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Discussion: RE; NCSSA HOF event this week at BLD in Manteca

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Aug. 10, 2013
taits
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RE; NCSSA HOF event this week at BLD in Manteca
There will be a Can-Sirs table set up probable in the Restaurant area and I'll be working it for the group on Fri \Sat. I'd like to meet as many of you as I can if interested. It's always nice to put faces to monikers and all.

It's a worth cause So try to support them if you can.
Aug. 10, 2013
jrd231
17 posts
One of my guys is being inducted, Bob Fernandez. See you there.
Aug. 11, 2013
taits
Men's 65
4253 posts
Thanks.
Aug. 11, 2013
swing for the fences
Men's 50
973 posts
I will swing by Scott!
Aug. 11, 2013
taits
Men's 65
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Will be waiting & bring Joe if he's coming. Been awhile since I've seen him.
Aug. 12, 2013
Mr. Nick
3 posts
Taits, I will come by and see you. Does Can-Sirs have a 60s team? I will be 60 next year (kidney cancer survivor). Currently playing on a 50s team (Bad Seed).
Aug. 12, 2013
taits
Men's 65
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I did not see one listed nor was it mentioned to me at least at the Western Natl's.
Remind me about this there I will be trying to do that later for coastal events & down south.
Aug. 14, 2013
swing for the fences
Men's 50
973 posts
Hey Scott, I talked to Joe. He said he's not coming up. But says Hi.. FYI
Aug. 14, 2013
taits
Men's 65
4253 posts
Thanks for doing that. Will look forward to meeting you and others while there Fri\Sat.
Aug. 18, 2013
taits
Men's 65
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There was a lack of communications along the line somewhere for there was no table set up though it was was available. I was there walking around Fri\Say all day both dayd until about 5pm.
I met Swing... and the crew from GSC,
Mr Nick I watched part of the Bad seed game from inside the building but did not remember your name nor that you were on that team. Sorry about that. I might drive up to Turlock on Sat, lmk if you'll be there.
Aug. 18, 2013
taits
Men's 65
4253 posts
Off the cuff note on event, John Reedy and crew put on a vg tournament. Brackets were imo pretty well matched up. Teams I knew were doing the unexpected in both good ways & not so well.
Saw more HR's there than any other event I've been to. All ages since I aw them all Fri\Sat.

Only down side was Am sun was a problem for many fields there, most all positions and or hitting,
Aug. 18, 2013
jrd231
17 posts
The tournament was well run, evenly matched teams, good umpires, but two things bothered me. The 7 AM games and the condition of the fields has gotten so bad that there was more rubber in the infield than turf. What can we do about these problems?
Aug. 19, 2013
4x4
Men's 65
590 posts
jrd231 - I wonder if they could go back to dirt infields like Twin Creeks down the road.....

Would depend more I guess on winter schedule games as it's a pay to play complex with a cookie cutter franchise design.....
Aug. 19, 2013
taits
Men's 65
4253 posts
I agree on the 7 am starts and also the 8-9 pm games were something else.
But I feel they were done to get in all games. Some were late anyway which messed up everyone after. I saw one scoreboard go out for about 5 minutes and I don't think the clock was reset, but could be wrong there.
I agree on many of the infields were overly worn out but at least it was\is the same for both teams playing.

Pete, if you were there, I didn't see ya. I was walking around all day both days looking for guys I knew, sorry I missed ya.
BLD\FOD's are pay to play and pay to watch complexes, but great places to play.
Aug. 19, 2013
The real deal
Men's 60
62 posts
Really enjoyed this tournament and seeing some old friends.

A couple of observations:

Some of the team uniforms are awesome. My favorites: Nor Cal Warriors, Oh My, NW Legends (to name a few - a lot of others are pretty cool too). I guess the days of a gray t -shirt with a number on the back are over.

Saw a few games of 50 Major Plus division. Wow! The distance and frequency of the home runs was unreal. In general, these guys are bigger and stronger than the players in other divisions. The down side: didn't see a lot of defense being played (not that they can't - just mostly 5 run innings with a lot of bombs). Thanks to NCSSA for allowing "over the limit" home runs to be "walks" instead of outs, otherwise it could get real ugly for the pitchers.

Looking forward to Las Vegas.
Aug. 19, 2013
taits
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Who'd you play for, I watched parts of most games out there. I agree about some uniforms.
Aug. 19, 2013
Tim Millette
465 posts
It was great that ncssa allowed the open bracket to have out of area teams.

Nazarino, Rated Sports, Legends and GSC sure added to the talent pool.

It was also nice that the NCSSA directors set it up so the top division started at 6 PM Saturday night and ended by mid day Sunday.

Imagine...5 or six games played in about 20 hours... Or....about 50 less hours then other events....great job.

On a personal note....going 1-4 with our only win being by two runs over a major team sure gave us an understanding of what competitive Plus ball looks like. Yikes!!!!!

It looked like everyone had a great time.
Aug. 19, 2013
Omar Khayyam
958 posts
It was a well-run tournament with good umps and kept pretty much on time other than extra-inning games which are beyond the TD's control. The 7 am games were killers on 4 fields, either blinding the pitcher and middle infielders, or blinding all of the batters. One way is dangerous; the other ludicrous. I think pitching screens should be mandatory in such situations and should be provided by the parkódepending upon possible batting practice screens by one of the teams is not good enough. I think the early schedule happened because of the large number of teams and the attempt to not have to use fields in neighboring communities. I suppose the same poor conditions applied if any games went into the sunset hours.

I actually thought the fields were better than in the past. Of course the infields should be resurfaced, but that takes money, and despite the $3.00 entrance fee per person, the money might not be there. I was critical in the past of the poor patching job on the base paths which made them unnecessarily dangerous, but most of the patching looked O.K. on the fields I played on. One exception was down the line to first on one field, where a hitter took a nasty face-first tumble because of a lip about 10 feet in front of 1B. It was so poorly done it could open up BLD to a negligence lawsuit. I also thought the outfield conditions with natural turf were better than some years in the past.

Aug. 19, 2013
The real deal
Men's 60
62 posts

Omar, I agree. This tournament was well run, and a lot of fun. The umpires were great for the most part (except for the calls that went against us - lol).

SSUSA or NCSSA: Any chance of getting another tournament at this venue - perhaps earlier in the year?

Taits: Thanks for the email - hope you're feeling better soon.

Aug. 20, 2013
taits
Men's 65
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Results are up for all 7 brackets for Thurs and Fri. Now there is a great showing. Were up somewhat earlier but my DSL was down.
Aug. 20, 2013
taits
Men's 65
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SIX brackets but what the hey, they are up.
Aug. 21, 2013
taits
Men's 65
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Sqt- Sun 7 brackets up.
Aug. 22, 2013
The real deal
Men's 60
62 posts
After checking out all the bracket results, looks like 78 teams participated in this "local" tournament! Pretty good showing for NCSSA - certainly had the feel of a "national" tourney. Pretty fortunate to live in an area that supports Senior Softball.
Aug. 22, 2013
taits
Men's 65
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TRD,
Bay area and so cal have over 100 teams in their areas all ages. valley had about 50-75. That is the prime event for NCSSA. That was the best to date. Think we'll see it from now on. With only 6 fields they would need Tracy complex to add more teams. That didn't work this year, they tied.

You going to Turlock?
Aug. 22, 2013
The real deal
Men's 60
62 posts
Taits: not going to Turlock. Looks like we're done until Vegas, although I'll be playing in a kid's tournament next weekend with my sons in South Lake Tahoe. When do you think you'll be playing again?
Aug. 22, 2013
taits
Men's 65
4253 posts
See Dr for follow up from last weeks gig, Hoping to find out about both neck and my back... TTYL on it.
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