We used to get fined in my amateur baseball club for things such as misfields, getting struck out and other such misdemeanors that the professional types (i.e. those earning hundreds of thousands of dollars for playing the sport) used to incur whereas we had to pay to be in the club.
Maybe OA can start a fundraiser of a similar sort with the elites (foot and MTBO) being fined for:
-Navigational error (10c for every second lost)
-Poor route choice ($5)
-Missing a start time ($100)
-Punching outside the box ($500)
-Telling stories about what it was like in the good old days (mandatory attendance at the annual OA conference)
How about misplacing a control ($50)
Getting lost getting to an event ($100)
Having a mechanical in a MTBO (The value of Ricky's bike)
If you still finish after a mechanical do you get a bonus? Extra bonus if you still get on the podium?
I want just one fine- for whinging or worse in the finish tent. No complaints about courses until the sweat has dried.
as long as you can get your entry fee refunded if a control is proven to be in the wrong spot :-)
Hey we're trying to RAISE money here, not give it back ;-)
We are trying to raise course setters here. Fully willing to refund the fee paid to the setter.
We're good at razing course setters.