First, thank you for choosing Bowlp to get this thread moving. I have been following this thread from inception.
Second, not too long ago, the times to Host Marathon were determined by League Classification. If memory serves me, Class 3 was to Host 16 to 18 hours, Class 1 24 hours, etc.
This all changed when SFTD's were brought into the mix and would Host all time slots over and above the minimum of 8- 10 hours to be Hosted by the League TD'S.
I see no sense in scheduling only 8 hours of Tourneys as SFTD's can only make and run Regular Format. On this I could be wrong. But to have our players participating in a zero Tourney Variation of Formats, how long would they play without some variation.
We have all been suffering from a lower player base and should be looking at ways to increase this, not decrease it. SFTD's can open and run any Tourney and perhaps no notes or reports should be made by them on Marathon Days for "TD No Show" if a league sets all 24 hours.
All SRTD's have the ability to open and run any Tourney in their league, so if Tourneys are set and one finds time to Host for an hour or 2 than all is ready for them.
No Polls, No Trials. Set 24 hours and see what happens
#7302, #2531 and #8329 in Help Section might aid in clearing this up.
My 1,000 Yeps worth.