in norcal there your math of softball history is way off...
our history is participation grew until the mid 90s when it started to decline. so only one of the eras you references showed a decline and it started mid 90s.
so what happened in the mid 90s? It is my belief around this time is when Donny/usssa moved more and more away from usssa being locally driven and moved more and more into how many beds can we fill at worlds/Disney
again..I see the CONference as nothing more then a con Donny jr incorporate so his beloved major teams
could still have some lower level teams to eat up on all season ...and...doing so negatively effected the AA, A and B programs...if you hurt the upper half of localized tourney softball..it shouldn’t take a genius to
figure out you also hurt the lower half.