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Discussion: Spring Worlds in Mesquite

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Feb. 21, 2013
BobLaser
Men's 50
38 posts
Spring Worlds in Mesquite
Are any major teams playing in Mesquite in April? This will be our first tournament after getting bumped up from AAA and we hope there will be teams to play. We really don't what to expect.
Feb. 21, 2013
d45
134 posts
Do you mean in March?
Feb. 22, 2013
Reggie44
Men's 50
34 posts
Rocky Mountain Thunder will be there
Feb. 22, 2013
BobLaser
Men's 50
38 posts
Oops. March. Yes.
Feb. 22, 2013
BobLaser
Men's 50
38 posts
I don't see Rocky Mountain Thunder on list of teams. Are yall from Denver?
Feb. 22, 2013
rightrj1
Men's 55
208 posts
This should be fun Rated Athletics will be there!
Feb. 22, 2013
Reggie44
Men's 50
34 posts
Last year we were colorado rapid erectors
Feb. 24, 2013
the wood
1076 posts
Since this is the Spring World, an important qualifier, can we expect SSUSA to erect temporary fences on the 2 Yukon territory-size fields in mesquite?
BW
Feb. 25, 2013
gary#27nor.ca.storm
Men's 55
58 posts
timberworks 60 major+will be there
Feb. 25, 2013
d45
134 posts
I doubt it, never have put fences up yet, and they always for the most part put AA teams up there. I complained because for the last two years or more we have been up there. Please SSUSA, rotate it, so that Major and Major + are up there too. They do let us play on the artificial fields. I like the two lower fields at the old park, hope we get to play there this year.
Feb. 25, 2013
the wood
1076 posts
d45:
I think that you are correct when you say that they are not likely to do so. Even though the entry fees are $525 and it's labeled as the 'Spring World' (a TOC qualifier), SSUSA apparently feels neither need the need to put the temp fences up OR offer any type of explanation as to why not... a bit disconcerting.
We have played on the 2 larger fields as well, which is why I brought it up. It changes the game too much.
BW
Feb. 26, 2013
d45
134 posts
When you say the 2 larger fields, I don't know which ones you are refering to. I am talking about just the upper one at Pioneer Park. That is the only upper field there that is huge. Are you talking about a different park than me, although there are only 3 fields there. The two lower fields are softball size parks. You may be talking about the field over by the high school that they also have some teams play at.
Feb. 26, 2013
the wood
1076 posts
d45:
There is another facility in Mesquite which is used for men's games (Hunter Park). I forget exactly where it is in relation to the other fields but it also has 3 fields. They are turf and two of them seem to be nice. The 3rd one is a baseball field with a 340-350' fence in center field and disruptive dirt cutouts at the bases, the mound and home plate. At least this is how it was when I was last there (2009).
There are 6 men's fields in Mesquite, 2 of them need Park Rangers.
BW
Feb. 26, 2013
SSUSA Staff
1184 posts
Here's the field inventory for the Spring World's in Mesquite/St. George -

Pioneer Park - Mesquite - Three fields, two softball only and one youth baseball/softball - All are dirt/grass composition - Temporary (shorter) fencing has been requested by us from the City of Mesquite for the larger field and we anticipate that will not be a problem to install.
Hunter Park - Mesquite - Three fields, two softball only and one youth baseball/softball - All are dirt infields with artificial turf outfields composition - Temporary (shorter) fencing has been requested by us from the City of Mesquite for the larger field - We hope the City is able to devise a way to install the shorter fencing, but there is no guarantee with the inability to drill into the artificial turf outfield.
Old Mill Ball Fields - Mesquite - Two fields, one of which is tournament quality acceptable. Shorter fences, and would be utilized for older divisions at lesser ratings levels. This is an "overflow" field and would be used as the last option.
The Canyons Complex - St. George - Seven Fields, five in a wheel and two other fields on the perimeter - This complex is one of the top two or three dirt/grass facilities we use each year nationally - They are impeccably maintained and will be used for the weekend session only.

Feb. 27, 2013
the wood
1076 posts
SSUSA STAFF:
Better late than never... thanks for taking the time to weigh in on the issue of the baseball fields in Mesquite.
While you list all 4 complexes for use in the Spring World, only 2 complexes will be in use for Session # 1 Men. Correct me if this is wrong... neither Old Mill Nor the St George fields will be used for the mens' games (SESSION 1).

Pioneer Park - you 'anticipate that this will not be a problem to install'. Does this mean that they will do so or does it mean that if they were inclined to do so they could do it without a problem? Have they not had this ability over the past 4 years and, if they have, when did they install them?

Hunter Park - 'there is no guarantee with the inability to drill into the artificial turf'. No guarantee? How do other facilities resolve this problem (those with turf)? As an example, how is it done in Woodland, CA?

With all due respect, it doesn't sound as if there is real commitment on anyone's part to install temp fences. From our end, it's a certainty that we'd pay a $525 entry fee and drive an average of 500 miles to get there (each way).
I am skeptical because we've been down this road before... we do the long distance traveling, pay the qualifier entry fee and arrive to find no temp fences on our field. I am sure that the facility had the ability to install them on the turf fields because they did so on the other two, which were turf.
Some teams may only care a little bit about this, some may care a lot... but ALL of them deserve to know what is truly guaranteed and what isn't BEFORE THEY COMMIT TO IT... no more, no less.
It should be a two way street.
BW
Feb. 27, 2013
jpb28
6 posts
@ Bob Laser, how do find a list to see who is in or not gonna be at a tournament?
Feb. 27, 2013
SSUSA Staff
1184 posts
The "Participating Teams List" will be published here shortly after (within couple/few days) after the entry deadline of march 5th passes.
Feb. 27, 2013
jpb28
6 posts
thank you!!
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