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I've TD'ed one tourney so far, and assisted on several more.

It's really a jack-of-all-trades kind of job. You have to work the draw, make sure the facility is staffed with enough people for the tourney, volunteers, and then EXTRA volutneers for those that are gonna renege, be on top of things like food services, medical facilities... even down to making sure there's enough TP in the bathrooms.

Then there's considerations with the weather, making sure the courts are ready, parking, and all this is not even taking into consideration working with the players, and their needs. Even at the local level, there's conflict resolution, scheduling changes, soothing bruised egos, dealing with obstinate players, dealing with cheaters, updating draws, court changes, on and on, and all the while, trying to maintain a positive, cheerful demeanor.

It's a PITA, to be sure, but I think it's worth it.

..Joe
 
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