There are at least 3 AA teams right now stopping at 9 points to play AA. I guarantee you most of the players on those teams are saying "don't pick up those last 3 guys we need to win games each weekend so we can stay AA". Or those players are saying "we need to appeal this guy or that guy off the list so we can get better but still play AA".
There is probably one guy on each of those teams saying lets get what we need, who cares if that makes us major. But maybe not even one.
Heck we had the #2 team in the country fold midseason because they didn't think they could win the Major in their 1st year. It is just a different way of thinking in the conference for better or worse it is what it is. Almost every team and every player thinks they have to be able to have a good shot at worlds or it isn't worth it. Maybe softball would actually be better with only the Major World Series. No other worlds. Then teams would not hold back on roster pickups. Lists wouldn't matter. Etc.
Just the way its been for many years.
I had players verbally assault me at tournaments saying the classification committee didn't approve their appeal which cost their team the ability to play down...
Very rare is the player that joins a team and says "lets move up". In fact there may not be an actual example of that. Look at all the players that played for Thunder Major team and were ranked 2nd in the country and went down to 'A' teams. Did they tell those teams "lets get so and so and move to AA"? Probably not.
I am not mad about teams not moving up, I am just saying it like it is. If a 'AA' looks at Resmondo and says "we can't beat that at the Major" then they aren't going to go Major. It is that simple. Even though Bad Draw, Premier, Category5, and MPT all had a good shot at beating Resmondo at the Major and at some point mid game were leading or close to leading.
The automatic home team to the higher seed really hurts the competition at the Major World Series. I am not sure why AA and A teams voted for that rule. Crazy.