Bottom of the Pacific was founded and is commissioned by Rhys Albrecht, beginning with the 2015-2016 NHL season.
The following is a summary of the bylaws of Bottom of the Pacific, effective as of August 28th, 2019.
Head-to-Head Points, 12 teams, hosted on the Yahoo Fantasy platform and on bottomofthepacific.com
Commissioner: Rhys Albrecht
2019-2020 Executive Committee Members: Brock Miron, Rhys Albrecht, Jace Albrecht
The Executive Committee exists to administrate the League and approve and enforce all bylaws, expenses, and rules.
The Executive Committee consists of the Commissioner and two rotating Managers appointed by the Commissioner. In the event that a member of the Executive Committee cannot perform their requested duties, an alternate Executive Committee member will be appointed by the Commissioner. Decisions by the executive committee are encouraged to be unanimous; in the event that unanimity cannot be reached, a simple majority will prevail.
The Executive Committee will meet three times per year to discuss the state of the league: pre-season before the draft, mid-way through the season, and after the season has ended.
All Team Managers in Bottom of the Pacific are expected to participate actively. Participating actively includes, but is not limited to, optimizing rosters consistently, engaging in trade discussions and replying in a timely manner, adding and dropping players, attending all league events (such as the Draft), paying fees on time, and anything else that can be considered to be an enthusiastic participant.
Each team has a maximum of 25 roster slots with 3 Injured Reserve+ slots available, with starting slots allocated as such:
Teams are asked to restrict the maximum number of players per primary listed position. As of 2019, these restrictions are:
Any players on IR+ do not count towards the maximum number allowed.
Faceoff Won: +0.1
Faceoff Lost: -0.1
Shot on Goal: +0.2
Short Handed Point: +1
Game Started: +1
Goal Against: -1.5
Occasionally in the NHL, goaltenders will be awarded Assists or, in very rare occasions, Goals. In BOTP, these NHL awarded points do not count towards your team’s point total, regardless if your goalie is on the active roster.
Managers must choose to protect eight (8) members of their roster from the draft in the following season. These players can play any position. Each manager must set their list of keepers by September 10th; any players not protected as a keeper by this date will be released to the free agent pool for the draft.
The date of the draft is determined by the Commissioner after consulting with the Managers for availability, ideally in the week leading up to the start of the NHL season. Managers will be given at least two weeks notice as to the draft date, and the Commissioner will make every effort to ensure all Managers can make the draft. In the event that a Manager cannot make the draft, it is his responsibility to set up the online draft system to autodraft players in the order he desires.
The draft seeding order is determined by ranking teams in reverse order of how they finished last season; the last place team is seeded first overall, and the league champion is seeded last. In the event of league expansion, the incoming expansion teams will have the first seeds, sorted in the order that they joined the league.
Following the inaugural season, the league uses a Straight Draft format, where the order of picks does not change from round to round.
If a player is dropped from a roster, he is placed on waivers for a 1 day waiting period. During that time, any Manager can make a claim on his rights. Once the waiver period has expired, the player will be assigned to the Manager with the highest priority claim. If no claims are made, the player is assigned to the free agent pool.
If a player has been picked up and on a roster for less than 24 hours before being dropped, that player does not have to go through waivers, and is available to be picked up immediately by any Manager.
Waiver priority is reset at the beginning of the season and matches the draft order. Once a claim has been successful, that Manager drops to the bottom of the waiver priority list.
Managers are encouraged to trade with each other. Players can be traded up to the Trade Deadline, after which point trading is halted until after the completion of the Playoffs. Players and draft picks may be traded between the completion of the playoffs and before the Draft.
The Trade Deadline occurs on the second Thursday in February.
Trades must not be used to create an unsportsmanlike stacking of teams. All trades must be reviewed and approved by the Commissioner – if there are concerns that a trade may be not in the spirit of good sportsmanship, the Commissioner will talk to the Managers involved before making a decision.
In the event that a Manager views a trade between two other Managers as unreasonably lopsided, he should lodge a protest with the Commissioner. In the event a trade is deemed to be unsportsmanlike after review, the trade will be reversed.
In the event that the trade in question involves one or more members of the Executive Committee, the trade will be reviewed and adjudicated by a member of the Executive Committee not involved in the trade.
All NHL players that are not on active rosters or injured reserve are in the free agent pool.
Managers can acquire players from the free agent pool provided they have room on the roster. Managers can create room on their roster by moving an eligible player to the Injured Reserve slot, or by dropping a player to Waivers.
Managers are limited to 3 acquisitions per 7-day head-to-head matchup. Managers are limited to 2 acquisitions during the 5-day Matchup 1, and limited to 6 acquisitions during any 14-day Matchups. Managers are limited to 3 acquisitions during each 7-day round of the playoffs.
Fees and Expenses
The entry fee schedule is as follows:
Fees are due to be paid to the Commissioner before the Draft. Fees are used to pay for website hosting for the blog ($10 per year in 2018), a 6-pack of craft beer as a stipend for the Commissioner ($20 in 2018), and a $50 fund for miscellaneous expenses throughout the season. All expenses paid from the $50 fund are reported for at the end of the year. Any further expenses must be approved by a majority of the Executive Committee and announced to the rest of the Managers.
The remaining pool of money after expenses and prizes is donated to the Stollery Children’s Hospital in Edmonton, Alberta.
Any money from the $50 miscellaneous expense fund that is not spent during the year will be added to the Stollery donation for the following season.
Prizes and Trophy
The Manager of the League Champion team receives twice the entry fee ($130 in 2017) and gets his name and team name engraved on the (as still virtual) Kieryn Elizabeth Denham Memorial Trophy. The second place team receives the entry fee ($65 in 2019) as a consolation prize.
The Keiryn Denham Trophy is awarded following the conclusion of the playoffs. The League Champion Manager is entitled to keep the trophy until the following season has ended.