Best Ball Baseball Championship ("the Contest") is an online fantasy baseball contest consisting of multiple fantasy baseball leagues. Each league shall have exactly 10 teams with a maximum of 5,000 teams in the Contest. Leagues will be draft-only best ball style, no free agents and no waivers. All teams will compete for league and overall prizes. Leagues are open to all players of all skill levels, you can choose the league that fits your draft schedule best.
You may sign up and play in the Contest until shortly before first pitch of the first game of the MLB season. Best Ball Baseball Championship costs $20 per team. As part of the Official Rules, all dollar amounts are in US Dollars (USD). You may register and play as many teams as you like. You may not have more than one team in any league. If you do register more than one team, each team must be in a different league. To be prize eligible you may not own more than one team per league per household.
After you sign up for the Contest, you may request a full refund of the purchase price up until your league is filled and the draft order is set. After the draft order is set you may not receive a refund. Once the draft order is set all sales are final. Honoring refund requests will be subject to the sole discretion of RealTime Fantasy Sports, Inc.
Once you join a fantasy league you will have the option to switch to another league up until the league is filled and the draft order is set or up until 30 minutes prior to the scheduled draft time. After the draft order is set or if it is less than 30 minutes before the scheduled draft time you will not be allowed to switch to another league.
RealTime Fantasy Sports fantasy contest are open to:
Should state or province law change during the registration period for the Contest, RealTime Fantasy Sports may suspend new contest registrations from that state or province beginning after the effective or enforcement date of the law. The RealTime Fantasy Sports reserves the right to other remedies and actions as required by law.
Deposits by Minors
Persuant to state law, deposits made by a minor will be refunded within no more than two business days of discovery of such deposits.
RealTime Fantasy Sports, Inc. ("RTFS") will serve as the commissioner for Best Ball Baseball Championship leagues and will be responsible for resolving any disputes that arise, such as rules violations or any other matters that may come up in connection with the Contest. All commissioner decisions by RealTime Fantasy Sports, Inc. are final.
After the last team has joined the league, the league will be locked in and the draft order will be randomly generated. The draft order is a random order of all teams that have joined the league and is not affected by when teams join the league. Once the draft order is set all teams will be notified via email the league is locked in and the draft order has been generated. If your league does not have the required teams, the league will be disbanded prior to the scheduled draft date and time. If your league is disbanded you will be able to join another league or create a new league. RealTime Fantasy Sports reserves the right to move the scheduled draft time back up to 1 hour to give the league sufficient time to fill with the required teams.
The draft will be an S-style draft with the team picking last in the first round picking first in the second round and so on. For example,
Each team will have 60 seconds per pick to draft a player.
After you join a league, you will have the opportunity to establish your own auto draft list of players.
It is recommended that prior to your draft, you customize your auto draft list to rank the players by your preferences. You may customize your draft auto draft list at any time up to and even during your draft. If you do not customize your auto draft list, the auto draft list for the draft will be the player rankings from RealTime Fantasy Sports' free draft guide as they are listed at the time of your draft.
The auto draft list will be used as a fail-safe backup in case your draft clock expires before you make a pick. In the event you should fail to make a pick in the time allowed, RealTime Fantasy Sports will automatically draft a player for you. The player will be the top ranked player on your auto draft list. Players drafted automatically will be selected from your auto draft list or RTFS rankings if you do not have a list in a manner that will fill out your team's starting lineup before the end of the draft. In order to prevent auto drafted teams from having too many players at any one position, positional maximums are configured and can be adjusted by each team. Should the draft clock expire on a team in two consecutive rounds in a live draft or one round in a slow draft, the system will set the team to auto-draft until disabled by a team owner. Auto draft selections will stand and will not be reversed.
Prior to the draft, all players eligible to be drafted will be published in the official player eligibility list. The list will identifying each players' qualifying positions as of the start of the season. The position eligibility on that list will be based on the following criteria and is considered final:
Each team will consist of a roster of 26 players. Team owners are free to draft the player position mix of the players on their roster. There are no restrictions on the number of players at any position that may be on a team's roster. Owners are not required to have a minimum number of players at any position on their roster. Unfilled positions will receive a zero each week.
The Contest uses a single starting lineup for each team per week. Team owners do not select starting lineups for their teams. During each week scoring is kept for all players on each team's roster. At the conclusion of each fantasy week, the system will automatically select each team's best possible starting lineup from all players on the team's roster. Each team's best possible roster will then be used to compute their team score for the week. Each team's best possible roster will always be used to compute the team's weekly score. The weekly scores will be used to compute the season standings.
Each team's roster will consist of:
The Contest does not use free agent players.
Each team's roster is composed entirely of players selected in the league's draft. Once the draft has been completed team rosters will not change for the duration of the Contest. Players on a team's roster cannot be replaced for any reason including injury, position change, or release.
Trading is not permitted in the Contest.
For all leagues beginning play with MLB week 1. The season will end for all leagues after the conclusion of the last scheduled regular season game of the MLB season. Tie-breaker games after the end of the scheduled regular season will not be used in the Contest.
RTFS reserves the right to shorten the fantasy season for any league should the MLB play shortened schedule. Should the start of the MLB season be delayed or the season interrupted for a period of time, the fantasy schedule will be adjusted to match the MLB schedule length.
At the conclusion of the MLB regular season, the team with the most points scored during the entire season will be declared the winner of the league.
The first place finisher ("Winner") in each league is the team that scores the most total points during the fantasy season.
The second place finisher ("2nd Place") in each league is the team that scores the second most total points during the fantasy season.
The Winner in each "Best Ball Baseball Championship" league will receive a prize of $60.
The 2nd Place finisher in each "Best Ball Baseball Championship" league will receive a prize of $40.
Prizes will be awarded to one individual per team. All prizes are non-transferable.
If any MLB team should play sixty (60) or more regular season games, the season shall be considered a viable fantasy season. Should the MLB season end early for any circumstance, including but not limited to work stoppage, facilities, natural disaster, disease, or terrorism, the contest will end when Major League Baseball cancels the remainder of of the season. At that time winners will be declared and prizes awarded in accordance with the league standings. The minimum innings requirement will be prorated or waived if the season is shortened.
The fantasy baseball season will mirror the MLB season as closely as possible. The fantasy season will be adjusted to match any later than normal start or a fantasy season shorter than 162 games. Contestants should plan for the possibility of 7-inning double headers and a universal DH. All NL-Only league will play the season with or without a universal designated hitter.
The Contest Champion
At the conclusion of the final week of the season, the team with the most points scored during the entire season shall be declared the 1st Place Winner of the Contest. The 2nd Place finisher shall be the team scoring the second most points during the entire season. Third place and below shall get computed in the same manner.
In the event that teams are tied with the same number of points scored during the entire season, the prize money for tied teams will be combined and distributed evenly amongst the tied teams. For instance if three teams tie for 5th place, the prize money for 5th, 6th and 7th place will be combined and split evenly between the tied teams.
|6th to 50th||$100|
Prizes will be awarded to one individual per team. All prizes are non-transferable.
Should the MLB season be considered a viable fantasy season, but end before last schduled regular season game is completed, league prizes shall be awarded based on the final standings at the conclusion if the last completed MLB week.
During each Monday to Sunday week, each team earns points based on statistics accumulated by its players that week. Points are awarded to each team according to the point values in each of the hitting and pitching statistical categories. A team's total score for each week of the season is a combination of points a team has been awarded in each statistical category.
Players statistics shall be statistics accumulated at the major league level. For players in NL-only or AL-only leagues, if a player is traded or otherwise acquired by a team in the other league, you will continue to accumulate statistics for that player so long as they remain on your roster for that season. If that player is dropped from your roster that player will no longer be available in that league. For example, if you are in an AL-only league and Chris Sale is on your roster when traded from Boston to Philadelphia mid-season, you would continue to accumulate statistics for Sale this season as long as you do not drop him, even though he is pitching in the NL.
The statistical categories and point values are listed below:
|Batting Category||Point Value||Pitching Category||Point Value|
|Single||1 point||Win||7 points|
|Double||2 points||Save||7 points|
|Triple||3 points||Quality Start||3 points|
|Home Run||4 points||Strikeout||.5 points|
|RBI||1 point||Base on Balls||-1 point|
|Run||1 point||Inning Pitched||3 points|
|Base on Balls||1 point||Hits Allowed||-1 point|
|Stolen Base||2 points||Earned Runs||-1 points|
|Strikeout||-.5 point||Hits Batsman||-1 points|
|Caught Stealing||-1 point||Loss||-5 points|
|Hit by Pitch||1 point|
In all hitting categories the hitting statistics of your pitchers do not count toward your team totals. Hitting statistics of pitchers are ignored in all leagues. Additionally, all pitching statistics for hitters are ignored in all leagues.
Statistics for games that are rained out or otherwise postponed for any reason, including but not limited to work stoppage, facilities, natural disaster, disease, or terrorism, will be applied to the week in which the game is played. The statistics for postponed games will not be applied to the week the game was originally scheduled. If a postponed game is not made up or cancelled, no statistics for that game will be accumulated. RealTime Fantasy Sports reserves the right to adjust the fantasy baseball season to match any changes in the length or schedule of the Major League Baseball season such as a late start, mid-season pause or shortened season.
Highly experienced fantasy players will be designated in the list of entries in each league. Players will be able to view the list of participants and their designation before joining any league. Designations will be displayed as follows:
Residents of Regulated U.S. States
Not Highly Experienced
Players will see each participant and their designation as determined by the laws and regulatory guidance of their own state of residence. For example, Missouri residents will see participants designated in accordance with Missouri statue and regulatory guidance. A definition of each state's definition of highly experienced may be found here.
All Other Players
Top 100 Player
Top 1000 Player
Ranked lower than Top 1000
For residents of non-regulated U.S. states participants will be ranked and designated by RealTime Fantasy Sports' traditional fantasy rankings. This ranking is based volume of play and success of the participants. An explanation of the rankings may be found here.
Participants must create an account with RealTime Fantasy Sports in order to participate in any fantasy contest. Accounts must be verified using the participant's full, legal name, current address, date of birth. RealTime Fantasy Sports uses a third-party verification system to authenticate this personal information. Customers may also validate their accounts by submitting an up-to-date government issued ID (such as a driver's license) with the participant's current address and date of birth clearly displayed. RealTime Fantasy Sports reserves the right to close any account under suspicion of fraud or submission of invalid personal information.
Participants may self-exclude themselves from participating in contest offer by RTFS.
Contest participants will not be eligible to receive prize payments until their account information has been verified. Prize payments will only be sent to the verified name and address on the account, no other name or address will accepted. If a prize winner has moved, address information will need to be re-verified before a prize payout can be issued.
All funds in verified, registered personal accounts are sole possession of that participant. Except in cases involving fraud (see section titled, "Fraud" below). Withdrawals from a registered participants's account by any individual other than the registered participant is strictly prohibitied. These funds are not the property of RealTime Fantasy Sports Inc. and are not available to RealTime Fantasys Sports Inc.'s creditors.
One account per participant. Persons with more than one account may have any extra accounts closed by RealTime Fantasy Sports.
Prize winnings of $600 or more per calednar year must be claimed as income. Participants receiving $600 or more in winnings are required to submit their social security number for tax purposes. This SSN will be verified using the participant's account information for validity. By February 15th of the next calendar year all participants receiving $600 or more in winnings will have a tax form 1099-MISC, detailing the taxable amount of their winnings, attached to their personal account. Participants will be notified via e-mail and online (when they access their personal account) of the presence of the 1099-MISC form. It is the sole responsibility of the participant to print out the form and include it in their tax return to the IRS. Per tax law, RealTime Fantasy Sports will provide a copy of the 1099-MISC to the IRS for their records.
All prize winnings are succeptible to a 30% foreign winnings withholding. Withholdings will be deducted from prize distributions and sent to the IRS. By February 15th of the next calendar year all non-US residents will have a tax form 1042-S, detailing the amount of prize money withheld, attached to their personal account. Participants will be notified via e-mail and online (when they access their personal account) of the presence of the 1042-S form. It is the sole responsibility of the participant to print out the form and determine the amount, if any, that can be re-claimed. Per tax law, RealTime Fantasy Sports will provide a copy of the 1042-S to the IRS for their records.
Prize Winners will be notified by email within 48 hours after the official final results (and associated winners) are validated at the conclusion of the Contest. Prize Winners are also posted on the Contest web site. For full season or multiple week contests, the conclusion of the Contest is defined as noon Eastern time on either the Thursday following the last day of competition in the league or 2 business days following the last day of competition, whichever is the later date. For daily contests, the conclusion the Contest is defined as noon Eastern on the day following the last event of the Contest. Within 48 hours after the conclusion of the Contest all prize awards will be placed in the winner's RealTime Fantasy Sports account. Prize Winners may use the balance in their accounts to purchase additional RealTime Fantasy Sports games or they may request a prize distribution via check or direct deposit, payable in US Dollars. Prize Winners must complete an affidavit of eligibility and a liability/publicity release (unless prohibited by law) to receive a prize distribution. Failure to comply with these requirements can result in non-payment. Prize Winners are not required to spend the balance in their account nor are they required to receive a prize distribution. Account balances do not expire and may be spent on RealTime Fantasy Sports games at any time in the future.
By accepting any prize, the winners grant permission to RealTime Fantasy 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. In the event of a dispute about the identity of any entrant, entries made online are declared made by the authorized account holder of the email address submitted at the time of entry. "Authorized account holder" is defined as the natural person who is assigned to an email address by an Internet access provider, online service provider or other organization that is responsible for assigning email addresses for the domain associated with the submitted email address. A potential winner can be required to provide the sponsors with proof that the potential winner is the authorized account holder of the email address associated with the winning entry.
By registering, you agree to abide by the general sportsmanship rules set forth in these rules and fantasy games in general. You further agree to accept and abide by the rulings and the decisions of RealTime Fantasy Sports regarding all questions of sportsmanship. Sportsmanship broadly includes actions such as abusive postings and communication, colluding with other teams in the league, deliberately choosing to start incomplete or weak lineups, free agent moves for reasons other than improvement of the owner's fantasy team, and any other actions not conducive to decent, fair, and honest play. If an owner refuses to comply with the sportsmanship rules, or that an owner has acted in an unsportsmanlike manner, RealTime Fantasy Sports reserves the right to disqualify the owner and/or remove that owner from the league without a refund. All decisions by RealTime Fantasy Sports will be final.
Inappropriate, Offensive, or Commercial Communication
The league message boards, league news and league email are provided to facilitate communication with other league owners and enhance the enjoyment of your league. RealTime Fantasy Sports does not permit posting or sending messages or images, to include logos, avatars and team names that could be construed as offensive to other owners. Inappropriate communication can also include spamming team owners with commercial offers and/or posting commercial messages on the league message board. Team owners who violate these guidelines are subject to being restricted from posting in the league. Additionally, RealTime Fantasy Sports reserves the right to disqualify the owner and/or remove that owner from the league without a refund. All decisions by RealTime Fantasy Sports will be final.
All participants are required to abide by the RealTime Fantasy Sports, Inc. (RTFS) Official Policies.
Should a team accidentally drop a player or drop the incorrect player during a free agent transaction, the team may appeal to have the player reinstated to their team. The appeal for reinstatement must occur immediately, without exception. If the appeal is not submitted immediately, for any reason, the appeal will be denied. Submission of an appeal does not guarantee a ruling in favor of the team submitting the appeal. If the team owner is a repeat offender, deemed to be using the appeal to gain an advantage or the appeal is not submitted immediately, the appeal will be denied. RTFS reserves the right to deny any appeal.
In leagues that allow trading, owners may request a review of commissioner-approved trades or commissioner-rejected trades. Trade appeals must be submitted immediately after the trade was approved or rejected. If any delay in submission occurs, for any reason, the appeal will be denied. Upon submission of an appeal, the trade will be reviewed by a panel of fantasy football experts. Current injuries, bye weeks, season to date performance, team standings, and other factors will be considered. Trades that are overwhelmingly one-sided will be rejected. Trades that are arguably beneficial to both sides or arguably not overwhelmingly one-sided will be allowed to stand. Submission of an appeal does not guarantee a trade will be reversed. RTFS reserves the right to reverse any trade or let any trade stand.
All appeal decisions by RealTime Fantasy Sports are final.
Participants wishing to register complaints regarding whether his or her account has been misallocated, compromised, or otherwise mishandled may do so using the following methods:
Please include full name, account information, contact number (daytime and evening) and description of your complaint. RealTime Fantasy Sports will access the given information and respond either via phone or e-mail within three (3) business days. RealTime Fantasy Sports will do everything in its power to resolve the situation.
If, for any reason, the Contest is not capable of running as planned, including infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures or any other causes beyond the control of RealTime Fantasy Sports which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the Contest. RealTime Fantasy Sports reserves the right at their sole discretion to disqualify any individual who tampers with the registration process or operations of the Contest and to cancel, terminates, modify or suspend the Contest. RealTime Fantasy Sports assumes no responsibility for any error, omissions, interruption, deletion, defect or delay in operation with transmission, communications, line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to or allegation of entries. RealTime Fantasy Sports is not responsible for any problem or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer online systems, servers, equipment or software, failure of any email or user action to be received on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any website, phone lines, or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to a participant's computer related to or resulting from participation in the Contest. ANY ATTEMPT BY A PARTICIPANT TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE ANY WEBSITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE LEAGUES IS A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, REALTIME FANTASY SPORTS RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.
RealTime Fantasy Sports is not responsible for any late, lost, garbled, misdirected, incomplete, or damaged entries; any Contest disruptions, injuries, losses or damages caused by events beyond the control of RealTime Fantasy Sports or any printing or typographical errors in any materials associated with the Contest. RealTime Fantasy Sports or any subsidiary or affiliated company of any of the foregoing, are not in any way responsible or liable for any damage, loss or injury (including death) resulting from participation in the Contest and/or acceptance and use of any prize won. RealTime Fantasy Sports is solely responsible for enacting, administering, enforcing the rules, and maintaining the integrity of the Contest. The Contest and website are not sponsored by, endorsed by, nor affiliated with, the National Football League, the National Football League Players Association, Major League Baseball, the Major League Baseball Players Association, National Basketball Association or NASCAR.
By participating in the Contest, you release and agree to hold harmless RealTime Fantasy Sports, its sponsors, parent companies, subsidiaries, affiliates, directors, officers, employees and agencies from any liability whatsoever for any claims, costs, injuries, losses, or damages of any kind arising out of or in connection with the Contest or acceptance, possession, or use of any prize (including, without limitation, claims, costs, injuries and losses related to personal injuries, death, damage to or destruction of property, rights of publicity or privacy, defamation or portrayal in a false light, whether intentional or unintentional), whether under a theory of contract, tort (including negligence), warranty or other theory.
The Contest is subject to all United States laws, and to the Leagues official rules, and cannot be used in connection with any form of gambling. By entering the Contest, you agree to abide by the terms of the official rules and by the decisions of RealTime Fantasy Sports, which are final on all matters pertaining to the Contest. RealTime Fantasy Sports reserves the right to change the official rules at any time, in their sole discretion. Official rules are the rules posted on the Contest website.
Entries into the Contest obtained via fraudulent means such as purchase with stolen credit card, fraudulent bank transaction, checks returned for insufficient funds, credit card chargebacks, etc. shall be disqualified from the Contest. Participants circumventing, attempting to circumvent or subverting the rules of the Contest shall be declared fraudulent and be disqualified from the Contest. RealTime Fantasy Sports reserves the right to seek legal remedies and restitution for all fraudulently acquired entries and for any transactions that defraud RealTime Fantasy Sports of Contest entry fees. Remedies and restitution may include administrative charges and attorney fees. Participants that obtain Contest entries by fraud or defraud RealTime Fantasy Sports shall forfeit all entries and all current and future Contest prizes without recourse or refund.
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