THEE BUCKEYE CLASSIC
First off let me thank the nine 80's, excuse me eight 80's and one very talented 85 team who was too good to play in the 90's division, for attending THEE SPA 2017 BUCKEYE CLASSIC.
Despite the rain the first day, with some schedule adjustments we were still able to get the games in the next two days.
For those of you who have not heard, PEACHTREE, PFEIFFERS and BARBERTON HERALD all tied with 5-1 records. We had to go to, I believe, the third tiebreaker with PEACHTREE winning and PFEIFFERS two and BARBERTON third.
It was also the first use of pitching screens in a SPA tournament and RED will be contacting you all for your feedback.
FUTURE 2017 SPA 80'S TOURNAMENTS
Both the HOOSIER CLASSIC (7/13-7/23) and GREAT LAKES SPA NIT (8/3-8/6) are drawing interest from a number of teams who are considering attending at least one.
If I had an 80's team, I would definitely start calling other 80's managers to see where they are planning on attending, so you at least have four teams (not bad two games against each and they are all 80's).
If you need contact telephone numbers, give me a call at 330-336-3958 and I will be happy to give you the number you need.
Remember, the SPA 75 and 80 Division Worlds will be played at DALTON, GEORGIA 9/10-9/13 this year.
One reason it was moved from Columbus, Ohio this year was to allow Florida, Texas and other southern teams a chance to attend the Worlds.
2018 LOOKS GOOD FOR THE 80's
Plans are currently in the works for at least four 80's tournaments in different regions for 2018.
Barberton has been the main draw in the mid west region, Glen Burnie in the east and Shelbyville, Ind in the west and the south is on the drawing board..
If you want more 80's tournaments in your area you have to step up to the plate. Ridge has found a couple of locations in the east, south and west to host an 80's and 75's event but no one has stepped up to be the director or organizer.
If someone is interested in organizing a tournament, you can count on me to work on getting the teams and scheduling. Ridge will have someone there to help registration.
So if you want a tournament close to home, don't complain just step up to the plate and volunteer..
Some of you who are not yet 80 are receiving this because I am not 100 % sure who is an 80 team and who isn't.
If you are not and 80 this year or next, please pass the info onto an area team who may be an 80.
Thanks for your time and interest and hope you will be able to attend other 80 tournamnets if not this year, next.
Looking forward to seeing most of you at THEE 2018 SPA BUCKEYE CLASSIC.