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A group of 17 notable seniors has responded to the ACC's rejection of its petition with an in-depth analysis of the average number of tournaments played by the top 100 players in the 55-75 divisions (2014: 6.2, 6.9, 6.7, 7.0, 6.9; 2015: 6.3, 6.4, 6.4, 6.5, 6.3). 83% of 180 players polled by Tonidandel favored that five or more tournaments be counted. Stay posted.
The Adult Competition Committee notified Ron Tonidandel (Feb. 17, 2016) that it has rejected his multi-player petition to increase (from four) the number of tournaments that count towards a national ranking.
While that's unfortunate, the more damaging (and ill-considered) change was increasing the number of seeds ─ thus discouraging badly needed new players by eliminating their chance of an occasional favorable draw. See our prior editorial.
The Adult Competition Committee (ACC) plans to offer tournament organizers "additional tournament format options...round-robins, compass draws, block-seeding..." in an attempt to woo league players to our faltering senior tournaments.
While a survey of the more than 50,000 league players rated 4.0 and higher indicated players want "shorter, more economical options" it's unlikely that publicizing already-permitted (and seldom understood) formats would generate increased participation.
A more productive alternative would be to recruit (and compensate) recognizable senior players to make presentations at sectional league playoffs. Emphasizing the camaraderie and game-improving benefits offered by competing at a higher level would appeal to the competitive natures of at least some of those players. Distributing a schedule of upcoming tournaments would also make a difference.
Marketing is what's needed.