A friend of mine(seriously, a friend) has some issues with his(our) team and was talking to me the other day about starting his own team. He wants pretty lax rules, no bike requirements, Cat 3 or higher no politics bs and just race. He feels with these requirements, a successful team should be relatively "easy". I am a cynic and think that starting your own successful team would be hard as hell. I don't have the experience to know what else goes on behind the scenes, but I told him that I think there's more to it than just getting a group of guys together and racing. In theory it sounds all well and good, but I think it will be much more time consuming than he thinks.
So, for those of you who have started your own team or been a part of the process; what behind the scenes things need to be accounted for? Non-profit registration, hoops with USA Cycling, etc? What barriers did you run into and finally, would you do it again(start your own team)?