Not to move away from a fascinating subject that has been explored only 20 or 30 times on this board, but what do you make of the USSSA state tourney and the choice to seed teams based on points instead of random? Seems like an effort to reward teams that play USSSA. Power rating would have been more appropriate move to make the seeding more fair instead of simply more profitable.
Looks like Bill threw all of us a SCREWBALL....
And yes, since they have a power rating system then why not use it.. it would better seed teams based on effort and not tournament appearances.. ie money / support.
Last edited by Softball Dad; 06-17-2010 at 03:11 PM.
it seems to me that one side of the bracket is always loaded and one is less so. It doesn't matter which way the seeds are done. You have to beat good teams to get to Sunday either way
Rise, Drop, Change, what is a fastball ?. I see games where catchers take direction from the pitching coach on what pitch is to be thrown, and the ball never moves and location never hit. When are these so called pitching coaches going to teach CONTROL/LOCATION
This year, for the first time, USSSA put their State Championship into, basically, 2 brackets, an "A" and a "B". This was to directly compete with the market that ASA had drawn on the same weekend for the latter class of teams. Call it what you will, it's a huge market. ASA re-established a draw in this area for "B" class play, and USSSA wants a slice of that pie.( Natural market forces at work). The thought was probably to have 2 large brackets in the USSSA State Championship, but the ASA tournament is still a decent draw and many teams didn't switch venues. There's no reason for either org to "target" the other's State Chamionship by moving theirs on top of the others date. Play ball.
USSSA has also started a Class C State tournament for Rec and CML teams. From my standpoint, ASA let girls fastpitch get away from them for years in Maryland and NSA and now USSSA got their foothold on this area. Now ASA is trying to get a piece of that pie back. You are right competition is good, but eventually one will rise above the other and since ASA is more reliant on slow pitch in this area and USSSA does only fastpitch I think the handwriting is on the wall.
This isn't the first year that some teams have had to play an extra game in the State Tournament. Hell, back a few years ago, the coaches and PLAYERS thought it was "unfair" if they weren't one of the teams getting the extra game. That way everyone got plenty of time ... and the best team will win, regardless of their seed or the number of games they need to play to do it. If you don't truly have two #1 pitchers, your chances of winning a double-elimination tournament aren't that good anyhow !!!
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