If someone joins the NEPL giving them access to the 6 states where those results are reported, they are given an advantage that all other existing NEPL members wouldn't have. There is then a process of determining how long does that 'new' player have to register with us.
Ultimately the logistics of executing this on the back end is not something I'm willing to put the time or effort into taking on. It's hard enough manually selecting the 16 qualifiers for each state during registration week as the State Reps funnel us their 'yes' responses. For Illinois I can reach out to the top 50, and be 'done' pretty quickly having my top 16 locked in. This pre-selection process would force me to have to reach out to EVERY registered player, which right now is over 200 players for Illinois.
This is all an attempt to solve this "massive problem" of these out-of-towners ruining the SCS process because of their mysterious wait and see attitude. By "massive problem", at least from the Illinois and Texas metrics, was an 6% problem.
94% of the players out there are selecting their 'home state' already based on the existing process.
The other interesting wrinkle that we haven't seen play out yet, is that the only big payday to be had the past 4 years has been to get to Nationals. No State Championship pot was worth anything significant. This motivated the puddle jumpers because there was no financial motivation to 'stay home' and play in a perceived tough state.
With the idea of variable State prize packages (which wouldn't be known by January 31st of the season), along with the possibility of "Super States" offering more qualifying spots (which wouldn't be known by January 31st of the season), I'll be curious if that 6% number actually DECREASES once we get to the 2018-19 selection process.
With that said . .. 52% seem to think selecting your state before the season starts is a good idea, so what do I know