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School Year Sports League 2012-13




Welcome to the School Year Sports League 2012-13, a year-long competition where YOU own teams in four professional and two college sports, along with a PGA golfer and NASCAR driver.


What is it?

A year-long sports league where participants pick a team or player from each of 8 different professional and college sports leagues.


How long is the season?

The “season” runs for an entire year – from September 1, 2012 through August 31, 2013.


What do I have to do?

Not much besides picking your teams. The league organizers keep track of points for your teams. Results are posted online every month and it’s really easy to keep track. The only tinkering you may need to do is to trade out one of your non-performers during the year (one time only).


What is the entry fee?

You can enter one team for the year for $40. Enter more than one team and get a deal! Can’t decide whether to go heavy in football or golf? Now add a second entry for just $20 more, and a third for another $10!


One entry: $40

Two entries: $60

Three entries: $70


Sorry, discounts are per person (no clustering!).


Are there prizes?

YES. Total prizes will depend on the number of participants. 2011-12 totaled over $2,000!  The pot is distributed as follows:



1st place - 5% of the total pot

2nd place - 4% of the total pot

3rd place - 3% of the total pot

4th place - 2% of the total pot

5th place - 1% of the total pot

Quarters are: Q1 - September-November; Q2 - December-February; Q3 - March-May; Q4 - June-August.




1st place - 15% of the total pot

2nd place - 7.5%

3rd place - 6%

4th place - 4%

5th place - 2%

6th place - 1.5%

7th place - 1%

8th place - 1%

9th place - 1%

10th place - 1%


In addition, winners in 2012-13 will receive VERY special limited edition SYSL t-shirts! Take that, Olympics!


How does it work?

Each participant will select a team in each of 6 team sports:


  • MLB
  • NBA
  • NFL
  • NHL
  • NCAA football
  • NCAA men’s basketball


And one member of the PGA Tour and one driver from the NASCAR Sprint Cup.


Each participant has a team salary cap of $80 (and a salary floor of $74). The total cost of your 8 selections must be equal to or between those numbers. You can choose to spend a lot on one team and go cheap on others, or pick $10 entries in each sport. You just have to pick an entry in each sport.

You get points for every regular season or playoff victory your teams earn (none awarded for exhibition, pre-season, any of those dumb college basketball tournaments for losers, or ties). Your PGA golfer and NASCAR driver earn you points for every PGA Tour and NASCAR Sprint Cup victory, top five, and top ten finish. The 2012 PGA Tour season finishes with the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions November 4th. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series ends November 18th with the Ford 400.


You may want to leave some room under the cap, because you might need to make a change...


TRADE A TEAM/PLAYER: Trade one of your teams or players! You might need some "cap space" to trade out one of your teams or players for a better performing one. Each player gets to trade out one team/individual during the year for another in the same sport. However, you can’t go over the $80 salary cap. You can trade for a cheaper alternative, a more expensive one, or one at the same price - as long as you don't go over the cap! Once you trade out a team or individual, you get any future points from the new team/individual (plus the points up to that date earned from your old team).


Example: Your total picks equal 74, and your NFL team is the St. Louis Rams. You realize that choosing St. Louis was a dumb idea. Now you can swap that pick out! Since you had $6 left under the cap, you can trade the St. Louis Rams for another NFL team - for as much as $6 more than St. Louis’ value. You only get one trade for the year, and each sport will have a specific trade deadline date (see below). Trades must be made by and take effect on the dates specified.

MORE GROUND RULES ON TRADES: You can only make one trade during the year among the 8 sports. You CAN trade down (meaning, swap a more expensive team for a cheaper team), but you don’t get to use any freed up cap space. You DON’T HAVE TO MAKE A TRADE at all if you are satisfied with your lineup.


What if one of my teams wins the championship?

Good for you! Bonus points are awarded to teams (or driver) that win their championship (or win one of the four major tournaments in golf).


Leagues play different numbers of games. How are scores determined to keep it fair?

Point values for victories are different depending on the league and how many games are played. The league is designed to give approximately the same weight for each of the 8 sports.


Point Values (changes for 2012-13!)

MLB - 2 points per win

NBA - 3 points per win

NFL - 15 points per win

NHL - 4 points per win

NCAA Football - 18 points per win

NCAA Basketball - 7 points per win

PGA Golf - 10 points per Top-10 finish; 20 points for a Top 5; 30 points for a win. Bigger points for majors (20 for Top-10; 30 for Top-5; 50 for a win)

NASCAR - 5 points per Top-10 finish; 15 points for a Top-5; 20 points for a win


Championship Bonuses (50 points each, except PGA)

2012 World Series Winner

2013 NBA Champion

Super Bowl XLVII Winner 

2013 Stanley Cup Champion

2013 BCS Championship Game Winner 

2013 NCAA Men’s Basketball National Champion

2012 Sprint Cup Champion

2012 FedEx Cup Championship (25 points)


Special 2012 Bonuses 

Your Golfer is on the Winning Ryder Cup Team - 10 points

2012 US Presidential Election Winner - 10 points

Winning Number of Electoral College Votes - 25 points for exact hit; 10 points if within 5


Trade Deadlines for Each Sport (entrants may only make one trade in one sport during the year)

NCAA FB: September 30, 2012

NFL: October 31, 2012

NHL: November 30, 2012

NBA: December 31, 2012

NCAA BB: December 31, 2012

PGA: April 30, 2013

MLB: May 31, 2013

NASCAR: May 31, 2013

You can't trade your Presidential candidate.


Okay, how do I sign up?

If you are interested in participating in the 2012-13 SYSL, you can get the team price sheet here, and when you are ready you can register here.