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Old 01-23-2013, 11:08 AM
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Originally Posted by simpletwist View Post
Early on a friend of mine said don't bother with a certain tournament because you're just paying the top players so it wasn't worth it. So I avoided the tournament scene. I was wrong. My first sanctioned event cost $50, I was severely outclassed. And all I got for my money was a DX disc. Didn't even have any sort of special stamp. I had a blast. It wasn't about the payback, but about the experience. The camaraderie. The meeting new people. Getting good advice.

Some tournament events have a lot of shwag. Another tourney, also sanctioned, also $50, I got a choice of 2 premium, tournament stamped discs from both Innova & Discraft. Also included was an umbrella and something else too, can't remember. In addition there was plenty of water and snacks on the course. And the payout for Ams? Just a 1st, 2nd, & 3rd trophy. With the water and snacks I easily made my money back.

Was it any more fun taking home the shwag? I suppose it was a nice perk, but I would have played it anyway.

Local unsanctioned events run along the same lines. Sometimes there is nothing but a payout. Sometimes its like Christmas.
This is the attitude to have. If you are going into a tournament expecting to get something tangible out of it; you are doing it for the wrong reasons, especially as an AM.
Pros will have a slightly different mindset. We always expect ourselves to do well enough to get paid. If we don't, the blame should be directed inward.
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