There can be a lot of positives to working with a league host. Many of the pros and cons can be attributed to partnering with a city or some other league organization. It’s not guaranteed that every partnership will include all of these things, but oftentimes they can!
- It’s much easier to work with many cities as they’ll provide a better field with less hassle
- Extra marketing from league partner
- You market on your channels and any other channel you would like and they market on theirs to get the word out.
- League registration/schedule/standings hosting
- You can send players to register on their site, and they often host your league schedule on their end as well and update it while the league runs based on the information you send them.
- Ease of scheduling
- When it’s time to run the league a city or facility owner will generally block out your league time for the season.
- Less documentation work
- Working with a league organization can often times allow you to avoid having to get permits and insurance or worry about liability as they will already have that and you are running the league under their organization.
- Revenue sharing
- With TASR they partner with several cities around Texas and have done $80/league with a 50% revenue share meaning they get $40 of every team and the city gets $40 of every league.
May not have full control over league price
- This is not an issue everyone bumps into, but it’s feasible that a city or league partner has a set price they want to keep at so that could conflict with a standard you have.
May not have control over how the league is run
- This one can really be dependent on the city and you, some cities may want to take over the whole process and not run with your suggestions which may not be an ideal situation. Other cities may sit back and let you take care of what you need to. Gauge these critera as you work with a city and get an idea of how they will be to work with, and how that will work with your management style. People have had different experiences, groups in Texas have had some positive experiences while others in Utah have had some negative ones.
After all that, you just provide the sets and balls and show up to run the league each week.
This option can take the load off a lot of the planning at the cost of the revenue share. This is a great option if you are looking to get multiple leagues going across many places. It makes a lot of the preseason prep work easier and lets you focus more so on your marketing and the simple day-of running of the league. Finally, remember that each city or league partner is different and the pros and cons could slightly differentiate depending on how they operate.