Rings in April?!?!

Active 13 Replies 444 Views 2017-04-18 14:53:04 General
What is it with there being a tournament every other weekend giving out rings to the winner? It seems like every time I look on Facebook, I see somebody winning a ring for some random tournament. Since when did a tournament in April mean anything? Last time I checked, the important tournaments were played at the end of the season, not the beginning. States, Nationals, Worlds, are all at the end of the season. The only ones that should be giving rings should be Nationals and Worlds, because they actually mean something. Seriously, if you are bragging about that ring from the Podunk Spring World, you need to reevaluate where you are in life. But, I guess you can act like a big shot on Facebook, and your friends who know nothing about softball can congratulate you and tell you how cool you are. And I guess they can add some bling to those cool trophy shelves.

Stop the insanity replied
1 Week
There was a day where a team was excited about winning a tournament as a team and not as individual. That was during a time where the main goal was to win, the prize was secondary. We have evolved from nice team trophies and plaques to money payouts and now to each player has to receive an individual ring! You are correct, rings used to only be available when you won a true world and they had great meaning. I could understand rings at a state level, but not for a simple regular season tourney. It all comes back to our trophy society. You watch, someone will offer 2nd place rings before too long or better yet, participation rings. Can't wait to see what is the next big craze when the ring demand has lost its steam!
player replied
6 Days
Wow! I figured one of you meatheads would be on here already, defending your hard-earned accomplishments. I guess all of you even realize your gumball machine rings are a farce. HAHA!!!
Dub replied
6 Days
I have a Jim beam ring
Observer replied
6 Days
They will reply now when they figure out you don't have to have an account to do so again.

host post is back. Stuffs about to get cray

Be real replied
6 Days
Just checking in guys

good to be back
Sutton replied
6 Days
Are you wanting the tournaments to stop giving rings or teams to not play in a tournament because they are giving rings?
player replied
6 Days
Dub, punch yourself in the throat for bragging about a Jim Beam ring.

Sutton, I want tournaments to stop giving rings for meaningless tournaments, and I want players to stop bragging about these cheap meaningless rings.
Dub replied
6 Days
I will... and I'll also punch myself in the head bc I have an ISA watch
player replied
6 Days
You should, especially if you have ever worn it.
Dub replied
6 Days
I wear them both to the park and try very hard to draw attention to them... when people ask me questions I put my hands up to my chin and go "hmmmmmmm" just so people can see them while I answer their question ... this is all done of course while I'm wearing my embroidered "champions" pullovers I won in McMinnville
Player replied
6 Days
So if people don't give good prizes people complain. But if they try and give teams what they want as prizes then you complain. So what should be done? And what tourneys are giving rings in April? Asking for a friend....
player replied
4 Days
Dub, I am sure you are being facetious, but some people would do this for real. Those are the losers I am referring to.

The big prize packages have done a lot of damage to softball. Whatever happened to playing for the love of the game? Lower entry fees, give a trophy or plaque, and play the game. That's why people sandbag, or don't play. it costs a lot of money, so nobody wants to feel like they are wasting their money.
Dub replied
4 Days
Well I'm glad that you caught on to me being silly about it ... hahaha

It is what is man. Most teams want to play a lot of games for a small amount of cost to the player while others want to play $350-450 double eliminations for rings. You have to cater to both types of teams . A quality tournament is still a quality tournament whether they play for trophies or rings and at the end of the day you can't hide a bad product. I think most teams are now signing up for the quality stuff over quantity which in my mind is a good thing .

There are some good things/tournaments softball wise happening around the state that the softball playing community take for granted . There are actually some
directors and associations who try hard to make things right for and by the teams that show up to play. I think us at usssa/gsl are some that try as hard as anyone and hopefully our product reflects that.

what makes me scratch my head is when I hear teams say they have to play a certain tournament just bc it's the "108th annual" whatever . I don't get that especially when those tournaments don't have the same clout the once had and have dwindled for years. Don't get that one
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