Something similar has happened before. The reason in the example I'm thinking of was the way the competitor "spoke out" about the problems inside organization. They had little to no evidence to support their claims, and if it had been about an organization that wasn't NCFCA, very possibly could have been sued for his "speaking out". It was a malicious and tarnishing speech, and that's not what we're supposed to learn in the NCFCA.
Peter, I'm going to have to completely disagree with you on that issue. The result should not have been what untimely happened, BUT what occurred was not because the competitor 'spoke out' against the organization. As we both know, competitors brought them to JO, not the staff. This was not retaliation against students, this was an issue difficult to deal with and simply badly defended.
To everyone, the staff of NCFCA is not trying to intentionally harm students. Bad decisions have been made (#CantaloupeSeason)
, but never has the intent been to harm students and always the parents are trying to do everything in their power be on our side.
Of course, in many regions there are parents that are out to get the students, just ask any R7 mom that works extemp prep at a national open. Does that mean the organization is fundamentally flawed and need to be reformed? No.
Are JOings effected by past rule violation done by the same student? Yes, but reputation and past actions effect everyone's attitude towards one another.
Can this be called favoritism? Sure, but just like a criminal record for a judge and jury, past problems and actions effect JO.
Does this mean there is an issue? Not in R7 and not on a national level. Just because a student ends up with a ruling that can destroy his tournament, does not mean he/she did not violate a rule. In the end, if someone violated a rule, then they have to admit to it -not blame it on 'a corrupt NCFCA.'
Also, I think every student here needs to remember something incredibly important: we do not know the full story, ever
. Every bit of information we gain comes from either other competitors (It can be part of the story. It can be an ever-so-slightly warped story. It can be second, third, or even four handed information. The game 'telephone' plays a huge role here.), half truths from our own or other's parents because they don't have the liberty to disclose the full information, or even rants from the siblings or parents of the accused kid. Rarely, do we get the full, complete, unbiased story. Normally I have piece it together from ten different sources to get the truth because I won't judge someone until I know what actually happened.
It all comes back to reputation. Reputation of the students, reputation of the parents, and reputation of the organization. No one should judge a scenario until they know the full, complete, unbiased story. Sadly, that rarely happens outside of a few people and clubs. And when it doesn't? Well places like this thread start to appear and people's reputations are destroyed.
This is why JOs are supposed to be kept secret -to protect people's reputations. Problems only start to arise when it gets leaked and rumors spread.
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