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Feb. 28, 2007
SunBum
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: TOC Tourney Ideas-Increase the Field

I agree Fred. There are a lot to choose from and only so many a team can do. Based on what we enjoyed last weekend, if your team is invited for next year, this is a must-go. It was an amazing 3 days. Great prizes for everyone, not just the winners, perfect weather, a really first class dinner on Friday night with over 2,000 people there, the best umpires we've ever had as a group and nice facilities. Decisions on which tournaments to go to would be very hard if they were all like this one was. If we get lucky this year and win an invite, we're going back for sure and hope we see you there.
Feb. 28, 2007
SunBum
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: TOC Tourney Ideas-Increase the Field

GaryH - I don't agree with trying to get as many teams as possible into the ToC by taking some 2nd place teams. I do agree that having more teams is better, but there were plenty more from the invited list that could have come. Maybe once those teams find out how special last weekend was, they'll make it a point to accept the invitation next year. I think it should stay as winners only so it is a true ToC.

Gary19 - The last time I can remember ssusa having that large of brackets was in the worlds in Phoenix a couple years ago. I think there were several brackets that were in the 25 team range. And the year before in LV, we were in a 34 team bracket.
Feb. 5, 2007
SunBum
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Rock n Reno; Mens' 60 Tuesday, May 29 - Thursday, May 31

taits and donna. not sure anything happened for Reno in the way of a change. Last year was 60 & older on Tuesday to Thursday and 50 & 55 from Friday to Sunday. the 40 men & the women played on Saturday and Sunday only. hope you can make it though. it's a fun tournament.
Dec. 24, 2006
SunBum
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: What's up, Doc?

enistein - I thought I rmemebred seeing something on this a while back, and I found a couple of posts from Dave at SSUSA. Seems to me that one of the issues is closed, and the other isn't. Here's what he said then. Maybe the second one has some news. I don't know
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Terry Hennessy has asked me to respond to this inquiry with respect to the prohibited bat incident at Celebration Park, where I was the Field Director during the 2006 World Championships. Here are the facts. While watching part of a game, I observed a particular bat being kept just outside the dugout perimeter and being replaced in a bat bag after each use. I became 'curious' about the bat after it had been used and returned to the bat bag, rather than hung on the dugout bat rack, by three (unidentified) players during the course of two half-inning at-bats. The Umpire in Charge and I then asked for, and were given without argument, the bat for inspection. I removed it from the game and sent it to the Miken representative (at another park) for his inspection and opinion. The bat was determined to be an original, and prohibited, grey Miken Ultra re-painted to appear as an allowable Ultra II. The manager of the team met with Terry prior to their next game, a meeting that I did not attend. However, the result of the meeting was that the bat was retained by SSUSA, its owner (but not the other two players) was identified, was declared ineligible for the remainder of the World Championships tournament and began to serve his automatic one year suspension, effective immediately. To date, there has been no appeal of the suspension. The team, it's manager and the player involved handled the inquiry and related results courteously and respectfully at all times and this particular incident is considered a closed matter. DAVE (10/31/06)
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It is my understanding that the second bat incident is still an open inquiry and that the results of that one will be disclosed, either here and/or in the Senior Softball News, when the matter is resolved. DAVE (10/31/06)


Nov. 22, 2006
SunBum
Topic: Associations
Discussion: BAR CODE !!..........

If you think tournament fees are expensive now, wait till you see where they go if every TD at every field has to have a lap top and a bar code reader there for this idea. Not a bad idea in the 21st century, but not one your going to see any time soon.
Nov. 1, 2006
SunBum
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Tampa vs. Ft. Myers tournament

Terry - We're out west and don't go to Florida, but here's what we think. We look at the association that runs the tournament and also what we have felt about prior tournaments. That's why we are going to the SSUSA in Las Vegas this month instead of LVSSA last month. SSUSA 'seems' better organized, like the list of teams you mentioned. No other assoc. does that, and no other one gets the schedules out early on here so we can plan our hotel and travel stuff. We also think SSUSA is more fair in ratings, and we don't get surprised when we get to a tournament with being a AAA and having a major plus or major in our bracket. They also look like they do a better job in player checking. About the only complaint, and this may be across the associations, but the prizes if we happen to do good could be better. I just hope there are like 35 60s in Las Vegas like there are in Florida. Just my thoughts.
Oct. 23, 2006
SunBum
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Einstein

MPB33 - Thanks for writing what I believe a lot of the rest of us have been thinking for a while. There's no place in any serious discussions for the sort of stupidity EB has made us suffer thru on serious topics lately. I wish the people in the home office would just throw him out, but maybe he will take your suggestion. Thanks again
Oct. 11, 2006
SunBum
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Las Vegas 55\'s...order of finish please

MikeC - I checked the Ratings information here and see that Handeland is a major-plus team, but Old Dawgs 55s are a AAA team and have been for awhile. I know weird things happen in LV cause guys want to go play there even if their team doesn't. I agree with the concerns you raised about teams in wring pools, but you have a stronger position if you do just a little bit of fact checking first. The Old Dawgs 50s team is the major team.
Sept. 21, 2006
SunBum
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Seattle

I'm not sure if Burghboy was in the same Seattle the we were last week. We were there for the 60s and played in Federal Way for all our games. The weather was cooler than some of the years we have played in Las Vegas and Phoenix, but nowhere near what we would say was horrible. We were delayed a little bit on Thursday because I guess that Federal Way had to take some games from the other places to get those groups finished, but by the end of Thursday the schedule was only like an hour behind. I don't think a single game was cancelled because of the weather, and we've been at tournaments when the schedule was farther behind than that in the morning. The director at our fields did a good job keeping things going and we have no complaints.
Aug. 21, 2006
SunBum
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: cheater

This is my first post too, but i just saw in the CA state championships scores that the team you're talking about finished last in the 50-AA division. They either don't cheat at all or they don't do it very well.
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