« on: March 30, 2010, 11:44:08 AM »
I should be the one apologizing to you. I am a procrastinator by nature myself, and I don't hold any illusions that I wouldn't have been caught by this rule myself. I'm sorry for the way I worded my reply.
Many large or established clubs can pull off a huge competition, but the organizers of the regional competitions for the NHC don't have the same resources. The NHC regional organizers and judge coordinators are all volunteers, some of whom belong to clubs that have their own competitions. Trying to pull off two large competitions in a year can be draining for the people involved. I think this is especially true if one person organizes the NHC for two or more years in a row.
I'd like to be confident in every regional competitions' ability to run a good competition, do it within budget, and give the entrants the best feedback possible, and the entry limit helps me do that. If you have constructive ideas that can help this competition in the future, please share them with me or anyone on the Competition Sub-committee, and we'll consider them and get back to you.
Another thing you can do is to volunteer to help with a regional competition as a judge, a steward, or in some other way. The more people who get involved, the more entries we might be able to accommodate.
In any event, the state in the Northeast with the highest number of entries last year was PA, followed by NY, MA, NJ, CT, MD, etc. I hope this helps.