BVL League Compensation

PREAMBLE: The major conceit of single-league (NL-only or AL-only) leagues is intra-league player movement. Many leagues simply take a “tough luck” approach to teams losing players. The BVLL, however, designed an advanced Compensation System which roughly replicates the talent values of players “lost” TO the AL (“Outgoing Players”) by using their counterparts arriving FROM the AL (“Incoming Players”).

CONCEPT: Although the system contains some complexities and technicalities involving player eligibility, Compensation revolves around the concept of "unexpected loss." This ensures the integrity of the Compensation System, by precluding teams from trading (or drafting) their way into the Compensation draft.

SYSTEM: At the time a team acquires a player (through draft or trade), he falls into one of three categories: he is under contract to a real-life NL team, he is under contract to a real-life AL team, or he is owned by neither.

1. If he is already in the AL, he is not eligible for compensation due to failing to adhere to the "unexpected loss" principle. Such players will be listed as "pounded" and will be listed with a "#" symbol next to their names on league rosters and draft lists. The only way a player can lose his pounded status is if he returns to the NL during the season he was pounded; otherwise, you lose all rights to this player after the season.

2. If a player is in the NL or is a free agent, he now falls into one of the following categories:

a) He has an NL card only this year;

b) He has an AL card only this year;

c) He has both NL and AL cards this year;

d) He has no card this year.

If he falls into category a), you have the right to either keep him as one of your 22, or cut him back into the draft.

(If he has returned to the AL or does so before our draft, as a “#” player he will not be eligible for compensation by whoever drafts him.)

If he falls into category b), you still control him when the Compensation Draft comes around. At that time you will choose between seeking compensation or the alternative, known as “Retainer Rights.” You'll do one, and give up the other.

If he falls into category c), you must protect and keep his NL card in order to have this option next year.

If he falls into category d), you needed to protect him uncarded as one of your 22-max to continue your ownership of this player.

Managers will vote for the compensation order, listing the most deserving 1st, next most deserving 2nd, etc., all the way down the “Outgoing” list. Outgoing players will be ranked by their AL card “value” (usage + quality) with lesser consideration given to age and potential.

Managers are NOT eligible to vote for their own players. If irregularities in a manager's ballot are apparent (the obviously undeserving receiving undue support to undermine the process), the Executive Committee may invalidate such ballots and take disciplinary action. THIS VOTE MUST BE AS HONEST AS THE GAMES.

Once the results are tallied, the compensation draft order will be determined and it will be run a couple of weeks prior to the rookie draft.

Any owner failing to submit a compensation list by the deadline will be assessed 30 penalty points, and the Executive Committee will make compensation decisions for the team using their best judgment.

Teams lose Retainer Rights on any player who has not received a SOM card for three consecutive seasons.

Shortly after the Compensation Order is determined, the Compensation Draft takes place. This is approximately 1-2 weeks prior to the Rookie Draft via e-mail with results posted on the Message Board by the Compensation Committee.

Players with both AL and NL cards may receive compensation, but that compensation will be limited to the “value” (usage + quality) of the AL card.