I'd never competed in my life and I've got about 2+ years of training spread over about 4 to 5 years.
When I entered my first tourney, recently I might add, the organizer put me in the advanced division.
The kick in the teeth is I lost on points after 6 minutes to a good BJJ blue belt who had been training around 4 years he said and he attempted one sub the whole time and it was a rear naked choke and he couldn't finish me.
It was explained to me by another BJJ player that blue belt and below subs aren't emphasized as much as position and he had a damn tight position game.
I also competed in the absolut division where I won my first match against a guy close to my experience level and about 10 or 15 lbs heavier and lost to a well respected grappler in my area who won my division subbing the guy who beat me in my first match.
I didn't care if I won or lost because I got to compete against quality grapplers and I had a hell of time plus I got to see an old friend and training partner and make some new ones.
I went to the tourney to compete and get better not to just win.
Sandbaggers are just there to win at any cost a good grappler is there to compete and get better and if he or she wins that is the icing on the cake.