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Discussion: Process for Scheduling Tournament Schedules and Venues

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April 22
STL0
Men's 60
232 posts
There was a lot of discussion at the Midwest Championships about why the tournament was moved to much earlier in the season this year and why SSUSA chose to use a complex that had very unusual field dimensions to host this year's tournament. Could someone with SSUSA explain what goes into making the choices they did for this year and what goes into that decision making process?
April 23
DJ12

24 posts
I know this is not what you were looking for in this post. I really enjoyed the tourney. Beautiful complex, yes, the fields were a bit large, and it was a bit chilly Saturday. But all in all, I would play again.
April 23
Zaman4110
Men's 50
6 posts
Maybe they could have put the temporary 300 ft. fences up? It would have probably changed some games. Defense was at a premium on the baseball fields. I could go either way with it. The complex was top notch and the tourney was well ran. No complaints.
April 23
DaveDowell
Men's 70
4350 posts
Zaman4110 ... We asked, but they didn't have enough fencing to do our 300' dimension ... They have enough for the 220'± radius for youth/fast-pitch, but not enough for a 300'± radius adult slow-pitch ... We made the internal decision that if we couldn't do all fields the same distance, we wouldn't do any ... Maybe next year their temporary fencing inventory will change ... They were first rate to work with from our side of the desk ... I hope we go back ...

April 25
OnTheOutz
Men's 60
7 posts
I was just thinking of adding a new Message Board post regarding the Home Field complex in Kansas City and saw this thread.

We played in the 65 division on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. I have to say that the facility is first rate. Great parking, close to the Legends area and multiple hotels, and the staff was fantastic. Stadium type seating behind the plate. And all dugouts, bleachers, and stadium seats were covered by sun shades. Very nice.

I have to admit...being 67 and chasing gapped shots on turf to the fence was a chore. In the very stiff crosswinds we faced, it would take two relays to get the ball even back to 2nd base or the pitcher's mound! But I love getting true bounces and no divots in the outfield. If the temporary 300' fence can get in place it would be cool but even if not, I would come back.

I heard the entire complex (including soccer fields and out buildings) cost about $865 million. Not sure if that is true or not. But it is a beautiful place.
April 26
Mike Fossil's 60's
Men's 65
10 posts
Our Fossils team played in the Midwest Championship tournament and other than the terrible weather - wind and rain I thought this was one of the best complex that we have played on. Yes the fields were BIG and balls in the gap or missed played ran a long way but I would return to play here again BUT please schedule it a little later in the year as it can and was terrible weather with a high of 49 on Thursday with rain and drizzle all day.
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