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Old Mon Dec 03, 2012, 09:28am
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Cooperstown Tournaments

Has anyone ever worked the Cooperstown Tournaments? (I believe they run nearly every week.)
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Old Mon Dec 03, 2012, 11:12am
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Bleech!

Just go to ABUA.com and they have an entire section dedicated to CD.

Don't waste band width here with those idiots.

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Old Mon Dec 03, 2012, 11:18am
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Awesome.



Can you PM me with any personal experiences with them?
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Old Mon Dec 03, 2012, 11:25am
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Just go to ABUA.com and they have an entire section dedicated to CD.

Don't waste band width here with those idiots.

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Bandwidth was a relevant argument when we all had 300 baud modems.
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Old Mon Dec 03, 2012, 11:30am
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Bandwidth was a relevant argument when we all had 300 baud modems.
Not sure that's always true... We've had some discussions here that were a waste of bandwidth even with the existence of infinite bandwidth!

I'm curious if anyone's gone, and what were their experiences - what to look for, what to expect, etc. I'll be going in June to help a friend's team from Dallas. But all my info is from someone who couldn't even tell me what ruleset is being used in their league or at this tourney. So I'm looking for umpire POV's on this.

The site Tim recommended had a grand total of 10 posts on it, all but one related to "I want to work, I need a team" or "I am a team, and need an umpire".
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Old Mon Dec 03, 2012, 11:45am
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All second hand but the friends I have who have gone have enjoyed it.

You aren't paid, it's dorm room facilities, and it's OBR. They may have special ground rules.

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Old Mon Dec 03, 2012, 12:43pm
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Has anyone ever worked the Cooperstown Tournaments?
Yes. Many people have.
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Old Mon Dec 03, 2012, 04:39pm
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The site Tim recommended had a grand total of 10 posts on it, all but one related to "I want to work, I need a team" or "I am a team, and need an umpire".
Go to umpire.org and check the forums listing. There are currently 530 threads related to Cooperstown Dream Park. As you posted, There are many of the threads that are "I want to work, I need a team" or "I am a team, and need an umpire", but there are also many threads from umpires that have attended that pass on information to those that will go in the future.

I have not been, but if I had the chance to go, I would just for the experience. From what I have read in the posts, either you really like or you really don't.
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Old Mon Dec 03, 2012, 06:08pm
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Long way to go to live in an unconditioned barracks for a week, with vitually no place to grab a meal. No telling what you will have as partners. Six man crews on championship games with people that have trouble working two man.
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Old Mon Dec 03, 2012, 07:35pm
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Long way to go to live in an unconditioned barracks for a week, with vitually no place to grab a meal. No telling what you will have as partners. Six man crews on championship games with people that have trouble working two man.
I normally don't have an opinion on stuff like this, but I agree with you. From everything I've heard, I feel I would be incredibly uncomfortable in this environment. Even working LL tournaments (I've worked 2 regionals and a World Series), we were always put in hotel rooms. Non-air-conditioned dorm rooms and also how they run their tourneys doesn't do it for me at all.

For those that are OK with these kind of conditions, have fun. Go for it. Don't think I'll be running to do this, myself. I've been to Cooperstown and I enjoyed simply going as a tourist.
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Old Mon Dec 03, 2012, 07:46pm
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Six man crews on championship games with people that have trouble working two man.
Yeah, at one time I thought I wanted to do it...but from what I've heard it's Smitty haven.

For me, no thanks.
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The conditions aside, I'll never understand the motivation of those who donate their labor to someone else's for-profit enterprise.

There's an adage about them; something to do with a lollipop, childbirth, and 1/60 of an hour.
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The conditions aside, I'll never understand the motivation of those who donate their labor to someone else's for-profit enterprise.

There's an adage about them; something to do with a lollipop, childbirth, and 1/60 of an hour.
Donate? I'm getting paid. Not as much as I normally would, but then again, free food and I get to go to the HoF (never been). But I'm really going to support a team in our league that is going.
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Old Wed Dec 05, 2012, 09:52am
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Hmmm,

So if you already are endorsing the place why even ask the original question.

As I noted WOBW.

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Old Wed Dec 05, 2012, 09:59am
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So if you already are endorsing the place why even ask the original question.

As I noted WOBW.

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1) I didn't endorse squat. I don't know anything about this place, other than that I've been asked to go by a local team.
2) I asked the original question to get feedback from people that had actually been there so that I know what to expect. All but 2 of the responses have helped me in that regard. The 2 that didn't? Yours. Sorry to waste your seemingly limited bandwidth, but this isn't Tim's forum - where only things Tim deems worthy of discussion may be discussed. It's an umpire forum - the thread was NOT a WOBW as I got from it exactly what I was hoping to get.
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