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Discussion: Choosing Home team vs Visitor

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Oct. 8, 2014
DaKidinOregon
Men's 60
8 posts
Choosing Home team vs Visitor
I assembled a pickup team.... we played a qualifier
and in Vegas.. Won the last 5 qualifier games..won the event, 2 as Home team, the last 3 as the Visitor. In Vegas..won 5 straight as the Visitor..10 in a row....however it was a BIG issue to most so ..we voted..9 for home, 2 for visitor..we lost big time. My thinking was we keep the scoring pressure on our opponent and sock it to them in the open...it worked well but in spite of being 5-0 most felt home was the ONLY way to go.

What say you?

Oct. 9, 2014
STL0
Men's 55
161 posts
I personally don't care when we play if we are home or visitor, each has advantages. I think it would be interesting to review the data from a tournament like the World Masters and see what that data says over that many games. My GUESS is that it wouldn't appear to make a difference over that many games but it would be very interesting to see what the numbers say.
Oct. 9, 2014
DaKidinOregon
Men's 60
8 posts
Just wanted to add that I don't think either way should be "written in stone".
I was just struck by the fact that "many on my team" felt its he ONLY choice if given the chance.
Since I have been playing SSB for only 6-7 yrs...not long compared to many on the team..

the ..."Since I've been playing for 30yrs and you ALWAYS pick home".. was the best argument presented...that seemed pretty weak to me...especially when we were kicking Home Team butt as visitor.





Oct. 9, 2014
Nancy Allen
Men's 55
1252 posts
As someone who took the flip for a senior team for 10 years, whenever I won the flip, I always chose to bat...second,
Oct. 10, 2014
DaKidinOregon
Men's 60
8 posts
Thanks for the response...I guess I was looking for the REASON you ALWAYS pick home team... results be dammed.

OK ,I get it now...its an unreasoning belief system not open to
results or facts. I will now go commit "harry carry"..have a nice day! :)

Oct. 10, 2014
4Four4
Men's 60
87 posts
DKO - Our team wants to hit. We travel to play and have fun and its more fun if you hit more. Choosing to be the Visitors in all but the most important of games gets us a few more at bats. Prelim games are warmups where you want everyone to get ABs. We take alot of guys to tourneys and want them all to get their ABs. Hit!
Oct. 10, 2014
the wood
Men's 65
1123 posts
The choice of being the home or visiting team only belongs to us 50% of the time, give or take.
When it is our choice we'd prefer to be visitors in seeding games in order to get more ABs. However, if we're playing a lower division team we have to be respectful of their position as well.
In DE we never choose to be visitors... it's just an old habit... don't give up the hammer.
But the reality of this is, we have won and lost from both positions. I see advantages with either.
Bob Woodroof
Full Circle 65
Oct. 10, 2014
turn2
489 posts
Bob,
I would prefer to take visitors all the time. I would rather try and score first and put the pressure on the home team.
If you score and that is a big if, you can win a lot of games early and make the home team try to play catch up the whole game.
Donnie
Turn Two
Oct. 10, 2014
the wood
Men's 65
1123 posts
Donnie, I know exactly how you feel. That is how it worked out in LV for us... we were visitors in every DE game... not by choice.
As you know, this does create some additional anxiety in close games. Because of this, I'm not sure that I'd voluntarily take visitors in a big game... but if we lose the coin toss I'll be happy either way.
BW
Oct. 10, 2014
turn2
489 posts
Bob,
That was my solution. I hoped the other team would win the toss. My old team was like everyone else. They always wanted home also, but the times have changed.
Years ago it use to be all offense. When we built our team we tried to get the defense and speed also. These two things are hard to find in senior ball and it also helps if they can hit a little.
That is why I was so impressed with Mr. Conway Waddy so much. Not only could he crush the ball but he was as good a defensive person and could also run for himself.
Take care,
Donnie
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