Originally Posted by tmiller
I can see capping the divisions you know will be overly popular to make sure that other divisions are viable. This is what they did for the Rose City Open this year. They capped MA1 to 60 players. Any MA1s that signed up after that go on the waitlist and if the advanced women didn't fill their 12 spots then they could get in.
Yes this post is mostly true.* We (the TDs of the upcoming Rose City Open) decided not only to limit the field to 6 total divisions but also to cap a couple specific divisions where the demand is so high (MA1,MM1). Those specific cap numbers were based on anticipated and on the fly demand respectively. We did so for a few reasons. Our primary reason for the division caps is our goal of achieving some semblance of a balance between the number of AMs and PROs, which in our opinion makes for a "better" event. We considered other ways to try to achieve a balance but that alone is perhaps a topic worthy of a whole other discussion (one that I think fits into the "when to move up" debate).
Of course not everyone will ever agree unanimously on what makes for a better event. Also this is (admittedly) not necessarily the most fair system. The Amateur side filled within a few days and their waitlists continue to grow, whereas the Professional registrations have tricked in over a several week period without the pressure of a first come first serve until we hit X number of total registrations (regardless of division) approach.
Trying to have a balanced event (and however you want to debate or describe that) is just the tip of the iceberg as far as the benefits of division numbers and caps. There are many others not the least of which is “helping the gigmeisters' job” as Jose said, especially given our relative inexperience with the job.
I am curious to hear other opinions on all of this too.
* I say mostly true because we currently have 9 FW1 right now. IF that remains the number we are unofficially leaning towards 3 groups of 3 for their division (as opposed to adding 3MA1). Same might be true if MPO, FPO and any other "odd" number divisions but we're a ways off to be making those calls right now...