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Discussion: SPA tournaments, Please for those who have attended in last few years

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March 10, 2008
Men's 65
4549 posts
SPA tournaments, Please for those who have attended in last few years
Is there any real difference in those as compared to SSUSA?
Why haven't they put on tournaments in CA.?
March 11, 2008
Men's 65
3146 posts
The only SSUSA qualifier that I have ever played was in Auburn, Al. and that has been a few years ago. As for SPA qualifiers, they used to be the majority of tournaments that we used to play. Since usually there are too few teams of each age and division, they are divided in to Gold and Silver, sometimes combining age groups, ie 50/55.
I'm sure someone can go into more detail.
I don't know why SPA isn't played in Ca.
March 11, 2008
Fred Scerra
Men's 80
542 posts
I have played in Dalton last year and I didn't see any difference. Same bats allowed.

The only difference is they have a weird way of handling game balls. It is kind of confusing and never could figure out why they did it that way.

Every mgr got softballs before the tournament. You would put yours in when your up and the opposing teams uses their softballs when they are up.

We all got the same softballs so I couldn't figure out why they did it that way.
March 11, 2008
Men's 50
26 posts
Fred they do this because in many tournamnets home run balls and foul balls go unattended. Players do not like shagging. So they figure players will chase their own balls and tournamnet sponsors will not have to provide and lose as many during the tournamnet.
March 11, 2008
Senior Moments
Men's 60
65 posts
The two (2) big differences that make SPA stand out is that they use 2 umpires in seeding games and they furnish a scorekeeper.

As a manager, this at least makes me think I am getting a little more for my money.
March 13, 2008
Men's 65
4549 posts
I for one would like to see them open the door here for perhaps a couple a year in central CA. The city of Fresno is finally becoming aware that it's good for the city. They bumped one tournament to allow NSA in. NSA is fine, but geared to younger teams and rarely has senior events.
If SPA can move west three states over from TX it may prove interesting. At least give another option.
Thanks for the comments guys. on the balls and scorekeeping. As for the combining ages, it is going on anyway. As for the balls, I've tried that. But usually paid some kids around to shag them or bought them meals, sodas for it.
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