There are so many emotions I feel right now. Most are not good.
I am one of the 60 that will be affected. As someone hoping to be on Team USA 2017 and represent my country, this will almost certainly result in us not going to France.
Mike Foley came to me on Saturday last week (just before the Limited Nationals) and gave me a brief synopsis on the IPSC Hungary vote the day before.
I contacted Vince Pinto (who is one of the three IPSC officials mentioned). Various conversations occurred revealing that iPSC intended to sanction the USPSA over the match the uspsa sanctioned in the Philippines this year. This match was hosted by a group of shooters that wanted to have an event NOT sanctioned by iPSC Philippines Regional Director Jack.
IPSC reacted by having the vote mentioned above. This could mean we could plan, pay and travel to France for the World Championships in August 2017, and then be expelled the day before it started. Potentially having our guns confiscated etc. for not having an "official" status.
First, I think this is totally ridiculous. On both sides.
Second, the USPSA Board of Directors voted on this in JANUARY 2016, yet we are being informed of the full implications in October 2016.
Third, I personally feel the membership of uspsa should have consulted before the President of USPSA triggered events that would result in the expulsion from IPSC.
(Although it's possible the membership may have gone along with it anyway)
Fourth, if this was on the cards in January why did we all spend the money and time qualifying for the event.
Yes, there are less than 100 people affected by this. But does that justify the actions?
And yes, IPSC does not have the right to dictate how uspsa runs their organizations, or where they hold USPSA competitions. I would personally love to shoot an event in the Philippines.
Based on conversations I have had with Vince and Mike, both sides are dug in. So it appears the split is inevitable. And Team USA will not be representing in France.
There is a rumor a competing group in the USA will establish a USA IPSC, which based on their membership numbers will be allocated the slots originally offered to
USPSA. A membership of 2,000 is 60 slots.
Personally, I would join them, but does that jeopardize my participation in USPSA events? Would IPSC approve?
By the way during the 2017 season I have had many many conversations about the World Shoot with many officials. Not once did anyone mention this situation.
I have been in contact with friends in other countries and no one knew that there were actions being taken that would result in the expulsion of the USA. When I raised the issue on social media last week I was accused by IPSC of sensationalism. Clearly people didn't want the real story to come out.
One country that voted for this IPSC measure did not know it was directed at expelling the USA.
And BOD members here in the USA were aware of this yet said nothing to the members.
It has been pointed out to me that had I paid more attention to Board minutes, I would have been aware of this. Ironically, the identical statement was made to me by both IPSC and USPSA. Ok, I will accept that. I wish It had been posted on social Media.
One the aspects of this I'm really unhappy about is the "secrecy" under which this has all taken place. I feel the memberships should have been notified before actions were undertaken that would result in draconian measures.
So it appears uspsa is going its own way
And IPSC doesn't seem to care.
And unless you are one of the 100 or so shooters affected probably no one else cares.
Personally speaking, representing the United States is the highlight of my shooting life.
A World Championships without the USA is kind of a joke. But maybe that's just me.
Hopefully sponsors will get involved and let everyone know this is not a good situation
This is truly a sad day in practical Pistol."