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Discussion: Fountain Hills Tournament

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May 22, 2020
Circus
4 posts
Fountain Hills Tournament
The City of Fountain Hills did a great job holding their tourney Thurs. and Fri. for the 65's and up. They have shown that a tourney can be held safely and respectfully. The state of Arizona needs to take note that this can be done without any issues.
May 22, 2020
Dbax
Men's 60
1863 posts
Lol. You won’t know of serious issues until later.
May 23, 2020
Webbie25
Men's 65
2273 posts
I agree with Circus. It was a fun time, perfect weather and EVERYBODY I talked to was ready to play and forget running from a virus that is going to be waiting for us no matter how long we quarantine. We face risks every day of our lives. At 67 years old time is starting to run short and I choose NOT to hide any more from it. I've been through about 10 pandemics. I served in the Marines. I have driven vehicles over 2 million miles in my life. Every person I have ever interacted with, or driven by, or even touched a surface another person might have touched, could have killed me. When it is my time, I will go and meet my maker. And I will not be hiding from life when I do. Thank you Fountain Hills and Mike for running the tournament! And congratulations to Old School for 2 fun games for the Championship and they won both in the open inning.
May 23, 2020
OZ40
532 posts
Amen Webbie, very well put. So we all hide indoors cowering with our masks on only to get run over and killed by a drunk driver when we stick our heads out the door. I believe our fates are written when we are born. We had been just hitting at various locations but actually played a pick-up game yesterday. Had 22 guys show up on a semi-showery day ranging in age from 60 to 88. Had a policeman sitting in the parking lot upon our arrival, we started showing up and he just started up his vehicle and left. Thank you officer. Here in Michigan Governor Gestapo Gretchen has just extended our shelter in place order for 3 more weeks. 600 Michigan physicians and over 300 Michigan dentists sent letters to her disloyal highness detailing the unseen consequences in her 'order'.
May 23, 2020
Webbie25
Men's 65
2273 posts
OZ40-Being a Michigan native, I have followed her actions with disbelief. For some, this has become an exercise into how much they can control the population. The control they have exerted, using fear of the virus, has been substantial. I know people afraid to move from their house. I have seen people in their own cars with masks on, as if they are going to infect themselves. I have seen people working in their own yards with nobody around with masks on, thinking the virus is going to just waft over on the wind. I have talked to people absolutely terrified of dying from coronavirus, but not worried about the flu. Dead is dead no matter how it happens. The virus is here and it will be a part of the human makeup in one mutation or another for a long time, if not forever. And for a government to actually let prisoners out of the prisons, and then threaten businesspeople with fines and prisons for opening their business to save a lifetime of work is just not America. I am not afraid to face life. Play Ball.
May 23, 2020
Webbie25
Men's 65
2273 posts
I think someone 'upstairs' felt I needed a reminder about how fast life can happen. I went on a 40 mile bicycle ride today. I was on the only section of the ride (3 miles) that has to go on the shoulder of a main road as the rest of it is on bike trails. I was headed east when I heard a funny sound. I thought I had a flat, and then I heard a crash. Less that 1/10 of a mile behind me, two cars hit and one crossed the road and hit a telephone pole. I stopped and made the 911 call and realized that car went right where I was just a few seconds before that. And I would not have had anywhere to bail out, either. THIS is exactly why I will NOT hide in my house any longer. Life happens fast.
May 23, 2020
OZ40
532 posts
Well that's what happens when vehicles don't respect social distancing...PS: The last time I took my bike on a 40 mile ride it was in the back of my van ! Good for you Webbie!
May 23, 2020
Fabe
Men's 60
414 posts
Our system here is crazy also...if we visit family on another Island 14 days of lockup awaits! Our state numbers are really good, so now the battle our rights verses our health! Still been training, surfing n doing a Bible study (no more than 10) n just started hitting with our club! My Dad said (89 yrs young) this is worst than the Pearl Harbor bombing! Go figure? Stay healthy n safe my Braddahs...Aliha, Fabe
May 23, 2020
MC8
2 posts
There was a famous American (Patrick Henry) who said “give me liberty or give me death”. What would he think now days, when people are giving up Liberty for .02% chance of death?
May 24, 2020
Rick1218
25 posts
Thank you Mike and thank you Fountain Hills.

All you other TD's and cities and states...take a lesson.





May 24, 2020
AJC
Men's 60
155 posts
A question for those that played in the tourney. What changes were implemented in this tournament? It sounds like you guys enjoyed being there.

Im just curious what we can expect when they finally allow us to take the field in Cali.
May 24, 2020
Ready-to-play
Men's 55
5 posts
Thank you Circus for the positive tournament report and giving other senior Softball starved players hope that we will play again! I just hope other state, county and local government officials will see this and see the benefit letting us play while helping their economies. And Webbie, well stated - give us the quality of life that we enjoy before our time is up. Play ball everywhere!
May 24, 2020
Benji4
228 posts
AJC.
Don't hold your breath on games being played in California. Governor Newsome is too busy passing out free money to illegal aliens and releasing criminals from jail to realize it's safe to play softball. Local leagues in So Cal have said they won't allow league play to begin until Sept. 1. No city parks are going to risk the liability of allowing tournament softball.

Californians better start planning on playing in the Arizona heat if you want to play.
May 25, 2020
1bounce
Men's 55
27 posts
Benji
Heats not a factor in AZ during the summer. Prescott tournament’s elevation is over 5000’. Flagstaff over 7000’. Need to get your lungs in shape
May 25, 2020
Cowboy19
Men's 60
40 posts
Fountain Hills Tournament Champions

70-75’s Major AAA
Sun City Rockets

65 Majors
Az Old School

65 AAA
Bucky's Casinos

60 Major AAA
1 Az Elite
2 Full Throttle

55 Major 50 AAA
1 Xtreme
2 OG2

50 Major
1 High Intensity (also known as Pushing Cotton)
2 Az Heat
May 26, 2020
AJC
Men's 60
155 posts
Benji4, as much as i hate to admit it, i think you are right. Cali, Wash & Mich more than likely will be among the last states to open up for softball.
May 27, 2020
DOLFAN
87 posts
Mike,
We had a blast. The High Intensity team wanted me to thank you and the staff very much for running an outstanding tournament. The first game felt weird playing since it had been so long. After that, it was all normal again. It was great seeing all the fellas from other teams with big ol smiles on their face....I guess we really do love this game of softball :-)
Tim D
May 27, 2020
Cowboy19
Men's 60
40 posts
Thanks Tim. You and.your team were a class act! Was nice to have the out of state teams come to our great state for a little Arizona hospitality. Except for getting a little behind on Some game times all went great. Thanks to all the teams and their fans for the cooperation with the guidelines the town of Fountain Hills set up at fields. Hope you all return to our great community some time. Take care.
May 27, 2020
Motofox133
28 posts
We played in the Fountain Hills tournament this weekend (55). Had a great time and Fountain Hills did there very best keep people apart.
This was the first time since all this craziness began that thing seemed kind of normal. I know I am not alone in stating that everybody had a great time playing the game that we all love. We spent alot of time at the part. People stayed pretty much with there team to keep as much social distancing as possible. Calif please take notes. If you are in one of the danger groups stay home. If you do play then stay away from people that might be at risk. Wear a mask when you go out side to be safe for the next 14 days. To keep from possibly spreading the virus to someone.

We just want to play.

Moving the SoCal Championship to Yuma is crazy it's going to be over hundred if not hotter. No one wants to play in that heat.

We are a greater risk playing in that kind of heat then getting sick from the virus.
June 15, 2020
OZ40
532 posts
Just curious..."On average, symptoms showed up in the newly infected person about 5 days after contact. Rarely, symptoms appeared as soon as 2 days after exposure. Most people with symptoms had them by day 12 ..."

Well I guess it later enough, anyone report any serious issues?

June 17, 2020
Cowboy19
Men's 60
40 posts
It appears we are all still healthy here in Arizona. Can’t speak for our California friends that came and played with us.



June 17, 2020
OZ40
532 posts
That is fantastic but not unexpected. I suspect the rest of the tournaments we are 'allowed' to play will have similar results. Eyes on the prize fellas! Soon we may be able to just play without all the hoops we have to jump through. Dare to dream!
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