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Curious how many of the 75,000 are currently active

I would think this is a better way to measure the growth of the PDGA than gross memberships that include non active and dead people
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Current listing shows 9,915 active members. End of 2014 listing shows 24,109 active members.

Chuck probably has access to data that shows actual retention rates.

You probably also have to consider that a number of people who let their memberships lapse, but still play in PDGA events.
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Current listing shows 9,915 active members.
If you are looking at the PDGA's player statistics page, that only shows current members who have played in an event this year.

There is a membership update during every PDGA Board of Directors meeting. The last one for which minutes were published is from February. As of Feb 19th, they said they had 15,057 active members (last number issued was 72,186). The minutes also said they had 11,100 active members at the same time last year, so this year had seen a 35% increase so far. Highest member number currently listed today is 74,972, so they are already at nearly 18,000 plus any previous members who renewed in the last 2.5 months.
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If you are looking at the PDGA's player statistics page, that only shows current members who have played in an event this year.
I was figuring that number was too low.

I am curious, do they keep track (or have some mathematical means) of how many people who were members the previous year who did not renew?
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You're welcome. Your original post was absolutely right that the total number of memberships purchased ever purchased would be a poor measure of growth.

Active memberships, number of tournaments, and number of people playing in tournaments strike me as the best way to measure the growth of the PDGA, and the competition aspect of disc golf.

End-of-year membership numbers are better than mid-year comparisons. Many people don't sign up or renew until they're ready to play tournaments, or perhaps enough tournaments. As the event schedule gets more crowded, and there are more tournaments early in the year, we'll no doubt see a higher early-season membership.
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I am curious, do they keep track (or have some mathematical means) of how many people who were members the previous year who did not renew?
Yes, they can and do (or at least did). Back in 1999-2003, the average attrition rate, i.e. the % of current members who don't renew the next year, was about 25%-30% each year. By the way, the growth rate of current members was about 8%-12% per year in that time.

I don't recall if those numbers were published publicly or just internally, nor have I searched to see if they are publishing similar numbers today.

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I did a bunch of analysis back in the day on renewal rates and membership length, especially when tied to player rating, and broken down by newly-joined members vs long-standing members. That is to say, all that data is available and cross-reference-able --- not to the public, but it's there.
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