American Federation Baseball League Constitution (Updated 5/3/17)

 

1)      The American Federation Baseball League

a)      The AFBL brings together Out of the Park Baseball owners to compete for its championship – the Federation Cup.

b)      The AFBL is free to all, except for your trusty Commish.

c)       The AFBL will use Out of the Park 17 (goal of upgrading OOTP versions every other version unless league wants to upgrade). Recommended to own OOTP 17 but not necessary.

 

2)      Commissioner

a)      The Commissioner’s duties include:

i)        Setting the league sim schedule;

ii)       Running the in-OOTP game league;

iii)     Following owners’ management instructions;

iv)     Updating the league website;

v)      Running drafts;

vi)     Conduct a Winter Meetings discussion for any league rule changes/adaptions (topics only pass with 2/3 of GMs approval, non-votes are considered a vote for the status-quo);

vii)   Resolving all disputes and questions;

viii)  Encouraging 100% league participation;

ix)     Improving the league;

x)      Filling ownership vacancies.

b)      The Commissioner may change any rule in the best interests of the league.

c)       The Commissioner has final say in all matters.

 

3)      Owners

a)      Owners must be active, by:

i)        Submitting team exports (Commish begins to check in on GMs missing 3 or more exports);

ii)       Communicating with the Commissioner (GMs must notify the Commish or league via forum, email, and/or Slack of any absences);

iii)     Posting in the league forum on an adequate basis (Commish will begin to check on GMs not signing into the forum for longer than 2 weeks);

iv)     Logging into and using StatsLab and StatsPlus on an adequate basis;

v)      Participating in the amateur draft in a timely manner;

vi)     Responding to trade offers in a timely manner;

vii)   Participating in MANDATORY league wide votes and discussions in the Forum, StatsLab, and StatsPlus.

b)      Owners must play fair and try to win (no intentional tanking).

c)       Owners must follow all rules.

 

4)      AFBL Global League Settings

a)      No financials.

b)      Scouting / Player Ratings

i)        Scouting – Off

ii)       Normal accuracy

iii)     1-10 ratings scale

iv)     Stars

v)      Cut off at max ratings

vi)     Monthly scouting report updates

vii)   Keep 1 report per season

viii)  Keep all retired player reports

c)       Coaching – Off

d)      Designated Hitter is enabled for all leagues

e)      Fictional players (USA & Canada origin with 10% random origin for all levels)

f)       Enable "Overall rating based on all players, not positions" checkbox (started in 2016)

g)      League Reputation: 10 – Maximum

 

5)      AFBL Franchises

a)      Represent US states or CAN provinces (approved by the Commish), not cities.

b)      20 total major league franchises (expanded to 20 from 16 in 2017).

c)       Minor league teams:

i)        From within major-league home state

ii)       From within neighboring state/province with no home team.

iii)     Rookie league franchises will be located within the state of Florida.

(1)    5 minor league levels: AAA, AA, A, RL, IC

iv)     ‘Allow incomplete minor league rosters (ghost players)’ is enabled

v)      International Complex (added in 2020)

(1)    International Scouting Discoveries per team: Default (8 per year)

(a)    Completely under CPU control

(b)   CPU will discover/sign international amateurs randomly throughout the season

(2)    50 player max roster size

(3)    100% random origin

(4)    Players will be automatically promoted to Rookie League when they reach 20 years old

(5)    GMs only decide on when to promote or trade/release IC signees

 

6)      AFBL Rules and Configuration

a)      Leagues and divisions are based on geographical proximity.

b)      Schedule

i)        Major league (AFBL) -> 162 games, balanced, interleague, week long ASG break

ii)       Minor leagues (all levels) -> 140 games, balanced, no interleague

iii)     College Feeder League -> 100 games, balanced, no interleague

iv)     High School Feeder League -> 50 games, balanced, no interleague

c)       Spring Training

i)        Spring Training is held in San Juan, Puerto Rico in the AFBL Spring Training Complex at Spring Ballpark (built in 2018). It is a league funded 15,000 seats, retractable roof stadium.

ii)       Spring Training is held in March before the Regular Season. Spring Training is 28-games long and split into 2 sims that are 14-games each. (moved to 28 from 24-games beginning 2020 season)

iii)     Spring Training roster is set at 50 players each. (moved to 50 from 40 players beginning 2020 season)

d)      All-Star Game

i)        The AFBL All-Star Game is held in the 2nd week of July in Nassau, Bahamas in the AFBL International Complex at AFBL Stadium (built in 2017). It is a league funded 50,000 seat, retractable roof stadium. In addition to the ASG, AFBL Stadium will be the home of the AFBL International Amateur League for each franchise’s International Complex.

ii)       Voting is conducted in StatsLab with 28 players selected to the ASG roster per league.

(1)    The leading vote-getter for each position is the ASG starter. Ties decided by Commish.

(2)    The 2nd leading vote-getter for each positing is selected as a ASG reserve.

(3)    For SP, there is 1 starter and 5 additional reserves for a total of 6 SPs selected as ASG reserves.

(4)    For RP, there are 6 total reserves selected as ASG reserves.

(5)    For any player selected that is injured, the next highest vote-getter will be selected as a replacement ASG reserve.

(6)    For any position that has a unanimous ASG starter select, the Commish will make an ASG reserve selection using his best judgment and opinion.

e)      Playoffs

i)        The two division champions plus two wildcard teams based on highest winning percentage from each league make the postseason. Higher winning percentage division winner earns the 1 seed, lower winning percentage division winner earns the 2 seed, higher winning percentage wildcard earns the 3 seed, and lower winning percentage wildcard earns the 4 seed.

ii)       The League Wildcard Series is a best-of-five series in a 2-2-1 format, with the team with the better record hosting games 1, 2, & 5 if needed.  There are travel days between games 2 & 3 and 4 & 5. Division winner with highest winning percentage will play lower seeded wildcard. The other division winner would host the top wildcard seed.

iii)     The League Championship Series is a best-of-seven series in a 2-3-2 format, with the team with the better record hosting games 1, 2, 6, & 7.  There are travel days between games 2 & 3 and 5 & 6. The highest ranked seed remaining would be the host in the LCS.

iv)     The Federation Championship Series is exactly like the League Championship Series with the higher winning percentage team hosting the FCS. The trophy is called the Federation Cup.

f)       Relocation and Franchise Detail Changes

i)        GMs that wish to relocate their AFBL franchise will work with the Commish to finalize every detail for the move.

(1)    Final details needed:

(a)    AFBL major league franchise’s host state and mascot

(b)   Minor league affiliates cities and mascots

(c)    Logos, Jerseys, Caps (AFBL has resources for assistance if needed)

(d)   Stadium (Major League at the minimum, AFBL can help generate minor league stadiums if needed)

(i)      Name

(ii)    Capacity

(iii)   Type (Open Ballpark, Retractable Roof, Dome)

(iv)  Surface (Grass or Astroturf)

(v)    Ballpark Factors

(vi)  Ballpark Dimensions

(2)    Major league franchise relocation process:

(a)    Complete the AFBL Relocation Request Form of necessary information needed

(b)   Get approval from the Commissioner's Office

(c)    Make an announcement to the league in the 'Team Press Releases' thread with all of the changes

(d)   Wait 2 offseasons after completing the process with the Commish before relocating

(3)    Minor league affiliate relocation process:

(a)    Get approval from the Comisssioner's Office via PM/Email/Chat (allows Commish to confirm the move and that it doesn't break any rules of where teams can play)

(b)   Make an announcement to the league in the 'Team Press Releases' thread with the change(s)

(c)    Change gets applied by the Commish during the offseason following the announcement to become official the next season

(4)    Mascots, Ballcaps, Jerseys, Stadium adjustments

(a)    Get approval from the Comisssioner's Office via PM/Email/Chat (allows Commish to confirm the move and that it doesn't break any rules of where teams can play)

(b)   Make an announcement to the league in the 'Team Press Releases' thread with the change(s)

(c)    Change gets applied by the Commish during the offseason following the announcement to become official the next season

(d)   Ballpark factors changes

(i)      Only in the offseason to be applied the season upon offseason completion

(ii)    No more than 0.150 movement per year for any park factor

(e)   Ballpark specifications changes

(i)      Only in the offseason to be applied the season upon offseason completion

(ii)    Stadium type and playing surface changes are allowed

(iii)   Stadium name changes pending Commish approval

(iv)  Wall heights changes pending Commish approval

(v)    Wall distances allowed but no more than 30 feet either direction

(vi)  Capacity can be increased by as much as 5,000 seats per offseason

(vii) New stadium requires TWO offseasons after announcement before team can move into the new stadium

 

7)      Free Agents

a)      Players only become free agents if their team releases them from within the game or if the player goes undrafted

b)      Free Agents may be claimed on a first come, first serve basis.  Claims are made in the designated forum, and not in-game.

i)        Owners may only claim one free agent every calendar day.

ii)       For instance, you can claim a player at 11:59 PM Monday and then a second player 12:01 AM Tuesday. AFBL is set in the Central Time Zone and is the factor in any decisions.

c)       Undrafted Free Agents

i)        Following the amateur draft, any leftover players from the draft pool become free agents which can be immediately claimed by a team following normal AFBL FA rules (Rule 7bi-ii).

 

8)      Trades

a)      The commissioner may cancel a deal if it harms team or league integrity.

b)      All trades must be posted on the league message board.

c)       Both parties must agree to the deal before it is processed.

d)      Only draft picks from the current year draft and the year following draft may be traded. Draft picks from beyond the next year’s draft will no longer be allowed (clarified in 2021).

e)      PTBNL or Future Considerations are allowed but it will be on the teams involved to agree on the future considerations when it can be made official on the forums. The Commish will include any PTBNL/Future Considerations in the Traded Picks thread in the forum but teams will need to be sure to remember to complete any future considerations.

f)       Trade Deadline is August 1st.

g)      No trades allowed from August 1st until end of the regular season.

h)      Non-playoff teams may trade during the postseason, at their own risk.

 

9)      Amateur Draft

a)      The AFBL Amateur Draft is held on November 15th in the game each year.

b)      Draft Pool is revealed on September 1st in the game each year.

c)       AFBL will generate 20 International Amateurs (Default setting) on September 1st that will be added to the Amateur Draft Pool (unavailable to claim as FAs until after the draft) beginning in 2021.

d)      The draft pool is made up of graduates of the AFBL High School and College feeder leagues plus generated on September 1st International Free Agents (~20 each year).

e)      AFBL Amateur Draft will consist of 8 rounds

f)       Any undrafted players will enter the AFBL free agent pool following the draft but beware of players deciding to return to school if they are undrafted and still are eligible to return between the end of the draft and the day after the draft (Commish has no control of this).

g)      Draft Order

i)        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). If the tied teams split their head-to-head match then an online randomizer will be used (5 entries each, then first to get 5 picked).

ii)       The playoff teams that do not reach the Federation Championship Series will draft in inverse order of winning percentage in order of playoff round eliminated.

iii)     The Federation Championship Series loser picks 19th.

iv)     The Federation Championship Series champion picks 20th.

h)      The league will conduct its Amateur Draft using StatsLab (moving to StatsPlus for 2034 Draft) with each draft slot on a Commish determined amount of time with the clock resetting after each pick.

i)        Once a team has their draft timer expire, they will be set to Auto until they go into StatsLab and change it (or has the Commish make any adjustments / pick instructions)

ii)       GMs can send the Commish instructions on who/how to pick via forum/email/PM/chat if needed

iii)     Commish has final say in any decision

 

10)   Roster Size Limits

a)      Starting on Opening Day 2018, AFBL will adopt roster size limits for each of its levels.

i)        AFBL: 25

ii)       AAA: 30

iii)     AA: 30

iv)     A: 35

v)      RL: 35

vi)     IC: 50

b)      Process for teams in violation of the roster size limits

i)        1st offense: a warning from the Commish via PM or email

ii)       2nd offense: action from the Commish

(1)    Promote/Demote oldest (or least talented player judged by Commish) from the level in violation to the level below (or above if below is at limit).

OR (if this option isn’t possible)

(2)    Release oldest (or least talented player judged by Commish) from the level in violation into the AFBL Free Agent Pool.

c)       Reasoning for the adoption of this rule:

i)        The roster size limit has been adopted with the goal of ensuring as many players as possible in the league have a chance to develop to their potential and increase player movement so that GMs have decisions to make.

 

11)   Roster Age Limits

a)      Starting Opening Day 2018, AFBL will adopt roster size limits for each of its levels.

i)        AFBL: none

ii)       AAA: none

iii)     AA: 30 years old

iv)     A: 27 years old

v)      RL: 24 years old

b)      Process for teams in violation of the roster size limits

i)        1st offense: a warning from the Commish via PM or email

ii)       2nd offense: action from the Commish

c)       Reasoning for the adoption of this rule:

i)        The roster size limit has been adopted with the goal of ensuring as many players as possible in the league have a chance to develop to their potential and increase player movement so that GMs have decisions to make.

Screenshots of Settings in OOTP

American Federation Baseball League (AFBL)

AAA – Explorer League (EL)

AA – Union League (UL)

A – Confederation League (CL)

RL – Liberty League (LL)

COL – AFBL College Feeder League (ACOL)

HS – AFBL High School Feeder League (AHS)