Anthony, thanks for sharing your thoughts. Too many people think because they are volunteering, it puts them above reproach. I read your post as entirely constructive and appreciate the feedback. I have no doubt that we could have been better prepared for the vast array of disc golf knowledge present in the crowd. Anyone wishing to critique my efforts that weekend, feel free. There's nothing thin about me. :-)
I was thinking the same thing. And the "spectator" did cost him a stroke at the clubhouse.
Many people just don't get that the disc doesn't go for the pros like a remote control even though they make it look like it does.
FWIW, I started the thread as a conversational piece, good, bad and ugly is what I was looking for the. The Final 9 rope crew could have done better....but if your "friends" felt as though they were being treated "rudely", there are a couple of things you may do to help.
1) Educate them that the disc needs space, keep at least 25' behind the rope on Swope (not the final 9 crew, but the ACTUAL PLAYING OB ROPE), as the players don't throw between the rope, but rather LAND in BOUNDS is the goal, hitting someone costing them hundreds of dollars was just horrendous, second time I have seen that a large gallery event, ok 3rd, just thought of Timmy at #9 At WW with the fan that kicked it "back in".... The bottom line, many of the "newbies" may not know the rules. Realization that we are trying to get in before rain, and get it done, raises that.
2) Work with the team-help say, hey people, c'mon lets give them some space, lets move it back. Help out by being that protagonist for the rope crew.
3) Bring more people so it is a bigger problem. Learn to follow the "flow of the 9" so you don't have to move every often. This isn't Caddyshack, and it is Swope. The final 9 was designed so you really could stay around the top and see all the action well. Plan a strategic location and make it work with minimal movement. Bring more people, and wala we have more control, watch it.
4) Finally on this, be thankful that we got this problem. We have volunteers mad that people didn't respect them, we have spectators mad that there are volunteers. The price of admission dictates the volunteerism is needed. Do you want "pay to view" by a select crowd, we could gate it off in the future, only those sponsors get to walk with the Pros, all others will be subjected to staying in only "assigned" locations. Is that the answer?
The goal of the post was to get things better. So it clearly speaks that better tact is needed on rope bearers and spectators. I think that is something we can work on, and believe me I am fully liking the "assigned viewing" option with a premium for "following the card".....so see this does give good ideas.