FP: Al's "Top 10" Challenge

FP: Al's "Top 10" Challenge

Post by Phenix Mgt Int' » Tue, 30 Jan 1996 04:00:00


I posted this some time ago but it got burried and no responses.  This
is a CHALLENGE to all fastpitch fans to pick their favorite upcoming
tournaments for 1996... so we can plan our summer.  Pick one, two, or
ten, its up to you.

Maybe we can keep this thread going by predicting what the best
tournament overall will be this summer, based on whaterver criteria is
important to YOU, the fan.  Let me share my criteria:
1. have attended the tournament in the past and/or have heard lots
about it.
2. have heard some of the promo for the event for this year.

If anyone found the time to read some of the material I wrote last
summer while travelling the country, you will already know I rate the
tournaments on the overall package in the park, the quality of the
ball, spirit of the teams, local support for the event, etc.  I still
get the odd kudo from a fan who has found some of my old stuff on
Slugger's Softball page or Fastpitch Forum, making it all worthwhile.

I will make a few quick predictions now, see what kind of reaction it
gets, and hopefully we get this string really going, with apologies to
Ray for butting in on his posting,,,,,, but he did say "Best summer
tournaments".

My Prediction for best summer tournaments... men's fastpitch.
1. the Perth Shootout.... one of a kind event... will have Team Canada
and Team Australia, The North Americans (all native team... Straight
Arrow Program), Toronto Gators, etc.... this is what a fastpitch
tournament is all about.  You will hear more on this, soon.
2. ISF's... held every 4th year, ... this year in Midland Michigan,
one of the nicest places and the best park ever for FP.  Teams from
all over the world.... Jul 5-13.... watch for more.
3. Canadians!  Waterloo Ontario, this August.  I am posting this one
tonight later on the Fastpitch Forum.  Great town, great park ....
Hillside Park,..... a real keeper.... and tickets are on sale now.....
stay tuned.

I have been to all of the above places, had fun, and hear that the
line up of talent for this year is even better.... so those are my
predictions so far, but I will have more.  I am also looking fwd to
taking in some of the women's tournaments and championships but will
need your help here.

Over to you fans!

"At the Ball Park"
    Al Doran

--
Phenix Management Int'l
Richmond Hill, ON  CANADA

www.io.org/~pmi

 
 
 

FP: Al's "Top 10" Challenge

Post by Kevin Kinzn » Wed, 31 Jan 1996 04:00:00

Al,

My vote goes to the Seattle Invitational  by virtue of its geographic
proximity to me.   They usually get at least one top team to the tourney,
such as Miller Toyota, Toronto Gators(2 years ago), Page Brake, the
former Guanella Bros(a couple of years ago).  Last year Piechnik threw
for Victoria.  Jimmy Moore threw last year also for his masters team.  
About five years ago I went and saw this guy throwing for a team and I
told all my friends that this guy was going to be good.  He carried a
poor Vancouver Magicians team, turns out he was pretty good.  
I'm sure this isn't the best tourney but it's the best around here.  The
best tourney I ever saw was the Softball Challenge in New Westminster 3
years ago.  They had all the great teams and throwers there such as Zack,
Underwood, Tangaroa, White, Seaman, Piechnik, Bell and others.

Kevin Kinzner

 
 
 

FP: Al's "Top 10" Challenge

Post by Phenix Mgt Int' » Wed, 31 Jan 1996 04:00:00

Great Posting Kevin!

What are the dates of the Seattle Invitational in 96?

Let's see if we can keep this thread going FP fans, surely we can get
more postings on this thread than some dumb posting on *** donors.

FP Fans, post your favorite tournaments for 96!

Thanks,
Al Doran

: My vote goes to the Seattle Invitational  by virtue of its geographic
: proximity to me.   They usually get at least one top team to the tourney,
: such as Miller Toyota, Toronto Gators(2 years ago), Page Brake, the
: former Guanella Bros(a couple of years ago).  Last year Piechnik threw
: for Victoria.  Jimmy Moore threw last year also for his masters team.  
: About five years ago I went and saw this guy throwing for a team and I
: told all my friends that this guy was going to be good.  He carried a
: poor Vancouver Magicians team, turns out he was pretty good.  
: I'm sure this isn't the best tourney but it's the best around here.  The
: best tourney I ever saw was the Softball Challenge in New Westminster 3
: years ago.  They had all the great teams and throwers there such as Zack,
: Underwood, Tangaroa, White, Seaman, Piechnik, Bell and others.

: Kevin Kinzner

--
Phenix Management Int'l
Richmond Hill, ON  CANADA

www.io.org/~pmi

 
 
 

FP: Al's "Top 10" Challenge

Post by Kevin Kinzn » Thu, 01 Feb 1996 04:00:00

The Seattle Invitational is held on the weekend around the 4th of July,
either before or after depending on where the fourth falls.

Kevin Kinzner

 
 
 

FP: Al's "Top 10" Challenge

Post by DebLauba » Thu, 01 Feb 1996 04:00:00

Some criteria I look for in watching or umpiring a tournament (I know this
will sound selfish) but:

Will there be alot of shade trees, pretty scenry?  What is the parking
like?  Are the hotels reasonable nearby?  What is the format of the game
schedules?  Will there be college coaches there to hype up the level of
play a notch (it is amazing what otherwise ordinary players can do when
they are watched by scouts-- good for them and their self-esteem, too).  
What sites around the city are there to enjoy?  The LAST thing on my mind
is the umpire fee, for those of you wondering.  I have worked plenty of
qood quality free-bees in my day.

The Canada tourneys listed by Al sound terrific.  I have heard that the
Colorado tourneys around the July 4th time frame are dynamite.  Most
tourneys around the Sacramento area are top notch; well organized, etc.

See ya on the diamond,
deB

 
 
 

FP: Al's "Top 10" Challenge

Post by XCAT » Thu, 01 Feb 1996 04:00:00

Nobody puts on a better men's major tournament than Kimberly, WI - site of
this years ISC World Tournament
 
 
 

FP: Al's "Top 10" Challenge

Post by Fastse » Thu, 01 Feb 1996 04:00:00

I would have to agree that the Seattle  Invite is one of the best
tournaments in the world. I have enjoyed playing in it for many years and
look forward to this years tourney.

Thanks
Terry Bell
Formerly with Surrey Ravens
With Victoria Payless for 96

 
 
 

FP: Al's "Top 10" Challenge

Post by Phenix Mgt Int' » Fri, 02 Feb 1996 04:00:00

Great Posting:  the issues you raise about the park, the location,
hotels, etc. are part of the "total package" that one considers
when looking back on a tournament.  Midland Michigan for example
has just about everything a fan could want. More on that later.

thanks,

Al Doran

DebLauback
: Some criteria I look for in watching or umpiring a tournament (I know this
: will sound selfish) but:

: Will there be alot of shade trees, pretty scenry?  What is the parking
: like?  Are the hotels reasonable nearby?  What is the format of the game
: schedules?  Will there be college coaches there to hype up the level of
: play a notch (it is amazing what otherwise ordinary players can do when
: they are watched by scouts-- good for them and their self-esteem, too).  
: What sites around the city are there to enjoy?  The LAST thing on my mind
: is the umpire fee, for those of you wondering.  I have worked plenty of
: qood quality free-bees in my day.

: The Canada tourneys listed by Al sound terrific.  I have heard that the
: Colorado tourneys around the July 4th time frame are dynamite.  Most
: tourneys around the Sacramento area are top notch; well organized, etc.

: See ya on the diamond,
: deB

--
Phenix Management Int'l
Richmond Hill, ON  CANADA

www.io.org/~pmi

 
 
 

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Post by Jazzso » Fri, 02 Feb 1996 04:00:00

The Pacific Brokers Canada Cup is the best women's tournament we've played
in. Softball City is a great complex and the people, Glenn Todd,Greg
Timmons and all the rest are first class.
Don Dykstra
 
 
 

FP: Al's "Top 10" Challenge

Post by Phenix Mgt Int' » Mon, 05 Feb 1996 04:00:00

: Nobody puts on a better men's major tournament than Kimberly, WI - site of
: this years ISC World Tournament

While in Sioux City last summer for the 95' ISC's I heard a lot of
people say many good things about Kimberly, great park, well organized,
etc. but many of the regulars sais they did not plan to go, for one
major reason:  "there are no reserved seats".

Can anyone explain why a major championship like this would be held
without having reserved seats?  I have only been to two ISC's, 94' in
Summerside PEI (greatest tournament ever); 95' in Sioux City IA (not so
great); plus ASA's in Midland MI in 95' (very good tournament) and ALL
had reserved seats.

If this seems a trivial point, I can assure you that this fan does not
think so.  Also many of the other "regulars" those that attend all the
major tournaments are troubled by it.  When you have 10 days of games,
and multiple fields to watch games on, you would like to be able to come
and go and find your seat available in the main stands on your return.  
With no reserved seating, you could not even take a bio bread for fear
someone will take your seat.

Kimberly sounds wonderful, but why no reserved seats?

Al Doran
Phenix Management Int'l
Richmond Hill, ON  CANADA

www.io.org/~pmi

 
 
 

FP: Al's "Top 10" Challenge

Post by Phenix Mgt Int' » Mon, 05 Feb 1996 04:00:00

: The Pacific Brokers Canada Cup is the best women's tournament we've played
: in. Softball City is a great complex and the people, Glenn Todd,Greg
: Timmons and all the rest are first class.
: Don Dykstra

Sounds great, but where is Softball City?  There is one in Mississagua
near the airport, but its just a big bubble, and its not near the Pacific.

thanks,

Al Doran
Phenix Management Int'l
Richmond Hill, ON  CANADA

www.io.org/~pmi

 
 
 

FP: Al's "Top 10" Challenge

Post by Al Dor » Tue, 06 Feb 1996 04:00:00


Have you seen Chris Calbury's revised home page!

Pay a visit to:
http://www.eagle.ca/~cdcal/clasmain.html

Chris Calbury has revised his home page for the Baltimore Classic, and
its a great one.

Well done Chris! Yours is a model for all tournament pages.
Does anyone else have a home page just dedicated to an annual
tournament? If your thinking of
building one, here is the blue print.

After reading about the Baltimore (Ontario) tournament, I may have to
revise my "Top 10" list.

"At the Ballpark"

Quote:
>>>Al Doran<<<
>I have been to all of the above places, had fun, and hear that the
>line up of talent for this year is even better.... so those are my
>predictions so far, but I will have more.  I am also looking fwd to
>taking in some of the women's tournaments and championships but will
>need your help here.
>Over to you fans!
>"At the Ball Park"
>    Al Doran

 
 
 

FP: Al's "Top 10" Challenge

Post by Jazzso » Tue, 06 Feb 1996 04:00:00

Its in the Surrey, White Rock area of B.C.. The fields are in the middle
of a forest and are the best to play on. The people are what make this
event so good. They treat you like a guest at their home and make you feel
welcome. The competition was great too. Six of the eight Olympic teams
were there and some of the best club teams from the States.
Don
 
 
 

FP: Al's "Top 10" Challenge

Post by Willis E. Ke » Wed, 21 Feb 1996 04:00:00

sunburst.ccs.yorku.ca>:
Organization: Illinois State University
Distribution:  0

:
: For a bit of a different twist on YOUR choices of top tournaments to
: attend this year:
:
: Based on HOME PAGE DESIGN AND CONTENT:
:
: I nominate "Baltimore Men's Fastpitch Classic"
:  at: http://www.eagle.ca/~cdcal/clasmain.html
:
: This looks like its going to be a sensational tournament.
:
: What is YOUR choice of a tournament to attend this "summer"
: (summer in North America.... we would love to hear from all Fastpitch
: countries!)
:
: "At the Ballpark"
:      Al Doran
:
:

i was wondering if anyone had any feedback regarding last year's Junior Girls
World Championships held in Normal, Illinois.  I am a representative of the
media here and am interested in any comments you have about the tournament,
negative  or positive.  How was it run?  What did you think of the community?
How did the event stack up against others you have attended?  Would you come
back?  What suggestions would you have to make it better?  Please post your
comments here, or within the newsgroup, or e-mail me with your response.
Thanks for you consideration.

Willis Kern

-- "Swing and a miss, and that's a winner!!! That's a winner!!!  A world series
winner for the Cardinals!!  Porter throws his mask into the air......"

 --Cardinals announcer Jack Buck..10:14 pm CDT 10/20/82  St. Louis, MO  USA