V10-What is generally lost when the subject of categories comes up is just what the Rule Book says about them.
The only tournaments where all the categories (Open plus the nine special categories) are required to be recognized are those tournaments where ATA trophies and/or AA points are awarded. This amounts to about 100 tournaments each year.
All other tournaments can use a reduced category "listing", or even forego offering any categories at all.
And, in the case of the 100 or so "Point" shoots, not all events need to give trophies for all the categories. They can use the reduced listing for non-championship events, and even non-resident awards in Championship events.
The ATA donates championship trophies for residents in the state/provincial shoots and the ATA Zone shoots and these trophies cover all the categories. The Satellite Grand clubs also purchase ATA trophies which cover all the categories.
The "reduced listing" is in the Rule Book (Section IV, K, Note). For example, "Where there is no Sub-Junior trophy, Sub-Juniors will be included in the Junior category", and so on.
Now the question then should come up, "But what about AA points in the instance where the reduced listing is used?"
I'm glad you asked that.
In the case where no Sub-Junior trophy is offered and the Sub-Junior wins the "Junior" trophy the AA system would consider the trophy to be a Sub-Junior trophy and the Junior category to have had no trophy and points would be awarded in accordance with the rules for each instance. And vice versa; if a Junior wins then the Junior category would use the trophy table and the Sub-Junior points would be apportioned based on there being no trophy in the SJ category.
So, if shoot management wants to reduce their trophy costs there is a way to do that.
While all that you said is true- don’t you think it would be true that shoots that offer more categories and hence more trophies would be more attractive for the shooters that qualify for those categories? Meaning one club might get less shooters because another club offers more category (type) trophies?