Special Interest Groups

Blake: And it’s the people that feel passionate or have a vested interest in those projects that, or those topics, that have … are going to be doing the legwork. And so we’re able to tap into the experts, we’re able to tap into the people that are motivated to do research, and that’s how things are done well.

Craig: So that’s … I kind of cut you off, but that’s … The special interest groups is one part, and then the other side is the committees are the other major part.

Blake: So the committees are what’s going to bring the information from the SIGs to kind of voting and to decision making from a national governing body perspective. And that’s where the final decisions are made, but it’s with a lot of grassroots information and involvement and support that those decisions happen.

Craig: One of the more unique features of USPK is the special interest groups, the structure, the SIG structure and committees is pretty standard for an organization. Can you describe a little bit about what the roles are of committees, which is more typical of an organization and the special interests groups, which is unusual?

Frosti: In forming USPK we knew there was a few things we really cared about, that we wanted to start committees that were basically just assigning people to focus on different issues within the current sport. Everything from build standards, competition, to community building, those are all things that are built into our bylaws as standing committees that we know are important. And we want to make sure people are consistently focused on. How is this being represented in the sport right now? How are these practices being regulated throughout the country? Are people safe? Are people improving the way that this sport is growing? Are they improving the way that people can come into this? We knew that those things were going to be there, but we also knew that people have infinitely more ideas the more you add in. So, the bigger our memberships grew, the more things that people could potentially care about.

Frosti: SIGs were, special interest groups were an opportunity for the membership to say, “Hey, this is something that we care about.” If you get a few people together, and you say, “We all care about this.” Great. Start a SIG and then figure out what you can do with it. It’s everything from somebody wanting to focus on, “Hey, I care exclusively about building blocks for gyms to make the best thing for somebody to train on. I want to know how I can do this, and I want to make sure that people aren’t doing dangerous ones that are getting people hurt. People aren’t teaching bad practice.” Whatever. They care so much about this one thing, guess what? There are tons of people that care about that, too.

Frosti: Let’s get you guys together and see what happens if you guys sit in a room, even if it’s a digital room, but get your heads together and let your consciousness milkshake a little bit, but then you end up with something really unique that wouldn’t exist otherwise. Because all of those conversations would be living in a vacuum by themselves. Just within your gym. Just within your local community. Just with your team, or just with your friend. They never get a chance to expand outside that. When you take away something that separates us, and you give an opportunity to bring us closer together, I think you open up the floodgate of possibilities.

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