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Dec. 21, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: worlds masters vegas 2014

rtaven - There are temporary rating changes for many teams to get the "proper ratings" in place for the upcoming TOC in February, including the Vacar Stars ... Teams play in the TOC at their rating when they earned their bid to the TOC ... Those teams were temporarily changed back to the rating they will play at in Florida ... After the TOC, the ratings will be reinstated to the proper levels ... This is done only to accommodate the TOC tournament administration for scheduling, pairings and related event-specific items ...

Your Bailey Talent Cavaliers will not be going to the TOC, so this temporary, one-event-only re-rating should be of limited, if any, interest to you unless, of course, we somehow forget to move them back to 70-Major+ after it ends ...


Dec. 21, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: worlds masters vegas 2014

You are missing something: This Message Board post from a couple of hours ago on the same topic ...
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We temporarily adjust ratings for the TOC teams to what the teams were at the time they earned their bid .. Vacar Stars is playing in the TOC as a 70-Major ... The rating has been restored to Major for that tournament only and will revert to 70-Major+ after the TOC ... You might observe that phenomenon for multiple teams that qualified for the TOC at a rating below their actual rating across all ages ...


Dec. 21, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Automatic Move Ups

We temporarily adjust ratings for the TOC teams to what the teams were at the time they earned their bid .. Vacar Stars is playing in the TOC as a 70-Major ... The rating has been restored to Major for that tournament only and will revert to 70-Major+ after the TOC ... You might observe that phenomenon for multiple teams that qualified for the TOC at a rating below their actual rating across all ages ...
Dec. 18, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: player qualification

neck10 ... We carefully worded our response to say "..in the Great Lakes area.." ... Would also have a problem with the Colorado River dividing Arizona and California! ... We also allow bordering states across the Pacific Ocean for Hawaii (CA, OR, WA) and Alaska (WA) ...

You mentioned Missouri ... It's the #1 state for access to other states, with a nation-high eight bordering states (AR, IL, IA, KS, KY, NE, OK and TN) ...


Dec. 17, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: player qualification

joel 1975 ... Trick Question! ... (But we've heard it many times before) ... The answer is NO ... We have not and do not recognize "water borders" in the Great Lakes area, regardless of where lines may be drawn on the bottom of those lakes (in this case, Lake Michigan), for purposes of the "bordering states" rule application ...

softball4b ... Yes it would!


Dec. 17, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: player qualification

NO, unless that player [1] has a valid "snowbird" card for Minnesota, [2] he is a Major+ player in the 50+ thru 70+ age groups and would be one of the two allowed "out of region" Major+ players on the Minnesota team, or [3] he is in the age 75+ or older age groups and has more relaxed East/West of the Mississippi River roster eligibility ... Minnesota and Illinois are NOT bordering states ...
Dec. 15, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: 2015 Tournaments

If you are referring to the 2015 Tournament Season schedule, we have made exactly two statements forecasting its release as "..within the next few weeks.." (on 11/26/14) and "..within the next two weeks, before Christmas.." (on 12/10/14) ... Neither of those timelines have expired, as yet ...

The annual Tournament Guide has been printed and is awaiting insertion into the Senior Softball News, which will go to press tomorrow (12/16/14) and be mailed before the week ends ... If you are a registered player, your copy will arrive in your mailbox very soon ... If are not, you will have access to the schedule once the staff that has been working on the hard-copy publications finds the time to re-format it, build the Tournament pages and post them online ...


Dec. 14, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: TOC Roster Question

2014 ... See the TOC Roster Considerations & Rules (PDF) "white paper" available from the RULES page of this website if you have questions of a general nature. Or call the Sacramento Office at (916) 326.5303 if you have specific questions regarding your team's TOC roster ...
Dec. 10, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: WHEN WILL THE NEW 2015 SCHEDULE BE POSTED

We are in the process of finishing up the majority of dates for the 2015 Season and will release the initial schedule within the next two weeks, before Christmas ... The annual SSUSA Tournament Guide will publish with the Winter edition of the Senior Softball News which goes to press early next week ... Please check the Tournament Page from time to time as we will be frequently posting and updating there, too ...
Dec. 8, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Automatic Move Ups

badback ... The team won one of the three "automatic move" championships in a bracket of more than five teams ... Those three tournaments are ...

1. The LVSSA/SSUSA World Masters in Las Vegas;
2. The SPA World Championships in Dalton, GA; and
3. The ISA Senior World Series in Columbus, IN


Dec. 8, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Automatic Move Ups

SSUSA has reciprocity with SPA in recognizing, for purposes of ratings adjustments, that the World Champions of their respective entities (except for Major+) are moved up for the following season ... We presume your inquiry is regarding the team Rated Athletics (CA), who won the 15-team, 50-Major SPA 2014 World Championship in Dalton ...

Rated Athletics will be re-rated to 50-Major plus, without appeal rights, for the 2015 Season based on their SPA Championship ... All players on that roster at the time the title was won will have their personal team rating history adjusted to 50-Major+ ... Should the Dalton Rated Athletics "disband", or re-configure their Dalton Championship roster, players who may not remain with Rated Athletics for 2015 will be counted in the calculation of "out of rating" players should they seek to join (or re-join) any other 50-Major team ... Those players will count toward the three-player maximum for the "out of rating" limitation in roster composition ... Hope this helps clear things up a bit ...


Dec. 8, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: 60 Cents moving to 65 Division

Rulebook 14.2(4) E. (on page 66) Women's 65+ age division teams may add one player age 64.
Dec. 7, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: SSUSA Rules Committee Meeting

The Rules Committee exists to review the "State of the Game" annually and to implement rule changes only when necessary ... For those who may think the measure of the Committee's efforts and productivity are defined by the number of changes made, you will be disappointed this year ... The Committee likes the "State of the Game" and believes it is structured in the overall best interests of the teams, consistent with acceptable implications for the SSUSA ...

Here are a few other random observations that may assist in understanding the process ...

The Chairman allowed public participation in ALL sessions, including the "working sessions", where they were not allowed to vote ... This is a major change from prior years, allowing the public attendees to be participants rather than merely observers, and their contributions were insightful and appreciated ...
The Committee was given a complete set (over 30 items) of all correspondence received by conventional mail or by email, including items that were received as late as Tuesday evening ... The very first convention session, scheduled to be an open forum was, by request, converted to the first Rules Committee public session, allowing an additional three hours for this function ...
Every piece of correspondence was reviewed and discussed in detail in an open environment (over six hours in the first two sessions) to evaluate those issues and to determine of there was a reasonable chance that a rule change could pass ... If Committee member(s) believed that to be a possibility, they made motions, which were seconded or not, and if they didn't or weren't, it was on to the next issue ...
The Committee believes that rules should be consistent across all ages and divisions of play (Exceptions: Number of defensive players allowed for age 65+ and older and home runs allowed by rating level) ... Accordingly, unless a proposal enjoyed global application across ages and divisions, its chances of formal voting consideration were greatly diminished ...
There were the "usual suspect" issues that show up every year (most notably the 1-1 count and Home Run rules) ... In the Committee's view, there was not enough new insight from the correspondence, the observations of Tournament and Field Directors, or the on-site commentary to mandate changes in these areas ... The "1-1 count" remains an age/region bias issue, and the most recent survey showed an insignificant increase in support over the prior six years (0.1% trending up, meaning that for each 1,000 people who responded, only one more vote went the way of favoring the 1-1) ... Eliminating the DBO's as a home run issue continues to have support from a small number of those commenting, exclusively from Major+ players ... In both of these issues, there was equally compelling correspondence against making any changes ...
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taits - The "Need Not Qualify" provision applies ONLY to ages and/or divisions that do not have ratings levels ... The 75+ and 80+ are now rated, the 85+ is new and has only one level, and the senior women (50+ and older) do not have ratings ... This was merely a technical amendment ... The membership of the Committee is disclosed in the Minutes, but there is no value (other than to satisfy purely personal curiosity) to either keeping or publishing roll calls on each and every matter decided ...


Dec. 5, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: SSUSA RULES COMMITTEE 2014 Actions & Minutes

The 2014 SSUSA Rules Committee sessions at the Annual Convention in Tupelo, MS, have concluded. The Committee is pleased with the current "State of the Game", resulting in limited playing rule changes for the coming Season. The Committee received over 30 separate correspondence items from the membership, either by email or written letters received at the Home Office. Additionally, public member participation at the meetings was informative and deeply appreciated.

The formal minutes of the sessions are available from the link below, and are presented in the chronological order they were discussed and acted upon over the five sessions. Public participation was allowed in the discussions during all sessions, but public members were excluded from voting when matters were decided. Thank you to all who participated, in any manner.

OFFICIAL MINUTES: 2014 Rules Committee Minutes


Dec. 4, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Home plate Mat size change?

NEWS FLASH We are past that specific issue in the 2014 Rules Committee sessions and NO change to the strike mat size or color were made ...
Dec. 2, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Rules meeting?

Rules Committee Open Public Session is 2:00-5:00 PM on Wednesday in Tupelo ... "Working Session" (open to public observation but not participation unless specifically requested by the Committee) is Thursday 9:00-11:00 AM ... Extra time reserved for "Working Session" on Friday from 9:00-10:30 AM, if needed ...
Nov. 28, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: courtesy runners

@Tater in GA Reprint from another thread: For those interested in providing input for Rules Committee consideration, we welcome your input ... There are three ways to submit items for Agenda consideration ...

[1] Attend the open Rules Committee Sessions at the National Convention in Tupelo, MS;
[2] Send e-mail correspondence to info@seniorsoftball.com with "Rules Committee" in the subject line; and
[3] Send written correspondence by regular mail to the "SSUSA Rules Committee" at 2701 K Street, Ste., 101A - Sacramento, CA 95816-5131 ... (This one is probably not the best approach as we are leaving for the convention on Sunday, 11/30/14)

Message Board posting commentary is disregarded for Agenda consideration by the Rules Committee due to the generally anonymous posting environment and our inability to differentiate between registered SSUSA members and other non-affiliated posters ... Thanks!


Nov. 26, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: when will 2015 schudule be out..????

The 2015 Season tournament calendar should be published within the next few weeks, simultaneous with the Winter Edition of the Senior Softball News ... Most tournaments will occur approximately in the same time slot(s) as last Season, with a couple maybe moving a week one way or the other ... We are also excited to announce that there will be a new TOC Qualifier event this Season, The Tidewater Classic to be held at the Princess Anne Athletic Complex in Virginia Beach, VA, from April 14-19, 2015 ... Check the Tournament Page of this web site from time to time, as we will be unveiling the calendar as dates become firm for both SSUSA and independent Tournament Director events ... Good luck for the 2015 Season! ...


Nov. 24, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Bats
Discussion: HELP---I just don't get it!

In response to your inquiries:

1. The Dudley bat is manufactured with that tacky feel and is, accordingly, not considered either altered or illegal since that's the way it comes out of the factory ... Other bat makers could, subject to potential patent infringement implications, decide to use the same or similar processes, but to date have not done so ... End user attempts to recreate that tacky feel are currently not permitted ...
2. No (Fits the definition of "normal wear and tear")
3. Yes (Changes factory issue technical specifications)


Nov. 24, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Bats
Discussion: HELP---I just don't get it!

Yes, there is a difference ...

ALTERED EQUIPMENT - Equipment that has been modified in any manner, other than by normal wear and tear through usage as the manufacturer intended, that changes the technical performance specifications of the equipment from the time it was manufactured ... Examples include, but are not limited to, bat rolling, bat shaving, hammering a bat or striking objects other than softballs for purposes of "break-in", opening a bat to add or remove material internally, chilling softballs, etc.
ILLEGAL EQUIPMENT - Equipment that does not meet the technical specification(s) as defined in the rulebook for that equipment, or are specifically excluded from usage ... Examples include, but are not limited to, specifically excluded bats (pre-2014), bats not appearing on the Approved Bat Policy list (post-2013), bats not meeting the certified BPF=1.20/1.21 testing criteria, fast-pitch bats, gloves exceeding dimension specifications, introduction of non-official softballs, etc.

The SSUSA Rulebook already prohibits the introduction of substances to the barrel of the bat, and the SSUSA Rules Committee will very likely clarify when it meets next month at the Annual Convention whether doing so falls into the category of ILLEGAL as opposed to ALTERED equipment ... The penalties for the use of an ALTERED bat are more severe, involving eligibility suspensions, than those for use of an ILLEGAL bat, generally limited to game/tournament ejection.


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