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Aug. 12, 2007
brakeman
Topic: Associations
Discussion: Divisions

I think the solution for classification could be solved with better monitoring of tournament results. For instance teams could be reclassified if they win one MAJOR tournament and are consistently in the top 3 in most of the other tournaments they play in. Manassas and some of these tournaments with 4 teams in a division should not count as a tournament for being moved up. If in a 5 tournament span you win 1 major and are in the top 3 in 3 our of the other 4. YOU SHOULD BE MOVED UP. By the same if in a 5 tournament span you never place in the top 2 you should be able (by choice) to move down. This would lead to stronger tournaments and less mis-classification. Then you would only need 3 divisions in the 50 and 55.
Aug. 12, 2007
brakeman
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Kicked Out of Softball

If you are "AVERAGE" player who happens to be on a team who wins a tournament in the 55 AA or AAA. Is your playing career over because you are forced up and are not good enough to play on a Major or Major+ team. Maybe this is why teams are dwindling and there are SO FEW TEAMS in the Major and Major+ divisions. Shouldn't you be able to play SOMEWHERE. Why can't an individual play at a level where he can compete (not be a star). Why can't he play on a lower level 50 or 55. I just think some of these rules need to be revisited. Just trying to get some thought and discussion on the matter.
Aug. 12, 2007
brakeman
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: breaking up teams

Ken: Just to answer your statement, like I said "A" good weekend we won ONE (1), tournament 3 years ago...the previous TWO (2) years we won "NONE" (0). Since being forced to move up, we are constantly out homered and we have yet to play 500 in any tournament of 4 or more teams for the last 3 years. We have essentially the same team that we started with. We have moved up in AGE but still have to play in an higher level. All because of 1 good weekend. No wonder teams end up breaking up!!!!
Aug. 11, 2007
brakeman
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: breaking up teams

I understand the so called reasons for moving teams up, Should a team be forced to move up because they had a good weekend and won a tournament? What do you think? If youhave a solid team, you are forced to break it up in order to be able to compete. If you have a group of players who are base hitters, should they be forced to move up into the 6 home run Major or Major+ division? I think the teams that are consistently hitting home runs for outs should be made to move up. Maybe the committe should monitor how a team won as opposed to who won? This could be the reason tournaments participation is low....too many teams having to disband in order to compete.
Aug. 10, 2007
brakeman
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Tournament fees

Is any tournament worth $495.00 for example; Manassas, VA prizes are a medal. Please what happened to T-shirts. At $495, they should give away a bat to each winning team. What do you think?
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