USATT membership fee increase?

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Boneman
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Greetings all,

At the ALVATTC 11th annual "Holiday Classic" I was asked upon arrival if I wanted to renew my USATT membership.  I said "It's not due to expire until August of this year".... but the folks said I might want to renew it now as it's going up SIGNIFICANTLY....

OK so what's the story there?  Just wondering what the scuttlebutt may be.  Personally, I would think that in this era of hard times, to raise the fees "significantly" just might be like the USATT shooting itself in the foot.  I can see the folks 2000 and above not giving it a second thought, but beginners, recreational players and folks like myself, that enter maybe two tournaments a year...

I could easily see myself letting my membership lapse.

Later!

Larry "Boneman" Bone
Dingmans Ferry, PA

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Boneman
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My thoughts exactly Larry. 

My thoughts exactly Larry.  Kinda almost "Governmental" in their thinking....  :-S

Later!

Larry "Boneman" Bone
Dingmans Ferry, PA
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picctpt
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A Short, Incomplete Defense

I am not an official spokesperson, and I do not claim to know all the reasoning, however:

  • I believe the last increase was in 2004!  Even if paychecks might not have kept up (as a DC employee I have gone three years without even a step increase, and this year I will have at least four unpaid holidays), the increase is far below inflation
  • costs have certainly gone up in the past six years
  • USATT has no reason to be a profit-maven; however, it cannot lose money

Dennis Taylor

Rockville, MD

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Larry Hodges
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I remember a few years back

I remember a few years back when USATT raised the rate from $25 to $30 to $40, all in one year. I was at the board meeting for the second increase, and got into a rather spirited debate with half the board over this. They budgeted it as if membership would continue at the same rate, while I argued they were going to lose a bunch of members. At the time, membership was about 8800. Over the next year membership dropped to about 7200, a 1600 decrease, and at the end of the year, they had to cut all sorts of things from the budget to make up for the loss of revenue. There was no mention of this in the magazine or any reports. With the increase to $49, they'll lose some as well. The irony is that I bet they again have budgeted a large increase in revenue, and just as in the previous case, they'll end the year having to cut the budget when revenue comes in lower than expected.

Boneman
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9 bucks is 9 bucks... and on

9 bucks is 9 bucks... and on a percentage basis, I sure wish like a madman my paycheck would increase on-par.

Willis
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I believe it's going up from

I believe it's going up from $40 to $49. Yeah, maybe in percentage terms that's "significant," but 9 bucks doesn't seem like an outrageous increase to me.