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Discussion: Cost to travel to tournaments anybody else feeling the pinch

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May 29, 2008
Lecak
Men's 55
1006 posts
Cost to travel to tournaments anybody else feeling the pinch
With the exploding costs to travel have any other teams gone back to the drawing board and rethought their initial plans. From my experience we have reeled it in especially when looking to add to our initial plans. Just a thought but SSUSA and SPA may want to relax their qualifying requirements. I can tell you that when we looked at adding a tournament in Portland at the end of June that was quickly vetoed when we looked at the airfare. Same when we voted on SPA in Tulsa versus SSUSA in Salt Lake. We our southwest based. I would be surprised if this thread was lightly responded to given airfare, and gas prices. If I ran these two associations I would have a contingency plan in place if it gets worse. My two cents.
May 29, 2008
taits
Men's 65
4359 posts
Joe,
I'm sure the deep pockets are wearing thin, and soon the change is going to fall out..

Are you going to the Manifee tournament, I think is in June?
May 29, 2008
Lecak
Men's 55
1006 posts
No our schedule for balance of year is Reno, Salt Lake, mid July,Vegas in late August, and Phoenix late Oct. We were looking to add in June and September. With travel costs so high the add-ons are getting scrutinized.
May 29, 2008
taits
Men's 65
4359 posts
That's a fact.
Shouldn't you be on your way to Carson about now? Good luck there.
Leave some feedback on the new fields, I'm surprised no one that lives there posted about them. I know some that live in Reno are on here.
May 30, 2008
Airbosn
Men's 65
321 posts
In the past I would travel with one other player and we woulkd share the cost, however, that has now changed...I will be using my Caravan more often and will be traveling with 3 other players...I do believe that my teammates will be doing the same. If the costs for softball become prohibitive I will reduce those daily $25-30 lunches (LOL).
June 1, 2008
Jimmy # 7
28 posts
Jimmy#7-55AAA-I feel if more teams and manager's would post the tourneys there going to it would help everybody decide which one's would be worth the travel. We have all gone to tourneys where we go to play and just four teams in a division R less. Then as usual they combine divisions and your playing upper teams R lower teams. And then next year no one shows and there no TOURNEY at all. Is there room for this somewhere on the board for teams to post WHERE R WHEN THERE PLAYING? GOOD LUCK THIS YEAR TO EVERYBODY AND MAY GOOD HEALTH BE HAD TO ALL.....HAVE A BLESSED DAY
June 2, 2008
Nancy Allen
Men's 55
610 posts
Jimmy, don't worry so much. ;-) Timmy has 8 diamonds full of girl's fast pitch, boy's baseball, and a USSSA Coed State Qualifier next weekend. Now he might be having round robins also, but I have not asked. Tim's tournament schedules are on his websites, and he keeps the diamonds pretty full. For teams like the one that you play on that have already qualified for SSWC, if Tim has the room, and you have 3 other teams, then why not just play a round robin instead? I guess that my intent was if there were teams that needed to qualify to get to national events that there could be another chance if there was interest. Obviously if there was a weekend that could fit both the non-qualified and the qualified teams, then Tim would try to fit them both in. Anyway, my best advice is to let the coaches handle the events because it gets real tough to make arrangements when there is more than one voice on a team, and your coach is hard at work trying to find an opportunity to play.
June 2, 2008
Gary Heifner
248 posts
In answer to the original question, Yes. My team is not going to SPA in Dalton because we are AA and can't make it to 2 qualifers. I know of a second team in the same boat. Ridge should work out something with Terry on honoring each others ratings. For me, my golf clubs are in storage. I can't afford both. We are trying hard to car pool and even triple up in motel rooms. This is my 44th year of playing softball at a high competitive level and with retirement in the near future and my taxes going up $300 a year, my ability to travel at my present rate looks a little bleak.
June 3, 2008
Corky
Men's 55
446 posts
I feel your pain Hef. We acquired a small enclosed trailer to haul equipment, coolers, and chairs. Then put 3 to 4 per car and 3 to a room. We're a 50 team and most guys are still working. It has to be tougher on the retired guys with fixed incomes. Maybe instead of trophies they could give away gas cards and CASH. I agree with lecak. Relax the rules on qualifying "Keep on Playin"

if u can afford it
June 9, 2008
Fred Scerra
Men's 80
542 posts
Cost of air fares has gone up. Just bought a small car which gets ave 22 mpg my first week.

Figuring cost to fly/drive to tournament in Columbus Oh from Ma it now turns out to be cheaper to drive even if I include a stop over motel cost for one night.
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