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  • John G John G Dec 31, 2010 9:07 PM Flag

    Commish Advice

    i've been a commissioner for several years now, and boy can i give you some advice!

    1. go over every rule you can possibly think of BEFORE the season starts...stick by those rules, never change them, and be certain that everyone understands that they will be upheld...and that failure to abide by them will mean penalties. Make as certain as is possible that the penalties are clear from the beginning. In fact...put things in writing and have everyone sign off on them.
    2. make it just as clear that trouble makers will have their asses kicked out of the league after one warning. For instance: smack talk is one thing...and no one should be "thin-skinned"...but when the smack talk gets personal....it needs to stop IMMEDIATELY.
    3. either appoint a co-commissioner...or have the league vote someone they trust to take that position. (preferably not your best friend...so there won't be cries of favoritism if a matter pertains to either of you). this takes some of the pressure off of you ...as well as telling the league that you want and value the advice of others when the inevitable disputes arise.
    4. be fair. by all means...be fair. but...don't allow yourselve to be bullied into making decisions that you think are "wrong". stand your ground and don't back down unless you feell you've made a mistake...then be man enough to make the change. (one exception....don't change rules mid-season)
    5lastly...and this pertains to everything else I've said...you have to keep control of the league. if you do so from the beginning...it will be much easier to maintain control throughout the season. When i say control...I don't mean that you are a Hitler-like control freak...just that you maintain order. Actually...the least you do in regard to "bossing " people around the betterr. Be a facilitator as much as is possible and nothing more.

    If I sat here long enough I could think of a gazillion specifics...but if you follow these basics....you'll be well on the road to being a successful commish! hope this helps...and good luck...you'll need it. mark my word...there will always be at least one "dick" that you'll have to deal with.

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    • Excellent advise!! I used the Commissioner's Note feature that stated the rules and regulations of the league and left it up all season long as means of 'putting it in writing'. Be as TRANSPARENT as a window and you'll earn the trust of your owners. As a woman commish, I had all men on my league, most were complete strangers in my public league. And I am happy to say I didn't have a 'dick' among them. We had an excellent season and 85% will be returning next year..sadly 3 leaving for health reasons :(

      • 2 Replies to Mary F.
      • good to hear you had no probs, Mary! i dont want to come across as sexist by any means...but i can't help wondering if the fact that you're a woman contributed to the absence of "dicks" in your room? i'd never thought about it...but with all the testesterone flowing with a league filled with guys....by nature, we guys tend to treat each other with much less respect than we would normally treat someone of the opposite sex. maybe the answer is: by all means...appoint a female commish!!!!!!!!!! happy new year!

      • Get everyones money before the draft if possible. But if yu have a couple managers stall on you let them know they will not recieve any payouts or make the playoffs if league dues aren't paid before playoffs start. post the rules before the season starts and stick with it. Have the championship be wk 16. Too many teams don't play their starters in wk 17 to have that be the deciding game of the playoffs. We like to award a weekly bonus of $5-$10 for the team with the highest total for that wk. Keeps the managers eliminated from playoffs a little more into the action because they still have a chance at some money. And gives everyone a chance to win some money. 6 of the 10 managers in my league got back some money this year.We only do this for the regular season though wks 1-14. Even though we play a head to head schedule and give money to the standings winner, we also award a big chunk of the money to the top two teams that scored the most pts throughout the regular season. Because those were truely the best two teams over the enitre season. What matters most in fantasy football is scoring pts so we award those teams that score the most. I know it would seem like it would be the teams that finished 1st and 2nd in the standings but it is rarely that case. For instance this year the #2 in scoring finished 7th in standings and didn't even make the playoffs. Main thing is be honest and don't play favorites. Have fun and keep it fun. Even though money is involved it is still not life or death.


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