Hello OneHitKO readers! My name is Alan Traxler, and I’m a casual player who has been invited by Pikkdogs to write an article about my experience as a league leader in Ann Arbor, Michigan. I’ve decided to write about some basic principles I used when running the league; I hope you can apply them to your own league, as a leader or member.
Note: This article is not intended to be a guide for starting a league. For that specific information, here’s a great resource for getting your league off to an excellent start.
Here’s a little background: the Ann Arbor league was started in 2008 by a UM college student named Levester. He chose to meet on Sunday afternoons at a local game shop, Get Your Game On. When the league first started, I would occasionally fill-in as league leader when Levester needed to devote the Sunday afternoon to his studies. Later on in his academic career, Levester decided to study abroad for a semester. I agreed to take over as league leader during this time and took charge for several months. While I was the leader, the league experienced some growth and I attribute it to these ideas:
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