DBA has seen a decline in unique attendees post Covid, despite staging a 14 events - the busiest calendar for DBA since 2015 - with an also 2015 record-matching average attendance of 16. DBA has historically seen relatively high rates of churn with many players joining and leaving the circuit each year, and that continued with 13 new faces in 2022. With average attendances holding strong, the %age of "one event only" attendees unsurprisingly fell to just 19, one of the lowest ratios for DBA in recent years.
6 players made up 15% of all entries, with 14 making up half of the aggregate field across the year. The closest anyone came to entering all 14 events was to attend 12, although 8 players managed to turn up to half of the full circuit this year. Since I started collating these stats in 2015 (with the kind assistance of Dennis Grey and the DBA rankings team), 126 individuals have attended at least 1 DBA event in the UK, 45% of whom played in 2022.
Here in Oz I arrange for a prize to be given out at Cancon each year using a complex formula that calculates the percentile position of a player after their army has been put through a rating system to adjust the overall scores (tougher armies get rated down weaker armies rated up) for each competition in the Canberra region.
At Cancon I average the best three these percentile scores for everyone that competed in at least three competition. Note that the two day Cancon event counts as two competitions.
This is a cross year total as we go include Cancon in January as the last competition in the circuit.
Last circuit (2021-22) with 5 events we had a total of 32 players compete - 5 competed in all 5; 3 competed in 4 out of 5, 7 competed in 3 of the 5; 10 in 2 of the 5 and 7 in only 1.
This circuit 2022-23 has 6 events and 4 have been completed. We already have 29 players with 6 having competed 4 times; 6 having competed 3 times; 6 having competed 2 times and 11 having competed just the once.
There were 17 entrants in the first competition (The Great Unwashed - Goulburn February) and 16 in each of the remaining competitions.
Because it has my troops all over it. THAT makes it MINE!!!!