I don't think Ben was directing his comment towards any tournament directors. As stated, the NYUDL functions through overlapping administartive control. This means that when we register for tournaments, we don't do it directly through the tournament or JOT. So, those emails that you are talking about are never sent to the schools. We have experienced at many tournament not getting prefs and having judges who hate the arguments we run. Ben is just making sure that it does not happen at Lakeland. I don't think he's doing anything wrong. In fact, he's just looking out for us.
And Evan, it is a long story.