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Discussion: When is an equalizer not equal???

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June 21, 2011
BruceinGa
Men's 60
2667 posts
When is an equalizer not equal???

We played in the Southeastern Championships this past weekend in Aiken, SC. Before the the tournament we were told that since we were the only 50 major team that we would get a birth to the 2012 TOC if we won the tournament. If we placed second to one of the two 50 AAA teams in our bracket, we wouldn't get the birth. However, a second place finish for one of the 50 AAA teams would assure them of their birth. In every one of our games we gave 5 runs or 11 defensive players, once both.
If these equalizer rules are meant to make teams of different divisions more competitive, why weren't we given a birth since we were the top 50 major team there? If we had won then SSUSA would have awarded a birth to the top 50 AAA team.
To me this isn't how an equalizer should work. If a second place AAA team gets a birth then a second place major team should also.
I hope it will be a long time before we play in one of these again.
June 21, 2011
Gary19
Men's 50
2615 posts
I realize being the top team in your division should earn you something, I suppose. But seriously, wouldn't the berth mean more if you earned it rather than just getting it for being the only team that showed up?
June 21, 2011
BruceinGa
Men's 60
2667 posts
Once again we agree!
When we found that we were the only 50 maj team we asked to withdraw and have our entry fee refunded. Request denied.
If there is only one team in a division entered they should be given the option to withdraw with their entry fee.

This is not the way to build the number of teams in a tournament!
June 21, 2011
Gary19
Men's 50
2615 posts
Absolutely! From a customer service perspective, if that even exists here, makes no sense.
June 21, 2011
Senior Moments
Men's 60
57 posts
Bruce -- Senior Moments 65's decided to withdraw when the schedule was released on Monday before our travel day of Thursday and there were only 12 teams entered. (no refund, but we got a FREE ($500) bat for being one of the first 20 teams entered.

After reviewing the schedule, there were 14 of 18 seeding games schedluled with "equalizers". Our bracket play would include a 75+ team with a double equalizer. It was not worth the $400 to $600 per player in expenses to attend such an event.

This type of event does not benefit anyone or promote senior softball. Sometimes is is better to "cut your loses" and cancel an event. We made the decision to not attend, costing us our $500 entry fee , but we will remember it when planning our tournament attendance in the future.
June 21, 2011
turn2
486 posts
Bruce,
Did you guys win?
June 21, 2011
BruceinGa
Men's 60
2667 posts
No Donnie. We placed 2nd to a hard hitting DT Express. Remember Chip Sheffield that played with the Fla Crush and Lighthouse? He was on their team.
It won't be long before they are moved to Major.
Congrats to them on their win!
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