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Discussion: New Years Wish

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Jan. 1, 2010
stig1
Men's 60
32 posts
New Years Wish
Here is my new years's wish for 2010 for senior softball. No more tournaments with two or three teams in the division. The biggest problem with senior softball is there are too many tournaments and not enough teams going to them. I don't think any team wants to travel and spent hundreds of dollars for an overpriced tournament with one or two other teams. This is greed plain and simple and we as players let them get away with it. Senior players should be able to determine the direction of senior softball and not someone who comes up with some alphabet association and has a so called world tournament. Senior softball has passed its peak. There are not the large number of new fiftys coming into the game and that number will continue to decline. Pick your tournaments carefully and make tournament directors keep you informed on how many teams are in the tournament. Don't waste your money just to get some games in. If we don't take control we will continue to be used.





Jan. 1, 2010
butch17
Men's 55
415 posts
stig1,

I agree we should and do give our opinions to the alphabet associations.

We only have the right to either buy their product or not.

I have not seen one National Organization run by softball players.
Why? It takes too much time and money.

When any of these organizations came up for sale I did'nt you, me ,einstein or the 10,000's of players reach in our pocket and buy them. If you or any one else wants the right to dictate I'm sure for the right price you could purchase one. Just my humble opinion.
Jan. 1, 2010
mad dog
Men's 60
3929 posts
stig,the prol with senior ball(tourney's) and having a good team turnout is the number of players in any given area.no matter what(except for cali and florida)we don't have the number of players for a good senior tourney.everyone has to at least travel 3-4 hrs,get rooms,buy food for most of the country and a lot of seniors can't be putting out that kind of money,the kids who have the numbers on us don't have that prol as they play a lot of 1 day tourneys now(and a lot of them get more than 2 games,a lot are at least 3 games for the day and only cost ya $150-200 max).
Jan. 1, 2010
Jawood
Men's 50
791 posts
stig1, Good post - this is the number 1 problem, too many divisions and not enough teams. Who cares to win a 2 or 3 teams tournament, does anyone feel good about that? Only need 3 divisions, but that has been debated to death without any movement from the brass.
Jan. 1, 2010
BruceinGa
Men's 60
2634 posts
I disagree, the number of tournaments may be too few for me.;) I would like to play twice a month. My wife may not agree with me here. There are periods in the summer that may go 6 weeks without a tournament that is convienent to us.
I would like to say there are too many divisions but in most of the SPA qualifiers there are 3 divisions, Platinum, Gold and Silver. Somtimes just two.
I agree with the thought that we need to pick tournaments wisely.
Jan. 1, 2010
butch17
Men's 55
415 posts
Bruce,

I'm with you. Unless you are an AA or AAA team around here very few tourneys unless you want to drive 4 to 6 hrs. Which I will and do. :)
Jan. 1, 2010
mad dog
Men's 60
3929 posts
bruce ,butch yep,like i said unless your in cali or fl,there is not enough concentration of senior players/teams for any given area.here in texas we can get maybe 6 for the spring/summer (not counting the couple of worlds we can go to that are a day or 2 drive away), and a couple more if we drive for 6-8 hrs out of state.i'm lucky in that i play with the kids some also,but still i would like to see more senior ones.
Jan. 1, 2010
butch17
Men's 55
415 posts
mad dog,

If you get a chance e-mail me at direct17bob@aol.com
Jan. 2, 2010
mad dog
Men's 60
3929 posts
otay butch will do.
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