|, Sept. 19, 2011|
Discussion: Merger: my wish list
I am still not quite sure how i feel about this merger. If it ends up being the best of both worlds, that is great, but it is means that the big has swallowed up the small, all we have done is lose out on a nice alternative.
If i understand correctly, the follwing is true:
LVSSA Worlds in Las Vegas Sept/Oct
SSUSA Worlds in Phoenix in Oct
SSUSA Winter Worlds in Las Veags in Nov
Combined Worlds in Las Vegas in Sept/Oct
Combined Winter Worlds in Nov
Ok, I do not expect this to be universally acclaimed, but here goes my wish list:
1. Major and Major+ need to be combined. The era of the "super" or "paid for" team has been mitigated by border rules. The continued separation of these classes is non-sensical, and really just serves to feed the participation mentality, rather than the competitive mentality. By the way, HR hitters do not dictates which teams are the best, it is determined by who wins on the fields. If they happen to be the one and the msae at tiems, so be it. Golf, tennis, etc., handicap their players based on acores/resutls, not by who hits the longest driver or the hardest server.
2. Flyers/websites that promote tournaments shall list, at a minimum and in advance:
which fields are to be used for the various age groups and classification. You guys have been running these tournies for years, so you have a pretty good idea of the number of entries expected.
whether divsions will be combined or not, and what is the minimum number of teams that are needed for a separate draw. If teams pay their entry and fee and it is later determined that the minimum was not met, then they can either request a full refund or play in the revsied format propsed by the TD.
3. I know softball players tend to lean toward the complaining side, but listen to what constructive input we do provide. That does not necessarily mean the rant and raves on this board, this one included, but in instances where compromise between "players wants" and "your orgnazation's business goals" result in a win - win for both.
4. Be flexible on playing dates. For example, except for Worlds, you can do your best to make sure that draws with five (5) teams or less only play two-day tourneys - you already make eight+ team draws in the 40's work. This may mean night games, but i am one of the few, and there may not be may of us, who still like playing a game or two at night - especially if it knocks a day off of the tourney on the back end.
5. Use your clout to ensure that hotels commit to room rates that are at least fifteen percent (15%) less than any price they advertise/offer to the public, including any price listed on any travel sites.
I amy come up with more, but that is a start.
I wish you the best of success and see you in Vegas and Phoenix.