The notion of Trophy only is fast approaching the standard on the am side. I see where there are concerns about the payout from a few, and the pricing.
So I will ask what would you rather see, less product, or less money (entry) for the am's?
TO me its completely silly that we gave away 3 discs, 2 shirts, a glass (still available at DGW) to every am plus got them into the ace fund, and paid the PDGA fee for $50.
How much cheaper can an A-Tier be? Had trophies for every division at least 4 deep, and in Adv Men, had it for the top 5.
If you go cheaper on the entry, there will be nothing to give to the players.
More National events are going to be done this way. I can GUARANTEE it, I talk with enough TD's out there to know this is the case, and almost all of the big events HATED the fact that we only charged $50, they all felt that this was too little.
Now on the counterside, if we do raise the AM fee to $75 (it will be more than $50 next year I can almost promise that) we will work on having even more cool items that you will be able to leave with.
So are you saying that you want Trophy only events to be $30 with no-frills to cover the cost of the trophies, and have a few CTP's during the event, cover the ace fund, cover the PDGA costs, is that the better option?
Let me know, cuz I can go Super Cheap, and really not be upset at all about it, then what it will mean though is that you will have to buy at retail prices any discs that you want as a momento of the event......still not giving out a "big payout" on the AM side. That part of the event is probably done in the future of the Disc Golf in Major events unless you want to see a higher entry fee.
Now some sponsors will donate, and we will get that to the players, but many sponsors want to get paid for their items as well.....so some items will still happen, but not as good as you may think in years past, but in all honesty then all the players win, not just the top 35-40% of the field, which as an amateur sport is the way that it should be, and is in almost every other sport, with the exception of disc golf.
THese are my thoughts currently, but I know that I am not alone in the thinking of this type of program.
Keep the ideas coming, and please don't let my conversation prevent you from thinking that I am a Viagra-less used item on this, I am wanting to know what makes sense, and what your thoughts are, but I also want to make sure that you have realistic expectations when you start to look at tournaments in size and scope of an NT.