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Discussion: Re: USA National Game Teams

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Sept. 2, 2013
Sweet P
Men's 60
168 posts
Re: USA National Game Teams
Just wondering why at the end of the season (August 30th) and 4-weeks before the Worlds the SS-USA organization announces a change to the way the number 1 and 2 team tournament seeds are determined? Per the update from SS-USA on this site on 8/30, the number 1 and 2 World tournament seedings will now be automatically awarded to the Eastern and Western National champions. I like the idea, but IMO it makes more sense to make these types of changes at the start of a season and not right before the season ends and the Worlds are played.

Just doesn't seem right, IMO!!!

West Coast All-stars
Sept. 3, 2013
Men's 60
261 posts
This should have been done a long time ago, this will bring more teams to both championships, by giving more important's to winning East and West. Better later then never.
Sept. 3, 2013
Men's 65
4359 posts
I didn't read the post noted, but if it is about the East vs West to happen in Vegas, perhaps it's cause there re a lot of slots not filled or only half going there.
That kinda puts a damper on the meaning of it all, let alone the so called 'Win'.
The TOC has become that in many respects. I honestly believe that's cause of the time span of about 3 months between the last events.
Sept. 3, 2013
the wood
1079 posts
Sweet P:
I couldn't agree with you more. This weak gesture should have been made long before teams determined their schedule. I won't even speculate as to who is behind this.
Why not award the MLB World Series home field advantage to the team that plays an exhibition game in Sacramento? Equally weak.
I'm sure that you'd like to make the Eastern and Western Nationals relevant but it will take more than this.
Sept. 3, 2013
Omar Khayyam
994 posts
the wood, you make an important point. Our team did not participate in the Western Nationals. If we had known it could result in a potential 1 or 2 seed at worlds, we would have likely adjusted our schedule to attend. It might be a good idea, but it should have been announced in January.
Sept. 3, 2013
the wood
1079 posts
The same was/is true for us... we went to Cal Cup & could have just as easily gone to the WN (in lieu of Cal Cup).

Taits, the TOC is as irrelevant as the EN/WN events. Perhaps more so. It isn't the 3 months as much as it's the time of year (read = WINTER). In addition, your team may not have many of the guys who qualified with you.
Calling it TOC or EN or WN is easily done. Making it a real meaningful event seems to be much tougher.
Sept. 3, 2013
swing for the fences
Men's 50
998 posts
Sad the East won't have a team for the USA game so it will cost us a 2 seed at the worst if not the 1 seed... I say that any team that shows up that wins the National gets that #1 seed.. if will make the national a must event... no reason to penalize the team that shows up to the worlds with losing a seating because of team not showing! I say they make someone from the east 2nd,3rd, 4th,5th, place team play that USA Game! IMO
Sept. 3, 2013
swing for the fences
Men's 50
998 posts
I was talking about 50 major FYI
Sept. 6, 2013
Men's 60
709 posts

I did hear talk about this last year, but do not recall it becoming an official rule?

Andy Smith,
55/60 Major

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