I think one of the big issues in the game is ring chasing and people playing down for one tournament a year. As DW has said at various points in all of our discussions they tried to build the best team they could and play the appropriate level. I've done the same in the teams I ran during my playing career. I never cared about what level we would be ranked or who we had to play. My philosophy was to build the best team I could and then lets go get between the lines and see where we stack up.
The biggest point that I've tried to make in the discussions you and I have had with respect to Conference ball is that there are no roster restrictions. Any team can literally pick up whoever they want. Where the classification issue comes in is that whether due to ring chasing or the cost of sponsorship teams will do everything possible to stay at a certain classification. Rather than add one or two more higher ranked players to make it to Sunday most weekends teams will be ok finishing Saturday all year to chase a ring one weekend in September. The way that I view it at the conference level is that this is not a product of the Major sponsors but rather lower classed teams sometimes intentionally not adding players to stay below a certain class.
I wonder sometimes how the game would look if we still had the old systems of truly earning a berth to worlds. There have always been lower teams that entered major tournaments. Conference ball is literally build the best team you can and lets get it on. When I had a B team I never cared if we played another B team or if it was my Grandpa's team in the other dugout and I always tried to find players that had the same mindset of being too stupid to not know that we should get our ass kicked.
The problem I see is that the B and A Conference teams now travel the whole country to play the league rather than play regionally against each other and then enter regional major tournaments to play the big boys. In doing so it substantially adds to the sponsorship cost for all of the travel and lodging. I remember taking a motor home to Colinga and Lancaster with half the team onboard when I was a kid while DS3 was still playing. I think with respect to coast to coast travel it should mainly be Major and AA teams, if you're a top 5 A team or have a deep pocket A sponsor maybe you can go coast to coast too but at that level I think A should even be mainly regional.