Article II : Scheduling And Game Night Procedures Section One : Weekly Scheduling and Restrictions -- : 1.1 : Availability -- : 1.2 : Right to be Scheduled -- : 1.3 : Right to Play -- : 1.4 : Weekly Lines -- : 1.5 : Restrictions and Exemptions Section Two : Scheduling Process -- : 2.1 : LGBA Schedule -- : 2.2 : Game Times -- : 2.3 : Holiday Game Schedule Section Three : Game Night Procedures -- : 3.1 : Game Night Session Set Up -- : 3.2 : Game Night Timeline -- : 3.3 : Additional Time -- : 3.4 : Hosting -- : 3.5 : Inputting Stats -- : 3.5.1. Responsibility -- : 3.5.2 : Deadline -- : 3.5.3 : Inputting Options -- : 3.5.4 : Required Stats and Pictures -- : 3.5.5 : Forfeit Games Stats -- : 3.5.6 : Computer Stats -- : 3.5.7 : Lag Out Stats -- : 3.5.8 : Player Replaced Mid Game Section Four : Replays, Reschedules, and Forfeits -- : 4.1 : Replays -- : 4.2 : Reschedules -- : 4.2.1 Reschedule Restrictions -- : 4.3 : Forfeits -- : 4.3.1 : Forfeit Procedures -- : 4.3.2 : Forfeit Restrictions -- : 4.3.3 : Gentlemen's Agreement Section Five : Tie Breakers Section One : Weekly Scheduling Procedures and Restrictions 1.1 : Availability Players are required to post their availability each week in the generated thread. Player must give a minimum of four games availability each week to maintain their "right to play", and "right to be scheduled". This is required so that managers have adequate options when creating the weekly schedule. Availability MUST be submitted on the website, no later than 11:59 PM EST the Tuesday prior to the week of play in which a player is giving his or her availability for. Failure to do so, can also result in a player scheduled for games not based on the player's availability. Best Practice Suggestion (Players): Submit availability on the website to protect yourself from false removal requests. Best Practice Suggestion (Managers/Owners): Encourage your Players to use the website. It is part of your responsibility to ensure your Players are educated on website rules and regulations. 1.2 : Right to be Scheduled Players must be scheduled for a minimum of two games per week. The only exception is during the playoffs in a best of seven series. In situations where players submit no availability, or less than four games a week availability, or submits availability later than the weekly deadline of Tuesday at 11:59 PM, the player is forfeiting their right to be scheduled. Therefore if the player is scheduled for a game they are not available for no judicial punishment will be issued to the manager in charge of scheduling. 1.3 : Right to Play Players can ONLY play a maximum of four games a week, but play a minimum of two games a week. If a player gives less than the required availability, the player forfeits their right to play two games a week. Therefore the team's manager will not face judicial punishment for the player not playing two games in a week. This "right to play" clause only applies to players whom give the minimum amount of availability. Being in a forfeit(win or loss) results in one of the two games a week a player is scheduled for. Players listed in a forfeit are ineligible to be removed from the forfeit to be given an additional game. These will not show on a player's skater card. Exemptions listed in 1.5 of Article Two. 1.4 : Weekly Lines Managers are required to submit the lines on a weekly basis. Lines are due by Wednesday at 8 PM est. Weekly lines that are required by the deadline are the ENTIRE allotment of games on your schedule from Wednesday to Friday. Best Practice Suggestion (Players) : Post your availability as soon as you can to help your Managers create their lines on time. Best Practice Suggestion (Managers) : Make sure your lines are submitted on time to avoid any violations being filed on your team. 1.5 : Restrictions and Exemptions All line ups are locked at official game time! Roster subs (swapping one player for another) of ECU (use of an affiliate player) are ONLY options if a game is official played! All roster subs and or ECUs must be changed within said line up, at the completion of the game. In the situation where a game results in a forfeit, the line up listed at the "official game time" is locked into said game regardless of possible pending adjustments. A Player who is scheduled for a game that results in a forfeit is not eligible to be scheduled for a new game. When a game results in a forfeit, Players that were in the lineup for that game are not eligible to play in another game. Therefore in this situation, Players may end up not playing their required three games a week. The deadline for a forfeit line up to lock is the official game time. Therefore any skaters listed in the line at the official game time, are ineligible to be subbed out, or ECU'd if the game results in a forfeit. A player who is ECU'd for a game, is still eligible to play three games in a single week. A Player or goalie who submits less than the minimum required availability forfeit their ability to file complaints on their Managers for not scheduling them for games in which they were available for. In some situations Managers have may not be able to schedule a Player due to the overall limited availability of the entire team. Management and Owners are ineligible to submit a Player for removal whom misses a game(s) that the Player did not post availability for. The only exception is the situation where a Player does not submit availability at all or the player submits less than the required four games a week availability. Players whom are scheduled for a game on their current roster are ineligible to be scheduled/play as an emergency call up (ECU) for their affiliate team. The only exception is in the situation where the GM whom scheduled the Player releases the Player to be used as an ECU. Section Two : Scheduling Break Down The LGBA has a series of set game times and a set scheduled to ensure the community can have a consistent schedule season to season. 2.1 : LGBA Schedule The LGBA plays an eighty-two game schedule that spans over nine weeks. 2.2 : Game Times The LGBA Times : Wednesday 9:30 PM Wednesday 10:30 PM Thursday 9:30 PM Thursday 10:30 PM Friday 9:30 PM Friday 10:30 The LGBA has six time slots per week. The schedule and game times are predetermined prior to the season's start. *For the league, all times Eastern, accounting for Daylight Savings Time when applicable. 2.3 : Holiday Game Schedule In situations where League games are scheduled on a holiday, the league will try their best to reschedule the entire league's games to avoid playing on holidays such as : Christmas, Christmas Eve New Years Eve, New Years Day Canada Day, 4th Of July Thanksgiving(Canadian and American) Section Three : Game Night Procedures On Sunday through Thursday, there are set procedures and guidelines outlined by the League to ensure League games are completed on time, start on time, and that if any unforeseen issue occurs, it can be addressed by the Managers quickly and effectively. 3.1 : Game Night Session Set Up From the Pro-am screen, the private match option shall be utilized. The home team is responsible for contacting their opponent to get the name of the club in which the opponent will be using for the scheduled league game. Both teams must make sure that they know the password for the game as the password is case-sensitive. 3.2 : Game Night Timeline Official Game Time Both teams need to contact each other before searching so that way matchmaking can be quick and easy. If an additional five minutes is required both teams can inform each other of that requirement via PM, Private chat or Xbox Live Message. LGBA Official Game Times : 8:30,9:30,10:30 PM EST Five Minutes Past the Official Game Time The home team's MOC will search for the game no later than this time UNLESS additional time has been required. If the search has been done, and the search time has exceeded 5 mins (screenshots needed for proof) and (granted extra time has yet to be requested) a forfeit can be claimed at this time. 3.3 : Additional Time Additional time is requested for players whom are experience any connection issue, or any last minute lag out, disconnection, power failure, or any other unforeseen issues that may have prevented that player from being able to join the game session during the allotted time listed above. Additional time can be requested: Prior to or up to the "five minutes past the official game time" (both home and away team) During the five minute window whereby either team has sent the challenge (If the team has a player lose connection trying to the game) Any time a player lags out during the game, in-between periods or right before the opening face-off. (both home and away teams) The either team may also request additional time if one of their players is experiencing an issue right at the time in which the challenge is being sent. Additional time is added onto the "five minutes past official game time" making the latest a game can begin +10 minutes past official game time. If a player loses connection, or has an issue right as the challenge is sent, additional can be granted there EVEN IN situations where the game has started at the +10 minute past official game time. Additional time is considered a maximum of five additional minutes. 3.4 : Hosting Not applicable for NBA 2k19. 3.5 : Inputting Stats Stats will done manually for this season. The winning team is required to take a screenshot of the end game stats for both teams but either team may take a screenshot of the stats. The stats can be entered by either team but must be entered in by the winning team 3.5.1. Responsibility The team managers are responsible for ensuring the stats are entered on time. Stats are considered "late" if not entered within 24 hours AFTER the game's completed. 3.5.2 : Deadline The deadline for pictures to be uploaded are twenty-four hours after the original game time. 3.5.3 : Inputting Options At the moment, the only way to enter stats is manually based off screenshots taken at the end of the game. 3.5.4 : Required Stats and Pictures (OCR) There is a certain picture, one total, that are required to be uploaded after each game and it will have all these stats. Box Score Winning team's Player stats (all five Players, all stats listed) Losing team's Player stats (all five Players, all stats listed) Recommended Best Practice (Managers) : It is strongly recommended that a screen shot of the players listed in the lobby prior to a forfeit be taken to ensure an illegal substitution of players does not occur. 3.5.5 : Forfeit Games Stats Use the "forfeit" button located in the API for forfeit games. In the situation where a team quits out of a game and does not return, or when a game results in a forfeit after the game has started, the current game stats are to be input into the system. The game is NOT to be entered as a 1-0 forfeit win. 3.5.6 : Computer Stats Any and all CPU stats will be added to the game stats but not credited to any human player. 3.5.7 : Lag Out Stats In the situation where a lag out occurs and it is before tip off, both teams must quit out and research for each other and start the game with all 10 players connected. In the situation where a lag out occurs and it is after tip off but before the first minute is completed in the first quarter, a screenshot is to be taken of the current game stats and then both teams must quit out and research for each other and start the game with all 10 players connected. In the situation where a lag out occurs and it is after tip off but after the first minute is completed in the first quarter, the game will continue as is and be finished with the CPU player(s). Section Four : Replays, Reschedules and Forfeits This section covers the rules and restrictions that apply to games being replayed, rescheduled, or resulting in a forfeit. 4.1 : Replays In the situation where a complaint is filed and the League's BOG determine an infraction occurred that directly affected the result of the game, a replay may be ordered. Also in situations where teams intentionally play in a different manner in order to change the outcome of the game, the League reserves the right to remove those Players from the League and have the game replayed. Recommended Best Practice : Request can be via the action center for a replay. 4.2 : Reschedules In situations where both team are having connection issues, the MOCs from both teams can file a formal reschedule request in the action center or via PM. Both teams need to be aware that official reschedules are hosted within the same week of play, on Saturdays! Therefore if an agreement to reschedule cannot be agreed on, the BOG will move the game to a time slot on Saturday of the BOG's choice. Also in situations where major server issues, either with 2K, Xbox or PSN, the league reserves the right to reschedule League games. 4.2.1 Reschedule Restrictions Due to the strict scheduling and playing rules outlined in this Article, the ORIGINAL roster scheduled for the ORIGINAL game prior to the reschedule is required to be scheduled for the reschedule game. If one or more of the original players can not attend the reschedule game, regardless of reason, an ECU is required to be used OR a player who did not play their maximum game allotment during that week. 4.3 : Forfeits 4.3.1 : Forfeit Procedures Forfeits can ONLY taken in the following situations during : Prior to the game start, one of the team informs their opponent that they are unable to get five players. After the "five minutes past official game start time", the team who has their complete five players is eligible to take a forfeit if the other team does not have five players and did not request additional time. *If this is the home team, it would be after the game invite expires* ** If this is the away team, it would be if no game invite has been sent by the "five minutes after official game time** In both situations, additional time was not requested. After the additional time request has expires, if the team who made the request can not get five players still, a forfeit can be take. Forfeits are not eligible to be taken in the following situations; 1) if additional time has NOT been requested and the team eligible to take a forfeit does not take it right away(+6 minutes pass official game time) 1) if additional IS requested, and expires and the team eligible to take it doesn't take it right away(+11 minutes past official game time). If a gentlemen's agreement is reached, a forfeit cannot be claimed any sooner than +16 minutes past official game time. Also forfeit cannot be claimed any later than +16 minutes after official game if a gentlemen's agree is made. Any forfeit claimed beyond +16 minute mark (if a gentlemen's agreement is made) beyond +11 minute mark (no gentlemen's agreement made) or beyond +6 minute mark (no additional time requested) is deemed INVALID and will result in a rescheduled game. In the situation where ANY OF THE ABOVE CRITERIA IS MET BUT THE GAME IS STILL PLAYED, TEAMS ARE NOT ELIGIBLE TO CLAIM A FORFEIT SINCE THE GAME WAS PLAYED! 4.3.2 : Forfeit Restrictions Line-up are now locked at official game time if the game is not played and a forfeit occurs. In the situation where a forfeit is taken, or granted, whatever line up that was listed at official game time is the line up that is locked into said forfeit game. 4.3.3 : Gentlemen's Agreement Two teams are ELIGIBLE, but NOT REQUIRED TO, enter into an agreement that will allow a game to begin later than the standard game times listed (Official Game Time - Five Minute Past Official Game Time - Ten Minutes Past *Additional Time*) Currently based on our additional time rule, a forfeit can ONLY be taken at +6 minutes past official game time IF additional time is NOT requested OR +11 minutes past official game time IF additional time IS requested. Entering a gentlemen's agreement will add an additional five minutes to the "additional time" rule making the official time to accept a forfeit +16 minutes past official game time. A gentlemen's agreement is ONLY an additional five minutes. Team's who enter an agreement BUT DO NOT claim a forfeit at exactly +16 minutes past official game time will NOT be eligible to take a forfeit. Section Five : Tie Breakers In situations where teams are tied with the same amount of points in a season, the LG Standings system will abide by the following set of criteria to break the tie. Tie Breakers In Order of Determination: Fewer number of games played Greater number of games won Greater number of points between the tied teams (head to head) Greater positive points differential between points for and points against from the entire season.