I wanted to start a discussion to get feedback so we and others can learn from the issues we had at the CNEPC this weekend.
Background. The building we are in is open 10am to 10pm. The 10pm is a mostly hard stop. I think they would need to have a security guard watch us and then escort us out of the building to make sure we don’t steal from the vendors.
For Sunday, the attempt was to schedule Women’s finals, main finals and also run a daily classics with finals. Participants were welcome to participate in each event. Women’s finals was at 10:15, main at 12:15 and classics at 5. Main and Women’s used the same banks.
The women’s finished close to ontime, but we might have been a little late starting main, I honestly don’t know. Main ran longer then scheduled (there was probably not realistically enough time to serialize all 3).
By the time we got to the semi finals tie break in main, there were 3 players, one in that tie break and 2 in the final 4 in both events.
The TDs discussed our options and decided that the best thing we could do was stick to our written schedule and our rules as best we could (which we actually did wrong, because I didn’t reread the IFPA rules, but more on that later). So we informed players that they could play both, but that they had a strict 60 seconds to be present at the machine after the previous player finished or we would plunge the ball. I should have read the rules, it says first delay will be a warning and second and subsequent will be a score of zero. I think in this case we wanted to plunge to give them a chance to skip on ball, but this was off book a bit.
This had a bunch of not great side effects. There was a lot of yelling to inform players they were on a timer. There were people running back and forth across the room, which was probably pretty distracting for the other players. There was also one player who after coming last on a game decided to walk away to get a drink and go to the washroom, but didn’t tell anyone. The TD put them on a timer for order selection, then a timer for their first ball, then plunged it. We felt we needed to be strict for everyone. If they had informed someone in their group or the TD we would have waited.
In the end, I am happy with the choices made on the day. There was some disagreement with how we handled it in the chatroom for the stream. So I wanted to open it up for discussion so we can all learn from it.