Re: Your opinion on softballs overall decline?
Posted by The Mad Hatter on December 16, 2011, 6:00 pm, in reply to "Your opinion on softballs overall decline?"
A few thoughts on why softball is on the decline. |
The economy has really hit folks' disposable income. There are less sponsors, less money to spend on equipment, league fees, etc. Folks that do have jobs are making less or taking jobs that require weekend work that impacts the ability to play tourneys.
The younger generation isn't coming out and playing softball as much as the previous generations. Lots of factors here as well - video games and a larger variety of entertainment sources to draw folks away from softball.
The sandbagging has really hurt the ability for softball to attract league teams that want to try their hand at the occasional tourney. I remember 15-20 years ago you can get a group of your friends and league teams in a tourney and actually have a good shot to possibly win. Now league teams are facing fully sponsored dri-fit uniformed teams with matching bat bags and are lucky not to be run ruled. So the jump between league team and tourney team has really increased, which has limited the ability of softball to attract new players.
Attitudes have also affected people. It's not really a family affair anymore. Too many thugs/gangsters/attitudes playing ball. Directors and umpires who look the other way at cleaning things up or simply serve up useless rhetoric while raking in money. Rampant cheating with no consequences for the cheaters. Web sites and blogs with so much negative information it turns lots of people off.
I still think it's a great game that can make a comeback in the future, but it would really have to change its model to better attract new players instead of continuing to cater to a select few...