You know the recession is bad when USDAA wants competitors' opinions. I was surprised but pleased to receive a survey from them in my email. I know entry to USDAA trials around here has plummeted, in some cases entries are down by around 50% and trials are going from 2 rings back down to one. Part of this is due to the economy and people not traveling from out of state but I know a good number of people who are jaded with the organization for one reason or another and have decided to spend their shrinking/vanishing paychecks in other places, including myself. I used to attend every USDAA trial within 2 1/4 hours and maybe drive out of state once a year. But last year I only attended 4 USDAA trials and for 3 of those trials I only went 1 day. This year I have 5 on my schedule but I'm considering canceling at least one of them and I limit the amount of classes/days that I enter. Regionals are a 50 minute or so drive and I'm not going this year, mostly because they're not offering titling classes and I have no plans to go to Nationals. Those tournament classes at Regionals cost a fortune, even more so than a regular trial, and since I'm still trying to resolve Strum's height class he would have to be in Performance. It's not worth the money and time/effort to me to run him in Performance tournaments.
Anyway, I can't figure out how to post a link to the survey directly. I think the link they sent in the email only works for one survey which makes sense. But if anyone is interested in voicing an opinion to USDAA then maybe you can try emailing the office at firstname.lastname@example.org and asking for a survey. I know I had plenty to say. Not sure what they'll do with it but at least they're asking which is a positive move.