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The $3 NW Alliance fee is only going to be an inclusion to a much higher entry fee. Payouts depend on entry fees to have sufficient funds. We are not concrete on the entry fee level but it will be much like past tournaments. With Amatuer costing around $35, Advanced $45, Pro $75.
These are definitely going to be PDGA Events. Players will need to have their memberships current or must pay the $5 non-PDGA member fee.
Private vendors are going to be welcome in the NW Series. Terms are being drawn up to allow for other disc and clothing merchants to setup. Sponsorship of the event, both cash and/or merchandise, will be mandatory to allow vending.
We are going to obtain all the proper permits for vending merchandise. This will carry with it many local and/or state fees. We are looking at various possibilities such as allowing vending only at the player's party and award ceremony. Holding these activities at a local restaurant for example would allow for more relaxed environment.
There will be profits made at these events there is no doubt. Great lengths are going to be taken to document all tournament related expenses and finances. It will aid in our future abilities to develop Disc Golf projects. Everything seems to costs money these days. This budget will allow us to function more efficiently.
Affiliate clubs WILL have the right to vend at NW events for sure. That does not mean we are going to turn away sponsorships. I look forward to opening yours and everyones eyes to a new way of doing things. If these merchants want to come out and vend it is going to cost a minimum cash donation AND merchandise for the event. This support helps make good events great. It is going to be a choice if they feel they can expose their business enough to have it make fiscal sense. By no means are we going to let people just come put up shop without lending a hand to the event.
If there is any under-cutting to be done it will more than likely be by the NWDGA. I'm pretty confident we will do fine while still supporting other companies. That's how you gain sponsorships. If you wanted to keep exclusive rights to everything then you would need the capital to pay for everything. Sponsors help alleviate some of these expenses and stress.
Some people believe that a Disc Golf tournaments can be a get rich quick scheme. It is true there usually is a lot of money being thrown around at quality events. The NWDGA is going to be different in the fact that we are going to come in and support the area clubs. Not simply come in with our merchandise, take our profits, and head home. The clubs are going to be making a tidy profit to run and grow future events. I have started to study with a CPA with this in mind. The NWDGA is going to keep the working balance for all clubs in the series. Requests will be made for use of these funds for future events and endeavors. We are open to all kinds of ideas to help develop Disc Golf. Not just running tournaments and selling merchandise. Building your recreational base is important for future generations. We feel this is the best way to ensure proper use of these funds.
Detailed documentation will be made public record after all events. With explanations of what the money was used for when that time comes. Tournaments can be very large and stressful events. No TD wants to field budget concerns he monday after a tournament. A policy will be in effect for documentation of all event finances. This will be made public no more than 7 days after the finish of the event.
I for one am saddened we don't have more high caliber events in the area. This is going to change under the NWDGA. A-Tier events in the Series will only draw in more players from outside the Region. B-Tiers are great but have become a bit redundant. The bare minimum is sometimes done just to throw an event together in a hurry. Which is always better than nothing at all. We appreciate everyones help who has run events in the past. They are no doubt a large under-taking. I would love to have every single NW Series event be an A-Tier. It is going to take matched efforts from all these NW micro-regions.
It is our belief that a higher standard of events is due in the area. That is exactly what we intend on delivering. Tournaments that offer proper documentation of all finances involved. Which always seems to become the issue at hand.
Eventually we are going to have to split the weekends into Pro and Am. That is where the affiliate clubs are going to come in strong. We will need much support to run events of this size in the future. 2009 is merely a stepping stone on our climb up the mountain. I hope to build the structure needed to do these plans in the future.
We are going to develop Disc Golf in the region with the NWDGA. We can achieve this while turning a profit to build the NW series and NWDGA from the ground up. It takes money to make money. It is our hope that people will see the good we are doing and start supporting the NWDGA's efforts.
Specific Event information will come out soon. The 3 tournaments that are already established will go about things as usual (Lave Launch, Windy River and Ft Steilacoom). The new events will have a their own structure of entry fees in place. When registration opens for an event a complete breakdown of fees will be in place. Between $3 PDGA, $3 NWDGA, $2 Acepot and local clpermit fees we expect the total to be around $10 per entry going toward fees.
The NWDGA will have it's membership outline put together in the next week or so. It will offer an individual membership and a charter Disc Golf Club membership. Bonding together area Clubs will give sponsors more incentive to cover the region. Events that are run in these areas under the NWDGA will also have an Umbrella sponsor package. We hope to obtain the future sponsorships needed to structure local and state development.
Vending at each event will be specific for that event. The established events may have issues with local/state permits. The 4 new events will take steps that are needed to allow for vending on site. Sponsorship packages are being drawn up as we speak. If large hurdles are discovered in this process vending may be constricted to Player's Party and Awards Ceremony.
When dealing with existing traditions and methods we must tread lightly. In no way are we coming in and taking a holier than thou stance. Our approach is to foster the growth of regional events, recreation/course development and sponsorship opportunities.