MAJORS AND MAJOR-PLUS FROM 21 STATES FLOCK TO DALTON

by Ho Hoffman 11. July 2013 21:47

 

SPA WORLD TOURNAMENT DRAWS 41 TEAMS IN 50,55,60 DIVISIONS

DALTON, GEORGIA – FORTY-ONE TEAMS FROM TWENTY-ONE STATES will be squaring off July 18, 19, 20 and 21 at DALTON, GEORGIA'S HERITAGE POINT PARK to determine the top 50, 55 and 60 MAJOR and MAJOR PLUS teams in the 2013 SPA MENS' MAJOR/MAJOR PLUS WORKD CHAMPIONSHIPS.

What a turnout,” SPA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR RIDGE HOOKS exclaimed. “I think this shows the MAJORS and MAJOR PLUS teams realize SPA has responded to their needs and requests to hold a MAJOR/MAJOR PLUS friendly WORLD TOURNAMENT.”

The requests came from the 2012 SPA PLAYER SURVEY, discussions with SPA Tournament Directors, phone calls and e-mails to the SPA office and informal meetings with SPA representatives.

We took into consideration everything the Majors and Major plus teams asked about ,” HOOKS said, “That included the softballs, home run rule, runs per inning rule, tournament format and scheduling just to name a few of the more common ones.”

The response was tremendous, especially when you consider the teams participating are from as far west as WASHINGTON STATE, CALIFORNIA; south to FLORIDA, GEORGIA, TEXAS; east to NY, NJ, Maryland and north to MICHIGAN.

States represented are ARIZONA, ARKANSAS, CALIFORNIA, COLORADO, FLORIDA, GEORGIA, ILLINOIS, INDIANA, KENTUCKY, MARYLAND, MICHIGAN, NEW JERSEY, NEW YORK, NORTH CAROLINA, OHIO, PENNSYLVANIA, SOUTH CAROLINA,TENNESSEE, TEXAS, VIRGINIA and WASHINGTON.

The schedule maker will have his work cut out for him, especially in the 50 MAJOR DIVISION with SIXTEEN TEAMS facing off in pool play then the double-elimination bracket to decide one grand winner.

The 55'S and 60's MAJORS each have seven teams in their brackets, while five teams are entered in the 60-MAJOR PLUS; four in the 50 MAJOR PLUS and two in the 55 MAJOR PLUS.

I guess that proves what the MAJOR and MAJOR PLUS teams have been telling the organizations all along,” HOOKS said, “We don't mind being rated MAJORS and MAJOR PLUS, just give us some tournaments to play in where there are lots of other MAJORS and MAJOR PLUS teams. We just want to play.”

With the huge response for the DALTON WORLDS, HOOKS is planning on trying to schedule other MAJOR and MAJOR PLUS tournaments in 2014.

If we can get the locations and the teams to commit, I would love to try and put together a couple of MAJOR and MAJOR-PLUS only tournaments,” HOOKS said, “We owe it to the MAJOR and MAJOR-PLUS teams to find them places to play. We (SPA) put them in those classes and it is up to us to give them tournaments to play. We will definitely see what we can do for 2014”

 

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MARIETTA, GEORGIA HAS “PEACH” OF A TOURNEMENT

by Ho Hoffman 8. July 2013 14:54

         PEACH STATE CLASSIC DRAWS THIRTY-FIVE TEAMS

MARIETTA, GEORGIA – SPA'S highest attended tournament in the SOUTH ( except for the DALTON WORLDS) again filled the AL BISHOP COMPLEX to capacity drawing THIRTY-FIVE teams to theannual MARIETTA, GEORGIA event.

The JUNE 20-23 TOURNAMENT could have easily had more teams if it had not been limited due to field availability. As it was TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR ROBBIE FAUCETT had to stop taking entries in mid-May, six weeks prior to the start of the event.

I just wish we had more room for more teams,” FAUCETT said, “I hate when we have to turn away teams. Teams who have attended in the past know we fill up quickly and they get their entry in way ahead of time to make sure they have a spot.”

!n 2014, FAUCETT may get his wish. Because of renovations which will be made at the AL BISHOP COMPLEX, the tournament may be moved to a complex with more fields until AL BISHOP'S remodeling is completed..”

They will be renovating AL BISHOP complex next year, so we will probably have to move for a year,” FAUCETT said, “ We already have the other facility picked out and it isn't that far from AL BISHOP. As soon as everything is confirmed we will make the announcement, so the teams can sign up early.”

FAUCETT firmly believes the secret to getting teams to attend not only the PEACH STATE CLASSIC but any tournamentis three things.

The biggest factor is retention to hold the teams that have been coming,” he explained, “and to retain teams you have to start early each year with your planning and I mean real early, like six months ahead.”

You can never plan too early or too much. Good planning is essential for any tournament,” FAUCETT added,” Finally and probably the most important, remember to treat the teams attending your tournament the way you would want to be treated at any tournament you attend.”

One of the planning issues, FAUCETT concentrates on most is to make certain the divisions have ample teams in them.

I really work hard on trying to get enough (minimum of four teams) in each group so they don't have to play the same team over-and-over again in pool and bracket play,” the TD explained, “This way you can really have very competitive and exciting games.”

This year'sevent did just that with THIRTY-FIVE teams distributed among SEVEN COMPETITIVE DIVISIONS andwith no team playing out of it's age bracket.

Results of the PEACH STATE TOURNAMENT are as follows:

In the seven-team 50 PLATINUM group LANGSTON PAINTING ran the table inbracket play beating the KRYSTAL BALLERS 21-6 in the first round followed by a 25-21 win over MONSTER SOFTBALL 25-21. The “PAINTERS” then eked out a 29-28 verdict over ADIKTIVE SPORTS and finished off the run beating the “BALLERS” again in the title game, this time 21-6.

Runner-Up honors went to KRYSTAL BALLERS with ADIKTIVE SPORTS third. Rounding out the field were SOUTHERN ELITE, DT EXPRESS and ATL. MONARCH/MIKEN.

DOC C'S also ran the table going 3-0 in bracket play to take thesix- team 55 GOLD DIVISION. DOC'S started their march to the 55 GOLD TITLE beating COLUMBUS 55's 26-25, and then DIXIE SENIORS 20-16. In the title game they knocked off COLUMBUS 55's again, this time by a 20-5 count.

The OG'S 55's; ATLANTA RECYCLING and BY GRACE REDEEMED were the other teams in the bracket,

COLUMBUS LX went 4-0 in bracket play to win the largest division, the eight-team 60 GOLD group. COLUMBUS LX did it by beating MEMPHIS VETERANS 22-7, FMSI 9-8, L&M 16-9 and FMSI 27-12 in the title game.

Others in the 60 GOLD BRACKET were TAG TEAM, GA/AL, FLIP DOW and STRYKERS.

CUSTOM GRAPHICS survived a couple of close calls to win the five- team 65 GOLD group. The GRAPHICS squad started their title run beating TENNESSEE RV 15-4, escaped with an 11-10 win over SPORTS LETTERING and finished with a close 16-13 victory over BORDER STATES. The fifth team in the bracket was EXTREME HEAT.

BALE CHEVROLET took the top prize in the three-team 65 PLATINUM BRACKET by beating both of their competitors. BALE opened with a 23-10 win over PANHANDLE HITMEN and finished it off beating runner-up BEACH BOYZ 24-23 in a close one.

The 70 GOLD saw four teams GA CLASSICS, GA NUGGETS, LEIDEN'S LEGENDS and SENIOR MOMENTS square off for the title.

The NUGGETS had to fight off the CLASSICS for the crown in an “IF” game 18-17. The CLASSICS set up the title match by coming out of the loser's bracket and beating the NUGGETS 16-10.

In the 75+ GOLD match-up, PENSACOLA RIPTIDE downed GEORGIA MISMATCH in two straight (19-13,22-7) to win the best two-out-of-three and the championship.

All teams who finished first and/or second at the SPA PEACH STATE CLASSIC earned spots in the SPA 2013 WORLD SERIES in the HOUSTON, TEXAS SPORTSPLEX OCTOBER 31-NOVEMBER 3, 2013.

 

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NOTHING LITTLE AT SPA LITTLE ROCK TOURNEY

by Ho Hoffman 8. July 2013 14:48

       ARKANSAS SPA SENIOR NIT A BIG HIT AT KIMERY PARK

HOT SPRINGS, ARKANSAS - TEN DIVISION winners took home the GOLD at the LITTLE ROCK SENIOR SOFTBALL INVITATIONAL held at KIMERY PARK June 20-23.

Actually everyone went home a winner as TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR DAWNE BROOK gave t-shirts to every player who participated in the tournament.

DAWNE runs a great tournament,” SPA ASSISTANT EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR LAYLA BRYAN said, “She is so well organized, her tournaments always seen to go off without a hitch and she always makes certain everyone who attends goes home with something to remember the tournament by.”

Not only did all the players receive something, nearly half of the twenty-two teams won a first place award.

Maybe one of the largest 80+ Divisions in any 2013 senior qualifier showed up at the ARKANSAS event. Three teams battled it out for the top spot with the TEXAS CLASSICS out dueling both the SOUTHEAST STARS and ROADRUNNERS for the top spot.

In the 75+ group, the TEXAS GREYHOUNDS found themselves all alone in that division following pool play and was awarded 75+ DIVISION CROWN.

The 70+ AAA showdown boiled down to a battle between HARRIS AUCTION and TEXAS GREYHOUNDS 70's with the AUCTIONEERS offering the top bid to edge out the GREYHOUNDS for the title.

The 70+AA saw CRACKERBOX, SEGURA FARMS and SMITH FIRE finish 1-2-3 in the three-team bracket.

In another threesome battle, CARRIAGE HOMES built themselves the top spot finishing ahead of OKLAHOMA OKIES and OKLAHOMA RELICS to win the 65 AAA title.

After pool play the DALLAS SPURS found themselves all alone in the 65 AA bracket and was awarded the 65 AA TITLE.

In the 60 AAA group, the big noise was supplied by the KC THUNDER as they took the top spot in the division ahead of the NATURALS and TEAM 454.

OKLAHOMA MUDCATS took the 55+ title while TEAM ARKANSAS was the 50+ MAJOR champ.

Four teams fought it out for the 50AAA title with the RHINOS taking the top spot followed by ELITE 50, CARRIAGE HOME and PRIME CHOICE.

All teams who finished first and/or second at the ARKANSAS SENIOR SOFTBALL INVITATIONAL earned spots in the SPA 2013 WORLD SERIES in the HOUSTON, TEXAS SPORTSPLEX OCTOBER 31-NOVEMBER 3, 2013.

 

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SPA COLUMBUS HEART OF OHIO HAS BIG TURNOUT

by Ho Hoffman 5. July 2013 11:42

   CHANGE OF DATES FROM JULY TO JUNE IS A NON-FACTOR

 

COLUMBUS,OHIO – The SPA HEART of OHIO TOURNAMENT showed if you have a good tournament, changing your normal annual dates to another time has little or no effect.

The COLUMBUS, OHIO tournament which has been a staple JULY EVENT the previous years had to move to late-June this year and TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR LARRY MILLIRON was not sure what effect the change would have on the attendance.

It wasn't just the calendar change that worried me,”MILLIRON said,” We were running the COLUMBUS tournament only two weeks after THEE BUCKEYE CLASSIC and I wasn't sure if teams would want to come back to Ohio two weeks later.”

MILLIRON shouldn't have worried. Despite having the SPA BIG CAT TOURNAMENT (CLEVELAND); SPA FIRST FLIGHT (DAYTON) and THEE SPA BUCKEYE CLASSIC (AKRON?BARBERTON) all being held within a two-month span prior tothe COLUMBUS event, the HEART of OHIO had a good turnout.

We drew thirty-eight teams, which was only a drop of three from 2012,” MILLIRON said, “Now that teams are aware of the new dates for THE HEART OF OHIO TOURNAMENT, we should expect attendance to increase in 2014.”

The 38 teams were split among NINE DIVISIONS, including a 55- MAJOR group of five teams.

MOTOWN STARS made sweet music as they edged DOCS twice 26-21 and 17-16 to win the 55 MAJOR CROWN. Others in the five-team group were WHOLESALE BUILDERS, SMITH'S LAMINATING and DECLAIRE INSURANCE.

In the largest grouping, eight 50AAA teams went at it to determine the champion. When the dust cleared the CHICAGO PRIME stood alone at the top after disposing of BRICKYARD 19-16 in the title game.

Others in the bracket were UNIVERSAL MECHANICAL, BIG TEN TEAM, BUCKEYE CLASSICS,MICHELLE'S BOYZ, DAYTON LEGENDS and AUTOSMART RADIO.

The four team 55-AAA bracket saw the MINUTEMEN/SFS beat the DAYTON LEGENDS 22-17 and 21-10 to take top prize. ANTIQUE ROADSHOW and GOLDEN VIPERS rounded out the bracket.

Another good turnout saw six teams battle for the 60AAA championship. The CHICAGO CLASSICS defeated the DAYTON LEGENDS 18-9 to grab the gold ring. The other four teams competing in the bracket were BRICKYARD CLASSICS, ZEPPELIN, MIAMI LAKE SPORTS and DAYTON CLASSICS.

U.S. DOT JOBS/INDY took the 65AA trophy back home to INDIANA by beating the DAYTON LEGENDS 22-12 in the championship contest. The CHICAGO STRIKERS was the third team in the bracket.

A hometown team won the 65AAA crown..UNIVERSAL MECHANICAL/COSSA defeated DOC MARTENS 24-12.. WRIGHT STATE ORTHOPEDIC rounded out the three-team bracket.

In a pair of best two-out-of- three battles, CENTRAL OHIO 70's beat the DAYTON LEGENDS 11-10 in the deciding third game for the 70AA title while MICHIANA MERCHANTS beat the INDIANAPOLIS CLASSICS 23-13 and 18-10 for the 70AAA crown.

A good turnout in the 75 DIVISION saw five teams battle for the title. INDY CROWNS edged PEPCO ELECTRIC 14-13 to claim the top prize. Rounding out the field were MILLER'S MICHIGAN, MICHIGAN LAKERS and COSSA 75's.

All teams who finished first and/or second at SPA HEART OF OHIO TOURNAMENT earned spots in the SPA 2013 WORLD SERIES in the HOUSTON, TEXAS SPORTSPLEX OCTOBER 31-NOVEMBER 3, 2013.

 

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About the Editor

Ho Hoffman of Wadsworth,Ohio is a sports writer for the Medina (Ohio) Gazette daily newspaper. Hoffman also has been playing competitive softball for nearly sixty years and 3,000 games starting in the adult fast pitch leagues as a teenager and continuing through into today's 70's senior division.  

Hoffman for the past twenty years has also been playing on senior softball travel teams. In addition, he along with Red Bole are the tournament directors of the highly successful SPA Ohio Buckeye Classic June senior softball tournament which last year drew 77 teams, in the 50, 55, 60, 65, 70 and 75 AA and AAA only divisions. 

He is also married. He and his wife Sue have three sons who are also active in softball and baseball. The youngest Matt plays adult slo-pitch softball, Mike plays Roy Hobbs 40-and over baseball and Marc is the founder, owner and president of U.S. Baseball Academy, the nation's largest baseball training program.

 

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