Rules: why do we have them? It’s simple: without rules, there is no competition.
Why do we follow them? Again, simple: to ensure a safe, fun, fair competition. The same holds true for any organization; it needs rules, or if you prefer, bylaws or operating principles, in order to function for the benefit of the organization and its members. USPSA is no different. Without following the rules, we have nothing but a chaotic, anarchistic blob of differing opinions and philosophies. Nobody benefits from that.
This shouldn’t be anything new to anyone who follows this blog, our podcast, or any of the Inside NROI columns in the USPSA magazine. What seems to be new is the growing trend of people who willfully ignore the rules, whether from apathy or ignorance, or maybe by not finding out the facts for themselves, but rather relying on social media to give them information.
Something to consider is that there might be some misinformation at play. Expressing your concerns or criticisms about the organization won’t result in any membership-related consequences. However, if you actively engage in the spreading of false information, insinuations, or baseless defamatory statements, it could potentially lead to certain repercussions. It’s important to promote open and honest dialogue while refraining from damaging the organization through unfounded claims or rumors.
Just like our rulebook, the USPSA bylaws are published for everyone to read and hopefully comprehend. The bylaws also spell out what is required of Area Directors and section coordinators with regard to their obligations to USPSA. Take a minute to read them and contact your Area Director to get the facts.
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