Warsaw, IN – In an explanation letter sent to teams the BPA World Series tournament director Darrell Garbacit clarifies the decision making, which lead to the elimination of 17 teams from World Series play. Faced with certain bad weather forecasts and recovering from one storm already the committee had no choice but to reduce the number of teams to move forward in tournament play. The tournament will be refunding a portion of the tournament fee to those teams that were prematurely eliminated.
Mr. Garbacit’s main goal in the letter was to dispel all rumors about the decision. Here is a quote from his letter: “I can assure you all that decisions WERE NOT MADE for any of the following reasons: “To take the easy road”; “to disappoint or ‘screw’ kids” out of anything; “to not look at the best interest of kids”; to not be “fair”; because we “had no backup plan”; to “cater to the 14U division” or any other division; because “games could have continued Friday but we choose not to”; because “there were other facilities or diamonds available but we chose not to use them”; because “we could have played later in the evenings remaining but we chose not to”; because “we could have extended the tournament into the following Monday or beyond and chose not to”; “to take advantage of any team or parents money” or toward any sort of “’business decision” or “easy profit” in these regards; because we “sold $25 passes” but did not want parents to come to the park for the rest of the tournament or anything remotely along those lines of “taking ones money” or that it is “all about the money”.
After explaining the events leading to the cancellation of games Mr. Garbacit makes a heart-felt comment pertaining to the ideal of the tournament and the intentions of the tournament staff. Here are his comments:
“I hope the entirety of what we had planned and executed can all be considered to demonstrate our commitment to this event, the kids, coaches, parents, and staff. From the organization and communications in regard to the event prior to anyone arriving in Warsaw, to the opening ceremonies at Grace College with Scott Sanderson, and per the quality of atmosphere, game play and umpiring (obviously until Friday for the teams eliminated), but throughout the event for the teams that remained beyond Friday, to the decisions we made to address concern from the heat indexes by using abbreviated time limits to help protect the kids and staff – but still get games in, with bringing in “misters” for the teams and spectators, and transporting grandparents, injured persons and even coaches with equipment in golf carts from parking lots to the fields, much planning and diligence did occur with many considerations, and some adjustments were necessary as well”.
All in all the BPA hopes that all teams give the World Series another look next year and in years to come, because after all, it is all about the kids and playing baseball.