Eventually you began to see guys that were A/B/C rated not playing major sanctions but making a career out of the backyard boogie tournaments.
BLD was a prime example of what went wrong. They had a Major division the first couple of years there and the competition was crazy. You had the TAI/Elite / Combat guys, basically the who's who of SoCal softball , . then it went down from there unfortunately. You started seeing upper level tourney guys playing in the rookie division and what not and the rest of the nonsense that came with that.
I will give props to the the directors of Utrip/GSL/ USA , at least now people are getting bumped and the number of upper teams are growing- slowly- but growing.