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Aug. 16, 2009
Topic: Associations
Discussion: ISSA ran the worst national tournament ever!

If that is you Wags, you failed to mention about the brackets not being updated and if we didn't look on the internet, we would not have known our first game on Saturday was at 10:30 instead of 11:45 as they told us on Friday before we left the park. They were behind over an hour after first game and had to call opponents to let them know game was changed. Very disappointed in a so-called national tournament!
Jan. 20, 2009
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: PRAY FOR OBAMA

4X4 I agree with you. Let's keep the political stuff out. I've noticed enough bickering on the message board about the rules and ratings. No need to throw another log on the fire!
Jan. 2, 2009
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Personal Perspectives on New Home Run Rule

I wanted to throw out a couple of thoughts for the die hard posters to help me out.

When the rule changes were made, what was the intent? There needs to be a need for change before insisting on change.

I feel the pitcher's protection rule should have been conquered, accepted, understood, etc., before tackling another touchy situation.

If the home run rule problem was geared for the M+ or Major teams, make the rules different for those divisions. Was the change to get a few more teams in the M+ bracket, when I look and see there 317 teams in Phoenix, 158 in Ft. Myers, and 131 in Las Vegas. That should be enough to make some money! I don't know what kind of turnout the every weekend tournaments draw, and can't comment on what the desired number of teams are for these types of tourneys.

To get more teams into tournament brackets, what are the thoughts about expanding the age brackets to every 7-8 years, and eliminating a couple of brackets?

Last point--I would assume most of the M+ teams take care of their players, getting them to the tournaments, hotels, etc., but the meat and potatoes of the organizations are the men and women that love the game, spend a great deal of their own money to get to these tournaments.

Thanks for your time.
Dec. 15, 2008
Topic: Rules of the game

First a little background. This year was my first experience of senior softball after a decade of not playing any softball. My only tournaments were in Phoenix and Ft. Myers. I played in the 50 Major devision and watched many of the Major+ games as well.
My first impression was several of the Major teams should have been in the upper bracket, with a couple of teams hitting over a dozen home runs in our games. In Ft. Myers, I realize the 325' fence will not contain the true home run hitters, but the Major+ teams should not have been moved to the 300' fence on Sat. With the home run change being made, I think this will open the pitchers' spot for more balls being hit up the middle to conserve the home runs for later in the game. With that, the pitchers rule needs to be addressed before the 2009 season and everyone from the board, players, and umpires need to have a uniform undertstanding of the intent of the ruling.
Thanks--Enjoyed getting back into the competition!
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