« on: August 05, 2014, 08:56:01 AM »
Couple of things....
Loomis said things that he wasn't authorized to say.
Non-smoking clause isn't a Card consensus, it was simply a Loomis being an overactive jerk. He had no right, the park isn't smoke free, nor does he have the power and authority to do so. Who empowered him? Himself, that is all, and since he acted as if he had that power very few argued it (I did, and I don't smoke, I simply said you're wrong and you can't do that-something I said quite frequently during his pontification)
Sunday had RAIN out the wazzoo, and needed to be addressed for safety. No pools played the courses differently than the other pools, so even if you had different rules on Sunday you had the same rules as everyone in your division.
I know that DD has addressed the issue with him, and I personally feel bad that many visitors to KC had to endure this badgering of verbal abuse during what should be a fun time.
I can't speak for DD, or Loomis, but I can speak for myself and the people that I know in Kansas City Disc Golf. We apologize for the actions of the few that made the event less for you.
Overall that shouldn't ruin an event for anyone, for me it really did. I though appreciated the time effort and energy displayed by DD to listen, recognize and appear to act in a sincere fashion to do what they could. Unfortunately I was on the second to the last card so by the time I got to the park the damage was done.
Again, apologies from this guy for the behavior of a few that may not represent our best. I personally hope that as you think about coming back to Kansas City you think about the golf action first in some respects, and then the people that you got to play with more than what a few may have done to not give you that warm welcome that we so attempt to achieve.
Kansas City has a lot of class act people, unfortunately in this instance it didn't shine through. I know that I at times have also not been on my best, so it may be counted as a bad day, but we will work hard as a disc golf community to rebuild that trust and respect that we have worked hard to earn.
I encourage those of you with any concerns to address them with Scott directly, I know that he values that information and will use it to help formulate better ideas for the future events he runs. Feedback positive and negative is the only way to improve.
You may have enjoyed the conversation with Loomis, I didn't. If you did though, please don't hesitate to reach out to Scott and share your experience with him. It will only help.
Outside of the issues on that, and of course my play. I really enjoyed the format, the courses, the work that went into the event, and I look forward to seeing more events along these lines.
Thanks to everyone DD, KCFDC, and countless volunteers and sponsors for an event of this size, growing pains will happen. And then the clothes will fit better next time.