Life just asked if he can start early this Sunday to make an appointment at noon. (But he asked via Facebook, which I don't actually use, so I can't answer him there.)
My position — for when I'm TD — is that anyone is welcome to start anytime AFTER 7:45 IF: A) there are at least 3 people in your group, and B) you pay the $5 at the turn. IF YOU START BEFORE I GET THERE, YOU PAY IN. If you make it crystal clear to the rest of your group before the first drive of your round that you're not paying, I may make an exception — otherwise, you pay.
But please give me until at least 7:45 to change any baskets or set up mandos or whatever.
I will try my best to be ready to start taking names by 8am because I expect there will be a lot of people, and folks will want to get rolling ASAP. But if you have a group, and a card, and want to roll out at 7:46 or later, feel free.