I feel the diminish was E having a World tournament, and local E tournies giving nice prize packages. So with these awards being given in E, is when Major Sand Baggin begin. You have these E guys that give gas money, buy food, and in a crazy sense, fully dress a E team. When I started playing, he consisted of a t shirt, sweats, or whatever you had lying around, because Novice was recreation and not to competitive. BUt the coackes would cater to a young buck that had no idea what softball could be like. They fall into the easy hit, no hard hit ground ball way, and being Catered and treated like a superstar playing E.
The mentality I used to hear would be: I want to play with my friends, and have fun. That same guy would get into middle wars, talk trash to real REC Players, chugging beer all day, and still carrying a decent OB%. The would get these whooos from their friends being they hit a DBO, and all saying he hits the crap out of it. It's E, they are playing with the PE all stars and not the guys they played HS or JUCO ball against.
These E all star at times would get a call up and not do so well and get humbled. No challenege in E, but playing up requires you to hustle, work on your game, and have a clear mind. In E, you don't have to and at times get the same perks as a guy playing E or HIgher.
Solution in my oppinion is make E rec again. The directors support E teams and tournies a lot more than C or higher. Example in Califas:
Tournament is held at BLD, and they reserve only 6 spots for OPEN, 10 in D, and 20 in E..wtf??? That is not equitable across the board; having a fare chance and time to get a OPen team in. I was shared that why not cap them like this:
Response was, then E teams don't get to play? I said NO, once E is sold out, they can play D if they really want. Or a D team can play open if the D sold out??
The difference in divisions are big: Last time I went to a conference event, I have seen E teams in the tourney playing a B team, or a D playing a Major.
The awards in E are crazy, so why would someone want to play up when you can sandbag and win a prize package better than playng D or higher.