LGCHL Article I: League Structure

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    Article I : League Structure
    Section 1 : Commissioner's Office
    -- : 1.1 Commissioner
    -- : 1.1.1 Hearing of Constitutional Amendment
    -- : 1.1.2 Letter of Understanding
    -- : 1.1.3 Official Announcements
    -- : 1.1.4 Executive Order
    -- : 1.1.5 Staff Training
    -- : 1.1.6 Role
    -- : 1.2 Deputy Commissioner
    -- : 1.2.1 Management Assistant
    -- : 1.2.2 Procedural Enforcement
    -- : 1.2.3 Management Training
    -- : 1.2.4 Role
    -- : 1.3 League Directors
    -- : 1.3.1 League Management
    -- : 1.4 Commissioner Staff Vote

    Section 2 : Board of Governors

    -- : 2.1 Suspensions
    -- : 2.2 BOG Vote
    -- : 2.3 Role
    -- : 2.4 BOG Selections

    Section 3 : Development Committee
    -- : 3.1 Committee Leader
    -- : 3.2 Player Education
    -- : 3.3 Polling The Player
    -- : 3.4 Conduct

    Section 4 : Owners
    -- : 4.1 Roster Transactions
    -- : 4.2 Compliance
    -- : 4.3 Accountability
    -- : 4.4 Management
    -- : 4.5 NHL Management Office
    -- : 4.6 Filing Management Appeals
    -- : 4.7 Owner Selection
    -- : 4.8 Owner Commitment
    -- : 4.9 Role

    Section 5 : Management
    -- : 5.1 Management
    -- : 5.2 Management Contract
    -- : 5.2A NHL Management
    -- : 5.2b AHL Management
    -- : 5.3 League Promotion
    -- : 5.4 League Intervention
    -- : 5.5 Management Removal
    -- : 5.6 Management Criteria

    Section 6 : Player
    -- : 6.1 Role
    -- : 6.2 Available
    -- : 6.3 In-Game Requirements
    -- : 6.4 Disconnection Process
    -- : 6.5 Participation and Quitting Policy
    -- : 6.6 Ban Buy-Outs
    -- : 6.7 General Conduct

    Section 1 : Commissioner's Office

    Commissioner Staff is identified by the Orange color.

    These members of Staff are responsible for the day to day operations of the LGHL,LGAHL and LGCHL.

    1.1 : Commissioner

    The Commissioner is the main member who over sees all daily operations in regards to the LGHL, LGAHL and LGCHL. His name is orange in color and also underlined.

    1.1.1 : Hearing of Constitutional Amendment

    The Commissioner is allowed to call a Hearing of Constitutional Amendment. This is a meeting to change the Constitution during the Season, where Commissioner Staff, Owners, and Player’s Association will each have one vote to decide any changes.

    Mid-season amendment suggestions can be made by any member of the League’s Staff or any member of Management of Ownership. Official amendment ideas can be presented to the Commissioner via private message.

    Only three articles of the constitution can be amended; Article Two : Scheduling Process and Game Night Procedures, Article Three : Rosters and Transactions, and Article Four : The Rule Book.

    1.1.2 : Letter Of Understanding

    A situation may occur where certain rules that have worked for several season in the past, but may not currently be practical for the current season. A letter of understanding can be drafted by the Commissioner and presented to the Owners for approval. If approved the letter will be added to the constitution for the specific season that it was agreed upon, to allow for an exception to certain procedures outlined in that Article.

    These types of agreements are allowed to be suggested by any member of LeagueStaff, Owners, or Managers.

    1.1.3 : Official Announcements

    The Commissioner will be responsible for ALL public relations on behalf of the entire LeagueStaff. He is the only member allowed to make declarations, give public updates, interviews, or comment on any Hearings, Suspensions or Amendments. 

    He may dictate this responsibility to another Staff member as he sees fit but only at his discretion. He is speaking on behalf of the League, and will be clearly outlining that he is doing so. 

    1.1.4 : Executive Orders

    The Commissioner has certain rights to order other Staff Members, Owners, Management, or Players, to perform a task, or uphold a standard. This can only be done in situations where the Player has been given a role that requires a commitment past just playing in the games. 

    Examples are Staff Roles, PA Roles, Owners, Management or being a Committee Member. The Commissioner can give no more punishment than the firing from that role, unless it is otherwise stated in the Article Four : The Rule Book.

    1.1.5 : Staff Training

    The Commissioner has the responsibility to make sure his Staff are well trained and have superb knowledge of our Constitution and Rules. He must make sure they know our procedures inside and out.

    He will also conduct meetings to go over any issues and reinforce our way operational standards. This will be a good way to keep everyone in the loop and also work toward goals more effectively. 

    1.1.6 : Role

    The role of the Commissioner is to be the League planner and organize the different sections of the League that make it operate.  

    Secondly, he/she should be the League visionary working on ways to always improve while growing the League. 

    Thirdly, he/she should be the League’s voice, always updating and informing the League.

    By doing all this, the Commissioner is tying the League together by working with both Site Staff and his League members to find a way to always improve the quality of the League. 

    If a situation occurs that are not outlined by any article in the constitution, the Commissioner has the ability to make a ruling that is in the best interest of the League. This ruling is made by consulting his Staff, reviewing the community’s opinion, reviewing past practices, and using best judgment to ensure the integrity and purpose of the League is upheld.

    1.2 : Deputy Commissioners

    The Deputy Commissioners are represented by a non-underlined orange name. Each deputy commissioner is assigned a League which they are responsible for.

    1.2.1 : Management Assistance

    The Deputy Commissioners are to help Owners and Management and answer their questions when necessary. This should be done only in the forums, via private message, or in an XBOX Live Party. This cannot be done during game times unless it is an Act of God (i.e., EA Servers Down, Site Down, Storms, or Events) or an issue not in the Constitution.

    These Staff members will assist Managers and Owners with their issues while trying to reference and educate those member on where these issues can be resolved in the Constitution.

    1.2.2 : Procedural Enforcement

    When Management complaints are filed, the Deputy Commissioner responsible for that specific League will be responsible for ensuring the complaints are handled within the timelines and procedures outlined in Article Four : The Rule Book.

    1.2.3 : Management Training

    The Deputy Commissioners have the responsibility to make sure their Management is well trained and has superb knowledge of our Constitution and Rules. They must make sure they know our procedures inside and out.

    It is also extremely important for the Deputy Commissioners to reference the Constitution and/or Management Procedures when assisting Managers and Owners. This will help ensure if those Managers or Owners have future issues, they will at least have some information to reference and hopefully will be able to mitigate their own issues.

    1.2.4 : Role 

    The Deputy Commissioners are responsible for monitoring, aiding, and disciplining Management, as well as providing assistance to the Commissioner.

    The Deputy Commissioners may be appointed special tasks by the Commissioner to help run the League, like Committee Work or Site Work.

    1.3 : League Directors

    1.3.1 : League Management

    League Directors are nothing more than Deputy Commissioners who have been given the task to watch over one specific League and their Managers. They are still responsible for the same tasks as all other Deputies and hold the same voting rights and powers. They are just more concentrated on one League.

    1.4 : Commissioner’s Staff Vote

    The Commissioner’s Staff as a whole will count as One Vote in an Appeal Case, or Hearing of Constitutional Amendment or Off Season Constitutional Vote. Their votes must be used to represent both the League as a whole and its best direction.

    Section 2 : Board of Governors

    The Board of Governors (BoG) will be identified by the "hot pink" color. Theses members of Staff are used to oversee all League transactions as well as any complaint in regards to in-game play issues.

    2.1 : Suspensions

    The Board of Governors have the ability to suspend a Players(s) when the evidence is brought to them via our complaint system. They must make their rulings based on the facts and evidence presented and on how they relate to Article Four : The Rule Book.

    2.2 : BoG Vote

    BoG rulings are based on a majority vote. They will conduct these votes all week leading up to the 11:59pm ET deadline on Friday of every week. They may only judge and give the verdict based off the facts given.

    If a member of the BoG does not vote in time, then it will always revert to a majority vote. If 3 vote, 2 must agree or disagree. There should never be a stalemate, but if there is, the Commissioner will be the deciding vote. 

    2.3 : Role 

    The BoG is responsible for providing rulings on Players infractions based off of Article Four : The Rule Book. They are not responsible for seeking or investigating those issues. Their role is to judge the infractions and determine a course of action as outlined in the articles of the Constitution.

    The Board of Governors may be appointed special tasks to help run the League, such as Committee Work or Site Work, by the Commissioner.

    2.4 : BoG Selections

    The BoG will be selected by the Commissioner and his Staff. They will be nominated and then voted on by the Staff. They must pass the interview stage.

    Section 3 : Development Committee

    The Development Committee is identified by a purple name. The role and responsibility of this committee to is to educate players as well handle any specific needs the League requires. The needs may change from season to season.

    3.1 : Committee Leader

    The Committee Leader will be selected by the Commissioner at the beginning of each season.

    In situations where no member on the current Committee wishes to take the title of Leader, the Commissioner will seek out help from the community.

    The role of the Committee Leader is to keep the Commissioner informed on the direct and goals of the committee.

    Members selected by the Commissioner to be a part of the Development Committee are required to meet the standards outlined within the LeagueGaming Code of Conduct. Being a member of this committee is considered a direct representation of the League, it's beliefs and goals. Members whom do not not meet the conduct criteria will be removed from the committee.

    3.2 : Player Education

    The Development Committee along side the Commissioner are to identify player needs and address those needs through education.

    Education maybe handled on the forums, via PM as well as in the Chat Box.

    3.3 : Polling the Players for their Vote

    The Development Committee is also responsibility for taking issues brought to them by the Players to the Commissioner for Review. From there the Committee can recommend the ideas and suggestions be pushed out to the community in the form of a vote.

    Section 4 : Owners

    Owners are represented by the bold teal color names. Owners are selected each off-season and are responsible for the day to day operations of their entire organization.

    Selected Owners are also responsible to abide by the Management Handbook that was agreed on prior to each season’s start.

    4.1 : Roster Transactions

    Owners are to oversee all roster transactions made by each GM or AGM in their organization. No one League is more important than another. It is important, prior to the season starting, that Owners sit down with all of their Management and explain what is expected of each person in Management and how he wants his transactions to happen.

    4.2 : Compliance

    Owners must follow the League's policies and procedures at all times. They must promote the League standards to all of their Players, and keep their teams playing within the League's rules. This includes promoting and ensuring that their Management teams are properly following those same policies and procedures. During investigations, Owners must be compliant by being honest and open to Staff questions. Not being compliant could result in punishment if it is deemed so as per Article Four : The Rule Book.

    4.3 : Accountability

    Owners are responsible for every Player in their organization, and may be held accountable for any of their Players' infractions. They may run their team how they see fit, but must do so by League guidelines. If found to have multiple violations within an organization, the Owner may be disciplined as per Article Four : The Rule Book.

    4.4 : Management

    Owners are responsible for selecting and/or replacing Management and submitting those selections for League approval based off the Management criteria. If a promotion must be made during the season, the League will allow a Player to be selected who does not meet the criteria.

    An Owner may fire a Manager by submitting evidence of him not fulfilling his duties as Management. This will be sent to the Commissioner Staff for approval. AGMs are promoted after bidding via the contract system. 

    Reference 5.2 Management in regards to AGM salaries and mid-season promotions.

    4.5 : CHL Management Office

    Owners will have access to this section of the forums. This forum section is meant to brainstorm new ideas as well as have open conversation with Staff about issues that should be addressed to improve the League. When an Owner has an opinion regarding a League issue or a suggestion for improvement, it will be heard here. This is where they will conduct their Owner votes.

    4.6 : Filing Management Appeals

    The Owner may appeal a Management violation ruling made against themselves or their Management by the Staff.

    These appeals can be filed in the action center and will be reviewed by the Player's Association.

    4.7 : Owner Selections

    Owners will be selected by the Commissioner's Office. They will be selected based off of experience, and the interview process.

    The League may select any Players to fill an Ownership position. Being selected as an Owner negates the Player's current contract (if applicable). If the League selects an Owner who is under contract to a team during the season, the Owner will be presented with two options:

    1. Release that Players freely.

    2. Select a Players of equal or lesser value. (Contract Years x Salary is the determination of a Player's value,rounded up to 250k)

    During the off season, teams have no rights to compensation for a Players who is selected for Ownership.

    4.8 : Owner Commitment 

    Ownership is currently a one season commitment. Any Owner who steps downs after accepting the offer to become an Owner will have to sit out the remainder of the season.

    Stepping down or being removal as an Owner also makes that Players ineligible to exercise buying out the ban until the following off-season.

    4.9 : Role 

    These members run, manage, and guide their organization to victory and includes both the teams in the NHL and AHL. They have the power to make any decision on their team, from setting lines to running practices and implementing strategy.

    The Owner is responsible for the overall well being of their NHL team, as well as their AHL and CHL Affiliate Players.

    They must ensure all their teams are being run correctly by Management, and that they all have a good way to communicate with each other.

    In the end, the Owner is responsible for having all of his teams run like a well-oiled machine. He/She should be the first person to jump in and fix a problem on one of his/her teams, as he/she is ultimately responsible for every team in his/her Organization. 

    Communication between Owners and Staff can ensure a successful season can be had.

    Section 5 : Management

    Management are represented by either a green, or yellow name. AGM positions have no assigned color.

    Managers are also expected to uphold the expectations outlined in the Management Handbook agreed upon accepting the position of Manager.

    5.1 : Management

    General Managers and Assistant General Managers are responsible for the day-to-day Management of their teams.

    They may also be given additional tasks from their Owner as well. This may include scheduling, setting lines, negotiating trades, signing, releasing and trading Players.

    5.2 : Management Contracts

    GMs are selected prior to the bidding session beginning, and will have a salary of 0 and a contract of one year. If they step down/are removed from Management, they will not be eligible to finish the season as a Players, even if they buy out their ban, until the following off-season. Managers are not eligible to be traded. Once they accept their contract with their team they are locked into a one year deal unless they are promoted by the League to an Ownership position.

    If a Players is promoted mid-season to GM, they will be reverted to a one season deal, and their salary is reverted to zero.

    AGMs are selected from the active roster, prior to the bidding session beginning or after the session is completed, and will retain their current salary and contract! If they step down/are removed from Management, they will not be eligible to finish the season as a Players, even if they buy out their ban, until the following off-season. Managers are not eligible to be traded. Once they accept their contract with their team they are locked into a one year deal unless they are promoted by the League to an Ownership position.

    If a Players is promoted mid-season to AGM, they will retain their salary and contract.

    In order for a player to be selected as a manager MUST be signed up and assigned to a teams roster.

    5.3 : League Promotion

    This is the one situation where a GM will be allowed to finish the season as a Player on their current team. This may include a Player selected to fill a Commissioner, or BOG role.

    An Owner promoted to the Staff position will be reverted to a one year contract at League minimum.

    The GM promoted to the Staff position will be reverted to a one year contract at League minimum.

    In the situation where the AGM is promoted to the Staff position, they will remain at their current salary and contract.

    5.4 : League Intervention

    When a Player is currently serving a contract on one team, and the League wishes to promote that Player to an Ownership position on another team, the League will coordinate with the Owner of that Player to institute a trade or compensation to free that Player from his contract with his current team. 

    5.5 : Management Removal

    When Management is not fulfilling their commitment or duties, their Owner or Staff have the right to remove them from the team. After such removal, the Owner has the responsibility to fill the vacant Management spot.

    The Owner/Staff must provide evidence showing that Management is not fulfilling their duties or commitment.

    An Owner wishing to remove Management must submit a case for removal to the Commissioner’s Staff via PM.

    When a Players in Management is removed or steps down, they are ineligible to play until the next season, unless issued a two season ban.

    The Commissioner’s Staff may propose the removal of Management for issues of conduct, breach of rules or procedures, failure to fulfill their commitment or meet expectations.

    5.6 : Management Criteria

    Owners may only select Management that is not under contract, or that they have acquired the rights to.

    Players returning from a seasonal ban are ineligible to be selected as a Manager in the first season back after serving a ban.

    Players listed on the “Management Ineligibility List” are not able to accept a Management position either. This list will be provided to the Owners each season.

    In the CHL, managers must be approved by CHL staff to make sure they adhere to the strict criteria the CHL now has in place. Please refer to staff on what the current criteria is.

    Section 6 : Players

    6.1 : Role

    Players play a major role in the League. Without players, managers would have no one to manage, and staff would have no one to govern.

    Players have a set of rules they are required to follow to remain in good standing with the League.

    6.2 : Availability

    Players are required to give their team a MINIMUM of four games of available each week of the season.

    6.3 : In-Game Requirements

    Players are required to review and understand the rules outlined in Article IV, The Rule Book.

    6.4 : Disconnection Process

    Players are required to review and understand the process for a lag out during or prior to a game starting. All disconnection procedures are outlined in Article II : Scheduling and Game Night Process.

    6.5 : Participation and Quitting Policy

    Prior to signing up for a season, players are required to accept this policy in order to be eligible to play.

    Policy Reference Link :

    6.6 : Ban Buy-outs

    Unlike managers, players are eligible to buyout their for a one time fee of $35. Player's whom buyout their ban will return to their ORIGINAL TEAM'S TRAINING CAMP, AT THE SALARY AND CONTRACT THEY WERE ON AT THE TIME OF THE BAN.

    6.7 : General Conduct

    Players are required to follow the website's code of conduct at all times.

    Policy Reference Link :

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