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LIMITED SUB-FRANCHISE MEMBERS
Applicants for limited sub-franchises
usually have one or two younger aged teams. They usually want to continue to
participate in the League each year with the same teams as they age up but they
have no intention to form additional teams in the future, including repeat
participation in the younger age divisions. This member class has the least
participation and player rights.
There are three possible situations a
prospective applicant for a limited sub-franchise could find itself in.
(1) Its players
reside in an OPEN AREA(s) of the League.
(2) Its players
reside in a school district that is part of the Core Area or Non-Core Area of
one or more existing franchise members.
If the existing member is not active in the same age division:
If the existing member is active in the same age division:
The first year roster of any limited sub-franchise applicant shall be limited to players that did not participate in the league in the previous year or who have been released since that time.
The League shall have sole power to grant limited sub-franchises except where an applicant club shall include several restricted free agents that all reside in the same active franchise area and that franchise member is active in the same age division. In this case only, the applicant shall be required to obtain the approval of the active franchise member as a condition of membership. The franchise member may challenge any player(s) on the applicant's roster residing within its franchise area. The applicant must reach a satisfactory disposition with the franchise member in regards to all challenged players before its application for membership can be accepted.
15.2 General Participation Rights
The limited sub-franchise is granted the
right under its SPA to have certain understood teams participate in the League indefinitely.
To terminate a limited sub-franchise arrangement the sub-franchisee would have
to be found to be in violation of its limited sub-franchise agreement or other
league rules, or fail to register teams in the League’s younger age divisions,
15U and below. Should the limited sub-franchise membership be terminated for
any reason, all teams owned by the limited sub-franchise, already started in
the League, shall be entitled to continue in the League from one year to the
next, provided they remain in good standing.
15.3 Franchise Area Rights
The limited sub-franchise has no territorial ownership rights and thus no territorial based player rights.
15.4 General Player Rights
See Article XVI for a comprehensive
discussion of member’s rights to players.
Prior to April 1 each year, any restricted free agent wanting to play for a limited sub-franchise shall be eligible for a non-discretionary release.
The roster of a limited sub-franchise member is protected within the League
from one year to the next.
15.5 Player Release Rights
The limited sub-franchise has the power to grant releases to
its own protected players.