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winter 2004-05 season

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MSG Holiday Festival
Dec 28 Semifinal

NC State v Columbia
Canisius v St. John's
Dec 30, Thu. 6:30PM
Championship Doubleheader

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Preparations are now underway for our 35th Winter Season and we are again anticipating about 120 teams. We expect the league to fill up quickly this season, so slots will be awarded on a first come first serve basis.
ABOUT THIS SEASON...
T
he Lawyers Basketball League is proud to invite you, once again to our Garden Party to be held at our newest facility,
The World's Most Famous Arena, Madison Square Garden. Your firm could have the experience of a lifetime. For those who attended last years event you know how exhilarating and momentous it was to play on the floor of The Garden.

Here's how it works. Win your division, advance to play other LBL divisional winners at your skill level (ie. BI v BII), and then proceed to an Inter-league Championship Game against one of the divisional winners of our sister league, The New York Corporate Basketball League. The Inter-league Championship Games will be held (schedule permitting) at Madison Square Garden in Mid-April. All in all, the potential for a 18+ game season.

In addition, each team registered for the Winter 04-05 Season will receive five (5) tickets to The Madison Square Garden 51st Anniversary Holiday Festival featuring: St John's, NC State, Columbia, & Canisius. If any firms wish to obtain more tickets contact the league office.

As to the regular season, it will be structured similarly to last year. Each team will play two (2) pre-season scrimmages starting the week of November 8th, followed by a twelve (12) or fourteen (14) game regular season - your choice! It all culminates in the grand playoff tournament detailed above.

All teams that win their Division receive championship plaques. Once again, all teams that make it to The Inter League Championship game receive handsome Lawyers Basketball League Jackets and team trophies. Also, in response to requests from several firms, we are introducing an expanded offering of LBL apparel. Last year we offered Lawyers Basketball League double-lined Mesh Shorts.This year we are offering in addition, top quality Lawyers Basketball League Sweatshirts. See the application form for details.

As in prior seasons, the league will be divided into competitively balanced divisions to ensure even match-ups through out.

WHO'S ELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE...
Lawyers Divisions:

The Advocates, Barristers, Counsellors, and Defenders will have the same eligibility standard as they have had since 1986, to wit: each roster of twelve must consist of players that are either Attorneys, Law Students, Paralegals plus up to three "outside" professionals, i.e. clients/friends. Every roster member must be at a minimum a four year college graduate. Paralegals must work for their sponsor. For further information about these divisions, please view the League Rules.

All-Firm Personnel Division:
This is the eighth season for this division, designed to accommodate teams that have had difficulty over the years meeting the League's eligibility requirements or who already have a "back office" team that participates in another league. All players must be employed by the sponsor firm. There is no college requirement for "back office" personnel, but all team members must be 21 or older. The team must be captained by a Lawyer - who must be present at each game. Please note that while accessing "back office" personnel may energize your team, you will be playing against teams who have chosen the same roster composition. For further information about this division, please view the League Rules.

Next month, we will be organizing the Law School Division - Open to students currently enrolled in law school.

TEAM ENTRANCE FEE...
The basic team entrance fee for the winter season remains the same as last year - $2,650. Teams that wish to play an "expanded season" or have multiple intrafirm games may elect to do so by payment of additional fees (see the Application for details). Checks should be made payable to the Lawyers Athletic League, Inc. and are due ASAP.

As always, such factors as preferences for game nights, times and uniform choices are primarily determined by the order of receipt of the entrance fee. Even though many teams are a composite of individual players, please remit only one check in full payment of the entrance fee. Thank you.

REGISTER ONLINE...
It's easy to register a team online! Simply click the link below, fill out your application form and press the submit button. Please note: All new roster members must also fill out and submit a waiver form.