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Old 03-28-2013, 05:25 PM
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I think this might be a subject where the phones are supplemental, before we rely on them. It's the problems we haven't thought of that are bound to bite us.

At Charlotte Worlds, everyone had a caddy book. Schedules and course assignments were online. We'd show up at the course, check our hole assignment, grab a scorecard, and head out.

I've played two events with tee-times---The Hall of Fame at the IDGC and Throwing Down the Mountain in Brooksville, FL---where there was no meeting. They worked fine as well.

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Among the drawbacks, I'd prefer not to be a player without a smartphone, having to ask to borrow someone's phone to see the ground rules, or anything else. Especially if they're busy texting or talking or playing games on their phone at the time.

It will be cool to be able to reach the TD during the event. Cool for the players. Probably less so for the TD, being available to 90 players at any moment. I can't imagine the TD's phone at lunch.

Frankly, I'm happy to be away from phones, of any kind, during tournament rounds.
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Old 03-28-2013, 05:29 PM
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No issue with any of the non player meeting events I played in the last year which include the BSF, Worlds and BG AMs, all big tourneys with no pre round player meeting...
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Old 03-28-2013, 05:30 PM
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If everyone yells "start" when the horn sounds (or traditionally a shotgun blast?), the message gets around the course quickly no matter how big and spread out. I love hearing the yelling from near and far when players do this.....definitely adds to the excitement of the event for me.
I enjoy this as well.......
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Old 03-28-2013, 05:31 PM
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I think this might be a subject where the phones are supplemental, before we rely on them. It's the problems we haven't thought of that are bound to bite us.
Definitely this. You still supply paper cards, give full instructions at the player meeting, and sound a horn to start. But using an electronic system in conjuction can make the process a bit smoother. But it's always good to have paper and pencil to fall back on.
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Old 03-28-2013, 05:45 PM
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There's still something to be said for players meetings---for getting everyone together at the start of an event, for having a Q&A that everyone can share, for covering odds & ends like lunch, other activities in park, whatever.

10-minute players meetings---because much of the workload has been moved to technology---will be sweet. Maybe people can pay attention for 10 minutes?
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Old 03-28-2013, 05:45 PM
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I think this might be a subject where the phones are supplemental, before we rely on them. It's the problems we haven't thought of that are bound to bite us.

At Charlotte Worlds, everyone had a caddy book. Schedules and course assignments were online. We'd show up at the course, check our hole assignment, grab a scorecard, and head out.

I've played two events with tee-times---The Hall of Fame at the IDGC and Throwing Down the Mountain in Brooksville, FL---where there was no meeting. They worked fine as well.

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Among the drawbacks, I'd prefer not to be a player without a smartphone, having to ask to borrow someone's phone to see the ground rules, or anything else. Especially if they're busy texting or talking or playing games on their phone at the time.

It will be cool to be able to reach the TD during the event. Cool for the players. Probably less so for the TD, being available to 90 players at any moment. I can't imagine the TD's phone at lunch.

Frankly, I'm happy to be away from phones, of any kind, during tournament rounds.
I thought phone use was illegal during sanctioned tourney play? (personally i like the quiet away from phones. i do use mine for scorecard during casual play though)
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Old 03-28-2013, 05:54 PM
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I thought phone use was illegal during sanctioned tourney play? (personally i like the quiet away from phones. i do use mine for scorecard during casual play though)
Don't hold me to it, but it seems like the restrictions were lifted this year as long as the phone doesn't have an audible ring.
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Old 03-28-2013, 06:00 PM
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A few years ago at the local IOS events the TD announced tee times for second round on Twitter. That way a group could head straight to lunch after finishing their round without having to stick around to see what time the second round starts.

I don't use Twitter myself, but this is one example of how it can be used in tournaments. You can also make a list of all the tourney-specific rules like OBs, drop zones, etc made available online so people with phones can access that information if any questions arise during the round.

You can also tweet questions about rules and OB calls, complete with pictures, if the course is big enough where it would take too much time to go get an official. This is all assuming the area has data coverage.
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Old 03-28-2013, 06:06 PM
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Keep it old school. Don't take away the fellowship of the player's meeting by a bunch of phones.
i actually agree with you on this. Plus how am I supposed to ditch the meeting and get extra warm up time if they did that?
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A few years ago at the local IOS events the TD announced tee times for second round on Twitter. That way a group could head straight to lunch after finishing their round without having to stick around to see what time the second round starts.

I don't use Twitter myself, but this is one example of how it can be used in tournaments. You can also make a list of all the tourney-specific rules like OBs, drop zones, etc made available online so people with phones can access that information if any questions arise during the round.

You can also tweet questions about rules and OB calls, complete with pictures, if the course is big enough where it would take too much time to go get an official. This is all assuming the area has data coverage.
honestly this would piss me off. what if no one in the group use TWITter? Heck most people I know leave their phone in the car when discin. I would have to carry my phone and sign up for a TWITter. I like the effort, but I also think a simple text message would work just as well.

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Old 03-28-2013, 06:30 PM
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Frankly, I'm happy to be away from phones, of any kind, during tournament rounds.
Another excellent point....along with BigSky's missing out on the fellowship point. I personally do enjoy disc golf (not limited to tournaments) to get a break from as much technology as possible and enjoy nature. Forcing cell phones into use would take away from that.
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