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Discussion: Host Hotel Surcharge

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Feb. 21, 2009
Paul P
Men's 65
39 posts
Host Hotel Surcharge
As I understand it, any team not staying at a Host Hotel has to pay a fee in excess of those teams that do stay at the host hotel. That fee, again, as I understand it, is $120.00 above and beyond the tournament fee. This surcharge is to be applied even if the team is a local team. I live and play in Central Florida and we all live within commuting distance of several of these tournaments, but yet we are still being financially punished for not staying at the host hotel. I'm thinking that this needs to be revisited. But, then, that's just me.
Feb. 21, 2009
geezer#6
Men's 70
58 posts
Surcharge, now thats a nice word for kickback.
Feb. 21, 2009
tarheels
13 posts
I too think this Host Hotel arrangement needs to be revisited. If a team can commute to a tourney and not need hotel rooms why in the world should they be punished by paying more money for an entry fee for living close to the tournament location. Personally, if SSUSA can work out a deal in which they get some type of compensation with the hotels in the area where the tourneys are held that is OK. That is just business. This is a delicate situation especially with the economy as it is today and probably for the rest of the year.
If my observation to this discussion is inaccurate in any way please let me know.
Feb. 21, 2009
Stretch14
Men's 50
180 posts
Any comment"s SSUSA?
Feb. 21, 2009
Duke
Men's 60
678 posts
tarheels,

There is nothing that you said that was inaccurate. What you said is not a good idea for many in these economical times, nor at any time, especially when you can get nice hotels for over $50 per night cheaper per person. What many teams are going to do, is just not go to these tournaments, and that will end this situation quickly. There are not that many of these "surcharges" or to say it more accurately "kickbacks" tournaments anyways. Plenty of other tournaments to go to that are fun and do not cost that much money.

I may have some interesting information for everyone some time in the future. I just do not have my facts lined up at this time and will not till after April 15th. I am just too busy this time of the year with my tax practice.

Thanks Corky for your comments in another message thread.

Andy Smith,
Double Nickels,
Manager/Coach
Feb. 22, 2009
WOW
197 posts
This thread is one that is truely worth a discussion.
Basically we are all being told that unless we stay at a "kickback" hotel we have to pay a premium to play. This is a PR nightmare for SSUSA and is a total ripoff for us players. Does SSUSA REALLY think that we believe a cities hosting bid is based on us staying at a particular hotel? Baloney, players staying at ANY hotel are still bringing in $ to that particular city. City officials don't care where we stay. The city coffers benefit from us staying anywhere! The bottom line here is that we all got smarter after realizing the "host hotel" rate could simply be beat by calling that SAME hotel and ALWAYS getting a better AARP or AAA rate. Nobody was doing us a favor by "recommending" that hotel. Plain and simple, it was costing us more. Before I retired, my company had many nationwide meetings and would negotiate a hotel rate that was ALWAYS beneficial for both the employer AND the employee. I'm sure my employer got a rebate for us staying at that particular hotel but the rate was always CHEAPER NOT MORE EXPENSIVE.
We are being held hostage here and the only way of stopping this blackmail is to stop going to these tournaments, which would be a real shame and certainly NOT what SSUSA wants. This policy even becomes more upsetting when we are not in need of ANY lodging [ie: staying with friends or relatives or better yet WE LIVE IN THE CITY HOSTING THE TOURNAMENT}.
Feb. 22, 2009
WOW
197 posts
One more point, Gee, thanks for cutting the price by $30. Now I can get that new car I was hoping for!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Feb. 23, 2009
Senior Moments
Men's 60
56 posts
As a team manager, I have a difficult time justifying the "double standard" entry fees to my teammates. There is not a common sense explanation I can give my team.

I just reviewed the entry list for the 2008 Spring Nationals in Polk County last year and of the 54 teams entered, 39 were from the State of Florida. Of the 39 Florida teams, 31 were within commuting distance and did not need a hotel.

What happens to the Spring Nationals if the Florida teams do not play due to the "lodging surcharge" provision?
Feb. 23, 2009
wagon487
Men's 50
507 posts
where is this posted? i can't find it
Feb. 23, 2009
WOW
197 posts
1st. page news flash under "SSUSA cuts tourn. entry fees"
Feb. 24, 2009
WOW
197 posts
Come on guys. Lets get this thread going. Is this is a big deal or am I wrong. We are being held hostage to this policy and it is WRONG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We need to let SSUSA know our feelings.................................
Feb. 25, 2009
rocket man
1 posts
this host hotel incentive is just another way to keep the entry fees high. many of the teams in the spring nationals come from the central fl. softball hotbed. nearly all of them live w/in easy driving distance of the tournament.in these hard economic times we need a break from these excessive entry fees and not a double standard that punishes local teams. some people just don't get it that by considerable lowering fees you would get many more teams to particapate.
Feb. 25, 2009
WOW
197 posts
I just don't understand making it more expensive for teams NOT needing a hotel room. No matter how you slice and dice it, you're paying extra..........
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