Just trying out a few thoughts....
Goal #1 is to increase starts, both A meet and local. If I had any responsibility for trying to make this happen, I'd think about the following:
-- For local meets, right now, I'd only find out if I was making any progress once a year, after the year was over, when the clubs report. I'd want data more often, helps you know what's happening and see if anything that is being done is making a difference. Like quarterly at the very least. This shouldn't impose any burden on the clubs.
(And if I was in charge of finances, I'd certainly start a discussion about whether clubs should pay their start-based fees quarterly at the same time. For A meets, by the way, they have to report numbers and pay fees within a month I think.)
-- For local meets, I haven't seen any chatter about clubs doing anything special to try to increase starts. Is anything happening? I mean, the strategic plan has been out there for 7 months, and this is goal #1. I know that each goal has been assigned to a member of the Board (or Glen in some cases), and each Board member was supposed to report to the Board by January 8 as to what was happening and what is planned, but there was no report on this.
And at the WCOC meeting yesterday, there was certainly no talk about what we could do to increase our starts.
Is anything in the works, or are starts just going to increase all on their own?
-- I would certainly think about trying to set up some sort of interclub competition, see who could do the best, either gross numbers or percentage or some combination of the two. Make it a game, have some prizes, and definitely publicize the data. The public nature of AP gives motivation to do more than you might do otherwise. It might work the same way with clubs. Or maybe some clubs, or just a few clubs. But that would be better than nothing.
-- I'm not talking at all about the stuff that needs to be down to get more people out (more events, more publicity, more clubs), just that whatever we do in this area needs a lot more visibility than what's happening now.