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Discussion: Awards for championship teams

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Nov. 14, 2012
1 posts
Awards for championship teams
Just participated in the Winter Nationals and our team finished first out of 12 teams. The only award for individuals was a jacket that was obvioulsy purchased for less than $15.

With the amount of money we pay to enter these tournaments and the expense of travel, we have more investment in SSUSA than they put in us.

To win a National tournament with 12 competing teams, SSUSA must improve their awards.

We were told that this was the largest senior tournament East of the Mississippi. With 140 teams paying over $500 to enter, your choices for awards was at best, WEAK. (Sunglasses for 2nd place?)

Do the math. SSUSA can afford to give champions better awards.

Very disappointed!
Nov. 14, 2012
Men's 70
291 posts
Good grief! ... Grow up!
Nov. 14, 2012
Men's 50
2609 posts
Billymack, welcome to the exploitive world of senior softball.
Nov. 14, 2012
Men's 60
1718 posts
A jacket is way better than most prizes. Was it only one for the whole team?
Nov. 14, 2012
Men's 55
80 posts
Last year , our team received a Combat back pack ( half - sized ) bat / equipment bag with shoulder straps . Something like you would use to transport your gear while riding on a motor cycle . I have yet to see anyone on my team or anyone on any other team , utilize 1 of these "white elephants"....
Nov. 14, 2012
Men's 50
2609 posts
When did trophies and plaques become obsolete?
Nov. 14, 2012
Omar Khayyam
1243 posts
jimjoesgman, I actually play in league with a guy who uses that half-pack. He arrives on his Vespa! LOL

Gary19, about the time that entry fees started to soar from $125 to their present $500. Guys wanted more for their money than just a trophy for the sponsor (who often didn't exist). Now, it seems evident, they still aren't satisfied. I like the idea of sunglasses for second place—a welcome change from yet another shirt for my crowded closet.
Nov. 14, 2012
Men's 60
45 posts
You certainly deserved better for hitting as well as you did. Here is a link to your Team Picture and plaque.

Cheers to you from Edge softball #5.
Nov. 16, 2012
senior 55
3 posts
The awards sometimes motivate us to the next level.I remember getting three hats in a row (red,black and white)at the 50 major level and all I thought about was winning.Next I won A Tanel pullover for first and I became even move more moviated.Then 2012 the magical year came and I we won SPA,ISSA and SSUSA.We got the free ring for winning Las Vegas and when I showed it to my wife like the proudest man in the world,she remarked "free" that ring cost you over $12,0000.You know what ,she was right but I am stiil proud of it.
Nov. 17, 2012
316 posts
you actually get less awards in the winter worlds than you do in most qualifiers.when we won the winter world in vegas we got a tote bag and 2nd got a hat no all tourneys no mvps not even anything saying that you were even there very dissapointing
Nov. 18, 2012
Men's 60
349 posts
Bottom line in all this. Seniors are going to tourneys even though they complain about the prizes. Senior are going to tourneys even though entrance fees are going up. When customers are not satisfied with a product they usually don't use the product. At least cut back on the use of the product until something changes. As long as teams dish out the money for these tourneys and nothing changes except the cost. Who cares what your complaints are your going to show up anyway it's the only game in town. It's no different than people complaining about politicians and congress not doing their job. Yet, they vote in the same losers year after year.

"Stay thirsty my friends"
Nov. 18, 2012
Men's 50
2609 posts
boston, perhaps the big tourneys but 3 and 4 team brackets (or sometimes smaller and needing to combine brackets) are not signs "Seniors are going to tourneys".
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