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CALIFORNIA BASEBALL LEAGUE
Rules


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                  THE OFFICIAL CALIFORNIA LEAGUE RULEBOOK
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1) Rosters -The maximum number of players allowed on a single roster is 75. No trades or free agent signings may be made if the trade/signing would place one or both teams over the 75 man limit. A) Regular Season Roster And Playing Limits -Each team is required to maintain a 25 man roster throughout the season. -When a batter exceeds 120% of his stats, he is decalred uneligiable for the remiander of the regular season -When a pitcher exceeds 110% of his stats, he is declared uneligable for the remainder of the regular season. -Rosters can be expanded to 30 when game 132 has been reached. Any eligable player can be called up. B) Post-Season Roster -The playoff teams are to maintain a 25 man roster. This roster is set prior to the playoffs and cannot be changed for the duration of the playoffs. -Any player, including players previously declared uneligiable in the regular season, can be included on the playoff roster. -Players that have not been added to a teams 75 man roster by game 155 are not eligable for post-season play. C) Free Agent Signings -Free agent signings occur every Sunday. Free agent claims must be in by midnight PDT on Saturday. -Teams are allowed to sign a maximum of two players per free agent period. -When a dispute occurs between two teams that have put a claim in on the same player, the team with the poorer record will recieve the player. If the teams have an identical record, then the team that is leading the season series between the two, will recieve the player. Should the season series be tied or should the teams not have played each other yet, then the team with the most runs scored will recieve the player. D) Trading -There is no max on the number of players that can be traded between two teams. -When a trade is made, both teams are to send their confirmation to the commissioner who will then process the trade. -Once both teams confirm the trade, the trade is official and cannot be voided by either GM. -A trading deadline will be put into place at midnight of the day before game number 131. The league will be made aware of the specific date of the trading deadline once the season begins and a projection of when game number 131 can be made. -The player to be named later option does exist, but the player(s) must be named and change teams within thirty days of the trade. -In the case of an EXTREMELY one-sided trade, the transaction will be placed on hold. Both parties involved will be asked to explain their reasoning behind the deal. If the trade cannot be explained, then the commissioner reserves the right to void the trade and ask one or both of the parties involved to leave. E) Retired Players -When a player retires, the team that has him on the 75 man roster may use the player the following year. On the conclusion of that season, the retired player will automatically be deleated from the roster. Should the player come out of retirement, he will enter the free agent pool and must be signed as a free agent. 2) Divisional Alignments -The following is a list of the divisional alignments that will be used: Southern California Division ---------------------------- Los Angeles Raiders Encino Gods Durham Bulls California Quakes Anahiem Banditos Kansas City Monarchs Mid-West Division ----------------- Denver Storm Chicago Mules St. Louis Cougars The Corporation Eastern Division ---------------- Raleigh Smokers Goshen Redskins St. Clair Shores Shlmazels Ohio Outlaws -In order for teams to switch divisions, a majority of the league would have to approve the switch. A) Playoff Format -Each divsional winner advances to the playoffs. In addition, ONE Wild-Card team that has the best record among non-division winners will also advance to the playoffs for a total of four playoff teams. -Should there be a tie at the conclusion of the regular season for either a division or the wild card spot, a one game playoff will be played to determine who will advance to the playoffs. Home field advantage will go to the team with the most runs scored. Players declared un-eligable in the regular season due to exceeding their stat pool, are eligable for the one game playoff. -The first round of the playoffs will be a best of seven series with matchups determined by record. Thus, the team with the best record will play the team with the fourth-best record while the second and third teams will face each other. -The two teams that are victorious in the first round, proceed to a best of seven championship series. -Home field advantage in each round goes to the team with the better record. Games 1-2 will be played at the home field of the team with the better record. Games 3,4 and 5 will switch to the other team's park. Games 6 and 7 revert back to the home field of the team with the better record. 3) League Expansion -In order to expansion to occur, 3/4 of the owners in the league must approve the measure. -Two teams will be added per expanion to keep the league at an even number of teams. -Expansion can occur only once every four years. A) Expansion Process -Once the expansion measure has been passed and owners have been found, the expansion teams may begin to sign free agents according to the above mentioned free agent signing proceedures. The expansion teams will be given priority in the signing process. -Teams currently in the league are allowed to protect 2/3 of their major league level players. Players who have major league rookie status are not eligable for the expansion draft. As an example, assuming team A has 54 major league players, team A can protect at most 36 players. The reamining 18 players enter the draft and are eligable to be drafted by the expansion teams. Once a player enters the draft pool, he will remain in the draft pool for the remainder of the draft. If a player is not selected in the expansion draft, he returns to his old team. -Each team can lose up to five players. Once the fifth man has been drafted, the team's reamining players left exposed to the draft are pulled out of the draft pool and are returned to their original team roster. -The expansion draft will consist of 50 picks. (\pre>

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