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Ted Sparks

Location:
Mesa, AZ

Division:
Men's 70

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Jan. 10, 2005
Ted Sparks
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: az tourney

The dates are 7, 8 & 9 for age groups 60, 65 & 70. For age groups 50 & 55 it will be Mar 11 & 12. This tournament, known as the Southwest Regional is put on by the players. For entry information call Ken Nelson at 480-641-8167
Dec. 4, 2004
Ted Sparks
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Mesa, AZ Tournament

For years this tournament, known as the Southwest Regional, was put on by the local umpires association but it is now run by the players.
Nov. 28, 2004
Ted Sparks
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Mesa, AZ Tournament

It will be played on March 7, 8 and 9 for the 60, 65 & 70 age groups and on March 11 & 12 for the 50 and 55s. Call Ken Nelson at 480-641-8167 for entry information.
Nov. 22, 2004
Ted Sparks
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Winter Worlds

Congratulations to Terry and his gang for putting on an excellent tournament. The competition was good in our division with 5 teams from 3 states. We had 4 different umpires, 3 of which were excellent and the other was good. Only 1 umpire per game though and no scorekeepers. The fields at Lorenzi were in good shape, but future Vegas events should avoid Cheyenne as the outfields there have been neglected to the point of being dangerous and the infields are too abrasive for sliding. The awards were exceptional with each member of the winning teams receiving Miken fielder's gloves. Overall a very good experience even with the snow storm on the way back to Phoenix.
Oct. 23, 2004
Ted Sparks
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: worlds

We have been told it will be in Phoenix in mid to late October.
Aug. 25, 2004
Ted Sparks
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: DES MOINES WORLD SERIES RESULTS

Here are the results from the first section of the World Series in Des Moines. In the 65 division there were 29 teams. The Major Division was won by Joe Corbi Pizza from Maryland, followed by Emerald City, The Seals and The Sidewinders. AAA Division was won by The Jersey Jaguars followed by Millers, Suncoast and the Houston Texans. AA went to Papa Nicks over Smith Barney.
In the 70's, Fairway won the Major Division followed by Mitchells, Gold Rush and Georgia Peaches. AAA Divsion went to Lynch & Sons over Elk Grove, The Renegades and Sedgebrook. AA had Center for Sight winning over Louisville.
75's winner was Texas Classics over Moe's and Arizona U-Care.
In the 80's Tremont won over Desert Storm.
There were 29 teams in the 65's, 20 teams in the 70's, 6 teams in the 75's and 4 in the 80's. The weather was good. The fields were good. There were two umpires and a score keeper for every game. No per inning run limit and no time limit after the round robin. Just the way all tournaments should be run.
June 10, 2004
Ted Sparks
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Salem ASA Tournament contact

Contact Kathy Chisom the local ASA director. Phone 503-653-7722. email: oregonasa@aol.com. The original tournament organizer (Benji Hedgecock) lost his contract with the Wallace Marine softball complex in Salem. Kathy will be able to tell you who is running it now and how to enter. Hope to see you there. Ted Sparks - Arizona Force 65's
April 2, 2004
Ted Sparks
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: SALEM TOURNAMENTS IN DOUBT

The lastest word from the regional ASA director is that ASA has secured the use of Wallace Fields in Salem for the Sept. 3 - 6 senior event. They are now negotiating with all parties to determine which group will actually run the event but it appears that it will be held as scheduled.
Ted Sparks
March 31, 2004
Ted Sparks
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: SALEM TOURNAMENTS IN DOUBT

There are two articles in the Salem Statesman Journal. Try news.statesmanjournal.com/article.cfm?i=77205

The second article is the same address except it is article number 77225

Ted Sparks
March 29, 2004
Ted Sparks
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: SALEM TOURNAMENTS IN DOUBT

The Salem, Oregon City Council recently replaced the group,headed by Benji Hedgecock, that had been running virtually all of the softball events in Salem for the past eleven years. The new group has exclusive access to the Wallace softball complex where all of the major events are held. Several of the upcoming events, including the ASA senior nationals Sept. 3 - 6, are under contract directly to the old group. There is a lawsuit pending and threats have been made to move these events to other locations, even out of state. ASA acknowledges that their contract is with the old group but has not yet announced if the event will be moved. It would not be advisable to make any non-refundable reservations involving Salem until this whole thing gets straightened out.
Feb. 4, 2004
Ted Sparks
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: TOURNEY INFO S. CALIF.

I think those tournaments are run by the SCMSA. Their phone number is 949-481-8218. Fax is 949-481-8219. Mail to P.O. Box 4495, San Clemente, CA 92674-4495
Jan. 28, 2004
Ted Sparks
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: WEATHER

Why don't you come come on down and join most of your neighbors that are playing ball in Arizona during the winter? We have plenty of room and there are six or seven senior leagues to chose from.
Jan. 23, 2004
Ted Sparks
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: MESA, AZ TOURNAMENT

The dates are March 9, 10 & 11 for the 60, 65 and 70 age groups. The 50 and 55 age groups play on March 13 & 14. All games will be in the mornings so that players can make the major league spring training games in the afternoon if they desire. Contact Ken Nelson at 914 So. Roslyn Place, Mesa, AZ 85208. Phone 480-641-8167
Jan. 6, 2004
Ted Sparks
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Ready to Play

Arizona Force - 65 Major +. Aside to Art Petereson - Art, it is good to see you finally acknowledge your team's proper ranking.
Nov. 24, 2003
Ted Sparks
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Ready to Play

You have posted your message as though it were addressed to the people at SSUSA. While they provide a great service in maintaining this site, I have seen no evidence that anyone from that association ever reads any of the messages posted here. Pluses for the Vegas tournament: The fields were good and were at least raked between games; the umpires that we had were good to excellent; the Trump ball, although 44 core - .375 compression held up very well late in the games and was lively enough that our 65+ team was able to hit some out. Minuses from the Vegas tournament: A shortage of entries - in the 65's we had 1 major+ team, 1 major team, 2 AAA teams and 3 AA teams; only one umpire per game; no scorekeepers; no communication from the organizers prior to the event - they could not even tell us what city we were playing in until the day before we left for the trournament (some of our team stayed in NE Las Vegas near Lorenzi Field and some in Henderson near Arroyo Grande). If they had been more forthcoming about the number of entries, we might have elected to play in a younger division rather than be the only team in our classification.
Oct. 30, 2003
Ted Sparks
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Mobile

SSWS in Des Moines had paramedics and an ambulance on site at all times.
Oct. 28, 2003
Ted Sparks
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: World Series in Mobile

If you want tournaments that are run for the players, with two umpires, scorekeepers and excellent fields, you should go to SPA and Senior Softball World Series (SSWS) events. We actually had four umpires for the championship game in Plano. In Des Moines, they dragged the field after every game.
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