We have had our On Hold Policy in effect since we opened (May 1993) and have consistently received positive comments about it. A great many students and parents have expressed that they have benefited from it.
We always have someone on hold, for some reason, for some length of time.
The guidelines surrounding it are on the website.
The main two items are that:
We add on any time requested to be placed “on hold” to your next renewal/registration period.
The on hold facility is meant to be used when one is away/out of town or when one is ill. Not just because one has something that one prefers to do that day.
On one hand if there was no On Hold program then someone would be away, return and that would be that. The other extreme would be registering for 52 weeks and each time there was one week or more on hold throughout the year, those times would keep getting recalculated and added on (and on). To accurately account for every student here would then be an administrative time consumer to say the least. Plus considering it is the student's choice to be away, then that system does not seem too reasonable.
There is an expiry date on each registration form. Your membership expires on that date. As long as your membership remains continuous however, your on hold time gets added on to your next registration and your rate in almost every circumstance stays the same.
Think of them as benefits for continual training. For instance, many company's benefit programs remain in effect as long as you are there.
Anyone who did not wish to renew for 12 months, could do so for our minimum 4 months and still receive their on hold time. Of course, we hope everyone registers each year for 12 months and keeps going.
Many students who have trained elsewhere recognize that it is great we have a program at all, and consider ours very fair and straight forward.
If anyone has any questions or does not understand the guidelines or rational, please see me.
~Sensei Williams, 7th Dan, Kyoshi