League diminishment has been the major concern of many participants over the past few seasons. In order to combat the loss of new players each season, we must learn why people are leaving. I dug deep into this question and asked every team that did not finish the Spring League 2010 this question: what happened? This article is a sum of the 35 responses I received from varying captains and team members.
Out of the twenty responses I received, eleven of them indicated that time constraints were the problem. When I asked them about playing during the make-up week, five did not know there was a make-up week. Five of the responses related that there was a loss of interest from teammates and the last four responses were pertaining to the difference in skill level.
I plan to ask more questions of these teams that responded and find out how we might improve the league. From my observation, the lack of knowledge of the make-up week seems to be a communication issue. If we had more communication to amateur players who are new to the game, they might be aware of these things and possibly stick around more.
On a side note, I have randomly asked many veteran amateur players if they were aware of who their Admin was. Very, very few knew who it was. I believe this is not conducive to league expansion. Sure, Pro League can pretty much run itself, but these newer players who have no idea on the rules or procedures need a hand to guide them. So I ask that more players take an interest in newer teams and help them out.
In the end, we all, once again, must step up to the plate if we want Grifball to live on strongly. If you see a team not playing their games, try to get them involved more. A simple XBL message might make all the difference.