NEW

INDIANAPOLIS

PLAYERS'

LEAGUE


League Rules
&
Regulations

New Indianapolis Players League (NIPL)


TABLE OF CONTENTS

GENERAL INFORMATION *
ROSTERS *
STANDINGS *
STATISTICS *
TRANSACTION REPORTING *
ROSTER PROTECTION *
DRAFT DAY *
POSITION ELIGIBILITY *
PLAYER SALARIES *
CONTRACT STATUS *
ANTI-DUMPING CLAUSE *
RESERVE LIST, FREE AGENTS, AND CALL-UPS *
SUSPENDED PLAYERS *
AL - NL TRADES *
WAIVER WIRE *
NIPL TRADES *
FARM SYSTEM *
FEES AND PRIZE MONEY *
GOVERNANCE *

LAST REVISION
March 12, 2004


GENERAL INFORMATION

NIPL is composed of 11 teams and uses the actual statistics of players from the National League. The object is to assemble a roster of 23 players whose cumulative statistics for the entire season, measured in eight categories, exceed all other teams.
 

ROSTERS

Each team's active roster contains the following 23 positions:
 

2 Catchers 

1 First Baseman

1 Third Baseman 

1 Corner Fielder

1 Second Baseman

1 Shortstop

1 Middle Fielder 

5 Outfielders

1 Non-Pitcher Position

9 Pitchers

At the conclusion of Draft Day and throughout the season each team must have a complete roster filled with eligible players (as later defined in the by-laws).
 

STANDINGS

The following eight categories are used to determine league standings:
 

Hitting

Pitching

Composite Batting Average

Cumulative Wins

Cumulative Home Runs

Composite ERA

Cumulative RBI

Composite Ratio (hits + walks allowed / innings pitched)

Cumulative Stolen Bases

Cumulative Saves

Teams are ranked from first to last in each category and given points from 11 (first) to 1 (last). The points for the eight categories are totaled and the teams are ranked from highest (first) to lowest (last).

In case of a tie in an individual category, the tied teams are assigned the same number of points determined by adding the points associated with the rankings of the tied teams and dividing by the number of teams tied. Ties in the final cumulative standings involving prize money are settled in the same manner.

Pitcher's offensive statistics and position player's pitching statistics are not accumulated for scoring purposes.
 

STATISTICS

The official statistics will be downloaded weekly from a league approved data service. The stats downloaded will be the sole source used to determine standings. If during the season, scoring changes are made, the Commissioner will not make any special efforts to account for those scoring changes. The stats as downloaded are treated as official. These statistics will be complete through the immediately preceding Monday. Standings will be computed on a weekly basis throughout the season and forwarded to team owners. All statistics for active players participating in interleague play will be included.

Performance statistics of a player will be counted towards the team totals only when he is on that teams active 23 man roster.

There will be a minimum innings pitched requirement per NIPL team of 1,000 innings during the season. If this minimum is not met by one team, that NIPL team will receive last place points for ERA and Ratio categories, i.e. 1 point for ERA and 1 point for Ratio. If more than one team violates the minimum, the points awarded to the violating teams will be based upon number of innings pitched, with the fewest innings pitched awarded 1 point, 2nd fewest awarded 2 points, etc. All other teams who previously trailed the violating teams before the penatly for violation is imposed, will have their scoring in those categories adjusted upward accordingly.

All minimum requirements for statistics or position eligibility will be prorated in case of a shortened season.

In the event that the NL has a one game playoff to determine a playoff participant, the statistics from this extra regular season game will not be included.
 

TRANSACTION REPORTING

Throughout the season, the transaction deadline is MONDAY AT MIDNIGHT. There are no exceptions to this rule. The transaction must be reported to the league commissioner either by direct phone call, e-mail or voice mail. The commissioner will check e-mail and voice mail after the transaction deadline. All transactions reported prior to the deadline will be effective for games that Tuesday. All transactions reported after the deadline will be effective for games on the following Tuesday

Once a transaction is reported to the commissioner, it is considered completed and cannot be rescinded.

Transactions made on Draft Day and prior to the start of regular season games, other than players acquired via the draft, are effective on the first transaction deadline of the season. Exceptions: Off-season transactions made prior to the Roster Protection Day are effective with the start of the new season. Players acquired via the draft that are on the DL or protected players that are in the minors or on the DL may be reserved at the completion of the draft and replaced with a free agent signed from the remaining eligible players.

All transactions reported are the full responsibility of the owner to insure roster position requirements are maintained. Any transaction reported that does not maintain position requirements will be null and void. The player or players in question will be immediately dropped from the roster and the team will in effect be short the number of players that do not meet position requirements. It is not the league office's responsibility to maintain your rosters.

Any trade made with a contingency clause will be effective when reported to the league office regardless of the outcome of said contingency. If the contingency comes into play after the trade is reported to the office, it will have no effect on the transaction. Once a trade is reported it is in effect.

The owners have full responsibility to maintain full awareness of all injuries related to his players. The league office has no responsibility to make owners aware of injuries or roster moves made related to a team's players.
 

ROSTER PROTECTION

Roster Protection Day is the Saturday, 1 week prior to Draft Day. Teams may protect up to 14 players on the active roster. All other players go into the free agent pool. Long-term Contracts (LTCs) and Farm System Renewals are also established on Roster Protection Day. The Deadline is Noon, and rosters are frozen from then until the start of the draft. A team's failure to report its protected players by the deadline will result in all of that teams players becoming free agents. Protected players plus those acquired on Draft Day become your opening day roster.

Rosters of each team's protected players are distributed the day after Roster Protection Day.

The cumulative salaries of each team's protected players (plus the guaranteed contract salaries of unprotected players as described later) are deducted from 260, with the balance being the amount available for bidding on Draft Day.

If a protected player has been traded to the AL after roster protection and prior to the start of the draft, at the start of the draft the NIPL owner will have the one time option of releasing the player and all obligations to that player's contract. The trade will be considered as an off-season trade. The NIPL owner will not be able to protect any previously unprotected players from his pre-roster protection day roster.
 

DRAFT DAY

A major league player draft in the form of an open auction is held the Saturday preceding Opening Day each year. Each team owner brings up a player for bidding, with the player going to the highest bidder. The final bid on each player becomes that player's salary. This process is repeated until all rosters are filled. The bid order is the reverse order of the previous year's final standings.

The total amount a team may bid is 260 units. The amount that each team has available to spend on Draft Day equals 260 minus the total salaries of the team's protected players minus the salaries of released players with LTCs. At the conclusion of the draft, the total salaries of a team's 23 players may not exceed 260. The 260 unit total is in effect on Draft Day. Transactions made during the regular season are not restricted to the 260 unit limit.

The pool of players eligible to be drafted consists of players that are on a National League team's roster or on the Disabled List and not protected by another NIPL team. A list of eligible players is distributed just prior to draft on Draft Day.

In the event that a NIPL owner drafts a player during the draft who was on a NL Roster, but starts the season in the minor leagues, that player shall be considered as becoming inactive on opening day and therefore must be retained on the active roster of the NIPL team for at least the first week of the season.

During the bidding process, a team must bring up a player for bidding and make the initial bid on that player when that team's turn arrives, unless its roster is complete. A team cannot open the bidding on a player, or bid on a player that it cannot legally obtain or afford. On Draft Day, a minor league draft is held. In this draft, minor league prospects are drafted and become property of the team drafting them. No bids are made on minor league players. Each team is awarded two draft picks each year, which it may keep for the draft or trade, but in no case may a team's Farm System be composed of more than 5 minor league players. In the event that a FS draft pick ends up making his NL team's opening day roster, the NIPL owner does not retain the rights to such player, but shall have until midnight Wednesday of the first week of the season to replace the lost FS draft pick with an eligible FS player. Whether replaced or not the NIPL owner must pay for the FS pick per the fee schedule.

Draft Day is considered completed when the regular and Farm System drafts are complete, and when all draft day transactions are reported. The draft meeting is officially ended by unanimous consent of all team owners.
 

POSITION ELIGIBILITY

Position eligibility is determined as follows:

On Draft Day:

    • A player is eligible at any position at which he appeared in 20 or more games in the Major Leagues (ML) the previous season.
    • If a player did not appear at any position for 20 or more games in the ML the previous season, he is eligible for the one position at which he appeared the most in the ML.
    • If a player did not play in the ML the previous season, the player is eligible at his primary position in the minor leagues, or his primary position from his most recent ML season.

After Draft Day:

    • A player is eligible for any position at which he appears at least five times, plus any position he was eligible for on Draft Day.
    • A position player that pitches in a "mop-up" situation will not qualify as a pitcher.

During the draft and subsequent season, players may freely be assigned positions as roster openings and eligibility rules permit.
 

PLAYER SALARIES

There are special rules for salaries and contracts on players traded from the AL to NL during the season and for players waived as a result of a salary cap/floor violation, which are described later in those specific sections. Excluding those very limited exceptions, The Salary and guaranteed contract status of a player is determined at the time and means of his acquisition and does not change unless the player becomes a free agent, or is signed to a guaranteed Long-term Contract (described later). Salaries and initial guaranteed contract status are set as follows:
 

ACQUISITION METHOD

SALARY / YEARS

Major League Draft

Auction Price / 3

Free-Agent prior to All-Star Game

10 / 3

Free-Agent after All-Star Game

10 / 2

Farm System Call-up

5 / 3

Waiver Claim

10 / 3

CONTRACT STATUS

Each player obtained or activated to a NIPL roster begins a 2 or 3 year non-guaranteed contract that includes 1 or 2 years plus an option year (the 2 or 3 year term contract is determined upon player acquisition as discussed previously.) A player who has been under contract at the same salary for 1 or 2 consecutive seasons and whose service has been uninterrupted (i.e. - not been waived or released) must, at roster protection beginning in his second or third year - the option year, be:

    • released,
    • protected at the same salary for his option year, or
    • signed to a guaranteed Long-term Contract (LTC).

If released, the player returns to the free agent pool for the upcoming draft. If protected at his same salary for his option year, the player must be released back into the free agent pool at the end of that season.

If signed to a guaranteed LTC, the player's salary beginning with the option year and extending through each year covered by the LTC is his current salary plus 5 units for each additional year beyond the option year. Example, if a player whose base salary is 10 is signed to a 3 year LTC, his salary for the option year and the three additional years covered by the contract would be 25 (his current salary of 10 plus 5 times the number of years extended 3).

A player may only be signed to a LTC at roster protection of his option year. When a LTC expires, the player becomes a free agent. No extensions of a LTC can be made.

If a player with an LTC is traded within NIPL teams, the new team is bound by the LTC.

During the term of a LTC, if a player is traded from the NL to the AL the contract can be voided, but the team must report as a transaction the release of that player to the NIPL Commissioner. If a player under a LTC signs as a free agent with an AL Team, the NIPL owner will be obligated to the LTC. The contract is also voided after the trade to the AL if that player is left unprotected and remains on that AL teams active roster on Roster Protection Day. Note that a trade to the AL does not automatically void a LTC. If, after being traded to the AL and a team owner did not report the release transaction to the NIPL Commissioner, a player returns to active status in the NL, the rights and obligations associated with the LTC remain in effect.

Aside from the trade to the AL, the only other way an LTC can be voided is the death of the player. Retirement or major injuries are expected occurrences in baseball and should be factored in an owner's decision to sign a player to a LTC. In order for a NIPL team to void a LTC, the player under contract must be on the NIPL team's active roster or be reserved. If a player under LTC has not been protected prior to the draft, and that player is subsequently traded to the AL, the team will still be obligated to that contract as that team had given up control of that player. Under no circumstances may a LTC Player be waived.

If a player under a LTC is reserved by a NIPL team during the season because of an injury or demotion, the player must be reactivated by the NIPL team upon his return to active status in the NL within a 2 week period.

A team is not required to protect a player under a LTC on Roster Protection Day, but the salary of that player is still an obligation and is deducted from the team's 260 unit limit for the duration of the LTC. The unprotected LTC player returns to the free agent pool and is eligible for other teams to acquire him. A NIPL team that acquires him is under no obligation to fulfill the LTC. However, if the player is acquired, the amount of the salary that the new NIPL team pays him relieves the NIPL team obligated to the LTC by that amount up to the annual contract amount. For example, Team A leaves unprotected a LTC player earning 35 units. Team B drafts the player for 15 units. Team A recovers those 15 units for use on draft day.
 

ANTI-DUMPING CLAUSE

Salary Cap

A Regular Salary Cap / Floor of 300/220 will be in effect between the close of draft day and the trading deadline. Prior to the trading deadline, a team may fall outside the cap / floor only under the following circumstances (denoted as excess cap / floor):

o        a free agent signing for reserved player or waived player,

o        a legal waiver claim, or

o        a farm system activation.

If a team has an excess cap / floor prior to the trading deadline, that team may make a trade, so long as that the post-trade salary is not greater than the pre-trade salary if that salary was exceeding the cap of 300, or that the post-trade salary is not less than the pre-trade salary if that salary was below the floor of 220.

With the above exception, if a trade would cause a team's active roster combined salary to fall outside the regular cap / floor, the trade cannot be made.

If a trade is made, and immediately after the trade, a team that is party to the trade is within the regular or allowable excess cap / floor, but a reactivation of all player(s) from that team's reserve list would cause the team to fall outside the regular or allowable excess cap / floor if those reserved players were active, then the team will have no choice but to waive (within the normal two week period that the affected player(s) would be able to become active on a roster) any player that upon reactivation would cause a violation of the regular or allowable excess cap / floor at the time of that player's reactivation.  If there are multiple players on the violating team's reserve list that if activated would create an excess cap / floor violation, the NIPL owner must at the time of the trade provide the commissioner a prioritized list of which player(s) he prefers to be subject to forced waivers.  At that time, any player(s) designated for forced waiver will be waived upon activation or released at the end of the season regardless of the NIPL teams actual salary levels at the time of the designated player(s) activations.

Players waived due to a salary cap violation may be claimed off waivers under a special waiver claim. Each team will be allowed only one of these claims which will count against the allowable three waiver claims and will follow all normal waiver claim rules except for salary. The claimed players salary will be the actual salary that the player was waived at, but in no case less than 10 or greater than 20.

If a reserved player at the time of the trade is not reactivated by the NIPL team during the remainder of the year, this player must be waived at the end of the year if that player's activation onto the final roster of that team would have caused a regular or excess cap / floor violation. If no regular or excess cap / floor violation occurs, the owner will maintain control of that player during the off-season.

Asterisk Players

In addition to the salary cap requirements, The following anti-dumping rule applies to trades during the season from Draft Day through June 30.  Players with a salary of 25 or more and players in their final year of contract for any reason on the NIPL team roster are considered "asterisk" players.  Such players may be traded only under the following conditions: 

o        A team may trade asterisk players to another team provided that for the total number of  asterisk players traded, no less than 1 fewer or no greater than 1 more asterisk player may be received in return in the same deal.   For example, Team A trades 3 asterisk players to Team B.  In return Team B must trade between 2 and 4 asterisk players back to Team A.

The above notwithstanding, a team may trade a net of one asterisk player to another team without an equal number of asterisk player coming in return, but may only make one such
trade with each team during the course of the asterisk player trade period.  Once this is done, a trade with the opposite effect, where the other team receives a net of one asterisk 
player does not cancel or offset the one allowable trade.   In the example above, if  Team B returns 2 or 4 players to Team A, those teams can no longer trade asterisk layers during the 
asterisk player trade period.  If Team B returned 3 players, the teams could continue to trade asterisk players until a net of one asterisk player trades teams.  From July 1 through 
the trading deadline, there will be no asterisk player limitation.

 

RESERVE LIST, FREE AGENTS, AND CALL-UPS

Players that become inactive in the NL during the season due to demotions, being placed on a NL team's Disabled List (DL), releases, trades to the AL, retirements, or any other type of inactive list (except suspensions as more specifically described later) may be reserved or released by a NIPL team. With the exception of being traded to the AL, a player under a LTC cannot be released during the season. When a player is reserved or released, his position on the roster must be filled by an eligible player, either through a free agent signing, or an activation from the Reserve List (RL) or call-up from the Farm System. An active player on a NL roster can never be reserved or released, but may be waived resulting from various transactions as detailed elsewhere in this document.

When a player is reserved or released, a free agent player may be signed to fill the roster opening. Free agents are players that are on an active NL roster and not on a NIPL roster. A player on an inactive list in the NL cannot be signed as a free agent.

Players that are reserved are placed on that team's RL. There is no limit to the number of players that a team may have on its RL. Reserving a player maintains the rights and obligations of the NIPL team to the player. When a player is released, he is removed from the NIPL roster, and becomes a free agent upon his return to active status in the NL.

When a player on a NIPL RL returns to active status on an NL roster, the NIPL team has 2 weeks, beginning on the next Monday following his activation on an NL roster, to activate the player from the RL. If the player becomes inactive again during this 2 week period and the NIPL team has not activated him from the RL, then the player must remain on the RL, and the 2 week period is terminated. If the player is not activated by the NIPL team by the end of the 2 week period and has remained active in the NL, he must be put on waivers. Exception: a player under an LTC must be activated by the end of the 2 week period, as they may not be waived under this scenario.

When a player is reserved and replaced by another player, these 2 players are linked until the original player reserved is activated from the RL. When a player is activated from the RL, the player that replaced him must be waived (or released if he is inactive). If the original replacement player has been replaced, then the latest replacement must be waived. This rule holds through successive replacements.

A player reinstated from the RL may not displace any player on the active 23 man roster other than his original replacement or any successive player that may have replaced the replacement(s).

The only exception to the above rule is when the replacement player can be shifted to a natural opening. In this case the replacement player does not have to be waived or released. A natural opening is a roster opening that can be created by releasing or reserving another inactive player. However, this can only be done if the NIPL team roster fulfills roster position requirements.

A player cannot be activated from the RL until he returns to active status on a NL roster, unless he can be activated because of a natural opening (i.e. - his replacement player is inactive and can be moved to a natural opening created by another player on the NIPL active roster that has been deactivated on the ML team roster). An inactive player on the RL can never displace any active player on the roster, including his replacement.

When a player finishes the season on the RL, he returns to the NIPL team regular roster and does not have to be waived or released, unless that player on the RL was tied to another player when both were acquired together (occupying the same roster spot) in a trade or unless that person was designated at a forced waiver due to a cap/floor violation, upon which at the end of the season, one of those players must be immediately released.

With the completion of each transaction, position requirements must be maintained.

Free agent signings to replace inactive players are done on a "first-come, first serve" basis, and are based on when the call-up is reported to the NIPL Commissioner.

There are 2 exceptions to this rule:

  • Transactions (free-agent signings) on Draft Day immediately following the draft are made in the reverse order of the previous year's final standings. Each team in reverse order is given the opportunity to sign one free agent. These rounds are continued in the same order until no more signings are desired. This may occur if a team has drafted a player on the NL DL or has protected a player who has already been sent to the minors or placed on the DL prior to the draft.
  • During the season when a player or players are traded from the AL to the NL(if trade requirements are not met as described later), the opportunity to sign these new free agents is given in reverse order of the most recent league standings. Ties are resolved by comparing the teams previous standings until the tie is broken. The period for these special signings is from the trade until the next transaction deadline. The team with the lowest position in the most recent standings to claim one of these players obtains the player. Each team then in turn has the opportunity to sign one of the players. This process continues until there are no more signings. NIPL teams are not notified of these special free agents, and if they go unclaimed before the next transaction deadline, they become regular free agents. All other transaction rules apply to this rule, i.e. - teams must have an opening to call up one of these players.

All transactions become effective immediately when reported and are irreversible. Statistics accumulate beginning with the next transaction deadline.

There are no limit to the number of signings or activations a team may make in a period, although a player can be involved in only one transaction per weekly period. The only exception to this rule are trades. A player may be traded more than once within a weekly period, but may not be traded and then reserved/released/waived within the same period. The following examples show acceptable and unacceptable multiple transactions in the same week:

o        Traded / Traded / Traded Acceptable

o        Signed / Reserved Prohibited

o        Signed / Traded Prohibited

o        Traded / Reserved Prohibited

o        Traded / Waived Prohibited

There are special September rules for injured players who are not placed on the injured reserve by their major league team. If an NL player is legitimately injured and has not been placed on the Injured reserve list, during the month of September, special rules may apply.

If any Major News Service (USA Today, Sports Weekly, Star/News. etc.) reports that a player is significantly injured and the injury is expected to keep him out for the remainder of the season, then the owner may reserve the injured player and pick up a restricted free agent, even if the injured player is not put on the DL by his NL team. No transactions under this rule will be allowed in the last week of the season.

The restrictions associated with this transaction are:

    • if the injured player returns to active status at any time during the remainder of the season (a miracle comeback), he must remain inactive on the reserve list, but he is not lost via a forced waiver after two weeks.
    • in all cases, the restricted free agent may not be protected the following year, but immediately returns to the free agent pool at the end of the year.
    • any free agent replacements for the restricted free agent should he become officially inactive or injured as defined above, are also considered restricted free agents and subject to the same restrictions.

Similarly, the owner can reserve the injured player and treat his roster spot like a natural opening.  The injured player must remain on the reserve list for the remainder of the season.  However, the player moving to the natural opening as well as the player he had previously been linked to may all be retained on the NIPL teams roster at the end of the season.

Any subjective interpretation of the extent of an injury and a player's ability to be treated under the rules of this section shall reside exclusively with the Commissioner.
 

SUSPENDED PLAYERS

If an NL player is suspended and the NL has ruled that his team is eligible to fill his roster spot with another player, then the NIPL team can replace the suspended player by reserving the suspended player and signing a restricted free agent. The restrictions are the same as described in the Special September Rules, except that when a suspended player is reinstated, he may be reinstated under normal activation rules, subject to the two weeks requirement and waiver if not activated.

Suspensions that arise out of everyday play - bean-balls, fighting, bumping umpires, etc. - are not covered by this rule as NL teams cannot replace those roster spots of the suspended player.

In addition, while in no case may a suspended player be released, he may be waived to complete an eligible waiver claim unless he has been signed to a LTC.
 
 

AL - NL TRADES

If an NL player is involved in a trade with an AL team and is active on a NIPL roster, the players or player coming over to the NL may be subject to special rules. The NIPL team that loses the player or players has the right to sign an equal number of the new players to the NL if the position requirements of the team can be maintained.   When more than one NIPL player loses a player to the AL in the same trade, the player or players coming to the NL may be claimed on a "first come, first served" basis. If the player or players can be signed to the NIPL team, they will be signed at the going rate for free agents or at the salary of the player that they replaced, whichever is higher. If a LTC is involved, the new player assumes that salary for the remainder of the year. In any case, any player on a team roster that is obtained in this manner must be returned to the free agent pool for reentry into the next annual draft. In addition, these players are ineligible for any potential expansion drafts.  If position requirements are met and the player signed by the NIPL team was a pitcher for a position player or vice versa, the same salary restrictions apply.

If no NIPL owners are eligible to take advantage of this special free agent opportunity because position eligibility cannot be maintained, the new player to the NL shall be immediately available to all NIPL owners in reverse order of the most recent league standings.

If a NIPL owner is eligible to take advantage of this special free agent opportunity and passes, he may not claim any of these players as a regular free agent for 2 weeks, beginning on the Monday following the trade to the NL.

If a NIPL owner is eligible to take advantage of this special free agent opportunity when both position players and pitchers comes over to the NL for the player traded on the NIPL roster, and signs a position player when a pitcher was lost to the AL or vice versa, he may not claim any of the other players as a regular free agent for 2 weeks, beginning on the Monday following the trade to the NL.

In any case, the new player's statistics are not accumulated until the next transaction date.

In the event that the Major Leagues realign causing change in the makeup of the leagues, specifically the moving of a NL team(s) to the AL, all risk of such move is assumed by the owner of the NIPL team. All players on those NL teams will be treated as if they went to the AL in an off-season trade. No special rules will be made for such radical changes.
 

WAIVER WIRE

A player is placed on waivers when one of the following events occur:

    •  player is activated from the RL, his replacement is waived,
    • a player is activated from the FS, the player he replaces is waived,
    • a player on the RL who has been active in the NL but has not been recalled by the NIPL team within the 2 week period is waived,
    • or a player is claimed on waivers, the player he replaces is waived.

Only active players can be waived. Inactive players are released or reserved. However, if a player is released that is inactive and becomes active prior to the next NIPL transaction deadline, that player will be treated as if waived.

The waiver period lasts one week and begins on the transaction deadline. Waived players may only be resigned by the team that waived them if all other teams either fail to claim the player or they claim different players off waivers in that week. Teams may claim the player waived in reverse order of most previous standings. Ties are resolved by comparing the team's previous standings until the tie is broken. If during the waiver period, the player becomes inactive in the NL, he is taken off waivers and cannot be claimed by any team. When he is reactivated in the NL, he becomes a normal free agent.

A team does not have to have an opening to claim a player on waivers, and any player may be waived (except LTC Players) to make room for the claimed player as long as the team's position requirements are maintained.

The maximum number of players allowed to be claimed on waivers by a NIPL team is three per year. Any team may claim more than one player in a week, but only one per round. If an additional player is to be claimed, all other teams must have passed on that player.
 

NIPL TRADES

Trades between NIPL teams are prohibited from Roster Protection Day through the Completion of annual draft, and from 12:01 AM August 1st until the end of the season. There are no restrictions on trades during the off-season.

During the season, trades involving active players must involve the same number of players from each team and position requirements must be maintained. FS trades and draft picks are excepted from these rules. During the off-season, there are no such restrictions.

Contract status and salaries are not affected by trades.

If an active player is traded who is a replacement for a player on the RL, the two players are traded as one. The acquiring team must then follow all rules associated with reserved players as previously described except that the acquiring team can not move the replacement player to a natural opening. This will prohibit teams from acquiring two players for one during the regular season.
 

FARM SYSTEM

Immediately following the major league draft on Draft Day, a minor league draft is conducted. Each NIPL team may select players who:

    • are not on any NL or AL team's active roster, and
    • have official rookie status as defined by MLB as of NIPL Draft Day.

Each team receives 2 FS draft picks, one in each round. Selection consists of 2 rounds of a simple draft. The selection order will be based upon a combination of the previous years standings and a lottery system. Lottery team's chances will be weighted upon the reverse order of the previous year's final standings. The order of the rounds are as follows:
 
 

Pick

1st Round

2nd Round

1

Lottery

 

2

Lottery

Reverse

3

Lottery

Order

4

Lottery

of

5

Lottery

First

6

Lottery

Round

7

Lottery

 

8

4th Place - Prior Year

 

9

3rd Place - Prior Year

 

10

2nd Place - Prior Year

 

11

1st Place - Prior Year

 

If more than 4 teams finish in the money, the FS draft will be modified to exclude all teams that cash so that they are not included in the lottery. The commissioner will use his best judgment to modify the system accordingly.

Lottery chances for slots 1 through 7 are weighted as follows:
 

Previous Finish

LOTs

11th

14

10th

12

9th

10

8th

8

7th

6

6th

4

5th

2

The commissioner will draw lots until all 7 lottery positions in the first round are filled with 7 different teams.

Ties between teams finishing in the money in the prior year standings will be resolved with a coin flip. Ties between teams in the lottery in the prior year standings will result in the equal sharing of lots determined by adding the lottery lots of the rankings of the tied teams and dividing by the number of teams tied.

A FS player who has retained his rookie status and was not activated during the previous season may be kept in the farm system in subsequent seasons by renewing his FS contract on Roster Protection Day. If a player has lost his rookie status, he cannot remain in the FS.

A team may have a maximum of 5 players in its FS at any one time.

During the season, if a FS player is promoted to a NL team's roster prior to August 1, the NIPL team has two weeks from the next transaction deadline to activate him or he is waived. The player displaced from the roster is placed on waivers, or if inactive, can be reserved or released. Any player can be displaced (except LTC players) as long as position requirements are maintained. If the player is returned to the Minors by the NL prior to the NIPL teams activation from the FS, that player retains FS status.

If the player is promoted to the NL after July 31, the NIPL team, at its discretion may activate the player.

Once activated to the NIPL team from the FS, the player cannot be returned to that NIPL teams FS. However, if the player meets eligibility requirements as described above and has been released by his original NIPL team, he may be drafted by any team's FS on Draft Day.

A FS player cannot be activated by a NIPL team unless first activated by the NL.
 

FEES AND PRIZE MONEY

All fees collected less reasonable expenses will be paid out to the top four teams in the final league standings. The league owners will vote on how reasonable expenses will be paid.

All teams wishing to be in the league must make a payment of the initial fee to the League Commissioner no later than January 1.

In order for teams to make trades in the off season, the initial fee payment must have been made. For example, if Team 1 and 2 want to make a trade on November 15, both teams would have to make the initial payment to the League Commissioner.

Fees are as follows:

    * Basic Fee - $100.00.
    * FS Draft Picks and Renewals - $3.00.
    * Trades during the season - $3.00 per player acquired per team (Includes FS players and draft picks).
    * Trades during the off- season - $5.00 per team.
    * Waiver Claims - $3.00.
    * Reserving a Player - $3.00.
    * Activate Reserved Player - $3.00.
    * Activate FS Player - $3.00.
    * Free Agent Signing - Before and during the All-Star Break - $4.00
    * Free Agent Signing - After All-Star Break - $6.00
    * Long-term Contract Signing Bonus - 50% of Total Value of LTC Units times $0.20.
    * There is no fee for releasing or waiving a player.

Prize money is distributed 50% to first place, 25% to second, 15% to third, and 10% to fourth place.
 

GOVERNANCE
 

  1. Rule changes, additions, and deletions require a 2/3 approval of league owners.
  2. Change in team ownership requires a 3/4 approval of league owners.
  3. Trades that lack integrity, may be rescinded by 3/4 vote of team owners. Owners involved with the trade are excluded from the vote.
  4. All other matters are determined by a majority vote.
  5. Collusive behavior is prohibited by the league at any time and if discovered may be subject to immediate removal from the league and forfeiture of all fees paid to date, or fines as determined by a vote of the league owners.
  6. The rules are written in an attempt to be fair to all owners and to be as comprehensive as possible to minimize confusion and conflict. Nevertheless, there still can be situations that arise that are not clearly covered by the written rules. Whenever necessary, any subjective interpretation of the rules shall be done by the Commissioner and his rulings shall be binding on all owners.