Pistol competition is important. Unless they go to gun school, the local action pistol match is the only chance a lot of people will have to shoot from the holster, or on the move, or at moving targets, or under any kind of competitive or time pressure. Back in, oh, '94 or so, I was peripherally associated with a bunch of folks who had set up their own casual pistol matches. Intended as an alternative to the USPSA scene, which even at that time was increasingly dominated by expensive hardware, these matches were casual affairs oriented towards the kind of pistols most folks actually carried.
Stages were set up so that they could be cleared with a five-shot revolver, if you didn't mind reloading, and the only hard and fast gun rules were "No optics, no porting, no comps." Other than that, you only had to worry about everybody looking askance at your heater and accusing you of being a gamer. There weren't any "classes", nor any prizes, and while score was kept in a desultory fashion, everybody knew who the best handful of shooters were, and most folks were out to have fun rather than to "win".
Coincidentally, about that time, there was another group of shooters that wanted a more practical, CCW-oriented alternative to USPSA. Only they ruined it all with "classes" and "prizes" and vague, shadowy rulings. "No silly gamer stuff" only works as a rule when you have fifteen or twenty people who all know each other in real life and are pretty much on the same page regarding what does and doesn't qualify as "silly gamer stuff". That's a lot harder to do with a national organization, especially once there are prizes involved. Prizes lead to rulebooks, rulebooks lead to rules lawyers, and you wind up discouraging people from getting out there and getting involved.