I have been excitedly watching Facebook for the announcements from USPDF regarding their pro and amateur competitors for 2012 (their competition is in New York this September). I have eagerly watched a bunch of the videos (and am excited that our very own Shelly Lamb is one of the pros competing this year). Then I suddenly saw some negative postings. Some accusations were vague but there was clearly some drama surrounding the competition. Apparently there are some questions about some of the competitors submitting late videos, which were still accepted by USPDF.
Then I saw this thread on Studio Veena:
amy - People give blood, sweat and tears to submitting and competing. However, some of those competitions out there today, even the most popular, are run by unscrupulous organizations that show blatant favoritism and inconsistent applications of rules and regulations, creating an unfair and non-level competing playing field. Some issues are lack of transparency in submission criteria, accepting some submissions after the deadline has passed, a lack of transparency about how judging is scored, a lack of transparency on posted scores, and math errors in competitors scorecards.
Do we continue to support those organizations? This is a conversation that needs to move from the shadows into public forums if we can hope to encourage change. Organizations need to be accountable for their actions to the members that they serve.
I've started a conversation on Facebook here (add me as a friend if you haven't already): http://www.facebook.com/Aerialamyy/...
...but I think it's important to involve as many polers as possible in this discussion. What do you Svers think?