It's a recurring question what should be done for this sport to help it's growth. I think that the system we compete in should be tailored to our current possibilities in order to fully serve underwater rugby.
There should be a decision made on CMAS level that a worldwide championship is organised where theams of such countries can participate, whose federation is registered within the CMAS. These teams could enlist events for the next year before a deadline, which would need to fulfill requirements of certain standards. Also, these events would be ranked according to their size and importance.
For instance, in year 2016 the highest rank would belong to for example the Champions Cup and the Euroleague rounds maybe, and the lowest would belong to a friendly get-together set of matches at the Greek sea with Italin, Türkish, Austrian, Hungarian, Czech and any other interested countries teams.
This way, the first 3 teams of each tournaments would get maybe 1-2-3 points multipled by whatever rank the event got in the grading system.
The teams would move up on the scoreboard and, at the end of the year, the world championship title would be awarded in the male/mixed and in female teams cathegory, while an averall ranking of countries are possible as well. There should be a web-portal made for this, where logos and adds can be placed, and it would also be linking the individual tournaments and leagues.
The ranking could be based on similar conditions :
- minimum requirements, rank 4 : at least 4 participating countries or 12 teams and 2 freediving or scuba diving underwater referees and 1 surface referee provided for each match, no need for electronic signal system (x1 points)
- rank 3 : at least 6 participating countries or 14 teams and 2 scuba diving underwater referees and 1 surface referee provided for each match, electronic signal system present (x2 points)
-rank 2 : at least 8 participating countries or 16 teams and 2 scuba diving underwater referees and 1 surface referee provided for each match, electronic signal system present, separate male/mixed and female teams. (x3 points)
-rank 1 : world cup, or at least 10 participating countries or 18 teams and 2 certified scuba diving underwater referees and 1 surface referee provided for each match, electronic signal system present, separate male/mixed and female teams, video system present, preferably broadcasted live (x4 points)
What do you think? Would such a system encourage teams to compete more?