GOLD DIVISION

GOLD DIVISION

Post by Coach d » Tue, 30 Jan 1996 04:00:00


I BELIEVE THAT SOME OF THE COACHES FROM THE EAST ARE MISSING THE POINT ON
THE GOLD DIVISION.  THE GOLD DIVISION DOES NOT BENEFIT THE CALIFORNIA
TEAMS BECAUSE THEY ARE STILL PLAYING AND RECRUITING THE SAME GIRLS THAT
HAVE PLAYED IN THEIR AREAS IN YOUNGER AGE BRACKETS.  THE GOLD DIVISION WAS
DESIGNED TO GIVE THE NON-CALIFORNIA TEAMS AN OPPORTUNITY TO PUT TOGETHER A
STRONGER TALENT BASE FROM WITHIN THEIR REGION WITHOUT THE RESTRICTIONS OF
THE YOUNGER AGE BRACKETS CONCERNING METROS, STATES, ETC.

THE PROBLEM WITH THE GOLD DIVISION HAS BEEN THAT MANY TEAMS AND
TOURNAMENTS WOULD NOT ALLOW EASTERN GOLD TEAMS TO PLAY IN THEIR REGULAR
ASA INVITATIONALS.  AFTER MUCH PUSHING FROM THE ASA OFFICE AND COACHES
SUCH AS MYSELF, I BELIEVE THAT THE TIDE IS TURNING.  WE HAVE ALWAYS BEEN
VERY COMPETITIVE WITH THE WEST COAST TEAMS WITH SEVERAL TOP TEN AND TOP
FIVE FINISHES.  WE PLAYED A LAST YEAR BECAUSE OF THE LACK OF TEAMS OR
TOURNAMENTS IN OUR AREA.  THIS YEAR WE ARE PLAYING GOLD AND THERE WILL BE
AT LEAST ONE OTHER GOLD TEAM IN OUR REGION.  WE ARE STILL BASICALLY A
CHATTANOOGA TEAM WITH 10 OF OUR 12 PLAYERS COMING FROM THE IMMEDIATE
CHATTANOOGA AREA AND WITH ONLY TWO OTHERS FROM THE REGION.  

WE ARE PLAYING GOLD BECAUSE OUR GIRLS AND OUR COACHES BELIEVE THAT WE CAN
PLAY WITH THE BEST AND TO PLAY THE BEST 18 AND UNDER TEAMS -- YOU MUST
PLAY ASA GOLD.  WHAT WE NEED IS FOR THE OTHER NON-WESTERN TEAMS TO MAKE
THE DECISION TO PLAY THE BEST.

STEVE CHATTIN
FROST CUTLERY FALCONS
CHATTANOOGA, TN    

 
 
 

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Post by DMPanthe » Tue, 30 Jan 1996 04:00:00

Glad to here it Steve. See you in Stockton. If you want to have a practice
game or two
before Nationals let Me know.

Dale Moore (Panthers Gold)

 
 
 

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Post by KenG0 » Wed, 31 Jan 1996 04:00:00

I concur.  The problem on the east coast is that once you go gold, there
is no where to play.  There are no local or even regional tournaments to
enter.  I've even seen recently where a JO Commish (won't say names) has
stated that if xyz team recruits players (cross borders) then the JO will
make that team gold.  ASA locally is using this threat to weaken teams.
If there are only a few power teams, less money for ASA.

The other basic problem with a gold team from the east is "MONEY". We have
enough problems just funding our team, much less traveling to CA every
other weekend.

I do believe however that the east will catch up with CA teams in the next
few years.  The pitchers are close now because they pitch all year.  The
better teams on the east now have year round facilities and one can see
the defenses improving.  Hitting will improve because they will face the
better pitching.

On the issue of national tournaments, whose kidding who - CA teams travel
throughout the USA with their big budgets going from one National
Qualifier to another.  I know of some CA teams that have a bigger budget
than the GNP of several developing nations.

Depending on the age group, typically 11-15 teams (out of 72) are from CA
in the national tournaments.  This is 16-21 %.  Also it is typical to see
8-10 teams from TX.  This means that the so called nationals has teams
from only two states which represent 27 - 35 %.  With over 1 out of 4 in
the nationals, I would expect them to do as well as they have been doing.
The Law of Probability is on their side.

The purpose of my reply is not to start a flame war with the "CA Elitist"
but to offer another perspective.  Forgive my penmanship, but I'm not a
newspaper editor either.

Ken G    

Kenneth Grace

 
 
 

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Post by DebLauba » Thu, 01 Feb 1996 04:00:00


writes:

Quote:
>On the issue of national tournaments, whose kidding who - CA teams travel
>throughout the USA with their big budgets going from one National
>Qualifier to another.  I know of some CA teams that have a bigger budget
>than the GNP of several developing nations.

>Depending on the age group, typically 11-15 teams (out of 72) are from CA
>in the national tournaments.  This is 16-21 %.  Also it is typical to see
>8-10 teams from TX.  This means that the so called nationals has teams
>from only two states which represent 27 - 35 %.  With over 1 out of 4 in
>the nationals, I would expect them to do as well as they have been doing.
>The Law of Probability is on their side.

You know what, I think this is one of the problems with the Gold Div.  I
disagree that teams should be allowed to travel out of area to qualify for
a National.  Sounds facist I know but if we are going to keep the National
a true "National", then we must work hard to be sure teams qualify in
their own areas.  

And you are right that it is probable that Cal. teams will do quite well
at the Nationals. I think they would still place in the top 10 no matter
how few Cal Gold teams were allowed to participate.  The competition is so
awesome here in S. Cal., that these teams see the best all year long,
staying in top form throughout.

C-ya,

deB

 
 
 

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Post by wdgoodi » Wed, 07 Feb 1996 04:00:00

Quote:

> WE ARE PLAYING GOLD BECAUSE OUR GIRLS AND OUR COACHES BELIEVE THAT WE CAN
> PLAY WITH THE BEST AND TO PLAY THE BEST 18 AND UNDER TEAMS -- YOU MUST
> PLAY ASA GOLD.  WHAT WE NEED IS FOR THE OTHER NON-WESTERN TEAMS TO MAKE
> THE DECISION TO PLAY THE BEST.
>Steve,

The Frost Falcons have always been a very strong ball club and are highly
respected by the west coast teams. You will be competitive! It is good to
see some Gold teams coming from other parts of the country. Good Luck to
you and your team this year.

Wes Goodin
So Cal Stealth