Originally Posted by "Over the Hill" Bob
What are they doing in other parts of the country? Is the growth causing the same issues, or has the growth caught up to them as it has here? WE might be a model for what the rest of the country will do in the future. A lot to think about for sure.
What are they doing in other parts of the country? I know everyone hates me saying this over and over, but it is simple. what they do most other places is NOT have two-day B and C tier events. While the event will be played on both days of the weekend, the divisions only play one day (two rounds). This allows the TD to still do everything on one weekend, have more volunteers, allow twice the number of people to play and have even more people show up as many can play one day on the weekend but not both.
I just talked to a friend in Michigan and once again they had a HUGE turnout to their event in Lansing, MI. They had 75 on Saturday and 92 on Sunday. It was a B Tier and two rounds per day. If memory serves me right they use a 21 hole course so only one third of the course had fivesomes on Sunday. The point here is that 167 people showed up for a "one-day" event that was a B tier. The other fun thing they do is put Intermediate and Pro Masters on Saturday and Advanced and Open on Sunday. That way, for those who do want to play both days and can, it is a fun way to see if they can move up or see how they would fair in the upper division.
They do this all over the country to help with the growing number of players and the ability to keep it on one weekend. I know that many people out here in the Northwest feel that the events have to be two days or nobody will come to them and nobody will travel to them. While true that you may lose some travelers, you will gain many more local players that can only play one day on the weekend. Further, with the amount of events in each state (WA and OR) the travelling has dwindled down to a very few people. These folk remind me of myself when I first started and I had now problem being in Chicago on Saturday and St Louis on Sunday because I was younger, single and a disc golf junkie.
Five hour drive for a one day B-tier? No problem then. Give up an entire weekend and maybe skip a day of work for a two day B Tier at my local park? In this climate of the economy and now with a family, I'll skip it and wait for a local one day event....
Rather than be a model, it might be best to look at proven models in areas of the country where disc golf has been a much larger sport for a much longer time. They have been over the potholes already and know how to make it work for many more people than we have out here.
Instructional Editor DiscGolfer Magazine