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Feb. 20, 2010
WiseGuy
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Reiterating The Issue Concerning TOC Brackets

Below is a message I posted on January 18, 2010 about the TOC:

"There seems to be a lot of concern about players picking up a player that was not on their roster, as this may give that team an added advantage. While this is a legitimate concern, I don't happen to see much concern about Teams playing in the TOC at a level BELOW the level in which they played for most of the 2009 season (i.e., AAA Teams playing in the TOC as a AA Team......Major Team playing as a AAA Team....and so on). There are several teams doing that this year. IT occurs because a team may have won a qualifier early in the year, and then got moved up to the next higher division. Although this is within the SSUSA rule, doesn't seem fair. AA Teams may be going all the way across the country only to run into AAA Teams. How is that a TOurnament of Champions for the AA Team. They may be beat before the TOC even starts.

Having 12 or 13 guys on one team playing at a lower division is more of a concern than one team possibly having a single player that may be a "ringer".

I know SSUSA is doing the best they can..."

After checking the TOC results today, it appears these concerns have some validity. The California Black Hawks, a 55 AAA team won the 55 AA bracket; In the 55 AAA Gold bracket, two major teams (Tri State Merchants and Northern Virginia Force) finished first and second, and a AAA team (Wilson 55) finished third; and so on. There has got to be a better way to do these brackets. Any ideas out there?

Jan. 19, 2010
WiseGuy
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: Team Looking For TOC Players

diehard,

I agree with your comments. I also agree that SSUSA staff are doing the best job they can. After all, if they are in it for he money, as some often allege, then it would be to their benefit to keep as many of us as happy as possible. It's a tough job. No matter what SSUSA does, somebody is going to be "pissed off"...seems they can't win.

Nonetheless, I appreciate the job they are doing and the fact that they provide an opportunity for us "old men" to play the game we love. Hey SSUSA...even though we complain (and I am one of the biggest complainers) I say, KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.

Jan. 18, 2010
WiseGuy
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: Team Looking For TOC Players

There seems to be a lot of concern about players picking up a player that was not on their roster, as this may give that team an added advantage. While this is a legitimate concern, I don't happen to see much concern about Teams playing in the TOC at a level BELOW the level in which they played for most of the 2009 season (i.e., AAA Teams playing in the TOC as a AA Team......Major Team playing as a AAA Team....and so on). There are several teams doing that this year. IT occurs because a team may have won a qualifier early in the year, and then got moved up to the next higher division. Although this is within the SSUSA rule, doesn't seem fair. AA Teams may be going all the way across the country only to run into AAA Teams. How is that a TOurnament of Champions for the AA Team. They may be beat before the TOC even starts.

Having 12 or 13 guys on one team playing at a lower division is more of a concern than one team possibly having a single player that may be a "ringer".

I now SSUSA is doing the best they can, and I certainly don't know what the answer is. But having the TOC in February only makes this situation worst. Luckily I'm not going.
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