There have been various "newbie" passes and entry level passes that have been done, just have to keep your eyes peeled. There are also some bigger passes that are geared towards vets, that sometimes have a couple pass rookies in them as well. Actually, I believe jlada's most recent pass had some rookies in it. The main reasoning behind the rules on this one is that I wanted to involve a handful of guys on here that I have met, traded with, been in a pass with, or that have helped me out. After that I'm going to fill in spots with more experienced passers as it's only going to be 12 spots and I would like it to go as smooth as possible. Once this is done, I'll likely start a Rookie Pass for people like you to get one under your belt.
While nearly all of my invites went to people with a year or more on the board, I could not control who they invited. Thus, we got some newer guys in my pass. Let it be known, however, that I have heavily researched each rookie, contacted people about thier trades, and have made triple sure about their status here. Also, as an added bonus, hey... I'm pretty nuts - I'd not hestitate a minute to fly anywhere in the US and ring a door bell. Anyway, to be blunt, it's a trust and knowledge issue. Show that you know how to handle yourself in a pass, possess the knowledge to make proper put/takes, and most importantly, can be trusted and the pass invites will come rolling in.
Excellent info Jeff and Ian. This was the exact course I took to have the opportunity to receive invites and even ask that a friend of mine be considered. I started with a couple of newbie passes and then won spots in others. Also of note. I was (and still am considered by some) a friggin asshat when I joined, so it was a bit harder for me to get the ball rolling. You on the other hand have been a great new member and that goes along way .
Edited by stepthirteen, 15 January 2009 - 01:19 PM.