Originally Posted by mashnut
I think the Chicago and Southeastern Wisconsin area is a good model for how well offering those lower divisions can work. They get huge turnouts in all 4 am divisions and get a much higher portion of players playing in divisions appropriate to their rating. I do wish that the names would go away and we could just refer to them by their division codes like MA1 etc. I think that the rec and novice designations end up keeping people out of those divisions out of pride, and also keep some TDs from offering them out of a sense that "novice" and "recreational" players don't belong in tournaments.
Hey now dont bring illinois into this conversation. Lol. But yea here in WI we get good turn outs for almost all divisions. If its a small tourney then usually there are less open players and the am divisions are packed. This is a big reason a lot of the illinois people drive up here to play