in the cases of disagreement between Greek players, in the case of abusive behavior ... etc. a Greek member knows the Greek players from all sides
To clarify, this is my personal opinion and is not endorsed by TC:
The two suggested Advantages raised so far are:
1. Tournament dates and rules can better serve Greek players (Don_Homer).
2. Greek member of TC can solve communication issues that may arise from Greeks not so fluent in English (Aris1970)
Don_Homer - I'm not sure what you mean by dates but a Greek translation of the Rules is a clear advantage, as is 2.
A couple of advantages that spring to my mind are:
3. Potential for increased tournament participants (A Greek member of TC is I think more likely to be able to recruit and retain new players)
4. Having a Greek member on the staff of TC may inspire more confidence in their decisions (at least from the Greek community)
The suggested disadvantage raised so far is:
1. A Greek member of TC may be less objective (malcom.jansen)
This point seems a little discriminatory to connect nationality with the ability to be objective. Objectivity is a desired trait for a TC member, and if TC perceive a potential recruit to have objectivity (perhaps through Forum posts they make displaying their ability to see all sides of an argument) then their nationality should not be relevant.
Aris' post states that a Greek TC member can better judge a situation because he knows "the Greek players from all sides". To me, this implies possible favoritism in that a Greek TC may consider factors not related to the case at hand. Given the rivalries between Greek Stratego clubs and the drama in the Greek sub-forum, this seems to be a warranted concern. Additionally, I would like a Greek TC member to take a hard stance against multiple account abuse. That being said, there are a number of Greek tournament managers who I would be fine with.
In response to point 3, Americans are by far the most underrepresented group. Only 5 of the 47 Winter Tournament participants live in the mainland US, but Americans represent over 40 percent of gold players. The NASF, while inactive over the past year, was able to get over 20 US and Canadian players for multiple tournaments. The difference in timezones means that games for US players often end up having to be played at the default time on the weekend. This is tough for most American players to do week after week. If the TC wants to address demographic issues, then this is where the focus should be.
Edited by malcom.jansen, 18 March 2018 - 08:00 AM.