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Reading over the new qualification rules for the American Royal Invitational Contest, several problems occur to me. While I am not a rock thrower when it comes to other peoples contests, I do like to find out the reasoning behind changes. My main concern is the new requirement that sanctioning groups that conduct qualifying contests must do so at least ten times between August one and August one the next year. Not only that but the contests have to have at least 15 teams the first year and 25 the following years.
Now this may be all and good in the South where they are not only blessed with fuel growing in the back yard, weather that allows year round cooking and the fact that every third house has a smoker. But out here in the West as it is in a great many states, the months that contests can be held can be counted on one hand. There's a reason we wear out snow blowers faster than smokers.
Not only does that mean we have to conduct two contests a month but where do we come up with the number of teams to compete? At best on just one major contest we can fill 25 slots but that's pulling teams from out of state that are looking for money and points.
Someone might say just use KCBS.....I wish. Know how many bucks that costs.
No, I guess the deal is in but from my chair I figure that we are in the same boat as half the states.....which is a sad note at the same time the cost of fuel and travel has just about wiped out the family vacation, let alone, contesting.
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