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Discussion: SPA VS SSUA

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Nov. 11, 2011
Men's 70
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Just wanting to here from the teams that played in the reno spa tournament how was it run and what did the winners get for prizes compared to the ssus tournaments and would you play in it again thanks
Nov. 11, 2011
Omar Khayyam
1241 posts
Hello Budda12. I played in both Reno tournaments. I thought the SPA tournament was the better run but the attendance was dismal and made for a poor tournament because of lack of teams to properly bracket for competitive games.

I love the SSUSA Rock'n Reno tournament. My team goes there every year. How did SPA produce a better tournament? Two umpires at every game, not just finals. Consideration for older teams not having to play back to back games without an opportunity for a breather. Longer time scheduled for games so there were more 7-inning games completed. Different level of handicapping runs depending upon skills. Every bat inspected and stickered before being allowed (not a problem for me or my teammates since no one alters Mikens that I know of) but it did discover two bats on our team that were cracked, much to the surprise of the owners. Liked the personal touch after winning with a thank you from the directors, a team photo, and a prayer.

What do I like more about SSUSA? More teams, more accurate rankings, more timely reporting of results.

Both tournaments had good umps. Awards from SPA were a high-quality collared shirt for first place and a plaque for the team/sponsor. Our team will likely go to both tournaments again in 2012, hoping for more attendance at the SPA tournament.
Nov. 11, 2011
Men's 55
112 posts
I played in the SPA Reno tourney, and had a very good time. Yes the turn-out was poor, but the event was still run very well. We won our division (50 AAA) and received a great... photo op. That was it, promised a few things but, well, nothing. Too bad, I was looking forward to next year if more teams would go. Not sure now.
Don't get me wrong, I don't play for the prizes, play for fun. But I don't like being lied to either. Like I said it was a fun tourney, that's why I'm on the fence about next year (if there is one).

Nov. 12, 2011
Men's 55
112 posts
Well, I stand corrected. Just got a shirt today promised by SPA. Now I guess I have nothing to complain about. Hope more teams schedule this next year. Golden Eagle in Sparks is the best facility I've seen. Again well run tourney.
Nov. 12, 2011
Men's 55
249 posts
This is a little off the topic of the thread, but NSA approved Senior Bats, and rumor has it the Nevada director may throw a couple tournaments. Not sure about any details, but rumor I heard is that Tournaments will be two day events. Be nice to have a few options for Senior ball.
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