Aug 152014
 

Well, we know our opponents and our schedule. First, what bracket are we playing in, and who are our opponents? We are playing in the U14 Open White. As best as I can tell, this is the middle of three tiers of play. Our opponents will be:

  • Lake Jackson BYSA United – Lake Jackson finished 2nd in the Eastern District Division II championships last fall, earning an invite to EDDOA Super 2 (our league) this year, which they have accepted. They then went on to win the entire South Texas Division II tournament.
  • Dynamos 00/01B – Dynamos played in our C bracket last year (where we beat them 2-0), and will join us again in Super 2 this year.
  • Lonestars 01B White San Antonio – This Lonestars team will be playing in WDDOA Super 2 this year, as the 10th seed
  • Texas Rush 00/01B – Texas Rush has been confounding me this year (they have a number of teams playing in Austin, too). According to the EDDOA team listing, this is their 2nd team, playing in Division 1 Competitive (the lower of the two D1 levels) this year. However in both tournaments there are confounding elements. In this one, their 1st team is playing in the highest tier, along with another team who does not appear in the EDDOA list. And all four EDDOA-listed teams are playing in this tournament, along with this mystery fifth team. I suspect that this team may actually be (mostly?) players from their Super 2 level team.

So it looks like this will be a nice test of our ability to successfully compete at the Super 2 level. I am setting a goal for the team of winning the group. Here is our schedule:

Saturday, August 16, 2014
10:30AM #96833

Houston Express 01B White

U14 BOYS OPEN WHITE Rush Cup Fields Carl Barton 6 (RC)

LONESTARS 01B WHITE SA WEST

6:00PM #96835

Lake Jackson BYSA United

U14 BOYS OPEN WHITE Rush Cup Fields Carl Barton 6 (RC)

Houston Express 01B White

Sunday, August 17, 2014
1:30PM #96836

Houston Express 01B White

U14 BOYS OPEN WHITE Rush Cup Fields Carl Barton 8 (RC)

Dynamos 00/01B

6:00PM #96830

Texas Rush 00/01B

U14 BOYS OPEN WHITE Rush Cup Fields Carl Barton 6 (RC)

Houston Express 01B White

We are in a five-team bracket. Note that there is no scheduled final. I believe that the championship will be determined by points earned in the four games.

Where We Play

Here is the map. I’m still figuring out Google’s new map engine so you might have to move the map around to see the parking lots under the annoying big white box.

Options For Between the Games / After the Games

We have a long break between games on Saturday, finishing before noon and not needing to return to the fields until 5:15. That is technically enough time to return home, but for those who are not interested I’m thinking of doing a team lunch and movie (perhaps Guardians of the Galaxy?). Let me know if this sounds fun. In the evening, we will finish around 7:15. I’m sure our boys will be hungry enough to not want to wait to return home, so adding on dinner keeps us in the area until 8:15 or later. If you are interested in doing a team dinner, let me know. I’ve been considering staying the night, as well, since it would be 9 or even 10 before we got home. The dilemma there for me is that then we have little to do until returning to the fields at 12:45. But then I found the Woodlands resort, whose website says they have a lazy river. There is still some availability there for those who are interested. There is a resort in Conroe as well, but they are full. Using facebook is a great way for people to discuss these options, so please consider joining the facebook group if you haven’t already.

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