Scoring Rules Clarificiation

I was asked last week if commencement events/Baccalaureate Masses could be cited for scoring, and at the time, the FBL Scoring Committee had ruled that they could not be.  However, after several contentious meetings, during which copious amounts of coffee and doughnuts were consumed, a bit of name-calling might have occurred, and a couple chairs might have been tossed, the FBL Scoring Committee has determined that commencement events/Baccalaureate Masses can be cited for scoring.

Thus, under Rule 9, part c, “public appearance” may include commencement events/Baccalaureate Masses.

If any manager excluded those from their first week scores, the Tuesday deadline is extended 24 hours so that such events can be added, and scores will be modified.

 

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Fantasy Bishball – Season III

OFFICIAL FANTASY BISHBALL LEAGUE (FBL)

RULES AND SCORING GUIDELINES

1.  Teams are comprised of four (4) bishops.  All North American bishops and cardinals, either active or retired, are eligible for the draft, and do not have to be working in North America.  Pope Francis is obviously ineligible.

2.  A “draft” will be held at 11:00 PM EST Sunday May 5.  This will be held at “Cover It Live” (www.coveritlive.com), which I will set up once the final number of teams is set.  A draft order (determined randomly) will be established and emailed to all the managers ahead of time.  If you cannot be present for the draft, choose a proxy to make your selections.

3.  Returning managers are permitted, but not required, to “protect” one player from last year’s team.  The remaining players must be made available for the draft.  Managers are to submit their protected player selection to the FBL Office via email prior to April 28.  A list of “protected” players will be made available to all the managers so they know who’s unavailable.

4.  Managers are permitted to play only 3 bishops per week.  Individual bishops can play only three consecutive weeks, and must be “benched” the fourth week.  For example, the Crusading Croziers has Bishops A, B, C and D.  The first week, bishops A, B and C play; week two, bishops  A, B and D; the third week, bishops A, C and D.  Then, for week four, it’s bishops B, C and D.  Then back to the first week’s line-up.

5.  The season will run a maximum of 14 weeks, followed by the playoffs.  The season could be shortened (depending on how many teams sign up), but it will not be longer.

6.  A weekly schedule will be developed by the FBL Commissioner and distributed to all managers prior to the start of the season.  This year’s format will repeat last season’s head-to-head competition.  Depending on the number of teams, there may be “bye” weeks where your team is not scheduled to play.

7.  Teams earn two (2) points for a win, zero (0) points for a loss, and each team will earn one (1) point in the event of a tie.  Teams are ranked weekly from highest to lowest points, in addition to Won/Loss record.

8.  [amended 5/7/13] Weeks run from Monday to the following Sunday.  Managers have to have their scoring posts published before 12 Noon of their timezone of the Tuesday after the scoring week concludes. For example, Week 1 starts May 6 and ends May 12, scoring post has to be published before 12:00 Noon May 14.  Managers will be given publishing permissions to this site so that they can publish their own scoring posts.

9.  SCORING

a) Twitter entry: 1/4 point

b) Blog posts/columns/published homily/Facebook entry/”YouTube homily”:  1 point

c) Public appearance/TV or radio interview/speaker at a conference/publishes a book: 3 points

d) Ex-communication/El Smackdown (such as refusing to give communion to pro-abort politician): 5 points

A few clarifications – for any of the above circumstances to be eligible, the player needs to be demonstrating a charism of his office –  i.e. teaching the faith; defending the faith; etc – ABOVE AND BEYOND his normal duties.  Presiding at a Mass or the Sacrament of Confirmation are ineligbile.  Masses of special significance (including ordinations), however, are eligible.  Attending a parish picnic is ineligible; speaking at a pro-life rally is eligible. Tweeting “I’m at Barnes and Noble” is not eligible, but tweeting about Scripture is.  Also, someone writing an article or post about a player, or merely quoting them, is not eligible either.  If Maureen Dowd of the NYTimes writes a piece criticizing Archbishop Lori, and you have him on your team, that isn’t eligible.  We all know that most people in the secular world hate what our bishops say and teach and stand for.  That means they’re doing their jobs.  So let’s focus on the positive things.

Basically, just exercise common sense when determining what is eligible for scoring; the FBL Department of Scoring is the final arbiter on what is eligible and what is not, and will review all scoring posts.

Also – only the original source counts. For instance, if Cardinal Burke gives a speech at a pro-life conference, and 25 bloggers link to that speech, you don’t get 75 points. You would only get 3 points for the speech itself, and not the additional links. I think that makes sense.  In addition, no double-dipping.  In other words, if Bishop Coyne links his tweets to his Facebook page, and he’s on your team, you don’t get points for both – you can only choose one.

In order to get credit for the points, managers have to publish a post providing links (when possible – not all FB entries are linkable, for instance) to the original source.  Please keep the links simple – don’t cut and paste entire articles, or post videos (embedding the link is preferable).  It makes it much easier for the the FBL Department of Scoring to review!  Here’s a good example of a scoring post.

For additional clarifications and addenda, click here, here,  and here.  I think that covers everything.  To recap, here are the important dates to remember:

Saturday April 27:  final date for managers to sign up (have your team name ready by this date as well)
Thursday May 2: schedule, draft order and link to draft site will be emailed to all managers
Sunday May 5: draft at 11:00 PM EST at Cover It Live
Monday May 6: season starts
Monday August 5: last week of regular season (subject to change depending on number of teams, but the season won’t go beyond this week)
Monday August 12: playoffs begin

If you have any questions, leave them in the combox.

Special Conclave Addendum – The Papal Exception

We’re still a couple months away from the 2013 Fantasy Bishball Draft.  I hope those of you planning on returning are doing your due diligence and getting your draft picks in order – I certainly am!

As Commissioner of Fantasy Bishball, I have the solemn duty of clarifying existing rules and declaring addenda and rules changes.

Therefore, just so that’s there no confusion come Draft Day, I hereby declare that if an American Cardinal be elected Pope, he is no longer eligible to be drafted for anyone’s Fantasy Bishball team; and, in the event that Cardinal was on any team last season, and his manager was intending to protect him going into the 2013 season, it goes without saying that he or she will not be able to do so.

It’s the Papal Exception Rule.

Quick Note About The Bye Weeks

The Rules & Scheduling Committee has determined that manager’s are not required to use the rotation they would have used if there had been no bye week, when you resume play post bye week.  In other words, you have the option to use any rotation you want – even the one you used for the week prior to your bye week.  The same rule applies for the duration of the season afterwards – you cannot field any bishop for more than three successive weeks.

The committee would also like to clarify rotations for the playoffs.  Teams that clinch a playoff position may field any rotation during the playoffs. For instance, if your team advances to the finals, you can play the same rotation that you fielded in the semi-final round.  In other words – play your best team.  Playoffs are entirely different from the regular season in that regard.
Please direct any questions to the combox.

Scoring Post Amendment

The commissioner of the Scoring Rules Committee has issued an amendment to Scoring Post Rule 6.2, Item IV, subsection 12, paragraph 4(b).

“A manager is permitted to amend a scoring post after publication of said scoring post up until the time the Scoring Rules Committee has published the scores and standings for that week, which is published no later than 3 PM EST, but may be published as soon as 12:00 Noon EST, if all managers have published their scoring posts by that time.”

So if you’ve published your scoring post at 8 AM Monday, for instance, and then later that day something lands in your aggregator or Google news reader, say of an interview or op/ed written by one of your players, that occurred during your scoring week, you can still add it to your score.  No one should be penalized for something out of their control; however, the cutoff for making changes is when the Scores and Standings post is published.

Any questions?  Leave ’em in the combox.

Rules Addenda & Clarification

A few clarifications:

1)  You have to choose your line-up at the beginning of each week, not at the end.  This might result in missing out on some possible points if the bishop you have sitting out ends up doing something awesome during his “off-week”, but that’s how it goes in regular Fantasy Football or Fantasy Baseball too.  Keep in mind the rule that bishops can only play for three consecutive weeks and then have to sit out.

2)  Ordination Masses are acceptable as “public appearances” – because as Rebecca put it, it shows that the bishop is doing his job in his diocese.

3)  Retweets are not acceptable (if your player is on Twitter).

 

Leave comments or email me if you have any other questions.

Fantasy Bishball – Season II

OFFICIAL FANTASY BISHBALL LEAGUE (FBL)

RULES AND SCORING GUIDELINES

1.  Teams are comprised of four (4) bishops.  All North American bishops and cardinals, either active or retired, are eligible for the draft, and do not have to be working in North America.  Pope Benedict is obviously ineligible.

2.  A “draft” will be held at 11:00 PM EST Sunday June 10.  This will be held at “Cover It Live” (www.coveritlive.com), which I will set up once the final number of teams is set.  A draft order (determined randomly) will be established and emailed to all the managers ahead of time.  If you cannot be present for the draft, choose a proxy to make your selections.

3.  Returning managers are permitted, but not required, to “protect” one player from last year’s team.  The remaining players must be made available for the draft.  Managers are to submit their protected player selection to the FBL Office via email prior to June 3.

4.  Managers are permitted to play only 3 bishops per week.  Individual bishops can play only three consecutive weeks, and must be “benched” the fourth week.  For example, the Crusading Croziers has Bishops A, B, C and D.  The first week, bishops A, B and C play; week two, bishops  A, B and D; the third week, bishops A, C and D.  Then, for week four, it’s back to bishops B, C and D.  Then back to the first week’s line-up.

5.  The season will run a maximum of 14 weeks, followed by the playoffs.  The season could be shortened (depending on how many teams sign up), but it will not be longer.

6.  A weekly schedule will be developed by the FBL Commissioner and distributed to all managers prior to the start of the season.  This year’s format will feature head-to-head competition, as opposed to last season’s cumulative point system.

7.  Teams earn two (2) points for a win, zero (0) points for a loss, and each team will earn one (1) point in the event of a tie.  Teams are ranked weekly from highest to lowest points, in addition to Won/Loss record.

8.  Weeks run from Monday to the following Sunday.  Managers have to have their scoring posts published before noon of the Tuesday after the scoring week concludes. For example, Week 1 starts June 11 and ends June 17, scoring post has to be published before noon EST June 19.  Managers will be given publishing permissions to this site so that they can do so easily.

9.  SCORING

a) Twitter entry: 1/4 point

b) Blog posts/columns/published homily/Facebook entry:  1 point

c) Public appearance/TV or radio interview/speaker at a conference/publishes a book: 3 points

d) Ex-communication/El Smackdown (such as refusing to give communion to pro-abort politician): 5 points

A few clarifications – for any of the above circumstances to be eligible, the player needs to be demonstrating a charism of his office –  i.e. teaching the faith; defending the faith; etc – ABOVE AND BEYOND his normal duties.  Presiding at a Mass or the Sacrament of Confirmation are ineligbile.  Masses of special significance, however, are eligible.  Attending a parish picnic is ineligible; speaking at a pro-life rally is eligible. Tweeting “I’m at Barnes and Noble” is not eligible, but tweeting about Scripture is.  Also, someone writing an article or post about a player, or merely quoting them, is not eligible either.  If Maureen Dowd of the NYTimes writes a piece criticizing Archbishop Lori, and you have him on your team, that isn’t eligible.  We all know that most people in the secular world hate what our bishops say and teach and stand for.  That means they’re doing their jobs.  So let’s focus on the positive things.

Basically, just exercise common sense when determining what is eligible for scoring; the FBL Department of Scoring is the final arbiter on what is eligible and what is not, and will review all scoring posts.

Also – only the original source counts. For instance, if Cardinal Burke gives a speech at a pro-life conference, and 25 bloggers link to that speech, you don’t get 75 points. You would only get 3 points for the speech itself, and not the additional links. I think that makes sense.  In addition, no double-dipping.  In other words, if Cardinal Dolan is interviewed on EWTN and announces that he is ex-communicating NY Governor Cuomo, publishes a blog post about the interview and writes 4 tweets about it, you can only claim the highest point value for the one event (in this case, 5 points), not the total amount (which would be 10 points).

In order to get credit for the points, managers have to publish a post providing links (when possible – not all FB entries are linkable, for instance) to the original source.  Please keep the links simple – don’t cut and paste entire articles, or post videos (embedding the link is preferable).  It makes it much easier for the the FBL Department of Scoring to review!  Here’s a good example of a scoring post.

I think that covers everything.  To recap, here are the important dates to remember:

Saturday June 2:  final date for managers to sign up (have your team name ready by this date as well)
Thursday June 7: schedule, draft order and link to draft site will be emailed to all managers
Sunday June 10: draft at 11:00 PM EST at Cover It Live
Monday June 11: season starts
Monday Sept 10: last week of regular season (subject to change depending on number of teams, but the season won’t go beyond this week)
Monday Sept 17: playoffs begin (format to be determined)

If you have any questions, leave them in the combox.  I think the revised rules and shorter season will make Season II much more fun and successful than Season I.