Opinion: AWSA Class C tournaments should all offer a mini course!
I think the mini course is such an easy way to teach new/novice/young skiers how to run the course. Not only that, it makes skiers feel they are actually skiing if they can't run the "Big" Course and teaches them the proper rhythm.
The last two weekends I have been at tournaments that don't have permanent mini-courses, but had many new collegiate skiers attending. Me and another member of my club dropped a course in the night before both tournaments using cinder blocks, extra rope we had, and some of our old buoys. Total cost to us ~$7. Total time to setup ~20 minutes. It doesn't have to be perfect and surveyed but just enough to make things interesting for those skiers that want to ski a tournament, but don't necessarily run the course. The amount of people I saw run the mini course made it worth the cold swim.