A mountain of criticism? Hardly....
To set the record straight, I was not criticizing anybody. I was simply offering a solution to avoid walk-ups being turned away from the event. The Ace Race is a lot of fun and I know it would suck to be turned away from this event because 1) there is no registration deadline published on the promotional poster and 2) not everyone is on Facebook, the PFDS web site or this little used message forum on the PDGA site. If I was a newbie who saw the poster and thought "wow...this looks fun....let me jot the date down on my iPhone", I wouldn't give it a second thought until I showed up at Knob on Sunday morning to find out I was not allowed to play because I needed to pre-register for the event by Sept 29. Again, nowhere is it written on the Ace Race posters that preregistration was required. The only thing written on the poster is the date, Chico's name, phone # and email address. Why would I have called or emailed Chico if the information did not say I needed to pre-register for the event?
So what if the club ends up with left-over Ace Race packages? Being that a bag is included this time, I think the club will have no problem moving these packages. Besides, we have given away Ace Race items as CTP prizes during some of our course championships the past couple of years. The important thing is we (the PFDS) did not turn away anybody from the event. In my opinion, that's waaaaay more important than the club having left-over Ace Race packages. And on this note, I will counter Scartle's comment up thread that reads:
"Letting a player borrow then tying up the loose strings later is too hard. I still have umbrellas for a couple people that I just cannot seem to connect with."
Is it too hard? Really? The walk-ups for the Ace Race will pay the full registration fee that day. We got their moo la. And the folks who will give one of their discs to a walk-up will be local/league players and we know where to find these people....at our local leagues. And this idea is much different than someone who says "I'll take an umbrella", but doesn't pay for it in advance. For the Ace Race, we will have their cash in hand. It is possible that it might take a bit of time to hook up Ace Race packages/discs with select individuals, but it's also possible every single one of those packages/discs will be connected to their rightful owners during the Hunt. It's also possible that there will be no walk-ups the day of the Ace Race.
I'll say it again....
Hopefully, those people turned away will be league players or club members and not somebody relatively new to the sport who might be trying organized disc golf for the first time.