Need A Life Constitution (01/28/2020)
----- COMMISSIONER ------
Brian Jones is the commissioner of Need A Life. All rules questions should go to
him. Unless stated otherwise, all regular Scoresheet rules apply to Need A Life.
----- ELIGIBILITY ------
1) Any player on the NL Scoresheet list by 12:01 AM on the day draft starts is eligible.
2) Any player not on either list who is signed by an NL team by 12:01 AM on the day draft starts is eligible.
3) Any player on the AL Scoresheet list by 12:01 AM on the day draft starts is not eligible.
4) Any player not on either list who is signed by an AL team by 12:01 AM on the day draft starts is not eligible.
5) Any player not on either list, who is unsigned by 12:01 AM on the day draft starts, will be eligible if he
played his last game last year with an NL organization
6) Any player not on either list who played with an AL organization last year but signed
with an NL team between 12:01 AM on the day draft starts and the start of the season will be eligible in the
supplemental drafts but not the spring draft.
7) Any player who didn't play the previous year but is signed with an NL team after 12:01 AM on the day draft starts
will be eligible for the supplemental drafts in the first supplemental draft but not the spring draft.
8) Any player drafted by an NL team in the previous draft is eligible. He is no longer eligible
if unsigned at the time of the new draft (unless drafted by an NL team)
-------- PLAYOFFS --------
Along with the division winners, the team with the best record will be a wildcard.
The first round will be seeded by their regular season record.
--- PROTECTION SLOTS -----
Each team has to protect 8 regular players. Each may protect up to 2 sophomore players,
& 4 rookie players. All protection slots may be traded. Rookies are determined using
the standard Scoresheet limits (130 abs or 50 innings). Sophomore slots are limited
only to those players who had rookie status the previous draft but lost it during
the previous season. Rookies & Sophomores may be protected in regular slots but Rookies may
not be protected in Sophomore slots. Rookie slots correspond to draft rounds 33-36 (34-37 staring
in 2005) and sophomore slots to draft rounds 31-32 (32-33 staring in 2005). Any owner
using a slot will lose the corresponding draft choice.
Each team is limited to two crossovers (players on the AL list) on the protection list (three starting in 2021)
This is a total of two among regular, sophomore, & rookie players. Crossover slots (2006
and later) are tradeable.
If a player is on the original list and is signed to a MLB team, that is his league for XOver purposes.
If a player who is unsigned at the time of the original list signs before 1/26, he is considered to be in the league they
signed for XOver purposes.
If a player is unsinged on 1/27, he is considered to be in the last league he played for XOver purposes.
------- WAIVER ROUND -------
1. Each team will submit a list of players that they have chosen to
exempt from the waiver draft. Each team will be allowed to exempt
two more players than the number of "keeper" spots that they have.
2. All players listed in the official NAL website roster as
rookies or sophomores are not eligible for the waiver selection process.
3. Once all owners have posted their protected lists, the waiver
draft will begin. The sequence is based on the actual order of finish
the previous year. Each person, upon making their selection, is
responsible to identify the person who is up next in the subject of
their e-mail announcing their pick.
4. Each owner may lose no more than 1 player. Once a player has
been taken from a team, no one can take another player from that
team. However, the owner may select one of his own players that he
has exposed to the draft if he chooses to. This does not constitute
losing a player. Therefore, if that team has not yet lost a player,
the owner does not freeze the rest of his exposed players by taking
someone from his own roster.
5. All players taken (10) will be granted the special status of
being a keeper without requiring the owner to use one of his keeper
slots for the player. If any of these players are traded, their
special status goes with them to their new owner.
6. Once the keeper lists have been submitted, none of the other
players on that owners roster can be traded until the waiver process
is complete. The players listed on the exempt list may be traded at
7. Waiver picks may be traded but the players that may be chosen do not
change. If team A trades a pick to team B, team B may only pick from
the same pool as team A would (including taking a player from team A)
(New for 2009)
8. Players not on any NAL team are not eligible for the waiver draft.
9. Any crossover player protected with a waiver slot counts to the limit
of 2 crossovers when the regular protection lists are due.
10. The waiver draft (starting in 2005) will be considered round 9.
11. The waiver draft lists will be due on December 12th with the draft
beginning on December 15th.
----- FUTURE DRAFTS ------
Future drafts will be conducted by e-mail beginning in February and be 37 rounds.
Protection slots will be the first 8 and the waiver protection slot will be round 9.
Protection lists will be due around January 17. The draft order will as follows:
a) All non-playoff, non-playin teams will draft first ordered by won loss records and the applicable tiebreaker
b) All playin teams will draft next ordered by won loss records and the applicable tiebreaker.
c) Teams that lose in the 1st round of the playoff draft next, ordered by won loss record and the applicable tiebreaker.
d) The runnerup will draft 11th. 5) The champion will draft 12th
1) The time limit for the draft is 12 hours. This is a suggested time limit.
Round 14 completes - the day draft starts
Round 20 completes - 2/27
Round 25 completes - 3/10
Round 31 completes - 3/25
If any of the milestones are not met, the rest of the draft will be completed with
assigned times, seven per day:
Pick 1 - 10 AM ET / 7 AM PT
Pick 2 - Noon ET/ 9 AM PT
Pick 3 - 2 PM ET / 11 AM PT
Pick 4 - 4 PM ET / 1 PM PT
Pick 5 - 6 PM ET / 3 PM PT
Pick 6 = 8 PM ET / 5 PM PT
Pick 7 - 10 PM ET / 7 PM PT
Four two round supplemental drafts will be held, one each on the 3rd Tuesday of April, 4th Tuesday
of May, 1st Tuesday of July, & 2nd Tuesday of August. All supplementals will be based on standings
from worst to first with the April supplemental based on last year's standings.
In the event of 2 or more teams being tied with the same record when
determining draft order in odd years, the higher numbered team will draft first in odd
rounds and the lower numbered team will draft first in even rounds. The higher
numbered team goes first in rounds 9,11,13,15,17 etc.
In even numbered years, the lower numbered team will draft first in odd
rounds and the higher numbered team will draft first in even rounds. The lower
numbered team goes first in rounds 9,11,13,15,17 etc.