How to Play

Table of Contents

1. Introduction:

MLB.com Head to Head Challenge is essentially a short-form Fantasy draft game where you can challenge your friends or an MLB.com Expert to contests every day during the MLB Regular Season.

Each player will select four (4) players from either a draft pool consisting of MLB players from various teams, or from players in a single game. Challenges span only a single day, so you can battle friends or compete against the MLB.com Expert as much as you'd like on a daily basis.

Want to finally prove to your friends who the most knowledgeable baseball fan is? Now you can. Want to add a little extra excitement to the games you're following at the local watering hole? Here's your chance. MLB.com Head to Head Challenge is the perfect app to spice up any MLB game.

2. Logging In:

After opening the application you will be prompted to either "Sign In" with your existing MLB.com account or "Register" a new one.

Have an existing account but can't remember the password? Tap the "Sign In" button and then tap the "Forgot Password" link. Simply enter your email address and we'll send you instructions in order to retrieve your current password, or create a new one for that account.

3. Creating a Challenge:

After you have successfully signed in using your MLB.com account, you will be taken to the main "Challenges" screen within the MLB.com Head to Head application. This will be your home base for creating and monitoring all of your Head to Head challenges.

Upon initial sign in, you'll notice you have no challenges in your queue. Let's fix that, shall we? In order to create a challenge you can either tap the "Start a Challenge" button located within the tabs when no challenge history exists, or at any time by tapping the "+" button in the top right on the main "Challenges" screen.

From here you will be asked to select the type of challenge you want to create. You can either choose from a "General MLB" challenge or a "Game Specific" challenge. What's the difference between the two? Allow us to explain.

General MLB Challenges:

If you select a General MLB challenge, the player pool from which you and your opponent will be drafting will consist of players from multiple teams across multiple MLB games for that day. MLB.com will populate these pools each day with players who have intriguing matchups in order to enhance the opportunity for exciting challenge competition.

Game Specific Challenges:

If you select a Game Specific challenge, the player pool from which you and your opponent will be drafting will consist of players from a single MLB game of your choosing.

After selecting "Game Specific" as your challenge type, a list of all the MLB games for the current day will be displayed. Simply select the game you want, and the draft pool will consist of players slated to be in the starting lineup for that day.

NOTE: There is always the potential for starting lineups to change prior to the start of a game (due to injury or other factors). MLB.com will do its best to provide the most accurate draft options to users, but we encourage you to familiarize yourself with player news and updates. Be sure to check out MLB.com Fantasy Player News & Updates often!

4. Selecting your Opponent:

Now that you have selected your challenge type, it's time to choose who your opponent will be.

Want to challenge a friend to earn bragging rights for the night? Tap the "Facebook Connect" button to allow us to search your Facebook friends list to find out which of your friends are already playing MLB.com Head to Head Challenge. Your list of friends will be displayed and you can simply select your opponent by tapping on their row.

Don't see one of your friends on this list? No problem. You can invite them to download the app so you can challenge each other by tapping the invite friends icon on the top right of the "Select Opponent" screen. You can post directly to their Facebook wall, send them a tweet, email or text! Once they download and sign in to the MLB.com Head to Head Challenge app, they will appear on your friends list for you to challenge.

What if you don't have a Facebook account? Can you still create challenges? Of course! You can challenge the MLB.com Expert to at least one General MLB challenge and up to 15 Game Specific challenges per night (one for each MLB game). But be forewarned…you will be playing against the MLB.com Fantasy Experts, so you really have to bring your "A" game.

5. Drafting Teams:

Once you have determined your challenge opponent, you will jump right in to drafting your team. The draft mechanics will follow the traditional "Snake Draft" format, where picks will wrap for each round in order to create fairness throughout the selection process.

Snake Draft format:

  • User 1 picks first in Round 1
  • User 2 picks second in Round 1 and first in Round 2
  • User 1 picks second in Round 2 and first in Round 3
  • User 2 picks second and Round 3 and first in Round 4
  • User 1 picks second in Round 4.

For all challenges vs. the MLB.com Expert:

The MLB.com Expert will make its draft picks immediately following your draft picks. There will never be a wait time for you to make your next selections.

For challenges against Friends:

The challenge creator will make the first pick for each draft. This will formally create your challenge in the MLB.com Head to Head Challenge database. No challenges will formally be created until the first draft pick is submitted.

The challenge acceptor will then be notified that a challenge has been issued via push notification (or email, if push notifications are disabled). The challenge acceptor will then be able to make their first and second picks.

The challenge creator will then be notified that it is their turn to draft. They will then have the ability to make their second and third draft picks, after which the challenge acceptor will be notified to make their final picks.

The challenge acceptor will make their third and fourth pick, thus completing their draft. The challenge creator will then receive a notification to make their fourth and final pick.

After all picks are made by both players, the draft process will be completed and all picks will be locked for that challenge.

NOTE: MLB.com strongly recommends enabling push notifications in order to optimize your MLB.com Head to Head Challenge experience.

If you are unsure whose turn it is to draft, you can find the draft status for each matchup by navigating to the "Pending" tab within the main "Challenges" screen.

6. Draft Positions:

Draft positions will vary depending upon the selected challenge type.

For General MLB challenges you will be selecting players for the following positions:

  • Infielder
  • Outfielder
  • Flex Player*
  • Pitcher (starters)

For Game Specific challenges you will be selecting players for the following positions:

  • Infielder
  • Outfielder
  • Flex Player One*
  • Flex Player Two*

* Flex Players will incorporate all Infielders and Outfielders not previously selected in the first two rounds of your draft plus starting Catchers and Designated Hitters (when available).

In order to create fairness in the draft process, starting pitchers will not be available for selection within Game Specific challenges due to the limited player pool.

7. Challenge Scoring & Results:

The players you and your opponent have drafted will earn points based on in-game achievements for the following statistical categories:

Infielders, Outfielders and Flex Players:

  • Total Bases (1 point for each base earned, ex: 4 points for a Home Run)
  • Run scored (1 point for each run)
  • RBI (1 point for each RBI)
  • Stolen Base (2 points for each Stolen Base)
  • Strikeout (Minus .5 points for each strikeout)

Pitchers:

  • Win (5 points per win)
  • Strikeout (.5 points for each strikeout)
  • Earned Runs (Minus .5 points for each Earned Run)

The cumulative score of all drafted players for each user in a single Head to Head challenge will be used to determine the challenge winner.

You can view a drafted player's detailed scoring results by tapping on his row within the challenge "Lineup" screen.

Player scoring for postponed or cancelled games:

If the selected game for a Game Specific challenge is postponed or cancelled, that challenge will be wiped from the MLB.com Head to Head Challenge records and will have no bearing on your record or in-app achievements.

If you have drafted a player(s) in a General MLB challenge whose game has been postponed or cancelled, that player will remain as part of your challenge but will earn zero points for that challenge.

Make-up games for postponed or cancelled games will have no bearing on your record or in-app achievements.

Player scoring for suspended games:

If the selected game for a Game Specific challenge is suspended, all scoring accrued by drafted players prior to the point of suspension will count towards the final MLB.com Head to Head Challenge score and be reflected upon your record and in-app achievements.

If you have drafted a player(s) in a General MLB Challenge whose game has been suspended, all scoring accrued by the drafted player(s) prior to the point of suspension will count towards the final MLB.com Head to Head Challenge score and be reflected upon your record and in-app achievements.

Points accrued by players when the game resumes will have no bearing on your record or in-app achievements.

8. Challenge Lock Times:

After creating a challenge vs. another user or the MLB.com Expert, both players will have a fixed time by which they must complete the draft process. This is known as the "Challenge Lock Time". If a draft is not completed by both players prior to the Challenge Lock Time, the challenge will be removed and not count for that day.

Challenge Lock Times will vary depending on the type of challenge you have selected.

Game Specific Challenge Lock Times:

Lock times for Game Specific challenges are set to one (1) hour after the start time of the MLB game you have selected. This allows users who miss the very beginning of a specific game the opportunity to still participate in game related challenges, while minimizing competitive advantage.

You can view your Challenge Lock Time by checking the status in the "Pending" tab of the main "Challenges" screen.

If a Game Specific draft is not completed by both players prior to the Challenge Lock Time, the challenge will be removed and not count for that day.

General MLB Challenge Lock Times:

Lock times for General MLB challenges will be set to the start time of the drafted player with the earliest game that day.

Given that the players available for selection within the General MLB draft pool will span multiple games –- and therefore, most likely, multiple MLB game start times – the General MLB Challenge Lock Time for your draft could fluctuate with each drafted player.

It is important to be mindful of this so that you do not inadvertently let the Challenge Lock Time expire.

You can view your Challenge Lock Time by checking the status in the "Pending" tab of the main "Challenges" screen.

If a General MLB draft is not completed by both players prior to the Challenge Lock Time, the challenge will be removed and not count for that day.

9. MLB.com Rewards:

Aside from earning bragging rights amongst friends and the general feeling of awesomeness that comes with beating your opponent, you will also earn MLB.com Rewards points which are redeemable for tangible goods.

Challenge wins will earn you five (5) MLB.com Rewards points. You can earn up to 25 MLB.com Rewards points based on challenge wins in a single day.

You can redeem your MLB.com Rewards points for exclusive fan experiences, merchandise, tickets, discounts and more. Go to mlb.com/rewards to see all of the ways you can earn rewards points by playing MLB.com Head to Head Challenge. While you're there, be sure to check out all of the available items you can redeem using your MLB.com Rewards points.

The more challenges you play, the more points you earn and the better the rewards become!

MLB.com Rewards are subject to certain terms and conditions. See http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/rewards/terms.jsp for complete details.

10. Achievement Levels:

The MLB.com Rewards points you earn by playing MLB.com Head to Head Challenge will also be used to determine your in-app achievement level. You can level-up by eclipsing certain MLB.com Rewards point thresholds. Your achievement level is listed next to your Head to Head Challenge avatar on the "Profile" screen.

Level # Level Name Points
1 Fringe Prospect 0
2 Mid-level Prospect 15
3 Top Prospect 25
4 Late-round Pick 50
5 Mid-round Pick 100
6 First-round Pick 200
7 Single-A Rookie 400
8 Single-A Star 750
9 Double-A Rookie 1000
10 Double-A Star 1,500
11 Triple-A Rookie 3,000
12 Triple-A Star 6,000
13 MLB Rookie 12,000
14 MLB Rookie of the Year 25,000
15 Super Sophomore 50,000
16 Seasoned Veteran 100,000
17 All-Star Reserve 250,000
18 All-Star Starter 500,000
19 5-time All-Star 1,000,000
20 10-time All-Star 1,500,000
21 15-time All-Star 2,000,000
22 Hall of Famer 3,000,000
23 First Ballot HOFer 4,000,000
24 Living Legend 4,500,000
25 Ruthian Status 5,000,000

11. Badges:

On top of earning MLB.com Rewards points, you can also earn MLB.com Head to Head Challenge badges for successfully reaching certain in-app achievements. Visit your "Trophy Case" located within the "Profile" screen to see which badges you've earned and what you need to do to achieve them all.

12. Help & Support:

Still have game-play questions or need to report an issue with the MLB.com Head to Head Challenge application? Please email headtoheadchallenge@mlb.com and our crack staff will respond to you as soon as possible.