Article I : League Structure Section 1 : Commissioner's Office ------ : 1.1 Commissioner's Role ------ : 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 ------ : 1.2 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 Judicial Appeal Process / Player Representation ------ : 1.5 Conduct Section 2 : Board of Governors ------ : 2.1 Role ------ : 2.2 Suspensions ------ : 2.3 BOG Vote ------ : 2.4 BOG Selections ------ : 2.5 Conduct 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 Role of An Owner ------ : 4.2 Compliance ------ : 4.3 Accountability ------ : 4.4 Management ------ : 4.5 NHL Management Office ------ : 4.6 Filing Management Appeals ------ : 4.7 Owners Vote ------ : 4.8 Owner Selection ------ : 4.9 Owner Commitment ------ : 4.10 Roster Transactions ------ : 4.11 Conduct Section 5 : Management ------ : 5.1 Management Role ------ : 5.2 Management Contracts ------ : 5.2A NHL Management ------ : 5.2b AHL Management ------ : 5.3 League Promotion ------ : 5.4 League Intervention ------ : 5.5 Management Removal ------ : 5.6 Management Criteria ------ : 5.7 Conduct 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 7 : Site Errors ------ : 7.1 Staff Procedure when Errors Occur 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 LGBA. 1.1 : Commissioner's 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 is 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. 1.1.1 : 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, and Owners, will each have a vote to decide any changes. If both sides can not come to an agreement, the amendment will not be approved. 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. Some situations in regards to league structure, league expansion may not require a League vote. Most changes to the League will be based on of past experiences, manager opinions/suggestion, and player suggestions. 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 League Staff, Owners, or Managers. 1.1.3 : Official Announcements The Commissioner will be responsible for ALL public relations on behalf of the entire League Staff. 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, 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. 1.2 : Deputy Commissioners 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. It is also the duty of the Deputy Commissioner to ensure BOG staff are enforcing the rules consistently. 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. Management training may also be tasked to the League's Development Committee 1.2.4 : Role Of The Deputy Commissioner The Deputy Commissioners are responsible for monitoring, aiding, and overseeing the disciplining of 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. The Deputy Commissioner's are also tasked with hiring their own BOG staff. 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 : Judicial Appeal Process and Player Representation The League Commissioner is responsible for reviewing and handling all League appeals. Since the Commissioner is removed from the judicial process, his/her ability to review the appeal with a fresh set of eyes is important. Since the Commissioner has a large role in writing the rules, his/her ability to understand how the rule is meant to be enforced will play a key factor in reviewing an appeal case. All appeals must be filed in the Action Center but also can be sent via PM directly to the League Commissioner. 1.5 : Conduct Members selected by the Commissioner to be a part of the Deputy Commissioner Staff 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 League's Staff. Section 2 : Board of Governors The Board of Governors (BoG) will be identified by the "hot pink" color. 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 BoG are also responsible for handling any Management complaints outlined in Article Four : The Rule Book. The Board of Governors may be appointed special tasks to help run the League. 2.2 : 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 those facts and evidences relate to Article Four : The Rule Book. 2.3 : 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 Saturday 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. 2.4 : BoG Selections The BoG will be selected by the Deputy Commissioners. They will be nominated and then voted on by the Staff. They must pass the interview stage. 2.5 : Conduct Members approved by the Commissioner to be a part of the BoG Staff 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 League's Staff. 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. 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. 3.1.5 : Conduct 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. Section 4 : Owners Owners are represented by the bold green color names. 4.1 : Role Owners are responsible for running, managing, and guiding their organization to victory. 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. Owners are also expected to meet the requirements outlined in the Manager Expectations. 4.2 : Roster Transactions Owners are to oversee all roster transactions made by each GM 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/she wants his/her transactions to happen. 4.3 : 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. 4.4 : 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. 4.5 : 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. 4.6 : Management Office Owners will have access to this section of the forums for the LGBA. 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. 4.7 : 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 League Commissioner. 4.8 : Owner's Vote Owners will have a vote in Constitutional Amendment Hearings or Constitutional Changes. They will count as One Vote (majority) in matters involving adding, removing or editing certain sections of the Constitution. 4.9 : 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. 4.10 : 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. 4.11 : Conduct Members selected by the Commissioner to be an Owner are required to meet the standards outlined within the LeagueGaming Code of Conduct. Being a member of Ownership is considered a direct representation of the League, it's beliefs and goals. Members whom do not not meet the conduct criteria can be suspended or removed from their role as an Owner. Failure to compile with the Manager Expectations can also result in an Owner being removed from their position. Section 5 : Management Management are represented by a green name. 5.1 : Management Role 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 Once a player accepts the offer to be a GM that player is locked into a one second contract. If a player wishes to step down or is removed from the the position by staff, a seasonal ban is issued, and the player is ineligible to buyout said ban. LGBA GMs are selected prior to the start of LGBA bidding/drafting and are issued a one year, zero salary contract. Players whom are under contract are required to be traded for in order to accept a GM contract with a new organization. Players may also be promoted mid season to a GM role as well to fill a vacancy. Players whom are promoted mid season to GM will have their contract reduced to a one year deal, and their salary reduced to zero. In order for a player to be promoted to GM mid season, the player must either be on the team's roster or must be acquired via trade. 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 Players elected 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. 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 or three season ban. Stepping down or being removal as a Manager also makes that Players ineligible to exercise buying out the ban until the following off-season. 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. Being ban from either the PSN or Xbox LGBA counts towards this rule. This applies to ALL MANAGEMENT POSITIONS! 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. A player must be eligible for play in the league in which he or she is taking management for. All LGBA management promotions that occur during the season MAY ONLY be filled by players currently signed up for the current season of league play AND listed on a current season roster. All other management criteria must be met as well. Players whom are retired may NOT come out of retirement DURING the Season or Playoffs to take a management role. The only exception to the above rule(s) is in regards to mid season / off-season Ownership promotions. 5.7 : Conduct Members selected by their Owner to be a Manager are required to meet the standards outlined within the LeagueGaming Code of Conduct. Being a member of Management is considered a direct representation of the League, it's beliefs and goals. Members whom do not not meet the conduct criteria can be suspended or removed from their role as Management. Failure to compile with the Manager Expectations can also result in a Manager being removed from their position. 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 : http://leaguegaming.com/forums/index.php?threads/leaguegaming-participation-quitting-policy.211901/ 6.6 : Ban Buy-outs 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. Reference the new ban buy-out policy for full details. 6.7 : General Conduct Players are required to follow the website's code of conduct at all times. Policy Reference LINK Website Terms of Service Section 7 : Site Errors 7.1 : Staff Procedure when Errors Occur If it is determined by staff that a site error has occurred, staff will address the issue in the best interest of the league. Any errors made by staff members will be addressed by the League Commissioner.