Rules updated as 15 April 2018
Rules in green updated April 2018 (new contract rules)
Rules in blue (re stadium expansion) added December 2018

I. The Australian Baseball Association (ABA) Championship

A. The ABA is the Association of the SBC and VBL leagues which brings together Out of the Park Baseball (OOTP) owners to compete for their respective Championships.

B. SBC/VBL is free to all.

C. SBC/VBL will use Out of the Park 19, and at the discretion of the commish will or will not transition to new OOTP versions as they are released. Most likely we will transition each version.

II. Commissioner

A. The Commissioner will NOT be running/managing a team in this league.

B. The Commissioner’s duties include:

1. Setting the league schedule

2. Running the in-OOTP game league

3. Following owners’ management instructions

4. Updating the league website

5. Running drafts

6. Resolving all disputes and questions

7. Encouraging league participation

8. Improving the league

9. Filling ownership vacancies.

10. Processing trades

C. The Commissioner may change any rule.

D. The Commissioner has final say in all matters.

III. Owners

A. Owners must be active, by:

1. Submitting team exports

2. Communicating with the Commissioner

3. Posting in the league forum/Slack channel (or other communication channels)

4. Participating in all drafts in a timely manner

5. Responding to trade offers

6. Running their organisation responsibly for the betterment of the league

B. Owners must play fair and try to win, however rebuilding is of course allowed

C. Owners must follow all rules.

IV. League Settings (overview – more detail in the Addendum to the rules at the bottom of this page)

A. Financials ON

B. Designated hitter – OFF in ALL leagues, including minor leagues

C. Fictional players

D. Franchises – 20 in total (SBC 2 divisions of 6 and VBL 2 divisions of 4)

1. Major League and minor league team locations and team names determined by the Commissioner

2. Two levels of minors (AAA & AA)

E. Coaches OFF

F. Scouts are ON

G. Rating scale

1. Current and Potential (1-10 scale)

2. Stars for overall potential

H. Playoffs (no playoffs in the minor leagues)

1. The division champions (seeds 1 and 2) plus the next 2 best records make the SBC playoffs, while in the VBL the division champions (seeds 1 and 2) plus the next 2 best records make the VBL playoffs

2. A 1 game playoff will be played to determine division champions, H2H records then a coin toss will be used to determine other seeds

3. The Semi-Final Series will be a best of 7 series with Seed 1 having home ground advantage over Seed 4 and Seed 2 having home advantage over Seed 3 . The series will be split 3H, 3A, 1H

4. The Grand Final Series in both SBC and VBL will be a best of 9 game series with the highest seed (based on record) having home ground advantage over the lowest seed. The series will be split 2H, 3A, 2H, 1A, 1H

5. The ABA Championship Series (between SBC and VBL Champions) will be a best of 9 game series with the highest seed (based on record) having home ground advantage over the lowest seed. The series will be split 2H, 3A, 2H, 1A, 1H

I. Sim schedule

1. 7 days per regular season sim

2. Off season and pre-season sim lengths to be determined

3. Sims to occur everyday (M, T, W, T, F, S, S) unless commish provides advance notice of absence

4. Exports due no later than 4:30am Central Standard Time – note the sim will be run anywhere between 6am and 9am CST – these times may change as Daylight Savings Time adjusts the time difference between USA and Australia (where the commish is based)

V. Stadiums & Relocation

A. No relocation allowed, team locations are fixed, any moves will be due to commish

B. Stadiums are preset by the Commissioner, GMs will be allowed to adjust ONE of the SIX park factors each year. Each change cannot increase or decrease a park factor by more than 0.030

C. No park factor can go below 0.800 or above 1.200

D. Maximum capacity of stadiums is defined by the population of the team location defined in the original team selection

E. All stadiums will be set to their respective capacity defined in the original team location selection

F. Additional seats can be added as per the following rules

1. A maximum of 2,000 seats may be added by any team in a rolling 5 year period (note no team can have a capacity that is more than 25%

2. Each batch of 1,000 seats costs $250,000 (as at 1 January 1987) and will increase with inflation each year

3. Seats can be paid for in a lump sum in year 1, two payments over 2 years or 3 payments over 3 years (this must be notified when the order for new seats is made). Year 1 must be a minimum of 40% of the total cost and year 2 or year 3 cannot be less than 20% of total cost

4. Requests for stadium expansions must be made in the slack channel #stadium_expansions

5. The format for expansion requests should be as follows:

Team X requests X,XXX seats to be added
Payment terms: X% year 1, X% year 2, X% year 3

6. A team MUST have the cash for the year 1 payment on hand at the day BEFORE the off-season (this is the day cash is taken so it’s before the owner takes his cash above the cash max)

7. Failure to have the cash on hand in year 1 will void the request. Failure to have the cash on hand for subsequent year 2 and year 3 payments (if selected) will incur a $25,000 penalty (loan fees – increasing with inflation), however the payment will be processed

8. The seats will be added in year 2 of any order, see example below

Request made before Grand Final ends April 1988 (year 0)
Year 1 cash payment taken day before off-season April 1988 (moving into year 1)
Year 2 cash payment taken day before off-season April 1989 (moving into year 2) if applicable
Year 2 seats added August 1989 (prior to pre-season beginning)
Year 3 cash payment taken day before off-season April 1989 (moving into year 2) if applicable

9. No team can have a stadium that has a capacity greater than 30% higher than the lowest capacity stadium in their own league (i.e. SBC and VBL have separate capacity ceilings). i.e. if the lowest capacity stadium is 15,000, no stadium in that league can have a capacity greater than 19,500

G. All adjustments to stadium seating and park factors must be provided to the Commissioner BEFORE the end of the Grand Final series in preparation for the new season

VI. Free Agents

A. 3 service years required for salary arbitration

B. 6 years service time minimum for free agency

C. No minor league free agency

D. No compensation for lost FA’s

E. 2012 CBA rules are not in effect

F. All free agent claims are made in game with the following rules in place:

1. Maximum contract length of 5 years for any player aged 24 years of age or under

2. Free agents can only be signed during the regular season, off-season or pre-season window. FA’s cannot be signed during the playoffs by any teams.

VII. Trades

A. The commissioner may cancel a deal if it harms team or league integrity.

B. All trades must be posted on the league message board/slack channel

C. Both parties must agree to the deal before it is processed.

D. Draft picks CANNOT be traded.

E. Recently drafted players CAN be traded.

F. Trading is closed between the trade deadline (14 January) and the last game of the Grand Final series

G. Veterans cannot veto trades

H. Cash can be included in trades

I.  Salary can be retained in trades, maximum of 50% in any one deal

VIII. Roster Rules

A. 25 man limit on ML roster, 30 man limit for both AAA and AA teams

1. The active roster will be extended to a limit of 30 for Spring Training, the roster must be down to 25 men for the opening day sim of each season. A special ‘roster moves’ sim will be scheduled between the end of Spring Training and opening day

B. No ‘September’ callup options in effect

C. No secondary roster

D. ‘International Complex’ limited to 20 players

E. Minimum of 4 man rotation for regular season games and 3 man for playoffs

F. All pitchers set to start in the rotation must be set to SP, MR/CL can only start if set to ‘Emergency starter’ and the AI has them replace an SP injured during a sim

G. There is no Rule V draft

IX. Amateur Draft

A. Before each season there will be an Amateur Draft (28th of August)

B. The draft will consist of eight (8) rounds with players for 10 rounds generated

C. Draft Order

1. The non-playoff teams will draft in inverse order of winning percentage.  Ties will be broken based on head-to-head record (better record drafts first), then a coin flip if required

2. The playoff teams that do not reach the Grand Final will draft in inverse order of winning percentage.  Tiebreakers remain the same as above

3. The Grand Final series loser picks second last

4. The Grand Final series winner picks last

B. The league will hold the Amateur Draft using the Statsplus utility. The draft pool will be released approx. 150 days prior to the Draft to allow lists to allow drafting to begin in the utility. All picks must be made through the Draft Utility or by emailing the Commissioner detailed instructions

X. Contract Extensions and FA Contracts

A. Contract extensions

1. Maximum contract length of 5 years for any player aged 24 or younger (at the date of signing) otherwise maximum length of 10 years

2. One team option year is allowed in any contract,but it must be the last year of any contract, player options are allowed (player opt-outs are not enabled)

3. The TOTAL of all bonuses in a contract must be no higher than 50% of the lowest single salary year (a $50k bonus on a contract where $100k in year 1 is the lowest annual salary is fine)

4. Contracts must not have any future salary year lower than a previous salary year (i.e. every year must be equal to or higher than the previous year within a contract)

5. If an illegal contract (i.e. a contract that contravenes points 1-4 above) is signed the following actions will be taken:

a. For contracts offered to free agents: they will be voided and the player will be allocated back to the FA pool

b. For contract extensions signed before the playoffs end: the extension will be voided and is able to be reoffered

c. For contract extensions signed AFTER the playoffs end but BEFORE players file for free agency: any team options will be converted to guaranteed years, and bonuses greater than 50% will have the total of all bonuses added to each year of the extension

XI. Debt Relief

A. A one time debt relief program will be in effect for any GM/team who experiences financial hardship, full rules will be posted here

Addendum – League Settings


1. Accuracy ‘High’

2. Monthly scouting reports


1. Suspensions ON (NORMAL)

2. Drug suspensions OFF

3. Injury frequency LOW

4. Delayed injury diagnosis NEVER

5. Injury rating HIDDEN

6. Position player fatigue LOW


1. Current and Potential 1 to 10

2. Show ratings > Max NO

3. Show Potential < Actual NO

4.STARS for overall ratings

5. Overall rating based on ALL players, not positions

6. Current ratings shown for speed, position, fielding, bunt, hold runners, stamina etc.


SBC  will have its own financial model with a gradual inflation model (0-5% each year). The financial model is designed to force choices about where/how to spend money.

1. Average attendance will adjust over time

2. Fixed ticket price for all teams (will adjust as time progresses)

3. Visiting team’s gate share 20%

4. Fixed national media contract (will adjust as time progresses)

5. Average local media contract (will adjust over time)

6. Average merchandise revenue (will adjust as time progresses)

7. Owner does NOT control budget, all revenue available (budgets adjusted when the off-season starts to match revenue of the previous season to the nearest $10,000)

8. No revenue sharing

9. Cash maximum ENABLED

10. Average player development budget (will adjust as time progresses)

11. Average scouting budget (will adjust as time progresses)

12. No salary cap, limited by budget available

13. Average profit calculations are meaningless according to the SBC and VBL financial advisors

International and Amateur Free Agents

1. International amateur free agents (few)

2. International amateur signing cap will adjust over time

3. International scouting discoveries per team (few)

4. International established free agents (few)

5. Free agents from independent leagues (default)


1. 126 games in both SBC and VBL (88 games in the minor leagues for SBC and 84 games in the minor leagues for VBL)

2. NO inter-league

3. Typical series is 3 games (24 games against each league rival 12H & 12A)

4. Typically one off day per week – 2 series per week with 1 rest/travel day

5. Season starts in October for ML and minor leagues

6. All Star break gets its own week in December with only that game played to allow selections to rest for regular season SBC games

Development and Aging

1. Batter Aging Speed .600

2. Batter Dev. Speed 1.000

3. Pitcher Aging Speed .700

4. Pitcher Dev. Speed 1.000

5. Talent change randomness 100

6. Morale system ON

7. Personality ratings ON


1. Storylines OFF

2. Owner goals are OFF