: The league fees being reduced by Midwest is a
: reduced cost no matter how you look at it.
: Fees were $500 and they are now $350.
: Factor in that you are paying the umpire
: now, and that only adds another $90. That's
: $440 opposed to the $500 it was last year.
: Now, did Midwest give discounts to comp
: teams? Yes. Does this mean comp. teams
: should continue to get a discount? NO! Why
: should it? What do you being to the table
: that benefits Midwest? Absolutely nothing.
: That isn't a jab. That's just the truth of
: the matter. However, you are getting another
: $50 discount because, to somebody else's
: above post, you don't want to hit the league
: balls that they provide. Therefore, you are
: hitting your own balls. Slow pitch softball
: is on the decline yet, for whatever reason,
: comp players want a discount for playing the
: game that they supposedly love. Midwest is
: a business and a business has to make money
: or they cease to be a business. 20 years
: ago, softball was a booming business and
: business was good. There were numerous
: parks all over the city and people put
: racquet balls and tennis balls in bats to
: "load" them to hit homeruns. Now,
: there are 2 major parks left, the amount of
: people playing the game is considerably down
: and any 120 lb. kid can shave their bat and
: hit homeruns. Pay at the plate for umpires
: is a better situation for the umpires. It's
: not about their taxes going down either.
: Midwest is under new management (thank God
: for that because Brandon was making the
: place sink fast) and I truly believe it can
: only get better. Give him a chance to make
: changes before you bash him. Give Midwest a
: chance to be the park that it once was.
: However, these changes cost money! The park
: is aging and you now have people in place
: that want to turn it back into something
: great again. Concession prices are going to
: be dropped down to a reasonable rate. They
: are fixing the deck, putting in a wireless
: system to make the scoreboards operate on a
: more consistent basis. You've got somebody
: running the place that is listening and
: attempting to turn it around. Give it a