I think the idea of a 4 hour MANDATORY Cert. course while well meaning is ridiculous. I have put my time into better my community but I would NEVER have bothered with airsoft had some SELF APPOINTED regulatory body tried that crap. Quite honestly people it comes down to mentoring.
I have a couple of observations for hosts. I think their jobs are quite difficult and often unappreciated. That being said some times I think more time could be spent on the safety meetings. I can understand why things get rushed some times you may have 30 established players and only 3 new ones, and the established ones have heard the same speech many many times. I think though for the most part just taking the time to do it right would make all the difference in the world. If that means you have to go back to kindergarden and send people home for talking during the brief?? so be it.
I would like to see that a FIRST time player need to be at game say 30 min early to get some info crammed down their throat and safety gone over incase the brief is rushed.
Lets face it almost all of us who try and do more for our communities than just show up to play are volunteers. We dont make money, if we are lucky we make a friend. I read alot of this comes from GTA/Ont, you may want to try out your cert coarse, but my suggestion would to try it on a volunteer basis with some new faces then once its all done get some feedback and bring it to discussion.
I dont know if the problems are more pronounced out east or not but west coast we from what I have seen dont have the same degree of total asshats you do. Is that because we have some players who go well out of thier way to mentor?? I would like to think so.
Be apart of the solution grab a nub for your fireteam next game.
You know, there's like a butt-load of gangs at this school. This one gang kept wanting me to join because I'm pretty good with a bo staff.