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|What should I or my captain be doing the moment I step into the gym?|
|First off, you must not forget to bring the $25 cash for the referee.|
Secondly, captains or any other team representative must fill in the scoresheet prior to each game. Assuming it is the 4th quarter of the game prior to yours, go immediately to the scorekeeper's table and fill out the scoresheet for the next game. If you forget to do this, you'll probably end up filling out the scoresheet during your team's warmup time. Because you want your stats, we are the scoresheet Nazi: "No warmup for you!"
On the scoresheet, the dark-colored jersey team gets filled in at the top and the light-colored team gets filled in at the bottom. It does not really matter to us who is the "home" team and who is the "visiting" team. All we care about is that the scoresheet gets filled out by the time tipoff is supposed to start, and that each team has opposing colors that are hopefully distinguishable as viewed from the scorekeeper's table.
When you are done filling out your side of the scoresheet, please give it to your opponent, or if they have already filled their side out, return the scoresheet to the table.
After the buzzer sounds for the game preceding yours, please find one of the referees at the scorekeeper's table and hand him or her your $25 cash. Failure to do this will result in a forfeit, which will result in a non-refundable explusion for your team from the league. Back to top
|What if my team forgot to bring the $25 referee fees?|
|There is no excuse for forgetting the $25 referee fees.|
If you forget, the referee will obviously notice this and immediately call the game a forfeit.
Later that night, the league office will find out that the game was forfeited by your team. At that point, your team captain will be sent an online invoice for $66 as an additional forfeit bond for future forfeits, as your original $66 forfeit bond will have been forfeited.
Your captain then has 48 hours to pay the new forfeit bond. If he does not pay it within 48 hours, your team will be expelled from Dream League, without any refund. Back to top
|Two of my teammates forgot their jerseys. What happens now?|
|The only exception to the jersey rule is, if the numbers "00" and "0" are not already taken, up to 2 team members may wear a like-colored t-shirt without any number on the front or back and be considered "00" and/or "0". |
If those numbers are already taken or you have more than 2 teammates with a jersey problem, then you will face two consequences:
- a technical free throw for the other team for each illegal jersey, and
- no stats for at least the illegal jersey in question -- if it is a rampant problem on your team, the scorekeeper may decide simply not to keep stats for your entire team. Back to top
|Why are team jerseys with numbers on both the front and back required?|
|Unique dark/white numbered t-shirts or jerseys on both the front and back are required for each team because it is extremely difficult to keep stats when we can't see jersey numbers, even if the jersey is simply missing a number on the front. |
Taping numbers also does not work, as the tape always falls off.
Failure to adhere by this rule has and will result in a technical foul per illegal jersey. Scorekeepers reserve the right to issue a technical foul for each jersey they see that is created by tape.
WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO OMIT TEAM AND INDIVIDUAL STATS FOR ANY PLAYERS ON THE TEAM THAT DO NOT ABIDE BY THE JERSEY RULE. Back to top
|I want to get some team jerseys. What are my options?|
|There are too many options to list here. However, Dream League has secured an agreement with an overseas vendor located in the Philippines, which supplies full top/bottom fully customizable uniforms for just $40, or only jersey tops for $25, with a minimum team quantity of 8. Please check our Uniforms page for more info. Back to top|
|Where can I find a copy of your rules and regulations?|
|See the RULES & REGULATIONS page. Back to top|
|How much warm-up time do we get?|
|Due to gym cost constraints, teams are limited to two-minute (2:00) warmup times. If a game ends beyond the next scheduled tipoff time, the next scheduled tipoff will begin in exactly two minutes. |
If you want to sneak in a few shots during timeouts of the previous game, you are welcome to as long as the gym director allows it.
Tipoffs will not occur before tipoff time; therefore if a game ends ten minutes early, you will get ten minutes of warmup time. We aim to start tipoffs at exact times. Back to top
|There's 15 seconds left in the 2nd quarter and the ball just went out of bounds. Why is the clock running?|
|Remember, the clock only stops on all whistles and made baskets under 1:00 remaining in the first three quarters (for the 4th quarter it's 2:00). This is the #1 most forgotten rule by players. Back to top|
|As a player, what can I do to help make the game run more smoothly?|
|Please make sure you understand the rules. This goes not only for your teammates, of course, but also for your fans. When players or fans yell at the scorekeepers about why the clock does not stop or what have you, this distracts the scorekeeper and can only lead to undesirable results. |
Aside from fouls, timeouts remaining, or other information that referees do not have on-hand, it is also extremely important to direct all game-time questions to the refs, not the scorekeepers for the same reason of not distracting the scorekeepers.
Finally, please understand that mistakes happen. You will rarely have a situation that's perfect; things never go according to plan. If there's an issue that's correctable on the spot, we will try to correct it. If not, the moment has passed, there is nothing you can do about it, so you're better off accepting it as a fact of life of basketball.
Our rules state that Dream League is to be a safe haven for basketball. In Dream League, the most extreme example is that if you someone fights you, obviously that person has forfeited his right to play basketball already, but if you retaliate, then you will have forfeited your right as well. We don't care who started it. We care about safety. Retaliating is just as unsafe as instigating. In Dream League, you walk away from conflict, if you want to continue to play basketball.
If an issue is of extreme importance, that affected the outcome of the game, you may request an investigation by the league office, but launching an investigation carries a fee of $25, which will be returned to you should the investigation be found in your favor. Back to top
|How do I field gameday complaints?|
|During the game, please direct all complaints or issues you might have with the refs, scorekeepers, or the other team to your team captain, who should then direct them only to referees, not scorekeepers. Referees have been given absolute power at all games. |
Only your captain or substitute captain can escalate a game-time objection to the commish by calling the commish on his cellphone. Now, calling the Commish takes time, so we recommend that you burn a timeout to do so. The Commish may reinstate the timeout depending on the severity of the situation.
If you let the game continue without resolution of a game-changing decision, then you have by definition accepted the terms of the competition -- in other words, the league cannot undo what has already taken place, if it is seems unfair to you; it can only prevent unfair situations from happening before they occur.
If you choose to file a protest or an investigation, it will cost you a $25 fee to launch the investigation, but if we find it in your favor, we will return the $25. You must respect that the league's office's time is very limited as most of our day is spent scheduling and setting up games, therefore, only if you are really serious about an investigation, should you launch an investigation. Back to top
|Our ref sucked. How do I report him?|
|If you have an issue with a particular referee which you feel has overlapped into intentional and unfair competition, then you have no choice but to address these issues after the game in writing to the league office, and by email only. |
Please be as descriptive as specific about your ref's alleged deficiencies as possible, out of respect and so that we can find possibilities in improving him.
However, if you do not give us something to do about the situation, such as recommending that the ref be suspended, or if the situation did not overlap into intentional and unfair competition, then please refrain from wasting our time reading a mere complaint. We would no more wish to hear such a list of unactionable deficiencies as we would a list of turnovers, missed shots, or bad plays that your players made during that game.
Again, people make mistakes and that's part of the game, that's part of life. We are here to schedule competitive games for you, not calm you down after an unusually heated game.
Outside of game-time situations, please note that all major issues are resolved democratically by vote of the league along with its constituent team captains. Back to top
|How long does it take for you to post game stats?|
|YOUR PARTICIPATION AND/OR PAYMENT IN DREAMLEAGUE DOES NOT CONSTITUTE A RIGHT TO YOUR STATS. STATS ARE FOR ENJOYMENT ONLY AND SHOULD BE CONSIDERED A BONUS. IF YOU DON'T SEE YOUR STATS, THEN THAT SHOULD BE NO DIFFERENT THAN MOST OTHER REC LEAGUES OUT THERE.|
Let us repeat: We do NOT guarantee stats because stats is a long, arduous process. However, we have traditionally had 80-90% of all stats from all games eventually posted. By now it's more like 90-95% and gradually continues to get better and more accurate each and every season.
We have a teenage statcrew dedicated to this endeavor, but please understand how difficult and time-consuming collecting, compiling, and posting stats can be. There are a myriad of complications such as scorekeeping errors, roster errors, and website errors that can occur in the process.
Stats will take a minimum of six (6) days to get posted to the website, but probably longer. Our goal has always been less than 6 days, but of course certain things are humanly possible and certain things are not.
Stats are for your enjoyment only and are not guaranteed to be 100% accurate, especially if you have screwed it up with illegible or incomplete scoresheets, or illegal jerseys. Back to top
|Is there anything I can do to help you get stats up quicker?|
|Yes! You can help us compile your game stats after your game's done. Back to top|
|I don't think the stats on the website are accurate. What may have happened?|
|Legible and properly filled-out scoresheets are essential to online stats. If you put down the wrong jersey number, spell a name wrong, or leave your team name blank, it makes our job of putting stats online much more difficult. Keep it legible with full names and correct jersey numbers, and you'll be good. |
Usually, stats have been swapped amongst players due to mix-ups in jerseys and names, so just tell us whose stats should be swapped.
If your stats might be wrong due to other reasons, try to contact the league office with some answers, but remember who had the paper and pencil jotting things down while you were playing and trying to tally stuff up in your head.
WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO OMIT TEAM AND INDIVIDUAL STATS FOR ANY LINEUPS ON SCORESHEETS THAT ARE NOT 100% COMPLETE. Back to top