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Discussion: Winter Nationals at Fort Myers

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Nov. 24, 2003
Paul P
Men's 65
52 posts
Winter Nationals at Fort Myers
I went, I saw, I played, Im peeved. Now let me see ,where do I start: a team is rated, pre-tournament as 55 Major, they play a 55 Major + team and were suddenly re-rated as AAA and given a 5 run cushion. My team is rated 55 major, play the same 55 Major + team and are treated as equals. Ok. Then we play the recently demoted AAA team and they have been PRO-moted to 55 major. Hmmmmm. Me so confused. To finish it off, at this very nice and well cared-for, 4-field complex, had 3 fields empty at the end of the tournament while we were kept waiting for 45 minutes to play our meaningless consolation round game on, yes, you guessed it, the 4th field, the only one being utilized. And yes, our umpire was waiting as well. Speaking of which, what is it with ONE umpire? Sorry for my ramblings, but ... needed to vent!!!

Nov. 30, 2003
59 posts
Paul, we are in agreement with your assessment of the Ft. Myers Winter Nationals. To travel that far and then learn upon your arrival that there was to be a "single elimination" championship is a rather discouraging joke. That's our last time to travel to "any" tournament prior to being assured of at least a double elimination championship bracketing. They failed to let the teams know this in advance, so that's the last time for us. As far as we are concerned, they can eliminate the seeding competition and implement a blind draw and double elimination.
Dec. 1, 2003
6 posts
I/we agree with both Paul and the reply. Sadly, this has been a trend in this organizing body. Less for the players, more for the organizers. One umpire, shortage of softballs, no concern for injured players, lousy fields in Mobile (not so in Ft Myers), cheap awards. Why do we play in this chicken s--t outfit?
Dec. 2, 2003
2 posts
You are correct. what a pooor organization. they do what they want and will tell you so. Its time that players/teams ban together for the best interst of softball. we can hurt them if we him them in the pocketbook. it takes a team effort and that means all teams.
Dec. 4, 2003
Men's 50
535 posts
I agreee. This past yr., I have been lied to, yes, lied to severl time. Before I go to an event I ask the following questions to the tournament directors: 1)How many games r we gauranteed? 2) What bats can we use? 3) What balls r we going to use? 4) How many teams r in my age & division? 5) @ WHAT TIME IS THE LAST GAME(S)? AS a MAJOR-MAJOR PLUS player in the 50 bracket, I do not need to play aganist 50 or 55 AA or AAA teams. If, there r not enough teams, I simply do not go to that event. What u do then is up to yer team & players. GOOD LUCK IN THE UP & COMING YR.
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