Regular Session – 9/18/2016

Meeting Minutes from the Regular Board meeting Occurring 9/18/16

  • Session opening
  • Roll-Call
    • Present: Preach_MJ, More_Shots, Thunden, doneagle_, Sestonn, seriousjest, Hezekia87
    • Not Present: n/a
  • Presiding Officer’s Proposals, Proclamations & Communications
    • 1003 – Complete Games:
      • Addendum: Section 2, prior to 2.3
      • A game is considered complete when 2/3rds of all total turns have been completed. This means that once turn 11 is complete for both teams the game is considered to be a complete game.
      • Writer: Preach_MJ
      • Sponsor: Thunden
      • Action: Referred for consideration during next regular session.
    • 1004 – Disconnected Games:
      • Addendum: Section 2, prior to 2.3 after Complete Games
      • Coaches who have games that discisconnect due to server/connection issue should make every effort to replay (but are under no obligation to do so).  Disconnected games that are also Complete games will be considered a Concede/LMM by the League for the disconnecting team.
      • Writer: Preach_MJ
      • Sponsor: Thunden
      • Action: Referred for consideration during next regular session.
  • Proposals and Communications from Members
    • 1006 – Post Season Matchups
      • Revision: Section 2.5
      • Change Post Season to divisional playoffs, followed by a matchup between East and West Champions. The top 4 teams of each division enter into a two round Divisional Playoff Competition. After Divisional Championships have been decided, the Champions meet in an East vs West MML Championship match to decide the season’s MML Champion. As opposed to the full 8 team playoff system, this serves two purposes. 1st and foremost, it prevents the first two rounds of playoffs from having east vs west matches that take a longer time to schedule. Second, in the occasional event that one division is more competitive than the other, the top competitors from the weaker division have a much greater chance of making it to the overall MML Championship, masking any difference in Divisional competitiveness.
      • Writer: Sestonn
      • Sponsor: doneagle_, Hezekiah87
      • Action: Referred for consideration during next regular session.
    • 1007 – 4.1 Revisions (Purchase Limit)
      • REPLACE all text under the heading “Rule 4.1 Open Transfer Market Rules” with the following:
        • All teams entitled to the Pro TV Cap may purchase one player from the Farm during each open transfer market period immediately preceding a season for which they are registered.
          • EXAMPLE: An S5 Pro team that sits out S6 and registers to return in S7, without having played any non-Friendly Matches, could keep its Pro TV Cap if it made one purchase during the open transfer market period immediately preceding S7; but the team would lose its Pro TV Cap if it had made any purchases from the transfer market during the period immediately preceding S6, because it wasn’t registered for S6.
        • All other teams (i.e., Farm teams or Farm-to-Pro teams) may purchase and sell players freely during open transfer market periods (unless such a transaction would be a prohibited transaction, such as buying and/or selling multiple players to a Pro/Challenge Team, etc.)
      • Writer: SeriousJest
      • Sponsor: Sestonn
      • Action: Referred for consideration during next regular session.
  • Consideration of, and Action Upon, Referred Proposals
    • 1000 – Dispute Arbitration
      • Addendum: Full Ruleset, Proposed Between current Section 5 & 6
      • In a dispute between two coaches, where one is a coaches board member, the decision will be remitted to a non-partisan tribunal made up of three random coaches each instance, who are not affiliated with the board. This will provide transparency and eliminate any bias, intended or unintended, on the part of the board towards the coach involved in the dispute.
      • Writer: Caven08
      • Sponsors: Preach, More_Shots
      • Action: Voted No Pass by unanimous vote
    • 1002 – Pro Coaches in CL
      • In the event that coaches with a current Pro team are invited to fill vacant spots in the Challenge League with a second team, the latter team will not be eligible for the Challenge League playoffs unless the coach is the returning Challenge League Champion.
      • Writer: SeriousJest
      • Sponsor: Sestonn
      • Action: Voted No Pass by failure of majority
        • Pass Votes: More_Shots, SeriousJest, Sestonn
        • No Pass: Preach_MJ, Thunden, Doneagle_, Hezekia87
    • 1001 – Board Members
      • Nominees: ReznorRulesYou, Caven08, Stuntmandidi, discodavo
      • Confirmed to office of Board:
        • ReznorRulesYou
        • Stuntmandidi
  • Submissions from Coaches at Large and the General Public
    • 1005 – Post-Season Schedule
      • Addendum: Section 2.5 as 2.5.1
      • The MMLPro postseason will take place directly after the end of the regular 7 week season, during weeks 8 and 9.

        Coaches who make the playoffs have between Midnight CST on the last Sunday of the regular season (week 7) until Midnight CST of the following Friday (week 8) to play their quarter-final match-up.

        The MMLPro Season Championship Semi-finals must take place between Midnight CST of Friday (week 8) and Midnight CST of Sunday (week 8).

        Semi-finals should ideally be back-to-back or as close as possible. Overlap should be avoided unless absolutely necessary.

        The MMLPro Season Championship Final must be scheduled during Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sundayof week 9. It must be scheduled at least three days in advance to allow time for the coaches to plan, and the League to hype the game. If possible, the final should be played on the weekend to make it easier for both East and West coaches to be available.
        Coaches should ensure their availability for this postseason schedule in advance in case of involvement but also to watch and support coaches in the culmination of our season.

        If one or more coaches is unavailable to play any postseason match then the result will be managed as a win, rather than a concede, for the coach who is available. The unavailable coach will NOT receive any post-season bonus TV.

        The Transfer Market will ONLY be open during the period of the post-season (weeks 8 and 9 inclusive).

        The next MMLPro Season will begin on the Monday following the Sunday of week 9.
      • Writer: ntb_99
      • Sponsors: Preach_MJ, doneagle_
      • Action: Referred for consideration during next regular session.
  • Unfinished & Miscellaneous Business
    • No unfinished business
    • Miscellaneous discussion discussed about upcoming proposals involving the structure of the Challenge League.
  • Announcement of Next Regular Session
    • Scheduled for 10/1 – 10-5

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Note that the Board went into closed session during the discussion of Board members so as to protect any personal views shared about those coaches in a public forum. The remaining part of the meeting can be viewed below.















  1. Do coaches get to have a say in any of this? I for one would object to an East/West playoff for two reasons. First, playoff teams would have a higher probability of playing a team they have already played during the season. Second, why would we want “lesser” teams to advance to the final instead of the “better” teams. If a team plays in a tougher play pool, why penalize them for coming out on top? If a team plays in a weaker play pool, why reward them with an easier path to the finals? Just my opinion, and I know it doesn’t count for much with this group. (Relax, that was just a joke!)

  2. The answer to the question about coaches getting a say is yes. Though they don’t get a vote. Best course is to make your points known to the voting members.

    Remember to pass it needs a majority. And there is always a Veto, which would require a full board (2/3rd majority) to overturn.

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