« on: December 04, 2015, 09:38:24 AM »
Long time ago, in a state far, far away... I used to run road races. 10K, 1/2 Marathons, etc. My beer gut may not suggest it but I actually went to Iowa State Championship in cross country. Wow, that was more than a half life ago. Anyway, the 'player pack' for non-school events was a t-shirt. Really good ones were a pair of running shorts. That's it.
However, the Am Payout is so ingrained into our current DG tournament scene, that it isn't going to change. Just because it doesn't happen in other Am sports doesn't mean that it is a bad thing for this sport. The PP and payout was one of the significant reasons why I started to play tournaments. Now that I have more plastic than I can use, I now would enter a $10 tournament with no PP, no payouts, just awards. As a TD, if I tried that now, I would get maybe 5 people to come. If anyone is so willing to try it, I'm specifically talking about a PDGA sanctioned event. Not a mini/league where I pay $10 and don't get anything tangible, not even a rated round.
I get what Dick is saying. I actually agree with it to a point. It's just not going to happen within the next 5 years.