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July 28, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: EASTERN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS 2015 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

SESSION #2 REVISION • The uncertainties regarding the 40/50/55-PLATIMUM division have been resolved and the Session #2 Men's DRAFT schedules have been revised accordingly ... One 40-Masters team was not able to participate on Friday after we changed the start date to Friday, and one 50-Major team withdrew from the event ... The changes were significant in the 40/50/55-PLATINUM division, but rather nominal in the other divisions ... But then there was also the matter of the "schedule geek" (that would be me) forgetting to provide time for the Opening Ceremonies at Noon on Friday ... All Friday afternoon start times were moved back 30 minutes ... The effective revision date for the changes is 07/28/2015 and all prior dated versions should be discarded ... Good luck to everyone!


July 27, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: EASTERN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS 2015 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for the SSUSA's Eastern National Championships in Raleigh, NC, have been posted and are available from the links below and on the event's Tournament Page ... As always, these DRAFT schedules are TENTATIVE, 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 the Manager Meeting, and do not send a representative, will be prohibited from beginning tournament play before check-in with Field Director.

The Participating Teams List and the Master Games & Fields Grid have been posted ... Good luck to all!

DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets (PDF's)

Men's: 40-Masters & 50's | 55's | 60's | 65's | 70's, 80's & 85's

Women's: 40-Masters & 50's

Complete: All Ages & Divisions (Large file: 25 pages)

Tournament Administration (PDF's)

Master Planning Grid: Master Fields & Games Schedule
Participating Teams: Eastern Nationals 2015


July 27, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: WESTERN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS 2015 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for SESSION #1 (Men's 65's, 70's, 75's & 80's) of the SSUSA's Western National Championships in Sacramento and Placer Counties, CA, have been posted and are available from the links below and on the event's Tournament Page ... As always, these DRAFT schedules are TENTATIVE, 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 the Manager Meeting, and do not send a representative, will be prohibited from beginning tournament play before check-in with Field Director.

The Participating Teams List and the Master Games & Fields Grid have been posted ... Good luck to all!

DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets (PDF's)

Men's: 65's | 70's, 75's and 80's

Tournament Administration (PDF's)

Master Planning Grid: Master Fields & Games Schedule
Participating Teams: Western Nationals 2015


July 27, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: ISA SENIOR WORLD SERIES 2015 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

50-MAJOR REVISION • Due the late withdrawal of a 50-Major team (Borromeo Pizza), that division has been re-drafted to reflect a 4-team bracket ... NO team plays earlier than as originally scheduled on Friday, and NO other divisions of play were affected ... Changes are online and we apologize for any inconveniences ... Good luck!
July 24, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: ISA SENIOR WORLD SERIES 2015 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

Manager Meeting
• Thursday evening (July 30th) at 6:30 PM at the DONNER CENTER. Team Registration (Managers only) is from 5:00-6:30 PM before the Manager meeting. Please see above comments regarding the meeting.

DONNER CENTER
739 22nd Street
Columbus, IN 47201
(812) 376-2680


July 23, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Looking for a mens over 40 team in the Phoenix area

robocop ... Go the the RATINGS area of this web site and click on the 40+-Men option ... You can sort that list by any of the column headers on the page ... Sorting on "State" will show 13 Men's 40+ teams in Arizona ... Not all may be currently active, but that's a good start ... You may also call the SSUSA Home Office at (916) 326.5303 and we'll be happy to assist ...
July 23, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: Need two players for Eastern Nationals

There are very specific guidelines and criteria under which players may be added to a qualifying roster for the Eastern/Western Championships or the World Masters Championships ... It's available from the link on the RULES page of this website ... The article/link is called World Masters Championships Roster Considerations & Rules ...
July 22, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: ISA SENIOR WORLD SERIES 2015 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for the 2015 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 DRAFT schedules are TENTATIVE, 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 the Manager Meeting, and do not send a representative, will be prohibited from beginning tournament play before check-in with Field Director.

The Participating Teams Tab has been activated and the Master Games & Fields Grid has 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 (Large file: 16 pages)

Tournament Administration (PDF's)

Master Planning Grid: Master Fields & Games Schedule


July 20, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: 15" gloves

Quick note: The 14" maximum dimension is measured "across the top" as a straight line (like with a steel tape measure) from the tip of the finger to the bottom edge ... It is NOT measured by depressing the measuring tape (like a tailor's or seamstress' cloth measuring tape) into and through the pocket of the glove, which would result in a much more lengthy distance ...
July 20, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: SSUSA how can we get reclassed? MTC 50 2014 major Plus

Mulewhipper: Typically, the Rules Committee Chairperson (this year it's Donna McGuire from MO) will circulate to the Rules Committee items of written or email correspondence that have been received throughout the year from the membership ... She will also include items submitted by Committee Members to their fellow members ... Please note that Message Board commentary is specifically excluded for agenda purposes, so if there is something you would like to be considered by the group, handle your written input ahead of time or, in a better approach, please appear and contribute ... These issues are all discussed informally in the opening Rules Committee Session, and if there is enough interest (meaning a Motion to Consider and a Second to that motion), the item is added to the formal Agenda ... Accordingly, there is no pre-published formal agenda ...

All sessions are open to the public, and last year the Chairperson allowed public input even in the voting sessions (where, of course, only the rules Committee Members vote) ... The entire process is very transparent, and several posters here have attended in the past ... Maybe they will share their observations ...


July 20, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: TEXAS STATE

They have been ... Click on your age group of interest from the Texas State Championships tournament page ...
July 19, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Why the problem of

gott2play ... Umpires are instructed to record on the game cards the number of HR's hit by each team, regardless of how they may be scored (HR or DBO) or what the maximum limit is for that division ... It helps identify teams that are consistently hitting excess HR's and is one of the items that may factor into ratings decisions ...
July 19, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Why the problem of

Sparky.1 ... The Midwest game schedules and brackets have been on the tournament page for a couple of weeks, and are still there ...
July 19, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Why the problem of

Sparky.1 ... The event is still ongoing ... We'll let it finish before contacting the Directors for the details ...
July 19, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: NORTHEAST CHAMPIONSHIPS RESULTS

Mike ... Call Tiffany on Monday ... We received the Northeast paperwork on Friday afternoon
July 18, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: SSUSA how can we get reclassed? MTC 50 2014 major Plus

The Senior Softball Summit appears to be merely an historical footnote ... Their last meeting was at least six or seven years ago, maybe longer ... Reno in December is the place to make your case, since Message Board commentary is totally disregarded in terms of Rules Committee agenda composition ...
July 18, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: SSUSA how can we get reclassed? MTC 50 2014 major Plus

Tim: [1] The Warriors are only the latest example (along with 16 other teams) that actually following the procedures and process of filing a timely rating appeal can be successful, in the appropriate circumstances, by being GRANTED by the National Ratings Committee ... Nothing more, nothing less ... [2] Rules changes, such as those you appear to favor regarding the Major Plus divisions roster composition, are discussed and enacted only once per year, at the National Rules Committee sessions at the annual SSUSA Convention ... This year's convention is in Reno from December 1-4, 2015 ... ALL Rules Committee sessions are open to the public and you are welcome to participate and make your presentation for consideration ... You will need the support of two of the 13-member Committee, for a motion and a second, to get on the formal discussion agenda, and will have to be able to count to seven thereafter to effect any change ... [3] There are no Major Plus sponsors on either the National Ratings or Rules Committees, nor is there anything that could remotely be construed as an "inner circle" ...



July 17, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: SSUSA how can we get reclassed? MTC 50 2014 major Plus

For the complete rating evaluation process and criteria, take a look at the priority post above (the last one, with 10,600+ views) titled TEAM RATINGSGuidelines & Procedures ... Changes that result from roster composition issues arising from adding out of rating players are under the complete control of the Managers of the affected teams, not SSUSA ...
July 16, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: SSUSA Card

Card renewal availability is triggered annually when the SSUSA player database "rolls over" to the new season at the conclusion of the current World Masters Championships for your age group ... This is to prevent even the possibility that a player not yet attaining a given age group is issued a Player Card for the next group before that player is eligible ... You should have no problem renewing in October for the early 2016 events in Ft. Myers and/or Phoenix ... Thanks
July 16, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: SSUSA Card

SSUSA cards that expire at the end of the 2015 Season expire at the conclusion of your age group's play at the World Masters Championships. Players participating in any 2016 Season event, such as the Winter Nationals (Ft. Myers) and/or Winter Worlds (Phoenix) in November must have a card valid through at least the 2016 Season.
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