Collegiate Nationals

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Without exception, every collegiate sport is comprised of competitors
that have spent much of their youth in the sport. As I read the April
Gearing Up discussion in Parachutist magazine regarding the dwindling participation in the collegiate national skydiving competitions, I was struck by the fact
that this observation was missing. If one wanted to ensure the
demise of any college sport, one would prohibit participation in that
sport before age 18. My oldest son is 17 and has his A license. He
will be the last of group for whom this was a reality. The USPA
Board's regrettable decision to prohibit participation by those under
18 needs to be reversed. If they do not reverse this, at least they
should honestly admit when collegiate nationals finally go away that
it was not just some regrettable external factors such as those listed
in the article, but the logical consequences of their own actions.

David M. Mathews, Ph.D.

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