First I want to say something -
I want to make a comment on Bridgeport. This team won B three years ago and they are a Class-E/D2 team in the state and in any other world, would be still in the B division, but due to the uncanny fact they somehow seem to all play great during the playoffs, have a habit of finishing up losing the A finals. Just my thoughts, we take advantage of the fact they really don't belog lumped in with the Good A teams. But they are great guys and always do whats best for the league, for that I commend David O'Donnell and Will Harmon and their team.
A-Division will be split into A1 and A2 (for name purposes only, Call it East and West, whatever
A1 - 5 Teams - probably the 4 teams that have played A for the last few years (Smittys, Paragon, Rib House and Beer) plus maybe Nonna Rosa who has volunteered to move up to A (Thank you Tom Oshinsky)
A2 - 5 Teams - the 5 most consistant B division teams we have. Must pick 5 from this list - Jared's Jumping Beans, Facendas, Steppys, Gibbons, Rec, Depauls and new team from fall; Romanos. How we do this is gonna be tough.
the A-Division setup would be two 5 team divisions as explained above:
All 10 teams would play a double header against each other - (that's 9 teams, played twice for 18 Games) and then play the other 4 teams in their own division 1 double header each for 8 more games. A-Division teams woudl play a 26 game schedule:
Now, here is where the compromise must occur. To save the A-Division, we need to have at least 8-10 teams so Paragon Doesn't play Rib House 27 times a year. So, this schedule is pretty good as the A teams play 9 different teams. The teams coming from B have made this a bigger and better A Division.
At the End of the Season, the other compromise kicks in as we have 2 separate divisions with standings, etc. To make this worthwhile for the B teams moving up, we sort of have to do this like this. Or NO B teams will want to move and the A-Division dies ..... Please bear with me.
A1 and A2 has 2 separate playoffs. 1st vs 4th, 2nd vs 3rd in each division, then the A1 and A2 Division Championships are played, then the 2 winners play for the A Division Championship. The ONLY reason, I suggest this is so that at the very least, a team coming from B (A2) is guaranteed a spot in the A Finals. I think the teams in A can bend a little for this to happen for the best of the league.
Then in the end of the season, we START ENFORCING a rule that says the B-Division Champ move up to A-Division and the worth team in A move down to B or the top-2 in B or bottom-2 in B. Something .... we can vote on it at the meeting as we have gotten away from this since we moved Bridgeport Beer up to A.
This is MY suggestion only on how the A would work. As for the B, the remaining teams would play Each other team a set of double headers that add up to a voted on number of total games and then the top 4 or 6 to be voted upon woudl make playoffs. Whatever 2 of the B teams that do not go to the A-Division, would be very competitive with the teams remaining, I promise you that.
IS THIS, something we can live with for this year and after the year, we will know what teams do and don't belong and then vote on how we move teams up and down. We can do this at the meeting. not important now, BUT THE SETUP of this league is the #1 topic.
The Teams coming from B compromise by Playing in the A divisions and at least trying to be competitive with the existing A teams.
The A teams compromising by having the 2 separate playoffs in the end to guarantee at least one of the A2 teams make the final (for this year only).
Its a give and take. Please think about it.
Thanks for listening, Steve
PS- IF you guys think I have finally lost my marbles and don;t find this setup what you want, then I suggest we do have a meeting ASAP to work something out or we are gonna lose Norristown Softball as we know it. I think even if you guys graciously say we can try this format I suggested, we still have a meeting to iron out whatever it is we have left to do (decide on which 5 of the 7 B Divisions teams move up and also how we want to proceed in the future as far as keeping 8-10 in the A by moving up the B champ and maybe runner-up or however we vote on it, but SOMETHING has to be done).
OK, go ahead and let me know how you feel and please don't yell. I am a sensitive man .
PS- My suggestion since Nonna has already said they want to play A and Romanos also in A2, we really only need to select 4 teams from this list
- Jared's Juniper Plants
- Norristown Wreck/Stark Energy Drinks
- The DePaul Family Enterprise Incorporated
- Jimmy C and the Stepp-ies
- The Gibbons Traveling Fantasy Show
First, would any of these 6 like to volunteer. If so, you guys would be hailed as heros and be awarded the Heels Silver Star Award.