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View Poll Results: For what reasons to you not play tournaments?
Slow pace of play 145 29.12%
Time commitments prevent (family, work, etc.) 228 45.78%
Cost is preventative 91 18.27%
I'm not good enough 90 18.07%
Temperament of tournament players (take it too seriously, complaining, etc) 110 22.09%
Stuck on course all day (would rather use time for other things) 107 21.49%
May not enjoy the company of people on my card 87 17.47%
Don't like have to commit to playing in advance 32 6.43%
Don't want to pay the PDGA fee to play 72 14.46%
Tournaments start too early in the day 31 6.22%
Other (list in post) 34 6.83%
Even though some of these may apply to me, I still like to play tournaments 144 28.92%
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Old 10-07-2015, 09:59 AM
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I would definitely play more tournaments if I had more vacation time.

It's fun to travel and play different courses and compete. I played exclusively casual for years, but recently my mindset has really shifted towards formal/competitive play. These days I look at the schedule of nearby [within ~5 hours] tournaments early in the year and try to maximize the amount I can play with what vacation time is left after snowboarding season.
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Old 10-07-2015, 10:01 AM
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Time commitment and DG is the main source of exercise for my dog.
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Old 10-07-2015, 10:03 AM
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I do not play PDGA-sanctioned tourneys for several reasons:

1. The slow pace of play is goddamn ridiculous, especially in Rec and Int. And I'm far, far from a quick-paced player.
2. I dislike the idea of having to pay a *yearly* PDGA membership fee AND a tourney entry fee. PDGA membership fee should be either a one-time cost, or much less money on a yearly basis.
3. The tournament costs are fairly high for payouts in plastic/swag/random (not much) cash, especially considering the time it takes to complete the tournament.

I'd rather just go discin' on my own time and dime. :shrug:
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Old 10-07-2015, 10:10 AM
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The Trophy Club tourney was a beat down eh? Seemed like the longest rounds of all time! It's always fun but the time commitment is the biggest issue for me. Take this past Sunday for example...I was at the park at 7:30am and didn't get out of there until 7:30/8:00pm....I was wrecked after that and the whole day was gone by the time I got back home to my family. I did get my first PDGA win though...so I shouldn't complain too much.
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Old 10-07-2015, 10:17 AM
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My "other" is two day tournaments. My family, friends, career and several hobbies are more important to me than one specific hobby and if more one day tournaments were available, I would play more.
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Old 10-07-2015, 10:46 AM
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Before I played my first tournament, I thought I wouldn't be good enough to play competitively. For a while that was the biggest deterrent for me. Now that I've seen what a tournament is really like I no longer have that concern. Now for me its just finding the time to practice. And we're about to put an offer in a house, so I've passed up a couple tournaments over the last month or two just to save the 40 bucks.
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Old 10-07-2015, 11:02 AM
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Player packs irritate me. If I go to an ace race(DC) or a circuit(MVP), I know that I am going to preview new swag. I am paying for discs at a low cost. Most of our local tournaments are either charity or raising money for the courses. Sometimes I will join these just for the cause. I have no interest in the ones that are nothing more than a way for vendors to make money

BTW, slow pace of play does not bother me as much in glow tournaments.
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Old 10-07-2015, 11:04 AM
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I didn't check costs, but the escalating entry fees are starting to give me pause---or at least making me reconsider which events I'm playing, when I can play.
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Old 10-07-2015, 11:48 AM
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I think this thread might help evolve DG golf tournaments into something that doesn't take up your whole day/weekend, doesn't require a pdga membership, pentalizes players for slowing down play and makes the costs of entering reasonable.

Wow, maybe the PDGA should have ran a series of how do we make tourneys better/more fun rather than how to grow the sport.

You'll never grow the sport if we continue doing tourney's in the conventional format.

Its time for a DG tourney makeover revolution my friends!!

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The marketplace determines the format(s) for events that work. The PDGA simply promotes (via calendar), establishes guidelines how to play each format and records stats without telling the marketplace what to do. Tourneys don't really grow the sport, they result from the growth. New courses, word-of-mouth (which now includes YouTube vids) and retailers selling gear are the primary elements growing the sport.
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