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Updated Cascadia Elite League Constitution (04.26.2014)

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CASCADIA ELITE LEAGUE
League Objective:
• To build a Cascadia Elite League franchise, whose roster of NHL players will compete on a weekly basis during the NHL regular season, the last four weeks of which will be the playoffs, where the championship team will be awarded the Cascadia Cup.
• Regular owner participation is expected. Owners agree to participate in online drafts, respond in a timely fashion to trade offers, and look after the general week-to-week necessities of their team in order to maintain membership in the league.
• Commissioners will endeavor to keep the league competitive and fun, and will do their best to let the league govern itself through the active participation of franchise owners. We will also enforce all rules in this document on a fair and consistent basis, and will ensure that all rosters and teams are kept updated, and all payouts are made promptly.


Teams & Rosters:

• The league will consist of 28 franchises divided into two divisions.

• Teams will initially be randomly put into conferences based on the order of registration into the league. League conferences and divisions will be subject to change based on league expansion or other realignment necessity. For the 2014-15 season, divisions have been divided based on regular season record for the 2013-14 season. (1st place team to Division 1, 2nd place to Division 2, 3rd place to Division 1, and so on.)
• Teams must maintain an active and legal lineup on a weekly basis. The point totals of the 14 players in an owner's active lineup will determine his or her score on a weekly basis. Failure to dress an active lineup by the start of the first NHL game every Monday during the season will result in those games being forfeited by the offending owner.
• Active Lineup:
 9 Forwards (F)
 4 Defensemen (D)
 1 Goaltender (G)
• Reserve Players:
• Franchises may have up to 6 inactive reserve players on their roster's "bench". These players may be any position.
• Reserve players' salaries count toward the salary cap.
• Reserve players' point totals do not count toward a team's weekly point total.
• Prospects who have not yet been activated may not be placed in the Active Lineup or in the Reserves. Drafted prospects should be moved to "Injured" status on a team's roster. ONLY unactivated prospects, future draft picks and buyouts may be listed under the "Injured" status on the CBS site.


Scoring:

• Skaters:
 Goals: 1 point
 Assists: 1 point
• Goalies:
 Wins: 3 points
 Overtime Losses: 1 point
 Shootout Losses: 1 point
 Shutouts: 1 point
 Goalie Goal/Assist: 1 point


Salary Cap:
• A team's total fantasy payroll is not to exceed $200 at any time during the season. This includes all player and prospect salaries as well as any buyout payments made because of Free Agent contracts that have been released. In the offseason, a team may exceed the salary cap and may have an illegal roster. After September 1st (and Protection Lists are in for the new season) a team may no longer exceed either the salary cap or the roster limits.
• Teams’ Total Payroll during the season (including Player Salaries, Buyouts and Prospect Salaries) may not exceed the salary cap of $200 at any time between Sept.1st and the end of the Cascadia Elite League Playoffs.
• If a transaction occurs that puts a team over the $200 fantasy cap that transaction will not be allowed. It is permissible to exceed the cap prior to the season commencing.
• Starting in 2014-15, League Fees will consist of a flat $100 payment due at the end of the previous season.


Schedule (Regular Season and Playoffs):

• Teams will play 3 different opponents each week of the NHL regular season, save the last four weeks of the NHL regular season, which will be reserved for the CEL Playoffs.
• Regular Season:
 Teams will play 3 different opponents each week of the NHL regular season.
 Games will include all regular season NHL games played in a particular week (Monday through Sunday).
 Teams will play as even a schedule as is possible, where the goal is for each team to play an equal number of times.
 A win by a team is worth 2 points in the standings, a tie is worth 1 point, and a loss is worth 0 points.
 Teams are ranked in the standings in order of point totals.
 If at the end of the season two teams are tied in the standings, the following tiebreakers apply: 1) Most Wins, 2) Most fantasy points scored, 3) Head-to Head regular season record
• Playoffs:
 Playoffs will take place during the final four weeks of the NHL season.
 Each round of the playoffs is a one-week sudden death playoff.
 In the first round, the top 8 teams in each conference will make the playoffs, where the 1st place team each conference is matched up against the 8th place team, the 2nd place team plays the 7th place team, 3rd place versus 6th place and 4th faces 5th.
 WILDCARD: If the 9th place team in one Division has more points than the 8th place team in the other Division, that team will become the "Wildcard" team and will make the playoffs replacing the lower ranked 8th seed.
 In round two, the four remaining teams in each division are re-seeded 1 through 4. The 1st ranked team plays the 4th ranked, and the 2nd ranked faces the 3rd ranked team.
 In round three, the Conference finals, the two remaining teams in each division play each other, with the winners advancing to the CEL Championship game.
 The league championship may consist of more than a full week of games, depending on the NHL schedule.
 Home Ice Advantage:  The "home team" will be the team in the playoff matchup with the higher standing during the regular season. The home team will receive 1 additional point during the week. If the playoff match ends in a tie, the team considered to be the home team will win the tie break.
 The winner of the League Championship wins the Cascadia Cup!


Trades and Weekly "Waiver Wire" Additions:

• Trades:
 Trades may include any combination of active players, prospects, and draft picks.
 No trade will be allowed for draft picks more than 13 months away, or any deals that require a player to be given back at the end of the season.
 Conditional picks based on performance or injuries ARE allowed, but must include specific targets.
 Traded players’ new team accepts the terms of all current contracts.
 The Trading Deadline is SUNDAY of the 20th week at 9pm PST.
 The league commissioners reserve the right to review/veto any proposed trade agreements if a trade is deemed to create an unreasonable advantage for one franchise, or go against the spirit of the league.
• Waiver Wire Additions:
 "Waiver Wire" player additions begin after the second week of the CEL season, on the third Sunday of the NHL season.
 Players not owned by teams in the CEL may be added during the season. Players added must have at least 1 NHL point in the current season to be eligible for pickup or 1 appearance for goalies. (As of the end of games on Saturday of that week).
 Waiver Wire Player addition requests will be processed every Sunday night after 6pm PST starting with the team ranked lowest in the current CEL standings. Players claimed by two or more teams will go to the team lower in the standings. Once a team has claimed a player, it must wait until all other teams (who have submitted claims during the week) have a chance to add a player.
 After the initial Waiver Wire additions on Sunday, players may still be added on a "first come, first served" basis up until the beginning of the first NHL game on Monday or 3:55pm Monday, whichever comes first.
 If any owner adding a player already has a full roster of players, he or she must drop a player to the free agent pool (as part of the claim) to maintain a legal roster.
 There is a roster freeze during the CEL playoffs when no players will be traded or added by any teams. The freeze takes effect the Monday of the final regular season week.
 Added players salaries are $4.00 for the balance of the season.
 After the season, added players under 32 years of age will sign a Standard Player Contract based on their age, games played and point production. Players 32 years of age and older will be eligible for the Free Agent Auction.
 A CEL team may not drop a player after the start of games during a week of the season and pick him up the subsequent Sunday during the (initial) waiver wire process. After the 6pm initial waiver wire window, that player is again eligible to be picked up by the team that dropped him. This rule change is to prevent the loophole that a player may be dropped by the last place team in the league and picked up again on a $4 waiver wire contract.


Standard Player Contracts & Prospect Activation:
• Standard Player Contracts:
 All players must be under contract to be eligible for the starting lineup.
 No player will sign a standard contract after the age of 31 years old, unless it is an Entry Level Contract. Players 32 years of age and older with expiring contracts will enter the Free Agent Auction (see below).
 An Entry Level Contract (ELC) is the first contract signed by a prospect when he is activated. Salaries for prospects are determined by their draft position when drafted into the Cascadia Elite League. The ELC is a standard three year contract.
 Use the Prospect Activation Thread in league forum to activate a prospect (http://cascadia.forumcanadien.org/).
 Entry Level Contracts do not need to be protected in a team's Protection List submitted September 1st as long as the contract lasts. Once a player's ELC expires, they will sign a contract based on their age at the time, and must be protected.
 2014-15 RULE EXCEPTION: Any prospect activated during the 2014-15 season will sign a 2 year ELC instead of a 3 year standard ELC.
 If a prospect is signed after the trading deadline to an ELC, it will not count toward the standard 3 years of the deal.
 Prospect Activation salary costs go by this chart:
1st overall pick: $15.00
2nd-3rd overall picks: $12.00
4th-5th overall picks: $11.00
6th-7th overall picks: $10.00
8th-10th overall picks: 9.00
11th-20th overall: 7.50
21st-28th overall: $6.00
2nd Round: $5.00
3rd Round: $4.00
4th Round: $4.00
 Any Entry Level Contract signed by a player 30 years of age and older will result in that player entering Free Agency upon the expiry of that contract.
 Each year after a prospect is drafted; the player loses $0.50 off of his yearly Activation Cost Table salary. [Example: Prospect is drafted 1st overall in 2000 and is not signed until 2004, the players market value is $15.00 minus $2.00 ($.50 X 4 years) for an Entry Level Contract salary of $13.00]
 Prospect market value decline will not fall below $6.00 for 1st round picks and $4.00 for 2nd, 3rd and 4th round picks.
 Players under the age of 28 will automatically sign a one to four year contract at the value of $0.20 per point, multiplied against a points per game (ppg) average over an 82 game season. (Ex. A player who scored on a pace of 50 points in 82 games would sign a contract at 50*0.20 making their salary $10.00).
 Players under 28 years of age will only sign a contract that takes them to age 28. (Ex. If the player is 25, he will automatically sign a three year contract.)
 Players entering their last contract (age 28) will sign a Final Standard Player Contract (FSPC). Their point multiplier for determining market value is $0.22 per point. At the end of a FSPC the player will be 32 years of age and will enter the Free Agent (FA) Auction.
 GOALIE CONTRACTS: Goalies will sign a Standard Player Contract using the following formula: (points per game) * (82 games) * (percentage of games started) * 0.2
 The multiplier for goalies entering their Final Standard Player Contract will be 0.22 -- just like regular skaters.
 EXAMPLE: Antti Niemi started 89.6% of San Jose's games last year, and scored 83 points under the scoring system in 43 games played. We calculate his salary as 1.93 (ppg) * 82 (games in a standard season) * 0.896 (% games played) *0.22 (multiplier for last Standard Player Contract) = a salary of 31.20
• Salaries:
 Minimum salary for active players is $4.00.
 Players added from the "Waiver Wire" during the season sign a 1-year contract at a salary of $4.00.
 The salary for all prospects is $1.00 per season until activated.
 Players on a team payroll include, all active players (14), "Bench" players (maximum of 6), all prospects (no maximum) as well as any Buyouts incurred during the season.
 Any team releasing a guaranteed free agent contract (FA) must buy out all outstanding years of salary owed on that player's contract immediately. This buyout is counted against the salary cap for the remainder of the season. A buyout may not occur if it takes the owner over the $200 fantasy salary cap. (See Waivers & Buyouts below)


Unrestricted Free Agents & the Free Agent Auction:
• Unrestricted Free Agents:
 A player becomes an unrestricted free agent if their contract has expired and they are 32 years of age or older (on October 1st of that year).
 Unrestricted Free Agents may be signed during the Free Agent Auction held in the last two weeks of September each year. The Free Agent auction will occur after the NHL Draft has taken place.
 For the 2014-15 season, the Free Agent Auction will occur on Saturday September 27th, 2014.
 Commissioners will create a randomized list of top Unrestricted Free Agents. Any owner may nominate additional players to bid on at the end of the auction.
 The auction will take place in real time, in the chatroom of either the CBS site or the CEL forum page (http://cascadia.forumcanadien.org/), on the day designated by the commissioners. This will be in the last two weeks of September.
 Commissioners will attempt to find an evening that works for the majority of owners.
 If an owner cannot attend the auction, another owner may be given permission to bid for the absent owner. The absent team must consent to this prior to the auction (please email Matt or Charles), and will be bound by any signings made on his or her behalf.
 There is no maximum bid that an owner can make for a player. Owners may sign any number of players, but may not exceed the 20 player roster limit or the salary cap. (See Prospect Section below: prospects that have been activated but moved back to the prospect list do not count against this limit, though owners are still responsible for their salaries against the cap.)
 After an owner has successfully "won" a player in the bidding process with the highest bid, he or she may choose to sign that player to a 1-4 year contract. (i.e. A player with a winning bid of $40 may sign for 1 year at $40 a season, 2 years at $20 per season, 3 years at $13.33 per season or 4 years at $10 per season.)
 The minimum amount that a player may sign for is $4.00. (Therefore $8 is the minimum bid for a 2 year contract, $12 for a 3 year contract, and $16 for a 4 year contract.)
 The salary of a Free Agent contract is 100% guaranteed. If a Free Agent contract is dropped by an owner before the end of the contract term, all remaining money owed on the contract must immediately be counted against the salary cap for the rest of the season. An owner may not buy out a contract if it puts them over the $200 fantasy cap.
 Standard Buyouts can only occur between October 1st and April 1st.
 If a player 32 years of age or older is not signed in the Free Agent Auction, he will be eligible to be selected in the NHL Draft Phase II or on the Waiver Wire during the regular season.
 After the Cascadia Elite League NHL Draft is complete, any previously signed Free Agent (FA) contracts that were not protected by CEL teams and were not selected in the NHL draft will return to the team that owned the contract last. There will be a 24 hour Free Agent Buyout Window for unwanted FA contracts after the NHL draft is complete. (See Waivers & Buyouts below)


Protected Lists & the Cascadia Elite League NHL Draft:
• Protected Lists:
 Teams must announce their Protection List for the Cascadia Elite League NHL Draft by September 1st at 9pm PST.
 Teams who made the playoffs the previous season may protect 9 active players
 Non-Playoff teams may protect 10 players.
 A player is Free Protection and is exempt from the Protected List if he is a prospect or is signed to a current Entry Level Contract (ELC).
 All players under 32 years of age who have played at least one NHL game and are not on a CEL roster after Protection Lists are in are eligible for the NHL Draft.
• NHL Draft Phase I:
 The NHL Draft will occur in mid-September (around Sept 15th).
 For the 2014-15 season the NHL Draft will occur on Saturday September 20th, 2014
 The NHL Draft will consist of four rounds for the 2014-15 season.
 These draft picks are transferrable, and may be traded.
 Order of selection: Reverse order of finish the previous season. (Non-Playoff teams draft first)
 Any player who is not on a current CEL roster (after Protection Lists are in) and has played at least one NHL game is eligible to be selected.
 Players under 28 years of age and under chosen in the NHL Draft will sign a Standard Player Contract, while players 28-31 years of age will sign a Final Standard Player Contract (FSPC).
 Free Agent (FA) contracts selected in the NHL Draft are guaranteed, and transfer to their new club at the salary at which they were originally signed.
 After the Cascadia Elite League NHL Draft Phase I is complete, any signed Free Agent (FA) contracts that were not protected by CEL teams and were not selected in the NHL draft will return to the team that owned the contract last. There will be a 24 hour Free Agent Buyout Window for unwanted FA contracts after the NHL draft is complete. (See Waivers & Buyouts below).

• NHL Draft Phase II (WAIVER DRAFT):
 After both the NHL Draft and the Free Agent Auction are complete, teams may fill any empty spots in their 20 man roster using a Waiver Draft Format that works similar to the Waiver Wire during the regular season where teams will claim players using the add/drop page on the CBS site.
 The draft order is the same as in NHL Draft Phase I, proceeding in the reverse order of finish the previous season (with non-playoff teams drafting first).
 A player selected in the NHL Draft Phase II will sign a one year contract at $4.00. If the player is under 32 years of age at the season's end, they may sign a new contract based on age and production.
 Teams will be required to have all 14 active roster spots (9 F, 4 D, 1 G) filled at the end of the NHL Draft Phase II. Teams may also optionally fill their 6 Reserve positions if they already have a legal active roster.
 Teams will be able to place claims for players for the NHL Draft Phase II starting from the conclusion of the Free Agent Auction (September 28th for 2014-15). The claims will be processed the following Sunday at 6pm, or at 6pm the day before NHL regular season games start (whichever comes first).


Putting a Free Agent on Waivers & the Buyout:
• Waivers:
 Free Agent contracts can be placed on Free Agent waivers during the season for the purpose of releasing the player without paying a buyout. This is called Waivers Phase I.
 When there are multiple waiver claims, the player is awarded to the team with the lower ranking in the current standings.
 A team that claims a player from Waivers Phase I is responsible for 100% of the salary of the player claimed and the full term of the original contract.
 The waiver period lasts four days. If a player is not claimed during Waivers Phase I, teams may list the player at any time on Waivers Phase II.
 If a team claims a player during Waivers Phase II, that player carries a new salary that is half of the original salary of the previous FA contract. (The minimum salary for a player is still $4.00.)
 The player's former team takes a cap hit of half the salary prorated over the original term of the contract. (ex. A player with a $20.00 salary on a 2 year FA contract would carry a new salary of $10.00 over a 2 year term for his new team, and the former team would have a cap hit amount of $10.00 counted against their Fantasy Salary Cap for two seasons.)
 Teams may relist players on either Waiver Phase I or Waivers Phase II at any time. A player must have cleared Waivers Phase I before being placed on Waivers Phase II.
 Teams must list players put on waivers on the league forum. The 4 day window begins at the time of the posting.
• Standard Buyouts:
 Standard buyouts can only occur between October 1st and the end of the CEL regular season.
 If a Free Agent contract is dropped by an owner before the end of the contract term, all remaining money owed on the contract must be immediately paid in full and will count against the salary cap for the rest of the season.
 Special Free Agent Contract Buyout Window:
 During a special window (the 24 hour period after the NHL Draft Phase I), owners may elect to buyout any unwanted FA contracts at %60 of the full contract value.
 This buyout amount will count against that club's Fantasy Salary Cap for the season, just like a standard buyout.
 For the 2014-15 season, the 24 hour buyout window for unwanted previously signed Free Agent (FA) contracts will occur from 11:59pm Sept. 21 to 11:59pm Sept 22. A contract may be bought out at 60% of the full contract value against the cap of the 2014-15 CEL season.
 Once the season starts (after the Special Free Agent Contract Buyout Window), teams will only have the option of paying the buyout in full and having the full amount count against the cap in that season.

• Prospect Draft:
 The prospect draft consists of four rounds. (Though the inaugural prospect draft will six rounds.)
 Any player is eligible for the prospect draft if they have been drafted by (or are under contract with) an NHL team and have played less than 82 regular season NHL games.
 Non-Playoff teams draft first. All non-playoff teams will be entered into the Cascadia Elite League Draft Lottery.
 Draft Lottery:
 The CEL draft lottery takes place after the end of the Cascadia Elite League regular season has finished.
 Only non-playoff teams are eligible for the lottery.
 All teams participating in the lottery have an equal shot at winning the lottery.
 The order of selection in the 1st round of the Prospect Draft for ALL non-playoff teams will determined by the lottery.
 The commissioners will decide on a fair, impartial website that will randomly create the order of how non-playoff teams draft in the first round of the Prospect Draft.
 All subsequent rounds of the prospect draft for non-playoff teams will be determined by regular season finish.

 Draft order for Playoff Teams (for all rounds of Prospect Draft):
• Teams eliminated in the 1st round of the playoffs will select next in the prospect draft. These 8 teams will be ordered by regular season standings.
• Next to select will be the 4 teams eliminated in the quarter finals of the playoffs. These 4 teams will also be ordered by regular season standings.
• This is followed by the eliminated Semifinalists (also by regular season standings), then the CEL runner up, and finally the Cascadia Cup Winner.
• Prospects:
 Prospects that have played in 82 NHL regular season games in their career must be signed to an Entry Level Contract (ELC) immediately (see Standard Player Contracts & Prospect Activation above), and are not-eligible for the prospect list from that point forward.
 Prospects that are on their Entry Level Contract but are under the 82 games played limit may be returned to the prospect list, though their salary will still count against the Salary Cap.
 A player is Free Protection and does not count against the 9 (playoff teams) or 10(non-playoff teams) player limits of the Protected Lists as long as they are on their Entry Level Contract.
 Any prospect who plays his 82nd NHL game after the CEL trade deadline will not be forced to sign an Entry Level Contract until the offseason.
 Teams are not limited to a maximum number of prospects, but must pay a salary of 1.00 for each unactivated player on the prospect list.


Prize Money Distribution:

• Total amount of prize money will be the total entry fees for the league, minus the cost for the CBS Fantasy site for the year.
• Prize money that results in a balance of less than $100 (see League Fees below)will be applied as credit to the following season, unless the owner does not wish to continue in the league.
 Regular Season Prize Money (%38 of total prize amount):
(2)Conference Winners 5%
(2) 2nd Place Teams: 4%
(2) 3rd Place Teams: 3%
(2) 4th Place Teams: 2%
(2) 5th Place Teams: %1.5
(2) 6th Place Teams: %1.5
(2) 7th Place Teams: %1
(2) 8th Place Teams: %1
 Playoff Prize Money (%62 of total prize amount):
(1) Cascadia Cup Champion: 14%
(2) Playoff Win Round 3: 8%
(4) Playoff Win Round 2: 4%
(Cool Playoff Win Round 1: 2%


League Fees:

• Owners are required to pay a $100 flat entry fee for the following season by May 31st of the previous season if they plan to continue in the pool.
• Prize payouts for the current season will be made by May 1st.
• If any team is not in good standing as of June 1st, the Cascadia Elite League may endeavor to find a new owner for the franchise.
• An email money transfer is the preferred method of payment to the league. Please send payments to Matt Nashlenas (mnashlenas@gmail.com). If this payment method does not work for you, please contact Matt to arrange an alternate payment method.
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