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Discussion: TROPICAL STORM ETA

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Nov. 7, 2020
just joe
28 posts
TROPICAL STORM ETA
WITH THE FORECAST OF THE TROPICAL STORM PLAYING HAVOC WITH THE WINTER NATIONALS CAN THE TOURNAMENT DIRECTORS MOVE THE TOURNAMENT TO THE END OF THE WEEK OR TO THE FOLLOWING WEEK. I THINK MOST PLAYERS CAN ADJUST THEIR RESERVATIONS AND ARRIVALS. VERY DIFFICULT, BUT IS THERE A BETTER WAY TO ADDRESS THIS SITUATION.WEATHER FORECAST IS VERY POOR.IT WOULD BE APPRECIATED IF SOMEONE CAN MESSAGE US ON-LINE OF WHAT IS BEING DONE ABOUT THIS SITUATION.
THANKS
Nov. 7, 2020
chollis
81 posts
I agree 100%. We have guys planning to fly in for the 65 plus games scheduled to start Tuesday. I am afraid some of the guys will drop out if we don’t get an official announcement soon regarding this session. The chance of rain is 80% or more for those days. Please advise!
Nov. 7, 2020
SSUSA Staff
3160 posts
Accuweather extended weather forecast for Ft. Myers as of 1:00 pm EST on Saturday, 11/07/2020 ...

SESSION #1
• TUESDAY - High: 82° - Winds subsiding; a couple of morning showers followed by a couple of thunderstorms in the afternoon - Est. precipitation: 0.14"
• WEDNESDAY - High: 84° - Breezy in the morning; cloudy with a couple of showers around, mainly late in the day - Est. precipitation: 0.16"
• THURSDAY - High: 84° - Humid; a couple of showers in the morning followed by a couple of thunderstorms in the afternoon - Est. precipitation: 0.18"

SESSION #2
• FRIDAY - High: 87° - Some sun with thunderstorms possible; warm and humid - Est. precipitation: 0.00"
• SATURDAY - High: 87° - Partly sunny and warm with a couple of showers and thunderstorms possible - Est. precipitation: 0.00"
• SUNDAY - High: 86° - Mostly sunny and warm with a thunderstorm possible - Est. precipitation: 0.00"
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The current forecast calls for an estimated precipitation total of less than a ½-inch of rain over the three days of the 1st Session, generally evenly divided, and none over the 2nd Session ... That is not the sort of projection that would cause us to abandon our standard philosophy and procedure that WE DO NOT CANCEL OR POSTPONE AN EVENT BASED ON A FORECAST ... All "PLAY/NO-PLAY" decisions will be made AT THE FIELDS OF PLAY AT GAME TIME unless otherwise announced in advance ... This is NOT such an announcement ... Travel safely and good luck everyone!

Nov. 7, 2020
Hawkeye49
Men's 65
19 posts
Just Joe, did not see your post before I started another. I agree with you, and chollis 100%. Should not wait until the last minute to make this call. We are coming from Texas, and will need to cancel by no later than this afternoon in order to keep from losing refunds on air, auto rentals, and hotels, and condo. rentals. We need a call!
Nov. 7, 2020
Hawkeye49
Men's 65
19 posts
SSUSA Staff. Read the National Weather Service report, the NOAA Hurricane Alert Center report, and the NOAA link I just sent.
Nov. 7, 2020
SSUSA Staff
3160 posts
We have ... We are monitoring the situation from multiple weather sources, but allow us to reiterate: WE DO NOT CANCEL OR POSTPONE AN EVENT BASED ON A FORECAST ... Obviously, if the forecast was a doomsday "seek higher ground imnmediately" type, that would be different ... But this isn't it, by a long shot ... If you are insistent on a "right-now-call", we're happy to provide it and here it is: The official current status of the 2020 Winter National's is a "GO" ... We would, of course, advise you immediately if that status were to change ... Thanks!

Nov. 7, 2020
chollis
81 posts
Thank you for addressing this. We have some guys that are traveling the furthest dropping out due to weather concerns. We are trying to hold it together.
Nov. 7, 2020
DaveDowell
Men's 70
3626 posts
Thanks, Curt ... We're doing the same (trying to hold it together!) and are actually fairly optimistic ... Our Ft. Myers local talent who runs the Parks is confident we'll be fine, and we believe her ... If we get a little hiccup, we're also fairly skilled at schedule revisions on the fly to get things in ... But the most positive circumstance here is that the forecast gets better with each subsequent day rather than the converse ... We'll be fine in my view ...
P.S. - Really nice to see the Hollis franchise name back in the mix! ... Play safely and good luck! ...

Nov. 8, 2020
just joe
28 posts
GOVERNOR DESANTIS DECLARES STATE OF EMERGENCY FOR LEE,COLLIER COUNTIES. WE SHOULDN'T HAVE TO FLY IN
Nov. 8, 2020
Crackerjack06
10 posts
Berkley 65 team renting 2 Winnebago's as our Flights are cancelled out of Philadelphia,
We will be hitting the road in the AM coming down the 95 corridor from NJ across the Delaware Memorial Bridge.
Expect to arrive in time for the Tuesday morning Preliminaries!.
Hope this weather forecast holds on Tuesday of the high of 82 with a couple of passing showers,
Est precipitation 0.14

Lets do this Boys!


Nov. 8, 2020
Ballplayer635
1 posts
With the SSUSA staff located in Ca., there is no way they can relate to the tropical storm/Hurricane events.Just as those of us on the east coast can't relate to earthquakes or mud slides. With the State of Emergency for Lee County as well as 8 other counties in Florida and the school closings and the 5-8 inches of rain between now and Tuesday. PLaying ball will be extremely difficult. Since these are NOT Artificial Turf fields, be prepared to bring extra cleats and multiple socks as the outfields will be under water. As the storm skirts the coast, the rain bands which will cover the entire state will bring lots of water each day. The winds from the storm will make pitching, well.. difficult. A LOT of walks if we play. The SSUSA staff should consider moving this tournament either to the east coast or postpone it to another week.
Nov. 8, 2020
Paul P
Men's 65
53 posts
Crackerjack, be safe my friend! See ya on the fields!
Nov. 9, 2020
DBurke23
Men's 50
22 posts
Latest update showing CAT1 hurricane off the coast on Wednesday 1pm. I would think the municipalities would suspend recreational activities.
Nov. 9, 2020
Crackerjack06
10 posts
After serious thought, Berkley Home Remodeling 65AAA has decided to drop out of the Ft Myers Tournament.

We feel it was just to risky to fly into Ft Myers.

Good Luck to all who make it down to Florida - Stay Safe!

Nov. 9, 2020
birdie
Men's 70
788 posts
Dave, Hope all is well with you and the family. Great to be in SUNNY Florida. I am in Cape Coral and my pool is flooded. See everybody on Tuesday for the mud wrestling tourney Thanks Harry # 20 NVForce
Nov. 9, 2020
SSUSA Staff
3160 posts
SESSION #1 12:00 NOON EDT UPDATE • The Winter National Championships in Ft. Myers, FL, remain in "GO MODE" at this time following a "boots on the ground" analysis by Lee County Parks personnel and SSUSA Tournament officials ... If this changes, we will advise immediately ... Please plan on being at the CenturyLink Sports Complex 30 minutes prior to your schedule game time ... Calls to the SSUSA Office will not result in any additional or different information ... Thank you and good luck! ...

Nov. 9, 2020
just joe
28 posts
I'M LOSING PLAYERS BY THE DROVES. IF IT WASN'T FOR THE ONES ALREADY THERE I TOO WOULD CANCEL. AS IT IS I HOPE I CAN MUSTER AT LEAST 1 TEAM MAYBE 2 FROM THE 3 THAT WERE GOING.I CAN APPRECIATE YOUR DILEMMA BUT WE ARE UPWARDS OF 65.
Nov. 9, 2020
birdie
Men's 70
788 posts
Cape Coral weather update. Sunny I repeat Sunny. I just got out of the pool and ready to play some softball. Hope this weather holds. What a great country. See you tomorrow. Thanks Harry
Nov. 9, 2020
SSUSA Staff
3160 posts
SESSION #1 3:00 PM EST UPDATE • The Winter National Championships in Ft. Myers, FL, continue in "GO MODE" at this time following a "..the weather is beautiful, sunny with light breezes.." current conditions report by the Lee County Parks personnel and SSUSA Tournament officials ... If this changes, we will, as mentioned earlier, advise immediately ... Please plan on being at the CenturyLink Sports Complex 30 minutes prior to your schedule game time ... SCHEDULE REVISIONS ARE UNDERWAY TO REFLECT A FEW TEAM WITHDRAWALS AND WILL POST HERE WHEN DONE ... NOTE: Calls to the SSUSA Office will not be answered until 8:00 AM PST tomorrow due to COVID-furlough staffing levels ... Thank you and good luck! ...

Nov. 9, 2020
TimMcElroy
801 posts
You guys have become your own worst enemy. The same people clamoring for SSUSA to cancel or move the tournament are the ones who'd be most upset if changes were made and the conditions wound up being good. Relax, enjoy, and make the most of whatever comes your way. Tim

Nov. 9, 2020
SSUSA Staff
3160 posts
• SESSION #1 MAJOR REVISION - MEN'S 65+ DIVISIONS • Due to multiple late withdrawals (by four teams) in the Men's 65+ Divisions, a complete re-draft of that schedule set was required ... The revisions are all online now with a revision date of today, 11/09/2020 ... Changes also affected the Men's 70/75+ Division on Tuesday (earlier times!!) ... Good luck everyone! ...

Nov. 9, 2020
att17
7 posts
Slug-A-Bug is playing on F1 at 12:30 and on F2 12:30
Nov. 9, 2020
DaveDowell
Men's 70
3626 posts
Awww ... CHIT! ... I HATE it when that happens! ... The second set of two games is WEDNESDAY and not Tuesday again ... Typo was missed in the mad scramble to fix the recurring bail outs ... It's fixed online now ... Refresh your download ... Thanks! ...
Nov. 10, 2020
SSUSA Staff
3160 posts
Simple 8:00 AM EST UPDATE for Tuesday, November 10th • PLAY BALL! ... Games are underway as scheduled on all four diamonds at CenturyLink Sports Complex in Ft. Myers ... Play safely and have fun!
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