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Discussion: ENVIOUS OF CALIFORNIA AND FLORIDA

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Aug. 9, 2011
southpaw
Men's 60
715 posts
ENVIOUS OF CALIFORNIA AND FLORIDA
When I began to form a senior team about ten years ago, I called more than 75 men whom I knew to have played either baseball or softball as youths, young adults, older, etc. Only 2 were still playing at 50 years of age. to my knowledge, there are less than 10 senior teams in Alabama, 50's through 70's which are tournament teams. There are 3 (?) senior leagues in the state.

When I read on the senior softball website of all the teams in California and Florida, I am just amazed. I wonder about the rest of the country; how is it with you as far as number of teams and could you surmise about the inequities? Thanks
Aug. 9, 2011
mad dog
Men's 60
3921 posts
we have the same prol here in texas also.i play in a 4 team league here in tyler,we use the random draft system to pick teams,with 1 tourney team (50+)that plays 2-3 tourneys a year max,oh we also have a 65 team from longview ,texas.dallas has 3-4 leagues out there(150 mile drive one way for me)my 60 tourney team is from there,they have prolly 7-8 total ages for tourney teams there.i don't know if we have over 25 teams total for the whole state that do the tourney's,so i understand where your coming from.....
Aug. 9, 2011
FreeAgent10
43 posts
mad dog. I counted a total of approx. 66 tourney teams, all age brackets, in Texas.
50--21
55--9
60--16
65--9
70--7
75--1
80--3
According to the ratings. 10 of these teams are in the ElPaso area, so we rarely see them at any Houston or Austin tournaments. We do draw teams from Louisianna, which helps to play different teams. Big state, but really not that teams. Those states that have a large organization are lucky. Its a long ways to travel in state and gets expensive for teams that are self-sponsored. The heat and humidity have an affect on tourneys also. Low team turnout,means not much rest between games. As we all know, we've play 4 games in a row in this weather lately. Just a little info.
GT
Houston
Aug. 9, 2011
hitman
Men's 65
290 posts
Southpaw,
We have 3 different leagues in HSV, 55+ 64+ and 72+.
I known that Boaz, Gadsden and Anniston also have Senior Leagues along with what you have in Birmingham and also Montgomery. I think there are also some around Auburn, Dothan and Mobile.
Aug. 9, 2011
mad dog
Men's 60
3921 posts
free agent thanks,are any of those double named(ones who have changed their name),or ones that have dropped and not playing any more.the numbers for the 50's and 60's seem a tad hi,but hey you done the checking.just saying i don't hardly see that many at tourneys.

by us being spread out like you have said does make it hard for us to play a lot along with the expense of travel,unlike cali and fl......

i know Houston has a decent program down there,just don't know the numbers.
Aug. 9, 2011
FreeAgent10
43 posts
mad dog. I did not count teams I knew were no longer playing. Don't know much about ElPaso, only a few that I know are playing. So that area might have duplicates, but not sure.
Two teams in Lubbock, Brandon & Clark, and M3Tile, I don't know for sure. Frank Smith Toyota, Adidas and Kaos are no longer teams. So, the number of 50's teams in Texas is a good guess at best. I would think SSUSA would know for sure how many are really playing. Out of the 21 the real number probably is between 12 to 15. Not bad, but helps there are at least 3 from La. that play with us at times. Would be nice to have more 60-65-70 & 75 year old teams. The other bad point for 50's is so many work and only have so much vacation time. Have to save some for Phoenix and any other tournament one would travel to. Its the same for 55 and 60's also. But, heck, we get to play and enjoy ourselves. Thats what its all about.
GT
Houston.
Aug. 9, 2011
mad dog
Men's 60
3921 posts
yeah we get them from there(LA),ark,ok also so it does help some.but i usually see the same 5 or 6 teams for my div(60AAA) when we play.hey a lot of the 60's still work and a few 65's.the 65's really get it bad by playing middle week tourneys.
Aug. 9, 2011
surf88
Men's 60
845 posts
mad dog: Be thankful. I am minimum 7 hour drive from the closest senior team and that means miles and miles and hours and hours of travel going back to 1999 when I started playing senior ball. I often think of moving to Florida cause I love the game but I love these here Colorado mountains. 30 years in the high country and driving to/from tourneys.
Aug. 9, 2011
mad dog
Men's 60
3921 posts
i'm with ya ed,i live in the woods here in east texas and love it,just makes ball a little harder to do,but i gots my bass fishing and a little golf,can't hunt as i would need a scatter gun for a phone booth just to make sure i would hit it....LOL.......
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