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****LEAGUE RULES***


***WE ARE A RELAXED AND FUN LEAGUE!***

FIRST OF ALL WE ALL WANT TO WELCOME YOU TO MIGHTYPALS!! WE ARE SO HAPPY YOU HAVE JOINED OUR CANASTA "FAMILY" WHERE A GOOD TIME IS HAD BY ALL! PLEASE TAKE A MOMENT TO READ OUR RULES AND TO FAMILIARIZE YOURSELF WITH OUR LEAGUE.

***STAFF***

PLEASE REMEMBER THAT THE ENTIRE STAFF IS MADE UP OF VOLUNTEERS. THEY ALL WORK ON THEIR OWN TIME TO BRING YOU FUN AND ENTERTAINMENT. PLEASE SHOW THEM THE UTMOST RESPECT AT ALL TIMES. IF THERE IS EVER A PROBLEM WITH A HOST, YOU MAY CONTACT THE HA OR A MEMBER OF THE ADMINISTRATION TEAM FOR A SWIFT RESOLUTION. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO APPLY TO BE ON STAFF, WE REQUIRE THAT YOU HAVE PLAYED 10 TOURNAMENTS WITH US AND THEN YOU MAY FILL OUT AN APPLICATION.

***SPORTSMANSHIP***

WHILE IT IS NOT NECESSARY TO SAY, GL, WTG, GG, ETC. IT IS A SIGN OF GOOD SPORTSMANSHIP. WE ALL WANT TO WIN OUR ROUNDS, BUT WE KNOW THIS IS NOT ALWAYS POSSIBLE. WE ASK WHETHER YOU WIN OR LOSE, TO PLEASE BE A GOOD SPORT! ACCEPT YOUR WINS OR LOSSES WITH GOOD GRACE. IT NEVER HURTS TO SAY GLNR TO YOUR OPPONENT WHEN YOU LOSE.

***POSTING***

ALL PLAYERS ARE TO POST GAME RESULTS IN LOBBY IN THIS MANNER: HOST... NAME(S) OF WINNER//NAME(S) OF NON WINNER ALSO WAIT FOR SCORE TO POST BEFORE LEAVING TABLE. ( POSTING THIS WAY KEEPS THE HOST FROM HAVING TO LOOK UP THE NAMES FROM A POST OF US//THEM ) THANK YOU MIGHTYPALS FOR FOLLOWING THE POSTING RULES OF MIGHTYPALS.

***LOBBY CHAT***

WE ENCOURAGE IT! WE WOULD ASK THAT , ALTHOUGH WE ARE ALL HERE TO HAVE FUN AND TALK IN THE LOBBY, WE DO NOT LET THINGS GO TOO FAR ON ANY SUBJECT. WORDS LIKE "CHIT" ARE ALLOWED, AND HARMLESS PLAYFULNESS AS WELL. HOWEVER, IF AT ANY TIME WE SEE SOMEONE IS OFFENDING A MEMBER IN ANY WAY, THAT PERSON WILL BE QUICKLY ASKED TO REFRAIN FROM CONTINUING THIS CONVERSATION IN THE LOBBY. IF YOU SEE A HOST INTERRUPT A CONVERSATION WITH THE "JOIN " KEY, THAT IS A GOOD HINT THINGS ARE GOING TOO FAR. WHILE WE ARE AN ADULT LEAGUE, WE DO ALLOW TEENAGERS TO JOIN, AND THERE ARE CHILDREN WHO MAY BE LOOKING OVER A PARENT'S SHOULDER. OUR ROOMS ARE NOT UNCENSORED SO WE ALSO DO NOT WANT TO RISK LOSING THEM FOR INAPPROPRIATE CONVERSATIONS.

***THE HOST'S JOB***

THE HOSTS ARE HERE TO ANSWER ALL QUESTIONS. PLEASE ALLOW THEM TO DO THEIR JOB. IT CAN BE VERY CONFUSING WHEN SOMEONE HAS A QUESTION BEFORE THE TOUR AND EVERYONE IS TRYING TO ANSWER. IF SOMETHING HAPPENS DURING A GAME THAT YOU HAVE A DISPUTE OVER, PLEASE ASK THE HOST TO JOIN YOU AT A TABLE AND DISCUSS IT THERE. THIS GIVES YOU THE UNDIVIDED ATTENTION YOU DESERVE AND THE HOST WILL WORK WITH YOU AND THE OTHER MEMBER TO SETTLE THE ISSUE. AT NO TIME ARE MEMBERS TO DEBATE A POINT IN THE MAIN LOBBY. THE HOST, WHO IS THE OWNER OF THE TOUR, MUST BE ALLOWED TO SETTLE ANY AND ALL PROBLEMS. IF YOU FEEL THE TD HAS RULED INCORRECTLY, YOU MAY ASK TO HAVE AN HTD OR AN ADMIN INTERVENE. THOSE WHO OPENLY DISRESPECT A MEMBER OF THE LEAGUE WILL FACE POSSIBLE SUSPENSION IN THE PENALTY BOX OR TOTAL REMOVAL FROM THE LEAGUE.

***TOURNAMENTS***

WE DO TRY TO START ALL TOURNAMENTS ON TIME. WE ASK THAT YOU BE IN THE LOBBY 5 MINUTES BEFORE THE START OF THE TOUR, SO YOU HAVE A CHANCE TO ASK QUESTIONS AND SEE THE RULES WHEN THEY ARE RUN. DOUBLES TOURS MUST HAVE AN EVEN NUMBER TO START,AND WE ASK THAT YOU BE PATIENT WHILE THE HOST TRIES TO FIND ANOTHER JUMPER WHEN IT IS UNEVEN.

***TIMERS***

EACH PLAYER RECEIVES 2 TIMERS PER TOUR. (TIMES WILL VARY DEPENDING ON TYPE OR GAME) THE THIRD TIME IS A DQ OR AFTER TIMER RUNS OUT ITS A DQ NOTE THAT A SUBS STOPS THE TIMER (SEE UNDER SUB). TIMERS ARE UTILIZED TO KEEP A TOUR RUNNING SMOOTHLY, AND TO PREVENT MEMBERS FROM WAITING LONG PERIODS OF TIME (ESPECIALLY IF ON A BYE WAITING TO PLAY). PAL'S TRY TO GIVE FULL GAMES WHENEVER POSSIBLE, SO EACH ROUND HAS A 50 MINUTE TIME LIMIT. PLEASE RESPECT THE LEAGUE AND ITS MEMBERS AND TRY NOT TO MULTI-TASK. WHEN A PLAYER MULTI-TASKS (DOES OTHER THINGS, WEB SURFING, WORKING, ETC) IT IS NOT FAIR TO THE OPPONENT, AS YOU ARE NOT GIVING YOUR FULL ATTENTION TO THE GAME AND IT SLOWS DOWN PLAY. WHEN A TIMER IF CALLED THE HOST WILL ACTIVATE THE CORRECT TIMER FOR THE TOUR. IN DOUBLES A SUB IS ALLOWED IF A PLAYER POOFS FROM THE ROOM ENTIRELY , OR AFTER 5 MINUTES IF THE PLAYER POOFS FROM THE TABLE BUT IS STILL IN THE ROOM. NO SUBS ARE ALLOWED IN SINGLES PLAY. ON 1vs1 IF BOTH PLAYERS POOF AND DOES NOT MAKE IT BACK IN 10 MIN TIMER. THE 1ST PLAYER TO POOF TIMER STARTS 1ST SO THAT PERSON WOULD TAKE THE DQ AND OTHER POOF WOULD TAKE THE WIN SINCE THEIR 10 MIN TIMER DID NOT END BEFORE THE GAME WAS OVER.

***SUBS***

NO SUBS ARE ALLOWED IN SINGLES PLAY. IN DOUBLES A SUB IS ENTIRELY THE CHOICE OF THE PERSON AT THE TABLE NEEDING THE SUB. IF A PLAYER POOFS THEN A 10 MIN TIMER WILL BE PUT ON THAT MISSING PLAYER AFTER A FEW MIN, THE HOST WILL ASK THE PLAYER AT THE TABLE (IN NEED OF A SUB), IF THEY WOULD LIKE A SUB. IF THE PLAYER REPLIES YES PLEASE, THEN THE HOST WILL LOOK FOR A SUB. HOWEVER IF THEY PLAYER REPLIES NO THANK YOU I WOULD RATHER WAIT AND THE 10 MIN TIMER RUNS OUT, THEN THAT TEAM TIMES OUT (DQ'S). HOWEVER IF THE PLAYER DID SAY YES I WOULD LIKE A SUB AND NO SUB CAN BE FOUND BY THE 10 MIN TIMER THEN THAT MISSING PLAYER IS TIMED OUT HOWEVER THE TEAM IS NOT DQED. THAT PLAYER IN NEED OF SUB NOW HAS 5 MIN TO FIND A SUB OR THE TEAM WILL TIME OUT (DQ). PLEASE MAKE A NOTE THAT AS SOON AS A SUB IS PLAYING ON TABLE THE TIMER STOPS FOR THAT MISSING PLAYER AND THAT MISSING PLAYER IF NOT TIMED OUT THEN CAN RETURN TO THEIR SEAT AT ANY TIME AND THE SUB MUST GIVE UP THE SEAT TO PLAYER WHO SEAT IT BELONGS TOO. THE MOST COMMON WAY THE PLAYERS AND HOST HANDLE MISSING PERSONS IS GIVE MISSING PERSON 5 MIN AND THEN LOOK FOR A SUB. THIS STILL ALLOWS THEM COVER THEMSELVES IN CASE A SUB CAN'T BE FOUND IN 5 MIN (WHERE NOW THE MISSING PLAYER IS DQED FROM THE 10 MIN TIMER), THE PLAYER AT THE TABLE STILL HAS 5 MIN TO FIND A SUB BEFORE THE TEAM IS DQED. ALSO NOTE THAT NO SUBS ARE ALLOWED IF THE PLAYER IS IN ROOM HOWEVER THE HOST FOR CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES CAN ALLOW IT. ( EXCEPTION TO THE SUB RULE: IF PLAYER TIMES OUT WHILE SITTING ON THEIR SEAT THEN THE TEAM DQ SINCE A SUB COULD NOT BE CALLED TO COVER ON THE TABLE).

***EXTENDS***

1ST OF ALL NOT EXTENDING A PLAYER IS AN AUTOMATIC DQ FOR THE TEAM THAT DOES NOT EXTEND. EVEN IF YOU EXPLAIN THAT IT WAS POGO OR THE BUTTON OPTION NEVER POP UP. ITS BEEN SEEN THROUGH ALL YEARS THIS LEAGUE HAS BEEN AROUND THAT A GAME WILL NOT END. IF THE BUTTON DOES NOT COME UP, THE PERSON COULD STAND UP AND THEN SIT DOWN FOR THE BUTTON TO APPEAR. SO KEEP THIS IN MIND WHEN PRESSING EXTENSIONS, IF BY ACCIDENT YOU HIT THE WRONG BUTTON AND DID NOT MEAN NOT TO EXTEND. THE HOST STILL HAS NO CHOICE BUT TO DQ YOUR TEAM. NO MATTER WHAT THE REASON IS, IF THE PLAYER DOES NOT EXTEND THEN THAT TEAM DQS. EACH PLAYER IS ALLOWED 2 EXTENDS PER ROUND. THE 3RD EXTEND IS A DQ FOR THAT PERSON NOT THE TEAM. THE OTHER TEAM MEMBER MAY HAVE SUB. IF NO SUB COMES IN 10 MIN THEN THE PLAYER NEEDING THE SUB DQ AS WELL. PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU ARE CALLING THESE EXTENSIONS IN THE LOBBY TO YOUR HOST SO THEY MAY TAKE NOTE (EX.--EXT ON JOE). IF A PLAYER RECEIVES 2 EXTENDS IN A ROW, THE TD WILL ASK "HAS THERE BEEN PLAY IN BETWEEN?". IF THERE HAS BEEN NO PLAY, IT IS NOT COUNTED AS 2ND EXTENTIONS, INSTEAD THE TD WILL PLACE THEM ON A TIMER UNTIL PLAY RESUMES OR THE MEMBER HAS TIMED OUT, WHICHEVER IS SOONER. NOTE: EXTENDS ARE NOT COUNTED AGAINST A PLAYER WHO PICKED UP A BIG PILE (15 CARDS OR MORE THAT ARE PLAYED). NOTE: PLEASE NOTE THAT EACH EXTEND COUNTED MUST TAKE PLACE ON A DIFFERENT TURN NOT THE SAME TURN. THE SAME TURN ITS ONE EXTEND AND 10 MIN TIMER. (EXCEPTION TO THE RULE: IF PLAYER TIMES OUT WHILE SITTING ON THEIR SEAT THEN THE TEAM DQ SINCE A SUB COULD NOT BE CALLED TO COVER ON THE TABLE).

***TABLE TALK***

IF RULES ARE NEEDED AT A TABLE, PLEASE CALL HOST TO ROOM TO RUN THOSE RULES FOR THE ENTIRE TABLE SO ALL BENEFIT FROM A REFRESHER ON THE RULES. WE ASK THAT YOU DO NOT DISCUSS THE CARDS ON THE TABLES OR IN PLAY. IF YOU DO SO AND TABLE TALK IS CALLED AND VERIFIED, YOU WILL BE DISQUALIFIED. WE ALSO DO NOT WANT ACCUSATIONS FLYING AROUND LIGHTLY. IF YOU HAVE AN ISSUE AND SUSPECT CHEATING, EVEN IF YOU ARE 100% SURE, DO NOT DISCUSS IT ON THE TABLE OR IN THE LOBBY. CONTACT THE HOST IMMEDIATELY. THEY WILL HANDLE THE SITUATION . YOU MAY ASK YOUR PARTNER IF YOU MAY GO OUT , BUT NOT TELL THEM TO GO OUT, UNLESS YOU ARE ASKED BY YOUR PARTNER. ALSO YOU MAY TELL THEM NEXT CARD NEEDED IN GAMES SUCH AS "DOWN THE RIVER" AND "PHASE 10" ARE SOME EXAMPLES, BUT NOT WHEN TO PLAY NEXT CARD. CASUAL CONVERSATION CAN BE SEEN AS "TABLE TALK" SO PLEASE BE CAREFUL WITH YOUR COMMENTS.

***LIST OF APPROPRIATE TALK***

COMMONLY USED PHRASES DURING GAME PLAY
GG GOOD GAME
GL GOOD LUCK
WTG WAY TO GO
NM NICE MELD
NJ NICE JOB
NH NICE HAND
N O NICE OUT
NA P NICE ADD, PARTNER
NRC NICE RED CANASTA
NC NICE CANASTA
ND NICE DRAWS ( OF RED 3S)
GLNT GOOD LUCK NEXT TOUR (TIME)
GLNH GOOD LUCK NEXT HAND
TYFPU THANK YOU FOR PLAYING US
BRB BE RIGHT BACK
BBL BE BACK LATER
DQ DISQUALIFICATION
PU PICK UP (PILE)
NPU NICE PICK UP
VGG VERY GOOD GAME
***DEFINITION FOR TABLE TALK***

***AND CHEATING***

- TABLE TALK IS ANYTHING SAID TO MAKE YOUR PARTNER PLAY DIFFERENTLY THEN THEY WOULD NORMALLY HAVE PLAYED, OR ANY TALK THAT CHANGES THE OUTCOME OF THE GAME. TABLE TALK IS NOT GIVING THE REQUIRED MELD CARD AT THE BEGINNING OF THE HAND DURING CHANGING MELD GAMES. LIKE DTR OR PHASE 10 OR SHROOMS ECT. TABLE TALK IS NOT ASKING YOUR PARTNER IF YOU CAN GO OUT.
- CHEATING WOULD INCLUDE TELLING YOUR CARDS IN YOUR HANDS TO YOUR PARTNER IN THE IM, PHONE THROUGH SKYPE ECT. - TELLING YOUR PARTNER TO GO OUT WITHOUT BEING ASKED OR WHICH CARD TO PLAY NEXT. IT WOULD ALSO INCLUDE THE USE OF ANY AUTO PROGRAMS DURING LEAGUE PLAY.
- IN SUMMARY CHEATING AND TABLE TALK IS SHARING INFORMATION WHICH COULD CHANGE THE OUTCOME OF THE GAME. OR ANY USE OF PROGRAMS.

***AUTO-PROGRAMS***

THE USE, OR SUSPECTED USE, OF AUTO PROGRAMS WILL NOT BE TOLERATED AND WILL RESULT IN IMMEDIATE REMOVAL FROM THE TOURNAMENT AND POSSIBLE BANNING FROM OUR LEAGUE. ALSO, WE ARE AWARE THAT POGO CAN GIVE ONE TEAM ALL OF THE RED THREES MORE THAN ONE TIME IN A GAME. HOWEVER, IF IT HAPPENS THREE TIMES IN ONE GAME, THE TEAM THAT HAD ALL THE RED THREES WILL BE DQ'ED. WE ARE SORRY FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE THIS MAY CAUSE, HOWEVER THREE TIMES IN ONE GAME IS VERY RARE,UNLESS A PERSON IS USING A PROGRAM.

***DOUBLE JUMPING***

YOU MAY ONLY REGISTER FOR ONE TOUR AT A TIME!!! DO NOT REGISTER FOR THE NEXT TOURNAMENT, UNLESS YOU ARE IN THE FINAL HAND OF FINALS IN THE CURRENT TOURNAMENT. WE WILL NOT DELAY THE START OF A TOURNEY IN ORDER FOR YOU TO FINISH PLAYING IN A PREVIOUS TOURNEY THAT YOU HAVE REGISTERED FOR. WHEN TOURNEY STARTS, IF YOU ARE NOT ABLE TO JOIN YOUR TABLE IN A TIMELY FASHION, YOU WILL BE PLACED ON A 5 MINUTE TIMER. YOUR MIGHTYPALS' MONEY WILL NOT BE REFUNDED. HOSTS ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR NOTICING THAT YOU HAVE DOUBLE JUMPED. AT THE START OF A TOURNEY, IF YOU JUMP, AND YOU WERE NOT IN THE FINAL HAND OF THE FINALS, YOU WILL DQ IN BOTH TOURS. YOU BUT NOT THE TEAM. THEY WILL BE ABLE TO REQUEST A SUB, ACCORDING TO SAME RULES THAT APPLY IF PLAYER GETS 3 EXTENSIONS. IF THIS BECOMES A CHRONIC PROBLEM, THERE MAY BE RESTRICTIONS PLACED ON YOU FOR THE TOURS YOU ARE ABLE TO JUMP.
(EXCEPTION TO THIS RULE IS IF BOTH PLAYERS ARE IN FINALS AND JUMP THE NEXT TOURNEY ON THE SAME TEAM. THEN THEIR IS NO HOLDING UP THE NEXT TOURNEY, CAUSE IF YOUR TEAM IS CALLED AND YOU ARE TIMED OUT IN 5 MIN AND DQ. THEN IT WILL NOT AFFECT ANY OTHER PLAYERS BUT YOUR TEAM).
KEEP IN MIND THIS RULE IS NOT A TOOL TO TRY TO DQ ANOTHER TEAM BUT ITS SOLE PURPOSE IS TO MAKE SURE THE TOURNEYS ARE RAN SMOOTHLY AND WITH NO PROBLEMS.

***RECRUITING***

YOU ARE WELCOME TO INVITE YOUR FRIENDS TO JOIN MIGHTYPALS. HOWEVER, YOU ARE LIMITED TO INVITING THEM IN IM'S OR EMAIL ONLY. YOU MAY NOT GO INTO ANOTHER POGO LOBBY AND INVITE PEOPLE TO JOIN MIGHTYPALS. THAT IS UNFAIR TO THE LEAGUE IN THAT ROOM AND COULD PUT OUR LEAGUE IN JEOPARDY. IF WE FIND OUT THIS HAS HAPPENED, YOU WILL FACE CONSEQUENCES IN OUR LEAGUE. LIKEWISE , WE HAVE ZERO TOLERANCE FOR OTHER LEAGUE ADVERTISEMENTS IN OUR ROOMS. IF YOU BELONG TO ANOTHER LEAGUE ,YOU MAY NOT RECRUIT,INVITE, OR DISCUSS YOUR LEAGUE IN THE LOBBY OR AT TABLES WITH MIGHTYPALS PLAYERS BEFORE DURING, OR AFTER TOURNAMENTS. THANK YOU FOR RESPECTING THE LEAGUE IN THIS WAY.


 **~**LEAGUE RULE**~** 
 IF YOU ARE REGISTERED FOR ONE OF OUR TOURS,
  AND YOU ARE PLAYING IN A TOUR AT ANOTHER LEAGUE, 
 YOU WILL BE BOXED FOR 3 DAYS NO QUESTIONS ASKED 

WE KNOW THE RULES AND INFORMATION CAN SEEM OVERWHELMING . IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE CONTACT A STAFF MEMBER WHO WILL BE VERY HAPPY TO ASSIST YOU.



ONCE AGAIN WELCOME TO MIGHTY PALS, YOUR NEW ONLINE FAMILY!!
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