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Re: so..do softball sized fields bring more parity to CONference
We go through this every year. Major team gets beat on 300’ field by ‘A’ team early in the year, what does it mean? Well it means absolutely nothing if you know the game at this level. Do they want to lose? Absolutely not. Should they be able to hit gaps and lines on small fields without the worry of blowing HRs out since they are the best of the best? Probably so. But these teams aren’t built for 12 HRs on 300’ fields, they are built for “The Pinnacle” of slow pitch softball.....the MWS on huge fields with NO Homerun limits. So yes, it would absolutely bring more parity to the Conference and would make for great regular season tournaments if you put the HRs at 8 or 10 and keep everything on 300’ fields. So before we start this year off in a negative fashion like every year, this is not what the Conference is for. It is for Major teams to have a place to play throughout the year. It is for players and sponsors who want to know their schedule and know that tournaments will make in January so they can plan the season out. It is for comraderie, fellowship, and most definitely COMPETITION. Are there some issues within the Conference? Sure there are some negatives, but the positives outweigh the negatives astronomically. And this will definitely be the year that people can pick it apart with everything going on if they want to. Instead, why not sit back and look at the obstacles that had to be overcome just to get this season started and say, “Damn them guys at USSSA are doing a great job with all the adversity to ensure that us Big Kids get to play a game that we so deeply cherish.” And btw, I’m no huge fan of AP on the field, but guy is a 100% gamer and leaves it on the field including his demeanor during the games. The man is 50 freaking years old, playing hurt or with nagging little injuries 90% of the time if I had to guess and still very good, Andy is 100% the man to talk to about softball off the field if you have any questions or need any insight about the game or your team. Good luck to ALL Conference teams this year and to any team who enters a Conference event. Thank y’all Non-Conference teams for allowing our tournaments to be as big as they are most of the time.