Over the weekend, a former (?) ACF member made this proposal about buzzers. I like a great deal of the idea, and wonder what (a). ACF and (b). others think. I am assuming since that person posted this idea publicly, he won't mind my sharing it here:
I don't think we need this for "all official ACF events" (certainly not Fall), but especially for Nats, I think the idea has promise. The $100 penalties would go specifically to a fund for ACF to buy buzzers, which perhaps in a few years or so might eliminate the need for the buzzer requirement.The rule going forward at all official ACF events needs to be that all teams [read as programs, not individual teams at a school] not in their first year of existence as a program must bring a buzzer to the tournament. There is no discount for your first buzzer, there is just a $100 penalty if you do not bring it or it does not meet the definition of a working buzzer (https://www.naqt.com/buzzer-discount-policy.html) and you may only claim discounts for buzzers 2+.
Do other people have ideas about how to ensure the buzzer dilemma does not continue to pop up at Nats (or other events)?