The Iowa Baseball Confederacy (IBC) derives its name from the W.P. Kinsella book of the same name. The reason I chose this name is that I hope to put together a league in which will be teams concerned with more than wins and losses. To me, baseball has always been larger than life; a game devoid of time restrictions, haunted by and dependent on its ghosts, where numbers become an art from and the human beings that play it are expected to be flawed and inconsistent, yet revered anyway. I hope you will see in the guidelines that follow, that I have tried to create a league that adheres to statistical accuracy, yet stays simplistic; a league that will promote competition, yet be played for the pure enjoyment of THE GAME. The guidelines are sometimes not very specific; but I hope you will see the intent and abide by it.
Dave Mindeman, Founder and First Commissioner, 1988-1991
Team rosters will be limited to 42 players, including up to ten (10) prospects. Prospects are defined as minor league players, amateur players, or uncarded major league players. Rosters cannot include more than ten (10) players on the prospect roster. Teams may carry more than 32 major league players if they wish. Roster slots 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, and 38 are “flex” slots that can be EITHER major leaguers or prospects.
FIELD ROSTERS for league play will be 26 players including at least one back up player at every position and at least nine (9) pitchers. A player may be the sole backup at two positions maximum. Rosters may be adjusted at the beginning of each series, between Tuesday morning and Thursday morning.
RESERVE ROSTER players are the 6 to 12 players that can be placed on the FIELD roster at the beginning of each series. A maximum of 4 of these players may be uncarded and uncarded players MAY NOT APPEAR in an IBC game.
PROSPECT players are those who are not carded by APBA for the current season (and placed by the manager on the PROSPECT roster) or have never been carded. When placed on this list, these players carry a three (3) year contract. This contract is canceled only if the player receives an APBA card in a subsequent season or the three-year period expires. PROSPECT players CANNOT be released prior to the end of three years and they MUST be released if not carded in three years. EXCEPTION: If a PROSPECT player dies while under contract, he will be released after the current season (or immediately if he dies between the end of the season and the draft).
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Teams must have a minimum of 1100 PR at each position. Please keep in mind that a player with a SF of less than 100 will not get the benefit of his full PR when making this calculation.
EXAMPLE: A player with a PR of 1000 and a SF of 75 will be credited with only 750 PR for purposes of this section.
Pitchers cannot be used as designated hitters (DH) or as pinch hitters.
EXCEPTION: A pitcher may be used as a pinch hitter provided all position players on the bench have been used in an extra inning game.
Players are allowed to play ONLY the positions listed on the screen. The ONLY exception is when the last player at a position is injured during the game or series. When using a player in an unrated position, the substitute must be a reasonable choice.
EXAMPLE: If you are choosing between Marcus Giles and Frank Thomas for Shortstop you must use Giles.