For years bordering on decades, we’ve wrung our hands over the issue of increasing participation. There’ve been programs and research and money spent. Maybe without those programs things would be worse. But so far, they don’t seem to have moved the needle the way we want.
We’ve got financial, demographic, and climatic factors in the way of a long-term increase in participation. In the aftermath of a great season, it’s hard to ask anything besides, “How can we increase participation?” That sounds to me like the goal- not a helpful question. Helpful questions address issues impeding achievement of the goal and frame the problem to allow the issues to be addressed. I want to ask what I think some of those questions are. I hope you find the exercise helpful and that you might respond by asking some questions I’m missing.