In Part 8 of this article series on how to start a fantasy league, we discussed the most pivotal part of the fantasy season: the fantasy football draft. In this article, we'll cover the benefits of awarding yearly fantasy football prizes. The privilege of talking smack is rewarding in itself, but awarding one or more prizes each year adds a great touch to any fantasy league.
Every fantasy football league should award some type of prizes to the most successful teams. League awards are great because they give each team something tangible to play for, which in turn encourages participation throughout the fantasy season. Fantasy football league awards could be monetary, one or more trophies, or even a Championship ring.
Some leagues choose to only give an award to the league champion, others award both the league champion and any playoff teams, and some even present weekly awards to the team with the highest point output. Even if the awards are minimal, the idea is the same: promote participation among league owners.
Fantasy winners, whether they be the overall champion or weekly high scorers, should always be awarded. Here are a few ideas for awarding the top teams in your league.
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If your league champion gets to sport his fantasy prizes for awhile, shouldn't the losers in your league be equally shamed? Here are some ideas to get you started.
The most cost-efficient type of fantasy prize is the fantasy trophy, but it is by no means the only option. Some leagues award cash prizes, some award privileges such as high draft position, others award a fantasy championship ring. Here are ideas for trophies that I myself have purchased and can vouch for.
Trophies are great because they are available in all shapes, sizes, and price ranges. Here are a few that I myself have purchased and can vouch for.
The most common type of championship trophy is one which provides the option for engraving multiple champions. These are great because you can continue to engrave new champions and chances are the trophy will last much longer than your league. The trophies below are from Trophies2Go.com and provide space to engrave 32 champions.
If you're looking for a more high-end fantasy trophy, the guys at FantasyTrophies.com have you covered. They hand craft what are probably the most detailed and original fantasy football trophies available. You can get the two trophies below plus much more through their website.
Trophies2Go.com has a nice assortment of funny trophies to award to your worst teams as well. I use the toilet trophy below in one of my leagues and we have the Chumpion's name engraved each year and added to the toilet seat.
Of course, your last-placed team shouldn't get anything as elaborate as the toilet seat trophy, so a ballerina or toilet paper trophy will suffice.
A trend that I've seen growing lately is awarding Championship rings. Most owners would rather earn cold, hard cash, but I'm sure there are some people out there willing to sport some bling-bling to show their fantasy dominance. Here are a few vendors who create custom Championship rings at a reasonable price:
For those leagues where you really want to display your championship bravado, nothing will get attention like a fantasy football championship belt! If anyone in your league decides to talk smack about your style, a DDT be may be in order? Seriously though this is a pretty unique alternative to the same fantasy trophies that are standard in most leagues. You can even customize your belt by engraving the various champions' names in the small end-plates. Pretty cool.
Every respectable fantasy league should award the best teams with some type of prize. Prizes promote league participation and if structured correctly they give all teams something to play for throughout the fantasy season. This article presented ideas for awarding both your league winners and losers. In the final article of our series on starting a fantasy football league, we'll recap everything we learned and conclude with some closing thoughts. What type of prizes do you award in your league?
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