Chris Raehl who is the owner of the American Paintball Players Association website (APPA), sent me the file below of a “Universal Classification System” they are wanting to start up that works in conjunction with the PSP. The file below is just a draft and there are a lot of details that will be worked out on February 5th.
I am seriously considering re-organizing the MPS to fall under this program. After reading the draft, below are the good things about this program:
- It is a NATION WIDE classification system
- See where your team will be ranked among teams all over the nation as well as the MPS
- Classifications are integrated into PSP classifications
- Nationwide attention to the MPS
- One standard set of rules that will be consistent across the nation
If this happens, it would mean the following for the MPS:
- The rules of the MPS will be no longer. We will use the 2009 PSP rules (with a few rules modified to fit a local event opposed to a national event)
- Level 4 will be known as D5. Still a 3Man format. This Division is for players brand new to competition and is designed to provide a low-pressure and fun experience. We will do prizes even though the document says that prizes are discouraged.
- Level 3 will be known as D4. Still a 3Man format. Known as the “collection” division. These players are either too experienced to play D5 or they are competitive local teams on their way to D3.
- Level 2 will be known as D3. Still a 5Man format. These players are your more competitive players who play regionally and perhaps even regular participants at national-level events. We will still be allowing one Open Class player on a D3 roster.
- Level 1 will still be an open class meaning that D2 or higher (D1, SemiPro, Pro) players can play in this class. Still a 5Man format.
As mentioned, there are still a lot of un-known’s about this format and hopefully I will have more information about it after February 5th. I wanted to post this however now and get your input on this system.