Rules & Guidelines of the Ultimate Fantasy Football League (UFFL)
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{I} General

{1} MOST IMPORTANT RULE: The Commissioner has the right to add, delete, or change rules and make executive decisions as necessary for the benefit of the league, provided they are prior to any payment deadline. Any additional changes that are warranted may be made, provided they avoid or minimize changes in the general competitive structure of the league. Keep in mind that the goal is to have a fair and enjoyable fantasy football league. From time to time, adjustments may be needed. Your opinions and input are always welcome and appreciated.

{2} Any messages, actions, or activities that may be considered offensive will not be tolerated. General Managers (GMs) that are unable to refrain from such activities may be asked to leave the league. If that happens, their teams will be paid any payouts due to them, but will forfeit all future earnings past their removal date.

{3} All available settings, restrictions, and classifications provided by the league manager (statistics, position availability, etc.) will be used whenever possible unless specifically addressed within the UFFL Rules and Guidelines. Should other adjustments be necessary (i.e., if the online service used for the league changes their available options), they will be made to mirror the current set-up as closely as possible.



{II} Settings

{1} Settings for the UFFL will be as follows: {2} Scoring is kept and awarded as calculated by the online service used for the league (Yahoo!, ESPN, etc.). The scoring categories used (and applicable point values) are as follows:



{III} Regular Season

{1} Each team will compete against one opponent each week in a head-to-head matchup. The team scoring the most points as described above for the week wins the contest.

{2} Teams will be divided into divisions as follows:

# of Teams
in League
# of Divisions
per Conference
8 teams1 division
10 teams2 divisions
12 teams4 divisions
14 teams1 division

{3} Teams will play other teams within their division more often than teams outside their division. Sample schedules are as follows:

# of Teams
in League
# of Games
in Division
# of Games outside Division
8 teamsN/A
10 teams2 games per
division opponent
1 game per
non-division opponent
12 teams2 games per
division opponent
1 game per
non-division opponent
14 teamsN/A

{4} If a tie occurs during a week in the regular season, no tiebreakers will be used, and teams will both be awarded a tie.



{IV} Playoffs

{1} The number of teams qualifying for the playoffs will vary, depending on the overall numbers of teams competing, as follows:

# of Teams
in League
# of Teams
in Playoffs
8 teams4 teams
10 teams6 teams
12 teams6 teams
14 teams7 teams

{2} The teams in the Championship bracket will consist of, and be seeded in order of (3) Any needed tie-breakers, as allowed by the league manager, will be based upon (in order): {4} If a tie occurs in the playoffs, a winner will be determined by the following tie-breaker (in order, and only if allowed by the only league manager):

{V} Payouts

{1} The entry fee for the UFFL may vary from year to year, but will normally be around $60 per GM, and will be announced prior to each season. Uses of the entry fees are as follows: (1) payout awards (as listed below), and (2) any additional fees. Exact amounts will be disclosed prior to the season.

Side Note: The structure is not set up to be a profitable enterprise for the commissioner.

{2} Payout awards for the UFFL are dependent on how many teams are participating. Any ties will split payout awards unless otherwise specified. Payout awards schedules are as follows:

Payout Schedule
Category 8 teams 10 teams 12 teams 14 teams
# of TeamsFee # of TeamsFee # of TeamsFee # of TeamsFee
Available Award Fees $440
(8 @ $55)
$550
(10 @ $55)
$660
(12 @ $55)
$770
(14 @ $55)
Weekly Payouts
Category 8 teams 10 teams 12 teams 14 teams
# of Prizes Payout # of Prizes Payout # of Prizes Payout # of Prizes Payout
Highest Weekly Winning Score 14 $8 13 $9 13 $10 13 $12
2nd Highest Weekly Winning Score 14 $5 13 $6 13 $6 13 $8
3rd Highest Weekly Winning Score 14* $2* 13 $3 13 $4 13 $5
4th Highest Weekly Winning Score N/A 13* $2* 13 $3 13 $3
5th Highest Weekly Winning Score N/A 13* $2* 13* $2*
*if the score of the highest scoring losing team is higher, they will receive payout instead
Regular Season Payouts
Category 8 teams 10 teams 12 teams 14 teams
# of Prizes Payout # of Prizes Payout # of Prizes Payout # of Prizes Payout
Most team points for season 1 $10 1 $10 1 $10 1 $10
Highest weekly team score 1 $5 1 $5 1 $5 1 $5
Highest weekly player/defensive team score 2 $5 2 $5 2 $5 2 $5
Longest winning streak 1 $5 1 $5 1 $5 1 $5
Regular season champion 1 $15 1 $20 1 $25 1 $30
Other division winners N/A 1 $10 3 $10 N/A
2nd place 1 $10 N/A N/A 1 $15
3rd place 1 $5 N/A N/A 1 $10
Wild card winners 1 $5 4 $5 2 $5 4 $5
Playoffs Payouts
Category 8 teams 10 teams 12 teams 14 teams
# of Prizes Payout # of Prizes Payout # of Prizes Payout # of Prizes Payout
Consolation Bracket Winner 1 $10 1 $10 1 $10 1 $15
Consolation Bracket, 2nd place 1 $5 1 $5 1 $5 1 $10
1st round elimination N/A 2 $10 2 $10 3 $10
4th place 1 $10 1 $15 1 $20 1 $20
3rd place 1 $20 1 $25 1 $35 1 $35
2nd place 1 $40 1 $45 1 $50 1 $55
Playoff Champion 1 $80 1 $90 1 $100 1 $110




{VI} Trades/Transactions

{1} Trades (which may involve players, draft picks, etc.) may be made at any time, except where noted. Trades must comply with all UFFL league rules along with the league manager (ESPN, Yahoo!, etc.) features.

{2} All trades are subject to review by the commissioner for fairness and feasibility.

{3} All trades prior to completion of the draft must include the same aggregate number of draft picks and players being exchanged.



If you have any questions, you can e-mail them to okstarsfan@hotmail.com or post on the message board.

Good luck, and thanks for participating in the UFFL.

David
Acting UFFL Commissioner