First..... In norcal during the 80's the majority of the coaches/sponsors were not getting different tax breaks.
The teams at that time were either self funded or ran tourneys to pay their costs. PLEASE REMEMBER.... the second from the top Division A or AA depending on the year, only traveled/fly one or two times..... This made it possible to compete with maybe a $12,000 budget.
What would the budget be if todays A teams did the same thing? 10 local events at $300= $3,000 uniforms $1,500 air fare to Florida we will say three times World Series/A World/CONference finals( $300x 12) x 3 = $10,800 renting two houses three times $1,800 x 3 = $5,400 that's a total of $20,700. If you don't qualify for the series your budget would be around $15,000.
Don't you think it would be more inciting for teams to move up if the game was set up like it was when those old great usssa Directors were building a strong local association?
Don't you agree there would be more teams migrating upwards instead of downward if this system was still in place?