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Aug. 24, 2006
Topic: Associations
Discussion: Divisions

Personally, I 'd love to see softball revert back to the old days. Everyone put 10 bucks into the hat, pay the entry fee and you had a weekend of fun. Unfortunately the game became a business and what ten dollars use to get you now costs you Fifty. I still believe softball should be about competition and playing the game. Playing on a Major or Major Plus team has limited the amount of teams to compete against. So for that reason I'd love to see the sanctioning bodies revert to a competitive and recreational format. Perhaps it would widen the scope of the available teams to compete against.
The oddity seems to be more about the verbiage. When a team travels doesn't that makes them competitive ? At issue is and will continue to be how to draw the line between the two.
Combining the Major and Major plus divisions seems to be a no brainier. By limiting runs to five an inning and using the one up rule with home runs this would continue to level the playing field. Implement the Des Moines (SSWS) style bracketing for every tourney, as long as a team wins it stays up in the bracket. Loose, you move down. Go past the dotted line and its time to survive. If everyone buys into the spirit and integrity of competing, teams usually fall into the right bracket. I know it's not perfect but you have to admit you always played a lot of games.
Finally how do take the cheaters out of the game?
Answer: Each team must hit with the other teams bats. How messed up would that be ?
Actually this would work. Each team supplies one new U'2 in a wrapper at the beginning of each tournament. The tournament director would control the bat inventory. Placing three to four on each field for the duration of the tournament. How hot would these bats be by day two? Oh that's right, not very because they all break after 100 swings. But that’s ok. Because with lets say 40 teams in the tournament we would have ample supply. One breaks just replace it….
In a perfect world another solution would be to have the Bat manufacturers sponsor and provide the bats. At any rate everyone is swing the same product. Issued solved……but wait, what about those fifty year olds on steroids…lol

Just my opinion,
Jdawg, Pilchers Ultimate 50's

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