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Discussion: Stop the 3 day tournaments

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May 24, 2012
Men's 55
5 posts
Stop the 3 day tournaments
Fellow senior players, I'm I the only one that finds the 3 day tournaments a waste of time and money? Playing 2 games on Friday is a joke. The added expense of an extra hotel night (and meals)along with taking a day off from work. The Glen Burnie Tournament went to a 2 day format due to complaints from teams. Hopefully, more tournaments will due the same.
May 24, 2012
mad dog
Men's 65
4153 posts
jerseyboy,it seems the 60's are abused the most over this...we start on fridays with all our tourneys and are told we might have to play sunday,so make plans to stay an extra day,while all the other divs play/pay only 2 would be nice not having to pay for that extra day like the rest of the divs.....oh by the way
,i'm not talking about the bigger tourney's,this is for just the qualifiers.....
May 24, 2012
Men's 65
4549 posts
Don't particularly like 3 day events, BUT how are you wise ones going to get 700 games into two days with only the same amount of fields available? < Reno, PHX examples.>
The smaller events that only have say 36 teams (6 fields or what ever could easily do it. I've read events from the past on here they could have done it in one day.
However cost to assn is also figured in # of fields and time in city as just 2 factors.
If you haven't put one on, try it.
Also don't care for the Sat -Mon events either. Both are costly for those at those ages involved.
Major ones like Reno and PHX max out on field use availability. The smaller qualifiers only are sometime lucky to get filled. Past history should reflect teams #'s drawn to it, and go from there.
Not familiar with GB at all. Glad you got your 2 day event in all that.
May 24, 2012
238 posts
I don't think anyone has a problem if the number of teams warrant 3 days. In Deleware this year, we were the last game played and were done at 3:00 (no other teams were left in the lot) - this was followed by Sat. @ 3:00 PM (we were again the last team to leave the lot) and Sunday was (AS FORECASTED) rained out. Very poor management.

Yes, the days off from work and extra hotel night is a beig deal on those tournaments that just don't have many games.
May 24, 2012
Men's 65
438 posts
We like the three day tournaments
May 24, 2012
Men's 60
544 posts
May 24, 2012
Men's 70
740 posts
I like the three day tourneys. great to get away and relax. It does get expensive sometime but I treat them like mini vacations. I would rather go to a softball field and use up vacation time than almost anything else. Although I saw some pictures of the scenery at the beach the other day and I might be changing my mind. Thanks Harry
May 24, 2012
Men's 65
885 posts
I'm with the guys who like the 3 day tourneys mainly for the reason Harry mentioned. The time off in the afternoons (usually) I can spend with the wife sightseeing or shopping (her favorite)!
May 24, 2012
526 posts
Birdie and Double 10 are correct. Most of our wives travel and they deserve some time. We prefer "2" days for the small qualifers and "3" days for the ring tournies. Keep in mind only a few teams advance to day "3" (or "4") in the bigger ones and for some it is a 2 day tourney. Also, being 65s, we really don't like night games. It is harder for us to pick up the ball. Don't mind an x-tra day if it wipes out night games.
May 25, 2012
mad dog
Men's 65
4153 posts
as you guys can see by my post,it is the qualifiers that are the prol,not the big tourneys.when ya have 6-7 teams,you should be able to do that in 2 days.....and really for the quals it is ONLY the 60's that get hung up doing the 3 days
May 25, 2012
489 posts
Just looked at the 65's for the Vegas world in Oct. and it is scheduled for 4 days. There will probably on be 4-6 65 major plus teams there and they say 4 days.
Who has played in a 4 day event?
Turn Two
May 25, 2012
Men's 65
3146 posts
Good luck Donnie!!
Now that I'm retired I would like the play Thursday through Saturday.
May 26, 2012
Men's 55
580 posts
Donnie, 5 years ago we went to Palm Springs CA to play in the Senior Softbal World Series as a 50 major plus team. It was a four day tourny, bracket games the first two days then 2E the next two. It was nice because it was in Palm Springs and we won it:) The weather was great, there was lots to do when not playing.
Now four days in Columbus GA in out of the question!!!!
May 26, 2012
489 posts
I think I do remember the palm springs tourney being a 4 day years ago. We only went 1 time and they may be why we never went back.
May 26, 2012
Men's 50
891 posts
I seem to remember when I started playing senior softball (7 years ago) that most of these tournaments were 4 days. At least it's down to 3 now, not everyone is retired!

They do need to drop the third day in tournaments (NW, SW Championships) when there are only local teams in them. No reason to be playing on Friday afternoons in those.
May 26, 2012
Men's 55
80 posts
3 Days ! How about 4 ! Take for instance Plano . We have played there at least 5 or 6 times . You leave home on Wednesday & get back on the following Monday . But , the real kicker to some of these tournaments is that a lot of times during the seeding , you play 1 game on a particular day .
May 26, 2012
Men's 65
839 posts
There are many times that 3 days is definitely not necessary, but I like getting away for the 3 days, so not so many games in a day, and time to relax and enjoy the stay. With these larger type tournaments, SSUSA cannot predict which brackets will have how many teams, so they do the best thing possible, and assume 3 days for all divisions.

Jawood, you're correct about the 4 day tournaments in the past. I remember that we played 4 seeding games, then double elimination. Therefore, a 6 game guarantee, which I liked as well.

SSUSA commits to cities in advance, and have to honor those commitments. In addition, SSUSA gets $$$$ kickbacks, which is supposed to keep our entry fees lower, besides putting monies in their pockets. I am all for them making the extra monies, but keep the entry fees down.

The only tournaments that really require 3 days in my opinion are: The Worlds in Sept/Oct, Reno, and the T.O.C.

Andy Smith,

55/60 Major
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