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Nobody in big ten will be good enough to host a regional
 

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Nobody in big ten will be good enough to host a regional
I’m not seeing it.

But some team in the Big Ten will be good enough to win the Big Ten! That is plenty enough reason to get excited for the 2023 season; before Big Ten softball is ruined by UCLA and others joining the conference and preventing any legacy Big Ten team from ever winning the Big Ten softball championship again. Sad.
 

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I’m not seeing it.

But some team in the Big Ten will be good enough to win the Big Ten! That is plenty enough reason to get excited for the 2023 season; before Big Ten softball is ruined by UCLA and others joining the conference and preventing any legacy Big Ten team from ever winning the Big Ten softball championship again. Sad.
UCLA will be #2 and well ahead of everyone behind them for upcoming season(s) with recruiting class and transfer class
 

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Key is for the new Big Ten to get better. Thirty years ago Big Ten Volleyball was not great but now it is the best. Softball can improve with changes to the rules. The problem in the north is weather. If we can get enough support move the season back to allow the northern teams equal footing, Option 2 limit the number of "home" games and "warm climate" games. Say a team can only play a limited number of home games or limited number of games before April
 


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Key is for the new Big Ten to get better. Thirty years ago Big Ten Volleyball was not great but now it is the best. Softball can improve with changes to the rules. The problem in the north is weather. If we can get enough support move the season back to allow the northern teams equal footing, Option 2 limit the number of "home" games and "warm climate" games. Say a team can only play a limited number of home games or limited number of games before April
Adding more PAC teams might help in that regard. Much of the negative commentary on UCLA joining the B1G from a softball perspective revolves around the Bruins having to play cold-weather games. Given that political power in softball is concentrated in the south and west, this issue for UCLA and any other PAC teams that might eventually join the B1G could finally help make this a reality.

Also wouldn’t hurt if the RPI took road games into account as part of the formula. Baseball does it. No idea why softball doesn’t. The fact that it doesn’t helps marginal SEC and other teams that are able to host early-season non-conference tournaments build an inflated RPI, which plays a huge part in who gets those last few Top 8 and Top 16 hosting slots at the end of the season.
 


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Key is for the new Big Ten to get better. Thirty years ago Big Ten Volleyball was not great but now it is the best. Softball can improve with changes to the rules. The problem in the north is weather. If we can get enough support move the season back to allow the northern teams equal footing, Option 2 limit the number of "home" games and "warm climate" games. Say a team can only play a limited number of home games or limited number of games before April
Move the beginning of the season to mid-march

Move both the WCWS & CWS to Mid-July.
 

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Move the beginning of the season to mid-march

Move both the WCWS & CWS to Mid-July.
Good point, but never going to happen, is it?, until the northern conferences step up and make their voices/demands heard.
 



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Good point, but never going to happen, is it?, until the northern conferences step up and make their voices/demands heard.

I honestly think northern teams could get more national exposure by separating from southern teams and having their own later season and year-end national tournament, even if viewed in the beginning as a "B" league. Right now, all but a handful of northern teams are an afterthought with the occasional team making waves in the WCWS. Even more so for baseball. The population and income potential in the northern markets could eventually make that league a preferred place to play in late spring and summer.

I know, I know. That's just dreaming.
 

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Good point, but never going to happen, is it?, until the northern conferences step up and make their voices/demands heard.
No… it’s just never going to happen. The NCAA is never going to move the season too far into the summer or they are going to have the heat-related deaths of Athletes playing/practicing in the deep southern states on their hands.

Maybe they could pair up the season with baseball; that’s probably about the best they can do and the most we can wish for.
 

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Well once the B1G starts paying their athletes(and I'm sure that's on the horizon) more and more of the talent will filter to the B1G schools.
 




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How did it go?
It's on the 28th. But I'll let you know. She has seen the communication increase dramatically between lots of coaches and her travel coach. Sep 1 should be a big date as well as coaches can talk to her directly then.
 

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Well once the B1G starts paying their athletes(and I'm sure that's on the horizon) more and more of the talent will filter to the B1G schools.
Was thinking more about this last night. With the announcement of the new TV contracts, and the increase by at least $20M per year, not only should we have top notch facilities for all sports but they could easily pay the athletes very well. Like an example would be that paying 100 athletes an avg of $25k each would only cost the school $2.5M per year. That's in addition to any NIL the athletes can earn on there own or through collectives. And if more donors started moving their donations away from the school and more towards those collectives.......
 




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