Tournament Idea, need feedback please (NY, NJ, PA, MA, DE area)
For those that don't know me, I am an amateur fighter from NY and have a small MMA school on Long Island (like super small lol).
I am going to be holding a submission grappling tournament but I of course like all others have high hopes and such. I want to run a large tournament circuit throughout the North East and possibly outside of it too.
I know I can never be NAGA or Grapplers Quest so I have an idea for a unique rule set. It is a twist on submission only tournaments. It would greatly cut down on overhead and organizing costs and therefore I could make a cheaper tournament. I would mention it here but I don't want it being stolen just yet.
If you could just give me some feedback on these things :
1 - NAGA and GQ start at about $85 for 1 division. I want to charge $60 and at most $75 for all divisions (gi, no-gi and absolute) although I think I could keep it at $60. Would you be more willing to attend a $60-75 tournament? Is that a big difference in price to you?
2 - How do you like submission only tournaments? If you could have a circuit that only did submission only would you like that? Forget about the fact that with hundreds of competitors it might take forever. If you knew it was submission only but hypothetically all of the matches would be over in 6-8 minutes would you be happy then? Would you be happy as a competitor?
3 - Where the hell am I going to get good spaces to run a tournament in NY?!?!?! This is just for those who know the business, I have some estimates and have contacted some gyms but wanna know what you guys have paid or know that others have paid to rent out a facility.
Lastly, if you live in the NY, NJ, PA, DE, MA area keep on the lookout for a $70 tournament that includes all 3 divisions within the next 3 months. As a side note I'd also be looking for guys to help out with organizing in return for free tourney entrance and a small wage (like $100 for the day).