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Discussion: Who Will Be Participating in the Southern Championships in Birmingham?

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July 28, 2014
southpaw
Men's 60
733 posts
Who Will Be Participating in the Southern Championships in Birmingham?
Hoping we have a great turnout. Liberty Park is a great place to play senior softball!
July 28, 2014
Train
Men's 60
20 posts
LA. Legends 65 aaa will be going
July 28, 2014
TexasTransplant
Men's 70
420 posts
Crackerbox will be there in 70AAA.
July 28, 2014
Twing21
Men's 65
5 posts
Kentuckiana 65's AA should be there
July 29, 2014
Lefty
Men's 65
478 posts
4:13Rimfire M will be in Birmingham. Train bring me some good gumbo. Can't wait to see ya'll again.
Joe Lefty Falcon
Home town Lafayette, La.
July 31, 2014
Igotit
7 posts
Atlanta Recycle in 60 AAA
Aug. 4, 2014
southpaw
Men's 60
733 posts
Igotit, are we going to have to play a best 2 of 2?!!!
Aug. 4, 2014
southpaw
Men's 60
733 posts
That should be 2/3!

Lefty, back in the 80's in New Orleans, I attended Seminary there. As interim pastor in Marrero, we would have a monthly cookout. The chef in our congregation would make gumbo in a 50 gal. drum; stirred it with a boat paddle. Cajun food is the best!!
Aug. 4, 2014
Perl
106 posts
Steve

Elite 60's will be there. Columbus LX is not playing and I haven't heard about TAG, Randy Smith or Louisiana team.

Looking forward to seeing everyone and hoping for good weather.
Aug. 4, 2014
BruceinGa
Men's 60
2664 posts
Edge will be there.
Aug. 5, 2014
Igotit
7 posts
There looks to be 7 AAA 60's playing.
Aug. 5, 2014
BOS5
5 posts
Boys of Summer 60-AAA will be there
Aug. 5, 2014
southpaw
Men's 60
733 posts
Thanks for all the responses. It appears that our unseasonal cool snap is over, so it will be hot, hot, hot, as usual!!
Aug. 5, 2014
TexasTransplant
Men's 70
420 posts
Crackerbox (70AAA) has withdrawn due to lack of any other teams in our age group. They were going to match us against a 65AA team, but when we learned they had withdrawn, we decided to withdraw, also.

We have had two planned tournaments cancelled outright this season and this is the second one in which there were no 70's. It's turning into a disappointing season!

Have we reached a point where there are so many tournaments that the turnout for all but the biggest ones is diminished?
Aug. 5, 2014
Ho
230 posts
No, you are just picking the wrong ones. SSUSA LOUDON COUNTY had seven 70 AAA's, SPA BUCKEYE CLASSIC had 9, SPA SYLVANIA GREAT LAKES had 7 and SPA PEACHTREE CLASSIC had 7.
Those are all qualifiers.

Heard the same complaint about 80's going to tournaments and had to play 70's, same gripe for the 75's. Yet, the SPA WORLDS next week have THIRTEEN 75AAA's, FOUR 75 MAJORS and FIVE 80 AAA's.

There are tournaments out there, you just have to search and ask other 70, 75 and 80 teams where are they going to play and work it out to go to the saem place.

The problem is you have to decide if you want to pay $425 and travel 200 miles to play one team in your age.rating group or pay $425 and travel 400 miles to play seven and eight teams.

Next year make ceratin you put the SSUSA LOUDON COUNTY tournament on your list and go from there. Check with the other 70's and see where they are playing and go to those tournaments.

Ho
Aug. 6, 2014
L
37 posts
The NSA nationals in July had 7-70s teams I believe but did not have 50s as they had played the week before in Dalton. Had a great tournament hope that more will come next year.
Aug. 6, 2014
TexasTransplant
Men's 70
420 posts
Ho,
You make a good point about finding out where other 70's (or whatever age bracket you're interested) in are planning to play. I have long thought that I a useful feature for this board would be to have a place for teams to post their planned schedules so that we could all see where the participation is going to be and adjust accordingly. How about it SSUSA?

As to the tournaments you mentioned, I don't know where Loudon County is, but I'm pretty sure anything called Buckeye or Great Lakes is going to be more like 1,000 miles from Plano, TX. I do some pretty serious traveling for the tournament we attend, including the 700+ to the NSA in Gadsden and will be in Dalton (800+). I was prepared for the 600+ to Birmingham, as well, but there are some practical limits, especially for qualifiers. Other than the NSA, the best turnout we have seen this year was 4 teams at the SPA tourney in Raymore, MO and 4 at the SSUSA tourney in Liberty, KS, both 450+ miles for me. Typical has been 1 or 2 other teams.

Thanks for your input.
TT
Aug. 6, 2014
Ho
230 posts
You are right it is about 1,000 miles to all those locations.

SSUSA dioes list the teams which will be attending their national tournaments (also some qualifiers if there are more than twenty-five teams). ISSA lists their teams for all tournaments while SPA does not list for any.

We (THEE BUCKEYE CLASSIC) do list all the teams we are expecting for our JUNE event, starting in JANUARY (as they contact us to reserve a spot)and all the way until tournament time. This year we have also been listing teams for other mid-west SPA tournaments if the tournament TD asks us and gives us the info.

In 2015, you may want to consider making one long trip to either LOUDON COUNTY SSUSA (LEESBURG,VA)or to THEE BUCKEYE CLASSIC (BARBERTON,OHIO) If you come up here guarantee you will see at least 12-to-16 other 70 AAA teams and you will play six games against six different teams (we play round robin). We draw between 75-85 AA and AAA teams in all divisions, we do not invite majors.

Send me a contact e-mail and I will put you on our mailing list. In the meantime check out our web site http://theebuckeyeclassic.com/

Good Luck

Ho











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