Biggest complaints on tournies ?

Discussion in 'Grappling Technique' started by SH5, Apr 7, 2008.

  1. SH5

    SH5 Orange Belt

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    thinking of putting on a tournament . With 8 man pro division for a cash sum .. to draw in competitors from further away .

    need Ideas on how to make it run smoother and be better for consumer.

    what are main complaints or suggestions..

    besides unorganized brackets and bad run times .. and political judging .
     
  2. MonkeyNuts!

    MonkeyNuts! Rear Naked Poker

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    free registration, free food, complimentary hotel

    or have it in a tempur-pedic warehouse so all the people waiting can pass out. it will be quietest tournament in history
     
  3. 2om30

    2om30 Red Belt

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    Plus a waiting room for spouses and kids.. cause grappling can be boring as hell to watch. This ain't a spectator sport.
     
  4. SnowMongoose

    SnowMongoose Blue Belt

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    even though you're aware of it, having your shit together and running on time is the biggest tournament issue I have.
    First tourney I attended, rules meeting was set for like 10:45... didn't happen until 1:30.
    I didn't even get to roll until 5:30 that evening.

    So yeah, plan ahead so people don't spend all day waiting around.
     
  5. 2om30

    2om30 Red Belt

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    and charging to come in to watch? at least provide one juice box along with admission.
     
  6. stlnl2

    stlnl2 Blue Belt

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    Sand Bagging
     
  7. 2om30

    2om30 Red Belt

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    Start the Pro division first that way we all can go home...
     
  8. Socal Duck

    Socal Duck White Belt

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    No points. No clock. No empty mats.
     
  9. Mikey Triangles

    Mikey Triangles Bending Joints the Wrong Way Since 1985

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    pre-reg only. this way it's organized and you know how many people you have
     
  10. SH5

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    I would love to but I think That would kill it around here.
     
  11. SH5

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    no Empty mats is a definate ... that is a pet peeve of mine . Sat around to many times waiting on that
     
  12. Hammer Time

    Hammer Time Brown Belt

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    matches that run latye and u warm up 3 times before u compete
     
  13. Deloitte

    Deloitte Blue Belt

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    Have food available that isn't a huge fucking rip off.
     
  14. Linzy

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    Make sure it's legal to hold a submission grappling/BJJ event in your state. Nothing like getting shut down at the 11th hour because someone at the athletic commission doesn't understand the sport.

    Also, when you're planning your schedule, build in a little bit of a buffer. You can't control everything (imagine having 6 mats and one of them having a guy with a fractured arm on it for an hour or so before the EMTs can move him). That's going to cut into your schedule, so you need to be prepared for things like that.

    Schedule advanced/upper belts before lower belts. Nothing like coaching for 6 or 7 hours and then trying to compete after all that.

    Invest in good referees.

    Making brackets ALWAYS takes longer than you think it will take. ALWAYS.
     
  15. TheHighlander

    TheHighlander Green Belt

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    Make sure you have spare refs...almost every time I've seen an empty mat it was because there weren't enough refs (they need to take breaks).
     
  16. Linzy

    Linzy Orange Belt

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    Very important! Refs want to compete and also usually need to coach their students/teammates.
     
  17. BJJ-guy

    BJJ-guy Blue Belt

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    second for sand bagging
     
  18. hxcore3000

    hxcore3000 Orange Belt

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    id say take away the clock but with the amount of competitors at these shows that seems impossible
    sandbagging also, nothing is worse than going against a guy with 5 years experience when your a beginner
    and some shows i know of dont allow judo throws or suplex's so definitely allow those
     
  19. hocky

    hocky Blue Belt

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    i second''mikey triangles'',one of the reasons the pan-ams run so smooth for thousands of competitors is the pre-regs,your brackets are up the day before you go...
     
  20. IChinaManI

    IChinaManI Green Belt

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    Have two separate divisions on each mat. That way everyone gets to fight relatively soon. The worst is being in +100 and waiting around forever.
     

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