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Discussion: Midwest Regionals

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July 11, 2006
Mick17
Men's 40
1 posts
Midwest Regionals
Gentlemen, let me start by saying it has been a pleasure working for you at the Midwest Regionals in Champaign. Thank You for all of the kind comments directed toward our field crew staff at the Champaign Park District, It is quite often a thankless job and the words of encouragement were greatly appreciated by everyone.
If anyone has any comments as to how we can improve our facilities or field conditions please let us know. We are always striving for the perfect field and your comments are what we base that on. Thank You in advance.

Mick Tempel
Sports Turf Specialist
Champaign Park District
July 11, 2006
CAT
148 posts
Mick; very nice staff that contributed to the success of the tourn. Always pleasant and smiling. Most memorable was James, who took pride in the maintenance of the concessions and surroundings, His smile and personality made our dismal performance a little cheerier. See ya next year !!
July 11, 2006
MikeC
Men's 60
38 posts
I will start by saying I know it is a great deal of work getting diamonds ready to play and then maintaining them during the day as I have had this task many times in the past. Picking up the trash that us ball players throw down is a never ending job.

I thought the fields were in pretty decent shape, outfield grass maybe a hair long but playable. The only thing I could recommend is applying some water to the infields before dragging them at time there was a pretty big dust cloud hanging over the place. Adding water would soften the infields a bit also.
July 11, 2006
MikeC
Men's 60
38 posts
I know maintaining the fields is a very difficult job and just picking up the trash we ball players throw down is a full time job.

I thought overall the complex is improving. The outfield grass may have been a little long but playable. The one improvement you could make is to add water to the infields before dragging, it created a large dust cloud when they were not watered before. Adding water would also soften the infields as they are pretty hard.

Overall I thought the grounds crew did a good job.
July 11, 2006
Fourfour
Men's 50
9 posts
I thought the complex was outstanding. The maintainance crew was always busy, cleaning up and refreshing the water, etc. The tournament was well run and the umpiring was excellent. My only suggestion, to the tournament director, would be the scheduling. We were in the Major Plus, with only 2 teams. I saw no logic to dragging it out over 3 days. If we played our 2 out of 3 series on Saturday, it would have been much better for the local economy. We still would have had to stay the night, so we could have gone out and done things Saturday night, instead of preparing for a possible 2 games on Sunday afternoon. Followed by a 6 hour drive.
This is certainly not a complaint. Just a suggestion for future reference. Had a great time
Jim
July 11, 2006
RedEye
Men's 55
92 posts
Hey Jimmy, how did you guys do?

Redeye ( Sticks friend from Dayton, Ohio)
July 11, 2006
rabbit
Men's 65
295 posts
Hi Redeye, the results of the 50 AAA are as follows

1.Metro Coors light- should not have been in this division
2.Detriot Jags
3.Indiana Classics,Jags beat us 3 times and twice by one run
4.Brickyard Bomers
5.Og"s
6. Fusion , Ohio
there were two other teams dont know who won between them

pretty even teams, like i said we went 5-3 played well, just not good enough yet, but we are getting closer, can nott wait till Plano.

by the way you know of any teams that are going to Rock Hill in the 50 AAA if so, please post them, having a hard time founding out who is playing, we are still going as of today, but I am reconsidering????

Rabbit, coach of Indiana Classics
July 11, 2006
RedEye
Men's 55
92 posts
Yo, Rabbit Sounds like ya got your $$ worth this past weekend. Good job coming in 3rd.

Only AAA team I have heard that is supposed to go is Dayton Legends 50's, at least that was they have said.

Did you ever find out when it starts? It says 27-30 & that's
Thursday thru Sunday. I know there was some discussion here
on the board that the 50/55's started on Friday, like last year.

Good Luck which ever way you go. Hope to see you on the field again sometime this year.

RedEye
July 11, 2006
Fourfour
Men's 50
9 posts
Redeye,
We went 2-1 in the prelims on Friday and Saturday. Then went 2-0 vs Chicago Classics on Saturday and Sunday. Good to here from you.
Jim
July 12, 2006
SAG
83 posts
Rabbit,

Kaysons Grille (Sidelines last year) will be there in the 50AAA. You may see Mid-south Travelers or Cobras but I'm not sure about that. They are the only 50AAA teams down here that we know about. Both are very good teams.

Hope to see you there
July 12, 2006
rabbit
Men's 65
295 posts
Hi SAG, thanks for the info, but last night I decided to pull the team out of the tourney, the first time in 8 years that I have ran the Indiana Classics, that I have ever cancelled , but I did not like what I was seeing and had a bad feeling, and usually my feelings are right, not that I am worried about any of the teams, just that it is a 10 hour drive, at $3.00 a gallon of gas, to play ony 3 or 4 other teams,( and usually the same teams!!) plus having to play 3 days,not to mention 3 nights at hotels I just didnt think it was worth the trip.
Now what i can not understand is why the 50's teams are not going to these tourneys??? I thought for sure with it being out east, you would at least get the teams in Virginia, NC, SC, GA, Fl and Tenn, they seem to go to the ISSA National, and in which I do not think that one is a very good toward non-eastern teams ( no mat, bad balls,less games ( 4 ), not friendly to our team, at least thats the impression we got, after playing in it 2 years.
The one thing NSA should do is allow the Miken, that probably hurt some teams,( they do not cater to senoir teams either, just like ASA),but it seems to be a fairly well run tourney, but it sure does not draw well for some reason, haveing played in it the last 3 years, I dont think it ever had over 5 teams in the 50 AAA division.
do you or any one else out there no why these and other tourneys are not drawing well? I was going to get in the one in Elgin, Ill, next weekend, but they ahve no 50AAA teams entered, just a few Majors, I do not know what the problem is,
ps- I thought the Midwest Championships, were well ran, fields great, nice people, Rudy and Terry were very helpfull, along with Steve, well organized, some of the umpires were not very good, but that is something you always run into,Hope for more teams next year, we will be back next year for sure. Thanks for listening, Rabbit, coach of Indiana Classics, 50AAA
July 12, 2006
cpope
Men's 60
160 posts
Well, how many teams will be in the 50AAA? I hope it will be more than 2 or 3. Some people travel a long ways just to play the same 2 teams twice just to make a bracket.
Anybody know how many teams?
July 12, 2006
kookieman
43 posts
Were there any 50's AA teams playing?
July 13, 2006
rabbit
Men's 65
295 posts
Hi, as of Tuesday night they have maybe 4 teams 50AAA (two paid for sure), he said he was going to wait till weekend, but that is what he told m last week when the deadline had already passed, I am talking about the NSA World Series, that is about all I know, probably no AA teams, ,but not sure about that, he would not say one way or the other, there were only 2 AA teams in Champiagn in the 50's, only 3 in Columbus in June(one really wasnt a AA) and only 1 in Louisville ,Ky in June, they no not seem to be traveling much to any tourneys, I guess if they do not have a chance to win, they do not go to them, can not figure out why they just dont want to play?, Rabbit
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