Hand and Foot Snerkers
Rules and Policies
The Ranking System!

MyLeague has one of the simplest ranking systems ever used for competitive play. The concept was adopted from the ranking system used on the official Case's Ladders. We call it a "Ladder" because each member holds a unique rank or "rung" that represents their standing among other members. The highest-ranked member holds the #1 Ladder position; for example, someone ranked #2 is ranked below the #1 member. The goal is to "climb" the Ladder all the way to the top!

  • When you first join, you are placed in an "Unranked" category on the League.
  • You become "Ranked" after winning your first League match. (Unranked members may play each other, and the winner becomes ranked at the bottom of the League.)
  • When you defeat a higher-ranked member, you move up in rank 50% the distance between their rank and your own.
    • Example: If you are ranked #50 and you beat the #1 ranked member, then your new rank would be 25.
  • Your rank on the League does not go down if you lose a match unless your opponent is ranked DIRECTLY below you.
    • Example: If you are ranked #5 and the #6 ranked member defeats you, then your new rank would be #6.
  • When members ranked below you are victorious against members ranked above you, it's possible the member will jump over you in rank and you will move down one rung. This depends on the ranks involved.
    • Example(per 50% rank gain): You are currently ranked #7. If the #10 ranked member defeats the #1 ranked member, then #10 will advance to the #5 rung and you will fall to the #8 rung.

Account Rules

  • League Names
    • If your League name is deemed offensive or contains profanity, your account may be removed.
    • If your League name is deemed abusive towards another member, your account may be removed.
    • You can edit your League name by using the 'My Account' tab and choosing the 'Edit Username' option. If you have problems changing your League name, please use the 'Contact Admin' link, located on the 'Support' tab.
  • E-mail Address
    • Your E-mail address must be kept current at all times, in case you need to be contacted. You can use the 'Edit E-mail Address' link on the 'My Account' tab to edit your E-mail address.
  • Password Security
    • You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your password.
    • You are not permitted to share your password with anyone for any reason.
  • Inactivity
    • In order to keep the League as dynamic as possible, your account will be automatically deleted if you are inactive for 365 days. However, one of the features of our Premium Membership Program is never being deleted for inactivity. Information regarding our Premium Membership Program can be found here.
  • Multiple Accounts
    • Only one account is allowed per person. There are no exceptions to this rule.
    • It is forbidden for more than one person to use or share the same account.
    • Multiple accounts from the same location will be investigated and possibly removed.

Challenges

Note: Please consult the Admin staff regarding whether or not League challenges are permitted for this League.

A challenge is defined as a request for a match with a higher-ranked member. Whether you are the challenger or the one being challenged, there are some rules that must be followed. Violating these rules may result in penalties. If you notice anyone violating these rules, please contact the Admin staff.

  • Chat
    • The best way to find League matches is to announce in chat that you are looking for a League match so that other members will know you are interested in League-play. You can also directly challenge a specific member in chat.
  • Formal Challenges
    • Most Leagues permit the use of Formal Challenges. A complete overview of the Formal Challenge system can be found here.
  • 5 time(s) Per Day
    • You may play the same member 5 time(s) per day. However, you may play as many different members as you would like on any given day. A "MyLeague" day begins at 12:00 a.m. Pacific Time.
  • Verify Information
    • We recommend you ensure a potential opponent is also a member of the League before starting your match. You can do this very easily by searching for your opponent using the 'Search for Players' tool.

Playing a Match

Once you are ready to start playing a League match, there are some guidelines governing game play that you should keep in mind.

  • Opponents
    • You are not allowed to report losses to another member that also plays from the same computer as you. Our security software will detect this activity if it is attempted, and participating accounts may be penalized or removed.
  • Sportsmanship
    • The same rules that apply to behavior in chat (covered in a later section) also apply during matches.

Reporting the Match

Once your match is completed, the loser of the match is responsible for reporting the loss immediately. You can report your matches using the 'Report Loss' button located on the 'Standings' tab. Please note the 'Report Loss' link should only be used for League matches and not for tournament matches; you should consult the TD with any questions regarding reporting tournament matches. If you have any problems reporting a loss, you should contact the Admin staff and request assistance.

  • Reporting the Loss
    • In one-on-one matches, the loser of the match reports the loss to the winner.
    • In partner matches, each member of the losing team reports a loss to both partners of the winning team. At the end of the match, you would either gain two wins or report two losses.
    • In "free for all" matches (matches in which multiple opponents are competing against each other without partners), each loser of the match must report a loss to one overall winner.
    • When playing matches with more than one opponent, it is important for losses to be reported in the proper order if rank will be affected by the order of report. You must report to the better-ranked opponent first in those cases. It is your responsibility to make sure you report in the correct order when necessary. Not doing so may result in penalty.
  • Unreported Matches
    • If your opponent does not report their loss within one hour after completing the match or prior to starting another match, you should click on the "Contact Admin" link and then use the "Unreported Match" form.

Tournaments

The rules for a Tournament are determined by the Tournament Director hosting the event. You will find a summary of each individual Tournament, including a Rules page, if you follow the link for that specific Tournament.

League-Specific Rules

  • 1. Your MyLeague nickname and Tams11 nickname MUST match exactly. If you need help with this, just contact the host.
  • 2. The top brackets invite the lower brackets. In SWISS & ROUND ROBIN style tournaments you play all rounds, win or lose, unless you withdraw. In SINGLE ENTRY (SE OR S/E) tournaments, you play until you lose, once you lose 1 time you are out of the tournament. In DOUBLE ELIMINATION (DE OR D/E) tournaments you play until you have lost twice. Once you lose the second time you are out of the tournament.
  • 3. In the case of a missing player, opponent should ask for a timer in the lobby. When the player returns be sure to ask for timer to be paused. Please DO NOT yell players names in lobby, simply ask for a timer. 4. If you were placed on timer as the top bracket, you still retain the responsibility to make the table when you return. **If a player has not set or entered game room within one minute of starting time, the host will set a 2 minute timer. (3 minutes total) If the player has not set or entered the game room within the 3 minutes, they will forfeit the game and host will report their loss. *SINGLE ELIMINATION-(1vs1) You will get a 3 minute timer and if you time out your opponent automatically advances and you will be out of the tournament.
  • *SWISS-(1vs1) You will get a 3 minute timer the first round and if you time out, the host will report the loss for you. You can get a second 3 minute timer in the same tournament, however, if you time out again, you will be withdrawn from the tournament and you opponent automatically advances.
  • *SWISS-(Partners) You and your partner will get a 3 minute team timer (total combined for the team) the first round and if you or your teammate times out, the host will report the loss for you. Your partner will have the option to withdraw your team or hope that you are able to return for the next round. Your team can get a second 3 minute timer in the same tournament, however, if you or your teammate times out again, you will be withdrawn from the tournament and your opponents automatically advance.
  • *DOUBLE ELIMINATIONS-(D/E) You will get two 3 minute timers per tournament, after you time out the second time you will be out of the tournament because you will then have two losses. In all cases if you are booted or timer is called for 3 times, you will need to report loss for that round.
  • ******If the room host gets booted from tams, the game will be restarted from the beginning and play until time is called. If less than half the game time remains then a quick 1 round no discard game will be played. This will be for 1 on 1 as well as for partners games. **If both players get booted from tams or leave before a tournament is finished and they are playing against each other and both time out, then the first player to leave will get the loss.
  • 5. Tams11 glitches are uncontrollable and can not be used to pardon you for timing out.
  • 6. Sportsmanlike behavior is expected at all times. Please say Hi and Good Luck and Good Game to your opponent(s). The lobby is not to be used as the complaint center. Contact the host via Slack or Tams11 private messenger regarding questions and concerns of a conflicting nature. This is a family league, please keep conversations in the lobby at a PG rated level. Please no cursing and absolutely no use of the "F" word.
  • 7. You are not allowed to watch games in Tams11. If you inadvertently go to a table where a game is being played you will be asked to leave. If you repeatedly go to tables where games are being played you can be disqualified from the tournament and can possibly receive a suspension.
  • 8. You MUST report your match ASAP in the lobby (winner///non-winner) and to the MyLeaue tournament page (click on Report link) if you are the non-winner. If you leave the lobby without reporting, you will get a warning. A second offense and your file will be noted. If you get 2 file notes on this subject, you will be placed on suspension for 3 days. If you need help with reporting, ask the host, please do not just leave. If a player does not report their match within 1 minute from end of play, the host shall announce in the lobby that he/she will report the match and give the player 30 seconds to either report or respond in the lobby before reporting.
  • 10. Disputes between players or with hosts are NOT to be aired in the lobby or at a tournament table. Please send instant messages or you can send in a ticket. You will get only ONE warning, and then you will be withdrawn from the tourney, and your file noted.
  • 11. There is NO BRB timer different from the normal 3 min timer.
  • 12. With any format that has specific requirements to win the game, such as 4x4 or Twisted Sister, the special requirements will determine the winner whenever possible. If a player or team ends a round and one or both players or teams meet the game ending requirements, then the following rules apply: a. If both players or teams have met the winning requirements of the game, then the highest scoring player or team wins the game. b. If one of the players or teams has met the winning requirements, then that player or team that has met the requirements will win the game, no matter who has a higher score. If the game is timed and time has been called, the following rule is added to the above rules to determine the winner. a. If neither player or team has met the winning requirements, then the player or team with the highest score when time is called wins the game.
  • 13. All games will be played on newly created tables only. Saving a table from a previous round will not be allowed.
  • 14. NO TABLE TALK IS ALLOWED!! Example: "Cover me p" or "I need Wilds p" is Table Talk. Anything during play other than gl, gg, gha, nsp or general chit chat will not be permitted. One WARNING only. If a second warning is issued the player will be disqualified.
  • 15. In the event a game ends in tie score, the tie breaker will be 1 round No Discards of regular Hand & Foot using the time left on the current timer. If the tie occurred when time was called, a 1 round game will be played using a new 5- minute timer.
  • 16. In Hand & Foot tournaments, no SUBSTITUTES are allowed.
  • 17. Host decisions are FINAL!! Please comply with host requests and contact management if necessary. If one of our hosts makes a decision, please accept it and let the game/tourney move forward. If you disagree with it, then please send in a ticket with your objection.
  • 18.The host has the right to change the format at any time but must be courteous to the players and notify them beforehand.
  • 19. If a player gets booted and the game timer runs out whilst they are on timer they still get 3 minutes to return. IF they return they get 2 extra minutes to rejoin their game and finish or play as much as possible. If the bot plays and the game needs to be restarted 5 extra minutes will be given to play.

  • Top Ten

    The purpose of the League is to climb to the top and the competition for the rungs in the Top Ten is high. As such, we have special rules that apply for members in the Top Ten.

    • Inactivity
      • Members in the Top Ten must play a League match at least once every 7 days; otherwise, you will be automatically dropped five rungs and your inactivity counter is reset. There are no exceptions to this rule.

    Expected Behavior

    As a member of MyLeague, you are representing the League, the Admin staff, and all other members when you are participating on a MyLeague. It's part of your responsibility as a member to act in a respectable manner within your League community.

    • Avatars
      • The rules of common decency should be followed when uploading images to use as avatars. Inappropriate avatars may be removed without warning or notification.
    • Cheating
      • If you believe your opponent is cheating, then you should contact the Admin staff.
    • Abuse
      • It is forbidden to abuse or harass another League member.
      • It is important to remember that two wrongs do not make a right. If you are being harassed by another League member, contact the Admin staff for assistance. Do not take matters into your own hands or return the abuse, or you could be penalized as well.
    • Nice Guy Rule
      • Please note that behavior guidelines govern all methods of communication. This includes chat, E-mail, message forums, instant messenger services, etc. Treat other members with respect!

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    Although we have tried to be as detailed as possible, we can't cover every aspect of gaming in our rules. Please be advised that just because something is not stated in our rules and policies, then that does not mean it is allowed. Use common sense. If it is something that will adversely affect other members and you might think twice about it, then it's probably against the rules. The Admin staff will have the final say in such matters. If you have a specific question please feel free to contact us via E-mail.
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