Chiming in late, as usual.
We were denied a combined all star team last year. We wanted to combine with two neighbouring leagues. We were denied. Our DA appealed and appealed over and over. Still a no go.
Yes, population was cited as the reason. It's ridiculous and a very antiquated notion that population has anything to do with it.
Our city has a population of about 120,000 and two leagues to cover it. We used to have 4.
It made several of our players very unhappy.
I'm hoping that this year will be better.