Originally Posted by Bullseye
With all due respect, I think you are missing out on a few points here. Its not that people are just throwing around criticisms without reason, but rather people are getting used to attending events that are very well managed. The reason I didn't attend the Alton Baker Park event was because for the longest time there were almost no online updates on the event. The online registration took a long time to get up, and the pre-registration list never got online (much like the Whistler's event). Similarly it took forever to get the results up as well. These little things might not seem that important in the grand scheme of things, but these are the details that make us players wonder what the hell is really going on.
I hope you understand that I'm not here to rag on you or your event. I just thought I would point out a few of the issues that I think might be making people tentative about attending these events. Remember, I was one of the first people to sign up for this event. Whatever the case, if you run a tight ship, word of mouth will get around and you'll see the events filling up at the same rate as the other more established events.
I can't play this weekend because of other obligations but it sounds like a whole lot of fun! I still haven't played Whistler's in the summer.
I play a lot of tournaments, I sign up early, and I try to support them in the ways I can through sponsorship, helping out, or just thanking the TD and staff. I've found that there a few relatively easy and very important things any TD can do to improve the chances for a well-attended and succesful event:
Get the word out early and get a flyer out when you can.
If you use a message board, dgrus, or other website to publicize your event, maintain weekly contact with the people asking questions at that venue.
Post sign-up information as soon as you can and when Titledisc or the PDGA inevitably drops the ball or screws up, let people know that you know about it and any other info you have.
Post the pre-reg list early and often.
Remember that the disc golf grapevine is fast and far-reaching. Both positive and negative experiences and things said aloud about others in the community get around pretty damn fast. It's best to keep your options open.
I think everybody appreciates the wealth of tournaments we have the option to play in Oregon, especially this year, and hopefully we all remember to be thankful that new and old TD's are stepping up to make them happen. I appreciate your efforts Andrew and I wish I could play more events this summer.
Check out what Stumptown or Dion is doing with their events this year in terms of communication through this website - one-stop shopping for players to get info, and full, well-enjoyed events.