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Jan. 12, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: TOC Brackets

By the end of next week is likely ... Still some loose ends to tie up regarding the available field utilization and scheduling around the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team vs. Celebrity game on Saturday night ... We'll post here within five minutes of final approval ... Good Luck!
Jan. 11, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: when will 2015 schudule be out..????

Teams must participate in a "qualifier" event as a precondition to entering the Eastern Nationals (Raleigh), Western Nationals (Sacramento) or the LVSSA/SSUSA World Masters (Las Vegas) ... The qualifiers do NOT have to be an SSUSA TOC Qualifier "major" event ... As it relates to the Eastern Nationals in Raleigh, we have run a "Raleigh Qualifier" there for the past several years, and do not expect that to change for 2015 ... Good luck!
Jan. 9, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: List of teams going to TOC

PRELIMINARY DIVISIONAL BREAKOUTS TOC 2015

40/50-PLATINUM - (4)
50-MAJOR - (4)
50-AAA - (8)
50/55-AA - (4 - 2/2)
55-MAJOR - (10)
55-AAA - (7)
60-PLATINUM (4)
60-AAA - (11)
60-AA - (8)
65-PLATINUM - (6)
65-AAA - (10)
65-AA - (5)
70-PLATINUM - (4)
70-AAA - (4)
70-AA - (4)
75-MEN - (6)
80/85-MEN - (6)
WOMEN'S 40 - (7)
WOMEN'S 50 - (3)

TOTAL TEAMS 115


Jan. 7, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: List of teams going to TOC

Wagon487 We just activated the Teams Tab on the tournament page ... There are currently (a new tournament record) 115 teams entered for this event as of this post ... Please keep in mind that many team ratings have been temporarily restated to reflect their ratings at the time they earned their TOC bid and will be restored after the TOC concludes ... Good luck everyone!
Jan. 4, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Signs of Getting Old(er)

DCPete ... At the risk of continuing this thread hijack for one more off-topic post, here's why not ... We insist that all SSUSA sanctioned qualifiers be administered under the exact same rule set across all qualifiers all season ... Whether or not scoring turns out to be different, for any variety of reasons, under 0-0 vs. 1-1 count in any given game/tournament, the integrity of the scoring data is immediately suspect ... That potential cannot be allowed to exist or it undermines the entire qualification and rating evaluation system ... Hope this is clear as to what our position continues to be ...
Jan. 4, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: so cal 50's team

YES ... Anybody attaining age 50 on or before 12/31/15 is eligible to play 50+ this Season ... Welcome aboard!
Jan. 3, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: 2015 Tournament sites

The 2015 Tournament Season event listing process takes a bit of time ... We posted the TOC Qualifier events first because we administer them and make all of the arrangements, including the dates ... Here are some other thoughts to keep in mind as the listing evolves ...

We gave our staff a couple of days off in the past week to 10 days, and some of them expanded that by using their remaining vacation days from 2014, slowing things down a bit;
There will be events in Elgin, IL (The Windy City) and Indianapolis, IN (Brickyard Invitational) in the general area of the Ohio River, and quite possibly others as we are advised by the TD's who have historically run them ...
Many independent directors who run events have not yet tied down their dates, or haven't advised us of all details that would allow us to post them to the list; and
The annual calendar doesn't just instantly materialize ... It's the result of a LOT of planning and arrangements by both the TD's and the SSUSA Home Office ... It's an evolutionary process that takes time ... Not being able to differentiate between when you want something and when you need it can sometimes lead to frustration and/or faulty conclusions ... Patience will likely be rewarded! ...

Happy New Year!


Jan. 2, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Stupid question

Ring AWARD events are those where the winners earn free rings. There are two of those events, the LVSSA/SSUSA World Masters Championships and the Tournament of Champions.
Dec. 30, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: The TOC

Pitcher22 The upcoming TOC is a 2014 Roster event. Players you may wish to add must have been otherwise eligible as to age, residency and team rating history, and participated in an SSUSA sanctioned event during the 2014 Season to be considered for roster addition for the TOC. For complete roster addition guidelines, please see the TOC Roster Considerations & Rules (PDF) white paper available from the download link on the RULES page of this web site.

Dec. 29, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: The TOC

We'll go ahead and re-visit this annual exercise in TOC criticism once more this year [this is a re-print from February, 2014], and then it goes into the file folder marked "Things to Think About in 2021" ...

The TOC has a lower entry fee than any of the 20 or so TOC qualifiers where teams earn an invitation to participate ... We hope to break even on this event annually without resorting to an entry fee increase ... Some year we may actually luck out and break even! ...

We are not going to adversely impact the well-attended Winter Nationals (Ft. Myers) and Winter Worlds (Phoenix) during the first half of November by slotting the TOC in those dates ... Toss in Thanksgiving, and that takes care of November ... December is out because of the Christmas Season ... January makes no sense due to cold weather almost everywhere ...

We intend to fully honor our side of the 10-year contract with Central Florida Sports Marketing for the TOC to be held in early February in Polk County, FL, through 2021 ... But we do have about six more years to gather data and suggestions for potential change starting in 2022 ...


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


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