Article IV: The Rule Book Section One : The LGBA Rule Book --: 1.1 : Preamble --: 1.2 : General Conduct --: 1.3 : Conduct Unbecoming --: 1.4 : Jurisdiction --: 1.5 : Complaint or Violation Disputes Section Two : Judicial Process --: 2.1 : Filing Formal Complaints --: 2.1.1 : Complaint Categories --: 2.1.2 : Filing False Complaints --: 2.1.3 : Providing Evidence --: 2.1.4 : Viewing Ruling Decisions --: 2.1.5 : Judging Complaints --: 2.1.6 : Right To An Appeal --: 2.1.7 : Violation Punishments --: 2.1.8 : Time Frame for Serving A Punishment --: 2.1.9 : Public Complaints --: 2.2 : Standard of Participation --: 2.3 : Staff Timeline For Compliant Rulings --: 2.4 : Statute Of Limitations Section Three : In Game Rules --: 3.1 : Purposely laying down on Defense --: 3.2 : Shoving --: 3.3 : Glitching --: 3.4 : CPU Player Stats --: 3.5 : Court and Jersey Compliance Section Four : Player Rules --: 4.1 : Availability --: 4.2 : No-Shows --: 4.3 : Maintaining an Active Xbox Live Account and LG User Profile --: 4.4 : Demanding/Brokering a Trade --: 4.5 : Quitting the Team or League --: 4.6 : Ineligible Player --: 4.7 : In Game Communication --: 4.8 : Player OCR Responsibilities --: 4.9 : Website Etiquette --: 4.10 : Second Tag Issues --: 4.11 : Detrimental Act to the Organization --: 4.12 : Refusal to Play Section Five : Owner And Management Expectations --: 5.1 : Late Lines --: 5.2 : Invalid Roster --: 5.3 : Circumvention or Falsifying any of the Site’s Systems, Forum, or Rules --: 5.4 : Disclosure of Private Information --: 5.5 : Player Rights Violation --: 5.6 : Player Tampering --: 5.7 : Forfeits --: 5.8 : In Game Stats Requirements --: 5.9 : Disconnection Procedures --: 5.10 : Making Transactions In "Bad Faith" --: 5.11 : Second Tag Issues --: 5.12 : Ownership Annotations --: 5.13 : Inactive Players on Main Roster Section 1 : The LGBA Rule Book 1.1 : Preamble The LGBA is a simulation-style basketball League. We attempt to mimic professional basketball as closely as possible. While we may not always be able to succeed in that goal due to logistics or game controls, we will constantly seek to improve upon those aspects and implement further procedures in order to bring us as close as we can to our real-life counterparts. This may involve adapting certain protocols to suit our needs, as well as creating rules in an attempt to make a video game more realistic. The LGBA provides its members with the opportunity to experience their own virtual career as either a Player and or a member of a Management team. 1.2 : General Conduct When participating as a member of the community in an LGBA sanctioned event, or on the League Gaming website, you are to show respect and sportsmanship towards other members and follow the rules at all times. 1.3 : Conduct Unbecoming Conduct unbecoming of a member may provide grounds to be charged with an Offense, as outlined in Section 2 of the Rule Book, based on sufficient evidence being provided within a filed complaint. In some situations the word of League official(s) who are dealing directly with the member whose conduct is in question will be taken into consideration. This constitutes, but is not limited to: Rage Quitting Breach of the Code of Conduct Blackmailing Confessing to Breaking Rules Causing a Panic or Riot Filing False League Information Circumventing the intent of a rule Acting in a manner with the intent of trying to influence a trade 1.4 : Jurisdiction LGBA Sanctioned events are classified as any LGBA-related interaction that take place outside of the League Gaming web site. These include, but are not limited to, LGBA Games, Scouting Sessions, Meetings, and any other event which may be classified as representative of our community. Members do not fall under LGBA jurisdiction at all times, but in any instance where the LGBA brand is brought into play, we reserve the right to legislate the members of our community involved according to the standards of our Constitution. The League Staff must follow a statute of limitations. A punishment will not be issued in any situation where a violation has occurred, but has gone a period of two weeks without a complaint filed. THIS ONLY APPLIES TO MINOR OFFENCES! 1.5 : Complaint or Violation Disputes Members are eligible to dispute rulings by: Appeal issued via the Action Center Then sending a site PM to the Commissioner and BOG following up on the official appeal. The League reserves the right to not deal directly with a dispute until a complete 24 hours has passed after a determination has been voted on by staff. This is to protect staff from unnecessary verbal abuse. Section 2 : Judicial Process 2.1 : Filing Formal Complaints Anytime an issue occurs, it must be brought to the attention of the League’s Staff. All members of the community are recommended to file all their concerns and complaints via the LG Action Center. PMs to League Staff are also considered a form of filing a complaint. However, the League Staff cannot issue a punishment or make a determination until the formal complaint has been filed in the Action Center. 2.1.1 : Complaint Categories There are several categories outlined in the Action Center for complaints to be filed. Please ensure when filing a complaint it is filed under the correct category. 2.1.2 : Filing False Complaints At any time a complaint is filed that provides false evidence, the League reserves the right to throw the original complaint out. Any member caught filing a complaint with false or fabricated evidence will be investigated and placed under review by the League. 2.1.3 : Providing Evidence In order for the League to come to a decision, complaints that are filed must include adequate proof about the infraction in question. Complaints that are filed that do not provided adequate proof will be marked as “rejected.” Any member who has had a complaint marked as “rejected” has the ability to resubmit the complaint, providing evidence for review. During these situations, seeking League Staff’s advice is recommended. Imgur.com, is the recommended site used to host images that can be posted directly into the Action Center. 2.1.4 : Viewing Ruling Decisions Once a complaint has been ruled on by League Staff it is located in the “Recent Actions” section of the Action Center. Members are encouraged to read and review this section of the Action Center prior to messaging the League for an update on a complaint they filed. When a player or manager is issued a suspension, they will receive a notification about the action. When you click on the notification it will redirect you to the recent action in which the player or management was involved with. 2.1.5 : Judging Complaints Certain members of League Staff are responsible for making decisions on complaints filed under certain categories. Website-related issues, such as code of conduct, chat box issues and more, are governed by Tris10, the website admin, as well as by the LG Commissioner. Any “in-game” violations are reviewed and decided by the Board of Governors (BoG). The BoG are also responsible for handling trade compensation requests. Any management related violations are reviewed and decided by the Commissioner’s Staff. The League director is responsible for overseeing the decision process. The League Director is also responsible for educating and training his staff to the standards in which all complaints are to be handled. In situations where a complaint(s) is filed that isn’t outlined within the guidelines of the Constitution, the Commissioner has the responsibility to ensure the issue is handled in the best interest of the League based on 1.6 in Article I. The LG Commissioner will try and remain out of the decision-making of day-to-day complaints. The Commissioner can be used to review situations under appeal, review major situations that the League Staff members assigned to the task are not comfortable with and also deal with situations that are found to not be outlined within the Constitution. In the situation where a complaint is being voted on by staff, any staff member that is currently a member of the party in question is ineligible for voting. In the situation where evidence provided for a complaint incriminates others not listed in the official complaint, the League's staff reserves the right to issue the same punishment to the other(s) who have broken the same rule(s). 2.1.6 : Right To An Appeal Every member on this website has the right to an appeal. Any time a decision is made, the member in question has the right to file for an appeal. Appeals are filed in situations where the member does not feel the process was handled fairly or the punishment is not adequate. All appeals filed in regards to player removals are handled by the League's Commissioner. Appeals filed in regards to in game or league issues will be handled by the League's Director. If the member who has filed the appeal is not comfortable with the decision made by the LG Commissioner, all other inquiries will be forwarded to Tris10. Recommended Best Practice : Always ensure that an appeal has a enough valid proof to ensure that the complaint you appealing will be over turned. Appeals that provide no new evidence will be voided by Staff. 2.1.7 : Violation Punishments Punishments are handed out at three different levels: Player, Manager and Owner. The type of violation and the role the member is currently in will determine what punishment will be issued. All punishments issued are based off of a degree system, not a strike system. That means the punishments are not cumulative. Each rule violation has a predetermined punishment associated with it. There are four degrees of punishment; first degree being the least serious, fourth being the most serious. The League also has the ability to issue a warning for certain violations that are deemed not deserving of a degree punishment. Probation can also be issued to Players, Owners and Managers as an alternative to a site ban or a seasonal ban. Probation is issued at the discretion of the League’s Staff. All bans are for three seasons after the trade deadline. Managers and Owners are also considered players thereby can be issued punishment based on what is listed in the player violation section of this document. Player Punishments Any member who physically plays scheduled games in the League are eligible to receive a punishment for a Player infraction. 1st Degree: Warning 2nd Degree: One Game Suspension 3rd Degree: One Week Suspension 4th Degree: Two or Three Season Ban Management Punishments Any member who was listed as a GM or AGM during the time of the infraction are eligible to receive a management punishment. 1st Degree : Warning 2nd Degree: One Game Suspension 3rd Degree: One Week Suspension 4th Degree : Two or Three Season Ban Owner Punishments Any member who is listed as the Owner of an organization during the time of an infraction is eligible to receive an Owner punishment. 1st Degree: Warning 2nd Degree: One Game Suspension 3rd Degree: One Week Suspension 4th Degree: Two or Three Season Ban 2.1.8 : Time Frame for Serving A Punishment Complaints are not reviewed and completed by the League’s Staff until Friday night, once all the games for the set week have been completed. All suspensions issued from the League for the following week must be issued no later than Wednesday at Noon Eastern Time, allowing Managers enough time to account for suspended Players. The degree of punishment will determine when the Player, Manager or Owner must serve their punishment. First degree violations are warnings and will be told to the violator(s). Second degree violations must be served the first game available that the violation is scheduled to play for the following week. The Player must also be replaced via Emergency Call Up (ECU) in order for their suspension to count. Third degree violations must be served the following week after the violator received notice they are ineligible for play. The violator may not be placed on IR during this process, and instead, three ECUs are to be used to substitute this player’s 3 scheduled games for that week. Forth Degree violations are effective immediately after the violator received notification of their removal. 2.1.9 : Public Complaints League Staff will ensure those who file complaints are kept anonymous. Therefore, any time League Staff feels a complaint has been made public by the member whom filed the complaint the League reserves the right to have the complaint voided. This decision is made at the League’s discretion, and in situations where the complaint reveals a serious infraction, the League will not void the complaint to preserve the best interest of the League. 2.2 : Standard of Participation Management is afforded the opportunity to charge their own Player(s) with a Second Degree Penalty, provided they submit it to the Commissioner's Staff prior to a ruling being made against that Player. A Second Degree applied by Management must be a suspension of 1 game, and must be served by the Player according to the standards outlined in this Article. The suspension is to be served the next game the player in question is scheduled for. Staff reserves the right to lengthen this suspension based on the evidence provided by the manager. 2.3 : Staff Timeline For Compliant Rulings Staff are ineligible to process complaints prior to the Friday night games being completed. Also, Staff must have all compliant rulings completed by Wednesday at 12 PM eastern standard time. The only exception is in relation to playoff violations, "player removal" requests, and certain time-sensitive issues. 2.4 : Statute Of Limitations The statute of limitations only applies to less serious violations. Any offence that would result in a first or second degree violation are deemed to be less serious. A compliant filed (14) fourteen days OR more past the original date of the violation occurring will be deemed past the statute of limitations. Any complaint past the statute of limitations will be void. If the situation occurs where an offence takes place that impacts the league's standings, the League reverses the right to schedule a replay of the game or mark the game as a forfeit. Section 3 : In-Game Rules This section outlines both the gameplay rules and the procedures involved in resolving broken rules both during and after games. If you feel a violation has occurred, you are to play the game out as best as possible. Once the game is completed, it is highly recommended to file a complaint along with adequate proof explaining your issue. Adequate proof is defined as video of the violation that shows enough of the play leading up to the violation as well as what occurs after the violation. Any infraction that occurs during the game, but does not directly influence the game’s outcome, will be deemed incidental and no corrective action will be taken by the League Any complaint filed in relation to in game violations will follow the degree system outlined in Section Two. The only exception is there will be no warnings issued for in game violations. Recommended Best Practice : If any of the below violations below occur, Players should remember that if instant restitution is given, no league punishment will follow. 3.1 : Purposely laying down on Defense A player is not permitted to take ill-advised charges resulting in a player laying on the ground (i.e. Flopping) 3.2 : Shoving Shoving is not allowed at any point in a game 3.3 : Glitching Exploits, cheats, mods or any other form of tampering with the game or its intended game play are hereby prohibited. These things cannot be specifically covered by the rules, and therefore are all categorized as one. Any of these types of exploits need to be brought to League Staff as quickly as possible to be able to better identify its effect. If possible, a rule may be later created where the League sees fit. 3.4 : CPU Player Stats Regardless of the situation, anytime a CPU Player scores a stat, it will count. 3.5 : Court and Jersey Compliance Courts made for LGBA competition must be hardwood and the three-point line visible. All home jerseys must be light, while away jerseys must be dark. Courts made for LGBA competition must follow these guidelines: The Outside Perimeter (area outside the three-point line) must be plain (i.e. not painted) hardwood. The Inside Perimeter (area inside the three-point line, but outside of the Free-Throw Lane) must also be plain hardwood. The Free-Throw Circle, Inside Key, and Outside Key areas may be painted. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Section 4 : Player Rules As a Player, you are responsible for your actions on and off the court. The rules in this section detail what you as a Player are required to both do and avoid doing in regards to specific off-court aspects of participating in the LGBA. These rules to apply to all who participate in the League, whether you are a Player, Manager, Owner, or Staff member. As a player on LeagueGaming.com you need to fully understand your role as well as your responsibilities to ensure the experience you have here is positive and enjoyable. Here are the expectations for players: Player are to ensure they understand that their role is to be an active team member who shows up to his or her's scheduled games. Players are to ensure they understand the rules and restrictions that apply for game night. Article II goes into much detail as to when games start, when extra time can be requested, what happens when a palyer lags out, what happens if a game is a forfeit and more. Players are to ensure they understand the roster restrictions and rules that apply to them during the season. Article III outlines trade requests, trade deadline, waivers, call up restrictions, ECU limits, positional requirements etc. Players are to ensure they understand the in game, out of game, and conduct rules and restrictions that apply to them. Article IV outlines in game rules, general conduct rules, appeal process etc. Players expected to understand the League's Terms Of Service, Code of Conduct, Participation Policy and Site Ban Buyout Policy. Players are expected to know their role is that of a player, and not the same as manager. Therefore any privileged information a player may have heard shall remain private. Players are also reminded that they are NOT managers and are NOT permitted to part take in management duties such as trading, etc. Failure to comply with this rule will lead to a warning and possibly lead to a suspension if the behavior is not corrected. 4.1 : Availability Weekly games will appear within the player's locker room on a weekly basis. The games will also appear on the official LG Mobile App. Availability SHALL be be given via the sign up options on the website an or APP. No other form of availability will be deemed acceptable. Player who submit less than three games available during the season, or no availability at all can be issued strikes for games they do not show up for regardless if the player was available or not for those games. After three missed game strikes or five accumulated missed game strikes in a single season, Managers are eligible to file a player removal request in the Action Center. Punishment for non-compliance: Seasonal ban Recommended Best Practice : Ensure availability is given every week! Also be sure to give a MINIMUM of three games of availability each week. 4.2 : No-Shows A Player whom no-shows games can be issued "strikes" by their Owner and/or Manager via the Management tools. After a Player receives three strikes for not showing up for three consecutive games in a single week, the Manager of that Player is to issue a League Removal Warning. Once the player removal warning is issued, managers are required to file a "Player Removal" request via the Action Center. Strikes are NOW cumulative during the season. If a player is issued five strikes during a season, or three strikes in a single week, that player can now be removed for inactivity. A player who receives two strikes during the duration of the playoffs can have a complaint filed on him or her which will result in a three season ban. Strikes DO NOT AUTOMATICALLY removal a player. Once the required amount of strikes has been achieved, a player removal request is required to be submitted via the action center. If the removal is urgent, follow up with the BOG via PM. Punishment for non-compliance: Seasonal ban Recommended Best Practice : Life happens, ensure to update your managers as to why you missed scheduled games. Also ensure that the communication between yourself and your manager is done via the website to ensure you in fact did make an effort to contact your team. 4.3 : Maintaining an Active Account Your Console and LG User Profile Each Player who is a member of the LGBA and its affiliated Leagues, must maintain an active LG Profile. In order to do so, members must periodically log onto the website. This should also be done on a weekly basis to submit availability. Members are also expected to maintain an active Xbox Live Gold account and or PSN Plus Account throughout a season - playoffs with the correct gamertag listed. League staff reserves the right to temporarily remove a player's eligibility to play in the league while the account goes through a secondary vetting process. Secondary vetting can be required in situations where a player no long has an active account on his or her's console, or in situation whereby said player is now "Gold Sharing" on Xbox or sharing a "Plus" account on PS4. Punishment for non-compliance: Seasonal ban or temporary removal of playing eligibility. Recommended Best Practice : Self explanatory, Ensure that if you make any changes to your console account you inform League Staff as soon as possible. 4.4 : Demanding/Brokering a Trade Players are eligible to request a trade during based on the length of their contract. In order for their request to be met, the following standards must be followed: The Player is not eligible to publicly notify the League they have formally requested a trade. The Player is not eligible to demand which team(s) they wish to be traded to. The Player must remain active until they are traded (minimum of three games availability) Players must understand if they are not traded by the trade deadline they will be placed on waivers. If the Player is not claimed off waivers, they must report to the training camp that their rights were sent to. If a player is issued a ban for demanding or brokering his or her own trade and buyout their ban, the player is not given their trade request back. Punishment for non-compliance : Revoked trade request and potentially removal from the league(situation will dictate) Recommended Best Practice : Understand that having a trade request is in fact a privileged that can be revoked if you do not handled yourself appropriately. 4.5 : Quitting the Team or League A message from the Player stating his/her intention not to play anymore, or quitting the team/League, is considered intent to not play. No appeal will be given for situations where Players, Managers, and Owners quit. Situations that occur where members ask to be removed due to technical issues, or a sudden schedule change can be reviewed and if proof can be provided to support an appeal, it will be granted. Punishment for non-compliance: Seasonal ban Recommended Best Practice : If you decide to quit, please ensure that is 100% your intention. Once you state your quit, you will be ineligible to retract that statement. Your only option will be a League Ban Buyout. 4.6 : Ineligible Player Players have a responsibility to ensure they are NOT playing a game when they are NOT eligible to play! An ineligible Player is described as, but is not limited to: Playing out of position/build Playing while being suspended or banned Illegal Substitutions Subbing a player out of a forfeit after official game time Making more than one roster sub in a single game during the playoffs A Player not on your roster A Player who has exceeded the max game limit A Player who is does not meet the playing eligibility requirements for a specific league based on his or her's player status. Failure to play games according to the playoff scheduling limit Playing on a second tag or user account Playing on an account that is not their own - Account recovery Changing your player in any way midway through a game (includes complete build, takeover, badges, etc.) Punishment for non-compliance: In situations where the ineligible player had an influence on a games outcome and the team with the ineligible player won, the game will be overturned to a 1-0 forfeit loss. All stats will be removed from the game. If the invalid roster had no influence on a game's outcome, game results will not be effected, but the team's manager will receive a one game suspension, for each game whereby the ineligible player was used. Recommended Best Practice : Players who understand this rule can help prevent their team forfeit games. Be aware of the restrictions that apply to your team. 4.7 : In Game Communication In game communication between teams is limited to Management ONLY. Players are not to message other Players or Management from the opposing team before or during the game, or in between restarts. If a different line of communication is needed for whatever reason, a team’s Management may communicate with any Player on the opposing team in an effort to resolve or clear up situations. Punishment for non-compliance: Depending on the severity of the violations, will dictate the degree of punishment. Recommended Best Practice : Common sense, be respectful. 4.8 : Website Etiquette The League Gaming Code of Conduct dictates what is deemed acceptable and what is not. Players are responsible for knowing what is required of them in the follow three documents: Code of Conduct Terms of Service Participation Policy Recommended Best Practice : Reference the Code of Conduct. Also remember this isn't a PG website, therefore petty complaints will be void. That being said there are predetermined things that are zero tolerance for as outlined in the Code of Conduct. 4.9 : Second Tag Issues - Account Recovery Issues Members of the LGBA or affiliate leagues are only eligible to have one account that is being used in the League at any given time. Creating an additional account with the intentions of; hiding one's identity, circumventing a ban, playing additional games, or any other activity deemed malicious and affects the League's integrity is prohibited. Sharing Xbox live or PSN account information with the intention of; allowing a different player other than the account's owner to play, or another activity deemed malicious and affects the League's integrity is prohibited. This section also applies to PS4 players who share play during a league game. In situations where a second tag or tag recovery maybe suspected the league reserves the right to: Share the account's IP address with third party companies during the investigation - Player's agree to this when they sign up for the league. Remove the player's eligibility to play in the league until the investigation is completed. Punishment for non-compliance : Additional accounts will be permanently ban from League Gaming. Any member who has been proven to have played on the additional accounts, created the accounts, or share their account information will receive a capital punishment. Upon returning from the ban, the Player(s) will be placed on probation and will be deemed ineligible for management until otherwise notified by the League's Commissioner. Recommended Best Practice : If you have information in regards to a second tag, contact the League's Staff. You will remain anonymous if possible. 4.10 : Conduct Unbecoming A player can be issued a violation for conduct unbecoming which could result in a suspension, season ban, or capital offence depending on the severity of the violation. Conduct unbecoming is defined as but NOT limited to: Rage Quitting Breach of the Code of Conduct Blackmailing Confessing to Breaking Rules Causing a Panic or Riot Filing False League Information. Circumventing the intent of a rule Acting in a manner with the intent of trying to influence a trade The league staff reverses the right to issue a conduct unbecoming violation to a player for other offenses that may occur that are not outlined in this section or other sections of the rule book based on their discretion. Punishment for non-compliance: Depending on the severity of the violations, will dictate the degree of punishment. 4.11: Detrimental Act to the Organization A detrimental act is defined as but not limited to: ● Situations that would be considered cyberbullying. ● Playing in a manner to ensure the team loses. ● A player telling a team that they do not wish to be a part of their organization and to try to influence trade. ● Giving a team poor availability intentionally. ● Submitting a fake IR request. ● Any MAJOR breach in the CoC. ● Conduct during bidding with the intent of deterring teams from bidding on said player. It is the responsibility of the team managers to provide evidence of a player that is acting in a manner that is detrimental to the organization. Punishment for non-compliance: ● Depending on the severity of the violations, it will dictate the degree of removal. 4.12: Refusal to Play Refusal to play is defined as but not limited to: ● Refusing to play for the team organization that currently holds the player's contract. Punishment for non-compliance: ● Capital Punishment Section 5 : Owners and Management Expectations The rules in this section detail what Owners and Managers are required to do and what to avoid doing in regards to your duties as having ownership and management in the LGBA. If a complaint with sufficient evidence is filed and an Owner/Manager is in violation of these rules, the Owner/Manager will be issued an offense as outlined in section 2 of the Rule Book, unless another punishment is specifically outlined. Owners/Managers must also follow all other rules listed in Sections 1-4 of this rule book. They too are Players in the League and will be judged on those infractions as a Player, and in some instances as both a Player and a Owner/Manager. The LGBA Staff holds Owners/Management to the highest standard. In any case of a violation, admission of guilt may be taken into consideration when Staff is ruling on complains. Ownership and Management positions are considered a privileged position that can be revoked if the Owner/Management does not follow the guidelines outlined in the Owner and Management Expectations. A player can be issued a violation from this section if he or she is found to be involved in anything outlined in this section regardless of the player not being listed as a manager. 5.1 : Late Lines The entire weeks worth of games are required to be scheduled no later than 08:00 PM EST Wednesday. Late Lines violation occurs each week, Wednesday by 08:00 PM EST. If one game has more than one blank spot, it's one violation. If all 6 games have more than one blank spot, it's still only one violation. It is legal to entirely swap all 6 players with any combination of ECU call ups or roster substitutions during the regular season, even after the scheduled game time, so long as the game isn't forfeited. If a single position is left blank pending an ECU fill in, those lines are not considered in violation. Punishment for non-compliance: Warning is issued *first, second time* One Game Suspensions *three+* Recommended Best Practice : Use the mobile app to ensure your lines are submitted on time. 5.2 : Invalid Roster An invalid roster is described as: Having more than the allotted 10 Players on the active roster Being over the salary cap Under the roster limit but without the required amount of salary cap available. Reference Article III, section 1.5 Managers need to remember that this rule only applies when a game is played and the roster is not compliant with any of the above restrictions. Punishment for non-compliance: In situations where the invalid roster had an influence on a games outcome and the team with the invalid roster won, the game will be overturned to a 1-0 forfeit loss. All stats will be removed from the game. If the team with an invalid roster lost in overtime, the game will be changed to a regulation loss and all of the players on the team with the invalid roster will be removed from the stats. If the invalid roster had no influence on a game's outcome, game results will not be effected, but the team's manager will receive a one game suspension exception the playoff then a second degree violation applies. 5.3 : Circumvention or Falsifying any of the Site’s Systems, Forum, or Rules All information entered by management into the scheduling and stats system must be accurate. If intent is proven that an Owner/Manager falsified information on the website or website’s systems, it can result in a violation. Intentionally circumventing the intent of a rule is also deemed a punishable offence. If you are unclear on the intent of a rule, or if your action MAY violate this rule, please contact league staff immediately. Punishment for non-compliance: Situation will have to be reviewed. Minor offences will result in a second degree violation; serious offences result in the Owner/Manager being removed. 5.4 : Disclosure of Private Information As a member of Ownership/Management, you are given access to information that ordinary Players do not have. Managers ARE NOT to allowed to have players utilize their account to perform any management duties on their behalf. This applies to every platform utilized by managers to manage his or her team. Punishment for non-compliance: Situation will dictate outcome. Minor offences will result in a second degree violation; serious offences will result in removal. Recommended Best Practice : Remember as a manager or owner you are in a leadership role. Do not discuss anything you are privileged too. If you have questions about if something is considered private, contact the League's Commissioner. 5.5 : Player Rights Violation Owners/Managers have responsibilities to uphold to ensure their Players are treated respectfully and fairly. Below are examples of Player Right’s violations: Scheduling a Player when their availability shows they are not available. Player(s) MUST post availability(minimum of three games) to be eligible for this complaint. Scheduling a Player for less than the two games minimum per week. Player(s) MUST confirm they are available for a minimum of two games in a week to be eligible for this right. Not treating the Player with respect on any platform the team is currently utilizing for communication. Punishment for non-compliance: Situation will dictate the outcome. Warnings for minor issues, second degree violations issued for semi severe issues, and removal for serious issues. Seasonal precedence will dictate punishment. Recommended Best Practice : Reference Article Two, there is a ton of information in regards to scheduling. It is extremely fair for both managers and players. 5.6 : Player Tampering Player tampering is defined as the act of a Owner/Manager contacting a Player (privately or publicly) under contract by another organization with the intent to inform the Player of: The intent to acquire the Player Informing the Player his or her organization currently has the Player on their trade block Recommending a Player using his or her trade request to force their team’s hand in trading the Player Recommending to a Player they not try during games, throw games intentionally or refuse to play on his or her current team Recommending a Player give poor availability with the intentions of the Player’s current team moving the Player Any other issue related to a Manager of an opposing team has a Player take an action to encourage his or her current team to move them in a transaction Punishment for non-compliance: Depending on the severity of the complaint, will depend on which degree of violation is issued. Most common punishment is a one week suspension from league play. Recommended Best Practice : Common sense rule. This is for respect of the League's integrity and overall simulation environment. 5.7 : Forfeits Owners/Managers are required to ensure their team remains active for the duration of a season. Punishment for non-compliance: 1st offence will be a warning followed by a PM from League Staff. Additional infractions will result in an investigation. Situation will dictate further action. Seasonal precedence will determine punishment. Recommended Best Practice : Forfeits are show the League's staff that the experience players are having isn't acceptable. Please avoid them at all cost. For players, it is important to show up to all your games through the entire season. You made a commitment to your team for the entire season. 5.8 : In Game Stats Requirements All game stats and pictures are to be uploaded via the OCR system and free of major errors within 24 hours after a game’s conclusion. Pictures MUST be taken as a backup to OCR system! Failure to provide pictures to verify the game's score will result in the game being marked as a 0-0 game. Failure to provide pictures to verify the game's player stats will result in every player in the game not receiving any of his or her points. Streams CAN be used as evidence and back up to the OCR. Punishment for non-compliance: Warning is issued *first, second time* One Game Suspensions *three+* 5.9 : Disconnection Procedures The disconnection procedure is outlined in Article Two: Scheduling Process. The BoG reserve the right to order a replay of quarters, or reschedule a game in situations where a disconnection procedure was not followed correctly. Punishment for non-compliance: Game in question to be rescheduled, or quarters in question to be replayed. 5.10 Waiving an Inactive Player As per Article III - section 2.3.3, managers are NOT eligible to place a player on waivers who is deemed inactive as per the inactivity criteria listed in Article III - section 2.1.2. Players that are deemed inactive need to be removed from the league via an Action Center request. Punishment for non-compliance: Transactions overturned, Managers involved will be issued a suspension. 5.11 : Making Transactions In "Bad Faith" Making a transaction in “bad faith” is defined as making any form of transaction with total disregard to the League standards and regulations in place. Therefore the BOG have been granted the ability to review and overturn any transaction, roster move, etc that is deemed in violation of this rule. To protect the integrity and competitiveness of the League, when a Manager or Owner steps down, any transaction made within fourteen days prior to their departure will be under review by the League to ensure those transactions were not made in bad faith. Punishment for non-compliance: Transactions overturned, Managers involved may face a violation related to conduct unbecoming of a member (second degree violation). 5.12 : Second Tag Issues Since Managers and Owners are required to work with the League Official and ensure the integrity of the League is upheld, their cooperation is required in relationship to second tag issues. Managers/Owners who are found to have known about an additional account/tag issue and does not report the issue will be removed from their position. Punishment for non-compliance: Capital Punishment 5.13 : Conduct Unbecoming A Manager can be issued a violation for conduct unbecoming which could result in a suspension, season ban, or capital offence depending on the severity of the violation. Conduct unbecoming is defined as but NOT limited to: Rage Quitting Breach of the Code of Conduct Blackmailing Confessing to Breaking Rules Causing a Panic or Riot Filing False League Information. Circumventing the intent of a rule Lying to League Staff during an investigation The league staff reverses the right to issue a conduct unbecoming violation to a player for other offenses that may occur that are not outlined in this section or other sections of the rule book based on their discretion. Punishment for non-compliance: Depending on the severity of the violations, will dictate the degree of punishment. 5.14 : Ownership Annotations This subsection applies specific instruction to Owners in the League. The most prestige position in the League has to offer to a member is Ownership. Owners are considered leaders and exceptional members of the community who are selected to ensure the quality of the League is as high as possible. Owners are required to ensure their entire organization abides by the rules and regulations set out by the League. In situations where a team no longer has management, the Owner is responsible to ensure the duties of the Manager are completed until the management position is filled. This applies to LGBA Management. In some situations Owners can also be held accountable for the actions of their Players and Managers and may be required to handle issues internally prior to the League getting involved. 5.15 Inactive Players on Main Roster In a situation where a team has an inactive player on their main roster in order to use a training camp player, the staff may step in to remove the inactive player from the league and then subsequently punish the management for their inability to remove said player. Criteria for these removals are as follows: 2 consecutive weeks of non-site activity or no availability given (IR not included) 2 consecutive weeks of a player being ECUed with less than 1/3 of their scheduled games played Punishment can also given to management for telling players that they don’t need to play while on the main roster. A minimum punishment for management will be a 1 game suspension with the potential for more dependent on the severity and/or repetition of the offense(s) at the discretion of the staff.