As long as teams are attending these tournaments, there is obviously a
demand for them. I can't really recall many tournaments being
cancelled in the last 5 years due to lack of teams. And not every team
will get into Presidents Day, Stanford Invite, and Centex, so these
teams need tournaments to attend as well. Sure a team like Wisconsin
or Colorado can get into any tournament in the country if they so
desire, but newer teams, B-teams, and 2nd tier teams need other
tournaments to play in. Besides, UC-Nowhere's 1st year team probably
doesn't want to go to Stanford Invite and lose every game 15-1.
The bottom line is that ultimate players want to play ultimate and lots
of it. There are hundreds of teams around the country chomping at the
bit to play games. If enough teams don't get into Queen City and still
want to play that weekend, someone will step up and host a tournament
of their own and the other teams will attend.
There are several tournaments every year that attract the top-tier
teams and are highly competitive. Until teams get more funding from
their schools, most college kids cant afford to fly across the country
5 or 6 times per year to go to top level tournaments. Plus, its good
to get your rookies some quality PT in the smaller tournaments.
> Looking at the schedule of events for this coming spring in the college
> division, it seems that there is a plethora of tournament options to
> choose from. Is it possible that there are too many options for teams
> to choose from? Many tourney's happen the same weekend within the same
> region. Seems that there should be a way of communicating so as not to
> overlap. I also believe that college teams have discovered the fact
> that hosting events is great way to make some cash for the travels that
> are ahead of them, as well as Uni's and beer.
> So what say you, are there too many tournaments, and do you beleive
> that the competition is being spread to thin?
> I believe it was the 92 Seamen that started the cross country spring
> break travel trend by venturing out to Palo Alto for the Stanford
> invite. The following year UCSC travelled to Greenville, NC I think
> for Ultimax. Our reason for going to Stanford was to play the west
> coast, since they were the only teams that could provide ample
> competition for our squad.
> Curious as to what the thoughts are on Competition being spread thin.