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July 18, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: ISA SENIOR WORLD SERIES 2014 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

MEN'S 65/70- GOLD REVISION • Due to the withdrawal of US Pallet (IL), this division was re-drafted for both round robin pool play and the elimination bracket ... Changes do NOT affect any other divisions of play ... The revisions are currently available online, as well as the changed Master Games and Fields schedule ... Good luck everyone!
July 17, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: ISA SENIOR WORLD SERIES 2014 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for the 2014 ISA Senior World Series in Columbus, IN,, have been posted and are available from the links below and on the event's Tournament Page ... As always, these TENTATIVE schedules are subject to change and become final ONLY when released as "OFFICIAL" at the Manager's meeting before play commences ...

NOTE: This event is hosted by our affiliate entity, Independent Sports Association (ISA) ... The information posted here is as a courtesy to them and their membership ... Any questions or comments should be directed to the ISA Tournament Director, Jerry Jackson ... His contact information is available from the ISA Senior World Series tournament page of this website ...

The Master Games & Fields Grid has also been posted ... Good luck to all!

DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets (PDF's)

• Men's: 50's | 55's & 60's | 65's & 70's

• Complete: All Ages & Divisions (Larger file: 13 pages)

Tournament Administration (PDF's)

• Master Plan: Master Fields & Games Grid


July 15, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Runner Hit by Batted Ball

Mr Ed ... B.J. is somewhat skilled at crafting (barely believable) "Stump the Ump" hypothetical situations! ... And, yes, for this to happen would be a very rare circumstance, indeed ... About the only thing certain in all of this, were it to actually ever happen, would be a world-class rhubarb that would test the inter-personal skills of all participants!
July 15, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Runner Hit by Batted Ball

cal50 ... Agreed ... stick8 is an excellent resource on USSSA rules ... Both Mr. Ed and we have accurately cut/pasted portions of the SSUSA Rulebook, and we take no exception at Mr. Ed's (and stever's) assertion that we have a fair ball under §1.28 D. ... Yes we do at that moment, but not to the complete exclusion of what may subsequently happen, like the ball rolling foul before passing 3rd base, which makes it become a foul ball under §1.22 A. ...

It's not all that different from a ball that is (unintentionally) chopped and bounces straight down and hits home plate before bounding up the line ... It's fair from the moment it hits the plate, but becomes foul if it rolls into foul territory and settles or is touched ... Our theory is that hitting the base is fair ball at that moment, but let's wait and see what happens subsequently that could cause that ball to become a foul ball ... Believe it or not, these two provisions are not mutually exclusive, but merely define the fair/foul status at the moment of occurrence, which can change when those occurrences are sequential rather than simultaneous ...


July 15, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Runner Hit by Batted Ball

Mr. Ed ... The ball is a fair ball at the moment it touches the base under §1.22 D, but it can subsequently go foul by bounding back toward the home plate area and crossing into foul territory before being touched, under §1.28 A. ... Which is the hypothetical fact pattern that started this part of the discussion ... The fair ball provision is more about defining the bases to be in fair territory, but the fact that a ball does touch a base does not make that a fair ball forever, regardless what happens subsequently ...


July 15, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Runner Hit by Batted Ball

This is an SSUSA softball rule query, not a baseball rule query ... The rules for baseball and softball differ in some instances, for example (above) with a batted ball striking a player while he is in contact with a base ... Subsection A. below results in a "foul ball" call under the SSUSA Rulebook ...

Rulebook §1.28 • FOUL BALL


A foul ball is a legally batted ball that:

A. Settles or is touched on or over foul territory between home and first base or between home and third base. [emphasis added]
B. Bounds or rolls past first or third base on or over foul territory.
C. While over foul territory, touches the person, attached equipment or clothing of a player or an umpire, or is blocked.
D. First hits the ground or is first touched over foul territory beyond first or third base. A caught fly ball is not a foul ball.
E. Touches the batter or the bat in the batter's hand(s) a second time while the batter is within the batter's box.


July 15, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Runner Hit by Batted Ball

We believe this is a foul ball ... The sharply hit ball hitting the 3rd base bag and bounding back toward home plate (as you defined the hypothetical facts) has not touched the ground in fair territory beyond third base ... As such, it's no different than a slowly hit dribbler that hits a pebble near the foul line and rolls across the chalk into foul territory ... This will no doubt result in a spirited debate during a game, but on further analysis, it's just a foul ball ... You may wish to check out Rulebook §1.28 - FOUL BALL on page 5 ...
July 14, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Runner Hit by Batted Ball

You are both correct in context ... txnighttrain: The base runner would NOT be declared out for being struck by a batted ball while he is in contact with the base ... mad dog: But that runner WILL be declared out (if there is a competent umpire observing) for Interference ...
July 12, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Bats
Discussion: approved bats

If that bat is marked as "Approved for SSUSA" OR marked with a Bat Performance Factor (BPF) of "BPF 1.21" OR "BPF 1.20", it is allowable for SSUSA sanctioned tournaments ... Note: This bat was manufactured prior to 2014 and, accordingly, does not have to appear on the Bat Policy Approved list, which includes only bats manufactured after 2013 ... If you have additional questions, please see the Tournament Director on site ...
July 10, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Official. Softballs

Actually, the policy has been clarified solely to address the matter of teams tossing in non-official softballs that may provide that team with an unfair advantage over their opponent ... It happened recently in the Texas State Championships, causing a restart of a game that was in the 2nd inning, and has been a level playing field issue at several other events this season ...

We have absolutely no objection to teams bringing official softballs from previous tournaments, buying new in bulk (much cheaper!) prior to going to a tournament or buying on a single ball basis at a tournament ... This is simply a "fair competition" issue, and any other theory is incorrect ...


July 10, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: OFFICIAL SOFTBALLS • SSUSA Rulebook §3.5

There have been some recent competition issues and inquiries about "Official" Softballs for SSUSA events ... At SSUSA administered events, we provide six (6) softballs for team use and have additional softballs available for purchase should a team desire to do so We offer the following information to clarify our official softball policy ...

• Rulebook §3.5 (page 17) defines an Official Softball for SSUSA sanctioned tournaments ...
• Rulebook §3.5 E. states "In all SSUSA sponsored qualifiers and tournaments, official game balls must have the official SSUSA stamp or be pre-approved by SSUSA headquarters, located in Sacramento, CA."
• Except for the LVSSA/SSUSA World Masters and Southwest Championships held in Las Vegas (which use "The Rock" ball), the only softball that meets that pre-approved criteria is the Anaconda Trump "Stote" optic yellow softball with .44 cor and 375 compression ratings ... Additionally, any such softball must have the official logo of SSUSA, ISA (the Base Burglar logo), Florida Half-Century (FHC) or Texas Half-Century (THC) imprinted on the cover ... NOTE: Among the most often encountered non-compliant softballs are "The Rock" and "Micro-Cell" technology softballs ...
• PENALTY - Teams discovered to be using non-compliant softballs shall be assessed a "forfeit" for that game if they are discovered to have introduced a softball for play that does not meet the specific criteria of Rulebook §3.5 E. (as clarified above) ... The use of non-compliant softballs is deemed to be the use of "illegal" equipment ...

Please contact the Sacramento Home Office if you have any questions ... Thank you!

SSUSA Rules Committee


July 7, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: midwest toc, shawnee,ks

Nope ... It's not a baseball field, but can be used as such for youth baseball if needed by installing a temporary pitching mound ... No permanent mound on the field ...

Also, when the overflow situation for the weekend at Mid-America was obvious, with both the Fastpitch folks and SSUSA needing more playing fields and game slots to handle demand, the Shawnee people stepped up big time to help ... The fastpitch tourney absorbed Heritage Park and we got Celebration Park ... Heritage has only 285' fencing and some HR ball retrieval issues due to vegetation, where Celebration meets our minimum 300' fencing distance specification ... This was a mutually beneficial solution and Doug Hite of Shawnee deserves kudos for finding a win-win solution under pressure ...


July 7, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: midwest toc, shawnee,ks

Cal50 ... National Director Don Brooks will be working there on the weekend and visited the site today to view it and meet with park personnel ... His report was that it's as nice a facility as anyplace we play ... Good luck!
July 5, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: NORTHEAST CHAMPIONSHIPS 2014 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for the 2014 Northeast Championships in Syracuse, NY, have been posted and are available from the links below and on the event's Tournament Page ... As always, these TENTATIVE schedules are subject to change and become final ONLY when released as "OFFICIAL" at the Manager's meeting before play commences ...

NOTE: Managers who do NOT attend the Manager meeting will be presumed to be fully informed on ALL matters (such as schedule changes, tourney formats and rules issues) discussed at the meeting. Tournament rosters are “frozen” as of the Manager’s Meeting. NO on-site player additions are allowed, as all roster changes were previously approved through the Sacramento home office ... Managers who do not attend Manager Meeting, and do not send a representative, will be prohibited from beginning tournament play before check-in with Field Director.

The Master Games & Fields Grid has been posted and the Participating Teams Tab on the Tournament Page has been activated ... Good luck to all!

DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets (PDF's)

• Men's: 50's | 55's | 60's | 65's, 70's & 75's

• Complete: All Ages & Divisions (Large file: 16 pages)

Tournament Administration (PDF's)

• Master Plan: Master Fields & Games Grid


July 4, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: CALIFORNIA STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS 2014 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for SESSION #2 of the 2014 California State Championships in Hemet, CA, have been posted and are available from the links below and on the event's Tournament Page ... As always, these TENTATIVE schedules are subject to change and become final ONLY when released as "OFFICIAL" at the Manager's meeting before play commences ... The caveats mentioned above regarding Session #1 apply here as well ... Good luck everyone!

DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets (PDF's)

• Men's: 50's | 55's | 60's

• 40-Masters: Men | Women

• Complete: All Ages & Divisions (Large file: 28 pages)


July 2, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Northeast Team Ratings

The circumstance with talldog93's team is a bit outside of the normal ratings issues ... Their former team (Fat Nancy/Gubiotti Ins.) was rated Major, and the team split into two teams recently ... Both new teams had enough members with Major Player experience history from the former team that the new teams both carry the former rating with them, at least until they play and the results of that play can be evaluated ... This is an uncommon occurrence, but not unfair ...
July 1, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: MIDWEST CHAMPIONSHIPS 2014 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for SESSION #2 of the 2014 Midwest Championships in Shawnee & Gardner, KS, have been posted and are available from the links below and on the event's Tournament Page ... As always, these TENTATIVE schedules are subject to change and become final ONLY when released as "OFFICIAL" at the Manager's meeting before play commences ... The caveats mentioned above regarding Session #1 apply here as well ... Good luck everyone! ...

FIELDS NOTE: Due to the Mid-America facility being shared this year with another tournament, three divisions will move to a different facility during bracket play ... Those divisions will play at the Celebration Park Softball Complex / 32701 W. 159th St. / Gardner, KS 66030 as follows:
• 50-MAJOR - Sunday (ONLY) bracket play
• 60-MAJOR - Entire bracket on Saturday and Sunday
• 60-AAA - Saturday and Sunday bracket play following Friday bracket play at Mid-America Sports Complex

DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets (PDF's)

• Men's: 50's | 55's | 60's

• Complete: All Ages & Divisions (Large file: 20 pages)


July 1, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Rules

There were virtually no "commitment line" plays at 20' after the base distance was moved to 70' ... The 100' U-turn at 50' from 3rd base was simply too long to run, both from a competitive and competitor perspective in the view of the Committee ... Your proposal of 25" is better than 20', as is 30', and possibly even 35' ... The discussion now has shifted from "How do we get the commitment line back in play?" to "How much more distance is appropriate?" ... The Committee believed that 30' was a good start ...


June 30, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Rules

None at all ... The original 20' distance was 40' from 3rd base on the original 60' bases ... The new distance is also 40' from 3rd base ... It's not a mathematical formula, just simply restoring the runner's ability to make a "go/no-go" decision within the first 40' of leaving 3rd base ... Distance from 3rd, not distance from Home, carried the debate at voting time ...
June 30, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Rules

There was an almost hilarious debate of 30' vs. 35' at the Rules Committee meetings, and a calculator wasn't even needed! ... The intent was to put the commitment line back in play, since at 50' from 3rd base (20' from home), very few people were doing the U-turn and heading back ... This isn't rocket science, and an extra 10' toward 3rd base just seemed like the right thing to do, or at least a better thing than leaving it at 20' ... Simple stuff, really!
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