If you really feel this is the case, what is stopping you or others from creating a strong local A, B, and C program and making it a model for others to follow? You’ll be able to do this entirely independent of the conference. Since you will have no affiliation with the conference you’ll have no issue getting players as you are so adamant that this is the reason no one plays local ball.
So Tim, start with say a 6 team local ‘A’ league, a 10 team local ‘B’ league and a 16 team local ‘C’league. Now pick geographically your central point and then draw of 150 mile radius using that point. Now make a league rule that all players need to live within your 150 mile circle.
So Tim, assuming 13 player per team you’ll need 78 ‘A’ players, 130 ‘B’ players and 208 ‘C’ players. A total of 416 players that live in your circle having ‘A’, ‘B’ and ‘C’ level softball skills.
So Timmy I ask you, do you still think that the conference killed local softball or maybe it may be the numbers?
And if you still think it’s the conference, then step up and create your local program.