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Discussion: Major vs AAA- "Equalizer rules"- 55+ division (or all other divisions)

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June 2, 2013
11 posts
Major vs AAA- "Equalizer rules"- 55+ division (or all other divisions)
I play on a Midwestern 55+ major team and there's not too many of us around this part of the country. We have played 4 tournaments so far and in only one has there been any other 55+ major teams (and there was only one other in that tournament). We have played many 55+ AAA teams this year. I think our record vs. them is 1-8 and we were a top 8 team at Vegas last year. I understand AAA is "one step" down from Major but I think SSUSA needs to look at the "equalizer rules". Besides the AAA team getting 5 runs, the major team has to drop down to the 3 HR limit and then outs. This actually penalizes the major team "two steps" and makes it really tough to overcome when playing a team that is "one step" down. It should be one or the other, give the "one step" down team either 5 runs, or play even and use their home runs limits. The AAA team getting both "equalizer" rules really puts the major team behind the 8 ball. What do others think? Is playing down and giving up "two steps" too much of an advantage for the AAA teams?? or just about right??? I know there's some damn good AAA teams out there.
June 2, 2013
Men's 65
4549 posts
Major and M+ teams lack at many events but a few other age brackets also get shorted.
My thought on this is the when, which events and how many teams are entered in 'same' bracket are 'looked at or used' for using the ratings.
There are around 19 events that are TOC qualifiers but don't think all are used, why not? Can understand the 3 team division not being used but so many events only have 4 or 5 why leave them out of they get an invite by winning.
Some events hare duds as for turn outs go. The Eastern event only had 17 teams. Why not move it or make it a combined with another. Vegas, PHX, Reno are their money makers but some brackets still were not so great.
Playing down at any age rating sucks but there are still some that say they are this or that rating, yet have players that are above that.
For the teams I watch in events like this one, Reno, were done well.
The ability to see players listen on rosters (open viewable rosters) should concern everyone. Cause they do slip through the cracks just like miss placing teams at events and fields or their times. Players can catch rostered players playing where they should not also.
Right or un-balanced ? I'd go with un-balanced, but your stuck with it.
Most events have the same teams attending regularly, so if you have a bad experience try to remember it and choose to go or try out another one.
Hope you had fun at least.
June 2, 2013
11 posts
Taits- Thanks for your comments. I always have fun playing (way for fun than not playing) and the team had fun playing, just seems like when we match up against a 55+ AAA team, it's a real big hill to climb. Its tough for our team to do all the "big" tournaments like Reno, Dalton, Vegas, West and Midwest championships as we are self sponsored where we could match up vs. other 55+ Major teams. We try to attend 3 of the 5 every year.
June 2, 2013
Men's 65
4549 posts
No problem. You travel a lot and I know the cost of that and I only go over about one state... NV & UT.
Maybe pick others or just stay closer to home that might suit up more evenly, that's all.
Stay healthy.
June 2, 2013
Men's 50
888 posts
Parman, you are right, 5 runs is a lot to make up against good teams that possibly should be moved up. If a team wants their "fake runs", they should have to play with the upper teams HR rule.
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