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Discussion: RATINGS

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Nov. 28, 2003
11 posts
Here we go agian. Should sll the senior Softball Associations be bound by there Rating systems? As of right now they are not. Read the fine print people.What is the use of having them if they do not have to honor them.
Happy Holidays to all, stay Healthy and Focused. See you all in 2004.
Nov. 28, 2003
Bermuda Punch
Men's 65
15 posts
You've touched a sore spot with me. The National Rankings are a joke at best. In the current rankings and of those I teams I know, there are numerous mistakes such as teams listed two and three times in different age brackets; teams that have disbanded; and teams in the wrong age group. When the World Championships in the AA division was held in Roseville, CA, several years ago, I printed the entire National Rankings pointed out the corrected changes such as those mentioned above, and handed it to a member of the Rankings committee. Then I watched him throw it in the trash can. One team listed in the 60 AA disbanded 3 years ago. I know because I was the manager and still have the uniforms. The National Ranking committee should be looking at player names on rosters as well as team names. The team I play for at the present time is ranked 65 major and has been for several years. In our case the current ranking is not deserved. However, for us to get our ranking lowered all we need to do is change the team name and list another player as manager and none of the Ranking committee members would know the difference.
Nov. 28, 2003
10 posts
I agree with Burmuda Punch and can't believe that this committe does anything. There are teams in our division that don't exist. Some organizations use this Ranking System to form divisions and these teams are nowher to be found. They wer supposed to be up dated in Aug. snd I never saw any changes. If they are going to use them Some one should take responsibility to see that ther are accurate. Some are based on reputation and never changed. I would like to see the Rating Committe take a more sctive part in evaluating teams to insure Parity. Wishfull Thinking?
Nov. 28, 2003
Bobby L
Men's 55
29 posts
I also agree with BP.I have also brought it to the attention of Terry.There seems to be nobody in charge of this area,which I findto be a real flaw in the rating system.Another thing that bothers me, is that according to the consortiums own rules, as posted on this page.When a team finishes 1st. or any of the assoiations involved they are to be moved up a division for the next year.What is being done,and has been done for the past 2 years is they are moved up at the beginning of the year,and when it comes time for the World Tourneys,they petition the committee and get moved down,and win the same division again.If the don`t winit ,theyat least send some teams home that really belong in that division.I thought that the move up rule was put in so that more teams would have a chance to compete for a World Championship.
Dec. 1, 2003
Men's 50
535 posts
As a senior player, I realize that rules are hardly applied & @ times will hurt teams & their players. When a player 1 st starts out, that person should get rated or tell the organ.' that 'they' r a AA, AAA, ETC. player. That rating should be then placed on that players card. When a team signs in the persons that checks the player & their card should write down their rating. If, a AA team has 4 players or more that r AAA or better, that team should be put into AAA, ETC. If, a team is AAA, & has 5 players on it's roster that r rated above AAA, that team should be MAJOR, & SO ON.
In Jan, of 2004, the softball god's, I mean organ.'s will be meeting again to discuss rules etc. Please, write, E-mail, etc. to these organ.'s & try to get this matter resolved.
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