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Discussion: Tourney Scheduling

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Feb. 4, 2008
Men's 60
349 posts
Tourney Scheduling
I was just wondering why more 50+ tourneys are not scheduled on 3 day weekends. Example the Gold Glove has the older teams playing on the weekend of Presidents Day and the 50+ the following weekend. Many of us still work in our 50's. A tourney on a 3 day weekend would allow many of us to stay overnight Sunday w/o taking a sick day and come home on Mon. As in my case and others we drive 7 hours Sunday evening to get home late for work the next day.
Most 60+ players are retired and have time to stay w/o taking sick time. Flying is an option but, scheduling return flights is tough. When you don't know exactly when your out of a tourney.
What do you guys think?
Feb. 4, 2008
Men's 65
885 posts
First of all, I play in the 60s. From my reading of several posts on this website and the way some tournaments are set up (i.e., Thursday and Friday), it appears there is a common mis-conception that we guys in the 60s are retirees.

I can tell you that is NOT the case. My team has NO ONE who is yet retired (Boaz Export Crating). We have a couple of guys who own their business so they are more flexible than most but everyone else has the same worries about using up vacation days to play during the week.

In fact, there is one drive-to tournament for us in Georgetown, TX scheduled for Thur/Fri that we will probably not play in because we don't want to spend vacation time for non-National tournaments.
Feb. 4, 2008
the wood
Men's 65
1123 posts
Larry, the Spring World that is in Palm Springs is scheduled for Thur - Sat. The absence of Sunday games suggests a field shortage.
As you know, we're also a 60s team and we do have 4 guys that are retired and a couple more that have the flexible work schedules... but that isn't like 10-12 guys that can play on Thursdays (for local/regional events). Yeah, it gets back to taking vacation days too early in the year.
There is also the 'back lash effect'... even if they do take the time off, who's to say that we'll have anyone to play? I wish that they would just cram the games into 2 days... Fri and Sat.
It is my guess that very few 60 teams have a majority of retirees. Damn, we're 60 and still playing ball? What a blessing.
We hope to see your team before long...
Feb. 5, 2008
Men's 65
885 posts
Bob, You're certainly right about the 'back lash' effect! Just because we take off to play on Thursday and Friday does not mean we will have anyone to play. In fact, historically, when we play in the Texas qualifiers, we wind up playing best two-out-of-three against 55 Major Plus teams. AND, in the prelims, we have played against 45-over and 50-over teams. Now, 10-15 years is a BIG spot! And those guys can RUN!
I like your closing...60+ and still playing ball. It is indeed a blessing and one I celebrate every day! I'm very much looking forward to seeing you and your "retooled" GSF bunch soon. LL
Feb. 5, 2008
Men's 60
88 posts
A subject dear to my heart. For the past 2 years I have been asking the question, 2day tournament, friday &
saturday. At 60+ I still work & plan to for awhile longer.
Vacation days are a premium, If fields are a issue,
find more fields or larger complexes. By the same
token. don't stretch a 2 day tournament into 3, or
3 day into 4 to justify economic commitments from
the cities.
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