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Unread 03-26-2012, 08:51 AM   #1
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Twice recently I've been in conversations here about state championship proclamations and their usefulness outside of The Jack and the ARI. Both times I've come away with the conclusion that they are in fact useless and serve as nothing more than a hurdle for organizers to jump through. Well in response to the recent ARI changes, I got a copy of a comp's proclamation and find what it says rather interesting:

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Whereas, dedicated to furthering the art of hardwood smoking, (this organizer) takes great pride in hosting this tremendous competition as the contest will draw contestants from all over the State of Tennessee as well as several other states to participate in the event; and

Whereas, the greatest recognition a berbeque cook can obtain is the opportunity in the American Royal Invitational Cook Off, the Great American and the Jack Daniels World Championship Barbeque, which are open to all winners of state certified championships; and

Whereas the Grand Champion of the contest will qualify for the American Royal, Great American, and Jack Daniels World Championships barbeque competitions; now, therefore,

I...hereby proclaim that we join with barbeque enthusiasts across this great State in recognizing (this competition) as an office State Barbeque Championship for the State of Tennessee
The way I read that, while they recognize that this competition may draw teams from more that on city, they specfically state that the reason for the proclamation is to qualify for The Jack, ARI, and GABI. Really, is this doing anything other than making life more difficult for organizers and more expensive for taxpayers? States like CA with blanket proclamations seem to make the State Championship mean even less since it's basically any contest.

I know that BF and the AR can run their shows however they like, and far be it from me to tell then what to do, but the more I learn about state championship proclamations, the more I decide that they are totally worthless, and should probably be ignored by invitationals. Does any one think they serve any real purpose anymore given that the only reason they are issued (at least in this state) is because they are required for this purpose?

Texas was pointed out as a state with lots of non-championship competitions that would change if the rule went away. Is that state in a minority though? How many other states would suffer that same fate? I'm sure some of you are tired of hearing about this, but if it keeps coming up, maybe that means it's something worth actually discussing and not ignoring. Let me know your thoughts in light of Tennessee's proclamation guidelines...

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To me, the purpose of the proclamation is now just to make you more Since it's no longer a KCBS requirement stressed if you win a contest. One more thing to worry about. Teams are now dependent on the organizers to do the paperwork AFTER the contest. That will not be a priority for many organizers that are more focused on putting on the event.

With the new rules, we now have to wonder and hope the organizer of the contest where we won our GC is going to send in the paperwork. The contest was 6 months ago, she has moved on to other things.

We assumed that we were a lock for the Royal, and likely for the Jack (currently an auto-qualifier, and we are the only team in the home state draw right now), but who knows.
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Never having organized a comp before I guess I would need to know the amount of added work this really requires? Is it a simple as sending in a request form or is it a lot of work to get done? What are the actual dollar costs as well as the added man hour costs?

Without that I don't even know if it's worth worrying about. The frequency that the topic comes up may have little relevance considering the fact that some/many people just love to debate, discuss and argue regardless.
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The one question I've always had about this "state championship" thing is it's use (or overuse) to describe multiple people/events within the same state. One would think that there should/could be only ONE state champion and hence one championship event. I can see multiple city,county or regional qualifiers but state?
I mean seriously, they don't have multiple super bowls in each state nor do they have multiples of any other championship named events in each state that I'm aware of.
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The one question I've always had about this "state championship" thing is it's use (or overuse) to describe multiple people/events within the same state. One would think that there should/could be only ONE state champion and hence one championship event. I can see multiple city,county or regional qualifiers but state?
I mean seriously, they don't have multiple super bowls in each state nor do they have multiples of any other championship named events in each state that I'm aware of.
I don't disagree with that but the question then becomes who decides which contest is the State Championship ? The State ? The Sanctioning organization ? The Jack ? The Royal ? Oh my head.
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CBQ, for a past competition, I contacted the organizer directly and had the completed forms mailed to me to send to The Royal. I would suggest others do the same to maintain some control over the situation. For future contests, it was suggested that every one travel with copies of the forms for organizers to fill out in case of a GC. I plan to ask organizers to have a copy of a proclamation on hand at the competition, or available for download from the website in advance. Just some thoughts.

TTNuge, I'll agree that I enjoy a good debate, but more importantly, I'm not affraid to ask questions. Blind obedience does little to advance communities nor civilizations. If some colonists didn't question the requirement that they pay taxes to a king an ocean away, we might be living in a very different country today. No, I'm not claiming that the ARI and BF's requirement of a proclamation is on the same order of magnatude as over-taxation, but the principal is largely the same: Don't stick your head in the sand and say "it's the way things have always been" and go along. Ask questions. If they lead to healthy debate, great! If things can change (read "improve") all the better, but you won't know if you don't ask. Note, this is not meant as an attack to you TTNuge, just an explaination as to why I have brought it up. Obviously, it needs to be broght up to The Royal and BF, not The Brethren, but this place may be a good start.

That being said, it doesn't really matter to me if it's an easy or cheap process. The easier it is, the more worthless it becomes, yet the harder it is, the more I wonder why it's needed in the first place. The question remains unchanged on either end of the spectrum: Does it make sense to require a "status" of a competition whose only purpose is to fulfill that requirement and means absolutely nothing outside of it? Might as well call it a TPS report and put on the right cover sheet.

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Twice recently I've been in conversations here about state championship proclamations and their usefulness outside of The Jack and the ARI. Both times I've come away with the conclusion that they are in fact useless and serve as nothing more than a hurdle for organizers to jump through. Well in response to the recent ARI changes, I got a copy of a comp's proclamation and find what it says rather interesting:



The way I read that, while they recognize that this competition may draw teams from more that on city, they specfically state that the reason for the proclamation is to qualify for The Jack, ARI, and GABI. Really, is this doing anything other than making life more difficult for organizers and more expensive for taxpayers? States like CA with blanket proclamations seem to make the State Championship mean even less since it's basically any contest.

I know that BF and the AR can run their shows however they like, and far be it from me to tell then what to do, but the more I learn about state championship proclamations, the more I decide that they are totally worthless, and should probably be ignored by invitationals. Does any one think they serve any real purpose anymore given that the only reason they are issued (at least in this state) is because they are required for this purpose?

Texas was pointed out as a state with lots of non-championship competitions that would change if the rule went away. Is that state in a minority though? How many other states would suffer that same fate? I'm sure some of you are tired of hearing about this, but if it keeps coming up, maybe that means it's something worth actually discussing and not ignoring. Let me know your thoughts in light of Tennessee's proclamation guidelines...

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Thanks for remembering me. Instead of focussing on the process, what would the potential results be? How will it impact contests, old and knew? How about the teams? In some regions you would potentially create the opportunity for more 7- win automatics for the Jack.

How can you say the current process makes no sense, without knowing what the result would be or at least being able to take a reasonable guess?
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Instead of focussing on the process, what would the potential results be? How will it impact contests, old and knew? How about the teams? In some regions you would potentially create the opportunity for more 7- win automatics for the Jack.

How can you say the current process makes no sense, without knowing what the result would be or at least being able to take a reasonable guess?
Good point as always, but consider this: What are the potential results of not changing things? Some states already have blanket proclamations. CA's is relatively new. TN gives them out only for this purpose. How many other states do that, and what if some of these other states decide to start issuing blanket proclamations. What then? If 10 states, including 30% of all qualifiers have blanket proclamations, what does that mean to the events, and the other 70% of the comps?

As it is right now, today, The Royal has put the power in the organizer's hands of who gets an invite and who doesn't. If the organizer doesn't want a comp to count, don't send in the paperwork. If organizers currently don't care enough to get a proclamation, would they care enough to send in paperwork?

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Really, is this doing anything other than making life more difficult for organizers and more expensive for taxpayers?
I would argue that . . .

1. It does serve to advance and promote the awareness of BBQ in some manner.

2. It does generate tax revenues in the form of sales tax, gasoline tax, hotel room tax, etc.

3. With the number of proclamations that government puts out daily for any number of reasons, the cost to taxpayers to put out the same proclamation over and over again is minimal.



(I have no idea what difficulties organizers may or may not face in obtaining a proclamation so I can't comment on that.)
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Good point as always, but consider this: What are the potential results of not changing things? Some states already have blanket proclamations. CA's is relatively new. TN gives them out only for this purpose. How many other states do that, and what if some of these other states decide to start issuing blanket proclamations. What then? If 10 states, including 30% of all qualifiers have blanket proclamations, what does that mean to the events, and the other 70% of the comps?

As it is right now, today, The Royal has put the power in the organizer's hands of who gets an invite and who doesn't. If the organizer doesn't want a comp to count, don't send in the paperwork. If organizers currently don't care enough to get a proclamation, would they care enough to send in paperwork?

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If you you can show some reasonable benefits, I think you've got something. I just don't know that you've looked at all angles from what you've expressed. If you want to do something to create change, then bring some data and/or projections forward that can be verified to base the discussion on. Without that, this discussion like so many others is based on speculation and emotion.

I'm fine with supporting a change if the data supports it. Right now, I see additional turmoil if due diligence isn't done.
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1. It does serve to advance and promote the awareness of BBQ in some manner.

2. It does generate tax revenues in the form of sales tax, gasoline tax, hotel room tax, etc.
Just so I know what you are saying, how does having a proclamation cause a comp to advance and promote BBQ any more than not having one? Similarly, how does a comp with a proclamation generate any more tax revenue than one without? The draw of the teams? A lot of teams don't buy their fuel local nor stay in a motel nor shop.

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I'm fine with supporting a change if the data supports it. Right now, I see additional turmoil if due diligence isn't done.
I think I see it now. My question was "Why require proclamations if they don't 'mean' anything?" Your response is "Why change it if there is no perceived problems, particularly when changing it could introduce problems?" As a competitor, I guess it's in the hands of the organizers to request a change if there is a problem. I know of one organizer who has called it a problem and tried to make it a change, but perhaps he is in the minority.

See, asking questions and discussing it does produce positive results ;-)

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I think I see it now. My question was "Why require proclamations if they don't 'mean' anything?"
I suspect the bottom line is "because they do". For whatever reason, the AR and BF have decided that a proclamation is a necessary step. I know from speaking to some BF people at the Jack last year that they aren't too thrilled with the whole blanket proclamation thing.
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Just so I know what you are saying, how does having a proclamation cause a comp to advance and promote BBQ any more than not having one? Similarly, how does a comp with a proclamation generate any more tax revenue than one without? The draw of the teams? A lot of teams don't buy their fuel local nor stay in a motel nor shop.

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Having a State Proclamation is something that is (or can be by any that don't already) advertised to the public to generate interest. It adds an air of significance. I have heard many times from people that were not familiar with competitions that they didn't realize how big of a thing it was. To some people, it recognizably places it on a higher level of competition than a bunch of guys competing in someone's backyard. Right or wrong, there is a perception.

Would the unkowing public take more notice of "ABC BBQ Competion", or "ABC BBQ Competition, A State Championship"?

Are local and/or state tourism groups more likley to promote competitions as activities if it is a state championship?

It's recognized by the government. It's something else that is available to put outther, to catch people's attention, to advertise and promote BBQ.

As for what a lot of teams do or don't do, A lot of teams do buy gasoline, or buy something local, and all other things being equal, a competition with a state proclamation is more likely to draw competitors.

How many times has it been discussed on here that teams will travel for another chance or a chance at an automatic to The Jack? The first one that comes to mind as an example:
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I know from speaking to some BF people at the Jack last year that they aren't too thrilled with the whole blanket proclamation thing.
I don't think I would like it too much either if I was them. Still, they are part of the current landscape now. I wonder what they think of the fact that their own state gives very little meaning into the ones they do issue.

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