach, Hitting Coach, and Scouting Director.

The Manager Salary is $12MM.  If you go over, the deal that put you over will be null and void and you will receive a $2MM manager salary fine for the current season and the next. So be careful!