I have been thinking of this a bit the past few weeks...especially as I prepare to join the ranks of certified BJCP judges...
What are the thoughts of having a few more regions (perhaps double) with smaller caps? Now that we have gone the way of "enter any region you want" why not double the regions and cap the entries at 375? Also, instead of sending the top three, send the top two from each of these smaller regions so that the second round does not get too large?
My thinking is that when I become certified, I am still unlikely to judge in the National competition as the nearest site is 5 hours away. It is one thing to blow a weekend judging and eating the hotel/meal costs... but the travel on top of all that makes it a deal breaker for me. If there was a site closer to me, say two or three hours....then I would be there in a heart beat. The other benefits would be:
- Smaller number of entries to work with at each site
- less burden...so more clubs could help with less burnout
- more total judges could be involved (at least one more )
- easier future growth/flexibility (if there is a geographical concentration of judges and clubs...put more competitions near there or bump up the 375 limit to 450)
This seems like a good idea, but wouldn't it increase the costs to nearly double what they are now?