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May 17, 2021
TimMcElroy
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Change in the batters box rule

Batters have made adjustments to their stance and swing for years to prep for varied pitch arch of ASA, NSA, USSSA, and every other "SA" out there. Many of the same guys are still out there taking hundreds of cuts each week via live BP and tee work. For the life of me, I can't understand why batters don't use that practice time to work on staying in the box.

I get that power hitters would prefer that all pitched balls come through the zone at a certain spot. I don't get why they can't train to hit a ball that is anywhere in the senior strike zone (while staying in the box).
May 17, 2021
TimMcElroy
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: When I miss a tournament - I never can find the results

I left the tourney last night and am shipping everything to SAC today. Actual game scores will be posted to the online brackets when folks have a chance to come up for air. (Not an excuse- just a statement of fact)
May 17, 2021
TimMcElroy
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: When I miss a tournament - I never can find the results

65 AAA
1- Talaga Const.
2- Scrap Iron / MI Sports
3- Spring Ford

70 MAJOR
1- Syracuse Cyclones 70s
2- Northern VA Force 70s

65 MAJOR
1- High Street Bucs 65s
2- Northern VA Force 65s
3- Dan Smith / FAI / Dudley

80 GOLD
1- Hamel's 80s
2- Peach Tree Restaurant
3- Blazers

70 / 75 SILVER
1- Code Electric
2- Syracuse Cyclones 75s
3- Carolina Blue Sky's 75s


60 MAJOR
1- The Bank
2- Carolina A's
3- Sweet Construction

60 AAA
1- Crossfit / RDU
2- Syracuse Cyclones

50 / 55 / 60 Platinum
1- Dugout / Dudley
2- KIKU Imports
3- Omega QSE

55 AAA
1- Carolina Legends
2- Infoquest.com
3-

50 AAA
1- Automotive Triage
2- Old Skool
3- OESSCO

40 Major
1- Team EVG
2- Mission Possible
3- Y'all Next

40 AAA
1- Rough Ryders
2- Warpath
3- Smokin' Aces



May 17, 2021
TimMcElroy
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Polk County

Checking in- I am still with you. Home from Raleigh, I am working on FL schedules today.
May 17, 2021
TimMcElroy
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Quad State Shootout

Managers received an email at 6:46am on May 14th (last Friday). They were posted to the SSUSA tournament page a few hours later when the sun came up in the west. https://seniorsoftball.com/?event=1641
May 14, 2021
TimMcElroy
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Polk County

UPDATE- The older divisions at the Polk County Senior Showcase were scheduled to play on FRI / SAT next week. Unfortunately, we do not have access to the park on FRI and will need to squeeze all divisions in on SAT / SUN. All 24 managers received an email on the matter this afternoon and have been asked to provide a response. Once done, I'll get the schedules going-

Teams staying in should expect longer days at the park and earlier start times (no "late" start requests will be accepted). If your team is scheduled to play, have your manager check his or her email.

Thanks- Tim
May 13, 2021
TimMcElroy
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: RESULTS from S1 in Raleigh, NC

65 AAA
1- Talaga Const.
2- Scrap Iron / MI Sports
3- Spring Ford

70 MAJOR
1- Syracuse Cyclones 70s
2- Northern VA Force 70s

65 MAJOR
1- High Street Bucs 65s
2- Northern VA Force 65s
3- Dan Smith / FAI / Dudley

80 GOLD
1- Hamel's 80s
2- Peach Tree Restaurant
3- Blazers

70 / 75 SILVER
1- Code Electric
2- Syracuse Cyclones 75s
3- Carolina Blue Sky's 75s
May 12, 2021
TimMcElroy
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Polk County

25 teams. Schedules will be posted by Friday.
May 4, 2021
TimMcElroy
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Maryland Classic Apr 30-May2

Stripersonline- Disappointing is a much nicer word than I've been using. We had an umpire lined up for those games. He even confirmed his start time and field assignment before leaving the park on Saturday night. He texted us after 7am on Sunday saying that he wasn't feeling well- yet managed to be on time and work all day at another event down the road. It appears that he sold his name and reputation for a few dollars of "bonus" pay.

We were able to get another umpire to the park, just not in time for your game. I truly apologize to your team for this.
May 3, 2021
TimMcElroy
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Maryland Classic Apr 30-May2

MARYLAND CLASSIC II RESULTS
.
40 MAJOR PLUS
1. Spirit’s West / SMC
2. Giant Steel / True Point Survey
.
40 MAJOR “A” FLIGHT
1. Rooster’s / Bob Johnson Chevrolet / Ferra’s
2. Gigantes / Old Colts
.
40 MAJOR “B” FLIGHT
1. True North / Shinbiscuits / Potomac Sports
1. Team E.V.G. /Sake
(could not finish due to local league play)
.
40 MAJOR “C” FLIGHT
1. Mission Possible
2. Black Kings
.
40 AAA
1. Rough Ryders
2. Past Our Prime
3. Smokin’ Aces
.
50 / 55 MAJOR PLUS
1. BPA 55s
2. Phoenix Tube 55s
3. Deluxe Bakery 50s
.
50 MAJOR
1. Trinity Home Renovations
2. Team Elite
3. Spires / Scudz Sportz
.
50 AAA “A” FLIGHT
1. Old Skool / GTS Sports
2. Potomac Sports
.
50 AAA “B” FLIGHT
1. PA Senior Hitmen
2. Cox Diesel / Arooga’s
.
50 AAA “C” FLIGHT
1. The Crew
2. Warpath 50s
.
55 MAJOR
1. Olympian Athletics 55s
2. Buell Fuel
3. Sweet Construction 55s
.
55 AAA
1. NoVA Force 55s
2. Fine Wine / Baf Sports 55s
3. MD Classics 55s
.
April 30, 2021
TimMcElroy
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Maryland Classic Apr 30-May2

UPDATE-

This message is intended for the teams that are scheduled to play at the Bachman Sports Complex this weekend-

SSUSA was scheduled to share the park with another user group this weekend and that had a lot to do with the schedule questions and funky format. We learned this afternoon that they (USSSA) have canceled their entire tournament.

Friday afternoon is too late to call teams and ask them to start pool games 3-4 hours earlier so NO CHANGES will be made to the Saturday schedule. We will make changes to the Sunday schedule using some of the additional space and get everyone on the road a few hours earlier. Check the bracket boards on Saturday afternoon to confirm your team's start time and field assignments for Sunday.

Managers received this information a few minutes ago, but I wanted to share it with all parties just in case their manager doesn't check email after hours.

Regards,

Tim McElroy
Tournament Director




April 27, 2021
TimMcElroy
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Maryland Classic Apr 30-May2

All of this negative commentary would make great sense IF an email explaining the circumstances wasn't sent to managers and IF all managers hadn't responded saying that they agreed to play with the format and scheduling changes.

If you have a complaint, talk to your manager.


************************************
Managers,

Coming out of a full season in lockdown it is clear that teams are ready to return to normal. Tournament entries are coming in – and far exceed the numbers that we’ve had in the past. Quite frankly they are exceeding capacity for the formats that we’ve used in the past (2 pool into DE). Planning and scheduling have become a challenge. It’s important that I share this information and a huge THANK YOU for being so patient while I’ve gotten my arms around the Maryland Classic planning.



Facilities Update
We have 2 parks available for May 1-May 2.

Carroll County Sports Complex (Westminster)-
SAT- access to 5 fields (3 with lights)
SUN- access to 5 fields until mid-afternoon (local league follows us)


Bachman Sports Complex (Glen Burnie)
SAT- access to 3 fields
SUN- access to 3 fields


Scheduling and Formats:
There are 108 potential game slots, which is roughly 40 short of what is needed for a 2 pool into DE format. To get everyone in this tournament, and not require teams to travel back and forth between parks, alternate formats are required. That means- 2 pool into flighted brackets, and in some cases, pool into single elimination with a 3rd place game. Using these formats, every team will get the 4 game minimum that was advertised. I just want to make sure that you know that before agreeing to play.



Who will play where?
After toying with formats, I’ve come up with these field assignments for next weekend-

CARROLL COUNTY SPORTS COMPLEX
40 Major Plus, 40 Major, 50 AAA

BACHMAN SPORTS COMPLEX
55 Major Plus, 55 Major, 55 AAA, 50 Major Plus, 50 Major, 50 AA, 40 AAA



Ok, so who is in?
The list of teams below includes teams that are “in” as well as teams that were previously on the “wait list” - I am asking that each team respond to this email and confirm your intent to stay in the tournament. Getting this information by end of day today will allow me to begin the scheduling process.

Please Note- The schedule will be entirely too jammed to honor any special start time requests. Your decision to stay in the tournament means that your team will be available to play when scheduled.


April 27, 2021
TimMcElroy
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Maryland Classic Apr 30-May2

Right.... because it's all about the money.
April 27, 2021
TimMcElroy
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Maryland Classic Apr 30-May2

Here is what I released to managers yesterday:
Seed game start times.
Every division included a 2nd page that read BRACKET UNDER CONSTRUCTION.... Agree?
If you CHOSE to scroll back to page 17 and look at some scheduling notes tgat I made for myself and ASSUME that the schedule was somehow finalized, that is on you.


If you really need to undersrand my logic, well here you go....
ONE team in ty 50-55 silver division is traveling any great distance. One.
MULTIPLE teams in the 55 and 55 Major are divisions are traveling. It seemed LOGICAL for me to try and get them out earlier in the day.

Now.... with all of that said, I was very clear in my email to managers last week about space, numbers formats and scheduling. Expect long days at the park on Sat / Sun. I gave every manager the opportunity to stay in, or drop out with no penalty. Yours chose to stay.

Ypu are seeking a 25% reduction in fees for a game that you are CHOOSING not to play? No sir.
April 26, 2021
TimMcElroy
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Maryland Classic Apr 30-May2

Speaking of family.... leaving them at home would be an EXCELLENT idea this weekend as parks are still not allowing full capacity and there will be restrictions as to where spectators can and cannot set up shop.
April 26, 2021
TimMcElroy
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Maryland Classic Apr 30-May2

1) Have your manager check his email.
2) I was trying to book additional parks so that your team could get in.
3) One of the parks changed it's field availability on me, taking a few fields back for local league play
4) 4 teams dropped over the weekend, so any schedule that would have been released prior would now be null & void

Thanks for the patience there "big unit" -

April 26, 2021
TimMcElroy
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Brick yard

msw4indy- There is some logic to your suggestion of changing the 50 AAA bracket from a 9 team DE, to an 8 team DE. The problem there is timing.... I do not know when the Dayton team informed the site directors of their [unplanned] withdrawal from the tournament.

There may, or may not have been enough time to do that, then notify the other teams of a schedule change.
April 26, 2021
TimMcElroy
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Brick yard

As the scheduler for the 2021 Brickyard tournament, I am going to own the issue of 4 teams showing up at the same field / same time. There were multiple changes and divisional collapses as teams dropped from this tournament on short notice. I made a copy / paste error that caused this. My understanding from on-site personnel is that there was a simple fix- Have 2 teams walk over to the diamond with nobody on it and play ball.




April 26, 2021
TimMcElroy
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Results from the weekend of April 23-25

As I've told the last 17 guys that have called this morning (strangely, all with a NJ area code), I am working on them and expect to have them out this afternoon. Tim
April 25, 2021
TimMcElroy
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Results from the weekend of April 23-25

PDF files with scores, etc went to SSUSA tonight. I'm sure they'll post the info when they get to the office tomorrow. If you need it tonight, here's the summary from a few events.


SUNSHINE STATE SHOWDOWN (Cape Coral, FL)
Women-
1- Blaze 40s
2- Bags 50s
3- Kryptonite 50s

Men 50 AAA
1- Sandlot
2- Oldtimers
3- Riscoe Park Players

Men 50 Major
1- Hard Hat Cafe / Latella's
2- Max Batz
3- Avalon Insurance 50s

Men 55 Major
1- Re / Max
2- Miami Power
3- North Star Stone



BRICKYARD CLASSIC (Indianapolis, IN)
Men 40 Major
1- 40 Ballerz
2- Pittsburgh Sports Bar

Men 50 Platinum
1- Midwest Titans
2- KB 50s / Huey Designs
3- Gem City

Men 50 AAA
1- Chi-Town Ballers
2- Alpha Dawgs
3- All In

Men 55-60 Gold
1- Team Illinois
2- Border Blazers
3- Shockers

Men 55-60 Platinum
1- Warner Roofing
2- Aurora Tap House
3- Windy City Softball

Men 60-65 Silver
1- Antique Road Show
2- Claremont
3- Indy Fog



MARYLAND CLASSIC (Westminster, MD)
Men 75 AAA
1- Long Island Jaguars
2- Syracuse Cyclones

Men 70 Major
1- High Street Bucs
2- Syracuse Cyclones
3- Northern VA Force

Men 70 AAA
1- Chesapeake Seniors
2- Jersey Masters
3- Simmons-Day All Stars

Men 65 Major (rained out in progress)
1- Northern VA Force
1- Pill & Pill
3- Promotion

Men 65 AAA (rained out in progress)
1- Long Island Jaguars
2- Spring Ford

Men 60 Major (rained out in progress)
1- MD Cougars
1- High Street Bucs

Men 60 AAA (rained out in progress)
1- The Ockers Company
1- Curtis Engine
3- High Street Bucs II
3- NY Capitals
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