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Discussion: Las Vegas Major's tourney May 16th and 17th

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May 17, 2009
Lecak
Men's 55
1004 posts
Las Vegas Major's tourney May 16th and 17th
A big thanks to Rick Seifman the director for this event for going the extra mile to make this a really fun event for the teams that attended. We got 6 games in over Saturday and early Sunday. Rick got all the managers together before the tourney started and asked for our input to make the games more fun. We agreed on good balls, 5 HR's 1 up and singles, screens for pitchers optional (didn't see one used but it was nice having that option). There were 3 teams from Vegas and two strong teams from Socal, Demolition and NCI. The Vegas teams did well and the two SOCAL were as advertised, congratulations to both Socal teams I can tell you that my team Rehab assignment really got an eyeful from the way these two teams (NCI and Demolition) went about their business. It was really fun watching 3 very good 50/55 teams Las Vegas teams play each other for bragging rights. I was talking to one of the other local teams and both of us were remembering just a couple of years when we did not have any younger teams in Las Vegas where guys could look at as an option. The young guys on my team really enjoyed getting to play with Danny McMahon, Steve Imlay, Gary Pro and Dave Barnes. Pro was outstanding good to see him out there hitting peas. I spoke to Rick Seifman and he intends to make this an annual event, every May. I believe he intends on keeping this small enough where the teams can add a few wrinkles to make this a fun tuneup for Reno. If your looking for a tuneup and are within driving distance of Vegas keep this one in mind.
May 18, 2009
SALSAKID49
Men's 55
101 posts
Joe,
Good to see you guys out there.. Great fun...
Jose
May 20, 2009
Lecak
Men's 55
1004 posts
Jose it was alot of fun. Did you guys Demolition like the rules? Would you come back? I would love to hear from somebody on NCI. We had a real good solid competitive game with them Sunday. NCI did you guys like the rules? Would you come back? Congrats I hear on winning the rings.

Also it was real nice having all the teams under the same rules, no 5 run eaqualizer, the HR rules I thought were great and equal for all teams regardless of age and level. And guess what almost all the games seemed competitive.

To the Demolition and NCI guys if you see this would you recommend this format to other teams in SOCAL. Sorry can't turn off the heat.
May 20, 2009
SALSAKID49
Men's 55
101 posts
Hi Joe,
To be simple....
Yes and maybe not.... Yes the HR was good....
The brackets was not properly done... Just my .02
LOL!!!
May 20, 2009
Lecak
Men's 55
1004 posts
Jose heard about bracketgate on Sunday. The reason I asked is the 3 teams in Vegas looked to have a great time and I believe we (residents) can shake a few more teams out of the trees and with some well placed phone calls to friends get another 4 or so teams from out of the area to come to Vegas every so often and stretch it out a little bit.
May 20, 2009
Tate22
Men's 55
259 posts
Joe:
How would you rate this event versus the LVSSA 55 event that you visited in April. I know there wasn't any 50 event, but there were many positives rule wise and equipment-wise(balls). 55 M/M+ mixed just fine for a fun competitive event. In your mind, what was different and what could be imported the other way across the desert so that the three Vegas teams would come for a whole tournament in SO CA? We've played enough combined 50/55 M/M+ events this year to know that they are fun. I'm for anything to up participation and increase bracket sizes.

Don Newhard

PS - Steak in Reno?
May 20, 2009
Lecak
Men's 55
1004 posts
The LVSSA event had a more serious look to it especially with no local Vegas teams. This one we just had was a SSUSA event the TD asked for manager input and we gave it to him which he took for the most part and implemented. Also with the Vegas teams I sensed that we attempted to defer to the two SOCAL teams since they had the most out of pocket. Some things I liked were the HR rule I noted above, we made screens optional for pitchers who wanted one, Rick got everyone out early Sunday I didn't stay for the whole thing but I would guess they were done around noon so the SOCAL teams could get on the road. I like where you may be going with this a little circuit maybe where we possibly play some in Vegas, some in SOCAL and who knows maybe AZ would participate. SOCAL would look really inviting around Huntington Beach in June July and August I bet for the Vegas guys and the AZ guys. GET US OUT OF THE HEAT for a weekend I bet that works. I would guess the SOCAL guys would like AZ in January.

Don what I really liked is we lumped everyone together and we played by one set of rules. It worked we played three 1 run games with basically a throw together team, good players mind you but 6 had never played a senior event before. So AAA, Major etc. Steak in Reno are you staying Sunday or going back. I don't know what the team is doing Friday and Saturday yet.
May 21, 2009
FOFO
Men's 50
160 posts
Joe,
We had a great time in the tounament. It was a good tune-up for Reno, which we needed as we haven't played since Mesquite. It was also fun playing against good teams like Demolition and NCI. Great bunch of guys and very competitive. I think we would do it agian next year if they have it.
Is Rick Seifman from Phoenix? I used to play against a gentlemen by that name in USSSA events when I lived there. In any event he did a nice job.
Thanks to all.
Bert
#44 LV 50's
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