Since we have so much daily discussion about the drafts, here are the 2016 Existing League Draft Plans and Player Options as described in the 2016 Rulebook for all to enjoy!
(If anyone wants certain sections or the whole thing I can email it to you). Send me a PM.
Methods for Existing Leagues
Of course, the Managers must keep in mind that they must not select more than eight players in a given age group. The team roster may be comprised of players of league age 9, 10, 11, and 12 unless modified by the local league according to options established by Little League. The local league may opt to allow only 10, 11, and 12, or 11- and 12-year-olds, to try out for the major division.
Secrecy: Players shall never be told the position in which they were drafted.
Bonus Picks: Each manager requiring eight or more players prior to the draft to complete the roster will be allowed one bonus pick at the completion of round four. If more than one manager is allowed bonus picks under this section, the order of rotation will be identical to that being followed in the draft.
NOTE: All other draft methods for local league Major Divisions, other than the three outlined below, must be approved by the Charter Committee prior to the draft.
Plan A - Conventional Draft Plan
When a thorough tryout program has been completed, the last-place team of the preceding season gets the first choice in every round of the draft, the next to last place team gets the second selection in every round and the remaining teams select in the reverse order of standing.
For the purpose of explanation, let us assume that there are four teams in the league.
Fourth place manager selects the first player
Third place manager selects the second player
Second place manager selects the third player
First place manager selects the fourth player
Fourth place manager selects the fifth player
Third place manager selects the sixth player
Second place manager selects the seventh player
First place manager selects the eighth player, etc., until the rosters are completed.
Plan B - Redraft
This draft is actually in two separate parts. The first part includes those players who:
A. are returning from a Major team in the same division, AND;
B. have registered for the current season.
This first draft of returning players must be completed before the second part of the draft, and all returning players who qualify under both conditions above must be drafted. Managers are not permitted to waive a draft choice.
The second part of the draft includes all players who are eligible for selection and have attended the required number of tryout sessions.
The draft rotation follows the reverse order of finish from the previous season, with the last place team's manager receiving the first pick, then the second-to-last place team, and so on, or the managers draw numbers to determine who will select the first player. For instance, in a four-team league, the manager of the last place team from the previous season makes the following player selections: 1st choice, 8th, 9th, 16th, 17th, 24th, 25th, etc.; The manager of the team that finished in third place makes the 2nd choice, 7th, 10th, 18th, 23rd, etc.; The manager of the team that finished second in the previous season makes the 3rd choice, 6th, 11th, 14th, 19th, 22nd; The manager of the team that finished in first place gets 4th choice, 5th, 12th, 13th, 20th, 21st, etc., until selections are completed.
NOTE 1: Because there are no players returning to a particular team, and because coaches cannot be named until the draft is completed, Options 2 and 4 (see "Options On Sons, Daughters And Siblings") do NOT apply when using this draft selection plan.
NOTE 2: When the second part of this draft method begins, the draft order starts with the team that is due to draft next after the completion of the first round.
Alternate Method for Plan B: Instead of having two separate drafts (one for returning players, and one for new players), a league may elect to conduct a regular draft wherein, if a number of returning Major League players has not been drafted by the time that same number of draft picks remain, those returning players must be the only players eligible from that point forward in the draft. (Example: With nine picks left in the draft, there are nine players who were Major League players in the previous season still not drafted for the current year. Those nine players become the only nine eligible players, and must be drafted.)
Plan C - Blind Draft Method
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Options on Sons, Daughters and Siblings
An option is an agreement between a manager and the player agent covering a special condition. All options must be in writing (except No. 1) and be submitted to the player agent 48 hours prior to the draft. The options are as follows:
1. Brothers/Sisters in the Draft
When there are two or more siblings in the draft, and the first brother or sister is drafted by a manager, that manager automatically has an option to draft the other brother or sister on the next turn. If the manager does not exercise the option, the second sibling is then available to be drafted by any team.
2. Brothers/Sisters of Players Currently on a Team
If desired, a manager shall submit an option in writing on a draftee if the player candidate's brother or sister is a member of that manager's team. If such an option is submitted, the manager MUST draft the sibling within the first three draft selections.
3. Sons/Daughters of Managers
If a manager has sons and/or daughters eligible under Regulation II for the draft, and wishes to draft them, he/she must submit the option in writing. If so stated, the parent/manager is required to exercise the option at or before the close of the specific draft round, depending on the League Age of sons and/or daughters. Parent/manager option takes priority over any other option.
NOTE: These provisions also apply for managers having eligible brothers or sisters in the draft.
4. Sons/Daughters of Coaches
A NEW coach shall not be appointed nor approved until after the draft to avoid "Red Shirting" of players through selective coaching appointments.
A returning coach, through the manager, may exercise an option in writing to the player agent provided:
(A) The coach has served as a manager or coach in the league (at any level) for the past two years AND,
(B ) The coach is returning to the same Major League team as last year.
IMPORTANT: In order for a manager to exercise this option, the coach must qualify under BOTH conditions above.
5. Draft Rounds
If an option is submitted in writing for the son and/or daughter of a manager or coach, such candidate must be drafted in or before the following round:
(Sorry about the formatting. Not sure how to make a table, but it means DR5 LL 9-10, DR4, LL 11, etc.)
16, 15, 14
6. Special Considerations Which Apply
( A ) If the manager so chooses, the option on son or daughter may be waived.
( B ) In the event the parent becomes a manager in another league, that parent may not claim the son or daughter.
( C ) Players are eligible only in the league whose boundaries include the parent/manager's home residence (as defined by Little League).
( D ) When a vacancy occurs during the playing season, the player selected to fill the vacancy becomes a permanent member of that team, governed by the same regulations as all members of the team selected in the draft.
( E ) All players, including sons/daughters of managers and coaches at the Minor League level, are subject to the draft.
( F ) Parents of Major League players who become managers or coaches after their children have been selected to a Major team may not automatically claim their sons or daughters, but may trade for them at the proper time, subject to requirements for trading in the next section.
(NOTE: THE LITTLE LEAGUE DEFINITION OF RESIDENCE IS LOCATED IN THE "LITTLE LEAGUE RESIDENCY AND SCHOOL ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS" SECTION OF THIS RULEBOOKS.)