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Discussion: What about free agent teams added to tournaments?

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July 31, 2009
Lecak
Men's 55
1005 posts
What about free agent teams added to tournaments?
I happen to believe there are alot more players than available teams out there. Why not allow this. Add a section to each tournament listing and let players come together and play. First come first serve no chance to cherry pick. I would also relax the uniform requirements.
July 31, 2009
bullethead
Men's 50
15 posts
I like it more teams would come from it and players like me would get looked at.
July 31, 2009
taits
Men's 65
4304 posts
Lacak,
I think in the past they called it open rosters, then it went to 3 pick ups, now down to 2, and in a few cases none are allowed...
Primary reason was stacking, which can still occur but it's the nature of the beast in order to win.
As for getting more players into the game via allowing it, that might be good. But finding a way to prevent any go around use in order to stack, would be a problem. Look at how many teams "disband" only to "reorganize" and maybe change a name in the process.
Best place to meet teams and players I have found is the Huntsman games. Open rosters and players from every corner their at all levels of play. Might add, best grass fields anywhere.
Only way I could see it possible is 1. A data base on players and what level that are or have played at. 2. Those players listed with positions played 3.a free agent listing for players wanting to play at specific tournaments, 4. A cross reference to connect them to a wild card team for that tournament 5. Perhaps allowing then in as such so their cost is not in vane. 6. Possibly getting another team or two into a bracket that looks like slim or none to play. &. those players have to be not playing on another team within that specific tournament.
Call it the free agent team, so everyone knows.
Sure, extra work for SSUSA, not that they don't have enough to worry about, but just a thought.
Would be MUCH more involved than listed there, it's a guide, for\to a direction, not a blind tunnel.
July 31, 2009
Lecak
Men's 55
1005 posts
I can only speak for Vegas but I know for a fact there are more players looking to play than players. In the 40 age we have one active tournament team, and in the 50's one team and 55 one team. These age groups are my comfort level. I know a fairly large number of players who would love to play on a team but either don't have the resources or the patience to do uniforms, etc. etc. We could probably easily double or triple the number of teams from Las Vegas if we loosened up the requirements. It's a shame these guys don't get a chance to play because they fail to meet certain high standards faster than a speeding bullet able to hit softballs 450 ft with a cannon arm from the corner outfield positions and that is at the AA level. Ninety nine percent of players just want to get out and play some ball. The most fun I had this year was with a team we put together out of guys who were just coming back from serious injuries, guys who's jobs kept them from making a major comittment and guys who just want to play an occasional tournament. We did it twice this year and the team went 2-8 and not one complaint from either our competition or the players on our team.
July 31, 2009
Lecak
Men's 55
1005 posts
First sentence should be more players looking to play than teams to play on.
July 31, 2009
taits
Men's 65
4304 posts
Lacak,
Don't grow old...lol
If a player doesn't go with the flow, rules, uniforms, etc, he will never have a place. chances are that is all the younger set. We have that here as well.
Get them to start an outlaw league and or tournament, their all over so cal and nor cal. and most playing are young. Main rule they use is you bring it you can use it...That said, it is inferring a lot, but it is the way it is.
IMO, not good for the overall sport, long haul.
I figured the 1st line.
Post on the other boards too, for players to combine into teams, unless you did already.
Aug. 1, 2009
balco
Men's 50
78 posts
this is exactly waht i have been begging to do. i post on here all of the time wanting to play. with the rules so strick teams will not take a pick up. i guess some guys get offended when you post more than a couple of times from some of the comments got. then someone gets on here and deletes your posts. i want to have a super draft, where you go pay an amount and play all week end. there are enough teams where no one has to sit. show up on friday split into groups and coaches pick, then u play. or start on sat have a deadline then go into the tournament and play through sunday. stop limiting home runs so folks don t try and hit the middle, have a time limit and maybe a hrs a game then a foul. there are like minded folks out here so lets play
Aug. 1, 2009
taits
Men's 65
4304 posts
balco,
there is really one 1 or two editors for the board. It may have been viewed ad disparaging who knows. If it's gone it was for a reason. The original poster may also request removal, that is another way.
Sounds like the old days which I liked but there was no time limits I remember. There was a reason for stopping all that and then the open rosters, as well the number of PU's down to two now. Evolution I guess, who knows. But it is the way it is.
Try your way, see if you can make it fly, do a better job.
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