So like, I understand the East coast has an advantage over the West in that we are a smaller area with more people, so that tournaments here are easier to get to and can still have high numbers blah blah etc etc. Keeping that in mind I see why States were restricted to two days and Regionals to one. This prevents us lucky East coasters from going to a ton of tournaments when the West coast people can't. I have like 8 States at least within driving distance of me, and probably 3-4 Regionals. That's not at all fair for others who have to drive longer to get to one than I do to get to the farthest of my 8. So I agree with that. But still, I'm bummed cuz I love Pokemon and I enjoy going to big tournaments and seeing my friends and trading etc etc. I was thinking, the reason they are restricting dates for States is not to keep people from playing, but to keep people from having an unfair rating advantage, yeh?? OK so my suggestion is that for next year have the first two States a person attends and the first Regional they attend count for rating. Any others after that do not count for rating. Pretty much pretend any matches played by a person who has been to two States already would be as if the opponents were in different age groups. This way people can go to as many tournaments as they can afford and not have a massive advantage over those who are geographically restricted. Trophies, scholarships, travel allowances, I am not sure what to do with those. I think Trophies should be given out regardless of how many you've played in, but maybe have the scholarships and trips pass down if the person has already played but makes it that far. The only issue I see with this is that some people would get ****** off if they only go to the later States and it turns out like half the people they play have already hit their max so the wins against them don't count. Thus the winner of the tournament would not get as many points as they should. At the same time you don't lose points to those who have hit their max so there is also minimized risk. Opinions?