The NFL is growing in the UK, becoming one of the fastest growing sports in the country. As a result, more and more people are finding the game of Fantasy Football. Connecting people is at the heart of the game, having fun with others with a common interest. In our first draft of the first fantasy league I played, we huddled around a computer and while it we got it done, the next year things changed when we got a physical draft board. Getting a draft board and stickers really made an event of the draft and made it so much more fun.
The struggle we had was finding a product that didn’t have high shipping costs. That’s why for the 2019 season, we have created our boards with the aim of giving users a great kit, and no longer wasting money on high shipping costs.
Hosting or taking part in a draft takes time and effort, but it’s certainly worth it! My personal league took the plunge a few years ago and we’ve not looked back since- it’s the perfect way to kick off the season! If you think that your league is ready to do the same, then follow the step-by-step guide to help you through the steps you need to consider to host it.
If this is going to get off the ground, communication is going to be key. Everyone needs to know what’s going on and when- my personal suggestion? Get that WhatsApp group built and start getting your league mates involved
Choosing the Draft Date
Getting a draft date in the books early is the key thing, so everyone knows where they stand with it. The best time to draft is before the start of the regular season (obviously) while also not being really early and losing your first few picks through preseason injuries.
Fortunately those guys who set bank holidays gave us a perfect one in the UK- the summer bank holiday. If not, the weekend after that (last one in August) is the ideal time to get that draft done.
Disclaimer: if not everyone can attend, then make it work. Skype, Google Hangout etc gives the chance for any of your league mates who can’t attend the enjoyment of being there (including their picks being ridiculed)
Where to Host it
The best place really is someone’s home, you can be more comfortable and can do what you want, when you want to do it. As to who will host? I can’t really help you there, you need to make the decision within your league. My home league’s last placed team has to host the next season (as punishment). They must also build a Snack Stadium (more on that late) A few things to keep in mind when selecting a host;
- The draft room needs to be able to comfortably sit your league mates, and give a view point to the board
- The location needs to have decent Wi-Fi
- The less people around who aren’t part of the league (kids and partners) the better
Getting your Draft Kit
Most importantly (ok maybe second after food) is getting the right draft kit. Luckily, KingFantasySports is here to cater for you, our packs all come with free UK delivery! We have labels, boards and draft kits for you. As well as our showpiece party pack (which includes our cheatsheet bundle- up to you if you share that with your league mates!) designed to make it easy to make your selections and enjoy!
This is where things get interesting. Things need to be collaborative to make sure that all your league mates are happy with whats going to be offered. If you can coax someone to cook then great, otherwise you want to order in. Pizza is king (obviously) as it’s easy to pick up and put down, and only a quick wipe cleans your hands for you to put your sticker on the board.
With drink, you want to drink responsibly- otherwise you’ll likely wake up in the morning with an awful team full of kickers. BYOB is the standard here, but if you club together with the host to have your drinks prechilled even better!
On Draft Day
So the big day is here- it’s worth making sure everyone arrives on time (maybe operate the NFL rule, of when the draft starts it starts if you like it or not)
To make sure everyone has their team at the end, take a picture of the board at the end or use our free roster sheets during the draft and walk away with it (our party pack includes these already printed-otherwise you can print them at home for free)
To Sum it Up:
- Communication is key
- Get your draft date in the books early
- Make sure you get a good draft kit (check out our shop for the best in the UK)
- Get your food, and make sure you’ve got enough to stock your league mates throughout
- Enjoy it!