I've missed one WR since 2003. It was 2010 before I was fortunate enough to come to AZ early enough to see BA in it's "normal" state, before all the WR crews worked their magic to transform it. It really hit me at that point what an incredible effort it is and why it takes so many people to make it all happen. Now that I live here, I have gotten to know many of these hard-working people better. None of them want their cowboy company to go home unhappy from this signature match in the annual cycle of SASS events. But is does seem something is out of sync based on the number of people that see issues with the match itself. Is that real or perception? The published scores don't tell us all the data needed to know. We do know the number of clean shooters was far below the "norm" for most other big matches and has been getting lower by the year for WR. ( 105 clean in 2018, 56 clean in 2019, 37 in 2020) I would love to see the P and miss counts, too, but just the lower number of clean shooters does provide some indication of incremental change in difficulty - and the difficulty covers a LOT more than just target distance. The other thing that is not even being talked about is - what are the MD's across the country at clubs, state and regional matches doing? Is there a unified effort to make state harder than a monthly and regional harder than state or do they each have their own "character" and do what they have found to be popular year after year? My guess is the latter. The principal that that National Championship should be more of a skills test makes sense and is a worthy goal. There may be a disconnect with MD's around the country on what that means or even a lack of awareness this is happening. I know some have said they set targets back farther the month before to prep for WR but that seems pretty inadequate. Shooters need high and low, knockdowns for pistol and rifle, unusual target layouts and sequences and especially some practice figuring out the "write your own" stages with multiple options on how to shoot it. Those things need to appear regularly at monthly matches until they are as familiar as a stand and deliver, double tap Nevada on 3 targets. Maybe it's time we took a look at SASS "recommended" distance and size for targets and set a minimum distance and acceptable size range to help standardize what we're shooting at from the club level up. Maybe some sample stages (like the old postal matches) should be published for all the clubs to use so start positions, wording on how to shoot the stage, sweeps, the target distance, size, layout etc will be familiar and not a shock when the shooters arrive. More than anything else, we have to decide the question: Are we a game or a shooting sport? It used to be a game - a bad hatchet throw or draw of the wrong card could cost you big time. Getting it right or a little luck might make you the winner. Most of our changes have been toward becoming more like a shooting sport. Is that what we want? If it isn't, then why are we doing that? We need to make up our mind. Straddling that fence makes planning a match to cover the various wants from the participants SO much harder, it's really just about impossible.