How to Host an Official Monopoly Tournament
An official Monopoly tournament is one that Hasbro has approved after reviewing a registration packet. Monopoly tournaments are popular as fundraiser events for non-profit organizations. You can learn how to register to host an official Hasbro Monopoly local championship. It is a lot of work, but if you start early and get help from other people involved with your organization, it will seem easier. Learn how to host an official Monopoly tournament and start planning your event today!
Getting Approval from Hasbro
Determine if your event will qualify as an official tournament.Hasbro has some very specific guidelines that your event will need to meet in order to qualify as an official Monopoly tournament.
- Any advertising material must first be sent to Hasbro for approval, and whenever the word 'Monopoly' is written referring to the game, it must be written in all caps, like MONOPOLY, with a ® sign.
- Make sure to have at least 24 participants. With 24 participants, there will be six tables with games going on, each with four players.
- All games must be officially licensed Hasbro Monopoly games. All players must play according to the official Monopoly rules.
- Have at least two rounds at the tournament. The last game should be played with six players.
- Get approval from Hasbro for any advertising or promotional materials you wish to use for your event.
- Register your event and get formal written approval from Hasbro to be considered official.
Complete your registration packet.Print and complete the official Monopoly Tournament Registration packet.This packet is required if you want your event to be considered an official Monopoly tournament. Making your event official will make it easier for you to promote your event and raise money for your cause.
Submit your registration packet.When you have completed the event registration form, you will need to send it to Hasbro along with all of the required supplementary materials. Double check the event registration form before you send your packet to make sure that you have provided the correct information.
Wait for written approval.It can take up to four weeks for Hasbro to send you a letter granting or denying your request to hold an official Monopoly tournament, so send your forms in as soon as possible. When you get your approval letter, you can start preparing for your event.
Preparing for the Tournament
Give yourself plenty of time to get everything ready.Start preparing everything that you will need for the tournament well in advance of the tournament. Putting together a Monopoly tournament is a lot of work and it takes time. You should allow yourself a few months to get everything ready.
Work out all of the details.Make a list of questions to determine what you need to do to get ready for the tournament. For example, you will need to know where you will hold the tournament, how many participants you will have, how many Monopoly games you will need, how many tables and chairs you will need, what types of refreshments you will provide, how you will raise money at the event, and so on.
- Write down everything that you need to figure out to help yourself stay organized.
- If you are organizing this event with other people, you may want to hold a planning meeting to figure everything out. Doing so will help you to keep track of what is taken care of and what still needs to be done.
Find a good location to host your tournament.The best place to do this is indoors, in a gym, cafeteria, school, or popular local gathering such as an indoor pavilion. Make sure your location has:
- enough room to hold your participants, volunteers, and spectators.
- good ventilation and emergency exits.
Gather materials for the event.You will need lots of things to run an official Monopoly tournament, so start getting things together as soon as possible. For example, you will need to have enough chairs and tables for your participants. You will also need to have enough Monopoly games for all of the participants.
- Make a list of everything that you will need to gather before the event and check it often to see how you are doing.
Decide if you will charge an entry fee, recruit sponsors, or request contributions.There are several ways to raise money at a Monopoly tournament. You can require participants to pay an entry fee to participate in the tournament, you can ask businesses in your community to contribute a set amount of money or to provide services at the event, or you can request attendees to make a donation.
- Try using a combination of fundraising techniques to raise as much money for your cause as possible.
Promote the tournament.Hasbro has to approve all promotional materials for an official Monopoly tournament. That means that you can use any of the promotional materials that you included in your event registration packet, but nothing else unless you also get those materials approved by Hasbro.
Find volunteers to help run the tournament.You will need to g some volunteers to serve as refs, bankers, and head judges. At your tournament, each game will always need a judge or referee, and banker present. In an official Monopoly tournament, the banker may not play the game in addition to acting as the banker.
- Make sure that you hold a meeting prior to the event to explain the tournament rules and procedures to all of your volunteers.
Running the Tournament
Set up.Before people are allowed into the tournament, you and your volunteers should get everything set up and ready to go. You will need to prepare the tables, chairs, games, refreshments, judges’ table, and anything else that you will require to host your tournament.
Distribute name tags and make sure all players are registered.As participants arrive, you should have them check in with your volunteers to make sure that everyone is registered. You should also provide name tags for all of your participants.
Have a volunteer read the official rules to players.Before the tournament begins, you should have one of your volunteers review the official Monopoly rules for the participants. Most of your participants will be familiar with the rules already, but reading them out loud will help to head-off some potential disputes over rules and act as a nice refresher for the participants as well.
Start the first round.A Monopoly tournament should have at least two 90 minute rounds. The last round should include six participants playing the same game. This last game will determine the winner of the tournament.
Announce the time remaining every 30 minutes.It is important to let players know how much time is left in each round. Therefore, you should plan to announce the time remaining every 30 minutes and then again when there are 15 minutes left in the round.
Announce the tournament results and award prizes.Players and spectators will be interested to know who won the last game. After the last game has ended and your judges have determined the results of the last game, you can announce the winners and award their prizes.
- Make sure that you thank all of the tournament participants and let them know how much money was raised for your non-profit organization.
Report the tournament results to Hasbro.Hasbro requires tournament organizers to send a tournament results form to them along with some details about the winner and his or her picture. Complete this form right after the tournament and send it to Hasbro as soon as possible.
- Make sure that you snap a photo of your winner before he or she departs from the tournament.
QuestionWhy do you have to have a set time? In the official rules, you play until everyone is bankrupt but one; they're the winner.wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerIt prevents the game from going too long, since Monopoly can last for several hours at least.Thanks!
QuestionAm I allowed to snap a picture? Don't I have to ask first?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerWhile permission is not necessary, it would be against common courtesy to not ask.Thanks!
- Notify participants to arrive at least an hour or so before the first game starts in order to get them situated and fill out the registration forms.
- You may need to have more than one preliminary round. For example, if you started out with 86 participants, you may want to split them up into 31 groups of 6. Although in some cases, if there is an odd number of contestants, you may not be able to group contestants into tables of 4-6. In situations like this, you may need to have one table with an extra contestant or one less.
- During the games, make sure the referee/judge, banker, and each of the contestants have easy access to the rules at all times.
- Consider making a press release in the newspaper, or a poster around the area or something of that nature to honor the winner.
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