VII. TEAM SELECTION (DRAFT)
Regular season teams are formed by head coaches “drafting” players in order of a predetermined draw. Team 1 drafts first, team 2 drafts second, etc., and each succeeding round will be in reverse order of the previous round, except as noted below.
Only head coaches and officers may attend the draft meeting, except that a substitute (board member or ESBA official not affiliated with that league) may draft for a coach unable to attend. At least two board members not involved in that league or division must attend (or a substitute designated by the President.)
Parents wanting to avoid any potential coach’s team may so advise the upcoming season’s League Commissioner, who will then discretely inform that coach prior to the draft. However, coaches are subsequently free to draft any eligible player, as parents are not permitted to manipulate player selection or team balance (only one such request per player.)
Prior to the draft meeting (preferably the day before), coaches will be given a draft roster in order of highest scoring player to lowest, as determined by tryout scores. The draft roster will also contain all player information pertinent to the draft. Coaches are encouraged to ask questions about unknown players and should be comfortable with draft procedures. At some point prior to the draft meeting, coaches will draw for draft order, subject to the Commissioner’s subsequent adjustments that may be needed.
Head coaches’ children are to be drafted in the rounds indicated by tryout scores. Prior to the draft meeting, Commissioners must usually adjust the draft order of the first or second rounds to properly accomplish this. If a head coach’s child would normally be expected to be drafted first in the draft, that coach is assigned the first pick for the draft (same concept for second, third, fourth pick, etc.). If a head coach’s child’s skill level is clearly equivalent to a late first round pick, that coach will be assigned an appropriate pick at or near the end of the first round. Draft ranking of head coaches' children in the second round must also be considered. The objective is for head coaches’ children to be placed in the sequence of the draft order to allow that team and the league to be competitively balanced in the first two rounds.
If a head coach's child ranks in the first round, his rank in the first round will be that coach's draft posirion. Exception for Mustang and older: If a head coach's child ranks in the first round but is clearly not considered a first round pitcher, that coach will select his child at the end of the first round and pick in the last draft position (allows drafting a first round level pitcher at the begiining of the second round).
If a head coach's child ranks in the top/first half of the second round, that coach's draft position in the first round should correspond to the child's rank in the top/first half of the second round. If a head coach's child ranks in the last half of the second round, that coach should draft in the top/first half of the first round; if that coach draws a draft order number in the first half, that is his number; if not, he should be moved to the last draft number in the first half of the first round.
Thereafter, other head coaches’ children are drafted in the rounds indicated by tryout scores. If a tryout score places head coach’s child in a tie score overlapping two rounds, that player will be placed in the lower/later round (eg: round 4, not 3) unless considered to be a first round pitcher.
Brother options are honored, unless parents request separate teams. Once the first brother is drafted, the second is automatically taken in the round indicated by his tryout score.
Assistant coach or car pool requests cannot be honored.
Trades: Limited trading of players may be permitted at the end of the draft. Players selected in the first round may not be traded. If a player is selected in the second or third round, or if players proposed for trade were selected more than two rounds apart, both board members must approve the trade and then must be voted on by confidential ballot by all coaches, with at least 2/3 majority approving. All other trades must be approved by both board representatives. Trades may not be made after the draft meeting has ended unless extraordinary conditions warrant board approval.
If there are not an even number of players in the draft (some teams with 11 and some with 12), the draft sequence is altered to prevent those teams with a greater number of players from drafting in a separate last round (double disadvantage). Those teams having the greater number of players will participate in a special draft selection after the sixth round and before the seventh round to acquire their additional player. A drawing will determine which teams will have the greater number of players and the order they draft in this special round. The draft then resumes in the original draft order. If the draft would be concluded with an odd number of rounds (not counting the special round after the sixth), another drawing will be held to determine the order of drafting in the last round.
Late Player Assignment:
Commissioners will maintain an official waiting list for unassigned players, in order of appearance after that league is considered ‘full’ or the day after the draft. Once the board has determined a league’s maximum number of teams, a league is considered ‘full’ when all teams have 12 players (except Colt); or with special board approval, when all teams have 11 players.
When a league is not ‘full’ after the draft, waiting list players (or new players presenting after the draft) will be assigned in the following manner:
o If only one team has fewer rostered players than all other teams, a new player will be assigned to that team.
o If multiple teams have equally fewer rostered players than other teams, a drawing will be held at the park each time a new player presents.
However, new players may not be added to a team roster after 50% of that league's scheduled games have been played, unless authorized by the board of directors.
Each head coach of teams eligible for the drawing will be expected to attend the drawing or send a representative. A new drawing will be conducted each time a new player presents (if multiple teams have roster openings). A team losing a player will be immediately considered to have the new number of rostered players.