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League set up


League set up

Starting a league up with my friends...looking to talk to a veteran commissioner to get suggestions to help the league run smoothly! Thanks I’m advance!

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Hopefully some good commissioners will reach out - do you have any specific questions?

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Looking for some general advice and curious on salary cap advice and what’s a good number to make this realistic etc.

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Most of the leagues I have been in and the one I started go with $250. That seems to work well. I think if you raise the cap you just end up with bid inflation, especially for the elite players.

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Salary caps will vary widely depending on how many keepers you want to have. If you want a lot of turnover each year, keep it low, maybe $50-$100. Many leagues seem to run around $200. I have one at $300, but it also requires every player be signed.

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You'll also have to decide if you'll base contract demands on Rank or real stats. Basing contracts on Rank seems to increase the money demands quite a bit, but it's what I use because basing it on real stats just looked to cheap to me.

But everything can be scaled by raising or lower budgets. Start small and you can always increase, I'd imagine it would be much harder to lower budgets for a league.

As said above, lower budgets usually lead to higher player turnover.

Other advice I'd give, especially if you're starting a league with friends like I did, keep things simple at first as everyone gets used to the site and then you can start adding things like free agency bidding or auctions, draft pick trading.

Maybe even keep the schedule super short and run a preseason or a half season for your first go around. If your friends are nerdy and like to tinker or make spreadsheets they'll appreciate it.

Sometimes the middle of a long season can be boring, the friends league I run just recently moved a rookie draft to mid-season, but we also use custom tagged prospects in our minors for development.

As a commissioner, join some interesting custom leagues yourself and see what crazy things other commissioners are running in their leagues. Talk with them for advice, and borrow what you like with tweaks to fit your league. Peruse the custom leagues under "join leagues" and you can look at their league rules pages to get ideas too. Plus you'll want to have (and reference) your own thorough rules page quite a bit as a starting commissioner.

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Awesome. Thank you everyone for the advice!