I am not sure which organization you are referring to but would point out that their reputation is self proclaimed and research done often times is intended to feather their own nest. Having said that, LLI has made some real fine safety changes such as throat guards and batting helmets. The others have accomplished what?
I certainly don’t know how USA Baseball got to be the National Governing Body (NGB) for amateur baseball in this country, but they are. I can’t find out how that came about, so perhaps someone with more WWW acumen can find out. It may well be that in how that came about lays the answer to many of the questions we have.
I believe LLI is the longest lived of all the national amateur baseball organizations. 1939. NFHS was founded in 1920, NCAA in 1906, and AAU in 1888. So USA baseball coming about in 1978 and taking over as the amateur baseball authority in this country seems like some kind of cruel joke.
Who or what gave this authority or appointed them as anything more than another youth baseball program? Self annointed?
I couldn’t find much history about it, other than it had something to do with the Olympics. I thought I’d read once that congress had something to do with it, but as I’ve said, I’m not the best researcher. Its pretty simple to see how those “root” organizations got started. They were all non-sport specific until LL Inc as far as I can see. The NCAA took care of college amateur sports, the NFHS HS amateur sports, and the AAU pre-HS amateur sports.
Maybe Glenn can help us out there. Hey Glenn! How ‘bout it. Can you add anything to the conversation?