The aim of the event is to create a competitive, pressure-packed environment that will raise the level of play for BC’s best players, helping them to successfully compete against other great players such as the top American pros. It is also meant to promote friendship, healthy rivalries, and good sportsmanship under pressure. Finally, it is a reward to those who work hard to better their games.
This is the key point of the tournament and in fact the name BC Club Championships was dropped in favor of the Jim Brown Cup to de-emphasize the 'club' part. This was in fact due to a valid point made by others that it should be open to all BC clubs, regardless of skill, if it is to be called a club championship. We have to restrict the number of teams otherwize we will need a week to run the tournament. We still need a way to qualify new teams (meaning one or more of the original teams will sit out)
That being said, the team=club spirit is still there, it is by far the best way to ensure ringers are not easily added to teams. It also creates great rivalries which definitely increase the competitive juices. I don't want to make this event a general event for the masses, someone else can create their own tournament to do that. Here is another quote from six years ago that shows the concept of what Jas and I wanted:
Any players, regardless of gender, age, race, religion, etc., can earn their way onto a team. The key word here is earn. We need something that will motivate people to practice and to become the best they can be. Will everyone make their team? Of course not. Being a limited event, there will naturally be disappointment for those who do not make it in. Disappointment can lead to two things: 1) Bitterness, or 2) Motivation. Bitterness seldom leads to improved play. Motivation on the other hand will lead to practice, which often leads to success. If you don’t believe me, just ask Dave Ross… Your chances of making your team will be a lot better if you work hard. I know that one day (since I am entering my 44th orbit it may be soon!) I will not make my own team, but I’ve already seen a couple of disc golf playoffs and know I’m in for another great treat as a fan…
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