regor Posted September 13, 2022 Share Posted September 13, 2022 Last year my club ran a classifier match at the beginning of the year and then didn't run classifiers in our monthly match for several months. We started sending out post-match surveys at some point and one of the questions we asked was whether or not folks (a) preferred a classifier at every match, (b) preferred no classifier, or (c) were indifferent. The break down was about 25-25-50, respectively, but the distribution of the responders' classifications were insightful. The folks who wanted a classifier every match were heavily skewed to lower classifications (plus the upper level A folks who were chasing an M card) and the folks who didn't want one were skewed towards the upper classifications. The current classification system gives the vast majority of the member body an obtainable goal to chase. Most members don't go to area matches or nationals, and if they do they aren't competitive, so the classification system is their North Star. If you made it harder you would lose engagement, which would cost the org a lot of revenue. I personally wouldn't mind a system where you could get to M via a classification system but GM had to be earned by major match performance, but at this point the cat is out of the bag and switching to that without resetting every GM down to M would create resentment from members who thought they had a shot under the old system but think the new way is unobtainable but, "X got grandfathered in and I beat them every match". The best USPSA could realistically do is copy chess and have an informal or formal "Super GM" title for folks that have made the super squad or won an area match, but do the folks who would get that title even care? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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