There was a time when I had an attitude similar to this about our rec league. I thought more should be done to keep the talented players, and the league should put more focus on supporting the development of those players. I was irritated that the league didn't want to take that approach. After we made the move to TB, I realized how wrong I was. Rec leagues are for learning the game, having fun with friends, and learning some good lessons from playing on a team sport. For the majority of rec players, that's all it needs to be, and the league should focus on making that experience as positive as possible. Good players will rise up, and there will be a time for them to move on to where they can continue to develop among players of a similar level. (IMO, YMMV)
I think I'm starting to come around to your point of view. Run the best player development program we can for the rec girls and run the best All-Star program we can from the girls that stick around, but when they are ready to move on to A ball, wish them the best and be proud we did the best we could to prepare them for A-ball. But I want to be able to give the parents good information so they can make informed decisions about what teams are good matches for their DDs.
We never got a chance to go out for tacos and beers when I was down there the first week in June. Southwest is having a sale again. Maybe once my DD's schedule is out for the fall, I can fly down for the day to the closest airport to where Maddie is playing and Double L has the weekend off. That way we can have more than a 5 minute conversation when I am suppose to be the dugout coach. I owe you a lot of tacos.
Ok, so it took me 17 days to notice something very neat. Every player and coach of the 73 teams who went to USA Softball Western B Nationals is on the back of the sweatshirt. I'm infamous! #captainoblivious