Originally Posted by zippyboy
It just seems that, in some instances, the lower divisions get the shaft. That's all. But this is also why I wanted to make it part of the discussion. As I have stated, I am on the outside (of the PDGA, and really, a lot of the tournament scene, in general) looking in, and that was and is, merely my perception.
Something that seems to be "missed" by some players are the fees involved, which can make it seem that lower divisions are getting the shaft.
Heres an example....using the Oregon Series as a model
Rec Division (Am3) has 5 players paying $40 each to play in a B Tier event.
This make $200 total entrys. Of that $5 goes to the Series and $3 goes to the PDGA.
200 - 40 = $160 left
Now you have to pay for your players Package, IF at cost a T-Shirt and Disc will be about $18, IF retail about $35. Lets use "at cost".
$160 - 90 = $70 left.
Now you have to pay for you trophys...
Lets say that you are using the REAL NICE Suhocki Basket Trophies at $30 ea and only give out 2 of the 5 places
$70 - 60 = $10
NOW you have to take out YOUR share of the Insurance & Sanctioning ($125 total for a B-Teir) AND any other fees associated with the event.
(Park Fees, Printing costs for scorecards, etc)
Its usually about this point that the TD is disgusted with the lack of payout and then PUTS MORE added cash perperson into this group than ANY OTHER division just so there can be ANY payout at all.
The PDGA desires that TD's focus more on Players Packages and NOT on payout for the lower divisions. Notice that this year & last, the Memorial has NO PAYOUT for ALL AMATEUR divisions. They focus on giving a Player Pack that is worth more than DOUBLE the entry fee (thanks to sponsors) and has Trophies only for the top finishers.