Experience. Exposure. Confidence. Credential. From E to D, then D to C levels of play, the ability to advance is not a systematic function of state, district, region, or national directorship, but it is an influential opportunity for player maturation. (There may be corruption, though limited, which minimally contributes to the decline of participation, another topic for another time.)
Player development is paramount. It’s imperative that individuals take on the responsibility to access potential and get their experience and exposure through the highest of tournament classifications. Through these exploits one may gain the confidence and credential to jump forward in level within a shorter time frame. Playing at the local, state, or district level may not create the exhibition needed, and the reason why the regional and national layers are essential, an important platform for development. No wonder the exploitation exists. It has become a showcase, with the excuse to be relevant, the start of an upper-level softball career for some. (Taking advantage of this ‘status’, even through stretching the rules of engagement, is understandable. We just need to know the justification.)
The world stage in which the lower levels can compete is mainly an opportunity to realize what it may be like at C/B/A. They can familiarize themselves with the expenditures, travel, scheduling, and detailed arrangements necessary to participate. This world stage is not fundamental towards development nor does it evaluate talent or potential of lower level players. Does it create revenue and excitement for USSSA? It sure does. Regional and national tournaments are more significant, however.