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, April 28, 2017
Ho
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Changing Format for 70 Year Old Division

We used to do the double elimination tournament and found we also were having 70+ teams playing four games a day. We switched to a three-day round robin format in which teams play six different AA/AAA teams (two games a day).
It seems to be very popular.
For Thee Buckeye Classic this year we have TEN 80's,TWENTY 75's and SEVENTEEN 70's which has been pretty normal. This is just a regular regional tournament not a national or world event.
We also allow teams if we have open fields on the first two days and they want to switch one of their third day game to it and their opponewnt agrres we will do so. But NEVER MORE than THREE games a day.
It works for us. 80's only play 80's; 75's play 75's and 70's play 70's all AA or AAA teams. We do have a 75 Major bracket (play each other twice) because it is difficult for 75 Major teams to find a 75M tournament.
Teams also know their schedule for all six games at least one week in advance and the teams entered list is posred daily on our web site.
We are filled for this year.

Ho
, April 24, 2017
Ho
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: and ideas concerning "where to place teams in tournaments"

Best solution is do not invite majors unless you have four. We have 92 teams at Thee Buckeye Classic with only FOUR MAJORS in the 75...figured they probably couldn't find a tournament they could play unless we set it up.
Equalizers do not favor the lower team. It is like giving 70% handicap in a bolwing league. You aren't giving anything you are keeping 30 %.
That said, I appreciate your problem SSUSA and SPA is top heavy AAA and low on AA and MAJOR. ISSA is different, you just tell them where you want to be rated and pay your entry fee.
Both SSUSA and SPA need to move more top AAA'S to MAJOR and bottom AAA'S to AA and balance the structure to avoid PERL's situation which is standatd happenings in most senior tournaments.

Ho

, March 20, 2017
Ho
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: paul 0784

Z Man: You might want to add how he can contact you.

, Jan. 26, 2017
Ho
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: National Senior Games In Birmingham AL

Save your money no team rating,s, everyone the same rating,very little turnout.
Played in Palo Alto a few years ago and the other seven teams in our age group were from md, ny and nj.
Awards are medals.
Huntsman games are five times better. In June there are better Ssusa and spa tournaments. We didn't,t even go to the Cleveland tournament national senior games and it was only 35 Miles away
Ho
, Jan. 24, 2017
Ho
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: 50 year old player

His profile says "Gadsen, Alabama"
, Nov. 25, 2016
Ho
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: The 1 day Tourney Movement

Different days for different ages.

Thee Buckeye Classic (an 80-team round robin tournament in Barberton,Oh)runs three days for 75 and 80 (they play two games a day). That said, they also have the option if there are open fields in any of the three days, they may move one of their games to those open spots, which could make it a two-day tournament. But it their option, their health.
We usually draw arounf six 80's and sixteen 75's (AAA).

The rest of the divisions (AA and AAA) play two days (three games a day). Only AA and AAA teams and they only play games against teams in their own age and rating division. We can do it because we usually have at least 14-to-16 teams in each age group (which normally is the maximum we can handle).

We also schedule our 50 and 55's for Saturday and Sunday and the 60's Friday and Saturday (best we can do for them).

As I said we are a round robin (six games against six different teams all in your own age and rating class). We would never be able to do it if we were a double-elimination tournament. We know who will be playing who, what time and what fields for their their three games each day (rwo day tournament).

It is more difficult for double-elimination. What do you do for teams who after playing three pool games. lose their first bracket game and then are forced to play five or six more to reach the finals in a two-day event? Might be great for 50 and 55, maybe 60. You are stretching your luck for 65, 70, 75 and 80.

SSUSA does a very good job watching out for the teams's health and enjoyment with the way their events are scheduled. If you want to change it, you should list a disclaimer sign sayong "Travel at your own risk"

Ho
, June 16, 2016
Ho
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: looking for 75 major or major plus tournment team.

His 928 area code puts him in Arizona.

Ho
, May 31, 2016
Ho
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: which do your prefer on a 5 game guarantee?

Joel
We have SIX 80's, a six and a seven team 75 division, a 4 team 75 major (only majors we invite). a seven and a seven 65 division, seven 50's, eight 55's, a seven and a seven 70's divisions and a seven and seven 60's division. All AA and AAA.
Little hard in the 60;s because for some reason thete is a shortage of 60 AA teams so we play them with the 65's which are not as strong as the other seven.

Which means 13 Divisions and 13 champions all who will have played six games Makes it easier scheduling. Our schedule has been up for two weeks and everybocy knows what time, what field and who they play. Can't do the with a DE.

Not looking for six team braclets in other divsions, just AA and AAA.

Ho
, May 31, 2016
Ho
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: which do your prefer on a 5 game guarantee?

How about a six game round robin guaranreed six gmaes against six different teams from your own age and rating division, team with best record is the champ. We have been running our tournament that way the past six years and average around 80 AA and AAA teams (do not bring in majors). This year 80 teams. Always have at leasr 14 teams in each division with the exception of 80's (only six) and fields limit us to eight 50's and eight 55's. The 70's(16), 75's (17) and 80's play three days (2 games a day), the rest play two days (3 games a day)

Ho
, May 30, 2016
Ho
Topic: Associations
Discussion: Baden Fire softball 2SB550YS Junk in its core!

It is him...how did you guess?

Ho
, May 5, 2016
Ho
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Brickyard-Nancy Allen

Gary:

There are tournaments betwen the middle of May and late June in the midwest. One is in Columbus Ohio which draws 50 team and the other in Barberton which draws 90 AA and AAA teams.

Ho
, Feb. 4, 2016
Ho
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Winter World Championships Results

It should be evident by now the results are lost and will never show up.
, Jan. 30, 2016
Ho
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Tourneys in the midwest

That isn't any secret..he mentioned the ISA in Columbus, ind and tournaments in Indiana. Everyone should know about the Brickyard it is one of the best in the midwest He didn't (at least according to his post) know about the tournaments in Ohio.

Ho
, Jan. 27, 2016
Ho
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Tourneys in the midwest

Can't tell you on the USSA website due to rules. Lets just say it isn't ISSA, ISA or SSUSA. Give me a call and I'll tell you where they are,
Ho (330) 336-3958
, Jan. 27, 2016
Ho
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Tourneys in the midwest

If you can keep a secret there are four senior tournaments in Ohio (Columbus 45 teams, Barberton 90 teams, Sylvania 50 teams, Dayton 35 teams) another in Shelbyville(44 teams) and one in Illinois (30). All in June and July,

Ho
, Nov. 8, 2015
Ho
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: SCREENS IN TOURNAMENTS

I think you are stretching it a bit with the orange bags and fencing. However, insurance companies have accepted what you have pointed out as parts of the field (tripping on a bag, running into a fence, etc), a majority do not accept a screen as part of the field.

Maybe some do but others do not and more than likely they will have to eventually accept it,. But to play safe use the insurance companies that will insure the use of a screen and avoid the ones which will not.

Ho
, Nov. 8, 2015
Ho
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: SCREENS IN TOURNAMENTS

Believe it or not, law suits are actualy why screens are not used rather than used. A screen is not considered part of the field and if a ball via a throw or hit deflects off the edge of the screen and happens to hit a player in the eye, some softball insurance policies will not cover the injury....because the screen is not part of the field.

That said, they have been using the screen in the Barberton Silver League for six years and no players are complaining. We do not use the screen at THEE BUCKEYE CLASSIC due to the insurance "not part of the field" issue.

Personally I don't like the screen but I think the problem is more the bats. It is sort of funny to hear people say,"Screens are not part of the game, we should keep playing the way it was meant to be played."

I agree, let's use wooden bats the way softball was meant to be played.

Ho

, Oct. 20, 2015
Ho
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Looking for a 55-60+ Team

Mike

Contact the Brickyard 60's, Ralph Adams (317) 502-2676..he is definiely interested in talking with you. It is a very good team and a great group of guys.

Good Luck
Ho
, June 20, 2015
Ho
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: Seeking players in the 60-64 age groups to play in Shelbyville,IndianaSPA July 17-18 and Columbus,Indiana ISA World Series July 31- Aug 2

They are the AA Champaigne Urbana Kool Kids 60 out of Illinois... nice bunch of guys and a good manager.

Ho
, May 26, 2015
Ho
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Penn Softball Classic - Drifton, PA May 29-31st

Give me a call Ho (330) 336-3958...we have seventeed 75's and six 80's coming to THEE BUCKEYE CLASSIC next week and 18 70's the following week..I'm sure I can put you in touch with some team

Ho
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