Originally Posted by petershive
To johnrock, johnbiscoe, keithjohnson:
The Board has already discussed this idea at the recent Summit, and approved the broad concept. The Devil, as they say, is in the details. Everyone would like a membership that catered to their precise needs, for an appropriate price. That would be an impossibility -- an administrative nightmare.
We do want to add to existing membership categories, acknowledging that some members may not need or desire all of the services the PDGA provides (ratings, tournament tracking, magazine etc). We need to define the categories, and decide on a fair price for those services. The Board is not well-suited to make that kind of decision, so we asked the Staff to come up with a plan. My recommendation/desire is to keep it simple at first, just one or two new categories, and then see how it works out.
I respectfully disagree - Breiner's system is/can be geared to any and all pricing and the admin side would be exactly the same as it is for a Supporting member going to full but in reverse - the system can see who is who on the PDGA side when batches are uploaded and non-members - are turned "on" when the dues are paid now, so it would be just the same idea - there is no need to try and make it a huge undertaking - price it at $30 like a student membership - if they decide to play in Events and not just be a TD - then they pay full membership fee of AM or PRO - it just adds 1 more set of codes to the database -Non member, Supporting member, TD or non-playing member, and full member.
Pretty darn (can't say dam thanks to a only allowing a pc set of words in the last 8 years) simple and I would bet that the goodwill gained and the monies earned by people supporting the sport as well as not lost by members dropping out would be well worth the week or so of someone coding the system to regulate and maintain it.
Just my opinion - and as someone who has been a full time 5 year renewing at a time member since 1996, TD for 16 years running over 40 PDGA Events and over 60 total Events, and State coordinator for the last 5 years - it sounds like an idea whose time is long overdue.
I hope the staff gives serious consideration to these types of ideas and that the BOD will support efforts to grow the membership base which should be in 25-50,000 renewing every year instead of just at 50,000+ TOTAL