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I have been playing for the last ten years or so and I would like to start entering some tourneys.  I just don't know what the "tier" classess mean.  I don't have an established average but I can play places like "Brewer Park" in GR or Fallasburg at around par.  Any advice for this struggling rookie would be great.

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play some non-sanctioned events in the intermeddiate divison and see how you fair and where yoi place.
Don't worry about Tier...that's a sanctioning thing.
Do it. Don't wait another decade. Tournaments are too much fun to put off.

Since you live in Michigan, which is a hotbed for tournaments, you can play a tournament every weekend, year round and have several choices most weekend days. The state schedule is published at MDGO.org.

Some tournaments are sanctioned by the PDGA, some are not. PDGA events have guidelines to follow and published Rules of Play, non-sanctioned events do whatever they wish. "Tiers" refers to PDGA standards and so only applies to sanctioned events. You can read the numerous details involved at PDGA.com. Most of those details will not be important to you. A Tiers are supposedly bigger and have more generous payouts than B Tiers, which are supposedly bigger and have more generous payouts than C Tiers, which are small, local events.

To play in a sanctioned event you need to be a member of the PDGA. Someone will correct me if I'm wrong but I believe it costs $50 for your first year membership as an Amateur or $10 for a one weekend, one tournament membership. To play in an unsanctioned event you follow whatever entry restrictions (if any) they have.

Once you are a PDGA member you can play any event which offers your division although there are a few you must qualify for (like in Michigan, the State Finals in Ludington over Labor Day weekend or the Amateur National Championships at Kensington Metropark in June), no matter the Tier.

So for your first tournament, find one which is convenient to your home and schedule and register to play in the lowest division they offer. If the tourney is sanctioned then your scores in that event will earn you a handicap rating which will give you an idea which division you belong in.

Good luck.
Hey Mark, I'm enjoying your Discraft Youtube videos. I've been playing since '98, so in your range, but I didn't play tourneys until the '06 Homie Classic at Lemon Lake, IN. The atmosphere was great, it was warm out and people were having an excellent time. I took third in the Recreation Div. I noticed that when I watched better players throwing it made me want to improve my game. The next spring I took first in rec. at the Olympia Fields Spring Opener, that was fun! Got a few discs out of it and met some cool new people. I just now got my PDGA # this fall. I'd suggest that, so you save the $10 they usually charge non-members. I wouldn't necessarily not play a tourney because it is an A or B tier. They will have rec/intermediate/advanced divisions at any tier, usually. We have an A-Tier here at the Pro Worlds 2010 site at Lemon, its the Illiana Opener and its going to be held on May 22nd and 23rd. We have a nice group of regulars and club guys around that might put you up at their place if money is an issue. Good luck in your tourney future!

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