1. RSHL Welcome
I would like to welcome you to the Rock'em Sock'em Hockey League, RSHL. This league was created by experienced GM's to simulate a realistic hockey league that everyone can enjoy. If there is some point not covered in these rules, please bring it to someone's attention, if there are points you feel to be ambiguous or unclear, contact me.
2. Definition of Terms
3. Code of Conduct
Every GM is required to sign up for Slack Messenger in order to communicate live and be involved in league discussions. In addition, all GM's will be required to register an account on the League Forum.
Each franchise GM is expected to respond to ALL trade inquiries as soon as possible.
Except where other matters make it simply impossible, each owner is required to respond to official business.
Each owner must inform the league of any change of address or of any significant absences to avoid your league membership from being revoked.
Every franchise owner is expected to manage his team professionally and in particular to promote the long-term well-being of his team and the RSHL league.
Every GM is to respect the views of others and participate in the league to the best of his/her ability.
The league management reserves the right to remove any GM it deems nessacary for the betterment of the league.
Any owner verbally abusing any member receive 1 warning prior to being removed.
4. Game Play
RSHL uses FHL Software (version 1.5.3) to simulate all games.
The franchise GM is responsible for conducting the roster movement business of their franchise. This involves negotiating trades, moving players between the pro team and the farm team, and conducting drafts.
Any team that is deemed to be 'throwing games' will face the possibility of immediate dismissal from the RSHL. This is to prevent teams from forfeiting games in hopes of moving in the draft order. Teams must play lines with the full intent of winning every game they play. Anyone not confirming to this will be brought up for disipline in front of the BoG.
The franchise coach is responsible for determining a team's active roster and updating lines in the online editor.
The waiver rule will be implemented. Please refer to Section G regarding the constraints involved.
If an injury should occur, the coach will be responsible updating their lineup to accommodate the injury. If no update is submitted before game time, a strike will apply.
Tie Breaking Procedure
Each team received $45 million at the beginning of season 1. With this money the team must buy a stadium and pay it's first year salaries. Bear in mind, that as teams play home games, each team receives the ticket money that can be used towards salaries. The amount of money received for home games is determined by the the ticket price (set by the GM) as well the number of tickets sold.
There will be 4 different stadiums a team can buy.
The maintenance fees will include all repairs, cleaning staff, security, as well insurance policies which every arena require. All costs for the previous season is withdrawn prior to the Free Agency period.
Increasing Stadium capacity
If a new arena have to be built, it will be constructed in parallel with
the season following the decision, and will be available at the start
of the new season.
Please note that the controlling factor is the increase as a percentage of the original capacity, see example below
Capacity Increase Cost
Please note that increases must be rounded to the nearest 100.
As a GM you have the ability to change your ticket prices as needed. Game income is directly tied to ticket costs and the team on the ice. If you find the sales are not strong consider dropping your pricess. Directly from your team Intranet, you will find a link to change your price.
Each team MUST maintain a 45 million dollar (Pro payroll only) salary cap during each season. Any team exceeding the limited cap the team will be assessed a luxury tax in the amount 18% of the amount above $45 million... example Pro Payroll $48,500,000 (3.5M * 35%) Tax = $1,225,000. This luxury tax will be assessed each day that the Salary Cap has been violated. If after 3 successive days the cap is still in violation, the player on the roster with the closest salary over the difference of the cap will be assigned to the farm team regardless of waiver status, as well a strike will be assessed.
If a teams Current Funds, as presented on the Finances Page, drops below zero for an extended period of time, the GM of the team will be required to take action. If this action is not sufficient, and the Current Funds is still below zero at the end of the season, the team may be declared bankrupt by the Commissioner. Following this decision, one of the following occurs:
If a team is being threatened by bankruptcy due to inactivity by the GM, the GM will loose the team, and the commissioner will take responsibility for the team until a new GM can be appointed
There will be money awarded for playoff performance as well, the breakdown is as follows.
Each Press Release will earn the team $50,000, the maximum revenue per season is $1,000,000
Each Press Release will earn the team $75,000, up to a maximum of $750,000, reaching this level will earn a bonus of $750,000 bringing the total to $1,500,000.
News and Analysis
Each Newsarticle or Analysis will earn the team $100,000, the maximum revenue per season is $3,000,000
6. Line/Line Changes
Lines are updated via our in-house Online GMEditor.
You may use a player out of position* at any strength (Even, PP, PK), so long as you have the minimum number of each position dressed:
*Using a player out of position can cause their attributes to decrease for that shift.
Trades may involve players, draft picks, extensions and money. Teams have a duty to provide all information necessary to a GM to analyze a trade. This includes the injury status of all players involved. However, once a trade is finalized, it is assumed that all GMs have full knowledge of the status of the traded players.
Once the deal is confirmed BOTH parties MUST submit to the league within 24hrs (of each other) otherwise the first submission will be considered as NULL and VOID.
Trades are submitted using the trade offer manager under RSHL GM Intranet. When a deal is agreed to by both parties, each GM must submit a rational for the deal. Once the deal has been submitted it will be reviewed by the trade committee and voted on for approval or disapproval. If approved, it will be considered official and no changes will be accepted. If the deal is disapproved, a reason will be provided by the committee to the the GM’s involved.
Once a trade is approved, it will be processed by the league and line/roster changes will be required.
The League Commissioner reserves the right to veto any trade if, in the belief of the commissioner, the trades violate the spirit of competition and goodwill of the league.
Draft picks for two seasons (current and the next year) are the ONLY picks to be used in any trade or any other form of transaction.
The Deadline for incoming trades is set at 80% of the Regular Season. The actual date will be set by the Sim and shown in the Schedule for each season. Once the deadline has passed no further trades will be accepted until trading reopens again. The GM's however, are free to negotiate trades with other GM's. Each negotiation is handled as usual, but the trades are not finalized, but rather put on hold until trading reopens.
Any player who has played 20 games in the current season, and who is rated 73 or higher must clear waivers if they are demoted at any point.
Once a player is placed on waivers, there is a '36hr' window in which teams can put in a claim on that player. If more than one team places a claim, the team with the higher priority on the Waiver Priority List (based on lower number of points in the previous season) is awarded the player at the end of the timeframe, during the first 24 hrs the team that has placed the player on waivers can supercede all claims and 'reclaim' the player by bringing them back up to the pro team. If no team places a claim, the player remains property of the original team. A player that has been claimed off waivers must be put on the Pro Team of the signing team, otherwise he must clear waivers again. This is the GM's responsibility, and the Commissioner will place players on waivers as the Sim calculates. The team that claim a player off waivers must pay $50,000 to the team losing the player as compensation. The Claimed player cannot be traded to the team from which he was claimed until after the current season is over.
Please note that players must clear waivers, and can be claimed off waivers also after the trade deadline
Playoff and Waivers
Expansion Teams automatically have highest priority when the season starts. If there are more than one Expansion Team, the order of those teams will be random
The top 8 teams in each conference qualify for the playoffs.
Every playoff series is a best of seven game series.
The first place team in the division will host the eighth place team. The second place team will host the seventh place team, etc. The winners will then play for the Division Championship, etc.
The following trophies will be awarded based on voting by each RSHL participant
The GM’s will nominate a person from their franchise along with a justification why you believe your player is due. The awards committee will decide which finalist will move forward to the voting process. A GM is not allowed to vote for a player on his teams roster at the end of the regular season, or for a player that has played more than 25% of his games for the season on the GM's
The following trophies are awarded based on season stats
The following trophy is awarded by the RSHL Awards commitee:
$200,000 will be awarded to the team whose player or GM wins any of these listed awards. Except for POW whose team will receive $10,000 & POM whose team will receive $25,000.
11. Free Agency
There are two types of free agents in the RSHL.
Restricted free agents (RFA) are players whose contract expires at the end of the current season, and are 29 years old, or younger. The teams they are on have the right to match any offer given to them, or they have the right to receive compensation.
Unrestricted free agents (UFA) are players 30 (anyone turning 30 before July 1st of the current season) and over whose contracts expire at the end of the current season. The team they are on has no right to compensation from the team signing them. Any team losing a UFA will be compensated by RSHL.
RSHL Free Agency is comprised of 2 main phases, Contract Extension & Bidding.
*Any RFA not being offered a contract extension must be given a qualifying offer in order to maintain their restricted status. Any player receiving a qualifying offer will still be eligible to be bid on by any other team during the bidding phase, with the owning team still owning the right to match the highest offer. Any RFA not receiving a qualifying offer will be given Unrestricted status and will enter the bidding phase as such.
*in the event of a tie, it will carry over to the next round of bidding, no contract will be won, unless the FA has ended.
In the event where all of the teams have cancelled their bids in the second or third round, the highest bidder from the previous round will be considered the team who one the highest bid and the player bid upon will be signed to an offer sheet at that bid.
Once it's determined that a team has won a contract, the player becomes signed. An unrestricted free agent automatically becomes a member of the new team. A restricted free agent is considered to be signed to an offer sheet. The player's original team is then given the option to match the offer and thereby retain the player or, they can release the player for the appropriate compensation. The original team has 48 hours to decide which of the two options they are going proceed with. Should the owning team choose not to match the offer for their restricted player, the new team then has 48 hours from the time notification is sent to work out compensation with the player's current team. If an agreement can not be met within the 48 hours, the Free Agency Committee will use the RFA Compensation Table to award the appropriate compensation.
Each team is allowed a bidding cap of 10 Million dollars in each round.
The Devils have submitted the maximum of $10,000,000 in offers to Free Agents for the round. Once the round has closed for bidding, the free agency committee will determine if any of the offers will qualify as offer sheets or outright contracts, should any of these offers qualify as either an offer sheet or a contract the amount of those bids will become available for the bidder for use in the next round under the 10 million dollar cap.
Furthermore, if the Devils feel the bidding for Pavel Bure is getting to high for their team to afford, they can indicate in the next round of bidding that their offer for Pavel Bure is withdrawn and they are eligible to use the 3.2 million previously offered to Pavel Bure in the next round. However, should all of the teams drop out of the bidding for Pavel Bure and the Devils are the highest bid of the previous round at 3.2 million, this would be considered an offer sheet. This however will not count towards the bidding in the current round.
*REMINDER* Should any team run out of money at ANY point during the season, the league commissioner will have the GM removed and replaced with a new GM without any warning.
SALARIES: Salaries are shown on the player vitals page, as well as the length of their contracts. A player who is on the pro team will receive his full contract amount. A player who is on the farm team will receive 10% of his salary. When a player is called up to the pro league, you must pay him his full salary. Players cannot sign for contracts greater than 4 years in length. Players cannot extend their contracts unless their current contract has expired. Prospects do not have salaries, but do cost the team $1500 per person. This is for the junior club to take care of your player. The league minimum is $150,000 per year.
** NEW ** CONTRACT BUY-OUT OPTION: During the pre-signing stage any team wishing to get out of a contract may buy out a maximum of 2 player’s contracts for 50% of the player’s salary. These “buy-outs” must be submitted at the same time as a team submits their pre-signings. If a player receives a buy-out, that player will immediately become an Unrestricted Free Agent and will be available for bidding in that seasons Free Agency Period. Although a team is able to buy out a player’s contract
**NEW** REVERSE ARBITRATION: After player re-rates have been updated in the off-season, teams will be awarded a 1 week period prior to the start of the exhibition season to take players to Reverse Arbitration. In order for a player to be eligible for Reverse Arbitration, the player cannot be in the first year of a contract. ie: a 4 year contract or player who has just received a new contract during free agency of that year.
Reverse Arbitration –“Lack” of Performance
*If a team has more than one applicable draft pick then they will offer whichever is highest in the draft order unless an alternate compensation package can be agreed on by the two teams involved and approved by the Free Agency Committee.
Rookies will maintain their rookie status until they meet particular criteria.
During the off-season if any of the triggers have been met, the player will be converted to Veteran status.
The RSHL, Does not use uses the setting "Coach Affects Play". So Coaches will Not play an active role in the productivity of your team. Each GM must hire, and when needed fire & replace the coach throughout the year. Coaches will not receive any type of contract, and are able to have their services terminated at any time without penalty.
14. Dispute Resolution
Where two or more teams are in dispute over some matter, and these rules do not cover the matter in dispute, the league will use the following procedure for resolution of the problem:
15. All Star Game
Will be played at approximately Game 50.
All-Star starters will be voted upon by all team owners.
Team owners must submit their top 4 choices fore each position (LW – C – RW – D – D – G) for each conference consisting of who they feel are the top players in the RSHL. This is a subjective question but you should be prepared to explain your decisions if you're asked for an explanation.
Seeing as you'll be voting upon your top 4 choices, you can vote for members from your own team, but only for the #3 & #4 spaces.
The Commissioner own the final determination.
Involved players will represent the conference / division they played within their last five games before the All-star Game, because choosing up sides will be determined earlier.
Each owner who wants their team to host an all-star game must submit an application to the Commissioner and must not only be about why they want to host it, they must also include what's so unique about their city that would drive them to want to host their game (example, but in less detail than what it's supposed to be "Milwaukee is famous for their beer and has many hockey-loving residents"). Applications will be accepted anytime after the start of regular season, and host city will be awarded no later than approximately game 25.
Each team will receive $150,000 / player present at the All-star game.
The team that host the All-star Game will receive $1,000,000 (from ticket sales & concessions).
There will be an All-star MVP Award with an additional $250,000 awarded to his team.
Voting will take place approximately game #35 – game #40.
In addition to the All-star game, there will be an All-star Competition. Once the All-star roster has been decided GM's will be requested to determine the competition lineup for their conference for the following events:
Once asked for, please submit your selections to the commissioner ASAP.
The RSHL is equipped with a STRIKE ZONE. League participation is a MUST if you wish to be part of the RSHL. In other words, if you plan on not participating, do not join! If you, already, own a team and neglect and refuse to participate, well, you will soon be removed from the league. Once you get 4 strikes, you will promptly be warned that your 5th will remove you from the league without further notification. On your 5th strike, you will be removed from the league, and a new candidate will have the honors of owning your team. You will receive strikes for any of the following:
STRIKE REDUCTION (after completing a minimum 1 season tenure)*
The owner* now has the option to have 1 strike removed in exchange for an in depth team (selected by the commissioner) commentary known as 'TEAMSCOPE'. The team owner will have to contact RSHL's head office voluntarily of your interest in the following assignment. You will not be forewarned or asked to write up a commentary to reduce strikes from the league. You, personally, must notify the league office yourself or the RSHL will assume that you have NO further intentions to continue your services as a league owner after your 5th strike.
During this assignment, the commentary titled 'TEAMSCOPE' must include the following subtitles with your personal views/advice/opinions and so on. This is an opportunity to be as honest as you'd like, this is NOT the chance to be vindictive without reason. Your report must include the following headings:
Other ideas may be implemented but the above must be included.
Another method to remove 1 strike is to recommend a new and successful applicant to the RSHL.
17. Player Eligibility
A player will be considered part of the RSHL unless the following occurs:
18. Position Eligibility
This purpose is to make league members more aware of each players qualified position, it also promotes player movement by giving owners flexibility
Players are eligible to change their position based upon 1 condition being met.
If requesting a change you MUST fill out the form on the request position change form under the Intranet.
Note: It is the owners' responsibility to request a position change. Strikes will still be accumulated if the owner does not change a players position to cover a shortage. It is not the commissioner's duty to follow individual team needs.
There will be multiple rounds of drafting, this number, should remain constant.
This draft will include all teams.
Only players named on the official league list will be eligible to be drafted, any missing players can added to the list but only up until a time prior to the draft as determined by the commissioner.
Draft Order will be determined by the reverse overall standings, with the exception of possible movement due to the draft lottery in the first round.
This needs rewriting
Lottery system – The FHL does the Lottery randomly, 1 non playoff team can move up in the draft to a maximum of 4 positions
Each team that did not make the playoffs will get tickets thrown into a hat.
The Commissioner, in some form, will randomly select a number, the number will collaborate to the original draft ranking. The team in that position will be determined to be the winner. The team that wins the lottery can not move up more than four spots in the drafting order. The rest of the positions in the draft will be shifted accordingly.
Lottery Example #1
Lottery Example #2
NOTE: Teams can not drop more than one spot in the order.
The drafted rookies can be signed to a contract between 1 – 3 years, and the salary will be determined by where they were drafted. The 1st round is broken down into 3 categories, rounds 2 & 3 into 2 categories, and rounds 4 & 5 are as one batch. Full details are shown in the table below.
Possible reasons for a Waiver Draft
When the league is advised a Waiver draft will take place it will take place shortly after playoffs and while trade freeze is still on. Below are a few rules we need to begin the process.
Waiver Draft Exemptions
Protected Player List:
You can determine your protected list once the commissioner activates the process which will be found on your team intranet. You can protect the appropriate number of players based upon the types you're protecting. Rookies will automatically be marked as protected, and can not be unprotected.
20. Player Ratings
21. Team Scoring
All GM's must submit 1 newsletter per month. Your newsletter must be emailed to the entire league. Failure to do so will result in a strike. Below is the ideal type of enthusiasm that should be used, but must cover at least the Bolded points.
Team Name: Detroit RedWings
Most Recent Trade: Not applicable
Players on Trade Block: Trading Deadline has passed, looking forward to upcoming Free Agency
Current Development: The RedWings have been playing steady hockey as of late. The team is currently playing .500 hockey, after spending much of the season below that mark. What this means is GM Martels hopes are currently ahead of schedule. After finishing 27th overall last season, his plan for the team was to play .500 hockey for Season 7, and make the playoff in Season 8, well with only 8 games remaining on their current schedule, the team has good chance of fulfilling the Season 7 hope, but in fact also making the playoff this year! The team currently sits 7th in the West, with the same number of points as 6th place but by virtue of head-to-head hold the lower position but will play them 3 more times prior to the end of season, and have an 8 point lead over the 9th place team. "If we do get in, I'm not saying we'll be marching downtown Mo-Town with the cup, but we may cause some of the bigger teams some trouble" said GM Martel. Against the top 3 teams in the West the Wings have been able to play at least .500 hockey when they've played more than 1 game, vs Colorado 1–1–0, vs Los Angeles 1–1–1 vs Minnesota 0–1–0 (this was also prior to acquisition to solidify our defensive corp).
Over the teams last 14 games the Wings have a record of 7–3–4, and in those games have outscored the opposition 37-32, with 6 of the 14 ending with a 1 goal differential, including 2 of the 3 losses. Management believes a reason for that is the play of the defense/goalie. The team has been able to push the "Team Defense" rating continually down and currently sit 4th overall in the league. This is a stat management has been keeping its eye on all season, and believe that if they can continue to lead with that, this is how the team will have success.
23. Player Contracts
All players who are rated 73OV or above are considered to be on ONE WAY CONTRACTS and if sent to the minors must clear waivers. Players who are rated 72OV and below are given 2 way contracts and are able to be sent down to the minors, but regular waiver rules would apply.
This rule change is designed for two purposes. The first is so that no team can load up on talented players which rightfully should be on the pro-roster and put them in the minors for the sole purpose of preventing other teams from being competitive.
Secondly, this will help keep salaries of players down at free agency as teams will not be able to pay huge dollars for players who they do not intend to keep on the pro-roster. (Due to salary issues).
24. Reverse arbitration
Any player that was not presigned or signed as a free agent can be reverse arbitrated as per the rules based on that players OV having gone down by at least 3. You can choose up to 2 players that meet those parameters and have their salaries reduced as per the table, by 20 - 40% for a 3 - 6+ OV difference. You can find the table in the rules under free agency.
You can challenge up to 5 characteristics of players, OV can not be challenged. This is intended to correct for anomalies or errors not to overhaul the ratings system because you disagree with how your player was assessed. To challenge a specific rate you must pick the characteristics and show that there has been some sort of oversight. Use comparable players or articles from reputable sources in your submissions. As an example I can find 3 articles that say Joe Smith is the fastest player in the NHL but his SP is less then 5 other players. I would be submitting the 3 articles and a request that his SP rate be adjusted to a specific number ( from current 97 to 99 ). Each characteristic has data that would affect it, SP and SK are taken from EAsports others are formulaic in nature. If you find an error or anomaly please ask for the pertinent formula data if you do not understand what is taken into account for each specific characteristic.
RSHL Inaugural season 2003