OklahomIraqis League Bylaws: okiraqi.org/bylaws

Updated 12 February 2017

  1. Section I: League Branding
  1. This league will be forever titled the "OklahomIraqis League" (“The OIL”); further, it will be divided into conferences: the American Football Conference (AFC); the National Football Conference (NFC); and the Patriot Football Conference (PFC).
  2. This league will always utilize the Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Football website.
  3. This league will operate a website under the domain "okiraqi.org."
  4. This league will utilize the OklahomIraqis League logo first drafted by Jim Horinek, revised by SculptureAlley.net, and streamlined by Breakfast Supply Co. Design.
  5. This league will not compete for money. Instead, each conference have one traveling trophy with the champion's name and team name for each season engraved on it. The previous champion is responsible for transferring it to the incoming champion in a timely manner.
  1. Trophies:
  1. The NFC will compete for the Lawson Memorial Trophy: okiraqi.org/lawson
  2. The AFC will compete for the Killman Memorial Trophy: okiraqi.org/killman
  3. The PFC will compete for the Landrum Memorial Trophy: okiraqi.org/landrum

  1. Change of Champion procedure:
  1. The previous champion is responsible for transferring the trophy to the incoming champion within two weeks of the end of the week 17 Monday night game (the conclusion of the Liberty Bowl).

  1. The penalty for not shipping the trophy to its new owner within the prescribed time period is loss of draft position choice in the following season's draft. Instead of having their choice of draft positions, the offending manager will instead receive the last available draft position. Every manager who finished behind the offending manager in the previous season will then move up one spot in the pecking order.

  1. Further, the champion of each conference will receive a custom jersey based on its team uniform. The jersey will be made by HopcoSports.com.
  2. Each conference champion shall participate in the Liberty Bowl, which will run weeks 16 and 17 for the right to the Tenequer Memorial Trophy:             okiraqi.org/tenequer.
  1. The winner will be the conference champion with the highest combined score over those two weeks.
  2. The last-place teams in each conference will play each other in week 16. The lowest-scoring team will incur a penalty for their conference: at the following season’s draft party, the conference will be beer bitch for the Liberty Bowl-winning conference while that conference is drafting.
  1. The Liberty Bowl champion will receive a custom mini-helmet based on its team uniform; it will be made by HelmetNation.com.
  2. Examples of previous championship jerseys and helmets may be found at okiraqi.org/permanent-prizes
  1. Section II: League Scheduling
  1. Each conference will have 14 teams and no divisions.
  2. Each team will play a 13-week regular season, playing every other team once. 
  3. Playoffs will be comprised of six teams, with the top two seeds receiving first round byes.
  4. Playoffs will run in weeks 14, 15, 16.
  5. Playoff teams will re-seed after the first round.
  1. Section III: Drafting
  1. The OIL managers will do their best to conduct a live draft each Labor Day weekend at a location to be determined by the leagues each year. However, the draft will be conducted online.
  2. Those who cannot attend the live draft may draft online.
  3. The draft order will be determined as such:
  1. This league will always reward success. Therefore, the draft order will be determined by order of finish. The league champion will have first choice as to which draft position he wants, followed by the number two team, three, four and so on until the last place team gets its choice.
  2. The purpose of this rule is so that members perform their best in the playoffs (championship or consolation rounds). Those who continue to manage their roster and win will be rewarded with a better choice of draft positions.
  3. At least 30 days prior to the start of the draft, the commissioner will go down the list of standings presenting options and recording choices until a draft order is determined.
  1. Those who cannot attend the draft must make arrangements with the commissioner as to how his draft will be conducted.
  1. Section IV: Roster Composition
  1. Each team will have 18 roster positions available.
  2. Each team will start 11 roster positions.
  3. The starting rosters will be made up of:
    One (1) Quarterback (QB)
    Two (2) Running Backs (RB)
    Three (3) Wide Receivers (WR)
    One (1) Tight End (TE)
    One (1) Wide Receiver or Tight End (W/T)
    One (1) Wide Receiver or Running Back (W/R)
    One (1) Kicker (K)
    One (1) Defense and Special Teams (DEF)
  1. Section V: Roster Transactions
  1. This league will have a trade deadline that mirrors the NFL trade deadline for the corresponding season.
  2. Trades will be reviewed by an unbiased third party. The standard consists of looking at: current points; projected points; how the trade affects each team’s lineup; team record at time of trade; team needs The unbiased third party will not decide based who is getting the better end of a trade, but rather to ensure trades are equitable (equitable does not mean “fair”) and to prevent collusion.
  3. Players cut by league members will be placed on waivers for a total of two (2) days.
  4. Waiver priority will be determined by continual rolling list.
  1. Section VI: Roster Management
  1. All league members are required to manage their rosters on their own. If a member cannot access his roster in time, member may contact the commissioner and have the commissioner make requested changes as long as games have not begun and the commissioner has the immediate time and access to do so. The deadline to contact the commissioner and ask for roster changes is kickoff.
  2. In the event that a member forgets to bench a player that is on a bye week, the commissioner reserves the right to bench said player and replace him with corresponding player on member's bench that is projected the most points for that week.
  3. In the event that a member starts a player that is out due to injury, the commissioner will only bench said player if the player was ruled out 24 hours in advance of the game. 
  4. Players that do not play due to a gametime decision (GTD) will never be replaced by commissioner.
  5. Players may only be inserted into roster positions that correspond with the position listed on that player’s official team depth chart, as accessed on www.NFL.com (otherwise known as the “Bullshit Joe Fucking Webb Rule”). For example, in 2010 Yahoo! listed Joe Webb as a QB/WR, however the Vikings official depth chart had him listed only as a QB. Therefore, the only eligible position for Webb in this league was QB. Starting him at WR would create an illegal lineup.
  6. NOTE: In the event that a member of this league is deployed to a foreign combat theater or is mobilizing at a location with little to no internet access, Commissioner reserves the right to make roster adjustments for said member. Members may make other arrangements, including taking a leave of absence from the league, if they would like, but the commissioner will help a deployed member when combat circumstances and/or poor Internet access affects their ability to manage their roster. Beginning in 2011, Yahoo! instituted an option for a co-manager. That option will be available for deployed members.
  1. Section VII: Scoring Settings.
  1. Offense:
  1. Passing Yards: 20 yards per point
    Passing Touchdowns: 6 points
    Interceptions: -2 points
    Rushing Yards: 10 yards per point
    Rushing Touchdowns: 6 points 
    Receptions: 1 point per reception
    Reception Yards: 10 yards per point
    Reception Touchdowns: 6 points
    Return Yards: 20 yards per point
    Return Touchdowns: 6 points 
    2-Point Conversions: 2 points
    Fumbles Lost: -2 points
    Offensive Fumble Return TD: 6 points
  1. Kickers:
  1. Field Goals 0-19 Yards: 3 points
    Field Goals 20-29 Yards: 3 points
    Field Goals 30-39 Yards: 3 points
    Field Goals 40-49 Yards: 4 points
    Field Goals 50+ Yards: 5 points
    Point After Attempt Made: 1 point
  1. Defense and Special Teams:
  1. Sack: 1 point
    Interception: 2 points
    Fumble Recovery: 2 points
    Touchdown: 6 points
    Safety: 2 points
    Block Kick: 2 points
    Kickoff and Punt Return T.D.s: 6 points
    Points Allowed 0 points: 10 points

    Points Allowed 1-6 points: 7 points
    Points Allowed 7-13 points: 4 points
    Points Allowed 14-20 points: 1 point
    Points Allowed 21-27 points: 0 points
    Points Allowed 28-34 points: -1 point
    Points Allowed 35+ points: -4 points
  1. Section VIII: Membership
  1. All members of the original OklahomIraqis League as of December 1, 2010 are considered locked into membership, and they may not be removed from membership without “just cause.”
  2. “Just cause” includes, but is not limited to, the following offenses:
  1.  Team abandonment.
  1. In the event of team abandonment, after a member is removed from the league, that member’s team will be considered a “bye week” for every other team.
  1.  Collusion.
  2.  Poor gameday roster management:
  1. If a member fails to bench byes and/or injured players, without any communication with the commissioner, for three weeks out of the 13-week season, a written warning will be issued.
  2. If, after a written warning is issued, a member further fails to effectively manage his gameday roster, his membership will be formally called into question. Any league member can petition the commissioner for a league vote on revoking membership.
  3. A 2/3 vote of the league is needed to revoke membership.
  1. In the event that a member leaves the league or is removed, candidates for new membership will be selected upon the following criteria:
  1. Candidates who served with the 1st Bn 158 FA’s SECFOR mission in Iraq in 2005-2006 have first priority. After that pool has been exhausted,
  2. Candidates who served in the Oklahoma Army National Guard’s 1st Bn 158 FA with other league members have second priority.
  3. After the first two conditions of candidacy have been exhausted, the commissioner reserves the right to make an executive decision regarding new membership.
  1. A member who decides that he cannot fulfill his responsibilities to the league effectively may ask for and be granted a leave of absence from the league without risking being removed from the league permanently. It is highly discouraged that a member leave the league, but this provision exists to keep the long-term makeup of the league intact while allowing members to effectively deal with emergency conditions, i.e. deployment or illness.
  2. Board of Directors:
  1. This league will be run by a board of directors. The board of directors will consist of between 11 members. The members shall be:
  1. Justin C. Cliburn, OIL and NFC Commissioner;
  2. Adam Duffy, OIL Co-Commissioner;
  3. Nick Reed, AFC Commissioner;
  4. Scott Buehre, PFC Commissioner;
  5. The OIL Treasurer; and
  6. two members of each conference who nominate themselves and are approved by the existing board.
  1. In the event a commissioner or other board member resigns, the Board shall have sole discretion to fill the position with a new manager.
  1. Dues
  1.  Annual dues are to be paid in an amount that is feasible for each manager. The average total we need from each manager is $102 (or $8.50 monthly), so that is the baseline suggested amount. Some will give less; others will give more. Not all managers may be able to part with $102 annually, but everyone can give something.
  2.  Dues are necessary to operate this league. The OIL yearly budget is:
  1. Website editor: $52 annually
  2. Website domains: $24 annually (about $12 a year for oklahomiraqis.com and okiraqi.org)
  3. Jerseys: $280 annually (including tax and shipping)
  4. Helmet: $110 annually (including tax and shipping)
  5. Trophy engraving plates: $40 (free shipping)
  6. Annual draft weekend: $3,800
  7. Total: $4,306.
  8. Dues paid and amounts paid shall be confidential. Contact the commissioner if you have any concerns.
  1. Treasurer
  1. The Board shall elect a treasurer to track of OIL funds;
  2. The Treasurer shall keep the OIL funds in a bank account of his choice, so long as the Commissioner and the Board have reasonable access to said bank;
  3. The Treasurer may be removed by a 2/3 vote of the Board; 4. The Treasurer shall be Kevin Pyle until and unless he resigns or is replaced.

  1.        Section IX: Bylaw Modification
  1. On motion by the Board of Directors, a league vote may alter these bylaws.
  2. Any manager may suggest a modification to the Board of Directors.
  3. A simple majority of the league is required to alter these bylaws.