By the time Don took over, Al Ramsey had already seen the writing on the wall with declining numbers in softball four years in a row or so, and it was he, not Don who started USSSA's expansion into other sports to compensate.
Tim, you keep harping about this like it was brought on by one guy in one association who gummed everything up in all four of the major associations that existed at the time. And if we could only reset the clock and go back to the way things were when slo-pitch softball was booming, we could bring back the glory days. Most everyone on this board knows that IT AIN'T GONNA HAPPEN, especially when the most outspoken proponent of that malarkey won't roll up his own sleeves to try to MAKE it happen. This thread started off with a suggestion from LR22 for you to just that. I am totally 100,000% behind you giving it a whirl. Go ahead, regionalize build up local programs to the Class A level and reduce sponsor costs, go with a floating rubber, test for PED's and while you're at it bring back white colored softballs. Because if you do, you won't have time to be the annoying pest that you are.