My friend and I organize tournaments in NW Indiana and thought it'd be great if we could run a Pro-Am style tournament. Obviously, the most important part of any Pro-Am is getting Pros to participate, so we're looking for your input on what it would take to get you involved!
The idea here is to promote pinball tournament play by getting the Amateurs some quality time with the Pros on a more casual, but still tournament-oriented way. As an amateur, you'd be interested in what that one skill, or way of thinking it is that you're lacking to get to the next level. As a pro, you're looking to get people to the next level to keep the tournament scene going and growing. Maybe you're both looking for something completely different!
So, what's going to entice the Pros to participate in this kind of event? We've already discussed briefly with @pinwizj and @trent, and they had positive initial reactions, so what about the rest of you?
We need to come up with a format that will give Ams quality time with the Pros without being overbearing or onerous. We've discussed one v one matchups vs group matchups. We've discussed making it a 2 day event vs a 1 day event. I'd like to just get some ideas flowing here so we can put something together that will be a good time for everyone, so let's hear them!
Obviously, we'll be looking at the tournament schedules to make sure we avoid conflicts as much as possible. Or is this something that should be tied to another event of some kind?
As a Pro - What would make you want to participate in something like this? What kind of format would make you say 'No way?' Does there need to be a prize pool at the end of the rainbow?
As an Am - Does this sound like something you'd be interested in? What kind of format would you be looking for? How many Pros would you expect to get time with during the tournament? Are you interested in prizes/winnings, or just 'Pro time?'
Thanks for looking, and thanks in advance for any ideas and contributions!