Why are the participation numbers so far down?
It wasn't that many years ago ....
that I used to have to wait in line an hour before sign-up started just to get my team signed up for a league night .... now we are lucky to get 5 teams and they call and beg me to sign up.
Tournaments (NSA and ISA) had 15+ teams signed up in D and 6-8 in C .... now there hasn't been a local D tournament with even 10 teams in a few years and I can't recall a legitimate C tournament happening in 5+ years.
Seems like the combination of less overall players, everyone being allowed to play E, and cut throat tournament directors has officially killed off tournament softball.