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5 Tips for Starting a Club Sports Team


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Find a Venue and Make Your Pitch
Once you've identified the right contact for your community, making your proposal for a new sports league.
Once you've identified the right contact for your community, making your proposal for a new sports league.
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In most communities, the local recreation director or parks and recreation department will be the best place to start. You may even have spoken to someone there during your initial search for a league. Once you've identified the right contact for your community (you can usually find this on the official Web site for your municipality), find out the procedure for making a proposal for a new sports league. Do you need to make a formal presentation to the parks department? If you live in a small town or a rural area, can you ask to be added to the agenda for the next meeting of the recreation committee or borough council?

Before you go before the board, you'll want to think about what resources, if any, you'll be asking the community to provide. Will you need to rely on public facilities such as fields, courts, or an indoor or outdoor skating rink? Do these facilities exist, or do you need to request that they be built? What financial, civic or social benefits might your club bring to the region? For example, could the playing fields transform a vacant lot from an eyesore into an asset?

If your town is not supportive of your proposal, you might try approaching your church, community center or even employer to see if they are open to the idea of setting up a small league. Once you've picked your location and secured the necessary permissions, you're on to the next step.