Originally Posted by Jason Philips
Tournaments are not a democratic process. People choose a date, they choose a course, and then finally they set the format. The democracy comes in when you decide to play it or not. This tournament is run by the people by organize it not the people who attend it. If 10 people register it is a statement that something is wrong. If it fills up in a day then that probably means the tournament meets the needs of many.
Any tourney that fills is a good one. And each that does is a call for someone to step up and run another. In a state as disc crazy as Oregon is, the PDGA should modify distance/tier specs to allow more events.
A June weekend with an A Tier at Milo and a B at Whistler sounds like a weekend of wonderful choices. Or an October C at Pier and another at Dabney at the same time also works. Wouldn't both events fill? I haven't looked it up, but in terms of D-C tier "level" (or above) events, aren't their at least 50-75 being run (currently as PDGA) or potentially (all those 60+ player events being run as weeklies/annuals...) right now?
In the quick decade I've been playing, this sport has BOOMED. Any decently scheduled, properly located, PDGA sanctioned, moderately well-run event will fill. If the economy was better I believe at least 100 PDGA events could be held between Eugene and Vancouver yearly. With a minimum field size of 72. Yes? No?
I think part of the "emotions" here come from the fact that, people who played in the first BSF or the first WBDS (thanks Jesse) now feel frustrated that they don't know if they will be able to play in the next event- unless they have the proper internet/friend access. I think many (me a little) feel they should have a little "better" chance of getting into a given event than some newbie (three or less years +/-) with a fast internet connection.
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What Jason said.