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How to make your own fantasy sports league

Starting your own fantasy league can be easy with tons of websites like Yahoo! Fantasy Sports to help you get started. Some of the most popular fantasy leagues are football, baseball, basketball and hockey. Follow the steps below to start a fantasy league for your favorite sport!

Turn your friends into team owners

The first step to getting your league set up is to gather up a group of 8 to 12 people (depending on the sport you've chosen) to be team owners. Although you may want all of your friends or co-workers involved, it's important to keep in mind that more participants mean more teams in the league, which can limit player choices. So limit the number of teams in your league to around 12 if you want a very competitive league.

Choose a commissioner

Once you have your team owners in place, its time to elect a commissioner. The commissioner is responsible for overseeing the weekly decisions and functions of the league. It's not an easy job because the commissioner has to make tough decisions, propose new rules and ideas and take care of the finances during the season.

Build teams

Before the team owners in your league can choose their players, you need to decide what type of draft you'll use to build your teams. In the most common type of draft, the owners take turns drafting players. In an auction draft, each owner has a budget that is used to bid on players.

The draft is an important part of fantasy sports. Both team building methods work, but each has pros and cons. Look at a couple of different fantasy sports websites and find out which ones allow you to enter offline draft or auction results, and be sure to check the rules for online drafts. Doing an offline draft is a good way to get all of the team owners together at a local pub.

Make the rules

If you want your season to run smoothly and be an enjoyable experience for everyone involved, you should agree on a set of rules before the season begins. Determine rules for your league's scoring system, divisions, roster limits, trades, add / drops, fees, deadlines, waiver moves, playoff schedules and prizes. Make sure everyone has access to the rules and agrees that they're fair.

Many websites that will host your league already have their own set of rules - but often they will also let you create your own, so have fun with them!