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The Draft Official Rules

  1. Overview. This is a Game of Skill. The Draft - Championship Fantasy Baseball ("The Draft") will consist of an unlimited number of teams competing for cash and merchandise prizes. The final number of teams will be divided into leagues of 12 teams each. The first of twenty-two regular season H2H Periods begins with the first major league game played on Wednesday, April 6th, 2016 and ends on Tuesday, September 6th, 2016. Each league will hold a League Championship Game starting on Wednesday, September 7th, 2016 and ends on Tuesday, September 13th, 2016. The two participants in the League Championship Game will be the team with the best win/loss record vs. the remaining team with the highest cumulative point total. All league champions, league runners-up and predetermined number of wildcard teams (top 50% of all teams ranked in order of total points), will qualify for The Draft playoffs. The Draft playoffs will run from Wednesday, September 14th, 2016 through Tuesday, September 27th, 2016 and will consist of these playoff teams competing in total points style tournament until the champion and all other prize winners are determined. All teams that do not qualify for The Draft playoffs will be eligible for the Consolation Playoffs.
  2. Draft. All league drafts will be held online beginning March 23, 2016 and ending on Tuesday, April 5, 2016. Each league will consist of 12 teams, and each draft will last for 16 rounds, with each team selecting a player in each round in a serpentine fashion (team 1 through team 12, team 12 through team 1, team 1 through team 12 etc.). Teams will be seated in a predetermined draft order. During the draft, each team will have a maximum of 1 minute to make their selection. If a team does not make a pick in the allotted time, the system will automatically draft the best player from that team's player rankings based on position availability. Each team must draft the minimum number of players to fill a starting lineup but there are no additional rules governing the number of players to be drafted at each position.
  3. Roster Limits. Each team may have a maximum of 16 players. Each team must have 10 players in their starting lineup and 6 players on their bench. There are no position requirements for Bench players.
  4. Starting Lineups. Only players in the starting lineup will earn points. Starting lineups must consist of the following 10 players:
    • 1 Pitching Staff (P)
    • 1 Catcher (C)
    • 1 First Baseman (B1)
    • 1 Second Baseman (B2)
    • 1 Third Baseman (B3)
    • 1 Shortstop (S)
    • 3 Outfielders (O)
    • 1 Flex player (C, B1, B2, B3, S, O)
  5. Prizes. Prizes will be awarded as detailed below:
    • Overall Playoff Prizes (Based on total points in Weeks 24 through 25)
      • The Draft Champion = $2,000
      • Second Place = $500
      • Third Place = $250
      • Fourth Place = $100
      • Fifth Place = $50
    • MVP League Prizes ($200 Entry Fee)
      • League Champion - $1,000 Cash
        (Winner of the League Championship game played Week 23)
      • League Runner-up - $200 Cash
        (Loser of the League Championship game played Week 23)
    • All-Star League Prizes ($40 Entry Fee)
      • League Champion - League Champion Trophy
        (Winner of League Championship game played Week 23)
      • League Runner-up $50 Head2Head Sports Gift Card
        (Loser of League Championship game played Week 23)
    • Consolation Bowl (all participants from all leagues)
      • Winner = $250 (Most cumulative points, H2H Weeks 24-25)
    • Highest Single Week Score (all participants from all leagues)
      • Winner = $200 (Most points in any one week, H2H Weeks 1-25)
  6. League Setup. Prior to The Draft, Head2Head Sports LLC, will assign specific league assignments. Trading of draft order is not allowed. Each team will play each of the other teams in their league twice over the first 22 weeks of the  season.  In the case of such a mixed league, the league prizes will be awarded to teams based on the respective entry fee detailed in the Prizes paragraph above.
  7. Weekly Tiebreaker. In the event your team's H2H point total equals that of your opponent, the team with the higher cumulative points will post a win for the week. If a tie still exists (e.g. week 1), the winner will be determined by the team with the most pitching staff points for that week. If a tie still exists, the team with the most catcher, first baseman, second baseman, third baseman, shortstop, outfielders points and flex position, in that order, will determine the winner. If a tie is still not broken after applying the preceding tiebreakers, then the winner will be determined randomly by the Commissioner's computer. These tiebreakers apply to individual games.
  8. League Championship Game. Week 23 of the H2H Baseball season will determine each League Champion by means of a single League Championship Game. The two participants in the League Championship game will be 1) the team with the best win-loss record vs., 2) the remaining team with the highest cumulative point total. Each of the League Champions, League Runners-up plus Wildcards teams will advance to the Draft Playoffs.
  9. Week 23 Play. Although the League Championship Game matches just two of twelve teams per league, it is very important that all teams submit their strongest possible lineup for Week 23. Playoff and Consolation Bowl eligibility and formats are based on teams' point totals through Week 23. See paragraphs 12 and 13 for more details.
  10. League Tiebreakers. If there is a tie for the best record (wins and losses) in a league after 22 games the tiebreaker is:
    1. Head-to-Head winner in the regular season
    2. Total points during the regular season
    3. Total points in Week 22
    4. Total points in Week 21, and then if necessary, Week 20, etc. until the tie is broken
    If there is a tie for the total points in a league after 22 games, the tiebreaker is:
    1. Head-to-Head winner in the regular season
    2. Regular season won/loss record (weeks 1-22)
    3. Total points in week 22
    4. Total points in Week 21, and then if necessary, Week 20, etc. until the tie is broken
    If there is a tie in a League Championship Game the tiebreaker is:
    1. Head-to-Head winner in the regular season
    2. Total points during the regular season
    3. Regular season won/loss record (weeks 1-22)
    4. Total points in week 22
    5. Total points in Week 21, and then if necessary, Week 20, etc. until the tie is broken
  11. The Draft Playoff Eligibility. All League Champions, League Runners-up, plus wildcard teams will advance to The Draft playoffs. Wildcards consist of the top one-third teams of all leagues, based on highest cumulative points during Weeks 1-23, which did not qualify for their respective League Championship Games. It is possible for some leagues to have more wildcard teams than other leagues. The total number of playoff teams, including League Champs, Runners-up, and wildcard teams will be equal to 50% of all teams in The Draft.

    If a tie exists for determining the wildcard berths, the tiebreakers are:
    1. Regular season win/loss record
    2. Total points in Week 23, and then if necessary, Week 22, etc. until the tie is broken
  12. The Draft Playoff Format. All playoff teams will begin the playoffs with their per-game average point total from H2H Weeks 1 through 23. This will give a small advantage to the teams that scored more points over the course of the regular season.

    The Draft Championship Fantasy Baseball Playoffs will be a total points tournament from games played in H2H Weeks 24 through 25.

    If there is a tie for total points in the playoffs (after MLB Week 25), the tiebreakers are:
    1. Total points in Weeks 1 through 23.
    2. Regular season won/loss record (Weeks 1-22)
    3. Total points in Week 23, and then if necessary, Week 22, etc. until the tie is broken.
  13. Consolation Bowl. All teams that don't earn a wildcard berth will participate in the Consolation Bowl ($250 to the winner).

    The Consolation Bowl will run from MLB Weeks 24 through 25 and the winner will be determined by total points scored during that period plus their per-game average point total (from Weeks 1 - 23).
  14. The Commissioner's Office. An independent management company, Head2Head Sports LLC, will serve as the Commissioner Office, an official standards and practices committee, as it relates to decisions and rulings regarding The Draft. You may address any questions, disputes, appeals, concerns or suggestions to The Draft Commissioner's Office, c/o Head2Head Sports LLC, 8145 E Evans Road, Suite 3, Scottsdale, AZ 85260, phone (480) 429-8844 or fax (480) 429-0911. Any disputes or appeals regarding the rules will be decided by The Commissioner's Office using its interpretation, intent and spirit; the integrity of the event; as well as the feasibility of accommodating any appeal. The deadline for submitting a rules dispute or appeal is by 4 p.m. Pacific (7 p.m. Eastern) on the Wednesday following the completion of that game or games in which the dispute has occurred. Please include a detailed and lucid account of the dispute and resolution requested. All rulings made by The Commissioner's Office are final and binding.
  15. Eligibility. The Draft is open to legal residents of the 50 United States, Washington, D.C. and Canada (excluding Puerto Rico and Quebec) 18 years of age or older.  Void where prohibited by law.

    Employees and members of the immediate families (immediate family is defined as parent, sibling or any person residing in the same household as employee or consultant) of Head2Head Sports LLC, and their respective parents, sponsors, affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising agencies and promotion agencies may enter a team but are not eligible for prizes.
  16. Free Agents. Any player who is not on a team roster within your league is considered a free agent for that league. Teams may acquire players not on any roster within their league.
  17. Free Agent Acquisitions - Regular Season. The free agent system will be a "blind bidding" process. Each team will start the season with an actual US $150.00 free agent maximum budget, and will be permitted to bid for free agents on a weekly basis. No team will be informed of any other team's free agent bids. The team with the highest bid on any given player will be awarded that player. The amount of the winning bid will be (1) charged to the credit card provided by the winning team's owner and (2) deducted from the team's free agent budget. For each winning bid, the winning team must drop a player to make roster room for the free agent acquisition. All bids must be a minimum of $5.00, in increments of dollars (no cents), and include the player name being dropped. If a team's free agent budget goes below $5.00, that team will no longer be allowed to bid for the remainder of the regular season. No bid will be accepted that is larger than a team's remaining free agent budget. Regular Season Free Agent bidding begins on Friday, April 8th. Weekly bidding will be accepted on the league website or by phone beginning Fridays at 4:00 p.m. Pacific and must be completed by the following Tuesday at 5 p.m. Pacific. Season Free Agent bidding ends on Tuesday, September 6th for H2H Baseball Week #23.

    Successful free agent bids will be charged to the credit card on your account. If you don't have a valid credit card on account then you must prepay for your bids prior to making bids. Lack of prepayment or a declined credit card will nullify your free agent bid(s).

    In the absence of a valid credit card, you can make prepayment for free agent bids via check or money order to:

    Head2Head Sports
    c/o The Draft
    8145 E Evans Rd Suite 3
    Scottsdale, AZ 85260

    Payment must be received prior to the applicable free agent bid deadline. Any unused bid money will be refunded immediately after H2H Baseball Week #23.
  18. Conditional Bids. Conditional bids can also be offered with your primary bid. In the event you may lose out on a player, you can place conditional bid(s) for other players during the bidding time frame. The first conditional bid will become relevant only if you lose out on the first (primary) bid. Subsequent conditional bids will become relevant only if the previous conditional bid fails. Primary bids do not require conditional bids. Primary bids may have several sequential conditional bids. Bids will be prioritized in chronological order.
  19. Number of Bid Limits. There is no limit to the number of bids each week in which bids are permitted.
  20. Tied Bids. If there is a tie, the team that receives the player will be determined in order by:
    1. Lowest season-to-date total points.
    2. Worst winning percentage.
    3. Bid received earliest in the Week.
  21. Restricted Players. A list of players will be designated as "restricted" meaning that these players are too valuable to be picked up as a free agent. A player on the restricted list may be dropped from a roster, but cannot be picked up as a free agent. Players may be added and removed from this list by The Commissioner's Office as needed.
  22. Trading. To minimize the possibility of collusion, trading of players and/or draft picks, is not allowed.
  23. Lineup Submission. Generally, all lineups may be submitted on the league website and are due by 4:00 PM Pacific (7 PM ET) on Wednesday. If you are submitting a lineup by phone, you must call and complete your submission before 4 PM Pacific (7 PM ET) Wednesdays. However, players participating in early games on Wednesdays must be on or off your roster before the start of their game. All early game players will lock upon start of their game.

    If no Week #1 lineup is submitted, the order of your draft will determine your Week #1 starting lineup.

    Phone Lineups. The phone number is 1-888-PLAY-H2H. You will need your login, password and League Number to submit lineups via phone.

    If you do not submit a lineup by the deadline in a given week, your starting lineup remains the same as the previous week.
  24. Scoring. Each team will be ranked within its league by wins and total points. All total points means total starting lineup points. Only players in each week's starting lineup will accumulate points, which are added together for a weekly score. Statistics of bench players do NOT earn points. If your team's point total for a given week is greater than your opponent's, then your team posts a win for that week. Your team posts a loss if your opponent records more total points in that given week. If your point totals are the same, a tie is declared for that week.
  25. The Draft Scoring System. Each team will be ranked within its division by wins, and within its league and overall by total points. Your team's total H2H points will be calculated by applying the official H2H scoring system: For batters, 4 H2H points for a home run, 3 H2H points for a triple, 2 H2H points for a double, and 1 H2H point for a single, run scored (R), run batted in (RBI), stolen base (SB), base on balls (BB) a hit batter and a sacrifice. Any batter caught stealing will lose 1 point. For pitching, 5 H2H points for a win, 5 H2H points for zero runs allowed in a game, 4 H2H points for one run allowed, 3 H2H points for two runs allowed, 2 H2H points for three runs allowed, or 1 H2H point for four runs allowed . Zero H2H points are awarded for 5 or more runs allowed in a game. All runs allowed, not just earned runs apply. The pitching staff does not have to win the game to receive points for runs allowed. Pitching staffs will receive 1 H2H point for every strikeout, lose 1 H2H point for every walk and lose 1 point for every hit batter. A pitching staff is also awarded 25 H2H points for a no-hitter, and 40 H2H points for a perfect game. A pitching staff can receive a negative point total for a game. Please reference the scoring page for more details. A pitcher's hitting statistics do not count.
  26. Scoring Discrepancies. Any and all scoring discrepancies affecting a team must be noted and submitted via email to The Commissioner's Office at customerservice@head2head.com by 4:00 PM Pacific (7 PM ET) on the Friday following the completion of that week's games. Discrepancies may also be submitted by U.S. mail to The Draft c/o Head2Head Sports LLC, 8145 E. Evans Road, Suite #3, Scottsdale, Arizona 85260). After 4 PM Pacific (7 PM ET) on Friday of any given week, all scores will be considered final, unless The Commissioner's Office notes a change in the official statistics of any player. It will be up to the discretion of Head2Head Sports as to whether a change in the official statistics of a player can reasonably be applied to amend the ranking or scoring of any or all teams that are potentially affected by the change in a player's statistics.
  27. League Management. Head2Head Sports, LLC will keep track of all league scheduling, free agent transactions, starting lineup submissions, fantasy point calculations, win-loss records, standings, and playoff rankings. All player statistics are provided by SportsDirect and player news is provided by Rotowire.
  28. The Draft Weeks. A Draft Week begins every Wednesday and runs through the immediately following Tuesday. The first of twenty-five Draft Weeks begins with the first pro baseball game played on Wednesday, April 6th, 2016. The final Draft Regular Season week ends with the last game played on Tuesday, September 6th, 2016. The Draft League Championship Games will be played between Wednesday, September 7th, 2016 and Tuesday, September 13th, 2016. The Draft Playoffs will begin on Wednesday, September 14th, 2016 and finish on Tuesday, September 27th, 2016. Games played after Tuesday, September 27th, 2016 do not count. All dates are subject to change. Statistics for games that are postponed will be counted in the weeks when the games are actually played.
  29. Internet Disclaimer. All entrants may access their team(s) via this website. Internet access is not required to participate in The Draft. If you bookmark our web site, we advise you to bookmark the home page. This page is used to communicate important game information to our entrants. Head2Head Sports is not responsible if the Internet portion of the game is not capable of running as planned, for any reason, including infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes beyond the control of Head2Head Sports which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of this game. Head2Head Sports assumes no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation, faulty transmission or communication, line failure, theft, destruction, or unauthorized access to game activities conducted or information transmitted via the Internet or the telephone. Head2Head Sports is not responsible for any problem or technical malfunction of any telephone network, telephone line, cable network, cable, computer on-line system, server, equipment, or software. Head2Head Sports is not responsible for the failure of any e-mail or entry or trade to be applied to a customer's account due to technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any web site, phone or fax lines, or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to a customer's computer related to or resulting from participation in this game (including without limitation, damages by virus).
  30. Team Management Disclaimer. Head2Head Sports is not responsible for any problem or technical malfunction that impedes or interferes with the transmission or receipt of any team transaction, including but not limited to free agent moves, or starting lineup submissions. Head2Head Sports is not responsible for the failure of any telephone network or lines, computer online systems, servers, equipment or software, or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any web site, phone lines, or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to a participant's computer related to or resulting from participation in The Draft - Championship Fantasy Baseball.
  31. Personal Behavior: Participants and co-managers agree to behave in a lawful and civil manner during The Draft and all events surrounding The Draft. That means no swearing, cursing, taunting, goading, yelling, kicking, biting, groping, grabbing, hitting, striking, or spitting at other participants or co-managers or at officials or agents of Head2Head Sports, who at their sole discretion may remove from any event (including The Draft) any participant deemed by Head2Head Sports to be disruptive to the event or an annoyance or hindrance to other participants or co-managers or officials. If a participant is removed or disbarred from The Draft, a surrogate named by Head2Head Sports will draft a team for the participant. No participant or co-manager shall hold Head2Head Sports responsible for the destruction or loss of property or for physical injury (including death) due to the behavior of any participant or co-manager, including himself/herself. Any participant or co-manager engaging in criminally unlawful behavior will be subject to legal prosecution.
  32. Collusion. Any participants or co-managers who collude in an effort to alter the standings, rankings, or fantasy point totals will be prohibited from winning any prize money and will further have their teams taken over by a surrogate or agent of Head2Head Sports. Any participant or co-manager who attempt to bribe, coerce, blackmail or otherwise influence an officer, agent, affiliate, vendor or surrogate of Head2Head Sports in an effort to alter the standings, rankings, or fantasy point totals will be prohibited from winning any prize money and will further have his or her team taken over by a surrogate or agent of Head2Head Sports. Any criminal behavior by a participant or co-manager, which attempts to corrupt or alter the fairness of The Draft - Championship Fantasy Baseball, may result in civil and/or criminal prosecution.
  33. Team Competitiveness. Participants are expected to manage their team to the best of their ability for the duration of The Draft 2016 season. However, Head2Head Sports recognizes that some teams may abandon their effort to compete during the season. This might include the failure to alter or turn in lineups; the failure to pick up free agents, etc. Head2Head Sports regards such behavior as an unavoidable element of any fantasy baseball league. As such, Head2Head Sports will not directly interfere to alter the management decisions (or indecision) of any participant. Nevertheless, Head2Head Sports reserves the right to intervene in team management when it considers a principal participant to be involved in malicious, willful or deliberate manipulation of the event.
  34. Event Tampering. ANY ATTEMPT BY A PARTICIPANT OR ANY OTHER INDIVIDUAL TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE THE DRAFT WEBSITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE DRAFT - CHAMPIONSHIP FANTASY BASEBALL IS A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND IN THE EVENT THAT AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, HEAD2HEAD SPORTS RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES TO THE FULLEST EXTENT OF THE LAW.
  35. Prize Notification. Winners will be notified by email or regular mail within 30 days after the official final league and overall results are posted on The Draft web site at the conclusion of the event. Winners must return via U.S. mail an affidavit of eligibility and a liability/publicity release (unless prohibited by law) within 15 days following attempted notification. By accepting any prize, the winners grant permission to Head2Head Sports to use their names and/or likenesses for publicity and promotional purposes without further compensation, unless prohibited by law, and agree to execute a written consent. Winners agree to submit their valid and legal social security number to Head2Head Sports, and winners understand that their social security numbers may be used to report income to the Internal Revenue Service.
  36. Prize Money. All prize money will be deposited into The Prize Account of Head2Head Sports. Head2Head Sports will pay all prizes to the winners as determined by the rules enumerated herein. All prize checks will be paid within 4 - 6 weeks of receipt of your signed affidavit and release. All prize winnings of The Draft - Championship Fantasy Baseball will be paid directly to each winning principal participant, and only to the principal participant. Head2Head Sports is not responsible for, or bound by, any agreement between the principal participant and any third parties regarding apportionment of the prize money. All taxes associated with the receipt of any prize are the sole responsibility of the winner. Any interest accrued to prize money does not convey to the prizewinner. Any non-cash prizes may be substituted by cash, or by a prize of equal or greater value.
  37. Participants' Proprietary Information. Any proprietary information given to the principal participants, including but not limited to an internet password to access The Draft - Championship Fantasy Baseball league website, shall be kept confidential by both Head2Head Sports and the principal participant. Head2Head Sports will not be responsible for any changes made to the roster or starting line up by third parties or co-managers who access The Draft - Championship Fantasy Baseball website.
  38. Schedule Changes. If for any reason, Major League Baseball amends any portion of its regular season schedule, Head2Head Sports reserves the right to determine prize winners based on an amended playoff system. Head2Head Sports reserves the right to make any and all reasonable scheduling and playoff changes if the MLB alters its schedule. In the event that the MLB cancels any part of its regular season schedule, Head2Head Sports reserves the right to determine The Draft - Championship Fantasy Baseball prizes based on the MLB games already played.
  39. No Purchase Necessary to Win. To request an alternative entry void of all services, send your name, address, and telephone number printed on a 3x5 card along with a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: Head2Head Sports, LLC., The Draft Alternative Entry, 8145 E. Evans Road, Suite #3, Scottsdale, AZ 85260 (WA and VT residents may omit return stamp). MVP and High Stakes Leagues entries are not eligible for alternative entry. Limit one request per envelope. H2H must receive requests for alternative entries no later than March 18, 2016. Alternative entry team selection forms must be returned to H2H no later than March 28, 2016. Free Agent bids for an alternative entry team can be done by placing all necessary details of bids (your name, player names to be dropped and amount of bids, conditional bids etc.) in a letter sized envelope and sending it to Head2Head Sports, The Draft Alternative Entry Bids, 8145 E. Evans Road, Suite #3, Scottsdale, AZ 85260. Alternative entry trades must be received by Monday of each week to be processed and valid for the immediately following week of play. H2H reserves the right to disqualify any alternative entry bids that arrive late, or are received with insufficient, incorrect or illegible information (e.g., insufficient Player ID number). Alternative entrants will receive no team information during the season and cannot obtain additional team information (including league standings) over the telephone or internet. Your participation via alternative entry in this contest constitutes your acknowledgment and agreement that you have read, understand, and agree to the terms of these rules and that you have not paid any consideration (including, but not limited to, any amount paid for the purchase of a computer or for internet access) for the purpose of playing The Draft Championship Fantasy Baseball.
  40. Gambling. The Draft may not be used for any form of gambling.
  41. Void where prohibited by law.
  42. Disclaimers. By entering The Draft, you (1) acknowledge acceptance of these rules and agree to adhere to and be bound by them, and (2) acknowledge that Head2Head Sports or any subsidiary, affiliated company, or vendor including but not limited to SportsDirect and Rotowire, are not in any way responsible or liable for any damage, loss or injury (including death) resulting from any participant's activity in The Draft and related events, and/or acceptance and use of any prize won and (3) agree to hold Head2Head Sports, SportsDirect and Rotowire harmless from any and all typographical, statistical, transaction, and communication errors or omissions.
  43. Cancellation and Refunds. At its sole discretion, Head2Head Sports, LLC reserves the right to cancel any and all portions of this event for any reason up to 48 hours prior to the event date. In the event of a cancellation by Head2Head Sports, each registered participant will be refunded all entry fees within seven business days of cancellation notice. Head2Head Sports is not responsible for any loss or liability incurred by any participant or co-managers due to the cancellation of The Draft, including but not limited to travel or hotel expenses, time taken off from employment, etc. Once a participant enters The Draft, no money will be refunded to participants or co-managers unless The Draft is canceled. All team spots are filled on a first-come first-served basis. Head2Head Sports reserves the right to cancel any entries not comprising a full 12-team league. For example, if there are 303 paid entries on the date of The Draft, then the 301st, 302nd, and 303rd entries received, as determined by Head2Head Sports, will be refunded.