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April 17, 2013
49 posts
Just learned today that a group of men I played with last year were allowed to move to another team for 2013. After the Las vegas trip, I was led to believe we would continue to have 60+ AAA and a 65+ AAA team (place for players to move to as they aged up). I spent the money to register the 60 team, sent out information about 2013 and only heard from one player who thanked me for my efforts, but said he was going to have a knee surgery, probably wasn't going to play and would like a release. As 2013 opened I learned that the rest of the team is now playing on a nother 60 AAA team and SSUSA doesn't make them ask for or obtain a releaase in order to move. The only problem I have with this practice is I did not get all of my uniforms back, and haven't received entry fee moneys that may have been owed to me. In addition had I known that my team wanted to go else where I wouldn't have spent the money to register them. SSUSA policy is to consider all players free agents at the end of the seaason and whoever wants to pick them can do so beginning November 1 of a given year. Lesson learned, I guess. I am disappointed because I was raised to do do the right thing and to treat paople the way I want to be treated. I am sadder but wiser, and a little less trusting I guess.
April 17, 2013
Men's 60
204 posts

I take it that you were a "pay to play" team. A group of 60 to 65 year old men and you're owed monies from last year, now that blows and more importantly speak volumes. I hope that you not only get reimbursed the monies you're owed, but with any luck, get the uniforms back. If not, a lesson learned and you're better off. I've learned over my almost 8 years of senior ball that being older doesn't necessarily make one more honorable or trustworthy. Just my two cents worth.

Tony Baltazar
So Cal 55 - Major
April 17, 2013
Men's 65
3146 posts
Sounds to me there was a lack of communication among the players and you. I'm not saying who's at fault, just no communications.
April 18, 2013
49 posts
I might agree if we had not discussed the future (2013) after our last game in Las Vegas, made initial plans for a team get together in early December, and discussed the possibility of attending the Winter Worlds in Phoenix as a chance to bring on some new talent for this season. I am not worried about the $$, and will eventually collect all of the uniforms. Disappointed in the behavior of men who professed to live by a higher standard, and that SSUSA does so little to support teams who demonstrate loyalty to them. I know it is not their concern what we do as a team or individually as players (nor should it be), but they have made it easy to avoid having to be responsible to teams or individuals. Yes, I took some things for granted and that may be the problem. I would never not make a 5 minute phone call to explain why I want out (or in for that matter. I guess I see the world differently.
April 18, 2013
Men's 65
4549 posts
Might check with SSUSA to see if they are required to get a release from you in order for them to play for another team...
If that is the case, get what's owed then release them, done deal, if not, no release.
But yes communications are lacking in many teams.
Hope you recover from it.
April 19, 2013
Men's 55
239 posts
Tim, I feel your pain and know exactly how you feel. Player loyalty is a rare quality these days.
April 25, 2013
Wayne 37
Men's 60
373 posts
If they say, "I have to ask my wife.", I put them down as a no.

Dead presidents talk the loudest~except for Alexander Hamilton who was our first Secretary of Treasury, but Aaron Burr was a better shot!
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