Play by the Rules, Keep it Legal
Any illegal activities (gambling, exchanges of cash for games, any other activities in violation of state or federal law) are not allowed on GreatLeague.com and GreatLeague.com leagues. Leagues may be suspended or possibly closed for engaging in illegal activity. Additionally, GreatLeague will cooperate with legal authorities in the investigation and prosecution of any illegal activities by our member leagues and their staff.
We also expect leagues and their members to abide by the rules of their gaming site, such as Yahoo Games or MSN Gaming Zone or the other site that hosts their games.
GreatLeague.com League Names
We reserve the right to ban, or require leagues to change, names that are racist, sexist or otherwise offensive to members of the leagues community on GreatLeague.com.
Members who mispresent themselves as staff of a league or GreatLeague.com will be removed and/or banned.
It is the responsbility of the admins of a league to find a suitable gaming site and room for their league games and tournaments. GreatLeague staff will, however, offer assistance in helping leagues match up with the best rooms on their gaming sites where applicable.
You may not host your league in a room where another GreatLeague.com league already has exclusive room rights.
Leagues will gain exclusive rights to use a room by obtaining and maintaining legitimately 100 or more active members. Leagues will gain rights to use a room, and share with one other league, by obtaining and maintaining legitimately at least 50 to 99 active members. Leagues previously at or above 50 or 100 active members that fall below 50 active members may be required to share with one or more leagues. Any league found to have falsified, padded, or created numerous duplicate accounts to obtain or maintain room rights will lose such rights. Leagues that are inactive for 30 days, or fail to run a tournament in 30 days in a particular game, may lose the right to mark those rooms that are applicable. A league inactive for more than 30 may have all its room marks in GreatLeague and the GreatLeague Rooms Registry deleted.
Spamming and Recruiting
A league shall not spam the lobby of another GreatLeague.com league without permission of the league(s) having room rights in the room being spammed. Spamming, defined as post league advertisements in a gaming room, shall be always allowed in a league's own gaming room. We do, however, suggest keeping this spamming to a reasonable limit.
"Recruiting" shall be defined as inviting or asking players to join your league. Recruiting shall be allowed except those instances of knowingly recruiting a member of another league without having been asked to send an invite, or request to join, by the member recruited. In all instances of alleged recruiting, the burden of proof rests with the league claiming their members were recruited. That will league need to demonstrate that their member(s) were in fact recruited, and that the recruiting league could have known the member recruited is already in another GreatLeague.com league. Although GreatLeague.com does not prohibit the plundering of membership lists of leagues hosted on other league servers, we strongly advise against this practice because the best and most loyal members for a GreatLeague.com league will be new members who are not already in a league. With just thousands in other leagues and hundreds of thousands of players not yet in leagues, clearly it makes sense to seek out new players for your league.
When creating spinoff leagues, new leagues that include a few members who immediately before left another GreatLeague.com, our rules prohibit the spamming, recruiting or soliciting of members in that previous league without permission of the admins of that league.
Spamming and Use of Messenger Services
League staff, or members asked to do so, may send such tournament announcements and links (referred to as "tournament spams") as often as three times during the 30 minute period before the scheduled start of a regular tournament, providing such tournament spams are sent only to the members of that league hosting the tournament. No more than three tournament spams shall be sent before a regular tournament, but for a special tournament, staff may send more than three tournament spams and send them earlier than 30 minutes before the tournament. Leagues shall not designate regular daily tournaments as special tournaments simply to game the system and circumvent this rule. Tournament spams shall never be sent to members of other GreatLeague-hosted leagues or to those who are not members of that league.
League staff or members asked by staff may send mass communications or "spams" to those on their messenger lists inviting them to join a league providing that such lists do not include any known members of any other GreatLeague-hosted league. Staff, or members asked to do so by staff, may use messenger or e-mail or other means of communication to recruirt players to their league providing they do not knowingly invite, recruit or otherwise solicit members of other GreatLeague-hosted leagues to their league.
League staff or members may list their league address and advertise it on the "status message" of their messenger programs, however, with one key exception: They may NOT do this while playing in a tournament in another GreatLeague-hosted league different from the one they are advertising in their status message.
Harassment and Intimidation
It will always be in violation of this league to harass members or staff of other leagues, or to attempt to influence how they run their leagues or achieve any other objective by threatening those in other leagues.
Leagues that set their public/private status to private shall, during their hours of customary operation, have at least one admin available during all of those hours who is authorized to approve new members or process invites from the admin menu to prospective new members. At no time during such regular and customary hours of operation, shall a prospective new member be told they must wait until a certain member of staff arrives before they may be approved for an invite to membership in that league.
Cheating in all forms in games as well as attempt to cheat or game the system with GreatLeague Bux or the touranment system are prohibited under these rules. Cheating will result in players being removed and/or banned and leagues that show a consistent pattern of condoning and enabling cheating may be suspected and/or closed.
Leagues MAY allow their staff to host and play in their own tournaments if they choose to allow this practice under their own league rules and procedures, and approve staff members in their league to participate as players in their own tournaments. We leave this choice to the league Head Admins. PLUS and ELITE leagues may only use their league account (member account named same as their lgname) for hosting special tournaments and not regular daily tournaments. If in doubt about proper use of the league account for hosting tournaments, please request a ruling from senior support staff.
Duplicate Accounts and Clones
At no time shall the staff and members of a league knowing maintain, or allow others to maintain, duplicate accounts or cloned IDs and accounts for any reason. It shall be considered cheating for staff or members to allow duplicate accounts to enter into tournaments and receives statistics and GreatLeague Bux. Staff may not use such accounts to enable themselves to play in their own tournaments by either playing under the duplicate account or subustituting at the tables for that account. Any league engaging in these activities may be suspended or perhaps even shutdown and the staff involved may be removed from that league.
GreatLeauge.com provides to leagues a tool to purges inactive members from their own leagues. Additionally, GreatLeague.com reserves the right to put a hard limit on member idle time and administer a purge function on the entire membership of the various leagues via a system-wide purge function.
Customizing League Web site
League owners may customize the league web site as allowed via the admin tools in the menu, or by using our built-in re-direct tool to load to a customized web site. Leagues creating a customized web site by any manner of redirect to load it must use the coding provided by GreatLeague.com to load the mandatory menu bar on the top of the page immediately below the body command in the HTML and just use ONLY the provided code that loads that menu bar via the iframe serving up the menu bar residing on the GreatLeague.com server in the topmenu server folder. Copying and pasting ANY OTHER form of the menu bar or any previous menu bar coding into customized HTML to display on the page in any other form than via the iframe is in violation of these terms and GreatLeague's rights over that menu bar content is strictly prohibited.
The only mandatory content on a league web site is the thin menu bar at the top of the page that loads by default via the iframe code, and any method of re-direct, or any other method of any kind, that covers this top bar up or re-directs in such a way to make it invisible, is prohibited.
GreatLeague.com strictly prohibits the use of coding or graphics on customized league web sites that would violate the trademark or copyright ownership or rights of others, including other GreatLeague.com leagues that may use original content on their customized league web sites. If you don't have permission to use others work on your sites, you don't have GreatLeague.com authorization to use it. Additionally, at no time shall any league put any content on their site attacking another GreatLeague.com league.
Any and all admin tools may be suspended up to and including complete suspension of admin tools for extended periods of time for repeated and willfully deliberate violations of these terms. In some instance the permanent closing of a league might be the consequence of repeated and chronic violations of these terms.
Additionally, GreatLeague.com reserves the right to kick and ban any member(s) from any leagues for any reason deemed necessary by GreatLeague support staff.
Rights and Responsibilites of League Admins
League Admins, including Head Admins, have the following Rights and Responsibilities as leaders of their leagues:
These include the Rights:
These Responsibilities include:
League staff shall not share information available to them with anyone not privy to the information. As an staff with GreatLeague.com, you have access to information that is not available to members, such as IP addresses. You agree to respect the privacy of your members and not share any information you obtain in the capacity as staff for GreatLeague.com.
Denial of Services
GreatLeague.com reserves the right to deny league creation, league hosting, premium accounts, plus accounts, or any other services provided by GreatLeague.com to anyone or any group that GreatLeague.com choose not to provide any services or products sold or offered for free by GreatLeague.com.
GreatLeague.com, like any league hosting site of this kind, relies primarily on the revenue from premium memberships on which to operate. While GreatLeague.com will never REQUIRE any league or its admins to sell or promote the sale of premium memberships, it will be the policy likewise of GreatLeague.com to prohibit any efforts by a league and/or its staff to discourage, undermine, or prohibit (in any way) the purchasing of premium memberships by league members. A league having been found to have discouraged, undermined, or prohibited (in any way) the sale of premium memberships will have committed among the more serious violations of these terms and and will be sanctioned accordingly, as determined by the owner of GreatLeague.com.
Members or staff or those who run leagues on GreatLeague.com are not bound to remain members or league admins or Head Admins on Greatleague any longer than they wish to do so. Additionally, they have the right to join other gaming servers or league hosting sites similar to GreatLeague.com or even create their own. However, should they create a site or hosting service that competes with GreatLeague or it's business partners in any way, GreatLeague reserses the right to remove them, ban them, cancel any leagues or premium or plus services they have on GreatLeague, and GreatLeague reserves the right to permanently close and delete any leagues, plus services or accounts or premium services or accounts they may have on GreatLeague.com.
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