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Official Constitution of the Hawk

Mountain Hot Stove Baseball League

This document is a largely modified version of the Official Constitution, found in Rotisserie League Baseball, by Robert Sklar and Glen Waggoner. Most of the text of this document has been "borrowed" from various Web Sites on the Internet. Differences include the specifics on a great many topics.

Article I - Object
The object of the game is to assemble a lineup of 23 players whose cumulative statistics during the regular Major League Baseball season, compiled and measured by the methods described in this Constitution, exceed those of all other teams in the League.

Article II - Active Roster
A team's Active Roster consists of two catchers, four outfielders, one first baseman, one second baseman, one shortstop, one third baseman, one corner man (either 1B or 3B), one middle infielder (2B or SS), a utility player (any position except pitcher) and ten pitchers. Players may be added to or removed from the Active Roster throughout the season. Any transaction that increases the size of the Active Roster beyond 23 players (such as a trade, waiver claim, etc.), must be accompanied by another transaction that returns the Active Roster to its maximum 23 players. In addition, after the completion of these simultaneous transactions, the roster must consist of 23 players who are eligible to play the roster positions as outlined above (there must be two catchers, four outfielders, etc.).


During the course of the season, owners may elect to replace one of their pitchers with a batter of any position (utility player). The batter may be assigned to position pursuant to Article IX or used as a Utility Player. The position slot may be switched between batter and pitcher weekly. However, the player activated into this flexible position plot must stay active for two weeks.

Article III - Reserve Roster
A team's Reserve Roster consists of those players acquired through the Reserve Draft, through trades, or through demotions from the Active Roster. Any transaction that increases the size of the Reserve Roster beyond 13 players must be accompanied by another transaction (such as a trade, promotion, waiver, etc.) that simultaneously reduces the size of the Reserve Roster to its maximum 13 players. There is no minimum number of players that can be on the Reserve Roster.The order of the Reserve Draft is determined by the final standings from the previous season.This is a serpentine draft.

Article IV - Minor League Roster
A Rotisserie League team also controls a Minor League Roster of no more than twelve players. To be eligible to be placed on a Minor League Roster: 1) the player must have never a) had more than 75 at-bats in a Major League season, or b) pitched more than 25 innings in a Major League season, 2) the player did not appear on any Opening Day Major League roster in the year he was drafted, nor has he appeared on any Opening Day roster during the year he was drafted and 3) the player must never have been on any Rotisserie League team's Active Roster or Reserve Roster.Once a player on a teamís Minor League Roster reaches 75 AB or 25 IP, that playerís owner has one week to announce whether or not he will activate or release that player.If the owner chooses to activate the player, that player must join the active roster effective at the beginning of the next transaction period.


If the player reaches the innings or at-bats limit after July 1st but prior to September 15th, that player is assigned an A0 contract status. This means that, if the player is kept the following season, they will have an A1 contract status. If a player does not reach the 75/25 plateaus before September 15, that player is eligible to remain on a Minor League Roster for the start of the following season.The order of the Reserve Draft is listed in Article VI. Players who make a Major League teamís Opening Days roster who were kept from a previous Minor League Draft do not have to be activated until they reach the 75/25 plateaus.

Article V - Auction Draft
A Major League Player Auction Draft is conducted on a date to be determined before the start of the regular season. Each team must acquire 23 players for its Active Roster at a total cost not to exceed $26. A team need not spend the maximum. The League by general agreement determines the order in which teams may nominate players for acquisition. The team bidding first opens with a minimum bid of $0.10 for any eligible player. The bidding then continues around the room at minimum increments of $0.10 until only one bidder is left. That bidder acquires the player for that amount and announces the roster position the player will fill. The maximum bid allowed for any one player is $5.20. The process is repeated, with successive League Members introducing players to be bid on, until every team has a squad of 23 players, by requisite position. Only players whose rights are owned by National League teams or their affiliates may be selected in the Auction Draft. Players with multiple position eligibility may be shifted from one position to another during the course of the Auction Draft. No team may make a bid for a player who qualifies only at a position that the team has already filled. For example, a team that has already acquired two catchers and whose utility slot is occupied may not enter the bidding for any player who qualifies only at catcher. No team may make a bid for a player that it cannot afford. At least $0.10 must be kept available for every roster slot that the team has remaining to fill. Each owner may pass his/her turn one time. There is no draft day salary limit for keepers.


Each team may designate one non-keeper as "topping bid" player. On draft day, the owner would be able to retain these players by paying $0.10 more than the winning bid. Owners announce their topper after the bidding has ended for that player and before the next player is nominated for the auction process. For example: Player X is one of my "topping bid" players. During the draft, Player X is auctioned off to another team at $2.80. I have the opportunity to retain him by paying $2.90. Players can be topped for $5.30. Keepers from previous season are not subject to the $5.20 auction cap and can kept kept regardless of salary.

Article VI - Reserve Draft
After the conclusion of the Minor League Draft, teams may successively draft up to 5 additional players in 5 separate rounds of selection. This is called the Reserve Draft because initially, players acquired in this fashion comprise a team's Reserve Roster. Only players currently on National League teams or their farm systems are eligible to be selected in the Reserve Draft. The order of selection is determined by the previous season's standings (or by lottery in the initial season). The cost of players taken during the Reserve Draft is $0.50 each. These salaries do not count against the $26 Auction Draft salary cap but do count against the teamís in-season salary cap. Teams may decline their pick in any round if they choose.

Article VII - Minor League Draft
After the conclusion of the Auction Draft, teams may successively draft up to three players with little or no Major League experience (as defined in Article IV) to occupy their Minor League Roster. The cost of a player acquired in the Minor League Draft is $0.50. These salaries do not count against the $26 Auction Draft salary cap or the regular-season salary cap. These players are owned in rights only, and thus will not have a contract with their affiliated Rotisserie League team until they are promoted to the Active Roster, at which time they will receive a standard first-year contract. Teams may decline their pick in any round if they choose. If a team has retained some Minor League Players from the previous season, that team may only draft as many players as they have openings for on their Minor League Roster.If the Draft is held before the Opening Day, player who is taken in the Minor League Draft but makes his Major League teamís Opening Day Roster in the same year he is drafted, must be activated within one week from the start of the season. If that player is not activated, he becomes a Free Agent. Minor leaguer players that make the opening day roster but were drafted in previous seasons do not have to be activated until they reach the 75/25 plateaus. Only players currently on National League teams or their farm systems are eligible to be selected in the Minor League Draft.

The best team finishing ďout-of-the-moneyĒ will make the first pick in each Minor League Draft. Draft order for the season after four teams are awarded a monetary award would be as follows: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 4, 3, 2, and 1. Each round would follow the same pattern. Expansion teams will receive one extra (fourth) pick at the end of the final round.

Article VIII - Free Agents
Active National League players not on any HMHS team's roster are free agents. An active player is any player currently on a NL teamís active major league roster. Players on the disabled list, suspended list, or in rehabilitation (drug or physical) are not active and therefore cannot be signed.

        From the first Sunday after the start of the regular season until season end transaction deadline, free agents may be signed, without limit in number, but within the limitations of a HMHS team's roster limits, in-season salary cap, and Free Agent Acquisition Budget rules:
Each team shall have, for the purpose of acquiring free agents during the course of the season, a supplementary budget of $20.

        At the deadline established by the league for recording weekly transactions a team may submit a bid for one or more free agents.

        The minimum bid for a player is $1 unless the player had been previously released by the bidding HMHS team. In that case the minimum bid is his previous salary. Bids will be done in 10-cent increments.

        The maximum bid is the remaining amount in the team's FAAB provided that the team stays below the In-Season Salary Cap.

        All free agents must remain on the teamís active roster for a minimum of two weeks. The player cannot be demoted, waived or traded.

        A free agent so selected goes to the highest bidder. The toteboard will be used to break any ties. The toteboard will carry over from one season to the next.

        The salary of a free agent signed in this manner is his acquisition price. His contract status is that of a first-year player. That player is eligible to be kept as a keeper the following season.

        For each free agent that it signs, a team must at the same time demote an active player to his reserves or release him.

        If a HMHS team loses a player to the American League in an inter-league trade, or that player is killed, then that team's FAAB dollars are increased by an amount equal to the lost player's salary. If the player traded is currently on a HMHS reserve roster, the FAAB dollars recovered are equal to one-half his salary (round up). The FAAB is increased only when that player is released.

        A team may trade FAAB dollars in a player trade. No FAAB dollars can be held over for the following season.

If two or more owners attempt to acquire the same player in the same week, the player in question will be awarded to the Owner listed first on the toteboard. The toteboard will be created on Draft Day each season, and its positions can be included in a trade between owners. Once an owner receives a player based on his toteboard, that owner is moved to the bottom of the toteboard. No owner can acquire a free agent by bypassing use of the toteboard due to player injury or a player lost due to trade to the American League.Each teams toteboard position will be carried from season to season.


Only players currently on National League teams or their farm systems are eligible to be selected as Free Agents.


During the regular season, each team will be allowed to pick one minor league player (see minor league qualifications) to add to his minor league roster. The owner must have an open slot on his minor league roster. The playerís salary will be $0.50 but will not count against the teamís salary cap until that player is activated. The pick can be traded. No owner can accumulate more than four picks during any given season. Players acquired in this manner must be in a National League teamís minor league system and not on a teamís 25-man roster.

Article IX - Position Eligibility
A player may be assigned to any position at which he appeared in 20 or more Major League games in the preceding season. A player may be eligible for any number of positions by this measure. If a player did not appear in 20 games at any one position, he may be assigned only to the position at which he appeared most frequently. If a player appeared at two positions an equal number of times, but at each less than 20 games, then the player is eligible at either position. This measure is used to determine the position or positions at which a player may be drafted. After the Reserve Draft, the player retains all eligibility granted to him by the above rules for the remainder of the season, and he becomes eligible for assignment to any position at which he has appeared at least five times during the current season. Players selected for the utility slot may qualify at any position. A rookie with no Major League experience will be eligible for assignment to the position at which he is expected to play during the upcoming season. The guiding philosophy shall be to give latitude to rookies to qualify for any plausible position, by examining their planned usage in the Majors, and the position they played the previous season in the minors. If the rookie has not made five appearances at the position at which he was drafted by the second transaction deadline after the Draft, he must either be placed on the Reserve Roster, shifted to a position at which he has appeared at least five times, or shifted to the position at which he has appeared most frequently during the current season.

Article X - Trades
Trades involving players on Active Rosters, Reserve Rosters, Minor League Rosters, FAAB money, toteboard positions, and the following seasons Reserve and In-season Minor League draft picks are allowed. However, Reserve and Minor League draft positions for seasons beyond the following season, "players to be named later", "future considerations", money and gifts are not allowed. Draft Day Minor League picks are not tradable.


Each regular season, the trade deadline will be the first Sunday of September.Trades may also take place from the end of the final game of the World Series until the announcement of keepers.

Each owner reserves the right to protest a trade he considers particularly unfair. If an owner feels a trade is unfair; the owner may, within one week, submit a formal protest to the Assistant Commissioner. The AC may overturn a trade if he feels "the said transaction is working against the best interests of the League."

Article XI - Statistics
The transaction-reporting deadline will be Sunday at 9:00 PM. The effective date of any transaction in the National League is each Monday, before commencement of play on that Monday. Performance stats of a player shall be assigned to a Rotisserie League team's totals only while that player is on the 23-man Active Roster of the team, and while he is on the Active Roster of a club in the National League. During any period in which a player is on a team's Reserve Roster or Minors, and not on the Active Roster, any statistics he might compile do not count for his Rotisserie League team. Pitcher's offensive stats are not counted, nor are the pitching stats of the occasional positional player called in to pitch in an emergency. If a player is a regular pitcher as well as a regular positional player (i.e. Babe Ruth while with the Red Sox, who would pitch one game and then play the outfield or first base for the next three days), the Rotisserie team must choose one or the other. If assigned to a pitching slot, only pitching stats are counted. If assigned to a batting slot, only batting stats are counted. The player will be considered a pitcher if he was a pitcher in the previous season, and vice versa, unless specific mention is made by the drafting team that his assignment will change. This assignment to pitching or batting may not be changed during the entire season. The Rotisserie League season ends on the last day of the regular season. Each season the League will agree which statistics service will constitute the official database for the computation of standings. Stats Incorporated will confirm disputed statistics.

Article XII - Standings
The following criteria are used to determine team performance.
Total Runs Scored, Batting Average, Total Runs Batted In, Total Home Runs, Total Stolen Bases, Total Wins, Earned Run Average, Base runners Allowed Per Inning (Hit+Technical Walks/Innings), Total Saves & Total Strikeouts
Teams are ranked from first to last in each of the ten categories, and are awarded points for each place. The first place team in each category receives as many points as there are teams in the League. The second place team receives one point less than the first place team; the third place team receives one point less than the second place team, and so on down, so that the last place team in the category receives one point. So, for example, in a seven-team league, point values for each category would be: First place, seven points; Second place, six points; Third place, five points; Fourth place, four points; Fifth place, three points; Sixth place, two points; Seventh place, one point. The points scored in all ten categories are then added together. The team with the greatest total number of points at the end of the regular season wins the League Championship. In cases of two or more teams tied in an individual category, the tied teams are assigned points by totaling the points for the rankings at issue and dividing the total by the number of teams tied.In cases of two or more teams tied in the final standings the following criteria will be used to break the tie:

1.                  Most categories won when comparing the tied teams finishing places in each category.

2.                  Rank of Draft Day Team (see Article XX).

Article XIII - Movement Between Rosters
A team may demote a player from the Active Roster to the Reserve Roster, or promote a player in the opposite direction at any time. Such promotions and demotions will take effect for statistical purposes each Monday. However, at no time may the Active Roster have more than 23 players, nor the Reserve Roster has more than 13 players. There is no minimum number of players that must be on the Active Roster, the Reserve Roster, or the Minor League Roster. A team may promote a player from the Minor League Roster to the Active Roster at any time. Once a player's first promotion out of the Minors occurs, however, he becomes ineligible to ever again be placed back into the Minors. He receives a $0.50, standard first-year contract starting at the time he was promoted (regardless of how many years he was in the Minors before his promotion). If the team decides to promote the minor leaguer in mid-season (anytime after Draft Day, but before the postseason), that player must be placed on the Active Roster for a minimum of two weeks and is frozen during this time (cannot be demoted, waived, or traded, although he may be shifted from position to position on the Active Roster). A player may not be promoted from the Minor League Roster directly to the Reserve Roster. If the promotion increases the Active Roster beyond 23 players, a current Active Roster player must be demoted to make room. If this demotion increases the Reserve Roster beyond 13 players, the team must waive a player to reduce the Reserve Roster back to 13 players. A player on the Minor League Roster may be promoted to the Active Roster after August 31, but only if there is a natural opening on the Active Roster or Reserve Roster. If both are full, the player cannot be promoted. Statistics compiled by players during a period in which they are on the Reserve Roster or in the Minors do not count for their Rotisserie League team.Transactions, except for free agent acquisitions, may be made starting the Sunday before the opening game of the regular season, or one week after the auction draft if it occurs during that time period.

Article XIV - Cost of Transactions
The cost of each transaction made by a team will cost $0.50 (except for waiving players & acquiring Free Agents). This includes off-season trades. There is no charge for waiving a player. For example:
1) If a team moves a player from its' Active Roster to its' Reserve Roster and moves a player from its' Minor League Roster to its' Active Roster, the total cost would be $0.50.
2) If a team adds a free agent through the FAAB (with a winning bid of $2.00) to its' Active Roster, demotes a player from the Active Roster to the Reserve Roster ($0.50) and waives a player on the Reserve Roster ($0), the total cost would be $2.50.
Which team pays charges incurred during a trade transaction is subject to the negotiations of the trade. In other words, as parts of the trade negotiations, a team may pay all charges incurred, some of the charges or none of the charges.

Article XV - Winter Rosters
Between the conclusion of the regular season and a date to be set at the Winter Meeting, the players on Active & Reserve Rosters of each team will be reduced to a maximum of 8 players. If the league decides to alter the number of keepers, the number of keepers for every team for the following season must be decided at the current winter meeting (i.e. at the 2001 Winter Meeting, the league must decide on the final number of keepers for the 2002 season).No players who have completed their third contract year may remain on a teamís Winter Roster.There is no minimum number of players that must be on the Winter Roster. At the following years auction/draft each team must deduct the total salary of the players on their Winter Roster from their $26 salary cap. For example:

If the total salary of a team's Winter Roster is $10, the team has $16 to fill the 17 open positions on the Active Roster.

The salary of a player acquired in the Auction Draft is his auction price. The salary of a player acquired in the Reserve Draft is $0.50. The salary of players acquired in the Minor League Draft is $0.50.

In addition to the players kept on their Active/Reserve Rosters each team may (but are not required to) keep any or all of the players on their Minor League Roster.Once keepers are announced, those players must be kept on the teams Draft Day Roster unless 1) the player is dead, or 2) the player is traded to the American League.

Article XVI - Player Contracts
A player who has been under a standard contract during two consecutive seasons and whose service has been uninterrupted must, following the conclusion of his second season, be given his outright release or be signed for his option year. (Uninterrupted service means that he has not been a free agent at any point during that time. He may have been traded, or dropped to the reserve roster.) If released, the player returns to the free agent pool and becomes available for selection at the upcoming Auction Draft or Reserve Draft. If signed for an option year the player's salary is increased by $0.50. The player automatically becomes a free agent at the end of the upcoming (option) season. If the player is traded to another team, that team must return the player to the free agent pool at the end of the playersí original option year.

Article XVII - Salary Cap
The total salary for each team shall not exceed $40. If a trade or free agent acquisition causes a team to exceed this Salary Cap, the team must immediately adjust their roster to insure the total team salary is below the maximum allowable team salary level. It is the sole responsibility of each owner to insure that his team complies with this Article. The League will sanction any team, which fails to comply with this Article. Sanctions will increase with each violation.

First Offense - verbal warning
Second Offense - $5 fine
Third Offense - $10 fine
Fourth Offense - $25 fine
Fifth Offense - $25 fine & loss of weekly statistics

The team must also immediately make the changes required to insure that his team complies with the salary cap.

Article XVIII - Team Ownership
In order to maintain order in the League, the following rules apply to team ownership:
- An owner may not transfer ownership of his team in the middle of the baseball season.
- All primary owners must be present on draft day.
- An owner may only have an interest in one team, to prevent conflicts of interest.
- The last day for an owner to announce their intention to join or drop out of the League is January 30th of each year.
- If the number of teams drops below nine, the continuation of the League is contingent upon a majority vote by the remaining owners.
- The ownership of a team may be transferred with the approval of at least half the current owners, excluding the owner in question.
- The league may expand with the approval of at least half of the current owners.
- Team owners can be expelled with a 4/5th majority vote of all other owners.
- Each owner can designate an alternate owner (who does not own his own team) to handle his teams affairs during periods of unavoidable absence. The name and phone number of the alternate owner must be presented on Draft Day along with a complete list of "permissions" (e.g. Trades, roster moves, acquisitions, etc.). It is suggested (but not mandated) that all alternate owners be present on Draft Day.

- New owners will begin their initial season with an extra $2.00 for the Auction Draft and one extra minor league pick.

Article XIX - Governance
The League is governed by a Committee of the Whole consisting of all team owners. The Committee of the Whole may designate as many League officials as from time to time it deems appropriate. A quorum of 2/3 of the owners in good standing must be present in order to make any rules changes. The League has four official meetings each year: Player Acquisition Day, the Trade Deadline Meeting (at the All-Star Break), the Gala Post-Season Banquet and Awards Ceremony and the Winter Meeting. League Officers duties are as follows:


Interpret and make rulings based on the Constitution with assistance from Constitution Committee.
Receive and distribute all roster changes made by owners.
Award FA's to owners.
Administer Toteboard.
Approve roster changes. Insure compliance to Constitution.
Plan Draft Day Meeting.
Plan Winter Meeting.

Assistant Commissioner

Approve all trades. Review disputed trades (primary).
Plan Summer Meeting.
Assume responsibilities of Commissioner as required.

Secretary (Statistician)

Approve roster changes. Insure compliance with roster limits (per position, etc.).
Review disputed trades (secondary).

Plan Awards Ceremony.


Approve roster changes. Insure compliance with Salary Cap and amounts owed.
Receive money for all acquisitions, trades, and roster moves.
Provide weekly report showing outstanding balances and Salary Cap compliance.
Publicly humiliate owners who owe more than $20.00.
Review disputed trades (tertiary).
Assume responsibilities of Assistant Commissioner as required.


In addition to these Officers, the league shall also designate a Constitution Committee. The committee is charged with assisting the Commissioner in ruling on all constitution related disputes. The committee should also note changes needed to clarify the Constitution and prepare these changes as proposals at the following Winter Meeting. This committee shall consist of the League Commissioner and two owners that do not hold any other League Office.

Article XX - Fees & Prize Money
All fees shall be promptly collected and wisely invested by the League Treasurer, who is empowered to subject owners to public humiliation to insure that payments are made to the League in a timely fashion. If the amount owed by any owner exceeds $10, the owner in question must immediately pay the outstanding amount to the League Treasurer or risk losing his teams statistics until the money is paid. The interest income from this investment can be used to defray the cost of the gala post-season awards ceremony and banquet (in other words: buy the Yoo-Hoo). The principle shall be divided among the first four teams in the final standings as follows:

First Place


Second Place


Third Place


Fourth Place



The team finishing in last place must serve food and drink to all of the other owners at the Award Ceremony.

On Draft Day, each team will designate 23 players (as per Article II), from their active, reserve and minor league rosters, as their Draft Day Roster. This Roster will be frozen the entire season. The team that finishes with the most points (using the usual 10 categories) will receive $1 extra for the Auction Draft the following season.

Article XXI - Yoo-Hoo
To consecrate the bond of friendship that unites all League owners in their pursuit of the pennant, to symbolize the eternal verities and values of the greatest game for baseball fans since baseball, and to soak the head of the League champion with a sticky brown substance before colleagues and friends duly assembled, the Yoo-Hoo ceremony is hereby ordained as the culminating event of the baseball season. Each year, at the awards ceremony and banquet, the owner of the championship team shall have a bottle of Yoo-Hoo poured over his head by each of the year's team owners. The pouring shall commence with the last place team and end with the pennant winner. The Yoo-Hoo Ceremony shall be performed with the dignity and solemnity appropriate to the occasion.