http://www.mikensports.com/

 
SIGN IN:   Password     »Sign up

Message board   »Message Board home    »Sign-in or register to get started

Online now: 0 members ; 39 anonymous
Change topic:

Discussion: Response to Jim16 on AA Tournament Classification

Posted Discussion
May 5, 2009
zonk
56 posts
Response to Jim16 on AA Tournament Classification
Jim, this is in response to your comments on 5/4/09 on the subject of the Demise of Senior Softball. While I agree with most of your points, I have to take exception to your comments about AA teams. You stated: " Making a AA national champion is a joke and we all know it, but what can we do". I was very surprised that you would state this. Especially, after I met you in Phoenix at the world tournament, and the conversations that we had about softball. Thus, what follows is with all due respect to you and the higher divisions.

- Conversations with you at your bat layout at the Desert West Complex, you said to me that you were impressed by the quality of play by the AA teams.

- All players are not home run hitters; or, high caliber all around players. Thus, they are not sought after by the better teams. The average player can participate in tournaments at the AA level.

- I do not think it is a joke to travel almost 3000 miles to play softball. My 16 teammates and I qualified for Phoenix; and, we took it very seriously. We all have families, jobs, etc, yet we made the commitment to play.

- We were the only team from the east coast in 65 AA. The other teams were from Az, Ca, Tx, Hi, Ut. When we left Philly it was 55*F. In Phoenix it was 90-95 everyday. The above factors put us at a disadvantage.

- Each player had a substantial financial commitment, which for some players was even more, as they brought their wives.

- I know that my teammates and I gave all we had: heart, body, mind, and soul was put into the Phoenix Tourney.

- We had to come from the loser's bracket to beat a very fine team from Arizona twice to win.

- The elation, pride, relief, sense of accomplishment, disbelief, etc., that we felt cannot be described. Yet, when I read your hurtful words, it does not take away from what we did.

Frank Taverno, outfielder Cash For College 65 AA, Philadelphia, Pa
Sign-in to reply or add to a discussion or post your own message and start a new discussion. If you don't have a message board account, please register for a free nickname. It will only take a moment.
Senior Softball-USA
Phone: (916) 326-5303
Fax: (916) 326-5304
2701 K Street, Suite 101A
Sacramento, CA 95816
Send us e-mail
Senior Softball-USA is dedicated to informing and uniting the Senior Softball Players of America and the World. Senior Softball-USA sanctions tournaments and championships, registers players, writes the rulebook, publishes Senior Softball-USA News, hosts International Softball Tours and promotes Senior Softball throughout the world. More than 1.5 million men and women over 40 play Senior Softball in the United States today. »SSUSA History  »Privacy policy

Follow us on Facebook

Partners