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OFFICIAL RULES AND REGULATIONS OF THE NATIONAL FANTASY BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP (NFBC) DRAFT CHAMPIONS LEAGUES

1.Overview

The National Fantasy Baseball Championship (NFBC) Draft Champions Leagues will consist of individual leagues, each comprised of 15 teams/managers with each team owner drafting 50 players without any in-season free agent acquisitions. The roster you draft is the roster you compete with for the entire season. The NFBC Draft Champions League's regular season will extend from Opening Day 2010 through the final game of the regular season (including one or more season-ending MLB tie-breaker games if needed). Teams will compete for accumulative stats in five offensive and five pitching categories, with each category weighted equally. Categories include: (for hitters) Batting Average, Home Runs, RBIs, Stolen Bases and Runs; (for pitchers) Wins, Saves, Earned Run Average, Strikeouts and WHIP Ratio (Walks plus Hits divided by Innings Pitched). The team at the end of the year with the most Rotisserie-ranking points based on cumulative statistics for the season in each league wins the league title.

2. Entry Fees and Prizes

Entry fees and prizes vary based on the specific types of available Draft Champions leagues. Check the website for the breakdown of fees and prizes for each Draft Champions league.

Cash prizes are awarded in U.S. dollars and are awarded to the principal owner of the team. In the event of a tie, cash prizes are divided evenly among those who have tied.

3. Draft

Drafts will take place online at nfbc.stats.com on select dates per the Registration page. Each NFBC Draft Champions League will use one of two draft formats: (1) Slow-Draft format where owners have 12 hours to make their pick or (2) Online (typical, fast-draft) format where owners have 90 seconds to make their pick. Team owners are required to pick 50 players and have a legal lineup at the end of the draft.

If an NFBC participant inadvertently leaves the draft with an illegal lineup (for instance, was without a middle infielder or second catcher), then the NFBC will drop the last pick made by that team (or more picks if needed) and add the last player at that position on NFBC's final Cheat Sheet on Draft Day to make that lineup legal. There are no in-season free agent moves in the NFBC Draft Champions Leagues, but owners are allowed to change their starting lineup using their reserve squad each Monday and Friday. It is an ideal league for owners who love to draft and manage their roster without the duties of making weekly free agent pickups.

Time Limit for Draft: For a slow-draft league, there will be a 12-hour time limit for each owner to make his/her pick during each round of the NFBC Draft Champions Leagues draft. For an online-draft league, there will be a 90-second time limit for each owner to make his/her pick during each round of the NFBC Draft Champions Leagues draft. If a participant does not make a selection in the allotted time, the computer will select for that owner using NFBC's overall ranking system. If there is a computer failure, an error made with a selection by an owner or any other type of technical malfunction, the draft moderator can stop the draft at any time and correct the error and then resume the draft. That decision will be made by the NFBC moderator during the draft and will be final.

Commissioner Decisions: All decisions made by the NFBC commissioner are final. Tough decisions sometimes must be made about eligibility rules, lineups, etc., and NFBC participants must accept the unbiased ruling of the NFBC commissioner.

4. Setting Kentucky Derby Style (KDS) Preferences

The NFBC will use Kentucky Derby Style (KDS) preferences for draft preferences in NFBC Draft Champions leagues. All owners can set their Draft Preferences by going to their team on the game website, then going to MY SETTINGS (at the far right) and then pulling down to the link that says DRAFT PREFERENCES. There you will see a list of 1 through 15 in order.

Here's what KDS does: The KDS process allows owners to rank their order of preference for Draft Day, ranking their preferences 1 through 15 BEFORE the leagues are randomly selected. Some owners would rather draft in the middle, if they are selected early in their league; others like to stay near the top and others like to move down to the lower end. KDS allows that if you are fortunate enough. A sample KDS from an owner could look like this: 3, 2, 1, 7, 6, 8, 15, 14, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13. If an owner wants the third pick and he is selected No. 1 overall in his league, he would choose 3 as his top option and he would then be moved to third in that league on Draft Day if he were picked first out of the hat. NFBC officials will look at every owner's Draft Preferences after the leagues and orders are randomly selected and then announce the draft orders for each league.

5. Random League/Draft Spot Selections

The NFBC will randomly select the leagues and the draft orders of each league once entries have been submitted. For instance, if the NFBC receives 45 entries for the NFBC Draft Champions slow-draft leagues, we will put all 45 names into a bin and select in order: League 1, pick 1 is John Smith; League 1, pick 2 is John Doe, League 1, pick 3 is Jane Andrews, etc. until all 45 names have been selected. We will do this for all of the NFBC Draft Champions leagues. We also will implement the Kentucky Derby Style (KDS) process, as described in Section 5, to allow owners more draft preference. The KDS process allows owners to rank their order of preference for Draft Day, ranking their preferences 1 through 15 BEFORE the leagues are selected. If an owner wants the third pick and he is selected No. 1 overall in his league, he would choose that option and he would then be moved to third in that league on Draft Day. NFBC officials will look at every owner's Draft Preferences after the leagues and orders are randomly selected and then announce the draft orders for each league. Once an owner has officially signed up for the contest, this feature is available at the game website under MY SETTINGS. Click on DRAFT PREFERENCES and you will see the Draft Order ranked 1 through 15 and the option to change those preferences next to them. If you decide not to rank your preferences, your preferred order will remain 1 through 15. Owners can change their Draft Preferences right up until the announced deadline is set.

6. Roster Requirements

Maximum of 50 players at all times

7. Starting Lineup Requirements

Starting lineups will consist of:

  1. 2 Catchers
  2. 1 First Baseman
  3. 1 Second Baseman
  4. 1 Shortstop
  5. 1 Third Baseman
  6. 1 Middle Infielder (2B/SS)
  7. 1 Corner Infielder (1B/3B)
  8. 1 Utility Player (any offensive position)
  9. 5 Outfielders
  10. 9 Pitchers
There is a 700 innings pitched minimum requirement for all NFBC leagues, but no minimum requirement for the number of starting pitchers or relief pitchers on each roster. Should any team not reach the required limit of 700 innings pitched by the end of the season, the rankings will be altered to show that team getting 1 point in both ERA and WHIP. No other teams will switch positions in the standings, but the team that didn't reach the minimum IP will automatically earn 1 point in ERA and WHIP. All players must have played 20 games in 2009 or 10 games during the 2010 season to qualify at a certain position. Minor-leaguers who did not play 20 games at any position in 2009 but who still played at least one game in the majors last year, will qualify at the position they played the most at in the majors in 2009. Other eligibility guidelines can be found under Section 8. If a player returns from retirement or rehab after missing the previous year, his position eligibility will be his previous year's eligibility. If no Week One lineup is submitted, the NFBC will determine your starting lineup. After Week One, if no starting lineup is submitted, your starting lineup will be that of the previous week.

8. Position Eligibility

The NFBC Draft Champions Leagues will use the following position eligibility rules in 2011:

a) Players who played at least 20 games at any position in 2010 will qualify at that position for the entire 2011 NFBC season. Players who play 10 games at a new position in 2011 will be eligible at that position after they have played there for the 10th time during the 2011 MLB regular season.

b) If a player did not appear in 20 games at any position, he qualifies at the one position he played most frequently the prior season in the majors. Designated Hitter is considered a position for these purposes (pinch-hitting is not). A player who only qualifies as a DH may only be assigned to the UT position. If a player's most games played at a position is less than 20 and tied among more than one position, the NFBC commissioner will assign eligibility at one position only.

c) Those players who only pinch-hit in the majors in 2010 will be position eligible according to their minor-league games played status in 2010. They would qualify at the position they played the most games in the minors.

d) Players who played all of 2010 in the minor leagues will be awarded position eligibility for the 2011 NFBC season based on the most games played at all levels in the minors. NFBC will determine that one eligible position before Draft Day and that will determine that player's status for 2011 once he is called up to the majors. Those players who only pinch-hit or DH in the minors only will be UT-eligible.

e) The NFBC commissioner will rule on player eligibility prior to the draft as he deems necessary. Those eligibility lists are final and will be available to all owners prior to Draft Day.

9. League Management Web Address

You can access your team and league via the Internet by going to nfbc.stats.com/. You will need a username and a password to access the game site. Contact nfbc@stats.com if you are signed up for the contest and do not have a username and password.

10. Lineup submission

The weekly deadline for setting your NFBC starting lineup is 6:55 PM ET on Monday. Players who are on teams participating in games with a scheduled start time prior to the Monday deadline at 6:55 PM ET, will be locked 5 minutes before the scheduled start time for their game. No changes involving players on these teams with early games will be allowed after this deadline for their game regardless of whether or not their game actually starts as scheduled.

Team owners also are allowed to remove a pitcher (or pitchers) who is officially on the DL from their starting lineup and replace him with a pitcher from their reserve roster on Fridays by 5 minutes before the scheduled start time of the first game of the day. Pitchers must officially be on Major League Baseball's DL list according to NFBC by 12:01 AM ET on Friday for this move (or moves) to take effect for the weekend games.

NFBC team owners are allowed to switch out any hitter (or hitters) from their starting lineup and replace him with a hitter from their reserve roster on Fridays by 5 minutes before the scheduled start time of the first game of the day as long as position eligibility for their team remains legal.

First Lineup Deadlines for Week 0 and Week 1: You may set your starting lineup for Week 0 and the game played on Sunday, April 4, until 6:55 PM ET (or 5 minutes before the scheduled start time, if earlier) on Sunday, April 4. You then may set your starting lineup for Week 1 and games beginning Monday, April 5, until 6:55 PM ET on Monday, April 5 (and, for players in early Monday games, until 5 minutes before the scheduled start time of their game).

All lineups must be submitted on the league website.

11. Free Agents

There are no free agent pickups after Draft Day.

12. Trades Between Managers

To minimize the possibility of collusion, there will be no trading allowed.

13. Scoring

The NFBC Draft Champions Leagues will use a 5x5 Rotisserie scoring system. Cumulative totals will be used for the following categories:

  1. Batting Average
  2. Home Runs
  3. RBIs
  4. Stolen Bases
  5. Runs
  6. Wins
  7. Saves
  8. Earned Run Average
  9. Strikeouts
  10. WHIP Ratio (walks plus hits divided by innings pitched)

Teams are ranked by comparing their team totals to the other teams in their league. The team with the best total in each category receives 15 points and the team with the worst total receives 1 point.

14. Refunds

Once a participant submits valid payment, no money will be refunded to participants or co-managers unless the NFBC Draft Champions Leagues is canceled. A team spot is considered filled when the entire entry fee is paid. NFBC reserves the right to cancel any entries not comprising a full 15-team league. When a participant agrees to finish the registration form and submit payment, that participant has demonstrated his/her acceptance of the official rules and regulations for the NFBC Draft Champions Leagues.

At its sole discretion, NFBC reserves the right to terminate the NFBC Draft Champions Leagues in its entirety if there are an insufficient number of teams two days before each deadline. In this unlikely event, NFBC will refund all entry fees within 48 hours of cancellation notice and/or provide a new application form with the newly stated prize figures. In this situation, all pre-registered applicants would have the right to a full refund or to agree to play for the newly announced prize structure or in other leagues. NFBC is not responsible for any loss or liability incurred by any participant or co-managers due to cancellation of the NFBC Draft Champions Leagues, including but not limited to travel or hotel expenses, time taken off from employment, etc.

15. Taxes

If the principal team owner's prize winnings are $600.00 or greater, the National Fantasy Baseball Championship must file a Form 1099 with the IRS at the end of this calendar year. We will request your social security number and signature on this form and will pay the principal owner. The form contains the amount paid to you and you will receive a copy of the form for tax purposes. You are responsible for paying any taxes that result from your cash prize; please consult your income tax advisor for filing advice. In the event that the awarding of any prizes to winners of the Contest is challenged by any legal authority, NFBC reserves the right in its sole discretion to determine whether or not to award such prizes. After 12 months, any unclaimed prize will be forfeited.

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