Originally Posted by JONBOYLEMON
I dont understand why you would not want ALOT of pilots at the TS. There are lots of pros and cons of more or less, but I would think a more inclusive event would motivate the masses more than a deal where there are the 10 same guys who will always quilify. Seems if you want to grow a niche, you feed it. Nothing motivates this group like a gold sticker!
This very argument has been going on in the league thread for some time now. Some push for an open TS contest that anyone can attend. Others want to keep it so you must earn a spot. I think they are trying for a compromise somewhere in the middle with the 30% thing. Easier to qualify than it used to be, but still requires some level of achievement.
My 2 cents... I know it is highly unlikely that I will ever win a spot on the 3-man team. So just getting to the TS contest is my ultimate goal, my Super Bowl. I want it to be difficult so I feel like I achieved something and earned my right to compete in an elite event against the very best in the country. I think in the end it's really going to be the same 10 guys seriously competing for those top 3 spots anyway. So it really doesn't matter if it's 30 or 100 pilots that compete. The rest of us are just fillers, the practice dummies for the "A" team to beat up on to prep them for the worlds. More guys would be fun. But fewer guys would mean more rounds of competition. I don't know which is best, or what motivates the masses. But I do like earning my right to fly there. YMMV.
I still think the easiest way to qualify is to attend the BIG 2-day events where lots of guys earn points. It ain't gonna be easy to finish in the top 2 here on Saturday. But everybody please come try!
Sorry, more thread drift...