The new target year begins on Sept. 1 and there is a time lag before many of us get our new cards. The ATA office is very busy finishing up the Grand and processing new/renewal memberships in September, but the major delay is due to gun clubs not sending in the required information promptly. This most commonly happens with canceled shoots.
For many reasons, a club may find it necessary to cancel a shoot. The club see no reason to inform the ATA that the shoot was canceled. The office is not able to distinguish between shoots that were canceled and shoots that were held and the scores not submitted. It requires some time to get this worked out.
The explanation kinda begs the question: why be in a hurry to renew? I paid for renewal at the Grand and no one has asked for a current card. Why not wait until December when the ATA gets caught up and can process and send the cards in a reasonable time? If I don't get a card in December, how much trouble will it be to prove I renewed in August at the Grand? Just a thought. Regards, Ed
I was about to add to my post that considering the fact that most people do not even keep their cards up to date (and some don't record their scores at all) I'm not sure why anybody is concerned about when, or even if, they get their card.