Originally Posted by Cucci67
The Good:The APPA System in time will fix this problem.
It will take the rest of the season, but the teams/players that place highly in the d4 division will rank up. They will be forced to play at the higher level and the divisions will even out in attendance. For now lets just focus on keeping them running.
The long term problem is the lack of push/opportunity for a higher division. APPA is an arbitrary set up and it will not fix the problem. This is a statistical reality. Where in the Mid Atlantic area (or New England, or anywhere else) can you really go play a true D2 or D1 event? How does someone assign any particular skill level to an individual who is participating on a team? That person is supposedly being rated on a mix of their individual ability and the ability of the team they play on. Of course, this includes a guesting situation, or a day when a team has a particularly good day, or a day when the team has a particularly bad one.
If you start with a fictitious 20 team in New Jersey and assume that they all keep the same roster (which never happens in the real world) and are trying to play the highest division possible (which never happens in the real world), only a percentage of these teams will be ranked D3. Subsequent to that, there is no option to move in rank except by getting like minded individuals together, investing thousands and thousands of dollars and going to play national D2 or D1 through PSP, since NPPL is dead.
Let's say one of these fictitious teams tries this and gets absolutely train wrecked every time. They don't have the ability to hang up there. Now you have a bunch of guys who are functionally D4 in terms of skill level, with D2 ranks. Frequently, they're not even able to play events because of their rank. It's like some weird opposite-to-common sense policy where people who theoretically spent the most time and money doing something are given less and less opportunity to compete. In the meantime, Johnny Localboy who has played D4 for the past 10 years and may very well be functionally a higher ranked player has way more chance to win prizes from events. What?
Conversely, field organizers always want to tailor their events to D4 or lower, primarily because it's something their referee staff can handle and it's most of the available player (consumer) pool. If I posted a thread about an event being remarkably hard and well attended by great, nationally ranked players, a lot of the local guys in any given area wouldn't bother to come. It wouldn't be financially prudent and the only benefit for them would be experience. Seeing as people are wimps these days and the competitive mindset is trashed, people would rather not do that.