I am associated with the Oregon Fillies, an 18U team from Eugene
Oregon. We recently attended the nationals at Eden Prarie, where we
had the good fortune to finish 5th. I am not one of those who are
saying the gap is closed between So Cal and the rest of the nation. I
have no doubt we would have finished out of the top 10 at the Gold
That being said, I would now like to say that I think the Gold division
is the best thing to happen to softball in quite awhile. Since I am
not from So Cal, I know my opinion doesn't count (Vince), but here
In the NBA and the NFL they have a salary cap imposed in order to level
the playing field.
In college, they have recruiting rules in order to at least attempt to
bring civility to the process. Read Wes Goodin's posts from Eden
Prarie on the recruiting of his players. Recruiting rules - that's got
to scare the Gold teams!
In high school (and college) they have divisions based on size. Again,
this is done to level the playing field and keep big schools from
beating up on small ones. Sound familiar?
In Little League baseball, when Taiwan kept winning so many
championships, the rules where changed to ensure an American team
appears in the finals. Anytime one team wins year after year, you can
be sure the organization will respond with changes designed to level
the playing field.
In boxing and wrestling there are weight classifications designed to
ensure fair competition.
In woman's fastpitch, there are divisons. In Oregon we have a B
division for rec teams, so big teams don't beat up on them.
All through sports there are cases of attempts to level the playing
field. Gold teams: What makes you think you are above all this? When
will YOU get tired of the Panthers and Batbusters winning year after
I have been listening to your postings this past year and believe you
have some valid complaints. The point system does seem to be silly -
but I urge you to work within the ASA system to make the necessary
changes. All changes take time to work. It took several years for the
current situation to get out of whack - and it is out of whack.
I believe coaches need a lot more input into all phases of ASA, from
organizational rules to on-the-field rules. Leaving ASA is not the
answer - you will still play only each other - or NFA will get tired of
the same few winners every year and again make the necessary changes.
Police yourself, or someone will do it for you.