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In baseball and hockey, every team is in charge of not only its 25-man major league roster, but also a 25-man minor league team. In soccer, both levels have 22 players. The two rosters are combined throughout the offseason, and can only be split after training camps have run (and before the first game). After the final game of the season, the two rosters will once again be combined.|
Minor league teams play the same schedule as their major-league counterparts, and thus must also consist of legal rosters. There are two differences. One is that there are no playoffs for minor league teams; only a regular-season title. The other is that all baseball infielders are moved to the IF position on a minor league team, and all outfielders are moved to the OF position, thus requiring 6 IF and 5 OF (instead of one position player at each position, two IF, and two OF). This makes it easier to bring up and send down fielders, who are generally the best at their position in the minors and the worst in the majors.
To set your team's minor league roster, use the "Personnel" button in the minor league section of your team control menu. You may also make adjustments to the major and minor league rosters throughout the season. Controlling the coaching settings of your minor league team is identical to that for your major league team.
EPBL has specific rules regarding minor league eligibility. Players age 25 or younger are able to play in any level of the minors. For older players, only those on league-minimum contracts ($0.04 million) can play at AAA, and no player over 25 may play below AAA.
In basketball and football, you may designate 3 or 5 players (respectively) for the league's training squads. Training squads will play pick-up games throughout the season, using available free agents to fill out the rosters, if necessary. Training squads are treated similarly to minor leagues, and are only available after training camps. The primary difference is that you will not coach the squads that your players are on, and that once a player has been sent to the squads he is unavailable for the rest of the year. You still must pay the salaries of all training squad players, though, so it is best to only send late-round draft picks.
In football and basketball, you can assign up to 5 or 3 (respectively) players to the training squads, which is a pool of players who play pick-up games during the season, at any time after training camps. They will accumulate stats over the season. Once a player has been sent to the training squads, he is unavailable for the team until the end of the season, at which point he will rejoin the roster. Training squads allow you to maintain the rights to a player, while freeing up roster slots for players you will need this season. The other sports have minor leagues, which function similarly except that you supply the entire roster, and that you are in charge of coaching your minor league team. Additionally, your minor league players can be called up at any time during the season.
To send players to the training squads, use the "Assign to Trn Squad" button in your team control menu.
Players may or may not have minor league or entry-level status. Either status means that a player will play for $0.04 million per year without needing to negotiate contracts at the start of each year, and that a player will not become unhappy playing minor league ball. To qualify for minor league status, a player must not have reached the following career major league statistics:
- Baseball: 150 at-bats, 40 innings pitched; under 26
- Hockey: 20 games played and under 25
- Soccer: 10 games played and under 27
- Football/basketball: 1 game played and under 27
Baseball and hockey also feature entry-level players, who are players who have exceeded the playing time limits but are still under 26 or 25 years old, respectively. The difference between entry-level and minor league status is small, as neither type of player needs to be signed to a contract and will play in the minors for $0.04 million or in the majors for minimum salary. The only differences are that minor league players will negotiate more cheaply, sign longer for the same contract value, and do not count against team chemistry.