This seemingly unfair way of avoiding fees should be stopped as soon as possible. I understand that many families have noted this loop-hole in the rules and some openly brag about the way they do not pay subscriptions for their children until such time. They all know exactly when their children should become members to enable them to assume Under 21 membership with all the rights this entails and poor old Waiting List people are left hanging on, never getting near the top of the list.
Our subscription fees – with all the wonderful facilities the club offers – are still good value when compared with “one sport” clubs like golf clubs. We should not be afraid of closing these loop holes.