I have two observations about the USA Water Ski online registration program. First, the registration process is very clumsy. There are too many steps to register, and if you are registering for multiple events in one sitting, it doesn't remember your information from event to event. The software seems poorly designed to me.
The second gripe is the payment processing. I used to sit down with the Tournament Guide when it comes out, fill out all my entries (fill out one completely except for the tournament name, photocopy as many as needed and some extras and you were good to go) and mail them in with my check. The checks would be cashed by the tournament just before or just after the tournament, so even though you mailed all your entry fees at once, the money came out of the account a little at a time.
With the USA Water Ski online system, you pay when you enter and your card or Pay Pal account is immediately debited. With all tournaments being encouraged to use online registration and more tournaments doing so ( and it makes sense because it is easier for for them even with the three percent cut taken by, you guessed it, USA Water Ski) skiers will either have to choose to pay a ton of dough now or risk getting bumped from popular tournaments. One of my favorite sites uses the system and they are having five tournaments this year. I paid $180 in entry fees this week to ensure participation in two of them and I'll have to take my chances on the others.
This is not a negative comment about this particular site or any other site for that matter ( it would be bad enough getting banned here; God forbid I start getting kicked out of ski sites!) It makes good sense for them. I doesn't make sense for me, though, and I blame a crappy, poorly designed and poorly thought out software program.
My, I do feel better.
John Wilkins- Si non pro sanguine quem ludus ne. #iskiconnelly