I have a question regarding the possibility of splitting up teams into different skill level brackets during preliminary rounds. This year I will be directing the Quaker Bowl tournament in Greensboro, North Carolina. One idea our group had for our tournament next year is to split the field into different "levels" (meaning, a separate group for more advanced teams and a separate group for newcomer teams). The purpose would be to attract newer North Carolina teams while still retaining or attracting strong teams to come to our tournament.
I am aware of tournaments using Varsity and Junior Varsity labels (and have considered this option for our tournament), but I am more inclined to think that the "Junior Varsity" label applies to B or C teams rather than to newcomer teams. Thus I am hesitant to use those labels due to possible confusion.
I am also aware of the benefits of having newer teams take the challenge of playing tougher or more established teams, but would like to test the waters and see what discussion results about this idea of splitting teams up within the preliminary roudns of a tournament (presumably, the playoffs would be split, as well). Particularly, I am curious to see what readers think of how a team would be placed in a group (should the teams self-select, or should the tournament director decide based on prior knowledge of the field of teams).
I hope that this question is clear. Please feel free to respond here or contact me at ECGQuizBowl@gmail.com
if you have any advice. Thank you for your help!