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March 18, 2022
Jon44
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Balls in St George

I play 60M. The ball is 44 cor/400. I was at Hunter Park and played in 2 games and watched at least 2 or three others. I did not see a single home run. The wind did kick up a bit in the afternoon. It's true both teams use the same ball, so no sense making too big a deal about it. It definitely favors the base hitters.
April 19, 2021
Jon44
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Southwest Tournament

I played at Cheyenne and BLD this tournament and visited Sunset and Hollywood to see friends play. Folks SSUSA can only do so much. There are far too many teams and too few quality venues in LV to make everyone happy. Not everyone can play at Arroyo Grande, BLD, and Lorenzi is out of commission. More than half of the divisions aren't going to love where they get assigned to play.

Senior Softball can't make the folks re-build the burned out bathrooms at Cheyenne (3 years running I believe), the lack of upkeep at BLD (despite $6/person it appears they do little to maintain the place-- I played outfield in Dodger stadium and there appeared to be more dirt than grass), etc. I am actually impressed with all of the juggling that had to happen to even pull off this thing. In speaking to the TD at Cheyenne, local officials did not want us there and if they saw non-compliance with masks we would be shut down. Despite all of this, the tourney went on with little to no incidents that I am aware of. My friends that traveled from CA were so happy just to be somewhere to play competitive softball.

It's true some fields are not great. That's not a SSUSA thing. That's a Las Vegas City/lack of $$$ thing. You can't polish a turd.
April 13, 2021
Jon44
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Southwest Tournament

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OcetSf-AVcI

Review is a couple years old. The snack bar/bathroom improvements were much needed. Previously, the bathrooms were a bus ride away (way down past the parking lot in the rec center). The actual fields are ok, not great, but playable. Lots of weeds, holes in outfield to contend with, although I have not seen the fields in the past year. Please make sure you lock your car or leave nothing in the back of your truck. I have heard of multiple incidents where things disappear from cars/trucks in the parking lot.

Not the worse place to play. I am sure SSUSA will get the city to address the weeds/holes in the outfield. The softball fields are 1, 2, and 4. Number 4 is the newest of them. The little league field (#3) is not big enough to hit on, but good for warming up or infield before you play on the other fields.

The best part of the fields are the covered bleachers on fields 1&2. You/spectators can get out of the sun. I don't believe field #4 has covered bleachers, but that might have changed or maybe I have misremembered.
March 6, 2021
Jon44
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Hotels jacking prices for SSUSA tournaments

If you are playing in Saint George and do not already have your hotel worked out, you are in for quite a shock. Really sketchy motels are going for $250-$300/night. The town is booked solid and you are SOL if you don't have a reservation. I just tried Hotels.com for a room in Mesquite and there were none available, and that is 30-45mins away.
Aug. 26, 2020
Jon44
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: field assignments

1 more thing (sorry)... I know of only 1 St George-based team that was scheduled to play at Western Championships. That team sadly pulled out before the tourney started, meaning every other team was made up primarily of people traveling to Saint George and spending money there in Saint George. With all other events this year cancelled in Saint George (Marathon, Huntsman, triathlon, etc) I am guessing the businesses were happy we came, even though a tile or two may have been broken.
Aug. 26, 2020
Jon44
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: field assignments

But we (tournaments played in Saint George) do bring in serious cash to the restaurants, hotels, and other local businesses, and many of them vote too. I know this is different, but Huntsman brings 300+ softball teams to Saint George over a 2 week span and they dump a lot of money into that economy. Totally agree we need to play nice, but every single one of those people bought their houses knowing a ballpark was right there. The 1 really badly positioned house on field 3 (the one Kevin hit) sat vacant for a long time because most intelligent people understood it was stupid to buy that house so close to the park. I don't want to turn this into a saint george thing (such a small part of the SSUSA universe), but it's just a shame due to how nice these places are to play that someone allowed houses to be built that close. This has ramifications for potentially spring world venue assignments and huntsman going into the future.
Aug. 26, 2020
Jon44
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: field assignments

Dave-- that is crazy.... basically anything short of an oatmeal ball or ball of yarn will not please them.
Aug. 26, 2020
Jon44
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: field assignments

Field #3 at canyons can reach the street and traffic IF (big if) it gets through the trees. In theory, it could hit into the street potentially hitting traffic or bounce into the street and hop over the fence into a yard. I agree-- a little odd and not totally likely to happen, but ok.
Aug. 24, 2020
Jon44
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: field assignments

For those of you unfamiliar with the Lorenzi situation in Vegas, I understand the guy who owned a house just outside fence in LC on one of the fields got so upset after his house was repeatedly hit he came out to fight everyone. The city (Las Vegas) received so many complaints they turned 2 fields of the 4 plex into soccer fields and basically made the venue impossible to schedule. It was a shame too, they were great fields to play at- in my opinion 3rd best complex in Vegas after Arroyo Grande and BLD. Little Valley might end up going that way too, which sucks because they are very nice fields. I hope that doesn't happen and cooler heads prevail. The right solution is raising the secondary netting on a couple of the fields-- problem solved.

One thing Dave-- I do know 55 AAA players that rake too (houses aren't totally safe)....
Aug. 24, 2020
Jon44
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: field assignments

A friend was scheduling the little valley fields for batting practice and found out the phones rang often that Monday morning after the tournament complaining about balls in yards, hitting roof tiles, etc. There is even a petition going around that neighbors want to ban adult men from playing on those fields in the future. We'll see what happens... maybe another Lorenzi situation.
Aug. 13, 2020
Jon44
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Saint George Temp Rising

wrong again-- they were shifted completely away from Little Valley (smart move)
Aug. 13, 2020
Jon44
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Saint George Temp Rising

actually, I stand corrected-- they were moved off that field (thank goodness). Now instead of hitting the houses, they are hitting into the street and childrens playground on field #1 (even easier to reach than the houses on field #3).
Aug. 13, 2020
Jon44
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Saint George Temp Rising

Dan-- If you want to see real fireworks, 40 Major Plus teams are playing on Field #3 at Little Valley on Saturday-- that field where the two houses are in play. Whoever scheduled 40 Major Plus teams on #3 at Little Valley clearly either doesn't know the venue at all or didn't think it through. I am planning on watching with an insurance agent buddy that has pre-filled claim forms for home owners for roof tiles, windows, etc. Should be really interesting!
Aug. 13, 2020
Jon44
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Saint George Temp Rising

Good advice-- start the water asap. Keep it flowing all weekend. It's also great advice to watch others to make sure they are ok.

It could be worse-- some of you could still be scheduled in Mesquite this weekend, where it will hit a toasty 116 sunday....
Aug. 12, 2020
Jon44
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Saint George Temp Rising

Thanks MB-- appreciate the well wishes
Aug. 12, 2020
Jon44
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Saint George Temp Rising

for scores (or at least so far), go to western nationals pink box on top of message board. go to schedules and look there. Right now it shows seed game records and scores of yesterdays games. Hopefully this will continue to be updated. It's very nice and allows people to see when their buddies play on other fields, allowing people to see the games they want to see or follow the tournament from afar if you are unable to play/attend for some reason. It's been asked for multiple times for many years, and this is a great thing that should be applauded by all. I know it's not easy and we appreciate it.
Aug. 12, 2020
Jon44
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Saint George Temp Rising

another thing as you all prepare-- there is no bleacher cover/shade at Bloomington, Gubler and Hurricane (dugouts are covered). If people are coming to watch, make sure they bring something to keep sun off of them. Bleachers and dugouts covered at Little Valley and Canyons.
Aug. 12, 2020
Jon44
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Saint George Temp Rising

yes-- you did say that. My bad. Maybe Little Valley, Bloomington, Gubler, Hurricane could be adjusted a bit. I was just pointing out a potential solution to a problem that comes with playing in extreme heat. I am sure you guys are all over it and will look at that. I live in the desert and used to some of this, but many aren't and it was tough seeing people hauled off in Yuma when it was really hot. Either way, the advice given earlier is spot on- start hydrating well in advance of friday and stay away from things that don't help when playing in heat.
Aug. 12, 2020
Jon44
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Saint George Temp Rising

TAT22-- true-- it's hot everywhere right now. I was more interested in possible flexibility on start times given the hot temp regardless of where tourney is held. I wouldn't mind starting as early as 7am and playing well into the night to avoid mid day heat. Sounds like scheduling doesn't allow for that, so we work through it. I do know this- I would rather play in Saint George and the nice fields there all things being equal.
Aug. 11, 2020
Jon44
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Saint George Temp Rising

kudos on posting the scores. Very much appreciated. It's good to see the brackets filled out as well. Huge improvement and great work to all involved. From what I saw it looked fantastic.
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