Yea borrowing sticks might be cool at casuals, or if your at a tournament with lots of people you know, but at a tournament, I’d never let someone I didn’t know use my stick. Casuals, yea, because if I didn’t like how he was treating my equipment, I’d just let him know while he was playing, and if he kept it up, just take my stick back. You can’t exactly do that during a tournament.
Basically, you don’t show up to a pick up game of basketball in dress shoes, do you?
But yea, just make sure you don’t smell like ass (this includes your breath), bring the correct equipment, and be ready to have fun. Get hype for good matches. Cheer, clap, get into the matches. Don’t be afraid to introduce yourself, and when you do, ask where people usually play at. Half the time it’s closer to home than you think, and you’ll have more real life competition to improve your game with.
One of my personal major gripes though, is when someone who has just started playing fighting games, and clearly isn’t that great of a player, starts talking like they really know what they are talking about. I can’t stand the guy who doesn’t even have the basics of competitive play down, and yet they can blabber off all of Ryu’s frame data. Frame data and shit like that doesn’t matter one bit when you went 0-2 in the actual tournament. Show you can actually play before you go around spouting off at the mouth like that.
Other than that though, I really love new players because new people in the scene is always a good thing. Doesn’t matter if you play by stick or pad or DDR Dancemat, as long as you are willing to learn and play