Pogo_Brats
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 255 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

PogoBrats has become a multi game league. We hope you enjoy your games in PogoBrats. Please read these rules carefully, the objective is to make this fun and fair for all. Pogobrats is a fun loving league and family oriented, so we want to let you know up front what we will and will not tolerate while playing tours and ladder games. While you may not agree with the rules or the penalties, failure to adhere to the rules can and will result in suspension time from league. TD/Host TD HAS FINAL SAY THE HOST AND/OR ADMIN HAS FINAL SAY IN ALL MATTERS IN TOURS. ADMIN HAS FINAL SAY IN OTHER RULES , SUCH AS BOXING. ONLY THE HOST OR ADMINS ARE ALLOWED TO VISIT TABLES WHILE A TOURNEY IS BEING HELD. DO NOT CRUCIFY THE TD FOR FOLLOWING RULES! THE TD HAS A JOB TO DO. (WHICH THERE IS NO PAYMENT FOR, BUT YOUR WONDERFUL COMPANY) TD'S RUN THE TOURNEYS, NOT THE PLAYERS. PLEASE LET THE TD HANDLE ANY DISPUTES ON THEIR OWN OR WITH HTD OR ADMIN HELP. THERE WILL BE LESS DRAMA IF YOU STAY OUT OF IT. THE PLAYERS ARE WHAT MAKES THE LEAGUE AND KEEP IT FUN. NEW TD'S HAVE 10 TOURS TO COMPLETE BEFORE THEY CAN CHARGE BUX OR YOU CAN WIN BUX. THESE TOURS MOST TIMES WILL BE SHORT AND SWEET TO GET THEM OVER WITH. PLEASE SUPPORT OUR NEW TD'S IT IS FREE TO PLAY IN THEIR FIRST 10 TOURS. GAME PLAY WE HAVE A SET OF RULES FOR EACH GAME THAT IS PLAYED. YOUR HOST HAS THE DISCREPANCY TO ADD A TWIST TO RULES. THE HOST WILL POST RULES BEFORE EACH TOUR STARTS. PLEASE READ RULES AND ASK QUESTIONS IF YOU HAVE ANY. PLAY WITH CLOSED TABLES. PW IS "brats" (Canasta) STAY AT TABLE TILL BOTH PLAYERS OR BOTH TEAMS HAVE REPORTED AND AGREE ON THE WINNER. THIS SAVES TIME AND DISPUTES. REPORT IN LOBBY “ WINNER// LOSER. WE KNOW POGO CAN HAVE SOME ISSUES, BUT WE GO BY THE POGO SCORE. THE SCORE WE SEE IS THE SCORE WE GO BY. DO NOT PLAY IN OTHER GAMES WHILE IN TOURNEY. IF YOU ARE CALLED TO A MATCH AND PLAYING ANOTHER GAME YOU WILL BE DISQUALIFIED YOU MUST FINISH THE TOUR OUT WIN OR LOSE. UNLESS AN EMERGENCY ARISES. IF YOU CHOOSE TO NOT FINISH, THAT WILL BE TAKEN AS YOUR FORFIET AND REMOVAL FROM THE REMAINDER. IF YOU NEED A BRB (BE RIGHT BACK), SAY SO, IF YOU UP AND LEAVE A TIMER WILL BE PLACED. PLAYERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO PLAY WITHOUT INTERRUPTION SO AS TO NOT HOLD UP A GAME TIMER PLEASE RESPECT THE TIMER RULES. TIMER: THERE WILL ONLY BE 2 TIMER SITUATIONS ALLOWED PER TOURNEY. THE FIRST TIMER WILL BE SET AT 7 MINUTES, IF REQUIRED THE 2ND TIMER WILL BE SET AT 5 MINUTES. A 3RD TIMER SITUATION WILL RESULT IN THE PLAYER BEING DISQUALIFIED FROM THE TORUNEY. BOOTS SHOULD BE REPORTED IN LOBBY IMMEDIATELY SO THAT TD MAY START TIMER TIMERS WILL BE USED FOR BOOTS, REBOOTS, NO SHOWS OR MIA (MISSING IN ACTION) SITUATIONS. PLEASE REPORT THEM IMMEDIATELY SO THAT THE TD KNOWS TO START THE TIMER PLAYERS MUST DO THEIR PART TO KEEP THE TOURNEY RUNNING SMOOTHLY. IF THERE IS SLOW PLAY DUE TO LAG, ASK FOR A REBOOT PLAYERS REPORTED FOR "SLOW PLAY" WILL BE TIMED BY THE TD AND ASKED TO SPEED UP PLAY OR REBOOT IF NECESSARY A TIMER WILL ONLY BE PLACED 2 TIMES BEFORE DISQUALIFICATION PENALTY BOX IF YOU ARE EXCESSIVELY IRRITATING, CAUSE TOO MANY PROBLEMS IN A TOURNAMENT, OR ARE RUINING OTHER PEOPLE'S GOOD TIME, YOU WILL BE PUT IN A "PENALTY BOX" WHERE YOU CAN DO NO LEAGUE ACTIVITY FOR 3-7 DAYS, DEPENDING ON YOUR LEVEL OF ANNOYANCE. 3RD TIME IN THE BOX WILL BE YOUR LAST! WHEN YOU COME OUT OF THE BOX, YOU ARE OUT OF THE LEAGUE. IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A STRICT LEAGUE WITH A STRONG DICATORSHIP AND BABYSITTERS TO TELL YOU HOW TO TALK AND BEHAVE, THEN THIS IS NOT THE LEAGUE FOR YOU! THE PENALTY BOX IN CASES IS USED TO CONTROL INAPPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR IN THE LEAGUES. IF ADMIN FEELS YOU HAVE BEEN GUILTY OF INAPPROPRIATE BEHAVIOUR YOU WILL BE SENT ONE WARNING ON IM OR EMAIL . THE PENALTY BOX WILL BE USED AS ADMIN SEES FIT, DEPENDING ON THE LANGUAGE, CONTENT, DISRUPTIVNESS OR CHEATING. (PLEASE NOTE: YOU CANNOT PLAY TOURS WHILE IN PENALTY BOX!!!) FIRST OFFENSE = 3 DAYS...UP TO 14 DAYS ,DEPENDING ON OFFENSE. SECOND OFFENSE = 5 DAYS....UP TO 30 DAYS, DEPENDING ON OFFENSE. THIRD OFFENSE = YOU WILL BE KICKED OUT OF LEAGUE AND BANNED. Courtesy DO NOT CHEAT. (REPORTING SAME AS OPPONENT THEN LEAVING TABLE AND DISPUTING THE WIN. THIS IS A FORM OF CHEATING. THIS REQUIRES THE HOST TO LOSE TIME AND HAVE A REPLAY A GAME WHEN ONE ISN'T NECESSARY, JUST IN THE HOPE THAT YOU WILL WIN THE SECOND TIME.) THIS IS VERY UNSPORTSMAN LIKE BEHAVIOR AND SHOWS YOU ARE SORE LOSSER. IT'S A GAME AND WE ARE HERE TO HAVE FUN! ALSO TALKING ON INSTANT MESSEGING WHILE PLAYING IS NOT ALLOWED AND CAN BE CONSTRUED AS CHEATING. .DO NOT ACCUSE OTHERS OF CHEATING W/O PROOF. CONTACT AN ADMIN BUT DON’T EVER BRING IT UP IN THE LOBBY. DO NOT MAKE ACCUSATIONS OF CHEATING WITHOUT HARD PROOF (I.D. SCREEN SHOT). CONTACT AN ADMIN BUT DO NOT EVER BRING IT UP IN THE LOBBY. TAKE THE COMPLAINT TO PRIVATE CHAT, TABLE OR IM'S WITH HOST. DO NOT MAKE THE LOBBY MISERABLE. DO NOT STIR UP DRAMA. IF YOU HAVE AN ISSUE WITH ANOTHER LEAGUE MEMBER, PLEASE TAKE IT TO ADMIN IN IM OR EMAIL. DO NOT BRING ANOTHER LEAGUES PROBLEMS TO "POGOBRATS" RESPECT NOT ONLY LEAGUE MEMBERS, BUT THE POSSIBLE MEMBERS THAT WE MAY HAVE IN THE ROOM. EVERYONE IS A POSSIBLE MEMBER. THIS IS NOT ONLY OUR CHAT, BUT A CHAT FOR ALL, AND PEOPLE WANTING TO JOIN. LETS NOT SCARE ANYONE OFF. BE SURE TO SAY "GG" (GOOD/GREAT GAME) OR "VGG"(VERY GOOD GAME) WHEN THE ROUND IS OVER. TRY TO UNDERSTAND THAT EVERYONE TALKS, SOMETIMES THINGS GET CARRIED AWAY. MOST OF THE TIME IT IS ALL IN FUN. IF YOU ARE NOT A TD, DO NOT SPAM. SPAMS SHOULD ONLY BE LEAGUE RELATED AND SHOULD NOT FLOOD THE ROOM. ONLY THE TD HOSTING THE TOURNAMENT SHOULD ASK FOR OTHER JUMPERS. PLEASE DO NOT NITPICK ABOUT LITTLE THINGS YOU DON'T LIKE ABOUT THE TOURNEYS. IF YOU DON'T LIKE IT, DON'T PLAY! RESPECT LOBBY CHAT!!! YOU ARE NOT THE ONLY ONE IN THE LOBBY, AND NOT EVERYONE HAS THE SAME "SENSE OF HUMOR" THAT YOU DO. YOU WILL RECEIVE ONE WARNING REGARDING YOUR LANGUAGE. THE WARNING WILL BE, " (NAME), PLEASE BEHAVE." IN OTHER WORDS, DON'T BE ANNOYING! IF YOU CANNOT TAKE THE SIMPLE HINT THAT YOU NEED TO STOP WITH THE OFFENSIVE CHAT, THEN YOU WILL BE PUT IN THE "PENALTY BOX" FOR 3-7 DAYS. Subs SUBS ARE ALLOWED IN PARTNERS TOURS ONLY! IN A PARTNERS TOUR....WHEN YOUR PARTNER IS MISSING IN ACTION: YOU MAY IMMEDIATELY CHOOSE TO USE THE COMPUTER OR A LIVE PERSON FOR SUB.AND WHEN YOUR PARTNER RETURNS THEY WILL REPLACE THE SUB .IF YOUR PARTNER IS BOOTED A 2ND TIME YOU MAY CHOOSE A SUB AND YOUR PARTNER WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO REPLACE THE SUB FOR REMAINDER OF THAT ROUND. (ALL THIS IS TO SAVE TIME IN TOUR) IF BOTH PLAYERS MISSING THEN TIMER WILL BE PUT ON BOTH. IF TIMED OUT THAT TEAM WILL LOSE THAT ROUND. ALL PLAYERS PLEASE STAY IN LOBBY WHEN YOU HAVE A BYE IN CASE YOU ARE NEEDED TO SUB. THANK YOU! These rules are subject to change or additions at anytime administration sees a need to do so. ....................................................................... Please make sure you put a check mark in the box ‘Save these rules to be your default tourney rules.’ The rules will then be in all of your tourneys and you will not have to re-copy them in. Thank you All Brats Hosts, we appreciate all of your hard work for Pogobrats. Thank you in advance for your coroporation , Susiehustles Head Administrator of Pogo_Brats
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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