Everyone tiptoes around this. Let’s do it.
As a contest organizer, the fact that you can open up registration three months in advance and everyone still signs up in the 4 days before the contest makes running a decent event terrifying.
As I see it, from the organizer side of things there are a few options:
- Open registration early, announce it loudly, and do not accept any new players 1 week before the contest date.
For all of you who saunter up the morning of the contest and say “Where do I register?” this is going to destroy you. There will be tears and probably angry parents because they drove you all the way to that contest and assumed that you had your act together, and now they find out you do not. Then they yell at me because they aren’t gonna yell at you. Then I have to make an on-site decision: do I stick to my guns and say “Sorry sunshine, I told you three times and you didn’t listen” while your father/mother is turning red with rage or do I suck it up and let you register anyway even though you, specifically, are the reason that I opened registration 3 months ago?
- If you register the week before the event, the cost doubles.
Considering how much people complain about contest registration fees, I’m sure this one will be hella popular. But frankly, you can swallow plenty of bitter pills if you pave the way with money first, and if I know that the price for your laziness is that I’m getting twice as much money to deal with you, well that’s not so bad.
I’m open to other options. I’m also open to explanations of why you register so late and if you have other ideas about what we can do as contest organizers to better encourage you to register early. Are we not announcing things well enough? Are you just not paying attention? Are we announcing once place but you’re all looking somewhere else? What can we do better? What can you do better?
Let’s hear it, the good, the bad, and the ugly. Go.