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Re: Thought and comments from a Conference USSSA sponsor
The Dudley is a fun tournament with beer flowing and actual fans watching the games. However, the Seattle Dual and Dudley are the most expensive tournaments which is why they are dying. Everybody goes to the Florida dual because it is early in the season and is the least expensive location. It is almost double to travel to Seattle and the Dudley. It seems that by manipulating the point system and essentially forcing teams to go to Seattle and the Dudley's to qualify for Conference worlds it is going to cost conference teams a lot more money. If you are not going to these 2 tournaments you probably will not qualify for worlds. It may be better to just pay the $300 conference tournament entry fee to the tournaments you can drive to and worlds and save $50,000. Just saying
. If USSSA wants to make these tournaments "special" they should just offer each conference team $1,000 to defray travel expenses.