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LCFFL Constitution

We, the People of the Lilly Charity Fantasy Football League (LCFFL), in order to promote a more perfect game, establish justice and disrupt domestic tranquility, scout obscure players in faraway places, spend inordinate amounts of money on newsstand magazines with questionable value, peer endlessly over columns of stats, curse inaccurate injury reports, and revel in our genius when players occasionally perform remotely near our projections, do ordain and establish this Constitution as the Official Rulebook for Play and effectively end this run on sentence.

I. Teams

II. Fees

III. Schedule

IV. Player Draft

V. Rosters

VI. Starting Lineups

VII. Bye Weeks

VIII. Scoring

IX. Tie Breakers

X. League Governace

XI. League Conduct

XII. Bottom Line

I. Teams

  1. There will be 10 teams with 2 divisions.
  2. Each team shall have an official name, stated on draft day.
  3. Each team shall designate an official "charity" for whom they will play.  The charity must be accepted and recognized by the other owners, and be a functional not-for-profit organization that performs charitable, supportive or philanthropic deeds.
  4. Each team shall provide at or before the draft the telephone number (work and home) of each Owner.

II. Fees

1. The fee schedules to enter into the LCFFL shall be as follows:

  • Solo Owner  $30
  • Dual Owners $40 ($20 each)
  • Tri-owners   $45 ($15 each)

2. The Commissioner does not pay.

3. There is a minimum of $270 available for disbursement as follows:

  • The Superbowl champ's charity will receive a minimum of $100.
  • The charity designated by each division winner will receive an amount at least equivalent to their entry fee.
  • Prizes and trophies will be purchased at a total cost not to exceed $80.
  • The charity designated by league's highest scoring team (if not a division champion or the LCFFL champion) will receive an amount equivalent to their entry fee.
  • Additional monies will be distributed among those charities described in Article II.3.A-B.

III. Schedule

  1. The league will be operated and scored utilizing traditional head-to-head competition up to and including week 13 of the NFL season.
  2. Each team will play the members of his/her own division twice and all opposite division foes once.
  3. Playoffs will occur in week 14-16 with the division champs each receiving a bye in week 14, and the next best four teams making the playoffs as “widlcards”.
  4. The championship game will be played in week 16.
  5. The four team not making the playoffs will compete for the "Toilet Bowl" trophy in weeks 15 and 16.
  6. The schedule shall be made up by the Commissioner prior to the draft using "Team1"-"Team10" and then applied as per the draft order (odd # positions in one division, etc.).

IV. Player Draft

  1. The draft will take place on the final Sunday before the NFL regular season opens, or on a date as agreed upon by the Owners.
  2. The draft will take place at the home of the Commissioner or at another site agreed upon by the Owners.
  3. Each team must have an Owner or duly appointed representative present at the draft.
  4. Owners will build their teams through a traditional serpentine draft.
  5. The draft order will be determined as follows: each team will get a randomly drawn number. This number is the order in which one gets to select the draft position for each odd-numbered round, with the even-numbered rounds being the reverse order of the preceding round.
  6. The following time limits shall apply for each round of the draft:

    Round 1-6    2 minutes
    Round 7-18  3 minutes
  7. Failure to select within the confines of these time limits will result in a "pass" until the end of the paired draft rounds (the even-numbered round).
  8. A 10-minute break shall follow the completion of round 6 and round 12 to allow trading and refreshment.
  9. Trading of players and draft picks may begin once the draft positions are set.
  10. Once a draft selection has been stated to the Commissioner, it cannot be rescinded without the consent of a majority of Owners present.
  11. Each team must draft enough players at each position to field a minimum starting lineup (see Article VI.1).  All remaining roster slots may be any of the pool of eligible players.

V. Rosters

  1. The maximum roster is 18 players.
  2. The Commissioner shall have the final say on all roster and position eligibility questions once he has solicited input from the owners present at the draft.
  3. Players that are officially listed at multiple positions by their NFL team may be drafted at either position, but must remain at that one position throughout the LCFFL season (Exception: known multiple position players may be assigned a single position prior to the draft -- see Article V.2)
  4. The team defense is considered as a single player.
  5. Injured Reserve:
  6. A. There shall be no injured reserve slot. Injured players must be dropped or carried on the active roster.
    B. If a player who was dropped with injury priority plays in an NFL game that week, then he is immediately reactivated to his LCFFL squad and the player with whom he was replaced is returned to the free agent pool. Compensatory action may be required. If the automatically-dropped player was started by the offending team, that lineup slot gets a ZERO for the week.
    C. A team defense cannot be dropped with injury priority.

  7. Roster changes, or "Drop/add"
  8. A. Roster changes may be done once per week, up to a maximum of four per team per week.
    B. Drop/add requests must be submitted to the Commissioner, preferably via email, no later than 5 p.m. Thursday weekly.  On weeks in which there is a Thursday game, the submission deadline shall be Wednesday at 5 p.m.
    C. Drop requests should include a prioritized ranking of no more than three players to add. In the event that no listed players are available, then the original player is kept.
    D. In the event that two or more teams request to add the same player, the priority shall be given as follows:

      i. Team replacing an injured player
      ii. Worse record
      iii. Least total points scored
      iv. Most total points allowed
      v. Lower first round draft position

    E. Injury priority players must be replaced by a player of the same position; non-injured players have no such restrictions.
    F. For a player to be dropped with injury priority, the Owner must provide upon demand some official documentation of the player being unable to play in his NFL game that week as a result of injury or illness.
    G. “Official documentation” may be any recognized, accepted and/or verifiable news source in either print or wire form. Television and radio reports are considered insufficient and inadequate unless transcribed in print.
    H. Every team's first drop/add request of the week will be considered before any team's second requested drop/add maneuver, and so on.
    I. Players dropped/waived before the deadline are returned to the free agent pool and may be selected by any Owner in subsequent weeks.

    7. Trades:

    A. Each team will be allowed unlimited inter-team trades over the course of the season.
    B. A player may not be traded back to the same team for at least five weeks.
    C. Draft picks (for the current season) and/or players may be traded.
    D. "Future considerations", cash or non-cash gifts/services may not be traded.
    E. Resulting rosters must not exceed 18 players.
    F. Trades must be “fair”; any trade deemed to be suspicious may be vetoed by the Commissioner, and/or a vote of the league membership; apparent deception or collusion are the only grounds for vetoing a trade.
    G. A trade is not done until both parties notify the Commissioner of the details to verify the deal.
    H. Trades must be reported and verified by weekly lineup deadline for the trade to be validated and the players used in that week’s game.

     8. Roster additions deadline:

    A. Free agent acquisitions (i.e., “drop/adds”) may be done all season including the LCFFL playoffs.
    B. No trading between teams after the Friday preceding the 10th week of games.
    C. Players dropped with injury priority in the LCFFL playoffs may not be reclaimed by any Owner for the remainder of the LCFFL post-season.

VI. Starting Lineups

  1. 1. Starting Lineups will consist of the following:

                        1 QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, 1 TE, 1 K and 1 D/ST

  1. The deadline for submitting starting lineups shall be midnight ET on Saturday.  In the case of a Thursday and/or Saturday game, the lineups shall be due at noon ET on the day of the first NFL game of the week or at a time (e.g. before the kickoff) designated by the Commissioner.
  2. Default starting lineup: in the instance that the Owner fails to make a timely submission of the lineup, the prior week's lineup shall be used. In the instance that there is no prior week (week 1), the first lineup drafted (e.g., first QB, first and second RB's, etc.) shall be submitted by the Commissioner in the owner’s stead.
  3. If an Owner trades or waives a player in the default lineup, that lineup slot shall afford zero total for the week.
  4. In weeks with a Thursday or Saturday game, an owner may make ONE and ONLY ONE change in their lineup after the lineup deadline, up until midnight Saturday, provided the change not involve a player from a Thursday or Saturday game.

VII. Bye Weeks

  1. Due to the phenomenon of NFL bye weeks, a certain portion of an Owner's players may be idle.
  2. A lineup replacement for a player on a bye must be selected from the available roster.  No “carryover scoring” will be allowed.
  3. In the event a player on a bye is started, either by accident or by default, that player shall receive a zero total for the week.
  4. A player on a bye may be waived.
  5. A player on a bye may not be waived with injured priority, unless documentation is provided that the duration of injury will include at least one NFL game after the bye week.

VIII. Scoring

Points: Official scoring is as indicated

Touchdown

passing = 3 points
rushing = 6 points
receiving = 6 points
return = 6 points

Field goal

0-39 yards = 3 points
40-49 yards = 5 points
50-59 yards = 7 points
60+ yards = 10 points

Extra point

= 1 point

Conversion

= 2 points

Safety

= 2 points

Performance

rushing = 1 per 10 yards
receiving = 1 per 10 yards
passing = 1 per 20 yards

Defense

sacks = 1 point
TO caused = 1 point
14 or less = 3 points
10 or less = 7 points
shutout = 10 points

Official scoring

The Fantasy League Manager weekly stats package will be used to settle any scoring disputes, and will be considered official and final. Any changes that are made by FLM, at any time over the course of the season, shall be considered valid and grounds for recalculation of league scoring.

Weekly scores

The weekly scores will be tabulated by the Commissioner and will be distributed Tuesday morning.

Winner

The winner will be the team with the highest total score by the nine designated starters (see Article IX,
 “Tie-breakers”).

IX. TieBreakers

  1. Regular season tie games shall be decided on the basis of the highest bench points:
  2. A. "Bench points" is defined as the best QB-RB-WR (one of each) combination not in the starting lineup.
    B. The game is a tie if the bench points are equal.

  3. Post season tie games shall be decided using the following sequence of criteria:
  4. A. Highest total bench points (see Article IX.1.B).
    B. Season total points scored
    C. Season overall record
    D. Starting defense least NFL points allowed
    E. Coin flip

  5. Season standings:
  6. A. Overall record
    B. Season total points scored
    C. Head-to-head record
    D. Season starting D/ST points scored
    E. Coin flip

  7. Bench players: If a bench player is on a bye week, then his "carryover score" may not be utilized in order to attempt to break a tie; he has scored zero for the week.

X. League Governance

  1. League stability serves to enhance the integrity and the enjoyment level of the pastime. The league will be governed by the following framework:
  2. A. Commissioner: The goal is to have a very strong yet fair Commissioner. The Commissioner is sworn to act at all times in the "best interests of the LCFFL" and is vested with the following powers and obligations:

    • Interpret the Constitution as he sees just and fit.
    • Maintain the integrity of the league and its Owners by enforcing Article XI, "Expected Owner Conduct".
    • Settle all disputes between Owners.
    • Settle position/eligibility questions.
    • Preside over draft and settle draft disputes.
    • Distribute free agents through the weekly drop/add.
    • Approve all trades and transactions.
    • Provide timely weekly scoring results.
    • Collect and monitor all funds affiliated with the league.
    • Provide prizes and charitable disbursements.

    B. Committee of the Whole: The league Owners will function as the Committee of the Whole which is made up of all league members. Each will be charged with the responsibility of acting and voting in the best interests of the league.

    1. Each with an equal vote (one per team) regardless of ownership.
    2. Seven votes are required to amend the Constitution.
    3. The Committee of the Whole reserves may veto ANY decision made by the Commissioner with a 2/3 majority vote (i.e., six votes).

XI. Expected Owner Conduct

            Owners will be expected to conduct themselves in a manner that will not disparage the league nor its Owners in any way, shape, or form. Bragging is always a part of the personality and charm of the LCFFL, and is to be expected; personal attacks, taunting, and inflammatory or socially unacceptable behavior or language will not be tolerated, however. The Commissioner along with the offended party will have total authority in drawing the line between “good-spirited fun” and an abusive or offensive assault. This will be strictly enforced. 

XII. Bottom Line

            The LCFFL was founded on the ideal of conducting our game of Fantasy Football at a friendly, yet competitive, level.  Every Owner is a vital part of this process and each of us are very essential to the success of the league.  While we all partake of this hobby because it is enjoyable, recall that the real merits of this league are the charitable donations we make each year.  Remember folks, this is supposed to be FUN!  May the gods of fantasy football smile down on us all, and may the bounces go the way of those that truly deserve them!

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