« on: December 30, 2015, 09:16:12 am »
Is the minimum of 4 per division correct?
Thank you for your question. I find going by the PDGA rules to be the easiest to clarrify situations. It takes the monkey off the back of the TD so to speak.
J.) A Tournament Director may, by giving adequate public notice, restrict the divisions offered. Absent such notice, the Tournament Director shall offer for competition any division which has four or more players that are eligible and wishing to compete. Tournament Directors may offer divisions with less than four players at their discretion
For men and women divisions, the least common denominator will always be available, even if one.
For instance - if there is only one male Pro player, then Open will be available. In order to have a Master Pro, Grandmaster Pro, etc., 4 or more will need to be playing in order to open it.
For women, the same applies. If there is only one female Pro player, then Women Open is the division that is available. In order to create a Female Master Pro division, 4 or more will need to be playing in that division in order to open it.
For Pro divisions, it is much more 'by the book' as the players are playing for cash. If you want to play for cash, you kind of need to play with the big dogs so to speak and not be protected outside of the rules.
For Ams, the basic rules apply. As the TD discretion allows, I may and do occassionaly allow a division to be available if less than 4 players are in it. In a few circumstances, I have allowed an amateur division with only one female, or one junior. I once opened up a Male Legend division for a 74 year old, because as the TD I thought it was the best thing to do. These choices were made to encourage those divisions to grow.
Let me know if you need me to clarrify further or a specific situation. I'll do the best I can.