Initial League File
a. The Rising Star League began play in 1990, with computer simulation taking place until the conclusion of the 2007 season.
b. Simulation was halted at the conclusion of each simulated season to edit Draft classes as well as introduce new Free Agents and adjust league modifiers in order to create realistic and fair results.
2. League Information
i. The League is split geographically into the Eastern and Western Conferences, housing 12 teams each.b. Playoffs
ii. Each Conference is split into three divisions, housing 4 teams each.
iii. Neither Conference uses the Designated Hitter rule.
i. All division winners will reach the playoffs, plus a wild card team from each league. The Wild Card and League Championship Series are best-of-7 series in the 2-3-2 format.
ii. The two League Champions will face each other in the World Series. The World Series is a best-of-9 series in the 2-2-2-2-1 format.
3. General Managers
i. General Managers of all skill and experience levels will be permitted to join the league.b. Responsibilities
ii. General Managers must be able to be reached via Private Message, E-Mail, or AIM/Instant Messenger Service.
i. General Managers shall be responsible for the operation and maintenance of their team at all times.
ii. General Managers must, at all times, act within the best interests of their team and of the league. Should the actions of any GM be called into question regarding adherence to this rule, the Commissioner will make a ruling that may range from no penalty to league expulsion.
iii. General Managers must maintain an active role in maintaining their team. While making an export prior to every sim is not required nor expected, it is recommended that a GM keep up with exporting roster changes at least once per simulated month.
iv. General Managers may also contact the Commissioner at any time if they wish any roster or strategy changes to be made.
v. General Managers deemed to be inactive by the Commissioner will be replaced at the Commissioner’s discretion. Prolonged absences shall always be tolerated should the league be made aware ahead of time.
4. The Commissioner
The Commissioner reserves the right to modify or add rules at any time deemed to be in the interest of the League.
League disputes will be settled by the Commissioner. Any complaints or questions should be made to him directly.
1. The Commissioner, being responsible for many behind-the-scenes aspects of the League, may not run a team himself. He may, at his discretion, take control of a team or teams during an ownerless period in order to prevent the team(s) from becoming unattractive to potential General Managers.
2. A team under Commissioner Ownership is not permitted to make trades. A team under Commissioner Ownership may sign free agents, but only after the start of Spring Training.
3. A team under Commissioner Ownership is not permitted to operate at a financial loss.
5. Simulation Schedule
a. There will be three simulations per week.
b. The simulations will cover 7 days, from Sunday through Saturday.
c. Simulations will occur at the following times: Tuesday evening (due 6:00 PM EST), Thursday evening (due 6:00 PM EST), Sunday night (due 8:00 PM EST).
d. Special exceptions to the normal simulation schedule should be expected. The Commissioner will notify the General Managers of any alterations to the upcoming simulation via the current RSL Season thread on the forums.
6. League Specifics
a. Talent Display
i. The League will operate under a Potential-Only system for player skills. Actual Talent ratings will be hidden, and no star-ratings will be displayed.b. Arbitration
ii. Talent Potential will be displayed on a 1-10 scale.
i. Players become arbitration eligible after two years (344 days) of service time.c. Waivers/DFA
ii. Players who have accumulated five years (860 days) of service time are eligible for Free Agency.
iii. Arbitration-eligible players may be released after the postseason if a team wishes to avoid awarding them arbitration.
iv. There will be no voiding of a player’s contract once arbitration has been awarded.
i.d. The Disabled List
The League’s waiver period is set at 8 days.
1. Waiver claims may be made through the game’s interface or by requests made of the Commissioner.
The League’s DFA period is set at 22 days.
1. If players who refuse assignment to a Minor League team are designated for assignment past the 22 day limit, it will be interpreted as an intention to release the player in question. The Commissioner will release the offending player in such instances. In instances where a player is designated for assignment past the 22 day limit but is willing to accept a minor league assignment, the Commissioner will assign that player to the team's AAA affiliate.
e. Free Agency
i. The Disabled List has been shortened from 15 games to 14 games to make it more sim-friendly.
ii. The 60-day disabled list has been left as-is.
iii. Abuse of the 60-day Disabled List will not be tolerated. Players whose DL stints have ended and their injuries healed must be removed from the Disabled List in an understandable amount of time. Failure to comply will be met with escalating penalties.
Players with more than 5 years (860 days) of service time are eligible for Free Agency.
Teams may bid on Free Agents through the game interface, or by sending bid information to the Commissioner.
iii. Contract Incentives
1. Teams may not make individual contract incentive offers of more than 100% of a player’s annual guaranteed salary. For example, a player offered a one-year contract of $10 Million may be offered, at most, Plate Appearance and MVP Bonuses of $10 Million each.
2. Teams who offer invalid contracts will be notified by the Commissioner’s office. The offending contract will be restructured, re-appropriating incentive money as guaranteed money until the contract is properly structured, or the team will have the option of simply voiding the offending contract. In the case of an offending contract that goes unnoticed for a significant period of time, if the offending team is a first-time offender then an equitable resolution will be adjudicated by the Commissioner on a case-by-case basis. If the offending team is a repeat offender, there will be no option but a forced contract restructuring.