OFFICIAL RULES OF EZRA STILES
Original document by Erik Engquist.
Now maintained by Geoff Buchan.
Each team shall consist of 20 starting players, with four from each
point guard, two guard, small forward, power forward, and center.
Position eligibility is determined by the commissioner prior to the auction. A
player becomes eligible at another position when he starts five games at that
position, as determined by the positions of his starting teammates, and pending
commissioner's approval. Each team also has a five-man reserve, whose
stats do not count.
The nomination proceeds in a rotation among all the owners.
Unless you specify a higher bid, a nomination implies a bid
of $0.10 on the nominated player.
If the nominating owner makes no selection in two minutes, he forfeits
The lowest possible bid, as well as the minimum increment bid,
Every owner has a $30 salary cap.
During some point in the bidding for a certain player, one
owner who professes to be uninterested in that player should volunteer
to be the auctioneer; i.e., to announce with rhythmic cadence, "Going
once, going twice, sold."
The auctioneer may not have the high bid on the player he is
auctioning, nor may he re-enter the bidding.
The owner with the highest bid wins the player.
The Rotisserie auction begins with the defending champion
nominating the first player for bidding.
Injured players, contract holdouts, and free agents
Owners must purchase 25 players at the draft. Owners must have at
least four players at each position.
It is legal to bid on injured players, free agents, or holdouts.
Their status will NOT be announced upon nomination.
Each owner has one time-out. If an owner calls for a time-out when he
has none left, he shall be slapped upside his head by the other owners
and the countdown resumed immediately.
An owner may cut a player at any time.
Each team must conclude the auction with five players on reserve (the
maximum allowable number). However, throughout the season, it is not
required that a team's reserve be filled. Reserve players can be of any
position. Their statistics do not count; however, they may be used to replace a
starting player (of the same position) at any time, and their stats would
begin to count the following week.
The most important thing to remember about trading with other
owners is that by the weekly deadline you must field a legal team,
and at no time can a team consist of more than 25 players.
When making a trade, the transaction is not official until all
participants have said "agreed." Only that word will do, and it cannot
Stipulations or hidden agreements attached to trades are illegal.
Pick-ups or prior trades must be disclosed to a potential trading
Unless otherwise specified, bench players will go in for bench
players, and starters in for starters as the result of any trade. It is
highly recommended that owners specify their lineups following a deal.
You must disclose your full knowledge of your players' injuries
before trading them.
The trading deadline is the first tip-off after the All-Star
Free agents can be picked up to fill a blank roster spot.
Only players on an NBA roster are eligible to be picked up.
Each owner begins the season with a $30 Free Agent Acquisition
budget (FAAB). You may use this budget to bid on free agents during
the week, and trade some (or even all) of your budget to other owners.
The deadline for bidding each week is 10:00 AM Eastern time on the first
day of the week. Prior to that time, you must enter a bid of $0 or some
number less than or equal to your current budget.
When you try to pick up a free agent before the deadline, RotoValue.com
should prompt you to make a bid. Soon after the deadline, the site should
automatically resolve all open auctions, and send out transaction reports
detailing the bidding.
If your bid is higher than your remaining budget at the time the auction
is resolved, your bid will be reduced to your entire remaining budget.
You may enter other moves to be executed if your bid wins at the web site,
but if the moves would result in an illegal lineup at the time the auction
is resolved, your bid will be withdrawn and have no effect. The site should
also withdraw a bid prior to the deadline if other transactions would cause
the bid and its associated moves to result in an illegal lineup if the bid
Prior to the bidding deadline you may delete or change your bid. Only
open bids with valid associated moves will be considered when the auction
The highest bid wins. In the event of tied bids between multiple owners,
the web site will use a random number generator to award the player to one
of the tied owners.
Between the bidding deadline and the start of the first game of the week,
you may pick up free agents on a first-come, first-served basis, without
any bid whatsoever. After the new week starts, free agents are subject to
bidding again until the next week's deadline.
You may not pick up a player whom you have cut in the previous 24 hours.
Contingency moves, such as "If he scored 20 points today, I pick him
up," are forbidden. You must know the facts. You may not assume
information. Roster moves may be reported to anyone who can verify
them, but must be reported to the commissioner at the earliest possible
In the case of correctable illegal rosters, the commissioner will
issue a ruling in the best interests of the compliant owners.
"Correctable" implies accidental and changeable with a simple reserve
call-up or pickup, to be made retroactively by the commissioner at the
conclusion of the week.
Rosters can be "illegal" with respect to position eligibility
within a week, but the penalty for not fielding a legal team at the
beginning of a week is zero stats for the week, if the roster is not
"correctable" (see above). The commissioner can make special rulings
here if extenuating circumstances apply.
All of the teams will compete in the following six statistical
categories: total points, total rebounds, total assists, composite
shooting percentage, composite free-throw percentage, and the sum of
total blocks plus total steals. Since there will be eight owners, the person in
first place of a category will get eight points, the person in second, seven
points, etc., and the person in last place will get one point.
Each owner must register his team's roster moves with the statistics
service, and must verify the correctness of the rosters distributed
weekly by the commissioner.
The original auction itself costs each owner $30.
Other expenditures are as follows:
picking up a free agent costs $0.50; cutting a player or
costs $.50; Calling up a reserve player costs $.50.
Trades cost $.50 per owner. Commissioner's fees are determined after
the season. Payments are due one month after debts are calculated by
Conspiracy and Negligence
The first place finisher gets 50% of the total pot, second place 25%,
third place 15%, fourth 7%, and fifth 3%.
Conspiracy is the worst crime in Rotisserie. I don't have the
stomach to type all the gory details of what constitutes conspiracy, but
suffice it to say that anything which the commissioner judges to be not
in the best interests of the league will be disallowed. The general rule
is every man for himself. For example, don't suggest trades between other
owners or offer opinions on trades or bids during the auction, and don't
tell another owner that his player is injured.
Negligence is failure to maintain one's team "reasonably". All
owners must make an "honest effort" to keep their teams as competitive as
possible,even if they are far back in the standings. The commissioner may
fine owners who abandon or neglect their teams, but it is far better for
all owners to do their best to keep their teams competitive. You will not
be fined for making bad moves, but you likely will be fined for failing
to replace players injured for an extended period of time. Even owners
not competing for the top five places in the standings may help determine
the champion by pickups or beating contending teams in certain
categories, so it is important that all owners try to remain competitive
for the entire season.