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Fifth Annual "Melee in Mesa"

12/21/09

There's still time to get in on the Fifth Annual “Melee in Mesa” sponsored by our Giants friends up north. The tournament dates are January 21-24, 2010 with a Scramble Golf Tournament on Thursday, January 21 and baseball games beginning on Friday, January 22. As in the past, this should be a good one so don't miss out.

Get ready for baseball in Arizona this coming January! The West Coast Fantasy Baseball Association is pleased to announce the fifth annual "Melee in Mesa" Fantasy Baseball Tournament from January 21-24, 2010. Again, we will be using the three-field Gene Autry Sports Complex in Mesa, Arizona for this event. The complex used to serve as the minor league home for the Angels for several years, but fantasy baseball will take center stage on our weekend.

The following camps have been invited to send teams to this year's tournament:

- Giants
- Padres
- Cubs
- Dodgers
- Angels
- Diamondbacks
- A's
- Ports

Most teams will play two games on Friday, one on Saturday, and one on getaway day, Sunday. That is a total of four games per team. To get all the games in on time, we will employ the following rules:

Games will be restricted to two hours and 30 minutes each (if an inning starts before the time limit, it will be completed)

Players will use wood bats (exceptions being ladies and players 60 years of age and older)

AT THE GENE AUTRY SPORTS COMPLEX

The Gene Autry Sports Complex is owned and operated by the City of Mesa. While on the grounds of the facility, there is NO SMOKING, NO DRINKING OF ALCOHOL, and NO PETS. Please abide by these rules or we may lose our playing privileges at the complex for now and future dates.

We will have access to the locker room and shower facilities. Each player will have their own personal locker. The facility will be locked at night so you may store your equipment there at your own risk. Laundry and towel service is available on Friday and Saturday. A catered lunch is provided on Friday and Saturday at the baseball complex. All of this will be supervised by our own clubhouse manager, Troy Timney!

THURSDAY SCRAMBLE GOLF TOURNAMENT AND DINNER

Before we get started with our baseball, some campers will be playing in a golf tournament on Thursday, January 21st. We will be playing at the Arizona Golf Resort within the Mesa city limits. The deadline to signup for this event is Thursday, January 7th. We will have a 1:00pm 'shotgun' start so those of you who want to play can still fly into Arizona on Thursday morning. All tournament players, significant others, and guests are welcome to play. The tournament will feature a scramble format so it doesn't matter how good or bad a golfer you are. Just come out and have some fun!

$120 is the cost per golfer and that buys you the following:

- Green fees
- Cart
- Bucket of range balls
- BBQ dinner starting at 5:30pm (extra dinners for non-golfers are - $35 each)
- Prize

Fifteen sets of rental golf clubs are available for $33 each. Call in advance to reserve clubs at 1-800-528-8282 (ask for the pro shop).

IMPORTANT : Golf is being coordinated by a separate group of players and should be paid for separately from your baseball fees.

Please send checks made payable to:

Mike Weir
517 Latigo Row
Olivenhain, CA 92024

Include a note with the name(s) of the golfer(s), their handicap(s) if they have any, and email address(es). Any questions? . . . email Mike Weir at mikeweir9@yahoo.com.

SATURDAY NIGHT BANQUET AND ENTERTAINMENT

The Saturday night banquet will be held at the Arizona Golf Resort facility. Dinner cost for players will be included in the tournament fee. All extra dinners are $45 a piece. If any children 12 and under are attending, let us know and we will get you a price.

No-host cocktail hour starts at 6:00pm followed by dinner at 7:00pm. Dinner will be buffet style. The entire dinner menu will be published soon, but plan on at least three main dishes including one vegetarian. Salad, fruits, cheeses, bread, coffee, tea, decaf, and dessert will all be part of the menu and are included in the price.

Dinner will be followed by entertainment. We've had comedians and hypnotists in the past. Another fine show has been selected for you all so please stay and partake. I think you will be very impressed.

HOTELS AND RESORTS, AIRPORT SHUTTLES

Hotel

The Arizona Golf Resort at 425 South Power Road in Mesa, Arizona is ready to take reservations until Friday, December 18th. Give them a call at 1-800-528-8282 and mention 'Men's Fantasy Baseball'. The golf tournament and the Saturday night banquet will both be at the resort. Many players and their guests can make use of the suites to cut down on costs. The following types of rooms can be reserved on a space available basis:

GROUP ROOM RATES (plus 12.02% tax) or current tax
Standard/Deluxe Rooms: $ 129.00 single/double occupancy
Resort One-Bedroom Suite: $ 149.00 single/double occupancy
Premium One-Bedroom Suite: $ 189 single/double occupancy

Premium Two-Bedroom Suites: $ 299.00 single/double/triple/quad occupancy
All rooms contain refrigerators and microwaves.

Airport Shuttle Services

T & T Transportation 480-832-3483

Tim Schultz is the owner. He has town cars and vans. He needs advance notice of arrivals (the earlier the better, but if he is available he will be there ASAP). A town car runs $45 one-way and can fit 4-5 adults. He will meet the guests in the baggage claim area and then come directly to the hotel.

Super Shuttle 602-244-9000

Reservations are not required, but are recommended. The fee is $16 per person one way. The only down side to Super Shuttle is they sometimes make multiple stops before arriving at the final destination.

All major Rental Car Companies are also located at Sky Harbor. Reservations are recommended.

TOURNAMENT FEES AND SIGNUP

The goal is to keep the price low while making the experience memorable. The baseball tournament fee will be $300 per player. This fee gets you:

- Four tournament games at Gene Autry with two umpires per game
- Catered lunch on Friday and Saturday
- Your own locker in the clubhouse along with shower facilities
- Clubhouse snacks and drinks
- Laundry service both Friday and Saturday nights
- Saturday night banquet dinner and show
- Tournament memento


ANGELS, A'S, CUBS, DIAMONDBACKS, DODGERS, PADRES and PORTS tournament coordinators : Click here for the team tournament signup form. Email your players and ask that they send you the signup information (name, flex cap size, extra adult dinners, extra children's dinners, and payment with check made out to you). Write each player's information on the team tournament signup form and mail with ONE check to Mark Gemello at the address on the form.

IMPORTANT: Do not send your golf fees with your baseball payment (see above).

QUESTIONS

Check back frequently to see any new details. Alternatively, you can email me or telephone using the information below:

Doug 'J.C.' Penney
jcpenney6@comcast.net
916-607-3131



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