A question for you pontificators, defenders of ethics and fair
practices and general softball loons;
Is it proper for the ASA to hand out free passes to the National
This was brought to my attention yesterday. I do not claim to be
the slightest bit informed on this topic but I will venture an
The team I'm affliated with earned a berth buy winning a
National Qualifier, so we're in. I feel at this moment that our
sanctioning body (ASA) should not give freebies just to fill
their quota of teams for this tourny. This could be a standard
practice that I haven't been aware of in the past. If the ASA
wants more teams, the Qualifiers of the larger team populated
tournaments should get 4 berths instead of 1-2 berths. They
could also create a few more qualifing tournaments instead of at
large berths. Then we all can anticipate those results in
planning our schedules to qualify. If your team has earned it,
they can go. I just think it lends itself to the credibility of
Someone out there is going to claim "sour grapes". Well if you
didn't qualify, wouldn't you want that freebie berth? I got news
for you, we didn't qualify the past 2 years and didn't deserve
to go to ASA Nationals. We went to another less prestigous
tourny where we belonged and placed 5th and 3rd. Thus having a
more positive result for our girls than being fodder for the
strong teams of ASA Nationals.
I'm sure there are a few teams out there that haven't qualified,
that are competative at this level and deserve to go talent
wise. Well those are the risks we all take in our planning.
Here is what I would like to see...If the ASA is going to give
out freebies, let us know at the meeting in January. "We are
giving 15 at large berths to teams we deem fit to participate in
our National Tournament" We as teams can then at least practice
or "Lobbyist skills" in trying to procure a freebie when we have
failed to qualify. If ASA doesn't address it, then don't give
out the free passes.
Well, Good luck to all the teams that are in, however you got
there...See you in Panama City
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