The Ultimate Revolution
Far be it from me to pass up a free lunch. I got there around 12:30, sat at a table with 2 serious high school players, one not so serious one, another masters player, a buda player, and somebody else I'm forgetting. And Seigs showed up late and sat with us also. It was interesting drawing the young people out and getting their perspective on the game.
Dave Barkan, early Boston and later Double Happiness player was the facilitator for the event. He kept it moving crisply, and there were a lot of different discussions, open table events, mini-discussions about certain threads/directions, etc.
One thing that kept getting emphasized over and over was that people want more opportunities to play, at all levels. One of the things that I cottoned on to late in the game was a discussion about how to expand knowledge of the rules. Somebody had put down provide more of the rules booklets at events, tourneys, etc. That immediately got me going.
I haven't read the rule book in probably 15 years, at least. You would have to try to make something drier and less inviting to read. I don't fault the membership and people that have put in countless hours to try and get them right, and getting the phrasing right to close various loopholes (and add new ones like the new pick rule which I am not particularly fond of yet). This is not to say that I do not have a very good understanding of the rules. I do, although you could probably fail me with some abstruse situations, but it does not require a thorough reading of the rules. It helps that I have been playing the game for well nigh 23 years now.
In what sport do the majority of people read the entire rule book with all of the various arcana. 1-5% of the most dedicated players (and the ones that keep the rest of us informed and honest). I pushed the concept that the UPA needs to develop a 1 to 2 page document, pdf and otherwise, that would codify the general concept of the rules. And I'm not talking about the fundamental stuff like field size, pulling etc. Although if you end up with the space, go for it. I'm talking more about the calls, maybe quick decision trees with offensive fouls, defensive fouls, marking fouls, travels, picks, etc. A quick easy english paragraph that captures the essence of the discussed rule. This would obviously not supercede the rulebook, but would complement it and be far more useful to distribute at low level tourneys, summer leagues, etc. And worst case you could footnote it, or provide the IIv3 locations in the rule book where something is clarified.
I mentioned this to Jimmy P, who wasn't able to make the event. He said that there had been some efforts in the past, not necessarily UPA-centric. He mentioned there was some dude in Montreal that had done something, and the UPA had done some 10 basic things or something. But I think it would be powerful to have the UPA implement something like this under their auspices. This idea ended up being a very popular one, not just in the rules section, but overall (I won't explain the ranking system).