GHCLC - If there is ever another fall league, don't mix Elite teams with other division-level teams. Re-use your spring model. Let teams of equal/near equal ability play with each other and improve by having a chance to come out on top. Don't demoralize the players before a game is even played.
Considering the fall league was formed just as a way to keep the kids playing during the pandemic, some teams chose to play up. So what you may see as demoralizing, others may see as a chance to get better by playing better competition. HoCo did a great job with this league in my opinion. My only complaint to HoCo is the continued closure of the bleachers, and the inconsistency of enforcement. The county is doing a disservice by keeping them closed. Parents are forced to stand on top of each other along the fence lines in order to watch their teams play, when they could be spread out amongst the bleachers and the fence. You say it is because you can not keep them clean. Well that is no longer a justified reason in Phase 3 of the state’s Covid plan. Most places no longer sanitize after a single person/group use. The responsibility has been put back on the person to realize objects, whatever they may be, a shopping cart, a gas pump, a door handle, sideline bleachers, are dirty. Bring sanitizer for your hands, or don’t sit in the bleachers. But do not continue to keep them closed when you have all of the bleachers at all of the high schools wide open and no one is cleaning those by any means. And either enforce the rules or don’t. The HoCo employees who are now walking the fields are not consistent. Some games you see parents being allowed to stand on the bleacher stairs to film or the bleacher ramps to be able to see the field because so many are on the fence. The next game comes along and those parents are told they can’t do those things. Just open the bleachers. You are making it so much more of an issue by not. Phase 3.