Until C and B can stand on their own locally it makes no sense to worry about A, AA, and Major that have absolutely no affect on local B and C divisions.
Grow the C and the B if you can and then when B is standing on its own in each state, then we can discuss the problems with going from B to A.
I just will never understand how Conference has any negative affect locally?
What you Tim are trying to say is you liked being able to have a local AA team make the major. Well there just aren't enough players locally to make a AA team that can compete in AA today. Some teams have come close but it is rare.
In the old days you had so many players playing in a region that you could put together a AA teams and compete. Those days are over.
I'm not aware of any conference teams that want to play regionally. There are a few regional conferences out there that teams can play. They usually only last a few years because no one wants to play in them.
The mismanagement comment is sad. As there are so many associations that if it could have been done better it would have been but yet hasn't. It is as good as it can be with a new generation of players that prefer to play down and people do other things now. Softball is an after thought.