looking at the concept behind WSSL, I have a few things that scare me of from the idea
1.) The events run....the events run aren't always out of the 23...this can end up being confusing for a new team and not only make it harder for them to perform well in the WSSL, but due to everything they have to juggle, it can be detrimental to their performance at states as well.
2.) The small number of events run...at any given competition, a maximum of 8 students from a school can compete...due to the event choices, many students might not compete at all...how is this fair
3.) The fact that this won't really prepare students for a competition experience...I see the arguments that WSSL is enough to see if you like oly, I'm not buying it. It doesn't seem anywhere close.
What I am trying to say is, instead of running five "meets", why not run 1 or 2 invites?
Sure, from an absolute perspective, comparing it to top quality invitationals, it doesn't look like a primo competition.
But for the amount of effort put into organizing it, it's actually a wonderfully efficient system. No one has to pay to compete. Every school who participates runs one event a year. And the only hosting costs required is one school every month hosting four events, the majority of the resources being handled by the ES themselves. The reason it can keep going on month after month, year after year and be open to all is because of how easy it is to organize. Hosting two invitationals would be a lot more effort than all the work needed to run WSSL. And schools are welcome to bring B teams.
I can vouch for the fact that WSSL has hurt our states prep in the past, but that's not an inherent problem with the system; it's a team and organizational problem. Now that we have two years of experience on our belts, we have enough people where newbies can get accustomed to scioly through WSSL, while more experienced members help as mentors and prepare for the "real" competitions. That system is great if you have a ton of people who are interested in scioly - when usually only 15 would get the chance to experience competition regularly.
There are real invitationals in our area too! MIT is accommodating in letting local teams participate, and this year there are a few more invitationals in the area as well. So I don't see why WSSL is a bad thing. If your team is experienced enough where WSSL isn't helpful, just send your freshmen there to gain experience and study on your own