"Sin City Classic"
March 31st – April 2nd
The 2017 Nationwide Conference USSSA season kicks off this weekend in Las Vegas, Nevada with the 7th Annual "Sin City Classic"! The tournament features 11 of the top 20 teams in this years SoftballCenter pre-season rankings and 16 Conference USSSA teams over all. All 6 of the Major teams will be in Las Vegas and there are 37 teams total. Helmers Easton team Smash It Sports who won Vegas each of the last 4 years is now sponsored by Resmondo and retained 3 of the Resmondo starters and 5 players from Resmondo overall. The rest of the Resmondo players have gone to Smash It Sports/Albicocco. This is the first time the Conference has ever had 6 Major teams.
Teams will begin play on Friday, March 31st and the live internet feed on USSSALive.com should start around the time of the first game at 5:00 PM Pacific time. USSSALive.com is using a new backend streaming service and this is its first time out at a live event so no one knows for sure what if any trouble that could bring. The chat room will also be up on SoftballCenter.com to keep people informed. Live streaming will continue through the championship game which is set for Sunday at 11:30 AM Pacific time. The tournament is being held at the Big League Dreams park at 3151 East Washington Street. The fields feature artificial turf infields and each field is modeled after the look and feel of a major league baseball stadium.
The weather looks to be very good, warm and sunny but windy on Friday. The home run rule in the Conference is Major vs Major teams hit 16 a piece. AA and A vs anyone is 12 home runs per team. And B and below vs B and below hit 8 homers per team. The winner would receive 214 Conference points. 2nd – 174. 3rd – 154. 4th – 144.
There is also one of the top Women's Major tournaments going on at the same park. 15 teams with quite a few of last years Women's Major World Series teams participating.
Note: Jose Canseco is listed on the 'A' team Hangrite/SquatchNation team based out of Texas. Also on this team are Canadian stars Franc Henry and Jason Legault.
37 Teams Overall
16 Nationwide Conference USSSA Teams
6 Major Teams
5 'AA' Teams
5 'A' Teams
4 'B' Teams
10 'C' Teams
7 'D/E' Teams
Las Vegas BLD Field Dimensions
Yankee (main field) 285-308-290-286-286
Taking a look at the top half of the bracket there is a nice first round matchup between the new Pure Sports 'A' Conference team and Tunie Sports 'B' team from Arizona and the Tradesmen 'A' Conference team gets an early test against MyAutoJack who finished 4th at the USSSA 'B' Worlds last fall. If things go as planned in the top half the OA Apparel 'AA' vs Racks (Major) winner would square off against Resmondo (Major) to go to the final 4. And they would take on most likely Smash It Sports/Albicocco who needs to get through the Xtreme vs Classic Glass winner.
In the lower half of the bracket an interesting first round game is Primetime 'A' team from Georgia making their first trip out to the west taking on Southern Barrel Apparel a Texas 'B' team with some experienced players. But when it comes down to it the Bay Area Legends 'A' vs Newbreed (Major) winner should play Dan Smith (Major) and Backman (Major) should play the TDB/TMSports vs SIS/Thunder winner. Magz Premier, Hangrite/Squatch, Cheap Suits, and Toe2Toe will all try to pull upsets throughout the weekend.
I have decided to go with the upset and I am taking Newbreed to win. They were 3rd a year ago and won the King of the Northwest tournament last weekend and should be tough on the 300 foot fields and artificial turf if they "play the game" better than their Major counterparts and win the close games. Resmondo (Helmers team) has won it 4 years in a row though and came a long ways through the losers bracket last year so they are the favorites. And obviously Smash It Sports/Albicocco wants to get started fast this season and may be playing with a chip on their shoulder based on offseason player movement. Watch for a Friday night upset as the wind in Las Vegas is supposed to be high on the first day and that can cause havoc based on the direction it is blowing and home run limits as well as outfield errors.
DW's Final Picks:
1st – Newbreed
2nd – Smash It Sports
3rd – Resmondo
4th – Racks
Oldscout readers picks
2016 Winner – Smash It Sports/ASP/H Auto/MrWiggles/Easton
2015 Winner – Smash It Sports/Compound Athletics/H Auto/Easton
2014 Winner – Laservision/Desert Falls/Boombah/Easton
2013 Winner – Laservision/Desert Falls/Boombah/Easton
2012 Winner – Nordkap/Desert Falls/Easton
Past tournament results
1 NY-M Smash It Sports/ASP/H Auto/MrWiggles/Easton
2 FL-M Resmondo Specialty Tank Worth
3 WA-AA Newbreed/GTS/Beus Excavation/DirtySportsWear
4 WY-AA Team Racks/Miken/Sonnnys
1 NY-M Smash It Sports/Compound Athletics/H Auto/Easton
2 WA-M Team Combat/BaughFord.com/Softball.com
3 WY-A Team Racks Easton
4 CA-B Classic Glass/Easton
1 NY-M Laservision/H Auto/JJ's/Easton
2 AL-A Baugh Ford/Doerflinger/National Pawn/Klutch/Easton
3 WA-M Team Combat/Softball.com
4 CA-B Classic Glass/Easton
1 NY-M Laservision/Desertfalls/Boombah/Easton
2 MN-A Nordkap/Suncoast Reebok
3 MI-A Line Drive Sportz/SSS/Miken
4 CA-B OC SWATS/LCP
1 UT-M Nordkap/desert falls/easton
2 WY-A Sonny's / louisville slugger
3 CA-A Famous / Premiere
4 GA-B Down2earthsports.com/sbc/worth
1 WA-M GTL Cartel/DeMarini
2 WA-M Team Combat/laservision/d2e/supreme
3 IL-A ews/shirtsandlogos/drgraphx/easton
4 TX-A Wood Law/mizuno/famous/easton