“Me? You gotta be kidding! What’s it gonna do for me? I’m just a cannon fodder type!”
Sound familiar? It sure is! But the answers to those questions are easy. They are “Yes.” “No!” and “Lots!” In other words, yes, you ought to join. No, we’re not kidding. And joining the APTA will do a lot (a) for you and (b) for this 50-year-old sport.
The APTA entered the 1976-1977 season with 3,589 members. In 1973, it had 810. The goal for the next season was 7,000. That didn’t seem unrealistic for a game that had blitzed the landscape from San Diego to Georgia, North Carolina, and the entire northeast.
Source: Paddle Talk, Vol. 3 No. 1 (September-October)