I think it's time the SCS took a page from the IFPA qualifying system, where each country [for SCS, metro area or region] that has a "significant amount of player and event activity" gets 2 [for SCS, number tbd, may vary by state] guaranteed spots in the IFPA [SCS]. The remaining spots are all based on accumulated points across all areas, as is done now to fill out the field of 64 for the IFPA.
So, for instance, Portland gets their top 3, Eugene gets their top 3, remaining 10 go to overall state position. NorCal and SoCal each get, say, their top 5, with the remaining 6 going to overall points. Western NY gets 3, Hudson Valley gets 3, NYC gets 3, remaining 7 go to overall.
1. This would deal with a large number of the issues I've heard here.
2. There's already a precedent for doing this - - IFPA.
3. Each state can have flexibility as to defining their regions and minimums per region as above.
4. No state has to do it. Leave it up to the players in each state. I say players rather than the state reps to avoid having an area that's left out accuse the state rep of bias.
5. No disincentive to play more.
6. May increase interest in outlying areas since now there are guaranteed spots for at least a few of them in the SCS.
7. Frankly, IMO, it's fairer than the present system.
I'll bet that lots of places would both see an uptick in things if they knew they now had a real shot at making the SCS.