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April 5

515 posts
Has any association tried combining age groups to help with the number of teams for tournaments

I know of MANY players that are 55-57 that still play 50 ball.



I would think this would get more teams into tournaments since you are only trying to fill 2 age groups and not 3.

Any opinions on this?
April 5
Men's 70
2416 posts
Hi coop. I made this suggestion several years ago when I was 58. Now that I am closing in on 64, I am not so sure. There seems to be bigger drop offs in physical abilities as you get older. I thought I held on well through my fifties and into my early 60's, but now seem to be losing it faster each year. I think it would work for 50-57, but the 58-64 is more problematic.

April 6

515 posts
I just think the 55 division is sort of a waste.
I hate that tournaments in the south only have couple of teams to play.
April 7

32 posts
Maybe instead of changing the age groups they should eliminate so many divisions, just like the young guys with there E class watering down there game to some, as long as the money keeps flowing nothing will change. But who likes a 4/5/6 team tournament, not many.
April 7

515 posts
I would be happy with a 6 team tourney
We have had 2
April 7

212 posts

Unfortunately the 55 division in our area is hurting for teams while the 50s and 60s are in good shape. I wish the tournament directors would offer to the teams combing the 55M - 60AAA and the 55AAA - 60M. This would give us all more teams to play.
April 7

651 posts
Sorry-have had to play 65 teams with our 70 team. Even with
the x-tra player and the 5 runs, talent level and ability was huge.

Which brings me to to this point!!

If say, a 70 team is the only one entered and it is a ring tournament. You are forced to play 65 teams. If you are willing to come and pay the $$ and accept the pounding, you should be awarded the championship at 70 and an entry into the TOC.

Now, some of you are going to say you didn't win. Not the issue and not your fault no one else showed up but you. This happened to us in the Northern Nationals. If we would have been given the entry into the TOC, we would have come and taken the pounding by the 65 teams. For us, it would have been no more than a practice tournament,so why come. Instead, we got our money back and missed a great tournament.

This would have also helped the TOC with the lack of teams in some age groups.
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