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Discussion: New player in town as it were.

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March 5, 2012
taits
Men's 65
4403 posts
New player in town as it were.
Not promoting any assn event only letting you know another is coming to the whole West coast. In late Aug early Sept they have a T in So Cal.
I knew they were coming it was only a matter of when and where. But from what I read it's So CA, OR and WA. I think they already have something also in OR and WA as well.
There might be come search engine confusion because they also have a Western Natl. event.
Should get very interesting now in the tug of tournament war going on.
March 5, 2012
Caveman
Men's 50
64 posts
taits,
who are they? you're keeping us in suspense!
March 5, 2012
E4/E6
Men's 60
855 posts
Maybe we should ask Marv.
March 5, 2012
Corky
Men's 55
449 posts
sup tate: I think with the cost becoming a huge factor,(and the economy) your gonna see more associations located more regionally. We got a new one here in the Midwest. Don't ask I'm not tellin. good luck this year.
March 5, 2012
taits
Men's 65
4403 posts
SPA is the one from what I read heard. Nothing on their calendar for the year Could I find but I believe it will happen they have been here looking before.

Marv might have some insight, he gets around in the game with good ideas and T's.

As for the economy Corky, your right. I also think the merging w LVSSa is another big factor.
March 5, 2012
Jawood
Men's 50
800 posts
taits, can't plan on anything if it's not on their schedule. Would like to see something out west, though.
March 6, 2012
taits
Men's 65
4403 posts
Jawood, I agree. Try this... Go to Marv's web site. There is information there.
Or Call the Association's office in Ok.
My source tells me this was approved and affirmed only last Saturday.
ThatÕs how new the information is. It looks real and not a rumor.
I heard this from a guy in Ga. that has a team that is planning on going to the T in Sept.
Being that new, I doubt they had time to update the web site.
Since you now know 'who' calling is the best bet.
I doubt they will return to Reno but you never know given how things seem to change with every assn out there. It's the nature of the beast.
March 8, 2012
Omar Khayyam
1004 posts
taits, seems unlikely that it would be SPA. Latest word is that they are not returning to Reno, even though they had a five-year commitment. Poor response to tournament last year on Labor Day weekend, but that's to be expected in first attempt. Haven't done any marketing since then, so I think rumor of dropping out of area is likely true. But why then try SoCal with fewer teams to draw from?
March 8, 2012
taits
Men's 65
4403 posts
Omar,
I'm aware about Reno, But as you know they did visit the ncssa BOD a couple years ago and visited sites around the area and also according the the so cal web site have an affiliation with them. I believe that one also.
Labor Day weekend is typically a bad one to throw a T most anywhere. It's usually a family holiday.
So cal has some good turnouts but with roughly a half dozen assn's down there, 2 seniors and ASA & NSA which does them all I think they will at least try it again. Very good fields are another plus.
Contact Marv and talk with him.
Did you play last weekend?
March 8, 2012
Corky
Men's 55
449 posts
I've heard of ISA which shares info with SPA and SSUSA as far as ratings and TOC berths.......but.........what is ISSA??
March 8, 2012
taits
Men's 65
4403 posts
Try independent senior softball assn.

SPA also shares info.
March 9, 2012
Gettinold
1 posts
Heard from a very reliable source that a SPA tournament is scheduled for Salem Oregon in August, supposed to be details on their (Salem)website (softballcityusa.com) next week.
March 9, 2012
Omar Khayyam
1004 posts
taits, I'd love to have SPA more active in California, but I'm disappointed they bailed on Reno. Labor Day weekend worked for a lot of teams, but maybe the older teams whose families are mostly grandkids now. A lot of the guys who didn't go didn't even hear about it—part of the problem, in my opinion, because it was very poorly marketed and even difficult to find out information on their web site (not nearly as good as SSUSA's).

I've heard that a lot of the softball complexes in SoCal are really nice. Been to Palm Springs, but that's about it. Maybe my team will think about going south to a couple of tournaments. We go just as far to Medford and Vegas and almost as far to Reno. Maybe even Phoenix this year.

I didn't play last weekend—had a family conflict. Not a real fan of Pleasanton because of too many non-regulation conditions, but turns out a lot of the teams were switched to Fremont where things are different.
March 10, 2012
taits
Men's 65
4403 posts
Omar,
I believe they all were moved to Fremont. Other than the construction going on there taking some parking everything was good.
P-town was under water I heard.
March 10, 2012
Corky
Men's 55
449 posts
Taits....did a little diggin and found it is the International Senior Softball Association.....anyone ever heard or played in any of their T's?
March 10, 2012
birdie
Men's 60
687 posts
ISSA is one of the big three. They are based out of Manassas VA. The big cheese is the legendary RB Thomas. Most of the tourneys are on the east coast. I think that they go as far west as Columbus Ohio starting this year. They are the first group to combine Major and Major Plus. I hope this helps. There is a pretty good web site google ISSA Softball. Thanks Harry
March 11, 2012
Stretch14
Men's 50
189 posts
August 9-12 at Wallace Marine Park in Salem, Oregon. SPA Masters. Contact Keith Bressman for more information at 503-267-9570. Nice complext with plenty of hotels nearby.
March 12, 2012
bernie
Men's 55
64 posts
The ISSA is based out of Manassas VA. run by R.B. Thomas and his family. Events are usually run smoothly but the format is only two play-in games and then double elimination for about the same money as SPA and SSWC. They are associated with the ISF and RB holds a tournament in VA in June for the International Title. They were staunch ASA supporters of ASA and its equipment for years although RB was instrumental in getting ASA to legalize senior bats after he was the next to last Ass'n to do sobecause the teams stopped coming to his events. They are making a strong push to try to dominate the southeast with few marketing incentives like play three get the fourth free...and have made inroads into PA and OH. They do use the best ball in Senior Softball today, the A>D Starr Tattoo which is exactly like the original Trump Evil ballfrom 2008-09. They need is playing in 100% humidity and 100 Degree temps in the SE in June thru September. Hope that clears it up.
March 12, 2012
Corky
Men's 55
449 posts
Thanks Birdie Mel says hey: Looks like they are doing a national in cincy around the same time as Dalton. With the money involved we are looking at goin to Cincinnati instead of Dalton.
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