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    Default Registration for Freezing Saddles 2016 is now open!


    Registering is only the first step in entering. Please read this post for further steps, rules, etc.

    If you have trouble with the form, please read the remainder of this post. If that doesn't work, you can send me a private message.

    Executive decisions have been made, after as much input as I could get given the short time involved:
    • Slackers will not be able to sign up using the registration form. If you really want to be a slacker, you'll have to wait until January, and then check the forum for how to sign up for the slackers' Strava club. (There was no consensus on this one, but it seemed to be the best compromise among three positions that got pretty much equal numbers of votes.)
    • People who have participated in past years, but have moved out of the area, will be permitted to participate.
    • People will be permitted to request that they be put on a team with people in their geographic area.

    Some things you might do will cause the form not to submit:
    • If you fail to answer any of the questions marked with an *.
    • If the Zip Code you enter is not in Maryland, Virginia, or DC.
    • If you don't check the box for "Are you really gonna play?", the one for "Legal stuff," or the one for "I'm not a robot."
    • If you select "I'm not really intending to participate in anything, so I'm not registering for Freezing Saddles" under "Will you participate in the reindeer games?"
    • If you try to submit the form after the deadline (which is clearly stated on the page, along with a countdown timer). After the deadline, the form will change to one that indicates that you can still register, but may or may not be assigned to a team.

    Some things you might do will not interfere with the form submission, but will get you laughed at by the people who have access to view the submissions:
    • If you inaccurately state your FS2015 miles.
    • If you submit more than once. If you need to make a change, just send me a private message, and I can fix it. We really don't need two or three of you signed up.

    If you need access to the form results, please send me a private message with your e-mail address and why you need access. I already sent a private message to Sunyata. However, Sunyata, if you're out there and haven't yet seen your private messages, please come to the white courtesy phone!
    Last edited by cvcalhoun; 12-11-2015 at 04:57 PM.

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    Ack!!! Carol!!! I forgot to request something on the registration form!!! I am SO SORRY!!! It's not another question or data collection, just some informational/instructional language so hopefully you can still add it and not hate me too much?!?!?!?

    Can you please put some language in there to let people know there are additional steps they have to take (ie, authorize app, join strava teams) and they are not done just because they finished the registration? Link to sticky?

    Also, could you maybe possibly change the post you made on women and bicycles to send people to the sticky instead of directly to registration?

    Could other people who invite new players also not just send them straight to registration w/o letting them know what else they need to do to play?

    Last year, there was only one person who registered and then didn't play (not counting FFG who unfortunately was completely unable to ride due to serious injury). But there were a lot of new players who had to be tracked down by their teams and told to authorize the app and/or join their strava teams. They did not know they had to do that. Sticky post is intended to help provide that info*, but it does no good if people are sent straight to registration form bypassing sticky and never know it's there.


    *also, to enable this behavior
    Quote Originally Posted by jrenaut View Post
    I hate the getting started discussion. I close my eyes and stick my fingers in my ears until someone puts out the sign up sheet.

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    Woohoo! Thanks for getting the form up!

    So excited. So VERY excited.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cvcalhoun View Post
    • If you try to submit the form after the deadline (which is clearly stated on the page, along with a countdown timer). After the deadline, the form will disappear.


    We may want to rethink this. Latecomers get no guarantee of anything, but if we choose to adopt the concept of tightening the standings by adding "bench" players to the last place team, these people may be the ones we need. So far there has been mostly positive response to this.

    So I suggest leaving the timer and the warnings, etc., but don't actually have the form disappear. We'll funnel those names aside and decide what to do with them afterward.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve O View Post
    We'll funnel those names aside and decide what to do with them afterward.
    Each one will be assigned a veteran to buy beers for during the competition and at the final happy hour.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrenaut View Post
    Each one will be assigned a veteran to buy beers for during the competition and at the final happy hour.
    As the "Assigner of the Teams" I approve this statement!

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    Originally Posted by jrenaut View Post
    Each one will be assigned a veteran to buy beers for during the competition and at the final happy hour.

    Quote Originally Posted by Sunyata View Post
    As the "Assigner of the Teams" I approve this statement!
    Does that mean if I am "grandfathered in" someone will have to come to Kyiv, or do I have to make a special trip?

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    Last year, it closed at the end of registration, then reopened separately a couple days later for late sign-ups. Either way is probably fine.

    btw, I'm willing to handle late people and substitutions again if that's needed. I like SteveOs idea of adding people to the last place team at some sort of predetermined interval, at least after we've used any late people to fill out any teams short of players. I'd suggest adding them in the order of their lateness-- first registered, first assigned to a team. This would encourage anyone who misses the deadline to at least get their tardy self registered as soon as possible. We don't have to tell anyone what order the sign-ups are in, if we want to keep the element of surprise prior to adding members.

    Sunyata-- I didn't particularly want to be in charge of team assignment, but I'm happy to help out if there's anything you need done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amalitza View Post
    Sunyata-- I didn't particularly want to be in charge of team assignment, but I'm happy to help out if there's anything you need done.
    Awesome. And thank you! Hopefully it will just come down to a little database shuffling and it will be a (simple?) one woman job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve O View Post
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    We may want to rethink this. Latecomers get no guarantee of anything, but if we choose to adopt the concept of tightening the standings by adding "bench" players to the last place team, these people may be the ones we need. So far there has been mostly positive response to this.

    So I suggest leaving the timer and the warnings, etc., but don't actually have the form disappear. We'll funnel those names aside and decide what to do with them afterward.
    I think Amelitza's idea is a good one. The form will disappear at midnight, but will be replaced by a new one for late registrations, without the timer. The new form will include commentary to let late registrants know what will happen to them.
    Last edited by cvcalhoun; 12-03-2015 at 11:51 AM.

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