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This is a common practice that the Township has encouraged for decades. CTAA (baseball & softball); SVSC (soccer); SVJFA (football); Dek Hockey; Volleyball - all charge per participant or team, by the season. The CTPA membership fee is very modest.
Everyone who becomes a member comes in as a 2.5 rated member. Over 60% of our members have this rating and most do not care as they are playing in games where ratings are not important. CTPA is popular because you can play the type of pickleball that you enjoy. And there is always someone there to play the game with you.
The rules for Public Play was determine by the Township, not CTPA. The winning team stays on and split and losing team leaves, allowing two new players to join the two that remain, is a common format that assures that everyone can play. Private games during Public Play times is not allowed. CTPA does offer to members Your Four Play that allows any four members of any rating to play exclusively together along with other benefits.