Birmingham has the advantage that it is Midlands and April so there isn't usually much competition.
My major issue is that it's Easter weekend so church/family need to take precedence, plus a couple of occasions where I didn't get back to my central hotel until 10pm so had to play hunt alternative parking around Paradise Circle... which was annoying...
Last Competition: Bristol L8
Next Competition: Dunno
Warwick Open next year chaps- It'll be brill....
Can't understand why the other weapons appear to have such a problem getting their top fencers to play at tournaments or why there is no equivilent to the Elite Series in the others.
just a daddy...and chauffeur
I suggest you pay attention.....
And then EVERYONE got confused by one reply taking us off-topic.
Warwick good, Birmingham bad - move along, nothing to see here.
Please, if you didn't like it this year then don't go next year; it's the only way to get the message across.
What time does check-in close? How far away are we?
Rude, rudderless, ridiculous. Get someone competent in to run this event.
Hey, all mention of black cards has vanished from this thread, how strange!
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No organiser trys to run a bad competition. Some glitches are unavoidable, others are not.
One of the biggest problems are Late Entries. They are unpredictable, screw up seedings, make organisers do on the spot adjustments, which can then make for more errors and delays.
While no system is perfect, in the USA the following is pretty standard;
- Entry deadline with regular entry fee about 6 weeks before the tournament
- "Late" entry deadline about 4 weeks before the tournament. The cost is triple the regular entry fee.
- Anything after that and you're sh!t outta luck
- When you enter, you know the day your event will take place but not the time. Times are notified after the regular entry deadline after the organizers have worked out the #'s and logistics
Everyone enters by the regular deadline, events start on time and are generally run pretty efficiently. Bear in mind that at a large tournament over here (NAC) they'll run up to 12-14 categories a day with far larger entry numbers than in the UK.
If an event cannot deal with them, just do not take them. If organisers want to take them, ensure they do not screw things up at the event.
One thing that organisers really should do is to email an entry list with, clubs, country, seeding etc prior to an event to all entries and say that changes on the day will not be made. If something is wrong it must be informed to the organisers in advance so mistakes cannot occur with changes on the day.
This stops issues where clubs are changed at check-in etc and cuts down re-draws if mistakes are made and tactical club changes at the last moment to have fencers avoid certain other fencers.
In reality events can sometimes start at 'check-in close time' if fencers are advised that that will happen if possible, 15 minutes after is totally doable, 30 minutes is OKish, anything over that is too long in my opinion (unless there is a 'waiting for pistes issue, but that is probably actually due to bad scheduling)..
Oundle, Peterborough & Stamford Fencing
I have had a few of nightmares in the last year or so..
Lights in a venue not working, incorrect set up of FencingTime for the event format (hour delay mid event), Printer failure (but had spare printer)..
Acknowledging that something has gone wrong on the day is the first step, keeping competitors informed on the day of what is happening is the second and publishing how you will try to ensure similar things do not go wrong going forward is the next.
All events will occasionally have glitches and in some cases massive glitches, but it is so important for the reputation of all events that they are dealt with correctly and are not regular issues..
Oundle, Peterborough & Stamford Fencing