Confession; I love parties with a theme. If you can decorate around it, dress differently for it, and plan your meals according to it, I’m in! Okay so maybe Fantasy Football live draft parties don’t count as a themed party, but they are close ;). Plus it’s celebrating one of my very favorite times of year, football season! If you are not familiar with fantasy football leagues, they are made up of 10-16 people who each “draft” a football team of their own to compete against one another. Each team is made up of real football players from different NFL teams, so your quarterback could be Tony Romo of the Dallas Cowboys, and your Kicker a Seattle Seahawk. Each week all your players will get you points depending on how well they did in their games. It makes watching football even more enjoyable because you are invested in your personal wins and losses. Originally I started playing because I would get too emotionally attached to the outcome of my home team (Go Hawks), and wanted something fun as a buffer!
You can draft your team one of two ways, in person or via computer. The league that I started does an in-person draft party every year and it’s a blast! Here’s why:
It’s an excuse to get together with great people. What better reason to have a party then combining friends and football?
Football season food is fantastic. This year we ended up getting a bunch of pizzas, but there are many great football themed dishes and sides that you could pick for your draft party or any other game day. 15 Football Party Food Ideas & Sportsmomsurvivalguide.com Football Food Ideas.
There are prizes involved. Did somebody say trophy? My league has a trophy and small cash bounty up for grabs for the future winner.
Trash talking is more fun in person. You can do this during computer drafts too, but it is much more fun with facial expressions and tones, I assure you!
It’s slightly less stressful. Each pick is timed, but there is more grace than with the automated draft online.
What you will need:
A whiteboard,chalkboard, butcher paper, or something big enough to write on where everyone can see it. I wanted mine to look the part so I got it straight from NFL (via Amazon). Draft Kit
Pens to write names up on the board, or to write the name in if they don’t have a tag.
An even # of people (from 10-16).
A timer to time each person’s draft pick for each round. I used an App (Fantasy Draft Clock- Itunes) that made it fool-proof and came with some fun sound effects.
A group decision on if there should be “punishments” enforced if people go over time, or try to draft someone who is already there. This could be something as simple as 10 push-ups to whatever your league deems fit ;).
You don’t have to be a football analyst to enjoy a fantasy league, but a base knowledge of at least the draft process is recommended. This Blog on Fantasy Football for Women has a great outlook on it as well as some more pointers. The information super highway is packed with ways to help you research more if you get into it like I do. Rotowire.com, ESPN, and BleacherReport are some of the sites I frequent, along with fantasy guru Matthew Berry’s advice.
An online service to run your league through. This is where you will enter in the results from your draft. We do ours through Yahoo.com. NFL.com and CBS.com are other choices.
The most important thing is to have fun with it! Get excited for Sundays (and Mondays, and Thursdays….lol). If you weren’t into NFL before, I guarantee playing fantasy football will get you there!
Here’s a brief look inside the “war room” of Harry vs. Sally’s (co-ed league made up of couples) draft night. The great thing about the draft is that there is still a chance your team could take it all. Let’s go Grrridiron Gingers!
All the Best Draft Luck!