> Dale Moore says there will be Gold Division "no matter what".
> What if they had a Gold Division and nobody came?
> Please respond in this newsgroup to the following question.
> If you are allowed to choose which division, Gold or "A", to play in
> next year, with no classification of players or pitchers, or with the
> only standard being you are Gold with a returning college player, which
> will you choose.
> Gary Haning
As is the case with Dale & Larry, we have an automatic berth. So I really
do not get a choice. Tell 'ya what though, I would hate to go to a 12 team
National Gold tourney next year. Tell me how many college coaches would go
to that tourney? The girl's would be the big losers here. It is this point
that I think ASA has forgoten about...the best interest of the girls! These
ladies make the sport what it is and I really question ASA integrity in
pushing this Gold division in such an unorganized fashion. If there are any
ASA National Office officials out there, please break your silence and
prove me wrong!
Let's assume that we did not have an automatic berth, what would we do?
Tough question. You must balance competing with SOME of the best teams from
one region in a national tourney that represented 6 states (and I
understand that only 40 college coaches were in attendance) against playing
in a true national tourney with teams all across the country (and there
were over 200 college coaches in MN).
Let's remember that we are doing this for the girls. Now what what would
you do if you were one of the girls and could choose between the following:
1. (A) Playing against the same teams you played all summer or (B) Playing
against mainly teams you have not played or seen all year?
2. (A) Playing in front of 40 college coaches, or (B) playing infront of
over 200 college coaches.
3. (A) Trading pins with the same teams you play all year, or (B) trading
teams with teams you never see, but for once a year.
4. (A) Playing in a National Tourney with somewhere between 20 and 35 teams
(the exact number you will not know until the day you arrive), or (B)
playing in a national tourney with 77 or 78 teams.
If I sat here long enough, I could come up with some better questions.
However, it would be tough to chose anything but (B) in all the above
questions. If we were free to self declare, I am sure there would be the
same quality of teams that go "A" as would go "Gold". So then why should
anyone self declare Gold? The only reason would be if ASA organized the
division thru legislation that gauranteed a number of teams from around the
country would participate. If ASA does not do this, then region 14 should
push for self legislation and everyone should self declare "A". This would
bring an end to the Gold division.
Now the question arises...would ASA still hold a National tourney if the
only teams were the Gordons Panthers, Panthers Gold, Strikkers, Stealth,
Sparks, and Windmills (the teams receiving berths that enough players
So Cal Stealth