Managers and coaches interested in obtaining information about starting an NOBF franchise should contact the appropriate Division Director (see Contact Us located in the NOBF Info section of this site). Directors will have information regarding league openings, and will discuss the potential franchise's coaching experience and philosophies, team background and objectives. As a highly competitive league, the NOBF does its best to ensure that skill levels of teams are reasonably balanced.
Based on the Division Director's recommendations, applicants will be asked to fill out a Team Franchise Application , which will be submitted to the NOBF Board of Directors for approval. If approved, teams must then register for each upcoming season by logging into the Create a New Team link accessible from the Team Info section of this site.
Potential franchises can expect league fees of about $900 per team. The NOBF also requires that teams obtain insurance through specific, approved sources (see current NOBF rules), which will cost somewhere between $75 and $150 per team per season depending on age group. Note that team insurance is purchased for a calendar year, and that NOBF requires that teams holding practices or tryouts during off-season months be insured.
Teams are also responsible for all uniforms, equipment, umpire fees and any other related expenses. Questions regarding team franchise requirements or responsibilities should be directed to the appropriate Division Director.