This has come up elsewhere, but I thought it could use its own thread. What’s the best [or your] way to decide where to make the cutoffs for lower divisions? When should you have both a “B” division and a “Novice” or “Casual” division? How many people should you take for the playoffs in lower divisions? How big should the prizes for lower divisions be? Cash for all or just some? Trophies for all or just some? The trend seems to be use B when you have 75-150 people and to add Novice when you get over 150. Most who use B have 16 or 24 for A / Open and 8 or 16 for B [75-ish uses the lower ends, over 100 uses the higher ends]. Novice is usually 4 or 8. What has worked for you? What hasn’t worked?
Some ways to decide:
Absolute skill level, i.e. never go below X [rank 500] for the A restriction
Percent of field, e.g. want the cutoff for A/B maybe where the top 1/3 of the attendees rank
Target number, e.g. want about the top Y [say 40] players present to be A-restricted
What worked last year or at someone else’s event … but if your event grows, at what point do you change?
Re prizes, we’ve given out relatively good-sized ones for INDISC with positive response. Trophies for some, too, but not as many as in A. Trophies-only or merchandise-only seems common for Novice, with maybe modest cash for the top place or three.
Since more events are using extra divisions these days, I thought we could trade notes on it here.