A Clarification of Events (Continued from page 3)
By Mark Brighouse, President, Unit 140
I'm sure by now most of you have noticed that we're making several changes to some of our standard events. First, the Annual meeting in January will be a brunch starting at 11:00 am followed by a game. The Board decided to try something new as we noticed attendance at this meeting steadily trending downward. Of course, as with any change, there are some (hopefully, many) who will like it and some who will not. Please bear with us - we are con- stantly working to try to make these events appealing and convenient for everyone. The goods news is that the cost is only $18, the brunch is really going to be excellent, and the event will be finished while it's still daylight.
The important thing to remember is that whenever we change the structure of the event (for example, from stratified to stratiflighted), we also have to consider the possibility of changing the structure of the strats in order to even out the field. If possible, we want there to be as many B's as C's, etc. That's why we changed the strats in the stratiflighted events at our Sectional to:
Flight A/X - A=0-unlimited, X=0-3000. (If you have more than 2,000 points, you must play in A/X; if you have more than 3,000 points, you will be in the top strat of A).
Flight B/C/D - B=0-2000, C=0-1000, D=0-500 (D includes all players with 0-500 points. However, while some players with fewer than 300 points may choose to play in the Open, as others play in the Newplicate event, all players with 300-500 points must play in the Open).
Having made the Annual meeting decision earlier in the year, we turned our attention to our Sectional tournaments. The change in the Saturday pairs to A/X has been well received and, although this is only a small change, it hope- fully reflects our willingness to be responsive to feedback. You may recall that several years ago, when we noticed attendance at the Saturday evening pairs game going down, the tournament committee and the Board came up with the idea of 10:00 am and 2:30 pm game times. This has made a major positive impact on the attendance numbers for Saturday (and I'm sure the free lunch in between hasn't hurt). With this in mind, we have decided to do something similar on Fridays. The Friday evening game has been get- ting smaller and smaller as well, so we are going to try the Saturday strategy, 10:00 am and 2:30 pm, with free pizza in
between sessions. I hope you give these games a try and,
as always, we welcome your feedback.
299er - Stratified game in which no one has more than 300 points.
We realize that, under this structure, people with 300-500 points are forced to play in the open, but we all have to go there sometime. I haven't checked recently, but when I was a new player, Allendale used to throw everyone into the open at 200 points.
You can't please everyone, and frankly, if you have 300 points, you should be able to handle playing in the open game. You might not win, but you shouldn't freak out. If anything, we need to encourage more newplicates to migrate to the open sooner rather than later. So many of them seem to stay in the 299er section until they "graduate", then stop playing altogether because they are terrified to play with the "big boys."
Hey, we all put our pants on one cloven hoof at a time. I personally switched to the open permanently when I had fewer than 100 MP's, and lived to tell the tale. I even came to enjoy that game much more than I had the 299er, because when I did scratch, it was against players who knew how to play. I felt I had earned it.