Recently, several ACF members have expressed concerns about how much rules and procedures vary across state and district tournaments. Based on my conversations with Alan, I know the ACF leadership does want to standardize how these events are run, but they've run into some resistance from players who much prefer to run and play events the same way year after year. Of course, each tournament director has his or her own preferences, and certain events simply stay on the beaten path from years or even decades of momentum. Perhaps more to the point, on the rare occasions that tournament directors do open up some aspects of tournament logistics for a vote, very few players contribute or discuss new ideas, so the "way we've always done it" generally wins out by default.
There is no ideal system, and certainly any system will have its detractors. But it seems to me that the ACF must establish some standard procedures anyway, and that the best first step toward doing so is determining the players' highest priorities for running and playing in tournaments. We can certainly defend our pet policies with all the vigor and rancor that we've come to expect from the small-stakes world of organized checkers. However, my main goal for this thread is to generate a list of areas that need standardization, and which of those areas you think the leadership should focus on.
Let me start with a list of areas that have come up in previous threads and conversations-- these are in no particular order, but feel free to add items, and to put your own lists in order of urgency.
1. Player placement in divisions (e.g. self-selection, ratings-based, auto-promotion to higher divisions)
2. Scoring wins, draws, byes, and forfeits
3. Playing three-move vs. go-as-you-please
4. Playing a certain number of rounds
5. Playing a certain number of games per round
6. Round length/using clocks
7. Allowing "agreed draws"
8. Dress code in the tournament room
9. Using computer-generated pairings
10. Publishing ongoing standings and/or results online
11. Recording and publishing games
12. Player behavior in the tournament room
13. Entry fees
14. Giving a percentage of fees to the ACF
15. Procedure to amend existing rules
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