With a flurry of cali events featuring regional competitions, (Norcal vs Socal) I believe it makes sense to have a set team ready to go with a few alternates, rather than hosting a qualifier every single time.
Our current process involves hosting qualifiers everytime before the showdown and selecting a new Norcal team. While this is a fair method, it is resource extensive and difficult to pull off so often.
So my proposal is to determine a set team ready to go with a few backups. This is very similar to how sports teams often operate. Once a team is set, they enjoy the privilege of getting auto spots for competitions. Of course there will be regularly scheduled opportunities for other competitors to try for a spot on the team.
1st String (Guaranteed spot on a team. Immune from challenge events)
Note that the above three are 1st string as of today. This may change over time according to their performance and they may drop to 2nd string status.
I’m looking to get 5 people on the 2nd string list so that in the case of a 5on5, we have a 5 man team ready to go with enough backups in case someone can’t make it. We can determine this 2nd string list by hosting a round robin event and taking the top 5 spots.
Once the 2nd string list is set, those players are guaranteed the position until the next qualifier. There will be regularly scheduled challenge events every 6 weeks (frequency may change). Whoever gets top 5 in the challenge will become the new 2nd string list and this process will repeat. If a 2nd string player does not participate in the next challenge, he naturally loses his spot.
So whenever a Norcal team is needed, the 1st string list is automatically selected and the 2nd strings will fight amongst themselves for the remaining spots on the team.
Hopefully this eases the burden of organizers/competitors and makes things more predictable.
I plan to organize the first qualifier some time in January.
Also note that this is a first pass at this idea so details may change as needed.