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Discussion: World Series in Mobile

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Oct. 28, 2003
Men's 55
451 posts
World Series in Mobile
Just returned from the world series in Mobile Ala. I've never been to a world series in 30 years of softball where they didn't have scoreboards that worked, an officical score keeper on each diamond, and enough balls to play the games. Other than that....good tournament.
Oct. 28, 2003
Men's 65
335 posts
Wouldn't two umpires and a scorekeeper at least helped for the lack of poor fields and seeing the officials wash balls in abucket of water between games? This is what we got for $550. I think nobody shoudl go back. Played on World class fields with good balls and lost of them along with two umpires and scorekeeper for $180. Somebody made a killing or was it just all the guys sitting around with the Director's shirts on a free ride?
Oct. 28, 2003
Men's 65
3146 posts
I didn't compete in Mobile, but did in Alpharetta. At the SSWC Eastern Nationals held a couple of months ago, only one umpire per field, no score boards and no official score keepers. I wonder what it will be like in Ft. Meyers?????
Oct. 28, 2003
Men's 60
160 posts
I also played in Mobile, 1 ump, sand boxes for feilds, real bad trophys for 2 place and paying for your ring for 1st. They ran out of balls for the championship game Sunday morning so they threw in 47/525. Boy did the HR go sky high. Being at a big disadvantage with that ball I felt we were lucky to win when we went to the if game, the Old Dawgs were tired from the earily 3 games. I love to play and will play anywhere, but at this level you would think somebody would try to make it a tournament to remember. We, me, all players put a lot of money into that tournament and town to have to play under those condition.

I also played a Alpheratte, played 50 major on 255 foot fences and 275 fences, not one feild was level.

Worse of all I played in the "Senior Olymics" You would think this would be ran 1st class. I will not go into all the problem and poor conditions we had, but they were more that a few.

The senior player deserve better tournament conditions than I have seen in the past 4 years.


Oct. 28, 2003
Ted Sparks
Men's 70
17 posts
If you want tournaments that are run for the players, with two umpires, scorekeepers and excellent fields, you should go to SPA and Senior Softball World Series (SSWS) events. We actually had four umpires for the championship game in Plano. In Des Moines, they dragged the field after every game.
Oct. 28, 2003
22 posts
I did not attend. But it sounds like SSWC layed another egg. I hope they as the largest Association get it right soon. Please fix the mess.
Oct. 30, 2003
Men's 55
24 posts
This is the 1st World Tournament I have played in. I thought it was unusual not have official scorekeepers, some games two umps other games one ump, not enough balls, and dangerous filed conditions. If it wren't for the players helping get the fields in condition after the rain, the tournament would not have gone on. For the amount of money we spent on this tourney we deserved more.
On a positive note, being from Wisconsin, it was nice to meet players from throughout the country and I enjoyed interacting with them, especcially the Road Dog team from California. They wre very similar to our team, we play hard but then have a good time after the game. Congratulations on your 2nd place finish.
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