FANTASY HOCKEY JOURNAL-A League of Your Own

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A (FANTASY HOCKEY) LEAGUE OF YOUR OWN
by
Randy Steinman

You've played in numerous fantasy hockey leagues over the years. Perhaps it's time for you to be the Commish?

Being commissioner not only allows you to play in your own league but to set up your league to your own personal preferences.

Here are some of the ways that being commish can help you set up a satisfying league of your own:

1. NUMBER OF TEAMS

You get to choose the number of teams (managers) that you feel is right for you. Perhaps you've played in large leagues and not liked it. You can now run your league with a smaller number of teams. You can select the number of teams that you feel will make a competitive and enjoyable league.

2. MANAGERS

You get to select the managers. You know the good managers. You know who will manage their team from start to finish. You know who will bail out. You know which managers you like and which ones could give you headaches. With this in mind you can compile your list of manager invites.

3. DRAFT METHOD

If you have the time and like live drafts, you can have one. Otherwise, you can go with an Autopick Draft. If you are looking for a hassle-free draft, you will probably want to go the Autopick route.

4. SCORING CATEGORIES

Here's where your personal preference of stat categories comes in. Maybe you're not a big fan of the "faceoffs won" stat category and want to go more with the "goals", "assists", "points" stuff. Again, it's your call. You get to select all the categories. Pick the ones you value as relevant in making a realistic fantasy league.

5. DISPUTE SETTLEMENT

Specify how disputes will be resolved. You can choose to settle them yourself as a commish or allow a league vote to settle them. Go for the latter if you want to have fun as a player.

Being a fantasy hockey league manager is not a daunting task. It's just a matter of whether you are ready to go from being a manager to being Commish. Good luck!


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