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Discussion: Big League Dreams

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Jan. 15, 2008
afton
7 posts
Big League Dreams
Has anyone played a tournament @ any of the Big League Dreams Fields. I was at the opening foe the new one in Gilbert Az. right outside of Phoenix. I think the SSUSA should hold a national tournament there. Has anyone from SSUSA looked into having a tournament in Gilbert?
Jan. 15, 2008
taits
Men's 65
4344 posts
Have played in 3 in CA.
A corporate ruling for use of the U-2 was made to NOT allow it. I got that from a long conversation with the GM at the Manteca, CA park.
They have at least two park that have 6 fields or more. I believe ther is one with 9.
But prepare for a much larger entry fee to boot.
Fresno has the only privately owned park i know of, but only has 3 fields. It's costly to throw one there.
Jan. 15, 2008
hitt2
354 posts
I've played at the one in Manteca Ca. twice. Had a Good time, nice fields and easy to locate Entry fee to park has gone up to $3. Tait is correct about the U2 ban but Combats are ok.
Jan. 15, 2008
STONEMAN
Men's 50
535 posts
AFTON: Nice thought & it has been tired before. The PROBLEM..... we seniors do NOT drink or spend enough money in the concession....

The Field of Dreams Management, will let Seniors play on Friday, but, Sat' & Sunday r 4 the kids..

WHY? the kids, spend more money...

Sorry, but, we do have to face these facts. Several well off persons, which includes Kenny, have tried very hard to get the Fields of Dreams to open up to seniors. But, it feel thru.

The STONEMAN....
Jan. 15, 2008
Southpaw55
Men's 55
50 posts
Stoneman, you hit the ball right on the sweet spot with your explanation. I have tried in vain to get them to open up Poway Sportspark here in San Diego several times for senior tourneys, but they know the kids will spend their time and money before, between and after the games in the restaurant and bar. My argument was that even though this might be true, I felt that the seniors would love to come to San Diego to play, thus leaving a good deal of money in the local economy. We envy the softball facilities that Phoenix has provided for their residents, seniors included.
Jan. 16, 2008
taits
Men's 65
4344 posts
Steve is right, I got that from the Mgmt in Fresno. But their concession is less than one tenth the size of any of the others out there. BUT they now have new restaurants on side and building more. When in Manteca, twice on both weekends there we were hurried in games so the young guys and kids could have the fields by a certain time...rushed tournaments should be declared in fliers or ads. Rushed tournaments also have happened in Reno.
But it least I was able to get use of the U-2 in Fresburg. The bumped two tournaments I had scheduled and sent flyers out on to get kids in as well. Also raised field use after that. Nice park well maintained, good parking now, unless theirs soccer going on at the same time. They have about 4 fields not. took out at least two and are constructing something there.
Jan. 16, 2008
afton
7 posts
Thanks for the info. Too bad because the 8 fields in Phoenix are excellent. Even if they held a tournament during the week I;m sure a lot of teams would come and play.
Jan. 16, 2008
taits
Men's 65
4344 posts
I'd think that since the only bat I know of (u-2) is not allowed, a lot of players would want to play there. Eight fields, 24 teams, more it you play under the lights.
No reason not to play, utrip bats are good.
Jan. 16, 2008
hitt2
354 posts
The NCSSA is scheduled to have their year end event at BLD in Manteca. I hope they schedule for the 50 and 55 brackets to play under the light so that the tourney isn't rushed. The concerns with vision and reaction are a less of concern in these divisions. If the 1-1 count is used then also give a foul instead of last years 1-1 count and no foul as it takes away from the integrity of the game.
Jan. 16, 2008
taits
Men's 65
4344 posts
The last 2 tournaments the pitch count was changed from 0-0 to 1-1 just past mid tournament ( do not remember if it was both days).
But the younger guys were in the stands waiting to play and we had to be gone by 4 pm.
Great place to play though.
Jan. 16, 2008
hitt2
354 posts
They had it that way for both days and your right the younger guys couldn't wait for us to get off the fields.
Jan. 17, 2008
WOW
197 posts
Great place to play,[if you don't mind the bat rule.] NCSSA tourn was great. Well run. Always fun. You can't cheat in their tourn. Your team is your team not like a SSUSA deal that changes just to get your money.............
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