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Is it Acceptable for Coaches to Throw Away Games in Softball?

During the summer months, travel ball and club ball teams come together and compete in tournaments all across the country. The sport of softball is booming and there are many more teams emerging and establishing themselves every year. Because of the boom, tournaments have been forced to break up bracket play into tiers or divisions. Teams are seeded into pool play games based on their regular season wins and or how they placed in the previous tournament. For example, a state qualifier leading up to a state tournament.

Once the teams finish their two or three pool play games, they are then placed into divisions. Divisions vary based on the number of teams in the tournament. Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze or A,B,C,D or 1,2,3,4 are common tiers or divisions used to break up the teams. It is common for lower level teams to be seeded into the higher divisions if they win pool play games. It is also common coaches to throw games away in order to be seeded into a lower tier. This secon...

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