I read though the old topics that mentioned this subject, and to refresh and get and idea from folks...
Many years ago we went from one to three charters. We were up to 1800-2000 members at out peak. Even five years ago, we still had 10 major teams win the largest (by teams) charter.
We are down to about 500+ players in all three charters. Worse, one charter only has 60 something players. (This is 4-Juniors, though very few Juniors.) Another is about twice that. This year we may have only seven teams total in Majors (11,12), for all charters, (Majors will be the smallest division). (We did do a big push this year for new players, and PeeWee is now our largest division by a little.)
We'd really like to combine charters, but keep hearing not a chance, and the DA doesn't seem receptive.
The one charter is the smallest population, about 32,000, (4500 students) but ⅔+ of the players. It is two school districts. While the population has increased, the number of children has been going down for 16 years. One of these districts peaked at 7500 students, but is now down to less than 2800.
The problem we see is that one of the other charter's population is 43,00, and the other 39,000. The later is the one that sends 60 players, with most playing other sports, or in the local church league.
This gives us an overall population of 115,000, (about 18,000 K-12 kids).
Just the cost of the one charter to LL puts us way in the red for that charter. And picking teams is pretty hard. And all the other issues of having a small number of teams that combining would alleviate.
So, anybody have an idea if we have any hope in combining charters. I know no-one can guarantee either way, but is it even worth our time, (and pushing a reluctant DA)?