This is going to be a tough subject. It seems to me that we have two sides to this.
1. We should send only the best 6 man team from our club
2. Send as many teams as we are allowed.
The questions that come from this are;
If we send only one team of the best from our club how do we determine who those people are?
If we send as many teams as we are allowed based on membership, what happens when someone backs out or can't go for some reason. Which will happen, there are always things that come up that are unexpected, family, work, money, etc.
My 2 cents.
We have already voted to have one tournament and that tournament will be held at Pueblo, with 2 days of prefish and 2 days of tournament. We need to decide if the tournament will be during the tournament already scheduled or to have a separate tournament and how many to send from the club.
I think this should be a team tournament. Pick your partner and fish the tournaments as a team.
I agree wi9th Ken. I think it should be a separate tournament. Based on participation we decide on the number of 6 man teams to send and how many alternates in the event someone backs out before the state tournament. Say 6 teams show up, we take the top 3 teams and make the fourth, fifth, etc. the alternates. If 4 teams show up take the top two teams and the rest alternates. We should find out from CBF if alternates are allowed at the state level and beyond. I would think you would have to allow it. If alternates are allowed is it the whole team as an alternate or just a replacement for the one who backs out whether it be the boater or non-boater. How does this work once the state level is decided. At a club level it is easy to replace with an alternate going to state but if the team has already completed in state and made it to regionals and something happens, is that team just out or can they be filled with an alternate? If alternates aren't allowed I say send as many teams as we are allowed to the state level. This increases our chances of one of our teams advancing to the regionals and if someone backs out then that the team is out and the club is still represented. This also puts pressure on each team to stick it out.
I think there should be an entry fee of say $200 or more per team for this club level tournament, with the proceeds divided among the teams to help offset the cost of going to the next level. This helps to find out who is serious about it and also sends our best fishermen for that year to the next level to represent our club. If you can't afford the entry fee at the club level how are going to afford the travel expense at the next level. Don't forget about the Vacation time off from work. If you only get a week of vacation a year, that will not be enough.
This should stir the pot a bit. What does everyone think?