Usssa never faced such a thing because when usssa softball was at the top in participation their regional and state directors made the major list and at least on the western half of the country...if you flew out and were anything. It a back up player. You were added to the major list.
It wouldn’t have mattered if Dan jr/grandpa had moved Don Presley or Charlie piece from the easy and given them a “job”...they were still a major player to be counted against the roster restrictions.
Your grandpa was a tough competitor that played as high as he possible could compete..he never played down.
You mentioned the number one reason upper ball should be regionalized as much as possible..work/family commitments..it the hay day of softball tourney participation the top local players almost never flew more then one time zone from home..that allowed more top players to play up.
Going back to the Dan Smith 1991 AA world championship team I mentioned before...we had 13 players and maybe one (Chris Alvarado) could have traveled as is required now. But..he could not have done it without a lot of help$$$.
When I talk about stronger roster restrictions I refer to AA and below..The major program has always been the leach sucking off the healthier divisions.
If usssa regulated the major list as they did when softball was flourishing...darn near every player (at least 90%) playing out away from home would be a major list player.
As I see it..the biggest issues that have not been addressed in usssa is...
1) working hard to make league ball safer/more enjoyable.... in my view..that will require addressing exit batted ball speed.
2) setting measurable goals to grow local/regional ball,
3) third...can be the conference...because as I see it...there is a whole bunch of effort being put into keeping about one small cities worth of softball players happy.
Heck....in twin creek’s hay day...they had more players finished playing by 7:45 on a Wednesday night...maybe even by 6pm on the corporate league nights.
Where usssa has failed the most is locally....it’s not because of the youngsters not liking the sport. There are many more “serikus” young playing travel baseball and women’s softball now then back when softball ruled the recreation sports world.
The CONVENTION QUESTION ALL WEEK should be...what do we need to do to entice the next generation to play?
In closing..I appreciate your openness and it reads like your info on the game goes way beyond your years.