Originally Posted by JenniferB
There's been a lot of interest lately in offering a trophy only option in FPO at PDGA events to encourage lower rated women to play FPO. Some questions that have come up are:
1. The rules specify that it takes 3 trophy only participants to equal one participant for purposes of added cash, etc, but it looks like the "reduced fee" can be anything. If a TD charges 50% of the pro entry fee for trophy only participants, where does the extra 17% go at an A tier? The general purse? What of the TD charges only 25% of the pro entry fee? Where does the other 8% come from? The general purse?
2. The rules say the TD can offer the trophy only option at a reduced fee, but don't make it clear whether the TD has to offer it to everyone, or if the TD can make the option contingent on some other condition, such as maximum rating allowed, purchase of a player's pack, participation in a side game, etc. What options does a TD have for offering the option? Are any conditions allowed and, if so, what kind of conditions would be allowed versus disallowed?
Where is the rule that specifies the "value" of a trophy only player? Where are you getting it takes three to equal one full paying player? I can't find that anywhere. A player is a player. The only instance in which the trophy-only player is at a disadvantage or a "lesser" player versus a full price player is if the event fills. The TD has the discretion to require trophy-only players to pay full price in order to keep their place in the event ahead of other full price paying players (Competition Manual Section 2.5 D).
The competition manual allows for TDs to offer a trophy-only option to amateurs in the pro divisions, and all players in amateur divisions. I don't believe a TD can put any other conditions or restrictions on who can take advantage of trophy-only. If a 1000-rated amateur wants to play MPO trophy-only, the TD can't stop him.
TDs have the freedom to charge what they want for the trophy-only players and give them what they want for that fee. Trophy-only is not an invitation for players to expect or demand a la carte entry fees
. Trophy-only simply allows players to opt out of the payout (cash or prize) by paying a reduced fee. If the TD is giving a player pack to all players in a division, the trophy-only players get one too (and typically their entry is designed to account for that).