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Tips for Hosting a Fantasy Football Draft Party

Fantasy draft day is the most important day of the exciting fantasy football season. Draft day is when all of the managers in your league get together to select their team’s players before the start of the season. The fantasy draft day is usually organized by the league’s commissioner, so if that’s you, take note. Draft day may be the only time the whole league gathers together in person. So, you will want to make sure to kick the season off in a fun and memorable way! Here are some great ways to organize a fantasy football draft party that is sure to score a touch-down with your league.

Start by planning your party early. Decide on a date and location—you can host the party at home or a local bar, for example. When determining a location, consider the following:

• Choose a location large enough to comfortably accommodate all of your guests—providing them with enough room to spread out with their materials and allow for food and beverage stations.

• Selection a location with Wi-Fi capabilities. Your guests may want to bring their laptops to manage their picks, so Wi-Fi is a must. With this in mind, make sure your guests will have access to plugs to power up their laptops and enough space for their work area.

• Comfortable chairs like recliners or couches are a major plus for your guests. Make sure to provide guests with a clipboard to write on if you choose this seating style.

• Choose a location with a large TV, so you can display a football movie or possibly an NFL pre-season game in the background.

Your choice of food and drink for your fantasy football draft party is very important. You can keep it simple with beer and pizza. However, today’s more elaborate draft parties, tend to call for a little more creativity. You could create a hoagie station in which you provide your guests with a variety of deli meats, cheeses, toppings and condiments. You could also emulate a tailgate party for your guests. Make sure to provide a wide variety of beverages including beer, spirits, mixers and soft drinks.

To make sure your draft party is fumble-free, you may want to select a neutral “emcee” who can take some of the workload off of you. This person can be responsible for reading out the picks, posting them on the draft board and controlling the draft clock. The emcee needs to be well-versed in your league’s rules and regulations in case any scoring issues or rule debates arise during the draft.

You will want to be as prepared for your guests as possible ahead of time. Make sure to have everything they will need, like notebooks, index cards, pens and draft sheets, laid out ahead of time. Consider purchasing a fantasy draft board for managing your league’s picks. Plan for breaks during your draft day party. The draft will probably take between two and four hours, so bathroom breaks are a must. Let everyone on your league know at what time breaks are scheduled.
Organizing a fantasy football league draft party can be a little intimidating. However, with a little creativity and ample planning, you can kick-off your fantasy football league in a way your guests will remember way past the end of the season.