That makes sense to me. Finish just well enough to avoid the automatic bump. And you are absolutely correct about other states. I played on the east coast for 2 seasons, in Philadelphia. PA doesn't have an upper program. The highest they go is C. At C states you will see both Ryan Parfitt and David Miller playing. The majority of the teams play E even though they are really a D or C team. They get penalized for that though. The team I played for was a D team when I played with them and we finished top 12 or so out of 24-30 teams. I can't remember exactly. The year after I left, they petitioned down to E and played E for a few years going either 0-2 or 1-2 every year. Can't win games with inning ending outs and DBO's. Last year they played up in D, still classified as an E team, finished T-13 out of 31 teams...Go figure. FYI- PA does have 2 levels of D. They allow some teams that play D (both D1 and D2) to go to E nationals and some teams that play C to go to D nationals. I don't know how they decide which teams go where.