What team did you play for? As it stands right now if you placed in the top 3 or higher in the 07 season then you would be in the Elite division for 08. Why you ask? Because the level of play in 07 was very high. So if you finished in the top 3 I would think you've got a pretty good team. In order for the divisions to work we have to move people as they get better otherwise they will just stay in the same division and you will have the same team winning the same events every year; which we already have. So, once again, to constantly keep the level of play at a higher level this is how is needs to be.
chaos, to answer your question there will be winners in all three divisions, if teams show up to play in them. Once you are in a divison you are in it for the entire year with the one exception that Acara mentioned and that is for the ONE change to have to move down if you over estimated you Teams skill level. For example, Team Schloob has never played in the SPPL but we rock in our neck of the woods so we think the Rookie division is too easy and choose to play in the Masters division. Unfortunately, once we get there and play in a qualifier Team Schloob soon realizes that there are a lot of other teams out there much better than us right now and we need a lot more work. In that case I will allow them to drop down to the Rookie divison. They have to buy new player cards for that division though.
Ok now I am confused? You buy a card as an individual. So if you fall into the spical rule and do get to drop, as a team, why would you have to buy a new card. Wont you still be an individaul rookie till the next year? Or does your individaul rank change with each game?
The player classification is there just to help players determine where they fit in. But a guy who has never heard of the SPPL until 08 can buy a Elite card if he wants too. But when he shows up at an event to play everyone else on his team better have Elite cards too if he is planning on playing in an Elite division. Now, let's say everyone else on his team has a masters card then he can play for the masters team.(Refer to the team classification-) since a team competing in a masters division can have two elite players on their roster. So as long as he is one of only two elite players on that team.
Now let's look at this from the other way. We have this masters team, with too Elite players on our roster but we are short 3 players for example and I can't find any masters to play. I could ask individuals with Rookie cards to play on my masters team for that event. However, if those two rookie players keep playing on the masters team after that one event they must buy a masters card if they are going to play in that division at more than one event. The same can be said of a masters player filling in on an Elite team.
All good questions keep them coming.