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Oct. 6, 2017
blue leader
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Vegas World Tournament Getting Too Big ?

I am very respectful of all the hard work put in by Terry, Dave, Fran and all the directors
who put this tournament together. The underlying sense I took from the managers meeting, and
other situations that came up, was to get games done asap, so the fields could be ready for
the city leagues. Where I come from, the city leagues are cancelled, for big tournaments.
The 1st situation was, I got to Vegas early Sunday, went to Lorenzi to see if some friends
were still playing in 55's, they weren't there. I found them at Shadow Rock, playing in the finals. The grass in the outfields was all burnt out the infields were rock hard, balls taking bad bounces everywhere. I asked the mgr why they were playing here, he said it was a money issue with the city wanting too much money for a few games, so they had to play the finals on crappy fields. Next situation, my team played @ BLD Mon 10am and 230pm no problem. Tues
am we play at 8am then again at 9am. Works out we play again at 230, 3 games in 1 day are not a problem, except it was to be a " 4" day tournament, we lose at 230, we are done, and out of the tournament. You can't imagine the disappointment looking forward to this tourn all year,
then being done in 2 days. The BLD fields are overrated, $12 for a pitcher of beer, $6.95
for a glass of beer? give me a break. The fields are in need of repair, paint, plywood has holes in it. I hope the teams from Hawaii or Guam didn't face the same schedule. Was glad not to have to pay the $5 fee @ BLD the last 2 days, went site seeing instead. Will take a vacation from Vegas for a while.
July 31, 2017
blue leader
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Tournaments {number of games played}

I was under the impression that most tournaments were a guaranteed 5 game minimum.
But, after looking at most qualifiers, they only have 2 seeding games, then double elim.
totaling 4 games minimum. Where as the TOC sanctioned tournaments, have 3 seeding games, then
double elim. totaling 5 game minimum. How long has this been in effect?
May 17, 2017
blue leader
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: 65 and over softball team

Ace, the Melas Park league is Tues, Thurs, Fri mornings 9-noon
May 10, 2017
blue leader
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Milwaukee Classic - confusing ?

Ok, why are there 10 teams in the 60 division?
May 9, 2017
blue leader
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Milwaukee Classic - confusing ?

Come to find out that several teams from the midwest had their money
sent back to them, what's going on here?
May 7, 2017
blue leader
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Milwaukee Classic - confusing ?

Had a chance to play there this year, but they've decided to limit the number of teams allowed. I've played there most of the last 12 years, but not this year. Their website
say 36 teams max with 8 in each division. I counted 10 in one division, with 6 in another, with a total of 40 teams. Midwest tournaments are hard enough to find close to home, and now with Milwaukee, and Quad Cities, they made it harder.
Feb. 25, 2017
blue leader
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Need help valuing a couple bats

Best bet is ebay, slowpitch softball bats.
Nov. 25, 2016
blue leader
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Combat Maxum

Yes, I have a 28oz. Took a while to break it in, but it is pretty
hot right now. Hits as well as the black Centanarian. Has nice colors on it, with good size sweet spot.
Oct. 19, 2016
blue leader
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Durable Bats

Hi Gary, How's things in Huntley?
Good luck Gray Sox in Ft Meyers.
I break at least 2 bats a year.
I'm 6'0" 225lbs 66yrs old.
Play year round, 6 months indoors.
Tried them all, Mikens seem to break faster, at least the red ones do.
Have had good luck with Combats.
I think the next one will be Addias Melee 2, although the nightmare
sounds interesting with a better $$.
Aug. 13, 2016
blue leader
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Baden Fire Balls

Thanks for the input. We have been having this issue here in the midwest
the last 3 spa tournaments. There are 2 balls on their website for sale.
The 1spa312y is a blue stitch and it stinks, the 2sb550ys is the black
stitch, and is just about as good as the trumps ssusa uses. They gave us
the blue stitch balls for 2 tournaments, said they were all the same, yeah
right. I brought this up a the meeting before the last tournament, and the
director said we had to use what spa sends them. I proceeded to tell him
that we pay too much, and travel too far to play with "park district" balls. Overnight something happened, and we had the good balls for the 1st two games. We come back at 2:30 to play again, now there using utrip balls.
So, I go to the tent after the game, he, the director said I have to talk to the guy from the park district. He is a young man, he said they are all
the same 44/375. I said no they aren't, come with me to an empty field and
I will show you the difference. He said I believe you, and I will make it
right. He did, we were happy with the black stitch balls the rest of the way. Spa is outsourcing much of the the tournament duties to the park district's they are renting the fields from, and these people don't know
the fine points.
July 24, 2016
blue leader
Topic: Bats
Discussion: SSUSA Staff: Shaved Bats

If these guy's start dumbimg down the balls being used at the tournaments, like another org. has, the bats won't matter, shaved or otherwise.
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