Tips For Hosting A Successful Fantasy Football Draft Party
Almost a quarter of the entire American population participates in fantasy football. That's almost half as many people drafting players to their fantasy teams as there are Americans playing video games, and almost as many fantasy football managers as there are Americans who cook at home on a weekly basis. Needless to say, fantasy sports are pretty popular, meaning there are going to be plenty of fantasy football draft parties happening in the weeks leading up to the season. Get some tips on how to throw a draft party for your league and make it a monster success.
Wi-Fi Prep Work
At your draft party, every owner will need Internet access and a place to plug in their laptop or mobile device. Although it may seem like something you can figure out when everybody shows up, having your electronic situation planned out will save yourself and your guests a lot of trouble. Even if things go according to plan you'll probably still have several people asking what your Wi-Fi password is. One really cool idea is to create a QR code for your house that your guests can easily access on their mobile devices. You can also include all the pertinent information on a print-out and hand it to owners as they come in and claim their seats.
Enhance With Handouts
In the spirit of making your draft party more efficient, hosts should also consider printing copies of the draft type, league rules, scoring format and general outline for how the evening will unfold. Having a draft party isn't just a great excuse to get together with friends, it's also an easy way to streamline communication during the draft and make it run more efficiently. While most of the owners will already be familiar with all the necessary information, making sure the information is right next to their computer on their laptop lap tray will decrease the amount of time spent searching for files on their devices and reassure those who are new to the game.
Draft Board Visibility
One of the most exciting aspects of the fantasy football draft party is being able to take the online experience and translate it into your single real-world room. In the same way your handout allows guests to be able to have the necessary information at their fingertips, arranging a large draft board will eliminate one of the many screens most owners will be trying to navigate during the process. Use a rolling chalkboard or white board, create decorative magnets with the most relevant players' names for a personalized draft board design and designate one or multiple owners to run the board to increase visualization of your draft process.
Early Buffet Or All-Night Snacks
Fantasy football drafts can last several hours. Even though owners will likely have their eyes glued to their screens and focused on the draft board, they'll eventually need to refuel or indulge in a refreshment. There are generally two options for food presentation. The first is for those who don't mind a little mayhem, and involves putting out snacks right in the draft room. This is the go-to for many leagues given that you don't want people leaving the room during the draft to get a snack, especially when they're on deck. The second option is preferred by those who don't want people focused on anything but the draft, and means inviting everyone early and laying out a nice spread that will ensure everyone gets their fill before the draft begins.
Fantasy football is one of the most popular pastimes in America, so regardless of whether you're into it or not, chances are you're going to run into a draft party or two. Get all the party supplies you need to make your draft run smoothly with LTD Commodities, from NFL magnetic chip clips to comfortable team-themed sweatshirt throws.