Everyone who doesnt like SC, as USPSA surely sent it there to die.
I hope that's not true. I like steel challenge.
My local club does pretty well as far as steel turnout, despite minimal promotion. But there are new stages every month, along with 1 standard-ish CS stage and usually the plate rack, so you get the novelty along with a somewhat consistent benchmark to track your progress.
Fucking insomnia strikes again, and for whatever reason my semi-autistic brain can't seem to let go of this.....
As it stands, steel challenge as an organization has nothing to offer local club directors to justify sending money to HQ. So, what's the model? Is SC just going to earn its keep on nationals? Even at 225/entry with 100 or so entries, that isn't really going to cut it. Maybe Frostproof told HQ to take that small-potatoes crap and get on down the road?
Make it a bigger draw with 300+ entries and you might have enough to cover the overhead and administrative cost, but not much more.
The alternative is to offer something to the shooters. USPSA and IDPA already have proven the classification model as a viable one.
1. Develop library of 30 or more stages.
2. Stages can vary in length from 3-8 rounds, they do not need to be 5.
3. Nationals will be 10 randomly selected stages, and stages will not be made public until match day. (maybe 24-48hrs prior max, depending on logistics)
a. Alternative: National will be 8-10 NEW stages every year, and will serve as baseline for classifications.
4. Practice bays at level 2 and higher matches will be limited to no more than one hour to make sure your shit works and your sights are on. They will not contain any stages to be used at that match. (probably shouldn't have anything resembling a stage, actually)
5. Library of stages will be used in the same manner as USPSA classifiers, with distinctions made among classes.
6. Active SCSA clubs get something like a "find clubs/matches" function on a central CA website. It's advertising for the club, and more often than not a new shooter looking to get into the game isn't going to "podunkusconservationclub.com"
7. Get a handle on IP issues like trademarks and whatnot. (my opinions on that will cost money)