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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 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.
  • 15 time(s) Per Day
    • You may play the same member 15 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


LEAGUE MEMBERSHIP:
Our league is open to everyone 18 years of age and older. You must use your exact Club Pogo screen name. We do not accept temporary guest passes.
And do not keep your profile private from our members please.

CODE OF CONDUCT:

Be courteous at all times to our members and non members who we share a room with. Our hosts are all volunteers who hold tournaments at their own personal time and expense for your enjoyment. Remember to thank them at the end of the tour.
Disputes:
If a dispute arises during tournament play, call the host to the table immediately. Never bring it into the lobby. Anyone who engages in a dispute or confrontation in the lobby whether participating in the tour or not will be subject to disciplinary actions, up to and including being disqualified from the match if playing, and or boxed (suspended from playing for at least three days) And, depending on the severity, a player may be banned from the league as well. If you are ever banned from the league, you will not be able to re-join.
Boxing and Banning:
Other grounds for boxing or banning from the league include but are not limited to the following:
Foul or abusive language. Being disrespectful in any manner to any host, member, or non member in the game room or by written communication such as email or instant messenger. Making any remarks containing or referring to anything sexual, sexist, racial or to anyone's ethic background. Or referring to anyone being mentally or physically challenged. Use the "Golden Rule" and treat others the way you wish to be treated.

TABLE SETTINGS:
The first name called in the pairs sets the table as follows:
Always use 30 second timer. Set aces per game specific rules. Allow all ratings. Allow watchers. Always set unrated and change tables after each match. For more information on table settings click on the tournaments tab or the Games link on the home page for a list of games and settings.

RESETTING AN INCORRECT TABLE:
All tables must be set according to the game specific rules for the tournament. It is the players ultimate responsibility to check the table settings before joining. If it is not set correctly, it must be reset immediately without any dispute. If a player has scored before the incorrect table was noticed then all scores will be lost when you reset. NO EXCEPTIONS.

WATCHERS:
Only the host or an admin will be permitted to enter the table as a watcher or your partner during team play. No one else is permitted to watch a league match as it can be distracting to the players.

FORFEIT TIMER, BOOTS, & EXTENSIONS:
The purpose of the forfeit timer is to maintain the integrity of the tournaments and to not have a player or players excessively delay the matches. Keep in mind if you have been placed on the timer and the time is up, your host will declare your opponent the winner and you will disqualify. This is not subject to argument. We use cases ladder multiple boot timers for all our tournaments to ensure accuracy in keeping time for missing players. Fairness of play must be granted to everyone. Therefore, we will follow the timer policies to the letter.

Forfeit timers will be set for 5 minutes and 5 boots. If you are playing a rated game or non-league game when the pairings are up for your tour, you will disqualify and forfeit the match. In Teams tours the two player team will have one 5 minute timer. It is your responsibility to report when you return and play a card to be taken off the timer before your time runs out and you disqualify. Report missing (MIA) players in the lobby after all pairs have been called. Report to the host as: ***** player name missing from table #.

A player may be given up to 5 extensions not to exceed a total of 5 at the 6th report is an automatic forfeit. If a player is already on the boot timer there is no need to report an extension. All extensions prior to using the boot timer must be reported to the host one at a time and they must be acknowledged by the host. Therefore be sure the hosts sees your extension reports or they will not count. Informing the host or your opponent that you "will be right back" does not grant you dispensation from the forfeit timer or extension rules. PLEASE see the League Specific rules on every tour page for complete details.

IF YOU ARE STILL IN ONE TOUR DO NOT REGISTER FOR THE NEXT TOUR
Unless you have already actively playing in the finals, do not pre-register for the next tour. Your finals match must be in progress when it is time for the next tour to close or you will need to withdraw yourself. If you do not, you will forfeit.

FORMAL CHALLENGES/LADDERING:
We do not permit the use of laddering or challenging at this time. In its' place we have a Top Nutz tournament every week where you can advance to the number one and number two positions.

END OF LEAGUE SPECIFIC RULES

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!

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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