Dale, unlike what it seems like you, and sadly it appears many in your USSSA circle, I see all softball tourneys as part of one entity.
You should be able to understand that when Donny Jr convinced USSSA to take, at one point, THREE VIABLE INDIVIDUAL SOFTBALL DIVISIONS (AA, A and then even B) and throw them into the failing Major team make up (not localized/regionalized rosters) concept it eliminated the ability of top lower level teams being able to
migrate up the division ladder without huge player and sponsorship changes.
This obviously put a log jam, or maybe better called a huge wall between the national compared to regional/local divisions.
Which in turn made it much harder for local directors to separate their powerhouse local teams ? why? you might ask...because they lost two or three (depending on the year) divisions to bump local teams and top talent into.
as an example of this in norcal being bumped from one year or another from D-C or C-B as a player became a death sentence because once you were ranked to the level that was reduced to almost extinction because of travel or the inability of localized teams to compete .you had/have no where to play.
Softball flourished when you had novice(E), D, C, B, A, and for the most part AA ALL BUILT LOCALLY OR AS YOU MOVED UP THE LADDER to AA regionally.
Now,,,through Donny jrs failed concept of nationalization you have almost half of the divisions usssa offers feeding the conference and its very small number of teams.
once again...the national concept has never been able to build its own division..if you cannot understand how that is failing...you have not really followed softball