PSi still pays for a team of 4 plus an extra person (slam master, coach, alternate, 5th poet, etc) to go to all events for free.
Jesse, with all due respect, this is simply not true in any way shape or form. It actually couldn't be further from the reality of the situation. psI charges the team to attend the events; that charge is called "registration". We certainly don't get into anything for "free". If I'm not paying for my team to attend the events what exactly was that $500 for?
The last 2 years, I've been able to organize a small regional team competition through sponsorships with no registration fee and free lodging that still has a cash prize. Small events that require driving are a big difference from the international madness that is NPS, though. Which is why there's a PSi development director writing grant requests. Hopefully, that person is able to make progress and we can defray the costs of NPS in the future.
we run our regional here like you run yours - it's either free or cheap to register and if we do charge 100% of that money goes to prizes. I realize that nps is a different kind of beast entirely, with many more moving parts. hopefully the DD can get some grants, that'd be great; I don't honestly expect for that to affect my cost though. (The camp would probably come back and other things like that would happen I'm sure.)
@jaz - team size + 1 or +2 is probably about as far as you need to go. that makes it from 4 to 7 passes required (you can have a team of 4 or 5 w/ an SM and/or coach). The more I think about it the less sense it makes that it's been the same charge weather you brought 4, 5 or 6 folks.