The sport should be about navigation, not about what time you enter.
That's fine but why say no EODs if you allow them anyway? The long term competitors will turn up regardless but any new people to the sport might be put off if they haven't entered.
Its a Championship, so pre entry makes it easier on Organisers. Then have EOD for those who want to have a go. Keep the results separate
Most newcomers will start orienteering by EOD.
Treat them with respect and don’t humiliate them by calling them unofficial.
This is a championship- let the best navigators compete for the win. Treat them equally no matter what time their entry was accepted. Time of entry is completely irrelevant to finding controls.
Separate results is more work for the organisers.
More competitors is better for the organisers (when they have spare maps of course).
More competitors makes for a more meaningful competition.
With no pre-allocated start times pre-entry versus EOD isn't an issue (other than for map printing but then a few extras on each course would suffice).
I had no idea David was even there today until I saw the results. Never saw him at the event.
I've asked people to pre-register for my event next week (no payment required upfront) but that's purely a map printing issue. Everyone gets three maps so I want to try and cater for accurate numbers! Unfortunately I'm still going to get a high number of EODs so I'm sure there'll be a lot of map reusing.
Unfortunately you are going to get more orienteers at your event???
Good on you though. This should be up to the organiser and you are doing the right thing by offering them the opportunity!
Any event I ever organise will have EOD available too.
Sorry, when I say 'unfortunately' I don't mean 'gosh darn those dastardly people that turn up on the day without letting me know' (~95% of our events are EOD after all) - just that it's likely we'll run out of maps because I don't want to blow the printing budget by massively overprinting. Pre-entry is just to get an idea of map numbers and it'll also speed up registration.
Fair enough, thats the way I would do it too.