Sorry for the clunky thread title. Just been musing on the entries of bands being announced for those regions which have declared so far. Here on tMP, we have heard rumblings from the West (oo-err - or oo-aar?) that the moving of more bands up from section 4 to section 3 is a soft-touch/dumbing down of the contest. Yet there were nearly 30 bands in last year's WoE 4th section, arguably too large a section to be of much benefit in the long term to bands who consistenly come mid-field. On the other hand, the posting on 4BR announcing the entry for the North of England shows a fairly standard ten bands in the Championship, yet just five each in Section 1 and Section 2. Whilst we're already gazing navelwards in the light of the registry upheaval, do we need to look at a better balance across the sections in each region? This could be of benefit to bands who feel stuck in an unwieldy 4th section, or who feel at constant risk of dropping out of a disproportionately large top section. Maybe a bit of an upset in the short-term, but better prospects for stability and/or progress, such as may be desired, in the longer term. I'll crunch some numbers shortly - hopefully to illustrate these points more directly. Your thoughts, ladies and gentlemen?