We managed to start up the RsM Badminton Club, which has a healthy following of members, many of whom are players from here on the BFs! And though attendance has been slowly but steadily growing, it still needs an extra kick to make the club break even with the rental costs. What's been suggested by members is that one of the best ways to promote a club is to host a tournament... troubles is, I've never done this before. I've organized martial arts tournaments before, but it's a totally different ballpark by sheer virtue of the nature of the prizes, and the number of competitors. In the process I figured that perhaps we could all learn something together by making it an open discussion. So what I'm asking for is for some advice. What have you done as a tournament organizer to make your tournament a success? What have you as a competitor in a tournament appreciated/disliked about it? I've got a lot of questions, but maybe by just opening up the subject, a few of them will answer themselves. A few topics, such as the "Knight to remember" thing, have been mentioned, and I don't really ened that reiiterated since it's got it's own thread (thanks Devlicious). My ideas so far is to charge a fee of around 15$ CAD for entry in one event, 20$ for participation in two events. The events so far are mixed doubles, and mens doubles. If I get enough teams, I will also open up a womens doubles category. There will be no rankings for the tournament-- I'm not affiliated with the local leagues. So a few of my questions in particular-- from your experiences, have most small tournaments been best 2 out of 3 matches per stage? What do you suppose is the minimum number of teams I should have to make a worthwhile, fun womens doubles category? What about prizes-- how many people should get prizes? Not just the top players of each category, but I mean, how far down the pyramid should prizes trickle? Etc. Etc. Etc. Please bring up any thoughts you think are relevant!