just taking at look at my experience in playing softball..to share my experiences that built my belief that national all star teams and travel requirements hurts any division.
I started out playing on a church team at 16 years old/wood bats..it was 1975...no tourneys just wednesday night D-church league...
Then I was asked by a guy that grew up in my neighborhood to play on his D tourney team..that was all fun for a couple years, no real leadership to get better just a bunch of guys drinking and some doing coke on the weekends.
at some point I was asked to fill in on an A league team..at that point I learned there was a competitive level of softball to strive for. I never even knew it existed.
that competitive level was B tourneys...in 1982 or 83?
there were a couple guys in the league that played above B ball..they played major ball..Denny Jones and Greg Fuhrman..they were great players but had to travel all the time to play..that was and still is not desirable.
no one in our area played A ball..I donít know what that division looked like till 1985 or 86.
the B team I played on won the ďB worldĒ it was actually a
regional but for some reason all my teammates were happy about winning the B World. I didnít realize this till a few years later.
I was not good enough to be anything more then a back up player on the B team called Far West Collections in the big events..
The coach said I would not play at the world so I didnít need to go..I stayed home..they DROVE to salt lake city. The teamís first event out of norcal. that season.
That team folded and merged with Pro Team
Sports the following season...I guess they didnít want to play A? I cannot think of any other reason they would have folded but again...I knew nothing about the politics is softball at that time.
when they merged and created another B team they took a chance adding me as a player ...In hind sight..it was probably to stay under some player limits to stay as a B team..we played B and were maybe a year later bumped to A ball... I learned many tips on how to hit and with tons of work I became a pretty good homerun hitter. so they kept me.
we went to A worlds in michigan kallamazoo and went 0-2...
since there were so many divisions in softball to compete locally in..our state director Danny Brown would always take the top 17? teams and rank them A... his goal was to build a great norcal program..he didnít need to worry about anything else unless he mislabeled a team and they ended up destroying everyone at worlds..that never happened.
at that point D Brown had FIVE great competitive divisions to spread his team talent into..this created a lot of parity...In all divisions. as usual..the top division, A ball, was his tough test job to keep from allowing one or two teams to dominate.. at that point there were two dominate A teams..Comouterland and American Reality. The top division is always the most difficult to regulate.
right now 2020 in norcal we have more or less three divisions...none or which are really showcasing a division where local teams can compete at an upper level...unless you call C (a division 5 levels from the top) upper ball.
so...now if your a norcal softballer you have two choices.
1) play in a division five, six or seven divisions from the top (we can call this backyard picnic ball)
2) attempt to play in one of the top four divisions and travel to play.
For me...and a huge majority of the top players from norcal history...choice 2 would never have been worth considering..why you might ask.?.because unless your a teacher or doing something that gets the summer off itís not enticing to travel to play softball. heck..even today too sponsors HAVE TO PAY PLAYERS TO TRAVEL TOP CONFERENCE TEAMS NEED IN ORDER TO PLAY AS THE CONFERENCE IS CURRENTLY SET UP.
now that you have seemed to claim C ball is localized...can you point me to the usssa rule that limits C teams rosters to a small area/LOCALIZED.
I donít know if you remember my postings when I was being hammered about going to the convention..I posted the conference meeting isnít the one I wanted to be a part of...
A meeting with every state and regional director with an agenda of brainstorming for ideas on bringing back strong local divisions is what I asked for... I even said it would be great to have guys like Danny Brown and Donny jr there to share now they built it the first time, and study what went wrong to get the game to this point.
Once again...I can only think of a few hands full of players from my era of playing that would have traveled as is needed now..and for most of them..you would have had to give them a thick envelope every weekend.
now that I think of it..in our early days of being an A team the top recruit we added was a player named Gary Robertson...he was a major list player that had played on some pretty good Major team ( I donít remember the name of the team).. the reason we were able to add him..he had gotten married and didnít want to travel as major teams need you to travel.