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Discussion: NSG in Louisville

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Feb. 9, 2007
GQ
16 posts
NSG in Louisville
I'm the current, player/manager for Shawn Montee Timber Company, Coeur d'Alene, ID (50+AA). By winning the Gold Medal at the Montana Senior Olympics last summer, we have qualified to compete at the National Senior Games, scheduled to be played at Fort Knox, KY (June 22-27). Our communication with NSG staff has given me serious concerns about whether our team, or any other SSUSA should compete at that event. They have given us every indication that they don't care whether we come or not (entry fee of $1,175; misinformation about accomodations; and an inflexible position about player registration). If we can't get these issues resolved before the Feb 15th deadline, we will definitely NOT be attending. Has anyone else had similar experiences?
Feb. 9, 2007
razer
11 posts
Hey GQ
I have been to the National Senior Games 3 times. Each time was disappointed. Too expensive, poor organization, bad fields, and lousy balls and umpiring. They spread the games out so you can plan on a week there. They put you on make shift fields because they would have to pay for good ones, which they wont do. Balls are donated, and umps are not real umps, but volanteers.
You would be better served to spend your money by going to a SSUSA or SPA tourney. Cant go wrong with Vegas either.
Feb. 9, 2007
JTS2
Men's 55
88 posts
Just to let you know a little of what I know about the Senior Olympics. The games will be played at a very nice six field complex inside the base. There are two open soccer field in between two three field complexes that are used for batting practice. As far as the umpiring it will be run by KY USSSA and all will be sanction expierenced and will have training in senior rules. As far as the rest I don't know but I know the USSSA will do their best to make sure the tournament is run correctly.
Feb. 10, 2007
razer
11 posts
I have heard that everytime we went but didn't happen. Who knows, maybe this time it will be a nice tourney, but still a lot of money to take a chance
Feb. 11, 2007
Ken
Men's 55
462 posts
An entry fee of $1,175? You must be kidding. If anyone enters this tournament they're nuts.
Feb. 11, 2007
smooth01
Men's 50
122 posts
Have to agree, entry fee is crazy, Iowa Champions will not be there.
Feb. 11, 2007
smooth01
Men's 50
122 posts
Have to agree, entry fee is crazy, Iowa Champions will not be there.
Feb. 11, 2007
smooth01
Men's 50
122 posts
Have to agree, entry fee is crazy, Iowa Champions will not be there.
Feb. 12, 2007
surf88
Men's 60
874 posts
GQ' I put a team together in 99' and won the Colorado Senior Games in Denver. We qualified for the Senior Olympics to take place in Orlando later that year. Unfortunately, 6 players bailed from the squad when they learned we were guaranteed only 3 games. In a dilemma, I cantacted the powers that be and they would not allow me to replace players with quality players. In this dilemma, I took lesser and older players to fill in the void.

Once there, we were thrown into a 4 team pool. Played our first game and lost. Played our 2nd game and lost. When it was time to play our 3rd game, the Maryland team was 2 and 0 and decided to sit on the bench and rest and not play the game against us. They knew they could lose a game and move on.

I went to the Senior Olympic leader and pleaded with him to force the team to get on the field and play us or to throw them out of the tournament. He did nothing and we played 2 games and went home. It cost our guys about $700 A GAME PER MAN.

This was the most hurtful slap in the face I'd had in a long time and some of the players have never gotten over it. I'd never go back to play in the Senior Olympics again and I see the director all the time. He knows what happened.

DON'T GO
Surf88
Utah Vets/Scrap Iron
Feb. 13, 2007
GQ
16 posts
Thanks everyone for your input. The Shawn Montee team certainly appreciates it. We have decided not to attend the National Senior Games this summer.
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