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Re: Sadly mistaken
Posted by Missing the point on August 27, 2019, 10:53 am, in reply to "Re: Sadly mistaken
Nobody was worried about the players with USA player ratings. The issue is when a team has their allowed 3 A rated players listed on their roster and 4 or 5 players with NR next to their names. Those teams are the teams that USA turns a blind eye to. There are plenty of guys from your area that do play in the conference btw. Until you guys actually change that ONE word in your ratings bylaws from CAN to WILL, teams will keep skirting the rules at all levels because USA Softball is looking at the pennies in front of them instead of the dollars down the road they can make by making a level playing field at all levels and drawing more interest. That one change in wording would prevent teams from bringing multiple players from upper levels in other organizations that have no USA rating and you would see a more level playing field in national tournaments and would retain more teams at all levels. Teams that perfom well and get bumped will actually move uo and play instead of breaking up. The way the bylaw of the rule was intended to be used was for players who have never played ANY tournament softball yet. Not to let teams skirt the rules. Why even bother putting that in the bylaw if USA never intended on enforcing it? Again......change one word.....WILL and enforce it. Make the announcement Jan 1st, it would then fall on those teams if they take the risk of playing a national championship with a non compliant roster. Teams would still have time to add or remove guys as need before the national if trying to get reclassed. Utrip now has a players rating attached to each player and their rules are exactly the same. 3 players allowed from a level above and no players allowed from two levels above. Utrip does forfeit teams that aren't by the rules at their Worlds. I have seen it firsthand. Have NEVER seen USA do it. The problem is that far fewer players play USA vs utrip, so very easy to shirt the rules in USA. Change ONE word, stand behind it and enforce it. Problem solved. WILL see more teams start to play USA and will retain more teams. And btw.....I'm an ASA/USA guy who actually hates utrip but have to play it because as an upper team we can't even play a tournament in our own state.