Friday, January 22, 2010

Strange NAC

San Jose was a most peculiar NAC.

For one thing, it was the first event I've worked this season, which is quite a change from the past couple of seasons when I worked three or four NACs each year.

For another thing, it was only a couple hours' drive from home, which meant that I got to get up on Thursday and have a leisurely morning before the drive down, and get there while it was still afternoon, instead of the usual getting up at 2:30 or 3:00 am to catch an early flight that might get me to my destination while restaurants are still serving dinner.

Mostly, though, this NAC had the most severe gap between bout committee's experience and the fencers' experience than I have seen in my ten years of working tournaments. Problems with the download, problems with the points, problems with the seeding for both individual and team events, problems with the tournament software we were testing. The BC spent hours every day poring over data to clean it up in time for the next few events, while the events themselves ran with very few problems--not even so much as a single black card.

Strange, strange, strange.

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