« on: May 18, 2014, 09:10:06 PM »
The allegiance amendment proposal has been dropped. You must live on the side you play for.
This is a fundraising event with each participants $10 donation going towards course tree planting projects.
Each team will field 16-20 players. It is an Open, or if that term is somehow confusing, an unrestricted, event now. There are no classification requirements or restrictions. Everyone keeps saying "keep it simple." This is as simple as it gets and was decided upon months ago.
There are but a handful of competitive women disc golfers in the area. Forcing women representation on each team at 10-12.5% of the team is terribly disproportionate to the actual population of competitive players in the KC area. I hope someday, the women's competitive disc golf population becomes as vibrant as the men's is. When that happens, perhaps a women's Team Challenge can be organized. I do truly hope so because the women disc golfers around here are all amazing people.
Now for the real account of what happened:
As I posted months ago in this thread, it was all along my plan to eventually make this event player unrestricted, including not having a women requirement. I felt that this year was as good as any to make that change. I first spoke with Dick about the change. He initially said he wanted to keep the women specifically. After some convincing on the phone, I got him to agree with whatever East side would agree to. I think he figured East side would not agree to a pure unrestricted format. I then communicated with Jose that I wanted to change the event to an all open format. And he agreed to it. I specifically stated that this also meant no women required. Jose was ok with that; agreeing with me that it was right to have the best on each side playing, not restricted by classification.. I was actually quite surprised, but also glad he approved the change to unrestricted play, because that is what I envisioned all along. Jose, you had the opportunity to disapprove of this then, but did not. To support the fact that what I just stated is what was agreed upon, consider the following: We proceeded with qualifiers, this year, without a requirement for women because that was the change that was enacted. Otherwise, I would have made sure the captains had at least one woman make each team via qualifier as we had done in the past.
The change to an unrestricted format for the Team Challenge was finalized months ago. Qualifiers were held in accordance with the agreed upon change. That's it. That simple. That said, either team may carry anyone they want to fill their roster. There are no longer any classification requirements for the KCFDC Team Challenge. If a side wants to bring more or less masters than the other side, they are welcome to. If a side wants to bring more or less women than the other side, they are welcome to, same for juniors, legends, toddlers. whatever, it's UNRESTRICTED. Go Team Challenge!