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July 4, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: NORTHEAST CHAMPIONSHIPS 2015 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for the SSUSA's 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 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: 50's | 55's | 60's | 65's, 70's & 75's

Complete: All Ages & Divisions (Large file: 19 pages)

Tournament Administration (PDF's)

Master Planning Grid: Master Fields & Games Schedule
Participating Teams: Northeast Championships 2015


July 3, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA CHAMPIONSHIPS 2015 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for SESSION #2 (Men's 50's, 55's & 60's and Men's & Women's 40-Masters) of the SSUSA's Southern California Championships in Hemet and Menifee, CA, have been posted and are available from the links below and on the event's Tournament Page ... The same caveats mentioned above for SESSION #1 apply here as well ... Good luck to all!

DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets (PDF's)

Men's: 50's | 55's & 60's

40-Masters: Men | Women

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


July 1, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Bats
Discussion: BAT REPAIR

We would not normally determine a bat repair to be "altering" (unless the original defect was from altering), but here's a relevant Rulebook provision, which is a judgment call by the tournament officials, to keep in mind ...

§3.4(5)C.BAT INSPECTION
Umpires and SSUSA/SSWC Staff shall remove from competition for the entire tournament any bat that exhibits significant cracking or other deformity, whether or not arising solely from normal wear and tear.


July 1, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA CHAMPIONSHIPS 2015 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for SESSION #1 (Men's 65's, 70's, 75's and 80's) of the SSUSA's Southern California Championships in Hemet, 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 & 80's

Tournament Administration (PDF's)

Master Planning Grid: Master Fields & Games Schedule
Participating Teams: Southern California Championships 2015


June 29, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: texas state championships

You can certainly do a six-team tournament in one day, but not a 44-team tournament in two-day rolls with field availability constraints ... As for local league based restrictions, we can count on one hand with fingers left over the number of facilities nationally that will defer local leagues in favor of seniors events ... It's a fact of life (almost) everywhere ... We also received several health and safety related concerns/complaints about the number of games per day required, especially in the 65+ and 70+ age divisions under the 5-game guarantee, two-day structure ... In any event, the 3-day format for all divisions of the Texas State Championships next year will bring it in conformity with ALL other SSUSA TOC Qualifiers, and that's a good thing ...


June 29, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: texas state championships

No worries mad dog! ... All divisions are going to 3-day sessions next year at the Texas State Championships (just like EVERY other TOC Qualifier nationally) and the event will NOT be at the Houston Sportsplex in 2016 ... Gotta be a "win-win"!
June 24, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Pool games....???

We have scheduled "pool play" tourney formats, with and without playoffs, on occasion (fairly recent example was 2013 at the World Masters Championships in some of the more "senior" divisions) and will likely do so again. Here are the most common things we hear when we do so ...

• "It's not really a tournament unless there's a DE bracket"
• "We like it because every game matters" and it's converse: "We don't like it because at least in a DE bracket we can make up for one bad game" ... This is usually about a 50/50% debate!
• "Where did Team ABC go? We're supposed to play them this morning!" ... Usual explanation: Five-game-guarantee and Team XYZ was 3-0 on Day 1 while Team ABC was 0-3 and mathematically eliminated from the Championship, so "We're outta here!" This is highly disruptive, rarely disclosed ahead of time to the T.D., and deprives the teams that stay from achieving the tournament games guarantee through a unilateral decision made for both teams by the departing team

This is always a tricky decision, but we are open to reasonable tournament structure proposals.


June 23, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Dave Humphries Memorial

Looks like these schedules "crossed in the ether" of the information highway while we were typing the messages! ... Master schedule is available from the link below and from the tournament page for the event ... Good luck! ...

DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets (PDF's)

Men's: All ages & divisions


June 23, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Dave Humphries Memorial

Check with the Tournament Director (contact info. available from the Tournament Page for the event) since this one is not being administered from the SSUSA Home Office ... Good luck!
June 22, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: TEXAS STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS 2015 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

SUNDAY SCHEDULE REVISION • We received information early this morning (Monday) that Houston SportsPlex Local Leagues begin at 4:00 PM on Sunday afternoon and the facility has declined to defer those leagues to accommodate the previously published tournament schedule ... Accordingly, all Sunday games will commence one hour EARLIER than the original times ... All revisions are now online and we apologize for any inconveniences ... Good luck to all!


June 20, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: NORTHWEST CHAMPIONSHIPS 2015 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

MEN'S 40-MASTERS REVISION • Due to the late withdrawal of Layer Cake Wines/Batitude (CA), the division has been reduced from seven to six teams ... Changes were minor (11:00 AM seeding game deleted) and the bracket, while changed, begins at the same time (3:30 PM) Saturday afternoon ... All teams will play two days, with no team(s) being eliminated Saturday evening ... Changes are online ... Good luck to all!


June 20, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: TEXAS STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS 2015 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for the SSUSA's Texas State Championships in Houston 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: 50's | 55's & 60's | 65's | 70's, 75's & 80's

Complete: All Ages & Divisions (Large file: 18 pages)

Tournament Administration (PDF's)

Master Planning Grid: Master Fields & Games Schedule
Participating Teams: Texas State Championships 2015


June 18, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: INFIELD FLY RULE

If an infielder, in the umpire's judgment, can make a successful play (catch) on the ball with reasonable effort, the IFR applies. The defender retreating beyond the infield dirt/outfield grass line is irrelevant.
June 18, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: BATTER'S BOX

Please see Official Rulebook §7.3 A. for the very clear and easily understood RULE in this fact pattern. You quoted §1.5, which is a DEFINITION and not a rule. The batter is OUT if (s)he makes bat contact with the ball, regardless of the ball ending up fair or foul.
June 18, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: courtesy runner

1jonsey ... As a practical matter, we only see the abandoned base scenario in a couple circumstances ... [1] a legal courtesy runner on base when his turn at bat comes up must abandon the base to bat; and [2] an illegal courtesy runner is removed (involuntarily abandons) from the base ... In both instances, a second courtesy runner is not permitted, and the out occurs for abandoning the base ... We suspect there may be other random hypothetical situations that can be crafted by some here, but they remain largely non-existent in the real world of play ...


June 17, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: courtesy runner

The Courtesy Runner rules are in Rulebook §8.5 (on pages 48-49). While this hypothetical is not specifically addressed, we are inclined to rule that there is no offense and the original runner may return to the base to run for himself. His departure was during a granted time out dead ball situation and no other eligible player took his position by touching the base. Accordingly, there was no courtesy runner substitution. An umpire would be looking really hard to find an out here. We believe this is a classic "senior moment" and "play on" is the more appropriate call.


June 17, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Snowbird rule

The "snowbird" rule is in the Rulebook at §13.1(2) on page 61. Generally, a player who is (or will be) living in a state other than his home state (determined by the home address state appearing on his Federal Income Tax Return) for at least three consecutive months may apply for a "snowbird card" for the current Season. The player may play for any team in his home state (or it's bordering states) AND for a team in the snowbird state (but NOT its bordering states) ... He must select only one of those teams for rosters used in the Eastern or Western Nationals and the World Masters Championships. In the Major+ Divisions for ages 50+ through 70+, snowbirds may NOT be on the roster, but the team may have up to two "out of region" players from either east or west of the Mississippi River, depending on the home state of the Major+ team.


June 16, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: foul

YES if there are already two (2) strikes on the batter ... Otherwise, NO, it's simply a strike.
June 15, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Handicaping teams when playing out of age group

PoolShark ... In the context of James' initial question, teams playing down in a younger age group play those games "straight up", but most of them perceive that as the "handicap", which includes [1] lesser HR limits and the [2] effects of age vs. youth! ... We were clear on the theory and fairness of his inquiry ... Thanks!
June 15, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Handicaping teams when playing out of age group

James ... I guess you COULD play "Exhibition" and play all of your games under 60-M rules in Portland ... There's precedent for that happening at the Jim Sherman Memorial Northwest Championships ... The NW Legends (50-M+) played on that basis last year, going 4-1 (only loss to 55-Major+ Goodman Racing 55's) before being washed out the bottom of the elimination bracket ...

That is an option offered to every "singleton" team in any tournament, but ALMOST ALL teams resist playing "Exhibition" because it precludes them from earning awards or a Tournament of Champions bid ... Those may or not be important to your ball club, but if that's what your team would like to do, please have your Manager call and let us know in the next day or so ... We can certainly accommodate your request to just play five games and depart following your 6:30 PM game Saturday evening ... Thanks!


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