MLS Draft 2012: Rules And Proceedings

The MLS SuperDraft may seem strange already, but just to drive that point home, there's a whole set of rules and proceedings that govern it. Things like how much time each team has to make a selection and what happens if that time lapses are parts that kinda make sense. But just to make it even crazier, there are some rules that drive up the confusion just a little more.

For instance, each team has the ability to call one timeout (who said there are no timeouts in soccer?) to keep from going over. Teams can also trade picks at any time. In any case, here they are in their full glory:

Procedural rules for the 2012 MLS SuperDraft Draft Rounds: The 2012 MLS SuperDraft will include two rounds and 38 selections. Once a team has passed, it may no longer participate in the Draft (e.g. may no longer select players, use a timeout, etc.)

Selection Clock: Teams are permitted four (4) minutes to make a selection in the First and Second Rounds.

Intermissions: There will be a five (5) minute break between rounds.

Timeouts: Each team is permitted one (1), five (5) minute timeout. Selections must be made immediately following the timeout (no additional time given). More than two (2) timeouts cannot be used consecutively.

Failure to Make Selection in Designated Time: Teams that fail to make their selection in time must wait until the next selection is made, regardless if their choice is presented prior to the next team's decision. The team that was delinquent with its selection must immediately have its choice in hand following the selection of the team that followed. If not, the original team must again wait for the next selection to be made.

Trades: Prior to being announced, trades need to be verified and approved by the Commissioner and/or his designee. Trade announcements should not reveal the identity of players until those players have been contacted by their respective clubs. For example, Team A trades a "player to be named later" for Team B's first selection.

Team Passing: In the event a team passes, it shall be precluded from making any further picks for the remainder of the Draft.

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