I want to do this. I keep telling myself that. Yes, it's true, but oh my. I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I started thinking about how fun it would be to host a disc golf tournament.
The good side? It's for women only, which means, by default, it just can't get that big. There aren't that many women who play - so that's good right? The original idea (the one I keep selling to my club members as they stare at me with their wary "don't even think of asking me to volunteer for more of your crazy women-only events" eyes) is this: it's going to be just like a normal day of playing disc golf, only we'll have a dozen women here to play with us... right?
Well, kind of.
First, to get the pros, we're going to need to pay prizes (I haven't learned much as LMDGC President, but I have learned that much). And ams do like to win stuff (I, personally LOVE to win stuff), So that means we have to charge entry fees and get sponsors and bring in some money so we can turn around and give it back to the players. OK, not too bad, but then that leads to all these other questions: How much should the entry fee be? How much should the payouts be, and to how many levels of players?
Do we do online signups? (it's more convenient, but incurs admin costs)
Do we provide lunch between rounds? (I LOVE not having to worry about lunch during a tourney, but people are so picky about what food they want to eat, and this will also take money away from the prizes)
1-day event or a 2-day event? (2-days is more serious, but means people have to commit to an entire weekend. This seriously limits out-of-towners, and may intimidate new tourney players)
Do we have a players pack? If so, for just the ams, or for all players? What do we put into it (what can we get that women would actually think was cool without having to use up all of the entry fee to get it?)
How do we advertise? Is word-of-mouth going to be good enough, without registering it as an official PDGA tournament? What is involved with having SoCal list it?
And last but not least: Can we do this? Can we really pull it off? Having never organized a tourney before, I am already astounded at the amount of work that is involved. What if no-one shows up? What if it's all just a big waste of time?