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Teams aging-out and tournament overlaps


results in fewer entries for Kinsmen Slo-Pitch



'Lot of teams that we've talked to have enjoyed the tournament': Don Biggar


Mikaela Kuefler qualifying teams to play in a Canadian There was some thought about moving the
international tournament. This tournament has up dates but the Kinsmen discovered that since July
Over the last few years, there has been some to 180 teams playing and used to take place in does not always have the holiday falling on a
speculation as to why the Kinsmen Slo-Pitch the September long weekend but has since been Friday or a Monday, the August long weekend is
Tournament has been getting smaller. moved to the August long weekend. more accommodating.
It was especially noticeable to those organizing "We have definitely noticed the effect because The Kinsmen are hoping for 250-260 teams to
the tournament this year as the tournament there are a lot of teams that aren't being register for future tournaments but also know
struggled to get entries until the date of the registered. Those teams may have certain players that "a lot of teams that we've talked to have
tournament got closer. who play on competitive teams and go to these enjoyed the tournament and they probably don't
The amount of teams who registered this year competitive tournaments," says Don Biggar, know the difference between 256 teams or 140.
was 148 –almost one hundred teams less than in Kinsmen Club President and Tournament Co- The atmosphere still feels the same," says
previous years. "The largest tournament we've Chairman. Biggar.
ever held had 272 teams. I can see the club
eventually getting back to that, it's just going to
take a little while," advises Kinsmen Club Vice
President and Tournament Chairman, Darrin
Martel.
Club members have taken into account the
difference in the age of teams registering. The
tournament is attracting a younger crowd as
older teams start to have families and obligations
preventing them from entering into the
tournament. These older teams, who used to
come for 10-15 years, have started to phase out.
The Kinsmen club is hoping that the teams who
came out and enjoyed themselves also let others
know, so the tournament attendance will
increase.
Umpire officials, working the tournament,
talked with tournament organizers about other
large tournaments in Alberta taking place at the
same time as the Kinsmen Tournament. One of
these tournaments is the EPN Tournament in
Leduc. It is sanctioned and is a NSA qualifier, Local team, OJ's Giants' player, Sheldon Schram gets ready to hit the ball during his team's
game on Monday, August 1, afternoon, one of their last games of the Kinsmen Slo-Pitch
tournament. photo by Stephanie Babych



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