City of Southaven Parks Department
P.O. Box 365
3335 Pine Tar Alley
Southaven, MS 38671
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|READ WHAT TEAMS ARE SAYING ABOUT OUR EVENTS!!!
April 2, 2013
I have been meaning to write you for some time. We have had the benefit of traveling with a particular team to TX, LA, and the Gulf Coast to play at other facilities. After each trip I am so thankful and proud to be able to call Snowden home. What you and your staff have developed not only at Snowden but in the surrounding area is just amazing. I have been extremely disappointed at every Super NIT location we have traveled to; however, I have just come to realize we are spoiled at home. It is just not the facilities either. How you and your staff manage the facilities, umpires, and all around communication (rain, change in scheduling, etc.) is really just a blessing. I am sure other parents do not get to travel to other locations and your team does not get to hear it enough; but Thank You for making Snowden and the surrounding area what it is Today!
I as a parent, coach, and spectator feel extremely blessed to have your team and these facilities to call home. Thank you -
June 11, 2012
We really enjoyed playing at your complex. The umpiring was great, the complex is beautiful and the experience was awesome. You can count on us a couple of times next year. I have nothing but positives to spread to other coaches and parents in St Louis area. We just need to add a couple of more gamers to our roster so we can compete at this level. Thank you again, hats off to you and your staff.
St Louis PAL Pepitones
May 28, 2012
Wanted to thank you for the opportunity to play at your park this weekend. We drove a long way, but it was worth it. The staff and people associated with the tournament were very professional. I have been coaching in youth baseball for over 15 years and have travelled to many tournaments across the country and your park ranks as the top one. I was really impressed with the gentlemen who collected money at the D complex each day in the afternoon. Secondly, the 2 umpires that had all the games Sunday on Field 16 at D complex were very knowledge and professional.
Doug Bax - Jefferson City Vipers
May 15, 2012
Thanks for putting on such a fantastic tournament. It was such a big league experience for the kids, they had a blast. Thanks again and see you next year.
Lee Ragland - Outlaw Baseball 11U
March 26, 2012
I just wanted to say thanks for the great experience this weekend. The 12 year old aaa competition was insanely tight. I don't think there was much difference in the teams from top to bottom. I am glad you mentioned dropping from the major to aaa. That was all we wanted. I think our run margin was .25. I know you probably don't get to hear the good things so again, thanks.
Dave - Sipsey Vipers
July 28, 2011
I would like to thank you again for a providing an atmosphere where a person could leave a expensive equipment bag unattended for several hours and have it safely returned. UNBELIEVABLE!! I just arrived home and will write a formal thank you in the next couple days. Our team had a great time at the World Series. It was their first and your park made a great impression upon everyone.
June 20, 2011
I didn't get a chance to turn in my umpire evaluation cards from this past weekend's tourney, and just wanted to let you know all of the umpires we had in our 4 games did a great job.... very knowledgable, and very professional. I also wanted to thank you for giving us the opportunity to play, as always, everyone at Snowden Grove (umpires, field/dugout crews, gate workers, concessions, etc.) made our experience enjoyable, and we look forward to returning next year.
Thanks a bunch Scotty,
Warhawks Baseball Club 10U - Hartselle, AL
June 20, 2011
Very well ran tournament. From the brackets to the complex to the umpires to the scores and updates Snowden Grove is the best in the business. Thanks for all you do for these Teams and kids.
June 6, 2011
The Lenz Field 9u Warriors from Illinois would like to thank you for a great tournament and a great experience!!!!!! We had an absolute blast and felt our boys competed against some of the top 9u teams from the mid south! We came to Mississippi for some great COMPETITION and it was everything we hoped for. Thank you so much for putting us in a tuff pool, as competition is what makes you better. We left town with 3 wins and 2 loses to two great teams. We feel this tournament has more than prepared us for our Illinois State tournament in two weeks. I would also like to say that the personalities of your umpires were second to none!!!! We enjoyed our trip 100%. You guys do a great job!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
May 17, 2011
I just wanted to drop you a quick email to complement you on such a wonderful tournament. The umpires were the most professional I have ever been associated with. The staff was incredible. Congrats and thank you for giving our kids a 1st class experience.
May 17, 2011
We've had a super time in Southaven playing in both the Early Bird Classic and the Mid South Super NIT this past weekend. Our team enjoys playing in tournaments where there is clear and concise information readily available along with nice facilities to boot. This certainly is the case at Snowden Grove and we appreciate the efforts you and your staff put into making top notch tournaments here in the mid-south.
Head Coach - Jackson 96er's Orange
May 16, 2011
This being my team's first tournament participation in one of your events, I wanted to let you know that we had an outstanding experience and thought you all did one heck of a great job hosting it over this past weekend. Here in ??, USSSA is often a "bad" name due to the effort, attention and execution of their tournaments. Venues tend to be sub par and preparation of the fields etc. leaves a lot to be desired. Having traveled 6 hours plus to play in the Southaven SNIT, I can tell you that I personally, and my team, parents etc., thoroughly enjoyed our experience, had a lots of fun, and really want to thank you for your effort and the way you put the tournament on. The communication was great, fields were outstanding, umps were good - it just was a trip well worth it and I will certainly be a local advocate here for you all. My hats off to you and again thank you for a great weekend of fun baseball!
12u ECB Titans
May 15, 2011
This is Mike Pounders with the 10 MAJ Springdale Wild Dawgs and I just wanted to thank you and your team for hosting an outstanding tournament. Even though we got knocked out early, it was a great event and I can assure you that my team will make sure the Snowden Grove complex is on our travel schedule at least once a season and hopefully more.
Everyone was very helpful, your fields were immaculate and the umpires were great to work with.
May 2, 2011
Thank you for having our team in your tournament. The Outlaws have been together for 6+ years, and I have to say, Snowden Grove in the nicest & cleanest parks we have played at! The parents & players had a great time. The only regret is, that we never came down sooner. I also coach my younger boy's team and will get them down here.
St. Louis Outlaws
April 11, 2011
Thanks for putting on a great tournament in a great town, and thank you for allowing the chapel services on Sunday, great addition for traveling families. See you in the near future.
8u M.A.D. Baseball Academy - Franklin, TN.
March 28, 2011
I would like to take the time to thank you and your staff for a great week end.
So often we as coaches, players and parents take for granted that we get to play week end and week out
On some of the greatest facilities in the south and do not ever think to take the time to thank you guys for all
you do to assure we get to play. I know this past week end with all the rain was very difficult and for your guys
to be able to make things happen so we could play on Sunday was a major milestone that should not be overlooked.
I want to thank you for very much for everything you and your staff did. I know the crews worked tireless through the
night and all day Sunday to make sure we played as many games as possible. Again you guys did an unbelievable job and
we thank you very much.
August 16, 2010
I wanted to thank you and your staff for running a great tournament! Snowden Grove will be at the top of our list every year when we consider travelling for tournaments.
Plainfield Tornadoes 10's
June 20, 2010
I just had to send an email to you folks at the Snowden Grove Park... we just returned from there where my son played in the 11u Global World Series. You really know how to put on a tournament! I have seen and participated in a lot of tournaments and yours was one of the best! We've been to Disney for the Elite and AAU Nationals, and I would have to say we enjoyed Snowden more. The umpiring was some of the best we've ever seen... fair, cool-headed, friendly...
Your southern hospitality was a treat to experience and we hope we'll get the chance to return to another tournament another time.
Keep up the good work!
Emily Duensing - Mac-N-Seitz Indians 11
June 12, 2010
I just want to let you know what a first class event the 2010 NABF 13U World Series was and what a great time the Louisiana Bayou Bandits had playing in it. We are now 13-1 at your facility. We are thinking about making it our home ball park. Anyway, the umpires, fields, and teams were all great and we look forward to coming back next season for the 14U NABF World Series. Our kids got a real kick out of having a 6 man team of umpires in the Championship game and although we lost, I thought it was a great game and both teams played real big time baseball.
Louisiana Bayou Bandits 13U Major
June 2, 2010
The Eastern Illinois Rockets really enjoyed our experience at Snowden Grove Park. All the parents loved the beautiful facilities. The boys were thrilled to play in Mississippi. This was our first complete tournament as Rockets. My son Wyatt was a member of the Champaign Heat/Dream last year and we got rained out. This year the weather was great. We also enjoyed playing at Lewisburg High School. Also, there was an extra nice umpire, I think he said his name was Chuck Finnell, or something like that. At the end of Saturday's three games that we played all at the same field, he threw Wyatt the game ball and told him he really hit the ball well and was impressed. What a nice surprise after we had tied two games in a row. Thank you for all your hard work and dedication to making a lot of kids and families happy all summer!!
Eastern Illinois Rockets 14U Baseball
June 1, 2010
I wanted to take a minute and say thank you on behalf of the Dallas Tigers Thompson 12U team for this weekend Memorial Day Tournament.
Your communication and willingness to hear from us after sign up is a welcome rarity these days. First off great tournament. Very good competition and bracketing. The Snowden Grove facility is without doubt the best facility we have travel to in 6 years of playing select ball.
Fields are in top notch shape and maintained fantastic between ball games etc. Also the folks who run the concessions, Grounds, gates, score keepers etc.were all terrific.I had never seen this many staff members on site doing a great job. This Will certainly be one of our annual stops going forward.
On Behalf of The Tigers.......Thanks
Mike & Jeanette Davern
12U Dallas Tigers 12U Admin.
May 26, 2010
Just wanted to say thanks for a great weekend of baseball. Your tournament is one of the best in the country. Fields are great, well organized and good umpires. We will plan to see you next year.
Mike Fox -- Mac-N-Seitz Indians 12's
May 19, 2010
Thank You and Thanks for another fun tournament. How you got those fields ready for play on Sunday is beyond me! Your Staff and your umpire crew were first class and professional as usual this past weekend.
May 18, 2010
I know you hear this alot, but it never hurts to hear good things often.
I have been traveling the southeast for the past 18 years watching and coaching travel ball and I have never been as impressed with a tournament as I was this past weekend. I Coached in the 7 u open and I watched my 12 year old play in the 12u Major so I got to visit 2 of the parks and this is hands down the best place ever to play. Sure the fields were great, but beyond the fields the staff, umpires and the entire town made this a trip one to remember and I will make sure everyone I talk to knows what an outstanding job everyone does to make South haven a place they should put on there list every year. I will be back.
Thanks again for such a great experience.
May 17, 2010
Thank you for a well run tournament as always. Southaven is always one of my favorite places to play. The staff did a great job and umpires did as well. Hopefully I was not to much of a pest. I appreciate your patience and the professional manner at which conduct yourself. Sundays are very busy and hectic.
July 20, 2009
Scotty, I just wanted to drop you a note and tell you how great a job you and your staff did in the USSSA 10U AAA World Series. You have an unbelievable complex the was highlighted by your magnificent staff. Our kids had the time of their lives for 5 days. From the opening ceremonies to our final loss was time and money well spent.
If we can swing it we will keep and eye on your website and try to come down for a tournament next year. It is a decent haul for us from SW MO to Southaven, MS. That being said if you have a AAA tournament next Summer that is what you think as one of you better ones team wise please let me know.
Again thanks to you and you staff for everything. We hope to see you next summer!
Team Cyclone 10U AAA
June 15, 2009
i just wanted to drop a quick line to you all about our experience these last few days. we were in the bancorpsouth sports center friday evening when the tornado came through. and i need to say that the level of concern was wonderful. you all reacted quickly and that avoided a lot of potential injuries. thank you for your great work.
as far as the tournament, we were only able to complete 3 games before the tournament got cancelled, but we had a great experience there at snowdengrove. a lot of athletic complexes and tournament organizations could take lessons from you all.
thanks for a great weekend for our team,
12u st louis cobras
June 1, 2009
Southaven was a wonderful host for the weekend. The fields were in great shape and we were treated well as usual. We love coming to Southaven, just wish you would move about 3 hours closer to Paducah KY.
Thanks again for a good weekend. Also, thanks for the good weather (finally).
Paducah Storm Baseball 12 AAA
May 19, 2009
Just wanted to drop you a line to let you know what a first class tournament you and your staff run. The umpires were great, the fields were as good as you will find and your staff really kept the place top shelf clean.
Even though we came up a little short (4th place) it was still a great weekend for a team that had only played 3 games together. Again, thanks for a great weekend.
May 18, 2009
Just wanted to say thanks for a great tournament. Very well run with good competition and good consistent Umpires. We will plan to see you next year.
Mike Fox and Shane Halter
Mac n Seitz Indians 11U
May 18, 2009
Scotty, I want to thank you and your staff for a very well run tournament for the Super NIT. I hate that we could not perform any better than we did, and be able to come back on Sunday, because looking at the results, Sunday sure did look exciting. The Fields were in great shape, the umpires were very respectful, and the city is just always nice, everywhere you go. We will sure to be back at some point this year, hopefully for the USSSA 10AAA World Series.
Thanks Very much
NWR SKEETER BASEBALL 10U
May 18, 2009
Thanks for hosting a great tournament this past weekend. We have played in several Super NITs over the past couple of years, and this one by far was the best. There was definitely enthusiasm in the air and that is a result you your group's hard work.
West TN Wildcats 10u
May 11, 2009
I want to just personally thank you for running such organized and great tournaments. Though we were rained out twice, we have really enjoyed playing in Snowden Grove. We will be playing there more next year. I think that it is the elite park for youth baseball in this whole region. Again, thanks for running such professional operations that all from the kids to the coaches to the spectators really enjoy!
April 8, 2009
Just a quick note to say THANK YOU so much for the past weekend! Two Waterloo Wizards teams traveled from Illinois to Memphis hoping to find a fantastic tournament and we were not disappointed! Your complex is absolutely first rate, the tournament was so organized and everyone was very nice and accommodating! Great competition, excellent fields, good weather and nice people. What more could we ask for? We are already planning a return trip for next year and a younger 10U Wizard team had so much fun following us on your website that they are thinking of coming this year as well. Again, thanks so much...I can't tell you how disappointing it is when we ask our parents to spend the time and money to travel somewhere out of state and the tournament is not run well. We will tell everyone around how great Snowden Grove is, no doubt!
Barry and Amy Grant
Waterloo Wizards 13U
Waterloo Wizards Baseball Club
April 5, 2009
I am a grandmother who lives in Southeast Missouri . My grandson plays at your park every weekend. I just wanted to tell how much I appreciate you web site. I am able to see if his team won and check all the scores. It makes me feel I am a part of his life even if I am unable to come to the game. I told my daughter the only thing that would make it better is if you actually broadcast the games!
Anyway, thank you, thank you, thank you!
Jacob's and Jordan's grandma,
February 2, 2009
Just wanted to say, as the 2009 year begins, how much we enjoy coming to Snowden for each tournament. It is the only facility I have 100% confidence in. Many just throw tournaments together hoping for teams to come. This is never an issue @ Snowden...............................
October 7, 2008
I just wanted to thank you for a great tournament in Southaven. Our team and parents had a wonderful time. It was a great experience for everyone. You have a beautiful complex and the hospitality was awesome. We look forward to coming again.
Biloxi Bombers 10AA
September 22, 2008
I spoke to your UIC (Terry Malone) on my way out yesterday, and just wanted to drop you a line as well to tell you that your staff was absolutely the highest quality for the Wood Bat Classic this last weekend. The umpiring was consistent, professional, and even the strike zone was the same between different plate umpires. Your guys knew the rules of the game and they were courteous to the players and the fans.
My thanks to you and all the staff at Snowden Groves. We have traveled to Southaven at least once every year since our player was 10, and it’s always the highlight of the season. We only saw one local team while we were there, but they were to best team in the pool and we played them tough in both games. Even though we didn’t carry the trophy away at the end of the day, we got exactly what we hoped to get: top level baseball games at a beautiful venue.
Thanks again to you and your staff, and hope to see you again in coming years.
St Louis Grays 16U
July 22, 2008
Hello Mr. Baker. I am the father for the shortstop (#5) on the Texas Storm and I wanted to thank you again for a wonderful week. Your tournament was the best run tourney we've ever attended. From the facilities to the teams involved, it was first-class. Additionally, I have coached and seen a lot of youth baseball games and the umpiring crew you have is by far the most consistent and professional group I've seen.
Unfortunately we came up a bit short but hats-off to you and your team for putting on a first-rate competition. AND thank you again for indulging me with your conversation and stories in the pavilion.
Best of luck to you and yours.
July 21, 2008
On behalf of the Dublin Green Sox, I would like to thank you for a wonderful and memorable experience in Southaven. We had heard great things about the tournament, and we were not disappointed! Great job.
Thanks again for creating such great memories for our boys, coaches and families.
10U Dublin Green Sox
July 7, 2008
Our team just returned from the NABF World Classic and what an experience it was. Everything, from the opening ceremonies and skills competition, to the cleanliness of the facility to the very impressive complex, was first class.
We had heard plenty of good things about Southaven and Snowden Grove and what we heard was all true. This is as good as it gets for youth baseball.
We had a memorable experience and can’t wait to return in the future.
Elizabethtown (Ky.) Shock
July 4, 2008
Please pass on our appreciation to everyone from your staff for hosting a great tournament. Everyone we talked with and encountered during this tournament was First Class and very hospitable. We felt welcome everywhere that we went.
The facility there at Snowden Grove has to be considered one of the best in the country. We will be recommending this facility to everybody we come across.
Thanks for extending us the opportunity to play.
11U Cincinnati Stix National
July 4, 2008
We had a TERRIFIC time in Southaven this past week. The facility was phenomenal with lots of great competition. This was our first World Series and have lots of memories from our time at Snowden Grove...............
Paducah Storm – U9
July 4, 2008
On behalf of the Olney Pirates team and families, we want to thank you for organizing a great tournament. You and your staff conducted a very organized and professional tournament. The officiating was fantastic, please forward our appreciation to the entire umpire team. I will highly recommend this tournament for all future teams.
Thank you again.
June 20, 2008
Thank you so much!!!
We would like to express our sincere thanks for the warm welcome we received at this tournament. The team and the fans thoroughly enjoyed the weekend at the park and the surrounding area. Snowden Grove Park is an awesome facility!
Tina O. Esponge
June 10, 2008
I am sure you receive these all the time but just wanted to drop you a line and say thanks for your assistance with our schedule and for the great people of Snowden Grove we again enjoyed our weekend (even though we stunk the place up a little with our ball playing) the fields were in the best condition I have seen them in years. You run a first class operation and that's one of the reasons we keep coming back see you next year....
14U Johnny Mac Thunder
June 8, 2008
I know you are busy but I hope not too busy to read a compliment. Our team traveled over to Mississippi May 30 thru June 1 and once again found your product to be great. Each year this trip is the highlight of our season and this year was no different. I just wanted to say thanks for providing such an excellent atmosphere for youth baseball.
12U Decatur Storm
May 6, 2008
Meant to email you Monday and compliment the 2 umpires we had Sunday. We had them for both games Sunday and they both did a good job. Even though I didn’t always agree with the strike zone they were consistent with it throughout both games. One thing that stands out is that they always tried to get into the right position to make the call. They didn’t get planted in their spots and just make a call they moved to the play and got in position. I thought they did a real good job.
Team Collierville 14s
April 14, 2008
On behalf of the U-13 Troy Thunder team and parents we would like to thank you and Snowden Grove Park for a great tournament this past weekend. The competition was excellent and as always your facility is the best.
Bob Daiber, Manager
Troy Thunder Baseball
April 7, 2008
Just wanted to drop you an email and let you know how much our team enjoyed playing at your park. The facilities are great and the hospitality couldn't have been better. I thought your umpires are as good as any I have seen at this level. I don't remember the names of the 2 that called our championship game, but they were as professional as any we have had in spite of the other coaches continuing to argue balls and strikes. You guys do a great job!
We look forward to playing there again.
September 24, 2007
Just wanted to let you know that my boys had the time of their life at your Wood Bat tournament this past weekend. You guys did an outstanding job with the tournament. The facilities were first class and the best we have seen. Your umpires were very professional and did a super job calling every game we played in. We are looking forward to the Fall Nationals and look forward to seeing you guys soon.
Central Arkansas Twisters
STEPHEN W. LISTER, TSgt, USAF
34th Combat Training Squadron
Little Rock AFB, AR 72099
July 23, 2007
To Everyone at Snowden Grove Park:
My son played for the Mid Ohio Bullets in the recently concluded 10U AAA World Series held at your park July 15th-22nd. The team, coaches and their family members were more than impressed with your facility and staff. The fields were beautiful and the grounds crew did a great job keeping them that way for each game.
As for the tournament organizers and umpires, you were first class all the way! I can't begin to imagine the time and people required to organize such an event. From the opening ceremony until the day we left, everything went off without a noticeable hitch. Furthermore, it was very refreshing to attend a tournament of this size and have so few problems with umpires. They were sharp dressed adult professionals with accommodating communication skills. Calls were missed, but they were few. The pace of each game was crisp. The focus was always on the kids, as it should be.
About the same time you were building Snowden Grove Park, I too was heavily involved in a similar undertaking (albeit not to your scale) in my home town of Sparta, Ohio. I know first hand, the planning, hard work and money required to create a park of any size. What your community has done is, in a word, inspiring!
I spent a lot of time taking note of your newly added Shade System over your bleachers. We have many difficulties with what we engineered for shade at Highland Community Park. I may contact you later for a recommendation.
Again, way to go Snowden Grove! I hope we get to visit again real soon.
Special Assistant to Baseball Operations
July 23, 2007
I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for you kindness and hospitality during our visit to Southaven. We enjoyed the tournament so much, and we just wanted you to know how impressed we were with your facilities and your tournament direction. Your facilities are the nicest that I have ever seen, and you are to be commended for designing such a wonderful place for your young athletes...................
Once again, thank you again for your hospitality during our vacation to the 2007 World Series. We hope to visit your city and ball park again soon.
July 21, 2007
Just a note to pass on if opportunity arises to your peers and staff. Cardinal Baseball would like to thank everyone at Snowden Grove Park for the ultimate in youth baseball experience during this week's USSSA World Series. We may not be the overall champions, but in our way of seeing the week only two teams are guaranteed to walk away happy...the overall champion and the winner of the consolation bracket.
The umpires, staff, fields crews and everyone we came into contact with did an outstanding job. From our players, coaching staff and parents, congratulations on a job well done!
July 10, 2007
I want to commend you and your staff on a wonderful job managing the NABF WS. Myself, Coaches, Players, and Parents
had a wonderful time. The facilities and ball fields in Southaven are something we will never forget.
9U Cincy Bats
June 13, 2007
I just wanted to drop you a line thanking you for a wonderful experience. Our 14u team played in the June Jam tournament this past weekend and while we didn't have our "A" game, our experience was certainly an A++++!!
The fields were magnificent, the organization was outstanding, and while I didn't agree with every umpire's call (show me a coach that does), the umpires were the best we've seen. Not once did they not hustle to get into position to make the call. We played 5 games in Southaven and of those only once did we have a home plate ump not bark out the calls.
I will recommend Southaven to any coach that asks. GREAT JOB!!!
May 31, 2007
We enjoyed Southaven last weekend. I want to thank you and your staff. My son left his bat bag at the park after our last game Sat night. We didn’t realize it until we were unloading for our Sun afternoon game. Panic set in and I immediately went to lost and found and there it was. Thanks to some honest person.
May 30, 2007
I am the scorekeeper for the St. Louis Knights. First, I wanted to congratulate you on a great Memorial Day tournment. It was very well run. From top to bottom, this is one of the best tournaments in which we have played in the last few years. I would recommend Southaven to anyone.
Again, thank you for your hospitality.
April 3, 2007
Thanks for your effort in getting the fields ready Sunday, April 1. I know with rain, your staff had to work some long hours and it is much appreciative. For my team, (Southern Illinois Redbirds) these were our first games and I cannot thank you enough for playing Sunday.
Southern Illinois Redbirds
April 2, 2007
as always great show and thanks for getting the fields ready for Sunday. I will also tell you as you probably already know the officiating crew I had on all three games Sunday were as good as it gets.
Smith Transportation Equipment, Inc.
October 2, 2006
I don't know if you remember me but I met you this past Friday when I picked up our coaches passes before our first game. I just wanted to take a couple of seconds and let you know how much I appreciated bringing my team to your last two tournaments (Wooden Bat Classic and Fall National NIT). I've been coaching baseball since 1979 (High School, American Legion, etc.) so I can appreciate the amount of work that goes into this and I just wanted to say thanks!!!
Everything was done in a first class manner and was a really good experience for my team. From the competition, to your facilities, the hospitality of all of your workers and the great job done by your umpires of managing the games was just super!!!
Again thanks and great job...
Coach, Mooreville MS Troopers
September 30, 2006
What a wonderful web site for grandparents in WI! We can keep up
with our grandsons team and even know the weather. Many thanks.
September 18, 2006
Thanks for your hospitality. My kids had the best time at your facility. We were amazed at how helpful and friendly the people were. We can't wait to play there again.
July 30, 2006
Thanks to the staff and volunteers for hosting a great tournament. The fields were in great shape, and the officiating crews did a very good job. Everything was extremely well organized and on-time.
We had a lot of fun, played lots of baseball, and enjoyed fun activities in the surrounding area. It was disappointing when we lost, but the kids all played hard and came away wanting to play more baseball.
Thanks again, and good luck next year!
Wills Park Slammers
8 yr old All-stars
July 28, 2006
On behalf of Joe Chandler and myself, we would like to take this opportunity to thank you, Mike, Fletcher and the rest of the staff for the support and care that was taken to make this, in our opinion, the most successful tournament we have had at Snowden Grove Park. I know very well that you and the staff never really get the respect and accolades that are deserved for the work that is done prior to our teams arriving, the tournament and then the post-tournament clean-up.
Joe and I would also like to highlight one of your ground crew workers, Freddie Robinson. All in all, the entire ground crew did a great job, but Freddie seemed to always be there when we needed him and he consistently showed a genuine interest in doing the right thing with regard to the care of the fields and the needs of Joe and I. It was refreshing to deal with a person that truly is proud of what he does and he has no problem displaying his respect for you, Mike and Fletcher. I am sure that you are happy to have Freddie on your staff and we look forward to working with him next season.
Another person that Joe and I would like to recognize is Laurie Gilbert, she really is one that is willing to go the extra mile to satisfy our needs. She always has a smile, even on the day that she had to stay there until 2:00 AM and then return the next morning around 8:00 AM. I can assure you that she was a welcome addition for us.
Bottom line, you guys do a great job, without your hard work this would not be the tournament that it has become. Every year has seen improvement, but this year tops them all! Thanks again for all that you and your staff does to make this the great experience that it was for us.
Dizzy Dean National Director
July 27, 2006
We enjoyed playing at your facility this week and the hospitality of everyone in South Haven. Please pass along my gratitude to Gateway Tire on Goodman Road for taking care of our Van. We picked-up a nail over at the practice area and had a flat tire. We did not realize it until be took a break between games and needed to transport some players. With limited time we found "Jimmy" at Gateway Tire and not only did he personally expedite my repair but did it at no charge. What a great attitude these guys had to a person who lives out of town and may not ever be in their shop again. Mr. Buntin should be proud of his guys and especially Jimmy. They are a "Class Act" and are a credit to you city.
Wills Park Tornadoes
July 19, 2006
Thanks to you all for putting on a first rate tournament at a first rate facility. Everything was beautiful and well-maintained. The canopies over the bleachers were greatly appreciated!
Laurens Lightning 10U
2006 USSSA 10AAA World Series
July 17, 2006
Great job covering the USSSA World Series!!
July 16, 2006
On behalf of our families, coaches, and players, we want to thank you for one terrific week of FIRST CLASS BASEBALL. A special thanks to all the volunteers, park staff, and grounds crew who did a tremendous job all week, especially to get us restarted so quickly during the rain.
Thanks for all you do for youth sports and the positive impact you make on the coaches and players who are fortunate enough to visit Southaven and Snowden Grove Park.
Louisville River Dogs
July 16, 2006
Thanks for a wonderful tournament (USSSA World Series). My boys had a great time. You guys do a great job.
July 13, 2006
.............. By the way just want to commend you and the staff for a great run NABF last week. Snowden is still the best place to play bar none.
July 12, 2006
Just wanted to express my extreme gratitude for all you and your organization did for the NABF World Classic. It was a true once in a lifetime experience for our boys. I can't say enough about the facilities, the professionalism, and the red carpet treatment we felt every where we went. Your umpires that worked with the 13U group were the most personable and enjoyable people I've dealt with in baseball the past 10 years, even questionable calls left you smiling after talking to the Umpire.
The competition was as billed, top notch all the way. While a 1-2-1 record may not jump out at you, against that kind of caliber play and knowing we only missed the Championship round by a tie breaker of 6 more runs given up, we left feeling we belonged and could genuinely compete with the top in the country.
Again, thanks from all of the Miami County Renegades organization, hopefully we'll get the opportunity to come back again.
Tom H. Rose
Miami County Renegades
July 10, 2006
Once again your NABF tournament was run better than any we have seen and your fields were as good as we have seen. We did not perform as we hoped we would as a team but in many ways you made it fun because of how you run tournament. Thanks again for a very organized and well run event.
10 year old Oklahoma Dirtbags
July 9, 2006
On the behalf of the Maryland Cardinals 13U, we want to thank you for a Great Tournament. We have been to your facility twice now at 11's and 13's and must say you guys are the best we've been to. We were impressed with the City of Southaven, some parents have found a new retirement place. Again thanks for everything.
Fred Engles 13U Cardinals
July 7, 2006
We really enjoyed the NABF tournament, you have a classy facility and is run by classy individuals. See you in the fall.
Memphis Tiger 10's
July 7, 2006
The NABF was super, we loved it! I am sure the Vipers won the 13s. We " saved" a pitcher for them anticipating a C'ship game and ran into a determined MS team that beat us. Good umps throughout.
I hope to make a Fall tourney up there-
Alabama Heat soon to be 14s
June 21, 2006
I just wanted to say thanks for all of the effort put in by you and the folks at Snowden Grove for the tournament this pastweekend. Although we had significant rains I thought you guys did a wonderful job getting the fields prepared and communicating to everyone about what was going on. You run a first class program and we were very impressed and will come back down to play again next year.
Thanks again for a wonderful tournament,
May 29, 2006
We had a great time playing in your Memorial weekend tournament. You have a real nice facility down there. We look forward to coming down next year.
Prarie Vlillage Panthers
May 26, 2006
.................I think you guys do a great job and every kid that plays baseball should experience playing in a world series at Snowden Grove Park at least once. Also thanks for all that you have done for us this year, and we are looking forward to many tournaments next year.
May 22, 2006
Let me start by saying how much we enjoy playing at your complex. We’ve played baseball lots of places across the country, and Snowden Grove in Southaven is our favorite. We always know what to expect and appreciate the quality of every aspect of the game, facilities, individuals, website, etc.
Thanks so much!
May 22, 2006
This past weekend marked the third straight year that our team (11U Warhawks Baseball Club) has made a trip to Snowden Grove Park for tournament play. Without exception, this is place we look forward to all year; no one, and I mean NO ONE, does it better! Win or lose our team has a great experience in baseball.
Thanks to Southaven for being so hospitable; thanks to the Tourney director for a great show and ALWAYS being reachable; thanks to the field crews for treating every field like it's special for 'your team'; and a special thanks for the Sunday morning worship service.
Thanks for everything.
Warhawks Baseball Club
May 15, 2006
I suspect this will be my last year to coach. The Reds have played their final game in Southaven, and my son, Kerry, is 'aging out.' My youngest son plays football instead of "God's sport." My teams haven't always performed their best at Snowden Grove, but the experience of playing down there has always been the finest. I really appreciate the job you've done over the years for our kids. I wish you all the best in the future, and if there is anything I can ever do for you, just let me know!
Thanks a Million,
Collierville Reds 14s
April 25, 2006
Just wanted to drop you a line and encourage you to keep up the good work that you guys do over at Snowden Grove. .................................. I must tell you that your organization is second to none in the area. ................ Maybe you need to increase your number of tournaments next year. I know alot of teams feel this way as well. See you at the park
April 10, 2006
Great job on the tourney! We had a good time. The officiating was good as well.
Arlington Tiger (10s) Parent
April 3, 2006
Just wanted to let you know that you and the City of Southaven staff did a great job this weekend with all of the crazy weather. The right decisions were made regarding the completion of play. I wanted to give you some positive feedback because I know in the golf business usually all you hear are the negative responses. Thanks again and we look forward to next weekend.
April 2, 2006
the germantown sox 9's had a good time at our VERY FIRST TOURNAMENT, this weekend.
while we were 0-3, we showed improvement in not only our first tourney, but our very first game whatsoever as a team, and the very first competitive game several of ours players every played in, and many players first time to pitch or catch.
your facilities were nice, the water in the dugouts was a very nice touch.
i want to pass along a thanks to the ark dirtdobbers 9's in game where they blew us out, they allowed us to "slip-in" our eleventh player for a bat in the last inning.
it is certainly easier to be gracious with a huge lead, but i certainly would not have asked in a close game, anyway.
the main point of this letter is to comment on the quality of the umpires. they were GREAT!. no bad calls in the field, either way. and the strike zone was consistent for both teams. makes us want to come back more.
bo adams, germantown sox 9's
July 19, 2005
Note to Joey Odom (Vice President USSSA Baseball):
Just a note to congratulate USSSA and the City of Southaven on the finest tournament any team in my organization has ever attended. The 10U AAA World Series in Southaven, MS was an absolute gem. My only regret is that we didn't discover the event prior to this year.
My team played a game at midnight due to rain delays, but they were still dragging and lining the fields prior to the games.
Unbelievable attention to detail. Completely on top of everything. So much so that it simply surprised us. We're just not used to it!
Make sure you give them an "atta boy".
Pittsburgh Wild Things Select Baseball
July 19, 2005
On behalf of my Pittsburgh Wild Things – Red team, I want to extend my thanks and appreciation for hosting such a wonderful event last week in Southaven. You were certainly presented with some challenges like Hurricane Dennis and the 4-5 inches of rain Friday evening, but the City of Southaven and staff rose to the occasion and came through with flying colors. The boys really enjoyed playing at such a nice facility and everyone was very polite; only wish we played better as a team. Although we did have some close games, just came out on the wrong end.
If you have any time off, enjoy it, you certainly deserve it. If you are hosting anymore tournaments this year, hope the weather is more cooperative.
Pittsburgh Wild Things - Red
July 12, 2005
............thoroughly enjoyed the NABF World Classics. Also please pass on that the umpiring was first rate. I know that alot of folks complain, and of course I may not agree with every call, but it was a pleasure to be have our games called by skilled professionals. The entire tournament was fabulous and something that I take pride in as a Mississippian.
June 30, 2005
I just wanted to drop you a note of thanks for allowing us to attend your tournament this past weekend. We at Kelley USA attend top tournaments all over the country in order to promote and sell our gear - so naturally we have seen a lot of ballparks. I have to tell you... the City of Southaven's facilities are among the best that I have seen! All of your staff was very courteous and professional - not something we always find. In addition, the chicken tenders and sweet tea from your concession stand kept us going! We are looking forward to attending more of your tournaments in the future! Thanks again,
Kelley USA Baseball & Softball
June 16, 2005
Missed you on my way out Sunday when I stopped by to thank everyone for a great tournament - so...thank you. We had a great time and enjoyed the competition.
The City of Southaven Parks Department did a good job getting the fields ready with a ton of rain and the umpiring was it's usual high quality. Take care and we'll see you next year.
11U St. Louis Toro's
June 16, 2005
I wanted to let you know that we really enjoyed playing at Southaven this past weekend. This was only my second opportunity to play at Snowden Grove and you guys have some great facilities. I thought the tournament ran smooth inspite of the weather on Friday.
June 10, 2005
I wanted to say thank you so much for such a wonderfully run tournament. It was an experience that our boys will remember forever. The park was beautiful and everyone working at the park was so nice. I feel I need to point out how absolutely great the officials were. I'm not referring to the calls they made but their fantastic attitudes. I've seen officials with huge chips on their shoulders so often that it becomes as much of the game as the crack of the bat and slap of the leather. It was a nice change to enjoy an entire tournament and enjoy that "southern hospitality". It was so fun and I'm so glad we got the chance to experience it. On behalf of the St. Louis Yankees I want to tell you Thanks. We needed a tournament like this. One of our coaches said it perfectly... "I feel like I've died and gone to heaven". It was beautiful.
Thank you for going that extra mile for our boys!!!
12U St. Louis Yankees
June 1, 2005
I want to express my gratitude to the City of Southaven Parks Department for running an absolutely first class tournament. Even though our team didn’t perform as we expected, there was nothing from our point of view to complain about. I am a baseball commissioner at our organization and know that there are many folks out there that complain (more than we like to hear) and I know how I feel when I receive the positive feedback.
I had heard the rumors of Southaven and I was impressed with the setup. You have a beautiful facility and I loved the parking. That’s a big issue at our place. I would love to have the setup you have!
The concession stand was wonderful (loved those burgers and dogs), your gate folks were polite and everyone was approachable and helpful. The umpiring was good and your fields were very nice. Of course, more rain would help but we had no complaints.
Send our thanks to the grounds crew. I know that their contribution is acknowledged the least. I thanked them each time they came off the field. Also, thank the invisible folks. It took me a game or two to figure out where the scoreboard operators were. In four games, only one time was the count wrong and the ump quickly corrected that situation. I think that’s exceptional work.
I hope that I can make the journey to your place again. I have an 8-year-old although his desire to play is not as strong as his older brother. I will say that he had a desire for those sno-cones, the watermelon flavor!
American National Eagles 16
May 31, 2005
I just want to commend the City of Southaven and staff for putting on a great tournament this past weekend. You may not realize it, but of the 12 teams entered in the 9u bracket, 10 are currently ranked in the top 50 nationally in USSSA points. Playing in tournaments like these, win or lose prepares us for the big ones in July.
As you already know, I support and will continue to support your efforts in bringing quality baseball tournaments to Southaven. If playing there contributes to this, I am glad to do my part to help.
Here is to a great rest of the season.
Memphis Tiger 9's
April 18, 2005
I enjoyed seeing you this weekend. Once again let me express my appreciaiton on behalf of the Germantown Giants Organization for the outstanding job that is being done at Snowden Grove this year. Everything is being run so well. Games, Umpires, Concessions, Field Conditions. Everything is first class and a credit to you and the City of Southaven.
Director of Sales
April 11, 2005
On behalf of Goose's Gold 13U baseball team I want to thank the City of Southaven and staff for a well run and enjoyable tournament. Our team and their parents had a wonderful time. There's no comparison between Southaven fields, umpires, directors, staff and other venues. I wish we could play there every weekend.
We are looking forward to the upcoming events.
Goose's Gold 13U Baseball
April 4, 2005
Just wanted to drop a note and thank you for a well-run (as usual) tournament at the Early Bird Classic. The fields were in superb shape and the groundscrew did a great job. The competition was outstanding and some great baseball was played. Most importantly, the kids had a great time. Thanks again and see you in a month for the Sonic Slam.
Birmingham Bruisers 10U
October 5, 2004
Hi, my name is David Bryant, and I am a Coach with the Cabot Yankees. We have played many tournaments at Southaven, and we feel that there is not a place around that can top you guys. Simply put, you are the best. On or first trip several years ago, we drove in on Friday night for a 8:00 game. Having never been there before, our expectations were limited to what we were used to. Additionally, as a young boy growing up, I had played in more than a few tournaments through the years. So once we made the turn into Snowden Grove, it was soon very obvious that we were about to be part of something very special. The only thing that could come to my mind, was almost immediately said by one of my boys at the same time I was thinking it, which was, "Every field looks like the field in the movie Field of Dreams".
Since that first Tournament, we play at least two Tournaments a year at Snowden Grove. We do this because the boys recognize how special it is to play there. We have played National Tournaments in Owensboro, Kentucky , St. Louis, Missouri, as well as all over the state of Arkansas. Believe me when I say this, there is not a better facility out there. Couple this with very professional Umpires, outstanding organization, and a great Baseball atmosphere and you have something to be very proud of.
October 5, 2004
I would like to thank you once again for a wonderful season of baseball at Snowden Grove Park. As usual you and your staff ran first class tournaments all season long. (Including the fall). As much as I hate to say, they (your staff) didn't miss a beat with you being laid up for a while. I know they missed you, as we all did, but they did the same job with the same quality of workmanship as always. I would also like to commend your umpire-in-chief ( Mr. Corey) and his staff. I can honestly say that this season is the first that I can ever remember that I didn't have an argument with an umpire. I am sure I didn't always agree with the calls, but the umpires did a tremendous job of being in the correct position to make the call. We all make mistakes, errors, or miss calls, but being where you are supposed to be makes a big difference. In the case of our team, we are a family run organization. Myself, my father, my brother and my son get to spend time together and play baseball at the same time. Your facility and crew just make the experience a whole lot better. For me and my family, I know you are helping make memories that will last a lifetime.
Thank You for all you do!!
TN Giants 14's
October 4, 2004
Dear Tournament Director of USSSA Fall Nationals:
I am one of the parents whose son played in Southaven in 14U. I was very
impressed with the facility, management, and SPEED of updating the results
both on your website and USSSA site. We learned who won the tournament on
the next day. This is GREAT! This was the best organized tournament I was
involved in. Great Job!
Dept. of Sociology
Louisiana State University
August 11, 2004
Our team, the Ramona Bulldogs, participated in the USSSA 10U AAA World Series. We extended our vacation after the series and are just now getting settled at home again where I could email you about what a positive experience we had at the Southaven facility and with the organization of the tournament. The fields were beautiful and well maintained throughout the tournament. We were especially impressed with the speed in which game results and team information was posted! After one game, we were still in the parking lot at the fields when family from back home had already read the results of our game on the internet and were calling with good wishes! We didn't realize how lucky we were until we stopped by "another World Series event on the way home". The fields there were dry and dusty. They were barely maintained during the tournament and information regarding the games was not available until several days later. Thank you for doing a great job and making the experience well worth the travel from California!
July 19, 2004
Just wanted to take a moment and thank you for the World Series event that you headed up. It was truly a great experience for the kids and the park itself was second to none. Even though we did not fair as well as we had hoped, we truly enjoyed the environment that surrounded the World Series. Your staff should be proud of what they put together. Please thank them all from my team, parents, coaches and myself.
Keep up the excellent work that you do for our youth!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
10U Cardinals AAA
July 9, 2004
The Ala Heat 11s had a super time @ your NABF WS. Thanks so much for the effort/labor for the boys. We always end our year @ South Haven and eagerly look forward to playing at your park. This year we lost 3 players and had the unenviable draw of playing the Tulsa Lookouts, the team I am certain will win the tourney.
I only wish we lived closer to the park, would love to play there more often than twice/yr.
God's best to you, Jim and Don-
June 23, 2004
Thanks for an outstanding tournament. Great complex, great umpiring, and great competition. We will be back.
The St Louis Lumberjacks
June 14, 2004
Just wanted to thank you and your crew for a great job. It was our first time down there with our son and the Clarksville Orioles 90--14-year olds. They all had a great time. The officials and staff were the best we've had in any tournament this year. The facility is just awesome.
And it was good to know that an Austin Peay Alum was heading up the works. Again, thanks for giving our kids a great thrill and a first class professional environment.
I'm sure if our team continues next year, we'll be back.
Tennessee's oldest Newspaper
PS, if I can get a group together we will come down to show them the great
job you have done and what might be possible for Clarksville.
I HAD HEARD THAT YA'LL HAD A NICE PARK, BUT I WAS IMPRESSED BEYOND MY IMAGINATION. AT FIRST GLANCE OUR MOUTHS FELL OPEN . MY 9 YEAR OLD SON , JOHNATHAN WEAVER, WEST TN . WILDCATS, 1ST TOURNAMENT, SAID IT LOOKED LIKE SOMETHING OFF OF TV. THE FIELDS SMOOTH AND MANICURED. VERY WELL GROOMED AND CLEAN. WE DID NOT WIN IT ALL, BUT JUST PLAYING THERE WAS SOMETHING SPECIAL FOR ALL OUR KIDS. JUST THOUGHT YA'LL COULD TAKE TIME TO PAT YOURSELFS' ON THE BACK FOR A JOB WELL DONE. WE LOOK FORWARD TO COMING BACK.
THANKS FOR A WONDERFUL WEEKEND
West Tennessee Wildcats
The first time I saw Southaven my eyes blew up! That’s a good thing. Grass infields, lakes over the fences. It was just a very bright place. The staff was always out watering the fields, it was fun 2 play there! The umpires were also at high excellence! (Some of the best I have ever seen) And the competition was was fierce! Thank you for the great experience of a life time!
We have played in many states and Snowden Grove is the nicest complex we have played at by far. The umpires were top notch and the tournament staff is the very organized and knowledgeable. Great place to play.
Tony Mattera, Coach
First, our team, the St. Louis Lightning, had an absolutely fantastic time this last weekend at the USSSA 13U Fall Nationals at Snowden Grove Park. As always, the facilities, the staff, and the umpiring was top notch! Thanks for running such a magnificent site and tournament.
When will you have the tournament schedule for 2004 on the website? Can't start planning too soon, you know.
October 13, 2003
On behalf of the Collierville Rebels (12's), I want to thank you for another fine baseball experience in Southaven. The quality of the property is second to none, the competition was fierce, the umpiring was good and consistent and the total baseball experience for our boys was terrific.
Please pass my gratitude to your staff. Again, another job well done!
Barry Burns, Coach
Collierville Rebel (12's)
June 6, 2003
Hope all is well in Southaven. We really enjoyed the tourney this weekend and I just wanted to say thanks. The fields were great and I was very impressed with your umpire crew...I think they did an excellent job. The umps were good with the boys and were without a doubt some of the fairest and most consistent we've ever been involved with. I hope you pass this compliment along because they worked hard and I think they deserve a "pat on the back".
................We look forward to playing at Southaven again...just wish you guys were closer to Vicksburg.
Darrell Evans, Coach
May 27, 2003
Best tournament we have experienced. Everything was positive, from the outstanding facilities to the surrounding community, from the skilled umpiring to the competitive teams we encountered. The sportsmanship of the other coaches, players and fans was refreshing.
I've tried talking another one of our coaches to travel to Southaven for 1 1/2 yrs for a tournament but he has been reluctant due to the distance. Now he wants to travel to Southaven 2 or 3 times a year. You may get to know our face.
Twin City Bulldogs 13U
May 27, 2003
Thank you for a great tournament in Southaven this past weekend. We have heard about your facility for the past couple of years and have always wanted to play in a tournament there. A person would be hard pressed to find anything wrong with your facility or the manner in which
the tournament was conducted. Your staff were helpful and courteous. Your umpires were professional, even when the call was not what a coach wanted to hear. Your fields were great. If you did not notice, the kids had a great time, and that is what it is about.
Please extend my thanks to all your staff on a job well done. Hopefully, we will be able to return to Southaven.
Marc Reese, Assistant Coach
Twin City Bulldogs U13
May 27, 2003
Just wanted to let you know that we had great time this weekend at the Ben's Place Tournament. Everything was great.
We were given umpire evaluation cards and I did not turn them in, but I did want you to know that the umpires that called our games were the best that we have ever had. Anywhere! I appreciate the UIC getting competent, consistent and sometimes animated umpires. It really make a difference.
Once again thanks for a great tournament and we look forward to coming back and playing again.
Muscle Shoals Trojans 12U
April 14, 2003
Thanks for hosting the " Super Pretzel Shootout " tournament. I also want you to thank your organization from the check in personnel, field prep, and umpires for making our team feel welcomed.
I have been involved in baseball for many years and it is great to see a company like yours keeping the great tradition of baseball available for all of our youth. Again, please make sure your people know we appreciated their hard work.
The one thing that could make the next one better is for our team to be playing on a facility similiar to Snowden Grove located in Huntsville Alabama!!
Thanks Scotty, and we will see you soon,
Steve Hatfield, Rocket City Stingers 10U
April 11, 2003
You probably get this all the time - but when I looked at my email this morning and saw that the Challenge Cup brackets were already posted, I was speechless. After a couple tournaments where we were not told when or where we play until the first tourney day (and in one case a phone call at midnight), it was so nice to have a schedule a week in advance.
Thanks for the premium management!
Germantown Giants 10's
April 5, 2003
Thanks for putting in a Recreational Division in the 8year old division. My kids and parents had a wonderful time at the facilities. Your fields were in wonderful condition and your umpires did an excellent job. I appreciate the quickness of the posting of games and the bracket play was excellent. My kids all feel like winners and as they will all tell you, "Cool Trophies."
July 31, 2002
I just wanted to drop you a line and tell you how much we appreciate you and the facility in Southaven. As you know we play there quite a lot and hope to continue doing the same in the future. We just returned from a "World Series" where we finished 2nd. There is no comparison with your facility, organization, umpiring, and overall tournament. This is not "sour grapes" towards the other tournament, we finished 2nd out of 38 and couldn't have played or done any better.
.....................You and your staff over the past 4 years have "spoiled" us. From a top notch facility to the ladies taking up tickets, your group can not be beat. This includes umpires, opening ceremonies, concession workers, your office staff and of course you! Your opening ceremonies are always great. The competitions, the presentation of teams and fireworks show are second to none. The kids really love the time you have set aside to trade pins. You have a great atmosphere, and everyone has a good time. Keep up the good work. I don't believe there is anyone or group that can hold a candle to what you do in Southaven.
Keep Up The Good Work...you are making memories for 1000's of kids at each event!
Tennessee Giants 11's
July 23, 2002
I just wanted to thank you for putting on a 1st class tournament. Everything was first class, from the fields, to the complex accommodations, to the running of the tournament. Y'all did a spectacular job. I look forward to our future tournaments at your complex. Everyone had a wonderful time and enjoyed the whole week there. On behalf of the players and families of the YBBR Mariners, I want to extend a special thanks to your staff. You and your staff gave our players a lifetime of great baseball memories at Snowden Grove Park. Thank you for making this World Series such a memorable time for our kids. The Opening Ceremonies was the best our team has ever seen. Everyone at Snowden should be commended for a job well done.
Baton Rouge, La
July 22, 2002
Myself being a "Mgr" , I know things like this is actually a compliment, it is a reflection of yourself and your staff that you have put together. The week, that we went down, I actually had big visitors coming in, but I, like you had something else that was important to me, so I came to Snowden Grove. Our visit went well here at work and thanks to your staff and even yourself at the meeting, we really had a great time. We were treated to a special place, with very nice and courteous people, from the kids selling concessions, to the field workers, the directors and the umpires. When the tournament director (Jim "Bergy" Berggren) walked up to us when we had been eliminated and bragged on our behavior, from our parents, to kids, to coaches, that made the trip and our time that we put into coaching, all worth it. Many thanks to you, but please relay along to Don and the other gentleman (Jim Berggren), that we were really grateful, to be treated with the respect and friendliness and to play in a fist-class facility with a first-class staff.
All of us were really impressed (kids, parents and coaches)
Larry D Wallace
Loudon Reds 11u
Midas Central Warehouse Mgr
July 14, 2002
You guys did an outstanding job of making tonight a night the boys will always remember. I can't imagine the time that goes into making an event such as this happen, but you managed to make it look like a piece of cake. The boys, the parents, and even the siblings had a wonderful time. The quartet was fantastic, and starting the night with a prayer and ending with remembering our country made the night unforgettable. Truly, it's all about the kids, and they had a great time tonight. Thank you for all you do.
May 20, 2002
It was great to meet you finally. My team (parents & players) had a great time at your facility. Your facility is awesome and as we all know facilities are only as good at your staff and umpires. Your staff and umpires did an outstanding job and were very cordial with any of our questions and concerns. Thank you for allowing our team to participate and please sign us up for the 2003 June Jam as 9U. We would like to compete at your facility again but, unfortunately, because of the distance we can only treat ourselves once a season.
Ft. Smith Muckdogs
February 6, 2002
We went to Southaven last year for the 8YO Dizzy Dean World Series (one of my other sons)... I've never seen a better complex for hosting such a tourney. It was well organized and the people were top-notch. I go out of my way to get in your tournaments due to the way you handle them and the level of competition you draw. Just thought you might want to know this.
Eric M. Ervin
October 31, 2001
The ALABAMA VIPERS 13U Team would like to say thanks for the hospitality and organization you displayed during the FALL NATIONALS. Once again you provided us with a top class experience at Snowden Park. The tournament was run as professional as possible and the facilities were in top condition.
Once again you provided an environment where all teams, players, and families could have a positive experience. The umpiring was professional and outstanding which can make all the difference in these events. Our team has decided to attend every event possible at your facilities. Job well done!!!
Jeff H. Morris
ALABAMA VIPERS MANAGER
October 12, 2001
I wanted to pass on a note of thanks to you and your entire staff for making the decision on rescheduling the USSSA Fall Nationals tournament when you did. First of all we were all disappointed when we heard the news, but upon scrambling to make the changes, we quickly realized how significant the timing of your team's decision was.
As you know our team is coming down from Iowa/Illinois. Most of our team is actually flying down. The key to your decision was in the timeliness. Had you NOT made the decision when you did, we would have had families already in the air coming down to Memphis. Because of the timing, I was able to contact TWA and make all of our flight changes (thanks to TWA ... no change fees were charged.... with 9 plane tickets, this could have been ugly). We were also impressed that when we contacted the hotel and they already knew of our situation and accommodated our requests.
Having been a tournament director myself, I know that your staff's role is one of the worst jobs you can have (if everything goes "perfect" .. no one says thanks ... if "anything" goes wrong, then it's all your fault). I just wanted to pass on our team's and our parents thanks for handling this in a truly professional manner. In waiting just 6 more hours, we would have had parents/kids on airplanes .... again, everyone is disappointed about the delay, but also appreciative that we had the timing to adjust accordingly. Look forward to seeing you on 10/26!
Quad Cities-Springfield COBRAS
August 11, 2001
On behalf of the players and families of the Brentwood Ravens, I want to extend a special thanks to you and your staff. From the opening ceremony to the trophy presentations, the professionalism and dedication of your staff gave our players a lifetime of great baseball memories at Snowden Grove. We welcome the opportunity to play in future events hosted by you. Thank you for making this World Series such a memorable time for our kids.
July 24, 2001
I would like to thank you for the 10 AAA USSSA WS. Ya'll did an awesome job. I know it wasn't easy, especially with 82 teams. The Opening Ceremonies were the best our team has ever seen. Everyone at Snowden should be commended for a job well done.
La Porte Bulldogs
July 24, 2001
Just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed following the 10-year-old USSSA World Series online. Looks like you had your own thriller again this year, created in part by the two Georgia Roadrunner teams, who made it to the semis before dying out. I was following several of the Louisiana teams. Unfortunately, they didn't fare well this year.
Your online presence is merely an extension of your professional approach and I just wanted to let you know people are "watching". Good luck with the Dizzy Dean this weekend.
July 22, 2001
Thanks again for a great event for our kids and families. We really enjoyed the experience and look forward to getting into a future event. You really did a wonderful job and the Southaven facility and surrounding area provided a great environment for us to compete!
July 13, 2001
Just a quick note of thanks to you and your staff. Although the Rebel 11's didn't play good baseball this week, the tournament was great. We appreciate you and your staff's efforts to make the week a "significant event" for our 11 y/o. We look forward to possibly playing some tournaments in the fall and definitely in 2002.
Collierville Rebel 11's
June 13, 2001
The tournament was the best one we have been to this year - and one of the best ever that I have been in attendance at. The competition was good, the facilities are great, couldn't beat the weather ..... what a great weekend.
Thanks for everything.
Lance Escue, Assistant Coach
June 12, 2001
On behalf of the Nashville TIGERS 12U team, we want to thank you for another special weekend in Southaven, Ms. We participated in the "School's Out Celebration" and had a wonderful time.
The complex at Snowden Grove is simply the best!!! Furthermore, the tournament management, umpiring, overall tournament atmosphere and assistance with lodging was all FANTASTIC!!! We have been to Southaven the past three seasons, including the season prior to the new complex and the bottomline is that the Southaven experience is one that no one should miss.
We are already making plans to come back next year.
Thanks again for everything!
NASHVILLE TIGERS 12U
April 12, 2001
................BY THE WAY THE SUPER PRETZEL WAS ANOTHER TREMENDOUS TOURNAMENT. WE ARE FORTUNATE TO HAVE YOU AND YOUR STAFF TO RUN THESE TOURNAMENTS IN SUCH A PROFESSIONAL MANNER. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.
October 16, 2000
Thank you so much for the chance to bring a group of kids together and play the great game of baseball. Snowden Grove is the best place in the South to play the game. You and your staff do a great job and the fields are top of the line. I have traveled to Florida, Tennessee, Georgia, and New York in the past 2 years and I can honestly say that Snowden Grove host the best tournaments around. I hope to come back this spring and bring at least 3 age groups with me. Thanks so much!
Tim Cantrell, Diamond Dawgs
P.S. I wish that someone would have done this 25 years ago, because just watching these kids makes me remember how fun the game really is and playing at Snowden Grove must be like a dream come true.
August 30, 2000
I just wanted to drop a line to thank you for the great time we had during this past summer's USSSA 10-year-old World Series. You guys really know how to throw a party!
We set out this year to make some dreams for our families and our kids. The 2000 World Series in Southaven created images and dreams that will last a lifetime for the Cajun Sluggers. A runner-up finish after six days and 13 games was both an exhilarating and a fulfilling experience. You were a major part of that successful experience.
I have two ball players (10 and 12 ) and we've played a number of tournaments through the years (this was our fourth World Series), but this tournament has set the standard. The organization, easy access to tournament officials, and professionalism make Southaven a place that people will come back to time and time again. Dealing with you and (pardon me for not remembering names) Bergie (?) and your umpire-in-chief over the week put a great face on Southaven and Snowden Park.
And, the facility, WOW! Undoubtedly one of the finest facilities in the country. Not only the number of fields, but the care of these fields is absolute tops. As you know we brought a number of fans from South Louisiana and we found the seating capacities and comfort extremely accommodating. The concessions areas, restrooms and "commons" area near the center of the park were awesome.
Thanks for the great experience. You're helping make dreams come true, both for parents and kids who'll look back at this experience in 20-30 years as one of the highlight of their lives. We'll be back without a doubt!
Thanks again for the memories!
2000 World Series 10-Under Runners-up
July 31, 2000
Thanks for your website coverage of the World Series in Mississippi. Our team didn't have the opportunity to go this year, but your website coverage is almost like being there. Thanks!!!!!
Middle Valley Blue All Stars
Tennessee State Dizzy Dean Runner Up U-8 2000
Tennessee State Champions 1999
June 26, 2000
I thought you might appreciate a little feedback after our St. Louis Wildcats finished the tournament at your complex last weekend... My parents and their kids are very sports minded and with both girls' select softball and boys' baseball, we have seen many a complex around the Midwest, so I think we can judge quality. Quite simply, your complex at Southaven was truly unbelievable. I thought we died and went to baseball heaven. The complex was clean, the staff were both courteous and professional and the fields were easily the best any of us have seen. Please take a bow and pass on to the entire crew to keep up the good work.
We will see you soon!!
Joseph A. Coleman, St. Louis Wildcats
May 22, 2000
I wanted to email you to let you know how much we enjoyed playing in such a nice facility. I was most impressed by the quality of the umpires and staff. Although I disagreed with some of the calls (as all coaches do) all of the umpires handled all the situations with class and an even temper. They seemed to be very experienced and communicated well with all the coaches and players. You all are very fortunate to have such aggressive civic leadership to put together a park like Snowden. Please convey this to your Mayor, city council and other officials that participated in making this project come together.
Roger Hill, Alabama Cobras
April 25, 2000
Just wanted to say thanks for the great time in April. Our team, the New Hope Trojans (11-12), played during the weekend of April 15th and were very impressed with your facilities and the way you ran your tournament. I
would like to thank you most of all for restructuring the tournament bracket at the last minute so that each team could play at least 3 games.
We'll be back the first weekend in June to play in a USSSA qualifier tournament and know that we'll receive the same southern hospitality shown a couple of weeks ago.
Walter Fleming (parent)
New Hope Trojans
11-12 yr old
April 25, 2000
THE NORTH ALABAMA VIPERS WOULD LIKE TO THANK YOU AND YOUR STAFF. WE PLAYED IN YOUR EARLY BIRD AND SHOOTOUT TOURNEYS. BOTH TIMES WE HAVE TRULY ENJOYED PLAYING AT WHAT I BELIEVE IS THE BEST BASEBALL PARK AROUND. THE TOURNEYS HAVE BEEN RUN WITH GREAT PRIDE. THE UMPIRE CREW IS BY FAR THE BEST WE HAVE SEEN. WE HAVE PLAYED IN TOTAL OF TEN GAMES IN TWO TOURNEYS BEEN IN TWO CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES AND THE UMPIRE CREW HAS BEEN EXCELLENT AT YOUR TOURNAMENTS. YOU HAVE BEEN A PLEASURE TO WORK WITH, AND WE WILL BE BACK.
THANK YOU, RICKY DIEHL
NORTH ALABAMA VIPERS
April 24, 2000
"I wanted to write and thank you very much for the experience my 13 year-old team had this past weekend at the SuperPretzel / Southaven Shootout at Snowden Grove Park.
Of course we were thrilled to be able to win the tournament and proud that our boys played well against some outstanding competition. The main reason I am writing however, is to pass on congratulations to you, your staff, and the community of Southaven, for the most well-run tournament we have ever been involved with.
Your staff was extremely courteous and helpful. They made the atmosphere wonderful for the kids and the awards you presented to the championship team were first class.
What can I say about the ballpark! Snowden Grove is superb! What a beautiful park. So well maintained and clean as a whistle. I was remarking to a local Southavenite how nice the facility is and the resident told me that Southaven has a mayor with guts who is committed to giving your community the best recreation facilities around. Please pass on my kudos to Mayor Greg Davis for a job well done.
I work with the Mississippi State University broadcast team and in that role have traveled throughout the country. I've yet to see a better community recreation facility that can match what you have there in Southaven. Again, congratulations and continued success in producing quality baseball tournaments for our youth.."
Steve Ellis, New Hope Trojans - Starkville, MS
April 20, 2000
Just wanted to drop you a line to let you know how thoroughly we enjoyed the tournament last week. That has got to be by far and away the best, most beautiful complex it has ever been our pleasure to play in. The concessions offered more than the same "old, same old" fare that we get every weekend, the officiating was top notch, the staff was helpful, well informed and polite and the prices were very fair. I wish we could play down there every weekend!
One more time - that is by far the nicest complex of it's kind I have ever seen. Thanks again for everything!"
Roger Sparkman, Team Pepsi - Memphis, TN
April 13, 2000
“I just wanted to thank you for putting on a 1st class tournament. Everything about the weekend was first class; from the fields, to the complex accommodations, to the running of the tournament. You guys did a spectacular job in less than desirable weather conditions. I look forward to our future tournaments at your complex. I had heard great things about your complex - my expectations were high, but you guys exceeded them- thanks again, and congratulations on what you guys have achieved. Looking forward to seeing you again.”
Bill Aquadro, Team Pepsi 9’s – Memphis, TN
April 11, 2000
Wonderful job done this past weekend on your tournament. I just wanted you to know how much we enjoyed Southaven's new facility and the whole tournament experience. Our families were really awestruck by Snowden Grove Park. It is really a great place to play baseball. I think the greatest compliment I heard about it was when one of our family members said, "This place is nicer than Disney's Wide World of Sports", we've been to both and I too agree that for the youth, this facility is as nice if not nicer than theirs.
We can't wait to return to the next event. We truly appreciated everything that went on with the tournament, our boys had a great time. Keep up the good work and we'll see you in the real near future."
April 10, 2000
“I wanted to write to let you know it was a pleasure to get to play in your beautiful facility this past weekend. The facility was one of the nicest we have played in. The employees were friendly and the caliber of baseball players in your tournament was excellent we really look forward to coming back next month.
Thank you again for allowing us to participate in your inaugural tournament.”
Tracy Taylor, Tuscaloosa Indians – Tuscaloosa, AL