Originally Posted by chrisc
The whole pre-booking system is pants anyway Ian...did you manage to make all the GP's last year?
I wanted to shoot a few last year but was told i would have to risk a 4 hour round trip to find out whether i could shoot or not
This year i'm booking them all despite knowing that, due to work constraints, i might only make 50%....sounds harsh but that's the system the BFTA have decided on and i'd rather book over the top than risk missing out.
I think they should allow people to book for the whole series but then take a deposit, say 50% of the round cost...then if people can't make it they are more likely to say so before the shoot instead of not just turning up on the day. A window of say, 2 weeks before the shoot, any later and you forfeit your deposit.
Maybe you and i could make an agreement to send each other an email 6 weeks before each shoot as a reminder
To be honest Chris it's a no win situation whatever the BFTA do.
If they took a 50% booking fee do you think it would stop people cancelling for the sake of £5, what tended to happen under the old system is people are very keen at the start of the season & book the lot, as the season progresses they might have other commitments or not be shooting that well so they start to drop out. I know I did the same for the last few rounds last year to shoot a bit more HFT, luckily I informed the hosting clubs I wasn't coming in plenty of time, unfortunately a lot don't bother
Under the new system you will have to book 6 weeks in advance so there will probably be less drop outs due to the above reasons, maybe the BFTA should combine the new system with your £5 system as it might weed out a few more drop outs.