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Mike C - 11 Jun 2013
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We all would like to say that we started the World Championship with X number of players (200, 300, 500) and we've broken it down to a World Championship event with the Best Y number of players(20, 36 etc.) here in Z (San Diego, Denver, Houston, Dallas, Chicago, New York, Atlanta etc)

What I am suggesting is a World Championship Tournament with representatives that qualify from all over. The USAA could set the number of qualifiers from each Regional qualifier based on ? (number of entrees, rating average, etc.)

Say 36 is the number of players for the World Championship.
15 from the Texas State Open
8 from the Illinois State Open
6 from the California State Open
2 from the Colorado State Open
2 from the Georgia State Open
2 from the Venezuela Open
1 from the Russia Open

This is a scenario only. There would be no entry fee into the World Championship. The players just have to get there (a Sponsor may be willing to put up the cost of transportation for a qualifier?). The World Championship may be a 1 or 2 day event. The number of players in the World Championship may depend upon the number of entrees each regional is willing to pay for. Each Regional Qualifier Tournament Promoter would need to cover the cost of the entree fees for X number of players coming out of a Region and into the World Championship.

I know this has been done, looked at etc. etc. for years and years, but maybe it is time to look at it again to try and build up numbers locally.
 
TheAirHockeyGuy - 11 Jun 2013
Total Posts: 472
Mike C said:
We all would like to say that we started the World Championship with X number of players (200, 300, 500) and we've broken it down to a World Championship event with the Best Y number of players(20, 36 etc.) here in Z (San Diego, Denver, Houston, Dallas, Chicago, New York, Atlanta etc)

What I am suggesting is a World Championship Tournament with representatives that qualify from all over. The USAA could set the number of qualifiers from each Regional qualifier based on ? (number of entrees, rating average, etc.)

Say 36 is the number of players for the World Championship.
15 from the Texas State Open
8 from the Illinois State Open
6 from the California State Open
2 from the Colorado State Open
2 from the Georgia State Open
2 from the Venezuela Open
1 from the Russia Open

This is a scenario only. There would be no entry fee into the World Championship. The players just have to get there (a Sponsor may be willing to put up the cost of transportation for a qualifier?). The World Championship may be a 1 or 2 day event. The number of players in the World Championship may depend upon the number of entrees each regional is willing to pay for. Each Regional Qualifier Tournament Promoter would need to cover the cost of the entree fees for X number of players coming out of a Region and into the World Championship.

I know this has been done, looked at etc. etc. for years and years, but maybe it is time to look at it again to try and build up numbers locally.



Mike-

I agree that the World Championships should be limited to a certain number of invited players, maybe the top 25, 35, 50.... I do not agree however to limiting it by region. I would want all of the top players to be competing in the event not just the top couple in a particular region. Maybe a way to encourage more widespread play however would be inviting the top 25 overall plus the top player from any region that won a state/regional tournament from a state/region not represented in the top 25.

Chris Lee
Co-Founder, CEO
Air Hockey Players Association (AHPA)
 
Mike C - 11 Jun 2013
Total Posts: 459
I'm not thinking of limiting. The tournaments would be Open. Also a player only has to qualify once. For example, say someone comes to the California Open and does not qualify. This would not exclude that person from competing in Colorado, Texas and/or Illinois etc. to try and get one of those slots.

Or say Danny or Billy go to California and win, then any tournament they play afterward would give them the opportunity to win the tournament, but they would not take away a qualifying slot from the other competitors.

 
Red puck - 11 Jun 2013
Total Posts: 192
I think the validity of what you're saying is rather low. If you are talking regionals, then within each region, there have to be at least 30-40 players, or else it doesn't work. I mean, qualifiers 15 or below to add up to a total of 36 people out of the 7+ BILLION people on this planet?! I don't think so . Air hockey should be as big as basketball or football. If there would be regional air hockey leagues with at least 30-40 players strong following USAA game play and sanctionability rules, then there would be so many more events out there that would make money and that would pool into major world championships. Dynamo and Shelti would be more willing to lend tables for the world tournaments.

Air hockey could actually take it's place in this world so that everyone at least knows about air hockey or hears or plays the game the way the air hockey world players know and play it.

Consider this.
 
Mike C - 11 Jun 2013
Total Posts: 459
Red puck said:
I think the validity of what you're saying is rather low.


What does that sentence mean? Did I lie?
 
Red puck - 11 Jun 2013
Total Posts: 192
No, not lying. I am saying that there are not enough people in America and in the rest of the world playing air hockey. You only mentioned 36 people. Imagine where the sport would be if thousands of people played and practiced the way the air hockey world people played.

If every state had it's state league, then the sport would be as big as basketball.

Basically, there need to be at least 20 times the players playing professionally.

Right now, air hockey world looks like a private club that you pay money and have other special requirements to enter. -Ben
 
jasonstevens - 12 Jun 2013
Total Posts: 176
not enough players in AH to do this yet.
 

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