Rules & Scoring

VA Online Fantasy Sports(VOFS) Rules:

All rules of play are outlined in detail in the Terms and Conditions, and are listed in brief below. 

 

MULTIPLE ACCOUNTS

Some matches may allow for "multi-entries" meaning more than one entry into the contest by the same user is allowed, but this should not be confused with utilizing multiple accounts which is strictly prohibited. We cross-check multi-account use by closely monitoring logged in sessions, IP data, payment data, and other methods to ensure our website is not abused by cheating via multiple accounts.

 

ELIGIBILITY

User must be at least 18 years of age, and may be using the site exclusively in the Commonwealth of Virginia.  

 

ACCOUNT SUSPENSION

Harassment of members, abusive or threatening language while engaging in chat, suspect activity with account creation and gameplay, multiple-accounts, and any other activity that VOFS deems abusive or unsatisfactory for the website may result in an account suspension. Accounts which are suspended will often receive information as to why they were suspended from the VOFS staff with information in regards to how their account may have its suspension lifted. The VOFS management may use its discretion when determining account suspension. User will be notified and is entitled to no grace period. 

 

UNFILLED CONTESTS

Virginia Online Fantasy Sports(VOFS) endeavors to make our users have an enjoyable experience. In the event a contest is left unfilled 

Some games have different “total participant” restrictions for unfilled contest matching. In the event a contest expires without the member being matched to another contest, then a full refund of any deposit is immediately issued to the account with all entries associated with the joining voided.

 

CANCELING GAME ENTRIES

Cancelling a game on VOFS is not always a guaranteed action. VOFS has implemented measures to help ensure that your sign up for a match is clearly understood and validated. If you have mistakenly joined a match and need to cancel an entry, you can request a cancellation by submitting a support ticket to VOFS. Details on the matchup you are wishing to cancel yourself from should be specified in the support ticket. However, not all entries are cancelled. This is handled on a case by case basis with time sensitivity.

 

POSTPONED GAMES THAT ALTER GAMEPLAY

Not all of the gameplays listed below may be on the VOFS website.

Rules for how postponed games are treated in VOFS contests vary depending on the sport and contest type.

NFL - In the event a game is postponed and subsequently rescheduled, and the game will be played within 48 hours, VOFS will make an attempt to retain that game in order to prevent "zero scoring" for athletes, and all contests will remain open and show as "live" until the conclusion of the game at the newly rescheduled time. In the event the game is rescheduled to a date further out than the current week, all users will be awarded zero points for any athletes entered in that event, and the event finalized automatically no later than the following Tuesday at 12:01AM or following Monday Night Football the prior night, whichever comes last, and prior to new games coming available for player selection.

Periodically, selected players appear unavailable for late-swap upon their originally scheduled time being met. Players may utilize athletes on these teams should make roster update decisions prior to the original event time and date. Additionally, should the NFL announce a schedule change to an event too close to the original start time, the event may lock, resulting in all athletes having zeros logged for scoring, with the new event not being an event able to be included.

NBA, basketball - the VOFS Website will automatically keep the contest open until it is officially flagged by Gracenote, as delayed or postponed. This will lead to games appearing to still be "live" despite there being no activity due to a delay or postponement. Upon the game being officially marked as postponed the event is then closed and all scoring for all users is finalized. Players are awarded zero points and the contest is considered complete. In the circumstance a contest is delayed the contest will automatically conclude within 48 hours after the original start time.

MLB - every contest will close once marked postponed by Gracenote, exactly as described above with a maximum close time being 48 hours after the postponed event's scheduled start time in the event VOFS does not receive an official postponement or suspension notice.

When a game is rained out before play begins, & rescheduled for a later date. If it has already begun and rain falls, several scenarios are used to determine the need to resume play:

·         If the game has completed the top half of the 5th inning and the home team is ahead, the game can be deemed an official game. The home team is declared the winner, and the game officially counts in standings.

·         If the game has completed the bottom half of the 5th inning and either team is ahead, the game can be deemed an official game. The leading team is declared the winner, and the game officially counts in standings. However, if the game is rained out prior to the completion of an inning in which the visiting team scored one or more runs to take the lead, and the home team has not retaken the lead, the game is suspended, to be resumed at a later date.

·         If the game has completed the 5th inning, and the teams are tied, if the game is a playoff game (regardless of inning), it is not the final game in the series, the game is considered suspended, and the resumption of the game is scheduled for a, provided it is within the aforementioned 48 hours, the contest will resume from where it left off.

·         If none of the previous scenarios apply, the game cannot be considered official. The umpire declares "No Game," and a make-up of the game is scheduled for a future date unless it is not feasible. The latter occurs mainly among the minor leagues and college due to travel schedules, and only in the major leagues among teams that have been declared mathematically eliminated from postseason play where no benefit in the standings would be derived. The statistics compiled during the rained out game are not counted.

(all sports) - postponed games which are re-scheduled to take place on a different day will be eligible for gameplay on those specific dates and will have absolutely no link to the original event ID / contest they may have been associated with. See double-headers for more information which is specific to MLB.

 

TIEBREAKERS

When a tie score between multiple players occurs, VOFS will resolve the ties using the following method,

* The user with the highest scoring individual athlete will be declared the winner, if users have duplicate athletes with the highest score, then the 2nd highest scoring athlete will be used, etc.

This is not set up programmatically. In the event of tie between 2 or more persons the site will split the winnings if cash.  The site will take the total amount of winnings and divide it by the amount of individuals who tied.   Ties also only matter when it affects winnings.

For example

  • two people tie for the last winning spot in a 50/50 they would each get half the winnings.  If 3 then 1/3, if 4 the ¼.
  • If 2 people tie for first place in a top 3 contests they would get the combined prize of both 1 and 2 places split in half.  
  • Winner take all games would split the pot evenly amongst winners.

If you want to establish a manual practice for prizes that cannot be split (like physical prizes you award that are not cash) that can be accomplished in the process you described, but would be limited to that process.

 

TRADED PLAYERS 

Players being traded may impact contests that have already been created with the players on previous teams. Player listings on VOFS are updated once per week before contests are offered.  NBA and MLB will be updated every 2-3 times per week.   Note that because contests are created as much as five or six days in advance, traded players may not be available in contests which include a game involving a new team exclusive to the old team. Sometimes a selected player may not be available in a contest that includes their previous team, and not their new team. In this circumstance, a replacement must be selected or be receive zero points for the player.

On a day that a player is traded, and appears on the previous team’s draft screen, and traded to the opposing team. The points may not be reflected accurately during live scoring, but will count at contest settlement time. This may cause a delay or inaccurate scoring. 

The player will score a 0 for the slate where they are on their prior team in all circumstances.  The news ticker is a useful way to inform users that they should not select the player.   

 

CONTEST / MATCH SETTLEMENTS & PAYMENTS

Contest settlement and payments will be resolved as quickly as possible. VOFS requires accurate settlement, which may cause a minor delay. Most contests are settled shortly after the last game finishes. However, to settle we have to wait until all the player statistics have been reported by Gracenote. This lets us ensure that the final box scores are complete. In most cases the box-score data in which the website replies on is finalized within 1 hour after a game concluding. At times this may run over, as much as a full additional day being required, thus not settling matches and payments until the box score data is finalized.

 

DOUBLE HEADERS

Only one game of a doubleheader will count for VOFS scoring. Players will only score points for the game which starts at the time listed in the contest details. This will typically (but not always) be the game at the originally scheduled time. Double header and player eligibility is directly linked to the time-period in which the initial game is selected for.

 

CASH WITHDRAWALS

Members of VOFS can withdraw money at any time. This is done by selecting the withdraw option while logged in from the My Account section. VOFS will then transfer the money to you via electronic options or by check, based on the option you select for your withdrawal should you qualify for a check submission. When at the restaurant location a staff member may provide a cash withdrawal up to $100. Any additional withdrawals must be made via check or other electronic options available.

All withdrawal requests will be processed within 72 hours. Withdrawal requests in the amount more than $100 are eligible for check payment. Check payments may take 5-7 days to process. All VOFS website members that withdraw more than $599 in aggregate are required to provide additional details for tax-purposes at the year’s end. Sensitive data such as social security information is handled offline.

VOFS provides quick turn-around for payments. All deposited money can be withdrawn right away. All money earned in contests are eligible for immediate withdrawal (including featured games, automatically created system games, and games created by users). Some promotions, rewards, and special events in which credits is issued by VOFS may require specific withdrawal circumstances. Individual restrictions apply.

 

SCORING REVISIONS

VOFS contests receive scoring from Gracenote (our third party stats provider). After the game has concluded the game data is provided through the site. After VOFS receive and confirm the box scores for all the day's games VOFS then settle all entries. However, at times, the data provider revises the scores after the final box score has been released, the player scores on VOFS will not be updated and the settlements will not be revised. Corrections after contest conclusion, due to a problem with the data feed or the settlement process, correct scoring will be settled correctly.

 

NFL FOOTBALL SCORING

Offense

Rushing yards made = 0.1pts
Rushing touchdowns = 6pts
Passing yards = 0.04pts
Passing touchdowns = 4pts
Interceptions = -1pt
Receiving yards = 0.1pts
Receiving touchdowns = 6pts
Receptions = 0.5pts
Kick-return touchdowns = 6pts
Punt-return touchdowns = 6pts
Fumbles lost = -2pts
Own fumbles recovered touchdowns = 6pts
Two-point conversions scored = 2pts
Two-point conversion passes = 2pts
Field-goals from 0-19 yards = 3pts
Field-goals from 20-29 yards = 3pts
Field-goals from 30-39 yards = 3pts
Field-goals from 40-49 yards = 4pts
Field-goals from 50+ yards = 5pts
Extra-point conversions = 1pt

Defense
Sacks = 1pt
Opponent-fumbles recovered = 2pts
Return touchdowns = 6pts
Fumble return touchdowns = 6pts
Safeties = 2pts
Blocked kicks = 2pts
Interceptions = 2pts
0 points allowed = 10pts
1-6 points allowed = 7pts
7-13 points allowed = 4pts
14-20 points allowed = 1pt
28-34 points allowed = -1pt
35+ points allowed = -4pts

Note: For purposes of defensive scoring, points allowed are calculated as: 6*(Rushing TD + Receiving TD + Fumble TD ) + 2*(Two point conversions) + Extra points + 3*(Field Goals)

 

NBA BASKETBALL SCORING

3-pt FG = 3pts
2-pt FG = 2pts
FT = 1pt
Rebound = 1pt
Assist = 1pt
Block = 2pts
Steal = 2pts
Turnover = -1pt

 

MLB BASEBALL SCORING

Hitters will accumulate points as follows:

Single = +3 PTs

Double = +5 PTs

Triple = +8 PTs

Home Run = +10 PTs

Run Batted In = +2 PTs

Run = +2 PTs

Base on Balls = +2 PTs

Hit By Pitch = +2 PTs

Stolen Base = +5 PTs

 

Pitching Staffs will accumulate points as follows:

Inning Pitched = +2.25 PTs

Strike Out = +2 PTs

Win = +4 PTs

Earned Run Allowed = -2 PTs

Hit Against = -0.6 PTs

Base on Balls Against = -0.6 PTs

Hit Batsman = -0.6 PTs

Complete Game = +2.5 PTs

Complete Game Shut Out = +2.5 PTs

No Hitter = +5 PTs

*NOTE: Hitting statistics for Pitching Staffs will not be counted, and Pitching statistics for Hitters will not be counted.

 

EPL SOCCER SCORING

Goal = +10 PTs

Assist = +6 PTs

Shots = +1 PTs

Shot on Goal = +1 PTs

Crosses = +1 PTs (via corner kick, open play, and set pieces)

Fouls Drawn = +1 PTs

Fouls Conceded = -0.5 PTs

Yellow Card = -1 PTs

Red Card = -3 PTs

Saves (GK) = +2 PTs

Goal Conceded (GK) = -2 PTs

Clean Sheet (GK) = +5 PTs

Clean Sheet (D) = +3 PTs

Win (GK) = +5 PTs