Really got me thinking about the detailed planning that goes into bigger matches. Financials and schedules. Thanks to the MDs that do this and make it look easy.
For $150 I'd hope Staff should have a no expense match (hotels, per diem, shirts). Happy ROs = good match atmosphere
As a competitor, I'm looking for a 10-14 stage match. Full or half day format. 10-12 person squads. Staff oversight to reset movers and stage designs to minimize reshoots.
Keeping squads flowing without backups is key. Expectations for time on the range influence how we hydrate and fuel and focus. I like water and shade provided on each stage.
Match sponsors are the only level I remember, and usually those are bullet providers. Makes sense since that's the one common consumable. Don't bother trying to beat the bushes for more sponsors.
I really like raffles for guns or reloading presses or components. Added anticipation of the chance of winning even after the match is done.
Prize table should be trophy only. I saw a comment about cash prize for division winners to draw in top tier competitors. Maybe that's worth something.
Lunch provided. I saw a comment about shooting through lunch and like the idea but not sure how that'd play in reality for most.
Last, suggest more transparency on the match balance sheet and how many shooters are needed to break even. Not sure how far in advance that balance sheet starts. Since most clubs are run as non-profits, I think it would give ownership back to competitors that these matches are really for us.