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July 14, 2021
TimMcElroy
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: UPDATE: Bert Bennett Memorial Tournament (2021)

Managers received an email just a few minutes ago, but I wanted to pass the information along to anyone who might be participating.

We lost the use of Salt Box Park (Woodbine, MD) last night, so the Men's 40-50 Gold division has been moved. Note that ONLY that division was impacted. All other teams will maintain the same schedule @ Carroll County Sports Complex.

Impacted teams:
Utility Systems C&E (50 Major)
Walkoff (50 Major)
Autism Pride (40 AAA)
Past Our Prime (40 AAA)
Smokin' Aces (40 AAA)
Warpath (40 AAA)

NEW LOCATION for the 40-50 Gold Division
Ballenger Creek Park = 5420 Ballenger Creek Pike in Frederick, MD 21703
(For "that guy" who is going to ask- I checked. Pinecliff Park is unavailable)

What to know about Ballenger Creek Park-
>> We've arranged for the fields to be drug each morning.
>> Frederick County does not allow alcohol in the park. Please be respect the rules.
>> No concession stand this weekend but there is a wide variety of options within a mile of the park.
>> Left out of the park gets you to Subway, Roy Rogers, Taco Bell, and WaWa
>> Straight out of the park gets you to a grocery store, Toppings Pizza, Jimmy Johns, McDonalds, Chipotle and more.
>> There are a number of hotel options within 3 miles of the park. Whether you're a Hilton person, a Marriott person or a Super 8 person, there is something for you.



July 12, 2021
TimMcElroy
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Which Ball travels further: ASA or SSUSA

Your opinion on what should have happened was noted in Raleigh back in May. It's been 60 days and you're still carrying a grudge and refusing to accept what was actually explained to 40 managers before play began. Nothing I say will change that so I won't even try.

I'd like to thank you for the new name though. "Ass hat" is a much nicer name than the one you used while I was at the backstop that Sunday.

Tim McElroy-
June 7, 2021
TimMcElroy
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Crabtown Classic.

https://seniorsoftball.com/?event=1612
June 6, 2021
TimMcElroy
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Northeast Championship - Syracuse NY

Call the office (916-326-5303) or send email (info@seniorsoftball.com)
June 4, 2021
TimMcElroy
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Which Ball travels further: ASA or SSUSA

Here's the bottom line... If you can hit, you can hit. If you're "that guy" who can only hit with the best bat & ball combo then you should consider raquetball. Everybody hits it off the wall there.
May 20, 2021
TimMcElroy
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Polk County

Hi leftybob,

I've got nothing to hide here (including my real name). Your manager (Ric Graber) has received 3 emails by my count covering start times and the full schedule. In case you haven't received the information from him, here it is-

Custom Design Cabinets plays at 8:30am (F4) and 10:00am (F3) on Saturday morning. Bracket play in the 60 Major division will kick off at 4:00pm (F4) on Saturday. Is there anything else I can help you with Robert Morse?
May 19, 2021
TimMcElroy
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Polk County

Steve, Steve, Steve... You really should speak to your manager before making posts like this. He knew a week ago that the entire tournament would be played on SAT / SUN with no games scheduled for FRI. He also received an email with start times on MON. Last night he received yet another email explaining that schedules were revised because 2 teams dropped after schedule posting (1 at 12pm on Tues and another at 4pm on Tues).
May 17, 2021
TimMcElroy
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Change in the batters box rule

Batters have made adjustments to their stance and swing for years to prep for varied pitch arch of ASA, NSA, USSSA, and every other "SA" out there. Many of the same guys are still out there taking hundreds of cuts each week via live BP and tee work. For the life of me, I can't understand why batters don't use that practice time to work on staying in the box.

I get that power hitters would prefer that all pitched balls come through the zone at a certain spot. I don't get why they can't train to hit a ball that is anywhere in the senior strike zone (while staying in the box).
May 17, 2021
TimMcElroy
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: When I miss a tournament - I never can find the results

I left the tourney last night and am shipping everything to SAC today. Actual game scores will be posted to the online brackets when folks have a chance to come up for air. (Not an excuse- just a statement of fact)
May 17, 2021
TimMcElroy
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: When I miss a tournament - I never can find the results

65 AAA
1- Talaga Const.
2- Scrap Iron / MI Sports
3- Spring Ford

70 MAJOR
1- Syracuse Cyclones 70s
2- Northern VA Force 70s

65 MAJOR
1- High Street Bucs 65s
2- Northern VA Force 65s
3- Dan Smith / FAI / Dudley

80 GOLD
1- Hamel's 80s
2- Peach Tree Restaurant
3- Blazers

70 / 75 SILVER
1- Code Electric
2- Syracuse Cyclones 75s
3- Carolina Blue Sky's 75s


60 MAJOR
1- The Bank
2- Carolina A's
3- Sweet Construction

60 AAA
1- Crossfit / RDU
2- Syracuse Cyclones

50 / 55 / 60 Platinum
1- Dugout / Dudley
2- KIKU Imports
3- Omega QSE

55 AAA
1- Carolina Legends
2- Infoquest.com
3-

50 AAA
1- Automotive Triage
2- Old Skool
3- OESSCO

40 Major
1- Team EVG
2- Mission Possible
3- Y'all Next

40 AAA
1- Rough Ryders
2- Warpath
3- Smokin' Aces



May 17, 2021
TimMcElroy
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Polk County

Checking in- I am still with you. Home from Raleigh, I am working on FL schedules today.
May 17, 2021
TimMcElroy
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Quad State Shootout

Managers received an email at 6:46am on May 14th (last Friday). They were posted to the SSUSA tournament page a few hours later when the sun came up in the west. https://seniorsoftball.com/?event=1641
May 14, 2021
TimMcElroy
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Polk County

UPDATE- The older divisions at the Polk County Senior Showcase were scheduled to play on FRI / SAT next week. Unfortunately, we do not have access to the park on FRI and will need to squeeze all divisions in on SAT / SUN. All 24 managers received an email on the matter this afternoon and have been asked to provide a response. Once done, I'll get the schedules going-

Teams staying in should expect longer days at the park and earlier start times (no "late" start requests will be accepted). If your team is scheduled to play, have your manager check his or her email.

Thanks- Tim
May 13, 2021
TimMcElroy
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: RESULTS from S1 in Raleigh, NC

65 AAA
1- Talaga Const.
2- Scrap Iron / MI Sports
3- Spring Ford

70 MAJOR
1- Syracuse Cyclones 70s
2- Northern VA Force 70s

65 MAJOR
1- High Street Bucs 65s
2- Northern VA Force 65s
3- Dan Smith / FAI / Dudley

80 GOLD
1- Hamel's 80s
2- Peach Tree Restaurant
3- Blazers

70 / 75 SILVER
1- Code Electric
2- Syracuse Cyclones 75s
3- Carolina Blue Sky's 75s
May 12, 2021
TimMcElroy
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Polk County

25 teams. Schedules will be posted by Friday.
May 4, 2021
TimMcElroy
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Maryland Classic Apr 30-May2

Stripersonline- Disappointing is a much nicer word than I've been using. We had an umpire lined up for those games. He even confirmed his start time and field assignment before leaving the park on Saturday night. He texted us after 7am on Sunday saying that he wasn't feeling well- yet managed to be on time and work all day at another event down the road. It appears that he sold his name and reputation for a few dollars of "bonus" pay.

We were able to get another umpire to the park, just not in time for your game. I truly apologize to your team for this.
May 3, 2021
TimMcElroy
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Maryland Classic Apr 30-May2

MARYLAND CLASSIC II RESULTS
.
40 MAJOR PLUS
1. Spirit’s West / SMC
2. Giant Steel / True Point Survey
.
40 MAJOR “A” FLIGHT
1. Rooster’s / Bob Johnson Chevrolet / Ferra’s
2. Gigantes / Old Colts
.
40 MAJOR “B” FLIGHT
1. True North / Shinbiscuits / Potomac Sports
1. Team E.V.G. /Sake
(could not finish due to local league play)
.
40 MAJOR “C” FLIGHT
1. Mission Possible
2. Black Kings
.
40 AAA
1. Rough Ryders
2. Past Our Prime
3. Smokin’ Aces
.
50 / 55 MAJOR PLUS
1. BPA 55s
2. Phoenix Tube 55s
3. Deluxe Bakery 50s
.
50 MAJOR
1. Trinity Home Renovations
2. Team Elite
3. Spires / Scudz Sportz
.
50 AAA “A” FLIGHT
1. Old Skool / GTS Sports
2. Potomac Sports
.
50 AAA “B” FLIGHT
1. PA Senior Hitmen
2. Cox Diesel / Arooga’s
.
50 AAA “C” FLIGHT
1. The Crew
2. Warpath 50s
.
55 MAJOR
1. Olympian Athletics 55s
2. Buell Fuel
3. Sweet Construction 55s
.
55 AAA
1. NoVA Force 55s
2. Fine Wine / Baf Sports 55s
3. MD Classics 55s
.
April 30, 2021
TimMcElroy
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Maryland Classic Apr 30-May2

UPDATE-

This message is intended for the teams that are scheduled to play at the Bachman Sports Complex this weekend-

SSUSA was scheduled to share the park with another user group this weekend and that had a lot to do with the schedule questions and funky format. We learned this afternoon that they (USSSA) have canceled their entire tournament.

Friday afternoon is too late to call teams and ask them to start pool games 3-4 hours earlier so NO CHANGES will be made to the Saturday schedule. We will make changes to the Sunday schedule using some of the additional space and get everyone on the road a few hours earlier. Check the bracket boards on Saturday afternoon to confirm your team's start time and field assignments for Sunday.

Managers received this information a few minutes ago, but I wanted to share it with all parties just in case their manager doesn't check email after hours.

Regards,

Tim McElroy
Tournament Director




April 27, 2021
TimMcElroy
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Maryland Classic Apr 30-May2

All of this negative commentary would make great sense IF an email explaining the circumstances wasn't sent to managers and IF all managers hadn't responded saying that they agreed to play with the format and scheduling changes.

If you have a complaint, talk to your manager.


************************************
Managers,

Coming out of a full season in lockdown it is clear that teams are ready to return to normal. Tournament entries are coming in – and far exceed the numbers that we’ve had in the past. Quite frankly they are exceeding capacity for the formats that we’ve used in the past (2 pool into DE). Planning and scheduling have become a challenge. It’s important that I share this information and a huge THANK YOU for being so patient while I’ve gotten my arms around the Maryland Classic planning.



Facilities Update
We have 2 parks available for May 1-May 2.

Carroll County Sports Complex (Westminster)-
SAT- access to 5 fields (3 with lights)
SUN- access to 5 fields until mid-afternoon (local league follows us)


Bachman Sports Complex (Glen Burnie)
SAT- access to 3 fields
SUN- access to 3 fields


Scheduling and Formats:
There are 108 potential game slots, which is roughly 40 short of what is needed for a 2 pool into DE format. To get everyone in this tournament, and not require teams to travel back and forth between parks, alternate formats are required. That means- 2 pool into flighted brackets, and in some cases, pool into single elimination with a 3rd place game. Using these formats, every team will get the 4 game minimum that was advertised. I just want to make sure that you know that before agreeing to play.



Who will play where?
After toying with formats, I’ve come up with these field assignments for next weekend-

CARROLL COUNTY SPORTS COMPLEX
40 Major Plus, 40 Major, 50 AAA

BACHMAN SPORTS COMPLEX
55 Major Plus, 55 Major, 55 AAA, 50 Major Plus, 50 Major, 50 AA, 40 AAA



Ok, so who is in?
The list of teams below includes teams that are “in” as well as teams that were previously on the “wait list” - I am asking that each team respond to this email and confirm your intent to stay in the tournament. Getting this information by end of day today will allow me to begin the scheduling process.

Please Note- The schedule will be entirely too jammed to honor any special start time requests. Your decision to stay in the tournament means that your team will be available to play when scheduled.


April 27, 2021
TimMcElroy
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Maryland Classic Apr 30-May2

Right.... because it's all about the money.
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