First year league manager for a eight year league with one previous commish. I took over after any rule change votes were made at the end of the prior season so I felt it only fair not to mess with the rules for this current season.
My question is this though, how do I set up the league for future success without alienating anyone? We are a 12 team league and had to pick up 5 new members this year so we are at a place where things would be somewhat malleable. The previous commish is leaving so basically half of the league are newer players or new to the league.
The old commish pretty much liked chaos. Every year anyone could bring anything up for a league vote so it basically turned into a contest of who had enough friends every year in there little clique to get enough votes to change things to the way they wanted. One year we would have kickers. The next year we wouldn’t. Then two years later they would be back. We started as a standard league and went to PPR. Scoring bonuses change almost yearly, etc.
I want to do what is right for the league’s future moving forward and try to introduce Faab because I think it affords all of the players equal opportunity and solidify things. I also want to shore up some set rules on things like kickers, def, playing week 17, playoffs vs. full season standings league, etc.
What are some of the best methods to address these things. This seems like it needs to be more than a vote, but I also don’t want to come off as a total authoritarian, or play the same ‘clique games’ others did in the past just to get votes because I think that is one of the problems that created turnover in the first place.
I’ve thought about asking everyone simply to write down anything they might light to see differently with the league, but then opening discussion to the point that these will be longer term changes going forward.