Change is a very complicated thing. Change can be expensive. Change is often difficult because it not only can hurt the bottom line of a company, you also have personal egos and "it's worked in the past, why change" attitudes.
In business change is a balancing act, change happens when:
- The loss of revenue to the organization motivates change to occur.
- A business anticipates the needs of the customer and provides a service that results in getting a bigger piece of the pie.
Change does not occur when we stand around and complain. Change within an organization is going to happen ONLY when that organization feels the pressure (complaining is like a mosquito buzzing around your head, action is that mosquito biting you and you killing it). For example, rubberized contacts. I personally stopped going to shows that didn't have them. I know many of my friends did the same. Pretty soon, groups in our area that had rubberized contacts were getting larger entries and groups that didn't have them started to see their entries fall. I can't think of one group in my area that does not have rubberized contacts now...it may have taken a while for the change to occur, but occur it did.
My favorite agility organization is USDAA. I compete there for many reasons, but sometimes I don't like the rules. One example is 22" weave poles at Nationals last year. I could have said, "I'm not going." If enough people did that, we'd see 24" weave poles in no time. But unlike rubberized contacts, I didn't feel strongly enough to force change. I went and enjoyed myself and came home to my 24" poles.
Mostly I want my dog running happy and safe. If I don't like what a club has to offer, I'll let the club know why I won't trial with them. Sure I'll miss out on some fun trials, but by not participating and communicating clearly is the only way organizations/clubs will spend the $$ to make those changes we'd all like to see.
So bottom line. If you'd like your favorite organization to change, make it happen starting with the clubs that form the foundation of the organization. Money speaks way louder than complaints.