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Discussion: Brickyard Invitational

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April 20, 2016
199geek
7 posts
Brickyard Invitational
Are you able to provide an update regarding the teams registered for the tournament in Indianapolis? TY...Steel City A's (50 AAA) will be there.
April 20, 2016
SSUSA Staff
3225 posts
Teams List Tab on the Brickyard Tournament Page of this website has been activated ... Good luck!
April 21, 2016
Rich33
Men's 50
45 posts
Do you by chance know when Brackets will be out ?

50AAA CTA
April 21, 2016
Nancy Allen
Men's 55
1390 posts
Rich, were you interested in officiating any games this year? I know that you mentioned it last year. Thanks.
April 21, 2016
SSUSA Staff
3225 posts
Sessions #1 and #2 comprised of age groups 60+ and more senior will be posted this (Thursday) afternoon ... The weekend is a bit more complex, but count on Saturday game times beginning on all six fields at 7:30 AM with last games on Saturday night being at 10:30 PM (or later) ... We should be publishing those schedules sometime late Friday or over the weekend ...

P.S. - Calls to the SSUSA office asking the same "when" question actually slows down the process because of the time required to answer it over and over ... They will be posted here FIRST, within moments of getting final approval ...

April 21, 2016
neck10
710 posts
nancy close the gate
April 21, 2016
Nancy Allen
Men's 55
1390 posts
Neck10, I talked with Butch this morning and told him that the gate on Diamond 3 is still the same in case you needed to contact Dave about not wanting to be scheduled on that field. The good thing is that your umpire that day will not be working this year. I saw your good friend, John, down in Columbus last weekend.

The gate is closed, and the balls still go through...especially on a wild throw from the shortstop.
April 21, 2016
Nancy Allen
Men's 55
1390 posts
Neck10, American Ninja Warrior is filming on the Circle next week. I checked, and they have no gates. Are you competing?
April 22, 2016
Rich33
Men's 50
45 posts
Nancy- Had a nice chat with Tony. Advised don't want to take money out of other UMPs pockets but would be willing to "fill-in" if needed. I'll bring my gear just in case. Once 50's brackets are out Tony is going to call me...

Rich#33 50AAA CTA
April 22, 2016
Nancy Allen
Men's 55
1390 posts
Rich, that is awesome. I look forward to seeing you. It never hurts to be able to write the mileage off when traveling to tournaments or rooms.
April 22, 2016
Rich33
Men's 50
45 posts
Trudat Nancy !!!

Look forward to seeing you again also !!!

Rich#33 CTA
April 27, 2016
Nancy Allen
Men's 55
1390 posts
Neck10, I see that you requested diamond 3. ;-)
I hope to get downtown and watch you compete in American Ninja Warrior. Best of luck to you in anything that you do compete in this week, my friend.
April 28, 2016
17Black
Men's 55
411 posts
What is the weather forecast there????

Looks like rain, rain and more rain??? At least on the reports I see here in Cleveland,

I know weather cant be controlled but as a sponsor, I hate spending $2K on motel rooms all weekend for wash outs.

Nancy you got any pull with the man upstairs :):):):)
April 28, 2016
Rich33
Men's 50
45 posts
17Black. Agree and not sure what protocol call is with TD. No disrespect to the TD, but how do you handle rain outs ? Would you call off a day in advance or will it be game time decisions ?

Rich#33 CTA
April 28, 2016
17Black
Men's 55
411 posts
Rich33------LOL :)

I just "googled" Indianapolis weather this weekend.

Saturday 100% chance of rain

Sunday 100% chance of rain.

100% = 100% & is kind of daunting.

We've got 5/6 hour drive, one way, depending which side of Cleveland our guys are coming from.

We have late 3PM start Saturday but I have a couple guys whose kids are graduating college Saturday AM and are literally jumping in their car between 11 and noon and driving 85/90 MPH to get to games on time as soon as their kids get diploma's.

Most guys coming in Friday night.

between entry fee and motel, its about $2400 bucks +++-------

$2400 also = $2400

I'd rather get games in at $300 to $500 avg. per game LOL, than $2400 for ZERO games, if they can call it ahead of time, although I suspect somebody from SSUSA office also paid to fly and sleep there too :)



April 28, 2016
Rich33
Men's 50
45 posts
17Black. I'm a weather geek. Actually a Storm Chaser/Spotter, so I'm always looking at radar and forecasts. Doesn't look good for INDY this weekend. :o(
We also have players driving down Sat nite - from Chicago. I'm driving down early Sat AM.
April 28, 2016
199geek
7 posts
Washed out Friday & Saturday in Raleigh a few years back. Sunday modified to 5 innings and single elim format. Remarkable effort by the TD for getting the fields playable but hardly worth the investment. Indy: 14 rooms x 2 nights x $$$ + entrance fee + travel costs add up.
April 28, 2016
SSUSA Staff
3225 posts
RAIN OUT REVISIONS The Men's 60's, 65's and 70's Division schedules have been revised to adapt to the loss of this morning's (Thursday) games due to inclement weather overnight ... All revisions are online ... Good luck everyone!
April 28, 2016
Nancy Allen
Men's 55
1390 posts
17black, you know that softball and the players are always in my prayers. I firmly believe that Midwest has the best grounds crew in the U.S. Teams are playing right now, and we were smoked by severe storms last night and this morning. I doubt that we would be playing at most parks, but the grounds crew attacked those fields, and they are in pretty good shape, definitely feel good, and everyone looks and sounds happy.
April 28, 2016
Rich33
Men's 50
45 posts
Great job Nancy (TD) and grounds crew. KUDOS.

Rich#33 CTA
April 28, 2016
17Black
Men's 55
411 posts
Nancy--------OK we will have to go with what you suggest, I guess????

I have till tonight to cancel motel rooms, if I wait till tomorrow, if washed out, we still have to pay.

Just like anybody else, I don't want to lose $2,000+++ and twelve hours total driving both ways if not needed though.

Its like a monsoon and 44 degrees in Cleveland right now, today.

It the weather forecast for Indianapolis said 80% chance of rain, instead of (100%)I'd feel at least a little better about this. And look below, I just looked again 100% chance of rain BOTH days, not 99%, it says 100% :)



Sat 30 Rain 100%

61

55


Sun 1 T-Storms 100%

64

48










April 28, 2016
SSUSA Staff
3225 posts
Please note that all "play/no-play" decisions will be made by Tournament Director Tim McElroy at the fields of play at game time ... That is the standard SSUSA Tourney Administration policy for potential inclement weather ... Tim prepared and executed an outstanding recovery program this morning for Thursday/Friday ... Plan on playing the entire slate of games on the weekend ... The maximum amount of forecast precipitation through Sunday afternoon is insignificant when compared to the amounts received overnight Wednesday ... Good luck everyone! ...
____________

Accuweather.com Saturday/Sunday forecast as of 4:30 PM Eastern time on Thursday afternoon:

SATURDAY (DAY) Mostly cloudy with periods of rain in the afternoon
Max UV Index: 2 (Low)
Thunderstorms: 24% chance
Precipitation: 0.2"
Hours of Rain: 2 hrs

SATURDAY (NIGHT) Plenty of clouds with a little rain
Max UV Index: N/A
Thunderstorms: 24% chance
Precipitation: 0.09"
Hours of Rain: 2 hrs

SUNDAY (DAY) Mostly cloudy with a brief shower or two
Max UV Index: 3 (Moderate)
Thunderstorms: 29% chance
Precipitation: 0.17"
Hours of Rain: 2 hrs

April 28, 2016
JimmyG
Men's 55
50 posts
You can find just about any weather forecast if you look around enough. Mother Nature is the only one that knows for sure.

National Weather Service forecast for Indy as of 4:55 PM Eastern:

Saturday: A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 8am. High near 61. East wind 10 to 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.

Saturday Night: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Cloudy, with a low around 52. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Sunday: Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. High near 67. Chance of precipitation is 80%.
April 28, 2016
Nancy Allen
Men's 55
1390 posts
I just found out that it's National Superhero Day. The grounds crew, Tim, and the umpires are mine on this day of honoring them. Even American Ninja Warriors delayed filming last night because of the storms. Of course my number one superhero is Coachie who loved senior softball so much.
April 28, 2016
17Black
Men's 55
411 posts
Well, it appears we will make the trek to Indy.

I have a sneaky feeling I am going to have some upset troops, on the turn around back home.

See you Saturday
April 29, 2016
SilverGhost
32 posts
Losing 375 entry fee compared to 2400 for weekend is a heck of a gamble I hope the wheel falls on 17Black for you, sponsors like yourself are hard to come by, good luck.
April 29, 2016
Rich33
Men's 50
45 posts
Hi Nancy.
Know you're busy now. Just curious if I'm scheduled to work any games this weekend. If not, no worries as I'm bringing my gear anyhow in case I can give a break or two.

Rich#33 CTA
April 29, 2016
Nancy Allen
Men's 55
1390 posts
Hi, Rich. I just checked the umpire schedule that Tony gave me, and he doesn't have you on it, but if history repeats itself, there may be some opportunities to get some games in.
April 29, 2016
Rich33
Men's 50
45 posts
OK Nancy, appreciate the response. As mentioned above, I'll bring my gear and we'll chat at the fields. Seeya soon...

Rich#33 CTA
April 30, 2016
southerinman
Men's 50
52 posts
Can we get a current weather or game update from someone at the Midwest complex?
April 30, 2016
tscs000
Men's 60
33 posts
Raining like cats and dogs here. 45 minute delay currently. I think we're done for today, imo.
April 30, 2016
southerinman
Men's 50
52 posts
While we are under the rain delay. Is there a 55 AAA coach in the area interested in discussing the possibility of adding an Indiana based player for future tournaments? I am currently playing for Blue Grass 50s based out of KY but eligible to play the 55 (DOB 9-60) division as well.
April 30, 2016
Sparky.1
Men's 75
284 posts
Any further information regarding the weather and/or how the tourney is progressing?
April 30, 2016
Nancy Allen
Men's 55
1390 posts
Sparky.1, all games are being played right now. The grounds crew, TD Tim, and the umpires are the best. What a great bunch of games. Wish you were here.
May 1, 2016
titanhd
Men's 60
611 posts
Ground crew??? Fields are a mess and haven't seen ground crew all day.Asked for a broom or squeegee to push off standing water around the bases on a couple fields and was told that "they are all locked up".We did get the games in Playing till midnight.Better weather today.
May 1, 2016
Nancy Allen
Men's 55
1390 posts
titanhd, they worked on the fields after the 1:00 AM finish and have been working like zombies all week. We did look in the small garage for anything like that. They don't have squeegees but use some kind of absorbent pillows. All of that equipment is in the big barn across the parking lot. The grounds crew took a couple of hours to rest until the diamonds were firm enough to support dragging. I hear the equipment doing diamonds between games now. Sorry, I am really proud of them for all that they have done on a challenging five days. I wish you the best of luck in your games. I compliment your team and the others for great play this weekend.
May 2, 2016
tscs000
Men's 60
33 posts
Everyone wants to play games, but the field conditions after the Saturday morning rains came left these fields in horrible shape. Even though the sun came out Sunday, there was just too much water that had come down on them. A better understanding of the facilities ability to get fields in playing shape should also be known before hand. There comes a time when players safety must become the top priority. That was not the case this weekend.
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