The rules aren't much more than you would get at an informal backyard match. They work fine in that sort of setting because the creator of the rules is there in person to interpret and explain the loopholes. The issue is that "we are continuing on in our own private little groups" and that is the biggest problem. When those ambiguous rules are distributed to dozens of different clubs they are not clear and concise enough to be interpreted by the MD's they same way each time at all the various club matches. The goal is to have a set of rules that are enforced uniformly at each and every match held by affiliated clubs. The current wording of the AAFTA rules dosen't allow that.
A Sanctioning body doesn't need to be huge in order to be effective. U.S. F.T won't get big because the AAFTA thinks small. I don't know why, maybe they want to keep it small. It might be too much work. Read the Bylaws, most of the work is delegated to the clubs. Whatever is the case, the AAFTA has not handled the growth that they have experienced to date. They are already overwhelmed.
Reliable national exposure?? Read the Handbook. The AAFTA has delegated local, regional and national promotion to the clubs/MD's. The AAFTA promotes FT Clubs, not FT shooting per se. Individuals can't be members, only clubs. That got us to this point, but dosen't work anymore. The whole system has stagnated, it really can't go much further with out some changes.
First, and at least clean up the rules and close all the gaping loopholes. Write rules that answer the questions so they don't have to be asked. Anyone that has shot any other discipline must be familiar with a properly written rule, USPSA, SASS, IDPA. Expect there to be "gamers" it's human nature. Rules need to be written to control the direction of the sport, if not then the gamers control the direction. It's never perfect but the AAFTA needs to start heading that direction.
Second, rewrite the Bylaws to allow Individual Membership and promote FT "Shooting". The Club promotion (creation) will take care of itself in the long run. A benefit of individual membership is that it generates more revenue. Revenue that could be used to allow the AAFTA to hold the National Match THEMSELVES with the HELP of the local club, rather than the other way around.
Third, Restructure the AAFTA organization to an elected President, VP, Secretary and Treasurer. Form a board a BOG from a single representative from each affiliated club. Task the BOG with rulebook evaluations and revisions that are then voted on by the BOG and AAFTA officers.
Until then, "we will continue on in our own private little groups" the only the name holding it together.
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