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Bill Vail

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Goodyear, AZ

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Men's 65

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March 24, 2023
Bill vail
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Cancellation of Tournaments due to weather

I understand the reluctance for SSUSA to not arbitrarily cancel a tournament based on a "forecast." However, the conditions projected for Session #2 were predicted to be very wet.
The forecast for the Session, was rain the afternoon before the start and on ALL the days of the tournament (except Thursday 50%). True to forecasts, that's exactly what happened. The fields would not have been safe to play on for several days, even when the rain stopped (even a little more rain on Thursday postponed the start of Session #3). The expenditures incurred by the teams who traveled to Session #2, could have been averted if the decision to cancel was made sooner. Any team who canceled on their own, and forfeited the entry fee, should not be penalized making a logical decision which benefitted their team. Money saved by a single team: Minimum 2- nights hotel ($125-$175 per night), gas/airfare ($150-$350 each), food (BLD for two days ($65 a day, if you eat cheap). Net cost $530 driving $730 flying (and I didn't even put in the rental car fees). Total for a 12-person team $6360-$8760. I believe that's a significant amount for SSUSA to have a better "weather related" cancellation strategy, instead of, "SSUSA does not cancel tournaments based on weather forecasts."

Teams should also not forfeit their entry fee for "late withdrawal," especially since the Session was eventually canceled. If the tournament went on as planned, then no refund.

SSUSA does a great job putting on all the events. It's a tough job, but the impact on the Team/players needs to be in the conversation. We ALL want to play, however, we would ALL support SSUSAs decision to cancel a tournament after careful consideration from weather forecasts, city Parks & Rec division and team coaches.
March 16, 2020
Bill vail
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Corona Virus (COVID-19) • Part II

This is from the City of St. George Utah.... "The CDC issued new recommendations late Sunday, saying that gatherings of 50 or more people should not take place in the U.S. for the next eight weeks. The recommendation does not apply to businesses or schools."

"Last week, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert announced mass gatherings will be limited to 100 people for the next two weeks beginning on Monday, March 16.

“And that is 100 healthy individuals,” he added. “If people are not healthy, they should not opt in to these gatherings. So if you feel sick, don’t show up.”

Gov. Herbert also urged "immunocompromised" people and those over the age of 60 to avoid gatherings of more than 20 people, if possible.

Now looking at the teams registered to play, this SSUSA tournament will draw well over 500 players and even more with family/friends.

Let's not be part of the problem.... The services we will potentially need during tournament play (food, water, additional sanitizer, hotels, restaurants, etc...) will be taxed or not available.

Do we want to part of the problem or solution.... There are only a few days left for folks to get refunds on hotel cancellations. I'm hoping SSUSA Staff is not just thinking about the loss in revenue....
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