System and organization properly applied will give a better result with less effort. A tournament must be treated as a business proposition and managed as such to be successful from all points of view - gallery, players and officials.
The following plan can be so modified as to be advantageous and effective in producing a successful result and give satisfaction to all concerned.
The four important features of the management of a tournament may be subdivided as follows:
1. General management of the tournament by the committee.
3. Umpires and officials.
The first step in the handling of the tournament is the organization of the general committee, which establishes the general policy, prices to be charged and all matters on which you have to get an agreement by the committee-at-large. It then becomes the part of the chairman to organize his subcommittees and to distribute the work.
Next you should be sure that your finances and tickets are going to be handled correctly and with dispatch so far as the general public is concerned. Also that the playing surface of your courts is put in the proper condition and that the proper back-stops are obtained. After which follow the arrangement of your grandstands and seats, your Umpires, various officials, taking care of distinguished guests, seeing that the trains are properly scheduled, etc.
Then comes the actual playing of the tournament. It is absolutely necessary to run the tournament on scheduled time. You cannot by any means tolerate a player being late, because he thereby throws the whole schedule out of commission.
The success of the tournament depends largely upon the individuals who are members of the committee. The chairman should have enough men around him who are energetic and will undertake any details that are entrusted to their care. The larger the committee of workers you have, the greater is the spread of the work and the more efficiently it is done. The great trouble with many tournaments is that all the work falls upon one or two individuals.