I have recently received several emails and heard from some of the players who've been in the league from the beginning. There are concerns, especially with the nature of (for beginners) and the length of this league (from March to November), about having some rules about who is eligible for the ace pool and CTP's. I agree with the concerns that have been raised.
Here's the new deal that has been agreed upon:
Only beginner level players (those in their first or second year of playing the game - with an exception for those who have played very,very little in the past and are just now starting to play more frequently) who have paid/played at least 4 nights of this league will be eligible for CTP's or the Ace Pool. Players are not required to pay into the ace pool for the first 4 games, but must pay in on game 5 and after to be eligible to win it. CTP eligibility becomes automatic at the end of round 4.
All players are still eligible for the weekly payouts, which are assigned by creating tiers around score variances. I don't think there is a member of the league who hasn't been paid at some point.
We will have to rely on the honor system and word of mouth as far as players who are actually too advanced to qualify as "beginners". We still would be happy to accept "non-beginner" players to play in the league with us. We just ask that you identify yourselves up front (as you all have - and we greatly thank you and appreciate your saying so). You can still get a payout in your own tier, just won't be able to claim prizes or the pool.
I feel that I need to say, "This is NOT directed at any specific person or persons. All of the non-beginner players who have played this league have been fair, honest and a welcome part of the experience." I am just responding to the concerns of the long term players that this league was designed for. I myself will become ineligible for this league next year, but I still plan on running it and playing, but without payout or prize.
We are still waiting on those local pro and long term players that have said they would be happy to stop in to play along and provide pointers