I can not say enough good things about the Southern Territorial. It was a great event put on by great people. Everything ran smoothly and the hospitality was exception.
There was only one minor problem and that occurred on Sunday in the bracket shoot. There was confusion concerning the format and the format changed between round one and two. Some of us got early undeserved Xs but that was okay, we all shot by the same rules. What happened was they mixed the Nevada Eight with the "2 out of 3" format.
The confusion stems from a misnomer common throughout CFDA. If you look in the Gazette you will see many ads for "3 out of 5" matches. We do not shoot any "3 out of 5" matches. We shoot first 3 winning shots matches. The number of shots generally is unlimited. Same goes for "2 out of 3." This is first 2 winning shots wins, again number of shot is unlimited.
In order for events to speed up the matches there are a number of 5 shot option formats in use, Montana Five, Nevada Five, and Arizona Five. In all of these formats the number of shots is limited to 5 shots. Whoever has the most winning shots after five shots wins in all five shot option formats!
The manner in which ties are handled differs in each of these formats.
In Montana Five and Nevada Five, ties are determined by sudden death next winning shot. In Montana Five the tie breaker is unlimited, shoot until there is a hit. In Nevada Five the tie breaker is limited to 3 shots, if neither shooter hits both shooters get an X. (Why it was originally called hateful)
In Arizona Five, I like to say "There are no ties in Arizona Five" (Miss Kitty disputes my description), anyway in Arizona Five there are no additional shots to break the tie. If the match is tied 0-0, or 1-1, both shooters get a X. If the match is tied 2-2, both shooters get a win. Arizona Five takes 20% less time than the standard three winning shots format
In all three 5 option formats the match also ends when one shooter can not win the match so it may end after 3 shots, 4 shots or 5 shots. Even after the formats were corrected at the Southern some of the announcers were saying it took three winning shots to win. It does not. In five shot option format, the specific number of winning hits is not determinative, the shooter with the most winning hits wins after five shots.
The brackets were fun and well run except for the little confusion on format.