How are you? It's good to know that you are still involved in organizing events and playing. Listen here a few concerns for me. If you run 4 matches per team in the semis- and then 4 in the finals with 5 point games teams will shoot between 56 to 80 cases of paint. If you were to buy low grade paint for $35.00 a case you are looking at $2000.00 to 3000.00 in paint alone. To that you add air and admission and you are well over $2600.00 for the day. Divide that amongst an average of 10 players per team and you are looking at $260.00 to $300.00 per player for the day plust traveling expenses. If you won the event the most you can win is $1600.00 if caped to 8 teams givin the winning team a total loss
of somewhere around $1000.00 for the day.
So the question is how do you resolve that? You either limit the amount of matches to 4 over all for the day per team and or modify time to half the time of regulation on the clock in addition to race to 3 points rather than 5.
However you do it, you need to have the rules ready. In addition I trully think that you need to get with Chris Rahel and use his registration process. It is well worth it and you guys can allow the use of PSP ID Cards which they can purchase for the 2008 season. Otherwise, sandbagging is unavoidable.
I am not trying to be negative, I am just trying to find a way to help you organize an event that is going to draw the teams. With as meny other events you know that teams are likely to choose tournaments that either are afordable or give them the opportunity to profit from. I think you have to think this one out a little better and yes you may draw a few teams to your first one but what hapens after that one if they dont win and spend a fortune? With the limited amount of teams available in the state you have to structure it properly. Again, I am playing alittle of devils advocate here and I am also going to try to bring a team out providing I can make financial sense out of it.
Best of luck.