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Discussion: Midwest Championships

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July 16, 2019
Bob21
15 posts
Midwest Championships
Well run tournament in Rogers, Arkansas this year. The weather cooperated which was unexpected (thought it would be hot and humid, it wasn't so bad). Question for SSUSA, how many more years will it be in Rogers? Only 43 teams in the entire tourney, as the 55 division had only 3 Major (St. Louis, Wisconsin, Texas) and 3 AAA (Omaha, KC, Tulsa) teams, and 50s AAA (Lincoln, St. Louis, KC) had only 3. I understand how the politics of site selection work, but hopefully the MWC comes further north back to the Kansas City/Columbia area to draw more teams in the next contract go-round.
That said, again hats off to people who put the tourney on this past weekend.
July 16, 2019
STL0
Men's 55
161 posts
I would reiterate what Bob21 said with one addition. The outfields are the worst that I've played tournament ball on anywhere I have been to play in the past 20 years. The condition of those fields is unacceptable. Not only do you get a large volume of bad hops which hit you in all kinds of places you don't want to be hit but they are extremely hard on knees and ankles because of all of the ruts. The grounds crew did all that they could to make the infields nice but there's nothing anyone can do to help the outfields at this point. I'm surprised to not see more complaints here about that.

Shout out to the 55 Major teams TX Rock N Legends and Pope Transport. Good people and good teams. It was fun playing you both even though you handed our rear ends to us. Hope to see you again down the road.
July 17, 2019
DoubleL10
Men's 65
893 posts
Let me add that the grounds crew is to be congratulated on the work they did after last Wednesday's downpour to get the fields ready for play on Thursday (the last day of the 65 and older portion of the tournament). I was surprised and pleased at the condition of the infields.
We were able to finish without any problems. Thanks again!
July 17, 2019
creins
28 posts
The outfields are really bad every year, no better this year. Let's move this tournament to a area where more teams would attend. Only having 2-4 in a bracket is no fun for anyone. I like the area of the country, but we had no teams from Minnesota, Iowa, or Colorado. I think if it was in a major city with a big airport would maybe get more teams. Kansas City or Columbia would be much better as KC has a large airport and close to Columbia. If moving it doesn't get anymore team, then go back to Rogers. Let's try something to get more teams.
July 17, 2019
Bob21
15 posts
As an outfielder, I agree with the above, the outfields were/are Shadow Rock bad. Weeds and bumpy. Standing water in Right Center fence line on Field 5 Sunday for some reason.

Out of the 43 teams in the tourney, 26 were in the 50s, 55s, and 60s and the breakdown by state was:
Missouri 9
Kansas 4 (all close to the KC area)
Oklahoma 4
Nebraska 3
Texas 2
Arkansas 2 (host state)
Wisconsin 1
Illinois 1

Scrap Iron teams come frequently to the KC area for tournaments. With Rogers, too long of a drive and no way to fly without your own plane.
July 20, 2019
Capt Kirk
522 posts
Pls post results:
July 20, 2019
Nancy Allen
Men's 55
1252 posts
Capt Kirk, I see them out there. Maybe you need to refresh your browser?
July 20, 2019
DaveDowell
Men's 65
2527 posts
Capt ... The scores and bracket results were posted on Monday morning the day after the event concluded ... Nancy's suggestion will likely solve the issue for you ...
July 22, 2019
Reggie4's
18 posts
This tournament was one of my favorites when It was held in Champagne Illinois......most age groups were full....nice fields and well run...teams from MI, Wi, Ohio and Indiana kinda dropped out when it was moved...would consider adding it to our schedule if it was moved backto the "Midwest"...just sayin
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