Wednesday, November 11, 2015

2015 UEFL Rules Summit Discussion

The Umpire Ejection Fantasy League announces its 2015 Rules Summit, the annual forum for discussion of controversial issues which may have surfaced during the past season and to set forth a framework for rectifying these issues by amending the existing UEFL Rules Book ahead of the 2016 UEFL season.

This discussion thread is an open forum for the proposal, discussion and debate of potential rules changes. This thread will remain open through Sunday, November 15, which will provide ample time for the proposal and subsequent discussion of possible rules changes for the 2016 season. If necessitated by certain below decisions, a Summit runoff ballot may be presented after the initial voting closes.

The following section is grouped by Rule number and includes those matters presently on the docket for the Rules Summit ballot. During this discussion phase, any UEFL member or guest may contribute an idea for inclusion on the docket by replying to this thread. In turn, I will update the docket below to incorporate such proposal. Proposed rules modifications or changes are identified by italics, deletions by strikeout and additions by bold text. Editorial changes are underlined and individual propositions are preceded by the ">>" bullet point symbol.

Rule 1 (Selection of Umpires)

Rule 2 (The Season)

Rule 3 (Crew Division)
>> Section 3. Adds the attribution of negative one (-1) points for each QOC incorrect ejection by a crew chief's crew.

Rule 4 (League Scoring)

Rule 5 (Statistics)

Rule 6 (Challenges and Appeals)
>> Section 2-b-1. Modifies the Kulpa Rule (2-b-1) to reflect a 20" diameter of home plate (17" plate + 3" diameter of a baseball), or a range from (-.833 to +.833). Shifts the .768 to .935 range (which is centered at 0.851 feet) to a .750 to .916 range, which is centered at 0.833 feet. This change more accurately reflects the horizontal edge of the strike zone.
>> Sections 2-b-1 & 2-b-2. Specifies that Quality of Correctness for all Borderline Pitches (those within the Kulpa Rule's borderline range and within the Miller Rule's margin of error [MOE]) shall be Irrecusable.
>> Section 2-b-5. Modifies the Irrecusable QOC, specifying that a QOC of Irrecusable shall be limited to no more than the unsporting acts already listed in 2-b-5: Fighting, Throwing At, Unsportsmanlike Conduct-NEC, or Excess Contact. Effectively eliminates Subprovisions 2-b-5-a (non-active roster ejections) and 2-b-5-b (DiMuro rule regarding repeat visits).
>> Section 2-b-5-b. Independently proposes eliminating the DiMuro rule regarding repeat visits and restoring these ejections to QOC (In)Correct status.

Rule 7 (Unresolved Classifications and References)

Rule 8 (Umpire Odds & Ends and Community Issues)

Rule 9 (Unaddressed and Authorized Provisions)

Appeals Board Membership: Re-Election Ballot (Click here to view 2015 Appeals Board decisions)
This section includes 2015 UEFL Appeals Board members who are seeking re-election via the 2015 Rules Summit and will be completed in advance of Rules Summit voting.

To review, this is the discussion phase of the 2015 Rules Summit, anyone may propose a rules change by replying to this thread through 11/15, at which time all proposals will be officially drafted and voted upon. Please do not vote within this thread.


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