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Discussion: Texas State Championship-2013

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Dec. 20, 2012
Capt Kirk
408 posts
Texas State Championship-2013
The 2013 Texas State Championship is scheduled to be played at the Houston Sportsplex, here are some of the comments about this facility:
I think its $5.00 per person, non player I believe, for the weekend. Not really sure if its a daily fee or not, but would think the 5 would cover the weekend,. We ran the Wounded Warrior tournament there and infields are hard and not well maintained. Bad hops often. From what guys told me about the outfields, not much better. Plus, the back fields I was told are not even as good as the 2 front fields. Overall, I would not run a tournament there.

It's $3 to get in, which is annoying. But you do get a drink token . . . but I don't really want a drink when I'm about to make the long trek back to the suburbs. I suspect it's to keep some of the riff raff out as the Sportsplex isn't in the greatest part of town. The lot is half paved, and half not. The paved side is almost always full. I wish they would use the entrance fee to pave the rest of the lot, because not all of us drive big honking trucks that can handle accidentally falling into the massive pot hole in the poorly lit lot. I do like that they've now added a big watch tower over the parking lot, which makes the laides (me) feel somewhat safer.

Capt
Dec. 20, 2012
J R
182 posts
Captain I live about 30 minutes you and Margaret are welcome to stay with us. I am afraid softball maybe over for after the 2nd knee replacement.
Dec. 20, 2012
J R
182 posts
The fields are hard and only watered when it rains. Back fields are worse.Traffic in the mornings in this area is bad so leave early
Dec. 20, 2012
LP
293 posts
if the fields are in bad shape as i read this you have to wonder why would a texas state tournament be held at such a place?
Dec. 20, 2012
dooker
27 posts
So what the hell is the problem with Keist Park in Dallas where the tournament has been held for the last several years?

Ah, I get it, the Houston facility, besides sounding like a lovely place to play before it gets too dark, is, indeed, more centrally located in terms of attracting a variety of teams from some of our bordering states (OK and AR) in addition to possible entrants from TN and KS?

What a joke. Wonder what Rhodes Scholar's brainchild this was?
Dec. 21, 2012
J R
182 posts
Doaker we live in Houston and we do not play there.Read the review about the guard tower in the parking lot. And the part about only half of the parking lot is paved
Dec. 21, 2012
J R
182 posts
They should have it in Baytown and at Kipper Mease.I can get the city to get the fields nice
Jack
Dec. 22, 2012
Capt Kirk
408 posts
Since the Texas State Championship (TOC) is the biggest SSUSA tournament that is held in Texas and the most expensive, we should be playing on the best fields. The fields at Georgetown, College Station, and SSUSA is hosting a qualifier in Euless (don't know about those fields, but the other aforementioned fields are quality fields.
Capt
Dec. 22, 2012
hurdler52
12 posts
Isn't there a Big League Dreams softball complex in Houston? Why don't they have there?
Dec. 22, 2012
J R
182 posts
They need at least 7 fields.I understand Big League does not allow Ultra'sMost complexes have league play and will not give it up
Dec. 23, 2012
Capt Kirk
408 posts
League City has a big league dreams softball complex, can't go wrong playing on those fields. If you want to draw more teams, this would be an ideal complex to bring in more teams from other states. I am sure it is more expensive to play there but in the long run it would payoff.
Big League Dreams - League City, Texas
1150 Big League Dreams Pkwy.
League City, TX 77573
(281) 316-3400
info@bigleaguedreams.com

Capt
Dec. 23, 2012
Capt Kirk
408 posts
If scheduling would be an issue, I believe there are only three (3) fields at League City, I would suggest scheduling the Texas State Championship on back to back weekends. The 60's, 65's, & 70's teams would play Friday-Sunday the first weekend and the 40's, 50's, & 55's play the following weekend.
Capt
Note: Or we could start on Tuesday and finish on Thursday for the 65's, 70's, & 75's teams, and starting the 40's, 50's, 55's, & 60's teams on Friday and finishing on Sunday.
Dec. 23, 2012
J R
182 posts
Captain that Big League Dreams told me no Ultra's.
Dec. 23, 2012
Capt Kirk
408 posts
Jack, I know that when we played in Reno and Las Vegas at Big League Dreams we used our Ultra's, I guess each location can dicate their on policies on bats, to bad.
Capt
Dec. 23, 2012
Omar Khayyam
999 posts
I know it is common for Big League Dreams complexes to ban Mikens (although they are not the only hot bat out there) for safety reasons. However, the one in Manteca has allowed Miken for the last two years, if every player will sign a waiver concerning safety.

These complexes, unlike most rec departments, likely have access to counsel which caution against the hot bat/ball combo prevalent in senior softball. Conditions are not as safe as in the past, so the lawyers advise banning hot bats (but only Mikens, it seems). Perhaps a solution for Texas would be to see if the local BLD parks would allow signed waivers of liability in order for seniors to play there with Mikens.
Dec. 23, 2012
SSUSA Staff
1271 posts
SSUSA reached an agreement with Big League Dreams that allows the use of "senior bats", including the Mikens, at SSUSA sanctioned events held at BLD facilities. We have no knowledge of what, if any, restrictions may be imposed on other senior associations. SSUSA players sign a liability release in favor of BLD, but that is the only condition imposed. This agreement was negotiated a few years ago with BLD corporate counsel by SSUSA Executive Director Fran Dowell.
Dec. 24, 2012
Omar Khayyam
999 posts
Good for SSUSA! Maybe this helps the Texas State Championships.
Dec. 24, 2012
hurdler52
12 posts
So what can we, as players, do to have the Texas State Championship there?
Dec. 27, 2012
Capt Kirk
408 posts
My suggestion on where the 2013 Texas State Championship should be played, survey the players. We had appox. fifty teams that played in the 2012 Texas State Championship, that is good sample size for a survey,
I just responded to a survey from SSUSA on the whether I support or oppose the 1-1 pitch count.
Capt
Dec. 27, 2012
J R
182 posts
Did you notice SPA is playing at Houston Sportsplex also
Dec. 27, 2012
JBTexas
Men's 65
262 posts
We played at the BLD in league City for the national Senior games(2011) and had no restriction on bat usage, most of us used mikens.
Dec. 31, 2012
Capt Kirk
408 posts
I reviewd the 2013 tournament schedule from SSUSA and currently the Houston Sportsplex complex is called out as a Tentative Field for the 2013 Texas State Championship.
Capt
Jan. 1, 2013
hurdler52
12 posts
I have played at the Houston Sportsplex and in my opinion, it is not safe. BLD in League City is much safer to play in.
March 18, 2013
txnighttrain
17 posts
The tournament in Euless (Labor Day Classic) has been now been moved to Houston. We were going to play in it. Since it is now in Houston, we won't be there.
March 20, 2013
#19
Men's 60
252 posts
Capt Kirk ... Money talks ... It is my guess that which ever softball association is scheduling tournaments at the Houston Sportsplex, the association is receiving a large sum of money to hold it there.
March 24, 2013
Capt Kirk
408 posts
We have a softball complex (Kennedy) in San Antonio that has four (4) fields with 300' fences, The senior games for softball are scheduled to be played there on April 6th & 7th, I would think in the future one of the assocation (SPA or SSUSA) would book it for a qualifier.
Softball complex (For rental, contact SAASA at 210-590-0350).
Note: If four (4) fields are not enough, Alvo Jo Fisher could accomdate the 65's, 70's, & 75's.
Capt
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