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May 9, 2013
3 posts
I play for the Blue Chips IL 60's and the Chicago Hitmen 65's. My team, Chips, were in Indianapolis last weekend. As 60's we played Saturday and Sunday. We had games from 7:30am until 9pm on Saturday. This is ridiculous. I talked to Dave Dowell and he said they had all fields committed, and didn't want to tire players out. My suggestion is to group the different ages together...Morning, Afternoon, and Evening, and play all your games for that day in a row or with 1 game break maximum. Also,put the youngest ages at night. Their eyes are better than the older players. Also, the wives come to watch and expect a decent dinner after the games. The schedule last weekend left no time for that. My team and I would rather do 4 in a row or 4 of 5 to avoid this happening again. A lot of the 50 and 55 players still work and, I think, would rather play later and be able to work....Any thoughts, anyone???
May 9, 2013
278 posts
Usually the SSUSA BRICKYARD is a well run tournament and I don't remember ever hearing many complaints about the tournament.

Anytime you have double elimination tournaments the pre-scheduling plans usually go out the window. I would give them another chance based on their previous tournaments.

However, that said, to avoid future problems like this you may want to check into ROUND ROBIN TOURNAMENTS where the schedule is locked in, possibley the 85-team AA and AAA Buckeye Classic Tournament.

Me, I would give the BRICKYARD another chance next year.


May 9, 2013
Men's 55
3 posts
Ho, the tournament was run pretty well and there were one or two divisions that did play a round robin, but you don't know those things until the schedule has been published a few days before play begins. This year for the 60+ AAA/AA the scheduling left something to be desired. I didn't pay any attention to the other divisions but can tell you that all of the 60+AAA/AA teams played at 7:30am Saturday and four of them played at 9:00pm. Our 9:00pm game went 8 innings and we didn't finish until nearly 11, in the rain. In between we played at noon and 6pm. Players at our age get pretty stiff waiting around for that long between games. The umpires were good and the games stayed on schedule.
May 9, 2013
Men's 65
1936 posts
Thank you for the constructive criticism ... Among the options that teams may wish to consider for upcoming Brickyard Invitational tournaments include the following:

Consent to play a 2 or 3 day schedule commencing on Friday afternoon to relieve some of the field pressure in a compressed (this year) weekend only format with 38 teams in seven divisions; and

Staying in the Winners Bracket longer, where the days are shorter by definition and Elimination Bracket games appear later in the day or evening ... Potential late(r) games were apparent well in advance in the pre-published schedule.

This year's event WAS a long and tight schedule, and it's a tremendous tribute to the teams, umpires and Midwest Grounds Crew that we were able to stay essentially on-time during what seemed to be constant rain throughout the weekend ... Thanks to everyone who participated!

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