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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 180 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.
  • 2 time(s) Per Day
    • You may play the same member 2 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

  • ID CHANGES
    The frequency of your ID change may be no more than ONCE in any 2 month period.

  • PLAYING IN OTHER LEAGUES or SINCERITY GAMES WHILE REGISTERED IN A SINCERITY TOUR
    For obvious reasons, this is forbidden. This is to provide fairness and to enhance speed of play as well as being courteous to your partner. You may only be registered for one tour at a time in Sincerity. Please do not enter a tour while still playing in one. Occasionally, if we are running a special, we may allow it so that all can enter the special that desires, but this must be cleared with the TD.
    While registered/playing in a tour in our league, if you are simultaneously playing elsewhere, you will be DQ'd, stats removed for that tour, and boxed; penalty will start at 1 day...if repeat occurrence, boxing will then increase to 5 days. Further penalties for same type of occurrence will be an administrative decision.

  • PARTNERS
    While we all have our favorite people to partner in rated tours, no more than 3 TOURS IN A ROW WITH THE SAME PARTNER IS ALLOWED; you MUST have a different partner before being allowed to partner again. If this is repeated problem after being warned of our partner rule, you will be boxed for minimum of one day, with option for increasing time in box if this is a continuous offense.
  • BRBs
    There are to be no BRB whenever a nil is on the table; if this occurs, the opponents may choose to have the offending team "renege" that hand. That will be the only penalty. Additionally, if during the course of a game, a BRB occurs, a timer will be placed in the table chat by the TD; if the player has not returned within 3 minutes, the player on BRB will be booted from table and a sub obtained so that the game may continue on. The booted player may sit again upon return to the game.

  • LEAGUE MATCHES
    ~Sincerity Spades allows a 24 hour grace period to report loss in league match. Obviously, a loss should be reported immediately but if there is a circumstance beyond a members control (power failure, net outage, illness, etc,), we allow a 24 hour period for reporting. If, at the end of 24 hours, a report has not been issued for the loss, then Admin. should be contacted so that the loss may be reported manually. There may be penalty imposed if it is felt that there was no extenuating circumstance to prevent reporting.

  • OTHER SINCERITY SPECIFIC RULES WE USE:

    1. Once table is called to be made by the TD, the team with honors has 2 mins. to make the table; if not made within 2 mins, the opps have the honors flipped to them.
    2. Since we are a RATED room, you must listen to the directions of the TD. Always stay at table until the win is recognized. If the tour is an unrated game, the TD will tell you how to make the table (generally no score and no hands). At the end of an unrated tour, there is a specific way to leave the table so that the game turns unrated. Please stay at tables until released by the TD.
    3. Tables are to made without bots showing (aka ghosts). This prevents the makers from having a "sneak peek" at the cards. Sit at table and only when all 4 are present, do you click the start.
    4. TD will always call what table is to be used for Finals.
    5. TD reserves the right to change number of hands in a tour if it is seen that tour will run into the next major tour.
    6.When tables are called, partners will have no more than 3 mins. to get to table. If member is MIA, a sub may sit at 3 minutes. Sub player is to play the entire game, and if the team advances, the MIA player may play next round.
    7.3. We will not be allowing slow play. If you are lagging, you will be asked to leave table and a sub will be seated. You may get seat back after reboot, or fix, or whatever needs to be done to allow faster play. Also, if you are requiring frequent BRBs, which slow down the pace of game, you will be directed to leave the table, take care of whatever business that is causing BRBs to occur. If your game is still running after you finish whatever it was that slowed you down, you may then retake your seat. We also will be using the 5 second rule if we see continuous slow play. A warning will be issued on table that "any further slow play will result in the 5 sec rule being put in place". If the warning does not speed up play, then the rule will be in effect once announced. The slow player will be dq'd, and a sub will be placed in seat.
    8.There is be no resigning games nor leaving games because of frustration or not understanding rules. To do so is unfair to your partner, and will result in minimum of one day box.


    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 5 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!

    Fill in the Blank

    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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