Originally Posted by Danni
Yes, we considered a lot of those ideas, and honestly we have a "unique" situation here, with our "local/ garssroots players". We are a military area, which means by nature we have a "transient" club.
You are correct though we COULD scale it down, but we have only ever attempted one event a year, so we really don't love the idea of a smaller scale.
Also in previous years I would have done like you suggested and took the hit and kept the tournament ball rolling as it were, BUT this was to be the last event for us as TD's. Like 80% of our club, Tim is military and we are OUTTA HERE come early spring 2014.
We loved our time here, and tried to bring a positive face to disc golf in our local area. We hope the locals will keep the ball rolling after we are gone.
I appreciate all the support and I hope I'm not coming off "snotty" I DO truly "feel the love" and know you guys are trying to genuinely help with sound advice... and AGAIN, I'm not upset with Shelton either.
We're just gonna play as much as we can, and "say our good-byes" to all the locals. It's been an amazing 4.5 years!
I didn't know that you guys were moving out of area, I know you had mentioned this as a last time personally giving a run at directing. I think its safe to say that all of us down in Kitsap understand the transient stay aspect pretty well, and I imagine its even more present up on the Island.
With that in mind, I totally understand the hesitancy. Yeah, make the rounds and say your goodbyes to everyone in the tourney family.
Looking ahead for Whidbey... perhaps a more grassroots style of yearly event may in the end may be more sustainable for the area after you're gone.
A large (or growing) cash-added high skill driven event model is daunting for many to run, and sometimes leads to stomach lining eating thoughts about ending up in the red. You referenced "taking the hit" ...to which I hope that was in event status and not in a negative bottom revenue line. Because that certainly is not sustainable - thats special and unique charity!
Perhaps this year could have a small something that weekend - maybe you and Tim find someone(or a team) who could take the reigns for something in the next few years to come - give them the tools, in a sustainable plan and guidance, and let them try out their wings solo this year with you guys as a support crutch before and after the event. Then you guys could even come down to the Showdown.
The legacy could be that big thing that was, or it could also be the medium thing that still is.