Guys I have read Jamie's post, and I appreciate his effort to try to gain attendance to the tournaments. Basically I believe he is trying to eliminate certain factors of the problem. Is entry fees too high for beginners? People might not be like we use to be, young teams of today may not like to take a chance of coming up with $20(ten each) to play against experienced teams. But they sure do want/expect to win every time they show up. If we have a BYP then none of them want to show up because their chances of winning with out the upper hand or some limit is grim. So now what's the other problem? If we have a DYP then we have the argument that the more experienced people that are wanting to play together and increase their skill levels are entered into a pool of mystery. They draw for a chance to play with an out of position player( a forward drawing a forward, or goalie drawing a goalie ) in which normally the stronger player plays goal to hold out as long as possible, or goes out swinging for the fence on the forward in which what was accomplished??? So how do we cure this problem? We give limits on the BYP's. For example a 3000 point BYP in which the higher ranked player has to play goal. So now we have the higher ranked person tied with no options... Now guys if you want to get better, do you think beating a high ranked player with no options, limited partner, and basically one arm tied behind his back is getting better because you beat them? Then I am thinking we have other problems besides $$$, newbies, location, or format. I personally use to show up for anything, and travel to numerous places to play but now I am looking for a more stable format and playing environment personally. That's what I admire about playing at Chucks, he sticks to his guns and you know what to expect! It's going to be a DYP, EF IS $15.00, and no gun to your head. So basically if you show up, you draw, you give it your best and you might win or you may donate..... But that's a certain! Our brothers/sisters to the west always have the same formats. They do weekly tournaments in Slidell that are dyps, and to reward their club they have a tournament on the last Saturday of the month with 3500's, DYP's, and BYP's with many many many other events. Their club? Excellent! Can we learn from them???? Yes!!!! As cave pointed out.... If its a DYP it's a DYP..... Just draw and give it your best.... If you draw a beginner/newbie please take time to try to teach them, help them get started! We might have a world champion and miss out because we did not encourage them and support them. Our higher ranked players?!?!? Don't forget them either! Throw them a bone with a byp and try your luck! If you spread it out we may have a winning combination. We have great players in our area guys! Come on!!!! Many of show extreme promise.... I played for 3 hours Friday night at the reef.... We had Thad Meeks who always gets just a little better, Garland in which is literally a beginner and still plays good, Anthony Hogan is getting better all the way around, Lee M. Who did travel to LA state and played with an unknown MS player and placed in the upper half of teams in the AM's in which Lee I think you did great and I cant say anything because I didnt go and I cant say a word... Also we have a pile of other people that have the heart to play! I say let's don't mock and make fun of others trying to fix our attendances problems but instead try to come up with a solution an try to RESTART our program!!!!!!!!!!!
P.S. Jamie it's a hell of an idea.... May have to put it in English on paper.