I think the issue with this particular womens tournament is that it'll be Mothers Day weekend. I know that it was moved from Sunday to Saturday because it ended up being mothers day, but I think that that's still effecting the entries. I did talk to a few of our former pitchers over the winter when I was contacting previous members and many of the ones I talked to quit for personal reasons, I do think its possible to get some of them back though. Part of the issue with the womens tournaments that I'm seeing is that no-one really knows what they are, It was just put out as being a womens only class, but what else sets it apart? I think that they should all be conducted on Saturday at "second flight" time to have the most people around to watch. Shorter games, different style awards, gift bags for all entries could all help gain interest in these tournaments. That information needs to be put out for potential entrants to see though. I don't believe just labeling it as a womens tournament will gain much interest without something else setting it apart.
Another issue I see is we seem to be targeting former members rather than gaining new players. Most former members have quit for a reason, whatever it may be, and to gain them back you always have to get them over that reason. If we can convince new players to give the game a try and create a fun, less serious, looser environment then those players are more likely to come back and join the KHPA. Our advertising game just isn't up to par in my opinion. We need fliers, ads in papers, people on news and radio stations, etc. A lot of people have no clue theres such thing as organized horseshoes, unless someone they know plays. We need to do a better job of getting the word out about Kentucky Horseshoes in general.