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New registration procedures for 2009-10 Fall-Winter season

Up-to-date as of 10/18/2009 (10:00AM)


EASY FIVE-STEP PROCESS TO JOIN DREAMLEAGUE:

1. Determine your team's start date
2. Pay your team's franchise fees
3. Register your team's preferences, and player waivers
4. Review the new schedule of fees
5. Follow the Bird's Eye

Signup Page | Rumor Mill | Payment Registry | Bird's Eye View Schedule

SUN 10/18 (10:00AM) -- From now on, please check the Bird's Eye and Rumor Mill pages (links above) for the latest and greatest. Doesn't make sense for me to keep updating this page with the same info when all the info going forwaard is on other pages. Also, some individuals have been paying by PayPal using last season's link from somewhere (I thought I took it off the site). We are no longer using PayPal. Please use the Google Checkout buttons on the Signup page (link above). Any PayPal payments, I will have to fully refund and consider you starting over as far as this season's payment is concerned.
Previously posted Commissioner's Messages || FAQs: Payments | Scheduling | Roster | Gameday

$50 referral feees for bringing in new Open teams! [NEW]
Suggestions on how to manage/finance your team [NEW]
Please explain the "open" divisions further. What happens to the Asian divisions? [NEW]


1. Determine your team's desired start date. All games will be on Sundays. Teams will start on one of the following dates:
  • 10/11... this means you must pay franchise fees no later than 10/4,
  • 10/18... this means you must pay franchise fees no later than 10/11, or
  • 10/25... this means you must pay franchise fees no later than 10/18.
The latest a team can start is 10/25. REPEAT: all teams MUST start by 10/25, which means the absolute deadline for paying is 10/18. Starting "early" on 10/10 or 10/17 may (or may not) afford you a bye week sometime during the 7-week regular season. Please read the Scheduling FAQ for more info on dates.

IF YOU ARE A FREE AGENT LOOKING TO JOIN A TEAM, PLEASE REGISTER AND EMAIL US AT info(at)dreamleague(dot)org.

2. Pay your team's Franchise Fees. We are no longer charging by the player or roster slot. Your team's captain is now assumed to be your franchise owner and must accept full responsibility for payment of all franchise fees, as well as fines (scroll down to Step 4, below). Read the Payment FAQ for more info. We encourage online payments via Google Checkout; to pay franchise fees by cash or check, which will incur a $25 processing fee, please email us.


SJ/RWC/Peninsula Teams ($555)

CHOOSE FROM DROP-DOWN MENU, THEN CLICK ON "BUY NOW":

Also requires $25 referee fee (CASH ONLY) per game played, to be paid to referee prior to each tipoff. Forfeit bond will be refunded after the season is over, assuming your team does not forfeit. Purchasing with 8 team jerseys and basketball or being on the Commish's Invite List exempts you from paying forfeit bond.


SF/OAK Teams ($500)

CHOOSE FROM DROP-DOWN MENU, THEN CLICK ON "BUY NOW":

Also requires $25 referee fee (CASH ONLY) per game played, to be paid to referee prior to each tipoff. Forfeit bond will be refunded after the season is over, assuming your team does not forfeit. Purchasing with 8 team jerseys and basketball or being on the Commish's Invite List exempts you from paying forfeit bond.


Pay in Installments

We will keep track of how much your team has paid. Pay any amount $100 or more, to be contributed to your team's franchise fees here. NOTE: If you enter an amount less than $100, you will get an error message from Google Checkout.
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We offer the following payment plan which incurs and includes four $25 collection fees ($100). Being on our payment plan is a privilege. We reserve the right to refuse the payment plan option to anyone we choose.

(1) Your team will start on 10/24 and you will pay a minimum $200 down payment no later than 10/17.
(2) Then pay $100 online by Tue 10/26 (running total = $300). Bring $25 cash for referees to 10/24 game.
(3) Then pay $100 online by Tue 11/2 (running total = $400). Bring $25 cash for referees to 10/31 game.
(4) Then pay $100 online by Tue 11/9 (running total = $500). Bring $25 cash for referees to 11/7 game.
(5) Then pay $100 online by Tue 11/16 (running total = $600). Bring $25 cash for referees to 11/14 game.
(6) For SJ/RWC/PEN, pay a final $55 online by Tue 11/22 (running total = $655). Bring $25 cash for referees for 11/21 game.
(7) Continue to bring $25 cash for referees for each remaining game, regular season and playoffs.

FAILURE TO PAY AMOUNTS BY THE DATES ABOVE WILL RESULT IN IMMEDIATE NON-REFUNDABLE TEAM EXPLUSION.

    (a) Deadlines to pay... Your team's franchise fees are due no later than 7 days prior to your first game. Therefore, we have 3 payment deadlines:

    • 10/4 if you chose to start on 10/11,
    • 10/11 if you chose to start on 10/18, and
    • 10/18 if you chose to start on 10/25.

    (b) Forfeit bond... In addition to franchise fees, each team must supply a refundable forfeit bond of $66 which covers the costs of referees and scorekeepers in the event that your team forfeits. If your team does not forfeit any game throughout the regular season and playoffs, the league will return your team's $66 forfeit bond after your last game is played. A special Commissioner's List of invited teams that have shown a history of on-time payments and no risk of forfeiting games will be exempt from paying the forfeit bond. Also, if your team purchases 8 jerseys and a team basketball, your team will be exempt from paying the forfeit bond. However, should your exempted team forfeit a game, you will need to pay $66 within 48 hours of the forfeit in order to be reinstated, and you will no longer be on the Commissioner's List. Check the Gameday FAQ for what to do if your team is the victim of an opponent's forfeit.

    TEAMS THAT FORFEIT WILL BE EXPELLED IMMEDIATELY AND FRANCHISE FEES WILL NOT BE REFUNDED.

    (c) Bring $25 CASH for referee fees to each game. In addition to the franchise fees and forfeit bond, your team must bring $25 CASH to each game to pay for the referees; the league will pay for the scorekeepers. The regular season is now 7 games and playoffs are still double-elimination status for teams that finish above .500; the $25 cash is required before each and every game, regular season and playoffs.

    FAILURE TO BRING $25 CASH FOR THE REFS IS A FORFEIT AND WILL RESULT IN NON-REFUNDABLE EXPULSION.
3. Register your team and preferences, and player waivers. Review the Rumor Mill lists, then go to the REGISTRATION page and enter as much details as possible, especially your team's weekly...
    (a) Six-hour Sunday tipoff timeframe... It's best if you just read more about the 6-hour tipoff timeframe (click here) on the Scheduling FAQ. This will help us place you in the appropriate division.

    (b) Location... Our locations are as follows:

    • San Francisco: ISA HS in the Potrero District, Mission Dolores School in the Mission, and Veteran's Memorial in San Bruno.
    • Oakland: Ira Jinkins and Tassafaronga Rec Centers near the Coliseum, Bushrod near Berkeley, and Poplar near Emeryville.
    • Peninsula: Sequoia in Redwood City, Burlingame Sports Center, and Veteran's Memorial in San Bruno.
    • San Jose: James Lick, Piedmont Hills, and Andrew Hill in SJ/Milpitas and Wilcox HS in Santa Clara.

    Please note: due to fluctuating gym constraints and the size of our divisions, you may be placed at any one of the gyms listed for your city. Again, Dream League is different than other leagues, where competitiveness outweighs geography.

    (c) Online waiver... Each player who steps foot on the court must also submit an up-to-date ONLINE WAIVER, otherwise we reserve the right to remove that player from any of our facilities for any reason at any time, due to that person being an insurance risk to our business. Also, all participants in Dream League including players, spectators, coaches, and anyone else who enters our facilities while we are in operation, must abide by our RULES & REGULATIONS.

    PARTICIPANTS NOT ABIDING BY OUR RULES & REGULATIONS WILL BE SUBJECT TO NON-REFUNDABLE EXPLUSION.
4. Review the new schedule of fees. The following is a list of fees and is subject to change. Captains or "franchise owners" are expected to bear the financial responsibilities of the entire team; should a team fail to pay in a captain's absence, that captain will be personally liable for all Dream League fees and/or legal remedies incurred by his team.
  • Franchise fees: $500 for SF/Oakland, $555 for SJ/RWC/Peninsula, to be paid per the stated deadlines and prior to the start of the season for your team. Explained above and in further detail on the Payment FAQ.

  • Forfeit bond: $66, to be paid along with the franchise fees prior to the start of the season for your team, but your team may be exempted (see above). May be imposed at anytime by the league office if a forfeit bond has not already been paid or has previously been exempted. Covers one game's referee ($25 x 2) and scorekeeper ($8 x 2) costs. Refundable at the end of a team's season to that team if that team did not forfeit any games. Explained above and in further detail on the Payment FAQ.

  • Referee fees: $25 per team per game, payable directly to the referees prior to tipoff of each game, at each game, as already explained above in the franchise fees; failure to pay will result in non-refundable team explusion.

  • Technical fouls: $5 per technical foul incurred, payable online to the league within 48 hours; failure to pay will result in non-refundable team explusion. Please refer to the Payment FAQ for more info on fines for technical fouls.

  • Participant suspensions: $25 per participant suspended, any length, payable online to the league within 48 hours; failure to pay will result in non-refundable team explusion. If a participant, which can be a player, coach, or spectator representing your team, is suspended by the league for any amount of games of other time period, your team will incur a $25 fine. Such suspensions cannot be replaced with another player/participant and no franchise fees will be refunded.

  • Special tipoff request: $8 per request, which modifies your team's 6-hour season tipoff timeframe, payable online to the league on the Monday or Tuesday before the following Sunday's game in question. If the request cannot be granted, the $8 will be refunded. Requests cannot be made without prior payment no later than 11:59pm of the Tuesday preceding.

  • Other scheduling changes: $25 per request, payable online. Any other non-tipoff-related special requests, such as bye requests or structural changes to the season schedule. Requests cannot be made without prior payment no later than 11:59pm of the Tuesday preceding.

  • Protests and investigations: $25 per request or guilty verdict, payable online. If your team feels that another team is not playing by the rules, you must pay $25 to launch an investigation. If the investigation results in a verdict in your favor, then your $25 will be refunded and the team in violation of the rules will then be ordered to pay a $25 fine. Failure to pay any fines by within 48 hours of the verdict will result in non-refundable team expulsion.

  • Other violations of league policy: $25 per incident. If the league office launches an internal investigation, without an initiation of a protest from another team, of a matter that is relevant to competitive fairness and your team is found in violation of our rules, your team will be fined $25, payable online and within 48 hours of judgment; failure to pay will result in non-refundable explusion. Such matters typically include the use or recruitment of illegal players. Please utilize the Rumor Mill list for our divsion-by-division roster rules.

  • Other fees: typically $25 per incident. Any other action required by the league office, such as processing of installment plans, paying by cash or check instead of online, or similar/necessary will incur a fee, typically $25, however it is a case-by-case scenario and depends on each situation. In short, do not expect the league office to go above and beyond the call of duty without fair compensation.
FAILURE TO PAY FINES WILL NOT ONLY RESULT IN EXPLUSION, BUT ALSO LEGAL ACTION FROM OUR LAW FIRM.

5. Follow the Bay Area Bird's Eye page carefully. The league's bulletin board is located on the Bird's Eye page, which is also linked in the left-hand navigation panel of every page on this website. There, you will find your team's weekly schedule and any other issues pertaining to the season.


Previously posted Commissioner's messages

WED 10/14 (10:45PM) -- 10 teams will launch this Sun 10/18! See Bird's Eye page... TUE 10/13 (7:15PM) -- The first revision of the Rumor Mill page is up, please check it. Also, if you're a free agent, I've just contacted a ton of free agent registrants from the past year and will be looking for volunteers to be captain for the free agent team(s).

MON 10/12 (11:15AM) -- I'm compiling the latest and greatest list of registrations, as explained and will be updated on the Rumor Mill page.

THU 10/8 (2:30PM) -- Not enough teams wanted to start this Sun 10/11, so we'll push it back to 10/18 as the first start date. More info to follow shortly as I check with all of last season's captains.

TUE 10/6 (12:45PM) -- Still working on getting that Monday weekly export of registrations. For those of you looking forward to playing this Sun 10/11, please be patient and know that our Scheduling FAQ says to anticipate the schedule every Thu. Thanks.

THU 9/24 (11:15AM) -- All captains from the past two seasons (even ones who dissed me since I don't have time to cull the email list) will receive the following notification. Click on the "Signup" link in the lefthand navigation panel underneath the Bay Area Bird's Eye link or just click this...

http://www.dreamleague.org/season/home.php?season_id=2049

You will notice some changes. Here are the big ones...
  • Much, much less of me chasing people around to pay. More of people taking ownership of their own teams and players, and ensuring the "safe haven" mantra of Dream League. So we are now doing things the same way PacRim does down in LA: franchise fees plus $25 cash for refs at each game. This removes the element of me losing cash for whatever reason from the gym, as well.

  • If you do the math, it's not that far off from before. 7 regular season games now, not 8, which will help curb forfeits (many teams will still end up playing 13-14 games, as you can see in the playoff brackets). $500 franchise fee plus 8 guaranteed games at $25 cash per game for ref is actually $4 cheaper than the $88 x 8 roster slots = $704 we had last season -- not even including late fees. Similar math with the $555 for SJ/RWC/PEN. Of course, if you go deeper in the playoffs this season, you'll pay more, but not only do I think that's fair, I think it's time to weed out the teams that truly cannot afford to play in this league. They are the same ones who give me headaches and cause me to tip-toe on the line of insanity each season.

  • If you do the math, if every player shows up to every one of your games, it will still end up being less than $10 per game played per player.

  • REC goes back to two refs. I thought this was obvious, but then I got a sarcastic email from a REC dreamleaguer wondering about that, then chastising my scorekeepers in all the confusion over where the cash is going. Let's refocus on the issue. Quite simple: $25 cash for one ref, each team, covers both refs. Across the board. Each and every game. That's it. I still pay for the gym and scorekeepers through your franchise fees.

  • Now that we are on a franchise fee system, just like in the NBA, there are fines for everything from technicals to illegal players to suspensions. That should curb such issues dramatically so that we have Pleasantville on Sundays. Any extra work that I have to do to fix unsportsmanlike conduct or managing your team on a competitively level playing field, are now properly compensated towards my time. In short, I will be a happier person during the season.

  • Open divisions are now all-open. It's about time this happened, in terms of a greater population having access to what Asian Americans have demonstrated that they can do well. It's also too hard to enforce having just two non-Asians or whatever. This is also the same as PacRim.

  • No more sandbagging in AAA-REC and REC. Read the Rumor Mill.
Don't know if I missed anything else, but I think all of these changes are for the better for all the diehard dreamleaguers. I certainly could not continue with the way things were.



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