FORTY-TWO TEAMS HAVE RESERVED SPOTS FOR THEE 2015 BUCKEYE CLASSIC
THANK YOU (75 DIVISION NOW HAS A WAITING LIST, CHECK TEAMS ENTERED ON LEFT HAND SIDE TO SEE IF YOU HAVE A SPOT RESERVED), DORCHESTER CANADIANS 70'S (ONT, CA). MOKANDO 70'S (MO), DAYTON LEGENDS 70'S (OH) AND ROCHESTER ROYALS 65'S(NY) FOR RESERVING YOUR SPOTS FOR THEE 2015 SPA BUCKEYE CLASSIC
THEE BUCKEYE CLASSIC ENTRY LIMITS FOR 2015
I DON'T THINK IT WILL BE A PROBLEM BUT RED BOLE HAS TOLD ME TO LIMIT THE
TEAMS TO ONLY 16 MAX IN EACH AGE GROUP (10 IN THE 50'S AND 10 IN THE 55'S).
OUR 70'S WERE AT 20 TWO YEARS AGO AND THE 60'S REACHED 18 ONE YEAR BUT FOR THE
MOST PART I WOULD NOT BE EXPECTING TO SURPASS 16 TEAMS IN EACH GROUP.
IT ALSO TAKES THE MONKEY OFF MY BACK BECAUSE NOW HE HAS TO MAKE THE DECISION
ABOUT ALLOWING ADDITIONAL TEAMS IN THE TOURNAMENT...NOT ME.
SINCE I LIST THE TEAMS ON THE "TEAMS ENTERED" PAGE, YOU CAN KEEP A CLOSE WATCH
TO SEE WHEN THE CUT OFF MAY BE GETTING CLOSE IN YOUR DIVISION. TO PLAY SAFE
YOU CAN ALWAYS RESERVE YOUR SPOT EARLY.
2015 SPA RULES FOR ROSTER AGES AND BIRTHDAY DATE
SPA WILL BE USING THE 2014 RULES
YOUR AGE WILL BE DETERMINED BY THE CALANDER YEAR, JANUARY 1 OF THE CURRENT YEAR FOR YOUR BIRTH DATE (EX: IF YOU TURN 65 ON NOV 5, 2015, YOU ARE CONSIDERED 65 AS OF JANUARY 1, 2015).
80 ROSTERS - MAY USE SEVEN (7) PLAYERS UNDER THE AGE OF 80 WHO ARE 78 AND/OR 79. YOU CAN USE NO MORE THAN THREE (3) 78'S. 80'S AAA TEAMS MAY DRAW FROM ANYWHERE EAST OR WEST OF THE MISSISSIPPI BASED ON THE REGION YOU LIVE.
75 ROSTERS - MAY USE A MAXIMUM OF FIVE (5) PLAYERS WHO ARE 74.
70'S - MAY USE A MAXIMUM OF THREE (3) 69'S BUT NO 69 IMPACT PLAYERS.
Thee Buckeye Classic is the highest attended non-world championship senior tournament east of Las Vegas. In 2011 Seventy-two AA and AAA teams attended; in 2012 seventy-five teams attended, 2013 the total was eighty-three and 2014 the total wasseventy-seven.
In 2015 we are expecting between 76 to 80 teams. we are limited to 90 maximum due to field availability. Hope you can find time in your 2015 summer tournament schedule to join us. Dates are listed at top of the page.
TOURNAMENT ARTICLE FROM "SPA NEWS" WEB SITE
THEE SPA 2014 BUCKEYE CLASSIC MAKES SWEET MUSIC
BARBERTON, OHIO – THEE 2014 SPA BUCKEYE CLASSIC, although down from the 2013 total of 82 teams, still made sweet music with 76 teams attending the Nation's Largest AA and AAA only senior softball tournament.
“We were down a little from last year,” CO-TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR RED BOLE said, “We had a few last minute drops but actually it worked to our advantage allowing us to complete each day earlier and not running into city league games.”
In the last five years since joining SPA, THEE BUCKEYE CLASSIC has drawn 362 teams. In the previous eleven years as a SSUSA tournament it drew a total of 330 teams.
“Going with SPA was the best thing for us,” BOLE said, “All you have to do is look at the difference in attendance to see that.”
With teams from SIXTEEN STATES plus ONTARIO PROVINCE, THEE BUCKEYE CLASSIC crowned champions in SIXTEEN ROUND ROBIN FORMAT BRACKET play..
The tournament got underway JUNE 2 with the 80's DIVISION playing at WADSWORTH'S MEMORIAL PARK and the FIFTEEN three division 75 BRACKETS participating at the BARBERTON SPORTS COMPLEX.
PROHEALTH (WIS) easily took the 80's DIVISION TITLE going 4-0 against HAMEL'S 80's (MD)(2-2) and AKRON,OHIO 80's (0-2).
PROHEALTH 75's duplicated their “elder bothers” winning the 75's SCARLET DIVISION. The WISCONSIN team and the ANTIQUES OF KC both finished with identical 5-1 marks but won on the head-to-head tie-breaker. Others in the SCARLET group were INDY CROWNS (3-2), CHICAGO GEEZERS (3-2), PEACHTREE (PA) RESTAURANT (2-5), MICHIGAN LAKERS (1-4) and BACK OFFICE (MA)(0-5).
The 75's GREY BRACKET also went to a tie-breaker, a 3-way tie-breaker. When the dust cleared the JERSEY JAGS (5-1,2-1) stood on top of the heap followed by NEW YORK STATESMEN (5-1,2-1), AKRON 75'S (5-1,2-1) and PFEIFFER'S AUTO (3-3,0-3).
Not wanting to break tradition, the 75's GOLD BRACKET also went to a tie-breaker as NAMI (NJ) CONSTRUCTION (2-3,2-1) edged out both runner-up LOUISVILLE (2-4, 2-1) and INDIANA SILVER FOXES (2-4,2-1). MICHIGAN MILLERS (0-6,0-3) rounded out the bracket.
The GOLD 70'S BRACKET saw MICHIANA MERCHANTS run the table (4-0,4-0) to take the title. COSSA (OHIO) was close behind at (4-1,3-1) followed by PITTSBURGH GOLD (3-3,2-2), JOB CENTRAL (IND)(2-3,1-3) and NEW JERSEY MASTERS (1-4,0-4).
BRANTFORD NISSAN (4-2,4-0) went home to CANADA with the suitcases a little heavier after winning team and individual awards in winning the 70's GREY DIVISION with an impressive (4-2,4-0) record.
Second place went to AKRON BRENNAN'S (4-1,3-1) followed by DORCHESTER CANADIANS (2-3,2-2), HAMELS (MD) 70'S (1-4,1-3) and BROOKHOUSE (NY) RESTAURANT (0-5,0-4).
FRICKERS SPORTS BAR/SYLVANIA,OHIO took the 70's SCARLET BRACKET with a (5-1) mark but the runner-up spot went to INDIANA CLASSICS (4-2) on the head-to-head tie-breaker with the MISSISSAUGA (ONT,CAN) LEGENDS (4-2). COLUMBUS SILVER STICKS (3-3), OLDE D'S (2-4) and GREEN DIAMOND GRILLE (0-6) made up the rest of the bracket.
INDIANA'S US DOT JOBS went undefeated at (6-0) to claim the 65's SCARLET BRACKET. SPICER PROPERTIES (MD)(4-2) nosed out NEW JERSEY MASTERS (4-2) on a head-to-head tie-breaker for the runner-up spot.
BRANTFORD NISSAN (3-3), MICHIGAN LAKERS (2-4), ROCHESTER CLASSICS (1-5) and NEO SENIORS (1-5) filled out the rest of the field.
The GREY BRACKET top prize went to undefeated MAGIC CITY SPORTS CARDS (OH) (6-0) while SYLVANIA (OH) 65's took home the AA trophy at 4-2. STAHL POST #30 (DE)(4-2), MISSISSAUGA (ONT,CA) LEGENDS (2-4), DAYTON (OH) LEGENDS 65'S (1-4) and ROCHESTER (NY) ROYALS (0-5) rounded out the bracket.
The 60's SCARLET BRACKET title was claimed by the SYRACUSE MERCHANTS (6-0,3-0) with the OHIO SILVERADO'S taking runner-up honors at (4-2,2-1), Also in the four-team bracket were GOLDEN VIPERS (MICH)(2-4,1-2) and the WINDSOR (ONTARIO,CAN) CHIEFS (1-5,0-3).
The MINUTEMEN/PEPCO/SFS (OHIO)(6-0,3-0) beat the BRICKYARD (IND) CLASSICS)(3-3,2-1) in the deciding game to win the 60's GREY BRACKET. PRONIO SPORTS (OHIO)(3-3,2-1) and CAVCO (ONTARIO,CAN) (0-6,0-3) finished behind the leaders.
FRANCHELLI ENTERPRISE/ROADHOUSE BLUES (PA)(6-0) edged UNIVERSAL MECHANICAL (OHIO)(5-1) to finish on top in the 60's DIVISION SILVER BRACKET while the UNIVERSAL team took second place.
Others in the bracket were THE BOMB SQUAD (MICH)(4-2), BRANTFORD (ONTARIO,CAN) NISSAN (2-3), RIVERSIDE/LONGSHOTS (MD(2-4), 60AA CHAMPS MISSISSAUGA LEGENDS (1-4) and DAYTON LEGENDS DIAMOND DOGS (0-6).
In the rain shortened 55 BRACKET ALLSHRED SERVICES (OHIO) (3-0) won the tie-breaker over BANKER AND MANN SOFTBALL CLUB (IND)(3-0) to win the title.
Rounding out the group were WINDSOR (ONTARIO,CAN) CHIEFS (1-2), GOLDEN VIPERS (MICH)(1-2), BSN/DECLAIRE/PMB (OH)(1-2) and RIVER ROOM POKER CLUB (OH)(0-3).
Michigan's PDC 50's (3-0) won the 50's SCARLET bracket followed by BUCKEYE CLASSICS (OH)(2-2), CAPP STEEL (OH)(1-2) and DURHAM (ONTARIO,CAN) SILVER STICKS (1-3).
FLYTIME flew down from MICHIGAN to go (4-0,1-0) and win the 50's GREY BRACKET. Finishing behind in second place was WINDSOR (ONTARIO,CAN) FOG DEVILS (1-3,1-1) followed by BOMANIA SPORTS RESEARCH (OH)(2-2,1-0) and COMPUTER TIME (OH) (1-3,0-1).
Prior to the start of the tournament THEE BUCKEYE CLASSIC joined with SPA in awarding a $1,000 college scholarship to BARBERTON HIGH SCHOOL graduating senior, TYLER OWEN.
All scores from THEE 2014 SPA BUCKEYE CLASSIC may be found at the tournament's web page http://theebuckeyeclassic.com/
THE FINAL RESULTS, SCORES AND TEAMS ENTERED IN THE 2014 BUCKEYE CLASSIC CAN BE
FOUND IN THE SIDEBAR MENU ON THE LEFT "TOURNAMENT HISTORY" AND "2014 TOURNAMENT
SCORES AND STANDINGS". tHE "TOURNAMENT HISTORY" SECTION LISTS ALL THE TEAMS FOR
FOR EACH YEAR AND THE ORDER OF FINISH IN EACH AGE GROUP AND RATING DIVISION SINCE
THEE BUCKEYE CLASSIC AFFILIATED WITH SPA.
OTHER SPA 2015 TOURNAMENTS
WHAT - SPA DAYTON,OHIO FIRST FLIGHT TOURNAMENT
WHEN - MAY 14-17
WHERE - DAYTON KETTERING FIELDS
WHO - CLYDE BREWER (937) 231-5994
ALL AGES AA AND AAA TEAMS
WHAT: HEART OF OHIO NIT
WHERE: BERLINER FIELDS, COLUMBUS, OHIO
WHO: ALL AGES. ALL DIVISIONS INCLUDING MAJOR AND MAJOR PLUS IF
FOUR OR MORE TEAMS.
CONTACT: LUANN KORNEGAY (614) 645-3366
WHEN: JUNE 24-28
WHAT: SPA GREAT LAKES SENIOR SOFTBALL NIT
WHERE: PACESETTER PARK, SYLVANIA, OHIO
WHO: ALL AGES AND DIVISIONS INCLUDING MAJOR AND MAJOR PLUS
CONTACT: JERRY KEEFE, SPA DIRECTOR (567) 686-6840
JAKE HENSEL, PACESETTER PARK PROGRAM DIRECTOR (414) 882-1500
FORTY-ONE TEAMS IN 2014, THREE YEARS IN A ROW OF ATTENDANCE GROWTH
PROJECTING 50 PLUS TEAMS IN 2015
ONE OF THE FINEST SOFTBALL COMPLEXS IN THE MID WEST
JULY 30, 31 AND AUGUST 1 & 2, 20151
80+, 75+ 70+ 7 65+ July 30, 31 & August 1
60+ July 31, August 1 & 2
50+ & 55+ - August 1 & 2
All Major and Major-Plus - August 1 & 2
WHAT: SPA 75 AAA, MAJOR AND 80AAA WORLDS
WHERE: BERLINER FIELDS, COLUMBUS, OHIO
WHEN: AUGUST 10-12 (THREE DAYS)
CONTACT: SPA OFFICE
VISIT THE SPA WEBSITE
WHAT TOURNAMENTS EAST OF VEGAS ARE TEAMS ATTENDING IN 2014?
Good question, we always hear about how many teams are attending tournaments but nobody bothers to break it down so you can find out where each age and rating groups are going to play. Do you really care if a tournament is drawing SIXTY-TWO teams if only FOUR are in your age and rating group?
So what I have done based on the information available on tournament attendance figures for SPA, ISSA and SSUSA , I have a list of the attendance by age and rating for each tournament. ISSA and SPA were easy but SSUSA was a little difficult because their TD's do not list the attendance figures for all the tournaments (have to really search to other sites to find them, especially those with under 25 teams)
Anyway here are the 2014 results thru mid-September. Keep them in mind when determining what tournaments east of Vegas to attend next year. Listing the top FIVE DRAWS only. SPA TOURNAMENTS IN RED.
NOTE: PLEASE REMEMBER, ISSA RATINGS ARE COMPLETELY DIFFERENT FROM SSUSA AND SPA WITH THE MAJORITY OF ISSA TEAMS RATED DOWN A LEVEL (EX. MAJORS-AAA; AAA'S -AA..NOT ALL BUT BETTER THEN 50% ,JUSTCOMPARE THEIR RATING PAGE WITH SSUSA AND SPA). IN THIS COMPARISON I USE THEIR RATINGS RIGHT OR WRONG.
50's - 1. ISSA MANASSAS 26; 2. ISSA ROANOKE 14; 3.ISSA TAMPA TOC 14; 4. MANNASSAS WORLDS MAKE-UP 14; 5. SPA DALTON WORLDS 13. (SPA THEE BUCKEYE CLASSIC 8)
50 MAJORS - 1. SPA DALTON WORLDS 23; 2. SPA CARTERSVILLE 10; 2. SPA MONTGOMERY 10; 4. SPA PEACH STATE 9, 5. ISSA MARYVILLE 9.
55'S - 1. ISSA MANASSAS 12; 2. ISSA EASTERN SHORES 11, 2. SSUSS TOC 11, 4. ISSA ROANOKE 9; 5. SSUSA BRICKYARD 8. (SPA THEE BUCKEYE CLASSIC 6)
55 MAJORS - 1. SPA DALTON WORLDS 10; 2.SSUSA LOUDON COUNTY 9; 2. SSUSA BRICKYARD 9; 4 SSUSA SYRACUSE NATIONAL 6; 5, SSUSA TOC 5.
60 AA - 1. ISSA MANASSAS WORLDS 9; 2. ISSA TAMPA TOC 8, 2. ISSA ROANOKE 8; 4. SPA THEE BUCKEYE CLASSIC 7; 4. SSUSA TOC 7.
60 AAA - 1. SPA DALTON WORLDS 23, 2. SSUSA TOC FLORIDA 9; 3. SSUSA LOUDON COUNTY 10; 4.SPA THEE BUCKEYE CLASSIC 9; 4. ISSA MARYVILLE 9
60 MAJOR - 1. SPA DALTON WORLDS 8; 2. SSUSA LOUDON COUNTY 7; 2. SSUSA TOC 7; 4. SSUSA BRICKYARD 5; 5. SSUSA SHAWNEE MIDWEST 5; 5. ISSA MANNASSAS 5.
65 AA - 1. SPA DALTON WORLDS 9; 1. ISSA MYRTLE BEACH 9; 3. SPA THEE BUCKEYE CLASSIC 6; 3.ISSA MANASSAS 6; 5. ISSA BURLINGTON 5; 5. ISSA TAMPA TOC 5.
65 AAA - 1.ISSA TAMPA TOC 11; 2. ISSA ROANNOKE VALLEY 10; 3. SPA DALTON WORLDS 9; 3.SSUSA TOC 9; 3. ISSA MANNASSAS 9; ( SPA THEE BUCKEYE CLASSIC 7)
65 MAJOR - 1. SPA DALTON WORLDS 12; 2.SUSSA TOC 5; 3. ISSA TOC 4.
70 AA -1 SPA THEE BUCKEYE CLASSIC 7; 2. SPA SYLVANIA GREAT LAKES 6; 3. SPA DALTON WORLDS 4; 3. ISSA MYRTLE BEACH 4; 5. ISSA MANNASSA 3.
70 AAA - 1. SPA DALTON WORLDS 15; 2.THEE BUCKEYE CLASSIC 9; 3. SPA SYLVANIA GREAT LAKES CLASSIC 7; 3 SPA PEACH STATE CLASSIC 7; 3.SSUSA LOUDON COUNTY 7.
70 MAJOR - 1. ISSA ROANOKE 3; 2. SPA DALTON WORLDS 2; 2. SSUSA SPRING NATIONALS 2..
75 AAA - 1. SPA THEE BUCKEYE CLASSIC 15; 2. SPA COLUMBUS 75 WORLDS 13; 3. SPA HOOSIER CLASSIC 7; 4. SPA COLUMBUS HEART OF OHIO 5; 4. SPA GLEN BURNIE 5.
75 MAJOR - 1. SPA DALTON WORLDS 4
80 AAA - 1. SPA DALTON WORLDS 5; 2. SPA THEE BUCKEYE CLASSIC 3.
TOP FIVE ATTENDED TOURNAMENTS EAST OF VEGAS - 1. SPA DALTON WORLDS 118 ; 2. ISSA MANASSAS WORLDS 92; 3. SSUSA TOC 87; 4. SPA THEE BUCKEYE CLASSIC 77; 5.SSUSA TOC 73.