What you are describing is a direct result of speedball. Here in my area it is all but dead. As far as field staff, some owners care an some don't . I have two fields in my area, one runs a tight ship with refs who are motivated and care. The other one is falling apart, the refs are absolutely worthless, and the games get run by the field bullies who change the rules on the fly to benefit them. What keeps them in business is that they are cheap. Luckily most of the other fields care. At least in my area what you described has pretty much gone away.
As far as creativity in games goes, rate of fire pretty much killed a lot of the games that I used to play. It simply can't be done anymore.