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    PostPosted: Thu Jul 27, 2017 7:58 am    Post subject: How to get more locals to come to tournaments Reply with quote

    This weekend is the 29th Annual Music City Classic here in Nashville. http://www.gndaonline.com/sites/default/files/2017MCCFlyer.pdf It's a $21,000 + tournament. I'm a little biased since I live here now and this was the first big steel tip tournament I ever attended (several years ago before I lived here), but I think this is one of the best, most well run tournaments in the country. A problem we've had is the lack of attendance from local league players. We always have a big crowd at the tournament and most of the top ADO players attend each year, but we want to find ways to get more local, everyday, regular league players to come check it out and play. I guess some of them may be a little intimidated by the "big dogs" being there and may think it would just be a waste of money to attend because they believe they have no shot to win.

    To try and get locals to come out and at least check it out, our league board came up with a pretty good idea. Tonight after setup is complete, they're having a $1,000 guarantee blind draw. $10 entry fee. The format is Cricket/501/Cork Calls. They added this disclaimer:
    "This blind draw is to promote and attract local darters. Although this is a blind draw we welcome everyone to play, but to keep things competitive, residents outside the State of Tennessee, ranked professionally by the BDO, CDC or NAPDA cannot draw each other as partners."

    Do you think this is a good idea? I kind of like it. I just hope it works. Do any of you know other things tournaments have tried to get locals more involved? Did it work? I'll let y'all know how this goes. Very Happy
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    PostPosted: Thu Jul 27, 2017 12:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

    I don't think it's a bad idea, at least not once. If it works well than it must be good, if it doesn't, it wasn't.

    We did a 'losers bracket' at the mid-columbia open and anyone who failed to qualify for the main event automatically was entered into the 2nd event which had a decent payout also. This way we had a lot of people enter to qual for the main event knowing that if they could not make it through, they would still have a crack at the alternate event.

    Another thing leagues can do is offer discounts to local members and even give them entrance into specific events for helping to setup etc.
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    PostPosted: Thu Jul 27, 2017 1:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

    That's not a bad idea. Like a discount for league members or something. I like that. I will post how everything goes sometime over the weekend. Draw begins in 3.5 hours. I'm here at work just staring at the clock waiting to get to it. I even took the day off tomorrow for the event even though I'm only playing singles and the draws and It's only about a 15 min drive from my house so I don't even need a room at the hotel.
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    Good luck!
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    PostPosted: Mon Jul 31, 2017 7:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

    The blind draw seemed to work well. We had exactly 100 entries so the league at least broke even. There were a lot of locals that came out for it that said they've never been to the tournament before so I guess that would be considered a success.

    There was a really good turnout for the even it seems as well. I played horribly and I was a first round exit in every event I played in, but as a whole, it was a lot of fun.
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    Glad to hear of the success! Sorry to hear about those exits but alas, in ADO format (best of 3 knock out) it isn't all that uncommon.
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