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May 25, 2011
Have Bat Will Travel
Men's 70
14 posts
What's up with the 65 Major and the 65 AA playing all their games at Golden Eagle while the 65 AAA have to play all their games at the worn out San Rafeal fields? Does not seem fair. Every team should have games at Golden Eagle.
June 5, 2011
2 posts
I feel your pain. We(50AA) had to play there too. I live in Reno and have hated Rancho for quite some time. I'm sure it was a solution to having so many teams but it still sucks. Maybe next year everyone from out of town should say they're not coming if they have to play at Rancho.
June 5, 2011
Men's 65
608 posts
I was part of the 65 Major group. I'm sure it had to do with numbers. They have to fit X number of teams into a schedule, I'm sure it's not an easy task. I've played on the fields you played at, you may have had less wind. Golden Eagle was a wind tunnel except for the championship game. We played games in 35+ MPH winds blowing out, blowing in, and blowing from foul pole to foul pole. You at least had an easy commute to the fields for sure. How many in your division?

A tip of the hat to SSUSA for running such a smooth tourney with such adverse weather conditions. Schedule stayed pretty much on time and umps did a great job.

Rob Robinson
Las Vegas 65's
June 5, 2011
Men's 65
885 posts
While I realize that each year the fields are rotated to the various skill levels, I will say that having major plus teams of any age play at Rancho is a mistake. With the skill of the players, the warning track came into play quite a bit. I play LCF for Guru and with that beach sand and the rocks on the "warning track", I think I made only one play where a ball was hit to the warning track. Really, once you hit that sand while running - and the warning track slanted uphill - it was all over. Also, the size of some of the rocks on the warning track could have turned an old guys' ankle. Luckily, I run so slow it was not as issue for me.

We played there on Tuesday and Thursday and the infields were like playing on concrete and the outfields had been aerated and the plugs were still on the fields. Worst fields I've ever played on in that level tournament.
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