not all people have email so it should be an option during registration
We'll have to think on this one a bit.
The obvious issue for us is that we won't have a confirmed and validated way to contact you to send a receipt etc.
@Dave Rapin: how about a cell number then you could text
@Simon Ouellet: Yes we could actually accept cell numbers / TXT based registrations. It's not an insignificant change though and would also incur some costs (it's more expensive to send texts than emails), but definitely something we'll look into.
@Dave Rapin: Indeed, e-mail is the industry standard for any online registrations, not just for identity verification, but for transactional comms (i.e. receipt, confirmation, etc.). While we'll still consider other possibilities, e-mail is the de facto standard, and the bare minimum for contact information that any transactional exchange like this can use.
In the meantime, I'm not sure there is any other more appropriate method of comms for online registrations. For instance, we cannot automate a postal letter to be mailed, nor is it feasible to auto-dial your phone. Both would create administrative overhead for your club/MA, processing delays for your registration, and ultimately defeat the purpose of the online system: convenience, immediacy, automation.
In other words, we really do require an e-mail address to register you for anything. Even a free webmail one like Gmail would suffice, and takes <5min to establish.
Will re-open if we ever decide to allow TXT registration.