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Discussion: South Bend SPA

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June 5, 2011
DRob
34 posts
South Bend SPA
Just got home from the SPA tournament in South Bend, IN. Momma said "If you can't say somethin' nice, don't say nothin' at all" so...............

The burgers and brats were pretty good!
June 5, 2011
rabbit
Men's 65
297 posts
Sounds like a typical South Bend SPA tourney without you even saying anything,that is why we quit going too it, one year we had a tie game ??? in softball,go figure
June 5, 2011
ffdonnie
Men's 50
95 posts
So is it just the South Bend tourny that's the problem, or all of SPA. There's one in Sparks in Sept. we are thinking of going to. Can anyone expand on this? Never played in SPA before.
Thanks.
June 5, 2011
rabbit
Men's 65
297 posts
just the way it is ran, SPA is not the problem,
June 5, 2011
DRob
34 posts
Sorry, Momma. It was FUBAR start to finish!
June 5, 2011
titanhd
Men's 50
337 posts
Great facility! Tourney Director hasn't a clue.
June 6, 2011
mad dog
Men's 65
3948 posts
tell you if SPA has a tourney in reno it will be worth going to...
June 6, 2011
einstein
Men's 50
3114 posts
Something to agree about, Robert?
The world must be coming to an end.
I've had great times playing in SPA tournaments.
Ridge and his boys are interested in playing well and having a good time.
Dalton last year was a gas and would be a welcome relief for all the unseasonably cold/damp weather we've been having lately.
June 6, 2011
ffdonnie
Men's 50
95 posts
Good to hear, thanks.
June 6, 2011
lemons
Men's 65
302 posts
Other than Dalton 2 years ago, SPA in general runs many great tournaments. The problem here lies in South Bend. Some of the 60 and 65 year old teams had to play as many as 8 games on Saturday and, if successful, return for more on Sunday morning. Would have been a great venue for a cardiologists convention. Never again!
June 6, 2011
UMBACH
33 posts
Good ball, wasnt golf ball like ssusa uses, games lot more competitive, scores like 15 0r 16 not 25 0r 30
June 8, 2011
Corky
Men's 55
446 posts
entirely too many games in one day....rules changed 3 times during tournament....and by the way, we lost an outfielder in the tall grass............if you find him could you please point him in the direction of Indianapolis.
June 8, 2011
garyheifner
367 posts
Got to play 5 games on Sat. and 1 on Sunday. Too many for 65s in one day. 1st time I have been in a tourney when after 3 prelim games, the 2-2 team was seeded 1st, the 3-0 and 2-1 teams were seeded 4-5 and the 0-3 and 1-2 teams were seeded 2nd and 3rd. We got to the point we had to view the event as simply practice games for the SSWC ring tournies later in the year as some of the rules changed often. Nothing against the ASA umps but as catcher, I found myself explaining our senior rules often. Thought the ASA 375/44 ball was average minus and for the most part the basic umpiring was good and consistant-no big complaints.
June 9, 2011
lemons
Men's 65
302 posts
South Bend provided a venue to renew old friendships and start some new ones. Particularly because we were at the ball park for such a long time. However, there are other tournaments that are not endurance contests. I want to continue our fellowships and not mourn the injuries or deaths of any of our friends because of poorly run tournaments.
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