As has been discussed the past couple days, currently there are no roster limits in Conference play meaning that there is not multiple Conference classification levels.
I understand that there are some teams that are restricted by budget and other factors, however, they are still able to add whatever player they want to their roster. There are also teams that do everything they can to avoid being bumped up a classification like the plague to play a lesser world.
As DW mentioned many official conference teams are not afraid to play Major teams they either are not at a point to put that type of team together or they intentionally want to play a world tournament without Major teams present.
Being a major team means an unlimited roster. Conference is also open rosters. In theory a team could only play Conference and not go to a world tournament of any level thus never being subject to a classification issue.
Personally I think that when people truly discuss the conference being an exclusive group it is due to the fact that not everybody can afford to play year long be it budget, time commitments to work or family, or some other restrictive factor. I think when one looks at some of the A or B teams it is not per se a collection of the greatest A and B players in the country, some are just fortunate enough to have gotten a shot or have the ability to commit. DW can probably tall about A and B conference team records at worlds against non-conference teams.
I also think there is a wealth of talent throughout the country at all levels that simply hasn’t gotten a shot and that a team of players that have never played conference could be constructed to win the Major World Series.
There is a plethora of teams that cannot commit to a full conference schedule but play when possible locally or regionally. That is what we will likely do in 2020.
Lastly, 2019 was one of the greatest seasons as a whole parity wise and it has been getting better each year. Building teams take time. It took my Grandpa 3 seasons after returning to win the Major a World Series despite winning multiple tournaments the prior two seasons and being one out away from being in the drivers seat in 2018. Mark Patterson has started a great program and sounds like he is looking to improve in 2020. MPT is making moves supposedly to be a major team in 2020. Yoley Gonzales has taken roughly 4-5 years of slowly building and earned every bit of the AA World Title this year.
As I’m sure you would agree it means more when you have to struggle to get there so what is the point of trying to limit conference rosters. I think more important than limiting Major rosters is to continue the efforts of USSSA to avoid sandbagging at lower levels and properly classify players. If more players get bumped accurately it will eventually help regrow B and C levels regionally in theory as the pool of players grows. In turn this will get more players exposed to higher teams as they monitor up and comers. It will take time as Rome wasn’t built in a day but that’s ok in my book.