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Discussion: Reno time for Champonship games

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May 18, 2014
lefty# 9
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Reno time for Champonship games
Can someone please tell me why SSUSA continues to have the Reno T O C games so late on Sunday this is the third year we had this problem ( not saying we would be there ) but if we do make it to the big game there's NO WAY we could make our flight. We book the latest and last flight on Sunday 4:20 pm heading back to Texas VIA Southwest air.( Im not picking on 50 Major + But there Championship game is at 12:30) cant they do the same for us. Thanks for letting me vent
May 18, 2014
SSUSA Staff
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We're not going to give the full explanation here on schedule theory, but the simple goal is to take as many teams as reasonable into Sunday, based on the size of the brackets ... The teams commit to a three-day tournament, and it is our desire to allow as many of them as possible to play all three days ... Optimally, that means six or eight teams make it to Championship Day ... We're unsure why you single out Rock 'n Reno, since this is the same schedule theory employed in all of the T.O.C. qualifier events we administer ... In any event, here are a few more thoughts on topic:

• The 50-Major+ and 55-Major+ are scheduled for 12:30 PM Championships and 2:00 PM "If" games only conceptually ... The Major+ divisions play seven (7) runs per half-inning at bat and are guaranteed (like all other divisions) a full 7-innings for those last two games ... They are never on time on Championship Day, and will likely finish at about the same time as those scheduled for 2:00 PM and 3:30 PM, respectively;
• Field availability plays into this ... At Carson City, there are four fields and two divisions, which means we can schedule "three-deep" on fields #5 and #6 Sunday morning, allowing us to take all eight 50-Major teams and eight of the 14 50-AAA to Championship Sunday, instead of the normal six teams ... That is not always the case when we have to get into "single file" with multiple divisions, for example, at Golden Eagle on the last weekend; and
• We have a section in EVERY tournament Official Program we publish, and this has been posted from tiime to time on the web site under the heading "Some Things to Remember" The very first item listed is:

TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS

"When making your travel arrangements for any tournament, please make them under the presumption that you will be playing in the first game on the first day, typically 8:00 AM, and also playing in the “If Needed” game, typically 3:30 PM, on the last day..."

The scheduling for Rock 'n Reno, and for all other T.O.C. qualifier events we administer, is consistent with this policy ... Good luck (and do your best to be the unbeaten team that wins the Championship Game and has no need for an "If" Game!)

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