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March 7, 2011
66 posts
I would like to thank the softball teams who took part in the first ever Tennessee SSWC Qualifier in Chattanooga this past weekend; the staff of the "Summit of Softball" complex in Chattanooga where the tournament was played; and the umpires who worked the event. The tournament contended with some miserable weather conditions (rain on Saturday and temperatures in the 30's on Sunday) but the teams persevered, the staff at the complex kept the fields playable and gave the teams the opportunity to play a full complement of games over the two days and the two umpires (Bill Bagley of NC and Aristotle Huffman of TN) were out in that weather for every pitch and they both did an excellent job.

This complex is an outstanding facility and they have a staff to match. This tournament has the potential to grow into a large SSWC Qualifier in future years.

Hats off go to Dale McWhorter, SSUSA Southeast Regional Director, who helped launch the tournament. Congratulations also go to DT Express of Calhoun, GA who won the 50/55 Gold Division and to Huffman Electric of Carolton, GA who won the 60/65 AAA Division.
March 8, 2011
Men's 65
252 posts
Hey Steve, what is the reason for having this Tourney 1st weekend in March ? The weather you had was petty normal for this time of year in those hills.
March 8, 2011
66 posts

I wasn't involved with the scheduling so I can only guess at the answer but I'm thinking it had 1.) to do with available dates at the complex and 2.) wanting to avoid conflicts with other senior tournaments in the Southeast region at this time of year. You will be pleased to hear that SSUSA has already started making inquiries about reserving this same complex at a later date (perhaps late April or early May) in 2012.
March 8, 2011
Men's 65
335 posts
Steve and JohnBob,
It was the availability of the Complex and Steve you are right that they are already talking about a later date for next year.
These are some of the nicest fields that one can play on, even this weekend where the weather was cold and wet. As Steve said the games were still played and the conditions weren't that bad except for that North wind.
Steve was good seeing you again and talking about the SPA from 2008 and the fun our teams had that year in the finals. Most of that team was playing in the 60/65 group only on two different teams now.
Great job Steve on running the tourney under the conditions that the weather presented. I would expect that this tourney will grow with leaps and bounds!!!!!!!
JohnBob were waiting till it gets real hot for you to come South.

The Hitman
March 9, 2011
Men's 60
240 posts
Hitman, I had planned on going to the Summit and watching some of the games, but I didn't think that you guys would get to play. I live about 25 miles from the fields and we had 2 5/8" of rain on Sat. and Sun. Now I'm sorry that I didn't. If they move the tournament to April or May I think it will be a great one. The Summit is far enough south for the southern teams and far enough north for the northern teams.
What teams were there.
March 10, 2011
Men's 65
252 posts
Thanks Steve,later would be better and warmer.
Hitman,ya we like it HOT like it was in Birmingham last Aug with 110 heat index at 10 am. lol How's your back a knee's doing ?
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