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Discussion: thoughts on FLA NAPLES

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Nov. 22, 2008
Men's 55
580 posts
thoughts on FLA NAPLES
Played the 50 major and major plus at Collier for BB. The fields were nice and 325. Saturday moved everyone to Veterns with 300 fences and the infields were "okay" at best. Hint, drag them everyonce in a while!
The boxes were dug out from playing all day. (put a mat in)
Behind the outfield fences there was so much growth (bushes and trees) and some sort of building that had a fence around it so that you lost half the home run balls that we had to buy. Then on Sunday back to Collier. It's not easy switching from a 325 to 300 to 325 outfield. It does change the game. Next year, same fields for the entire tourny.Or at least the same size field.
Nov. 24, 2008
3 posts
Collier field was never dragged from 11 AM to 7 PM on Saturday ... we played 4 games in a row and our team never left the fields ... the infields were very bumpy ... they come out in between games and raked around the batters box ... that was it
Dec. 1, 2008
47 posts
i play lc for amr 50 majors .... i know their has been a lot of talk about safety issues on this site. i'd like to bring one up that i haven't seen yet, and i'm sure all who played lc @ veterans park @ the winter nationals in ft myers can attest to this as well. i'm not sure which field# but as you walk up it's the 1st field on the right, we played a game there on saturday and i was stunned that in lc there was a tree with a thick branch sticking right over the fence into the playing field. anyone who was going hard after a fly ball in that area surely took a chance of being impaled by that branch. seriously guys, how hard, and how much trouble could it be to get out a chainsaw and cut that branch down. i can't tell you how many times i turned around during the game and looked @ that branch, not believing it was there. this could have caused a very serious injury to anyone lf or lc that ventured into that area to run down a fly ball. by the way on field #3, how much common sense does it take to not play a game @ 8am on that field. the sun is directly in the eyes of both teams when they are hitting. i can say i don't ever remember seeing so many people strike out swinging, and during their ab just swinging and missing. by 9am the sun was not an issue, why was the game not started @ 9am. is it possible the bcs had a hand in this. it's amazing that common sense seems to not be a factor in anything anymore.
Dec. 1, 2008
Men's 55
46 posts
Florida fields as a whole are mediocre. The grass in the outfields are usually manicure and fairly nice. But, the batter boxes are a joke. Every field the boxes, especially for right handers are never fill in and tamped. They just fill in the craters with loose dirt or sand. I rarely seen that problem out West. I do not know who to bitch too, so I will do it here. Playing the 55 AAAs we also had problems with the sun for the 8AM games. Bob
Dec. 4, 2008
Men's 60
20 posts
Good morning Ray, still growling about that weak swing eh? :-)
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