Allocating Tournament Prizes
So I just got back home (vegas) from another successful tournament held by our close friends in AZ (dpi 6.)
The overall tournament itself had few to none problems, if any problems at all.
Unfortunately, a couple of us did some thinking/talking/arguing on the trip home, and came across a (somewhat) big problem that I’d like to address.
How do you as tournament organizers and clubs decide how to divvy out prizes at the end of the tournament? What prizes (out of the gear provided by the sponsors) go to 1st place? To 2nd place? To DFL? To MVP? To Baby Bird?
DPI6 had a ton of sponsors. My facebook feed was being blown up for weeks with hype updates every single time a new sponsor signed on.
And I’m talking like, legit big names in the cycling world were signing on: Paul Components and Cinelli, just to name a couple.
Pretty sick, right?
I thought so.
Anyway, I can only assume they were hyping up the public for their tourney with all these updates to provide a bit more incentive to clubs that were interested in attending.
And it sure as hell incentivized me.
I thought to myself, “Cinelli AND Paul? Damn. Legit. If my team can play hard enough, there’s a chance for us to walk away with some sweet sweet bike swag ON TOP of playing polo all weekend with people from all around my region. Sign me up.”
Now, I love Arizona. I love the clubs there, I love the relationship our club here as with their clubs. I've never had to question anything they were in charge of, but the following is where it gets a little morally questionable.
Here is their list of sponsors.
State BIke Co.
The Heavy Pedal
Domenics 2 Wheelers
The Garage Bike Shop
A huge, diverse roster with some fantastic brands.
The prizes were split up as followed if I can remember correctly:
1st got 3 shirts, 3 EightInch Golden Mallets, and the trophy (sick trophy)
2nd got 3 shirts
3rd got 3 cycling caps
The rest of the prizes provided by the aforementioned sponsors were held by the tourney organizers. Each individual item was then put in a raffle that was open to anyone with money and the prizes were handed out randomly to whomever was lucky enough to have the corresponding raffle ticket.
Now you know how raffles work: the more tickets you have in the raffle, the more likely yours will get picked. So prizes were being handed out to the people who had more money to put into the raffle.
Some members from my club ended up winning some raffle draws multiple times because of how much money they had invested. One of us ended up winning 5 shirts from 5 separate raffle draws. Not to mention a Paul lever was raffled away to a random AZ polo supporter (on top of the 5 other things he won before that) that happened to buy a large amount of raffle tickets last second.
“I don’t even ride bikes!” he exclaimed, as one of the most sought out bike polo levers was awarded to him for simply buying more raffle tickets than anyone else. Yikes.
All clubs are different, and handle things differently. But seeing this really bummed me out.
It seemed like AZ took away from the players that worked for podium, for a chance to earn money off sponsor provisions.
Now I know for a fact that isn’t what they intended to do. But unfortunately that’s what it looks like they did, and I’m very curious to why they would take such a weird approach to handing out prizes.
I did not post this on here to tattle on the AZ clubs or to start up some beef with them.
Normally I would have talked to them personally, however I wanted everyone else’s take on how weird of a situation this is, if it’s even weird at all. We are a community, after all.
I do not speak for my entire club. I am not accusing AZ of anything.
I recognized a problem and would just like to get to the bottom of it.
I know it seems a bit like I’m being greedy and ungrateful, but come on. It was the first time I podium’d in a tournament. I was looking forward to some sick prizes.
I enjoyed the tournament. I enjoyed playing in Arizona. I enjoyed socializing with fellow southwestern players. This is just something I thought should be brought up.
Was this an actual problem that needed addressing? Or am I just a brat?