Each weekends Major is usually a better field of teams than AA worlds. Yet most in softball think its more prestigious to win AA worlds than say the Cincinnati Major or the Chicago Major for example.
I am not saying I am right and they are wrong. In fact most don't agree with me.
It is crazy though a team with 9 points will usually have a better season than a team with 11 points. Its a phenomenon that happens when a team mentally thinks they can't win the major they then underperform on a weekly basis. So I understand teams stopping at 9 points. I guess it keeps the players focused.
I truly enjoy AA worlds. I just don't understand a team that is at the max 9 points being happy with their week in and week out performance for one world at the end that could get washed out by a hurricane or won by a team with 2 roster points.
If you aren't close to 9 points then this doesn't apply because you are aren't holding back.