The big annual meeting of the USFS governing council is going on right now. Here is a report to the council from the committee charged with coming up with a plan to develop “successful business models” for competitions, with the goal of “reducing their dependence” on financial support from the national organization.
The biggest money saving ideas are to charge a $150 registration fee for sectionals (projected savings to USFS, $67,000), the use of local officials instead of officials supplied by USFS (savings, $18,000), and a reduction of grants at regional championships (from $18,000 to $12,000).
There are also plans to combine events and to streamline lower level competitors directly to sectionals without mandatory regionals, and others directly to the U.S. junior championship without mandatory sectionals.
The bottom line is to require the local organizing committee to “become more self-sufficient” – in other words, to put on the show without financial help from USFS headquarters. Supposedly, USFS will give local organizing committees some tips about how to attract sponsors and raise money locally, to make up for the drying national well.