Entrants select players through a snake draft. In a snake draft, the pick order is reversed each round. In other words, the entrant with the first pick in round 1, will have the last pick in round 2 and the first pick in round 3.
Entrants are required to pay an entry fee of $25 per entry to enter the Underdog $50,000 MLB Best Ball Tournament (the “Tournament”).
Entry to the Tournament will be closed 2 hours before the 1st game of the 2020 season. This means that the Tournament closure time would move, if the timing of the first game were to change for any reason.
Entrants are only allowed to enter a maximum of 69 entries in the Tournament.
Entrants draft a team of players who accumulate points throughout the duration of the contest period.
Once entrants draft, their rosters are set—there are no waivers, substitutions, or trades during the contest period.
At the end of each MLB week, Underdog automatically selects the entrant’s highest scoring players at the designated positions to be “starters” and only those players’ statistics over that week are counted towards the entrant’s accumulated score. This means entrants do not need to set their lineups.
Entrants compete in groups (“Groups”) over the course of multiple rounds (“Rounds”).
The Tournament will have 4 Rounds, with each of the first 3 Rounds consisting of 12-person Groups, and the final Round consisting of a single 24-person Group.
The Tournament will consist of 2,304 total entries and in the first Round, a total of 192 12-person Groups.
At the end of Round 1, the top three (3) performing entries in each Group will advance to Round 2 and be awarded a prize (as described below). Round 2 will consist of 576 entries in 48 12-person Groups.
At the end of Round 2, the top (3) performing entries from each Group will advance to Round 3 and be awarded a prize (as described below). Round 3 will consist of 144 entries in 12 12-person Groups.
At the end of Round 3, the top (2) performing entry from each Group will advance to Round 4 and be awarded a prize (as described below). Round 4 will consist of 24 entries in a single 24-person Group.
At the end of Round 4, the top (1) performing entry from the Group will be the Grand Prize winner and prizes will be awarded to all entries in Round 4 (as described below).
Round 1 – MLB Weeks 1 through 14
All Star Break
Round 2 – MLB Week 15+16
Round 3 – MLB Week 17+18
Round 4 – MLB Week 19+20
Note: Tentatively, the first partial week of the season and the first full week of the season will be scored as a single, extended, week. Tournament schedule is subject to change if MLB changes their schedule.