The first Snowball Games took place in 1724 when a few groups of elves from different clan based pubs got together to have a friendly competition to help pay off their hot cocoa tabs. The following year, an Official League was established to spread out the competition to anyone who wishes to participate within North Pole City.
The league has now expanded to govern three seasonal competition events. All of which are open to anyone who wishes to sign-up and participate. These seasons include:
This season runs from the first week in January for seven weeks. This season is sponsored by the Elf Clan family cocoa pubs. Each cocoa pub will have a team consisting of at least 10 members with 2 alternates. Weekly, the teams will compete in a series of games with the season ending with semifinals and final games tournament. The winning cocoa pub will be allowed to house the champion trophy until the next season's games.
Similar to the snowball games, the reindeer games are sponsored by the Divisions and Offices within the Department of Elfland Security and Santa's village. Each division or department will have at least 10 members with 2 alternates and will again compete weekly in a series of games (normally during breaks). These games will take place beginning the first week of July. The winning division or office will be permitted to house the champion trophy until the next season's games.
Tinsel Football is more of a semi-pro or professional football or soccer based sport. These games are still open for anyone to try out, but requires more athletic skills in order to be invited to join the team. Most of the elves in the North Pole City are spectators and fans. This season will run from the end of summer until the end of the fall.
The North Pole City Sports League consists of 12 appointed representatives, one from each elf clan). Each member serves a term of 200 years and will pick their successor when they leave the board. The board will meet at least 3 times per year (before each new season) to review rules and guidelines before the beginning of the seasons. Special league council meetings can be called at any time to resolve disputes and review complaints. Their decision is final. In the event of a tiebreaking vote, Santa will be asked to sit in with the league council.
Trainings for new league officials and refresher courses for veteran league officials will take place each year prior to the season and will cover basic rules of each game and any changes in rules from previous years.