Originally Posted by ique
I always thought this was more an issue of approach. Instead of "membership required" make it KCBS members get a discount. And non members get a free membership. ex,
230 for non members
200 for members
Organizer sends $30 to kcbs for that teams membership
I personally think if you are going to compete under a sanctioning body you should be a member.
In a perfect world I agree with you. I'd prefer that at least the head cook be a member. With your proposal the truth is that nobody would get a discount. Somebody is getting an annual fee tacked on to their entry, and we are making the organizer responsible for collecting it. If the organizer has to charge $200 to hit his target, member teams aren't going to be charged $170.
Originally Posted by Divemaster
Didn’t KCBS propose something like that a couple of years back? As I recall, there was quite a backlash on it.
I believe the larger factor was that requiring membership would have raised a question about the contest being 'Open'. That in turn has implications for the larger invitational events. EDIT: and there could be some 501C issues as well.
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