Planning for athletic leagues is extensive. Not only do the facilities have to be secured for a defined length of time, but divisions have to be drawn up and the length of the season (number of games, etc) has to be determined before the actual game scheduling begins.
Much of this is done on projection based on the number of teams from the previous year. However, the final organization and scheduling (which is the most time consuming) does not begin until the deadline for submitting entry fees has passed.
If a team drops out at this point, it will affect the division draws that have already taken place. To have to re-draw divisions or to back up and have to reschedule a division is costly and time consuming.
Teams should be certain that they would have enough players before they pay their entry fee. When the pay their entry fee, they are making a commitment to field a team and should be held responsible for upholding that agreement.
ONCE THE DEADLINE HAS PASSED, NO REFUNDS WILL BE GIVEN.
SORRY, NO EXCEPTIONS.