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Discussion: ISA Gallatin TN

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Aug. 2, 2010
gene03
5 posts
ISA Gallatin TN
Good to see 8 60 Major teams in a tournament.The tourney was ran well for the weather conditions, but the playing field conditions were as bad as they get.The outfields were like playing in a cow pasture,and the infields were as bad.Pretty sad we have to pay all that money and play on fields like that.
Aug. 2, 2010
wazoo
Men's 65
95 posts
gene03,the Nashville area had a 100 year old flood a few months back.It was explain to me that the fields were under water for several days & after the water receded the lower fields develope a fungus that killed the grass.I was also was disapointed,they have a year to correct the problem before next years tournament.

Tom Wasmer
Wild Bunch Coach
Aug. 2, 2010
DoubleL10
Men's 65
797 posts
Just keep us "old" men off those baseball fields. I thought the fields at Collier in Naples were big but these were BIG! However, I did see 3 HRs in the two games I watched so the big boys weren't stopped completely.
Aug. 7, 2010
berger
Men's 60
41 posts
Sorry but I can't accept the fact that the flooding a few months back had anything to do with the current condition of the Triple Creek fields in Gallatin. If anyone stayed around and got soaked -- as I did Saturday night (instead of hustling to the car before the rain started) they were able to see the primary problem with those fields. They were "horribly" designed/built. As I walked out of the park after that downpour (grateful that I hadn't gotten struck by the numerous lightning bolts that afternoon) both the infields, AND OUTFIELDS, were under about 2-3 inches of water. The ONLY parts of the outfields that were not under water, were the places where the "very few patches" of grass were growing. That was a clear indicator to me as to why there was so little grass out there.....because grass in any of the other parts of the outfields had no chance to grow. Any rain on those fields puts the other parts of the outfields under water (thus drowning out any grass seed, etc., attempting to grow). The land where the fences were located were at a higher elevation than the rest of the field......the water had no place to drain. So it just sat there -- drowning out any grass attempting to grow. It's hard to believe someone "just recently" designed, and built, those fields to those specifications. Those fields are NOT worthy of hosting a National Championship tournament !!!!! No warning tracks in the outfield either.
Aug. 9, 2010
Corky
Men's 55
444 posts
infields seemed like concrete with 6 inches of brick dust thrown on top........playing conditions for a tournament of this magnitude was unacceptable.....playing on baseball fields with 375' fences didn't help either....majority of the umps did great...(over worked tho)usual JJ run tourney keep everyone there till sunday then go to one picth.
Aug. 10, 2010
butch17
Men's 55
415 posts
Corky,

I for one was glad to see that Jerry did not do away with the loser bracket because of the rain. When the rain came most people would have had to stay sat. nite any way. Even though it was 1 pitch both teams had the same rules and the same chance to win unlike if they had sent all the teams in the loser bracket home.

With the senior bats all the National tourneys should be played on 325' fences. Old days fences were 265 to 275 new bat and ball tech they went to 285 and 300'. Now its time with the new tech to go to bigger fields again. Maybe when they get to 400' the bat and ball manufactures will come back to reality.

Umpiring was very good and I agree for what ever reason the bottom diamonds needed work.Maybe the parks depatment can get it accomplished by next year.

I think they should be complimented on getting the tourney in. Thanks to all ISA men and women that had any part in helping with this tourney as we know you spent a lot of time to get it done.

Butch
Aug. 11, 2010
DoubleL10
Men's 65
797 posts
butch17, I agree with the bigger fields for the younger 50/55 age groups. When you get into the 60s and 65s up, those huge outfields are definitely a negative. You must not be an outfielder! I, for one, hate trying to cover the huge gaps on those big fields. If you can still run and have to play outfield, by game 3 your hitting WILL suffer! Our 60 team played on the "regular" 300 foot fences at Triple Creek and we only hit 4 out in five games! By no means were the balls flying out of the park. I even saw a few hit out on the "baseball" fields where the 50/55s and 60 Major Plus teams played. Those fields were 350 to 370 in Center.
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