|July 15, 2019|
Discussion: LVSSA/SSUSA WORLD MASTERS CHAMPIONSHIPS
As co manager of Stix With Impact Womens 50, I agree that it is wrong for the SSUSA to switch the W50s from a 2-day tournament to a 3-day tournament. As is the case with many W50s players, travel arrangements and or vacation time have already been secured for a two day tournament and in some cases those arrangements cannot be changed.
It seems to me that the question becomes whether or not the W50s divisions could in fact be played as a two day tournament. I would argue that it could easily be done. Last year the W50s were split into two divisions, majors and AAA. There were 6 major teams and 7 AAA teams. On Friday and Saturday, all 13 teams played at Desert Bloom, a two field complex. On Sunday, the majors were moved to Sunset park, assigned 1 field, while the AAA were moved to BLD, assigned 1 field. Imagine if the W50s divisions had been played on a four field complex. There would be no question that both divisions could have been completed in 2 days. Or imagine if the W50s had been allowed to play into the evening. While the costs of lights would certainly be a consideration, using fields for only 2 days rather than 3 days should offset the costs of lights.
Another consideration lies in the fact that by Sunday, many fields previously unavailable were open due to the fact that teams from the mens and women's 40 divisions had been eliminated. As such, fields simply were not used to capacity on Sunday. This would work in favor of a full day of play for the W50s divisions, majors and AAA, on Sunday.
Here is a final thought from last years tournament. The W50s majors were moved to Sunset Park for the final day and subsequent championship. However, the 1 filed assigned to the women's teams was a most terrible field. The outfield had far too many pot holes and there was absolutely no shade available for the teams. It was simply unbearable. As teams appealed this situation, we were finally moved to the heart of the complex where the men had just finished their play. I just think and hope that SSUSA can do better.
I am writing this as a collective voice begins to rise, asking the SSUSA to change the W50s division back into a 2 day tournament.