As a host you are providing the essential space, tables, and terrain for this event. As such you need to properly determine how many people your store can hold, which include not only table space and terrain for every 6’x4’ board, but also what would actually be comfortable for all involved. In addition you must block out this time in a fashion that allows enough time for the tournament to finish and needs additional time in between. Finally treat your players and TO with respect. Doing these things provides your store not only with the benefits of advertising of both a product and the store itself, but the possibility of increased revenue through customer loyalty and incidental purchases. In addition your store may just be the proud holder of the Alabama CAGE Match Banner for an entire year, if your top competitors prove to be Alabama’s best.
A list of a few things you must have (obvious or not):
- Enough 6’x4’ tables to hold all the allowed players
- Terrain for each of these tables
- A sign-up sheet
- Clearly posted and available rules for the tournament
- Clearly posted date with start time and entry fee.
- Prize support. This may be taken from the entry fee.
$50 should be allocated from the total monies collected from the entry fee at the qualifier tournament. The rest of the entry fee should be used for prizes. In addition the store will need to provide $50 support to the Finals for prize support. There is a PayPal link on CAGE Forum that will allow you to pay by card in $50 increments which will result in $100 coming from each participating store. Or if another means of payment is more suitable then we should be able to accommodate. We do ask that you pay the store portion ahead of time as an intent of participation; this will allow us to make decisions where the Finals can be held for upcoming years.
As stated before the store will be receiving additional customer loyalty and incidental purchases from the critiquing of lists and fine tuning of tactics. Further, the prizes awarded at the qualifiers may be in the form of store credit, thereby earning the store additional revenue.
A banner will be awarded to the store that provides the winning participant of the Finals, to be kept for one year before being returned. Finally, all participating stores will have the option of offering their store to be the Finals host for the following years. This would bring out-of-town individuals to your store that may have otherwise never visited. There are requirements to holding the Finals (i.e. sufficient tables, space and terrain) so visit CAGE for more details.
Tournament Organizer Expectations
Qualifier rounds be held in Jan 19th-20th as the Finals will be held on Feb 9-10th.. You are the guy in charge, be Owner or TO. At the end of the day, if the event is a success or a failure, it is on your shoulders. As such it is your job to communicate clearly with the host store, the local players, and the CAGE Match Contacts about all aspects of the tournament. The CAGE Match TO will make every effort to advertise for all the Qualifier events via email, blog, and forums, but it is each individual store's responsibility to promote the event at the store. It is up to you to ensure that the store has met all of its requirements before running the event.
It is also up to you ensure that all players’ lists are legal. It is not necessary for you to settle rules disputes, unless you are also acting as the tournament judge, in which case, you should not be playing in the tournament. You are in charge of making sure the rounds start and end on time. Further, you need to make sure that scoring is properly recorded and that the winners are correctly chosen and awarded prizes. Yours is sometimes a thankless job, but it is one that makes 40k and your community grow. We have made every effort to be as transparent as possible, and we encourage whomever is running the event to do the same. This transparency of the expectations whether it be player requirements or mission requirements, will help insure a positive experience at all the events.
A brief list of things you will want:
- Result slips
- Patience for those that participate
- Sternness for those that deserve it
- A way to point check all the lists
- You will strongly want to consider requiring participants to pre-submit lists. But also insure confidentiality of those lists.