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Your only recourse is to resign your membership.
I never joined because it seemed pointless. I was never going to play as a pro or play enough Am tourneys to amass any points. So it was a waste of money to me. Now if you want to play as an AM in most tourneys there is a penalty fee for all non PDGA members so I won't be playing in any tournaments.
When ever a controlling interest takes over any enterprise and limits the membership on how the group is run it usually means that there is some major changes that some want to make and need to stack the controlling interests in their favor.
It seems that the PDGA is going to make some changes that a lot of members are not going to like....
That's a point of view that's holding back the sport. You want better courses and professionally run events, then those people who do it regularly and do it well should get compensated. Players have been taking advantage of those volunteering for years even knowing that those who volunteer mostly do it willingly. I have around 8000 hours of volunteer work in the sport since 1989 so I've done more than most. But I also now get paid for several activities, too.
When the sport started, most players volunteered sort of like everyone in the community volunteering for barn raising when each neighbor needed the help. It's not that way any more and hasn't been that way for a while now. Only a few do the volunteering while everyone else benefits from that effort. It's not like everyone is taking turns running the event each year or doing the brush clearing on a new course.
Think of any other organized sport run by your Parks Depts. Those people get paid. (Yes, the parents still volunteer as coaches.) Wonder why Parks Depts don't run disc golf leagues and events and disc golf gets less respect and budget support from Park & Rec than other sports? Our current financial model doesn't provide support for compensation for those who do the work. If you keep giving everything you do away free, that's what value society will place on the sport. Not much.
Chuck has argued that we are well served by the Board's decision to partially disenfranchise us without consultation because we voted for the Bylaws that allowed them to do it. By his logic we'd be well served by anything the Board did. They could vote to appoint all Board members and pay themselves fat salaries and Chuck would still be saying, "Why should you object? You gave them the power. Where's the downside?"