Originally Posted by Southern Home Boy
100% agree with everyone else: if you can afford it, do the full monty. ....
At the end of the day, just go have fun and don't let yourself feel intimidated. This is one sport where a novice can beat a "pro" any given day.
I agree with the comments above, so, I won't repeat them except to say I've never seen BBQ folks not help new teams or a team in need. I've been at contests where team sites were wiped out by a storm, and teams are there offering spare canopies, tables, equipment, whatever was needed.
And, don't worry, many of the "seasoned teams" worry about the new teams, because, you'll often hear their names comes awards. Go for it, do your best, learn, and have fun.