“It means more when you have to struggle to get there so what is the point of limiting conference rosters.”
The point of limiting conference rosters is so the few big money groups (we will say your grandpa and Eddie types) cannot destroy teams by buying the top talent. And they cannot build teams that dominate so much other groups move down instead of playing in their division.
I know you were not around but...there was a time your grandpa couldn’t buy a team strong enough to get him to qualify for the world he wanted to play in.
The reason for this was usssa had strong player restrictions and a great major player list.
The guy in charge of your grandpas area list was Dan Brown.
He ranked every top player in each division at a player level one above where he was playing. And usssa limited how many upper players could be on a roster.
He ranked every player that flew out to play a major list player. And only two divisions could have a limited number of major players on their roster.
That lead to a west coast program with thousands of teams throughout every division. Except major. Which more or less didn’t exist in the west.
Imagine a California program that had over 200 teams a state tourney. Imagine a California program that sent 17 teams to the second highest division of usssas world finals/A world in Michigan.
At one point your grandpa tried to buy a berth to the World by telling the team that qualified above him for the last spot that he would sponsor them the next year..Ron Swartz that ran the team said no..and the Smith team had to stay home.
I guess what I am trying to say is...there was a time where there was probably seven times as many teams playing tourneys in California and at that time...even your grandpa couldn’t buy a world title.
The first World champions your grandpa ever sponsored was a team I ran... we were built with 11 guys that lived sighing 50 miles of twin creeks and two guys from SoCal.
The game was much stronger back then with strong roster restrictions and a focus on growing regional programs was the goal.
Part of that has changed on the focus for regional/local stuff but...it’s obvious roster restrictions are still strongly regulated to save the game that’s left..the question is....
If it’s soo important for the AA, A, B,C,D programs to have regulated rosters for the health of softball..why doesn’t it the same for the major program.
Every major team sport in America has roster restrictions of some kind in an attempt to create a more balanced field of play...why not major conference softball????