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Old 11-26-2012, 10:44 AM
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**PDGA Tournament players** - Would you rather have a cheaper buy in with a smaller players pack, or a more expensive tournament and a bigger payout? Why?

**Non-Tournament Players** - What keeps you from entering? Is it your skill level? Is it the cost? Part II - Would you enter a tournament if there was a free Novice division, with only a small payout for first place. Like, one disc or something?

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Old 11-26-2012, 11:04 AM
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I know this is not directly answering your question, but I think that the course and the group running the tournament factors more into whether I choose to play it or not, rather than a big payout or player pack.

If I had to choose between player pack or a bigger payout I would prefer a balance of the two. I think its nice to have something to go home with no matter the outcome with the player pack, but its also nice to reward those who perform well. SO in simpler terms I would prefer a bigger payout, but not to the point where player packs are eliminated.

Lastly, I know a player who chooses not to play a lot of tournaments because he doesn't like the pace at which tournament play moves, he would rather play casually and get more golf in.

Hope this helps.
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Old 11-26-2012, 11:08 AM
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Great response. Thanks!

And the pacing issue is not something new to me. Interesting though.
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Old 11-26-2012, 11:13 AM
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No players pack and bigger payout. Players packs are always filled with a bunch of promotional crap that can be had for free anyways, and the discs are generally crap as well.
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Old 11-26-2012, 11:20 AM
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As an Am, I'm generally not concerned much with payout. I definitely prefer players pack over payout.

Kind of related to the original question though, I generally don't put much thought into the entry fee. If it's a tournament I want to play in, I'm going to pay the fee unless it's something absurdly high.
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Old 11-26-2012, 11:21 AM
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I don't play in tourneys because of the pace. I would not fare well sitting around and letting my arm get stiff.
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Old 11-26-2012, 11:28 AM
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Very low, or no entry fee and payout to the top 3 players in each division only. No players pack. Local sponsors could pad the payout.
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Old 11-26-2012, 11:33 AM
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I say stop giving out crappy players packs unless they are worth it. our local club "WAFDA" holds C and B tiers and they players packs normally consist of a tournament stamped dry-fit and 1 champion/star disc. tournaments are normally about 40-60$ to enter , to me that makes playing worthwhile even if you end up doing bad everyone gets to take something home. Without those players packs i might not play because I'm not the best and most likely am not going to WIN anything lol.
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Old 11-26-2012, 11:38 AM
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No players pack and bigger payout. Players packs are always filled with a bunch of promotional crap that can be had for free anyways, and the discs are generally crap as well.
I will agree with you when the players pack is full of promotional crap, I am not a fan.

In my local area, the preferred way to do player packs is by providing each entrant with a voucher for merchandise, so in essence its a pick your own player pack. If you don't spend your player pack before the tournament and end up winning prizes you can then combine your voucher with your prize winnings and get something of a little more value from the merch tent.
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Old 11-26-2012, 11:42 AM
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From my personal stand-point i play Open in all tournaments so i rarely get any type of players pack, so I prefer bigger payout for the most part. People that sign up strictly for a cool players pack i feel like are missing the point.

I think in many ways disc golfers are spoiled with players packs just for signing up. When did anyone signing up for a intermural softball league or anything like that get a free bat and glove? You paid and played with the hope of winning a silly trophy and pride. I don't think players packs are a bad thing i just think we could use all the money spent on players packs and put it into payout.

I think if we did this you could pay out more places and i know personally i'd like to feel like i've earned what i am getting not just having a disc and shirt handed to me before i've even thrown a disc.
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