REPORT ON FIRST DAY AT SCHAUMBURG (RUSH, RUSH, RUSH)
There seems to be radically wrong timing at these trials (SENIORS and WOMEN’S). A lovely complimentary breakfast was served in the hospitality suite from 8:30 – 10:00 followed by a captain’s meeting and play at 11:00. It doesn’t take an hour and a half to eat an impromptu breakfast but it appears the men wanted to start at 10 and the women at 11, so they compromised at 10:30. There is about 15 minutes between sessions which doesn’t give you much time to unwind, decide upon your lineup and go back into battle. The directors were very accommodating but that didn’t help the players. The second session team didn’t get out until 3:30 so if you played two in a row you didn’t have much time to run up to the first floor for a relaxing complimentary mid-afternoon buffet unless you were off the next session. And so on. It seemed we were on a constant merry go round and didn’t have dinner before nine – graciously shuttled by the hotel bus to a nearby restaurant upon request (because the hotel had a very sparse menu). You must bear in mind, you are (in one case) dealing with seniors. Give ‘em a break. And, as far as the Women, they didn’t want to begin until 11:00, but it was amazing how many of them arrived to stuff their faces at 8:30.