This sport needs unity, sportsmanship, and a willingness to take the long view and try new things without alienating shooters that are happy in the existing competitive divisions.
AAFTA decisions are not made on the forums, but I would urge any BOG member who would listen to me to add it and not make it a trial year. How will AAFTA or the member clubs know if the trial is successful? Count shooters in freestyle? Take a vote of clubs at the end? Let's think about how club votes have gone over the last few years. Who really wants to keep doing that exercise in self-immolation at the National's AAFTA meetings? Not me, I go to the Nats to see me friends and shoot my rifle and have fun.
I suggest just adding a freestyle division (pcp and piston) to the existing three divisions and see how it goes. Make anything legal in Freestyle that is legal in Open and Hunter. Most clubs are doing a version of it anyway.
Politically it's harder to take something away once it is out there and shooters are invested in it. If it makes for a competitive division and shooters are having fun, freestyle will have served its purpose. If it doesn't, chalk it up to a worthy but failed experiment and move on after a couple of years.
Tar Heel Air Gun Club