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Discussion: thinking of retireing from tourney ball

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May 27, 2014
mad dog
Men's 65
4153 posts
thinking of retireing from tourney ball
i've been thinking of all the crap(team bs,tourneys ran bad,td's having no clue,the cost of going just to play a couple of games,etc) that goes on playing tourney ball and have taken this year off from playing......i can't believe how much money i have saved also($2k +).....not sure if i want to come back and play 65's next year but will ask around with a couple teams that i know and see what is up for next year....just venting a little.......tell me is it really that great to spend all this money to play........
May 27, 2014
Men's 55
373 posts
Only if you still enjoy playing this great game! Remember we are bless to live each day and to spend our resources on something that keeps us fit with meeting new people is a good investment for me! Of course I can always fall back to our great Hawaii surf…ha, ha. Aloha, Fabe
May 27, 2014
Men's 65
4549 posts
I agree with most of that. But it is the only sob out there and same goen on in most others as well.
I would bet too you saved more than that 2k since you were doing them all over as I used to do.
Still time to do Huntsman I's bet the BC Marauders could use ya again. I think a 60's might too.
At least your in much better physical shape than I am. Hang in there, there is always a game someplace.
Say hello to the better half.
PS; Been there did all that but it was due to not being physically able to play where I am again for the most part.
May 27, 2014
swing for the fences
Men's 50
1203 posts
MD, it adds up... My team plays roughly 16 tourneys... most of them I have to grab a hotel for one day. and 3 of them a plane flight and most of them over 100 miles away. so if you throw in the bats I buy, usually about 3 to 4... it adds up like this...
rough cost
Bats $800
tape $60
uniform $100
Tourney fees $400
Air Fair.. $1000
Hotel fees $2000.00
Gas $1000.00
$5360.00 not including food and drink or misc like Motrin ;-).

It's the price I pay to do something I love to do.
May 27, 2014
Men's 55
373 posts
We are bless to still be healthy enough to do something for our fitness and enjoyment! We can't take our money with us, so let's make some eternal memories….Aloha, Fabe
May 27, 2014
181 posts
Chances are it you quit playing ball you will pick up something else to do like golf, fishing, hunting, etc. All hobbies cost and take time. If you have lost your love for the game or feel the negatives outweigh the positives maybe you should hang it up. Good luck with your decision,
May 27, 2014
Men's 55
12 posts
interesting night to log on...just came home from playing against the kids. Tonight with an ASA bat I hit one head high six inches from the pitcher's head...he never would had a chance. Fortunately, it ticked off his glove, and I was called out on a "halo". In six years of senior softball, I have never attempted to hit middle, let alone undress someone. It really bugged me.

Here's the deal: I pitch for our tourney team--will be in Carson City this weekend with a 50AAA team (I'm 56). So I know what it's like to be on the receiving end--many times. I've had the pleasure of having an opponent tell me he's gunning for me. I have had batters yell at me that I've deserved it (i.e., they have to go middle) because I pitched outside and short to HR hitters. I accept that, but it doesn't mean I have to like it.

I'm not scared, but I get the feeling that my day is going to come. I've lurked here through all of the pitching vs. hitting threads. Somebody WILL be seriously hurt out there...I realize the argument about senior bats, in fact I had never hit a HR until I was 50.

In my perfect world, keep the bats but at least make it unlimited. Give me some time to get back defensively, and give me some control over the game, so that I can at least make the poorer hitters look bad.

Not to hijack the thread, but it does make me wonder why my wife and I travel, spend the money and time. (Just added up last year--$5,400 at the minimum)


May 28, 2014
Men's 55
373 posts
Traveling to play from the Tropics is not cheap, but worth all the memories! If your passion for this game is not there then move on to another healthy choice! Aloha, Fabe
May 29, 2014
526 posts
It does cost a bunch. However, doing this and riding my Harley is my rtirement and I budget accordingly. However, someone in Milwaukee told me that SSUSA is only promising "4" games at a qualifier instead of "5". If that is true, then it might cause me to miss a couple of qualifiers and concentrate on ring tournaments and then it doesn't matter. I like playing 3 on day one and 2 on day 2 and heading home at qualifiers. At Milwaukee this year we played "6" games and one team went home after "4". It was not right. Qualifiers are meant to be practice tournaments. Everyone should just play a 5 game round robbin and enjoy.
May 30, 2014
Men's 60
992 posts
"Say it ain't so" Bob!!
May 30, 2014
Omar Khayyam
1243 posts
I think Mad Dog is just bored and depressed because he doesn't have einstein to argue with any more on this site.
May 31, 2014
Men's 65
839 posts

I can say one thing for sure, you definitely have not retired from the message board. LOL! Just do not play for a month or 2, and you will be back. It's in your blood! What else are you going to do?

Andy Smith,
R & R Strokers
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