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Discussion: SEATTLE•KENT TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE

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April 16, 2009
DaveDowell
Men's 60
1067 posts
SEATTLE•KENT TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
The tournament schedule for the Seattle National Qualifier in Kent, WA, (April 18-19, 2009) has been posted and is available from the link on the event Tournament Page ... The Master Games and Fields Schedule has also been posted ... Good luck to all! ... If any questions, please contact the Tournament Director.
April 20, 2009
JamesLG
303 posts

Dave:

This was a great tournament and well run but Saturday was certainly a long day for most. We were at the field for over 12 hours to play 5 games. Some were there 14 hours.
The weather was perfect, the fields were in great shape and for us in the AAA division the competition we very good. Second Wind (fantastic team and great group of guys) beat us (Wolfpack) the first game so we had to get them twice on Sunday. Our two teams always have a battle and it usually comes down to the last inning. This was the first tourney I played in with the new HR rule. I believe it is a good rule with the wind blowing in but with zero wind or it blowing out I am not a fan at all.
Who won in the Major devision?
Thanks:
James
April 20, 2009
Llama Man
Men's 55
15 posts
I agree with James LG that the tournament in Kent was well run with good fields and weather but the scheduling was brutal! To have to play 5 games on Saturday, the first day of competitive tournament play this year for most players, was not necessary and very stressful on the body.Our team would have had to of played 6 games if we had won our fourth! And then 5 more games to win on Sunday if you find your team in the losers bracket. I know you want to guarantee teams 5 games and I know you want to try to not go on too late on Sunday. But to expect that amount of play without a lot of injuries when we are talking about seniors just starting the year is unreasonable! Otherwise it was a good tourney...... but where were all the 55 teams?
Llama Man
April 20, 2009
DC14
Men's 55
6 posts
Goodman-Ruth 55 Got by Four Seasons Twice in the championship.
Doc
April 20, 2009
JamesLG
303 posts

I should have mentioned the team from Montana who showed up and because of the weather have not even had a chance to practice much. They are a good team and great sports.
We had a couple questionable calls but on both occasions the umpires got together and made a decision. I thought that was professional of them.
Doc; what time did you guys get done yesterday?
Lama Man; I know my 55 year old legs are sore from 10 games in the outfield.
Good job by all but the HR rule should be revisited.
Thanks:
James
April 20, 2009
ShaneV
Men's 55
382 posts
Great tournament. I thought the schedule was brutal as well. Didn't seem so bad after winning four games on Saturday. Gave us a big advantage and some extra sleep, six games total. But the better team this weekend played ten total and double-dipped us. The top spot in 50AAA has proved illusive for us. I'm hoping that we'll have all of our personnel together more in the future.

Ray and Bruce need our feedback on the umpiring so that they and all the umpires can continue to improve. I also umpire and UIC and we only improve if we constantly get feedback and act on it. Don't be shy. Be respectful and be specific. My mentor always gives me two observations to consider after each days work. My philosophy - the best umpires are invisible most of the time. They hustle to get position and make the right call. And they always remember - the game is about teams and players. It is never about the officials. It's a tough job and it does not pay well. No matter what, officials deserve our respect, and the other way around too!

ShaneV
April 21, 2009
JamesLG
303 posts

Hey Shane:

What is your email address?

Thanks:

James
April 21, 2009
ShaneV
Men's 55
382 posts
sver152@comcast.net

Now I'll get another 100 phishing emails per day!

ShaneV
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