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Aug. 25, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: MESSAGE BOARD ADVERTISING PROHIBITION

There has been a recent proliferation of Message Board posts from individuals seeking to market products here, principally bats and occasionally other products ... These posts are in violation of one of the (only) four posting rules we have here ... Those rules, reproduced below, appear on the right side of the page where messages are composed, but apparently many posters do not seem to notice them ... If you wish to use this website for advertising purposes, please call the Sacramento Home Office and ask to speak with Fran ... She would be happy to negotiate a mutually acceptable financial arrangement for your product placement ... Otherwise, please confine any advertising activity to more appropriate forums, such as eBay or craigslist ... Thank you!
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Aug. 24, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Website comments
Discussion: Field assignments.

Hemenway Softball Complex @ Bighorn Park (Boulder City) will have contracted concessions there during the tournament ... Doc Romeo has natural grass outfields ...
Aug. 22, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Website comments
Discussion: Field assignments.

Well, it appears there is some confusion or lack of understanding about how the TENTATIVE field assignments are generated, so here's some additional information we didn't put in the initial post ...

• Projected 2014 attendance is based on a modest 5% growth rate over last year, meaning the "model" is based on 500± teams (2013: 480) ... As mentioned briefly in the post, over 50% of all entries come in during the last 7-10 days before the deadlines, which makes the crystal ball a bit murky ... The membership insists on early information, but the trade out for that is, by definition, lack of precision ... We have a general idea, based on last year, about how many teams may enter in any given division, but until the deadline passes, it's still just a guess ...
• Henderson Fields (Arroyo Grande, Russell Rd. and Dos Escuelas) require us to vacate by 4:00 PM Mon-Fri for local league play, meaning NO later afternoon or evening games ... This is most restrictive on Fridays ... The same is true for Clark County's Sunset, Warm Springs, Desert Breeze and Desert Bloom facilities ... However, Shadow Rock and Hollywood in Clark Co., and Lorenzi and Doc Romeo in the City of Las Vegas are unrestricted, which is important (see below) ...
• Big League Dreams has local leagues on the Session #1 Friday, but graciously accommodates us in Session #2 ... Unless, and until, the host municipalities are willing to defer local leagues (like Phoenix did) during this tournament, the end result is ALWAYS going to be a difficult process to accommodate all of the required games ...
• As it is now, field assignments become a "numbers game", trying to fit the larger divisions into facilities that can handle the games burden ... The "optimal" allocation is based on a theoretical ideal of six teams per field in any complex ... Obviously, with an estimate of 48 teams in the 50-AAA, it requires eight fields ... Those eight fields, for the past two years, have been Lorenzi and Shadow Rock, simply because they are unencumbered by local league restrictions and are reasonably close to each other for Sunday when the "survivors" from the respective bracket pods "come together" at Shadow ... We use Shadow on Sunday because the City of Las Vegas, in addition to the highest field rental rates in the nation, also charges tournament promoters an additional sanction fee of 15% of the gross entry fee ($104.25) for EACH team that plays so much as a single game at Lorenzi or Doc Romeo ...
• BLD has six fields, with a theoretical maximum load of 36 teams ... With a bit of "out sourcing" of seeding games to other sites early on Friday, we can normally get somewhere around 40 teams handled there ... That "fits" for divisions like 60-AAA and 50-Major, and they were assigned there simply because there is nowhere else that can accommodate them ...
• Only after the largest divisions are slotted, can we then look to niceties such as "...where did they play last year?..." ... We try to change it up, but many times simply can't ... Everyone, from a 40-Masters Major+ through an 85-AAA team pays the same entry fee, so no preferential treatment is afforded to anyone ...

It's about as fair as we can make it given the outside restrictions that must be met ... Criticism is fine with us, but maybe sending along a suggested solution for improvement would be good ... We always consider good ideas! ... Thanks!


Aug. 22, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: LVSSA/SSUSA WORLD MASTERS CHAMPIONSHIPS 2014 • TENTATIVE FIELD ASSIGNMENTS

These are the 2014 TENTATIVE field assignments based on the expected attendance at the 2014 World Masters Championships. Please note that the staged deadlines for entries for the WMC begin on September 5th, and more than half of the entries are received in the final week to 10 days before the deadlines. We have confidence in these field assignments, but please remember that they are TENTATIVE, which means they are NOT final and they ARE subject to (and some WILL) change. FINAL Field Assignments will be released simultaneous with the publication of the Draft Game Schedules and Brackets. We will, however, do our best to keep the teams at these fields if possible.

SCHEDULES NOTE: DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets are posted on this website within a few minutes of passing technical review and being approved. Calls to the SSUSA Home Office to inquire as to their availability actually delays their release because of the time required to respond to the inquiry.

BIG LEAGUE DREAMS NOTE: Big League Dreams is a private enterprise facility. They charge all players and spectators a daily admission fee of $3.00 (and give you back a token good for a $1.00 credit in the concession stands). LVSSA/SSUSA does NOT share in any of those admission receipts, and the local BLD Staff on site is not empowered to waive that fee. Accordingly, complaints to the tournament staff and/or the BLD local staff about the admission fee is likely not the best use of your time, and most certainly will not be productive. Thank you in advance for your courtesy!

SESSION #1 • MEN'S 40-MASTERS, 50's & ALL WOMEN'S DIVISIONS
• MEN'S 40-MASTERS MAJOR+ • Sunset Park
• MEN'S 40-MASTERS MAJOR • Desert Breeze (Overflow: Arroyo Grande and/or Sunset)
• MEN'S 40-MASTERS AAA • Bighorn Park Boulder City (Big League Dreams Sunday)

• MEN'S 50-MAJOR+ • Sunset Park
• MEN'S 50-MAJOR • Big League Dreams (Overflow: Shadow Rock and/or Sunset)
• MEN'S 50-AAA • Lorenzi Park & Shadow Rock/Hollywood
• MEN'S 50-AA • Desert Bloom

• WOMEN'S 40-MASTERS MAJOR • Arroyo Grande (Overflow: Dos Esquelas)
• WOMEN'S 40-MASTERS AAA • Doc Romeo Park
• WOMEN'S 40-MASTERS AA • Arroyo Grande (Overflow: Dos Esquelas)

• WOMEN'S SENIORS - 50+ • Russell Rd. (Fri.) & Arroyo Grande (Sat.-Sun.)

SESSION #2 • MEN'S 65's, 70's, 75's, 80's & 85's
• MEN'S 65-MAJOR+ • Big League Dreams
• MEN'S 65-MAJOR • Desert Breeze Park
• MEN'S 65-AAA • Shadow Rock & Hollywood
• MEN'S 65-AA • Arroyo Grande

• MEN'S 70-MAJOR+ • Lorenzi Park
• MEN'S 70-MAJOR • Lorenzi Park
• MEN'S 70-AAA • Sunset Park
• MEN'S 70-AA • Sunset Park

• MEN'S 75-MAJOR+ • Lorenzi Park
• MEN'S 75-MAJOR • Lorenzi Park
• MEN'S 75-AAA • Big League Dreams

• MEN'S 80-MAJOR • Big League Dreams
• MEN'S 80/85-AAA • Big League Dreams

SESSION #3 • MEN'S 55's & 60's
• MEN'S 55-MAJOR+ • Lorenzi Park
• MEN'S 55-MAJOR • Arroyo Grande (Overflow: Russell Rd. and/or Dos Escuelas)
• MEN'S 55-AAA • Shadow Rock & Hollywood
• MEN'S 55-AA • Doc Romeo Park

• MEN'S 60-MAJOR+ • Bighorn Park Boulder City (Big League Dreams Sunday)
• MEN'S 60-MAJOR • Lorenzi Park
• MEN'S 60-AAA • Big League Dreams (Overflow: Shadow Rock and/or Sunset)
• MEN'S 60-AA • Sunset Park


Aug. 20, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: West Coast Aftershock -

Actually, the altered equipment penalty according to the SSUSA Rulebook is anything but clear for other than bats ... With respect to bats, the procedures and penalties are very specific, but less so as to softballs and other equipment ... The SSUSA Rules Committee will be re-visiting this issue at their sessions during the 2014 Annual Convention ... Regarding West Coast Aftershock, their matter has been resolved amicably, and fully, by and between the team and SSUSA ... We will will not be making any further public comment ...


Aug. 20, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: ROCKY MOUNTAIN CHAMPIONSHIPS

60-AAA RESULTS • KC Renegades (MO) over Scrap Iron Legends (CO), 19-18 in the "If" game ... Dixon ZTR Legends (NE) were third ... Will get the balance of the scoring and bracket results up for the Rocky Mountain tourney as soon as the TENTATIVE Field Assignments for Las Vegas (a higher current priority) are posted in the next couple of days ... All the paperwork from Aurora arrived this (Tuesday) afternoon via FedEx ,...
Aug. 19, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: TOP GUN SUMMER CLASSIC (Session #2) • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for SESSION #2 the 2014 Top Gun Summer Classic in San Clemente, 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 ...

DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets (PDF's)

• Men's: 50's, 55's & 60's Includes Master Planning Grid


Aug. 18, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Bats
Discussion: What happend to the Dudley Lightning thread?

The Dudley Lightning thread (and two others) were removed due to a significant number of posts therein being in violation of the rule against advertising produces for sale on the SSUSA Message Board ... An independent separate thread offering those bats for sale and an unrelated thread regarding Reebok Melee bats were removed at the same time ...
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This message board is provided as a means for senior softball players and prospective players to communicate with each other, offer ideas and constructive suggestions for improving our organization and sport. It is not a forum for any of the following:
- Inappropriate language
- Disparaging comments directed toward any individual
- Promotion for other senior softball organizations
- Advertising for commercial products, services or websites

Any messages of this type will be removed immediately, without notice.


Aug. 18, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Bats
Discussion: What's Legal

Your post does not mention if the League has elected to be governed by SSUSA Rules, but if so, the answer is as follows ...

The following Miken Triad bats are on the Approved Bat List for those produced in 2014 ...
• Miken Triad Blackout (SSBTRI)
• Miken Triad Xtreme (FPTR10)


Aug. 18, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Western National Tournament? Or ?...

JimS: Unless, of course, the Managers of the teams playing "out of region" were advised of, and consented to, the policy before entering the event ...

REPRINT from a related thread on this topic ...

"...Teams playing "out of region" in either the Eastern's or the Western's are ineligible for the USA National Championship games to prevent teams from potentially gaining an unfair seeding advantage in Las Vegas by picking which "National" event, with the lesser number of teams, to enter ...

In 2013, Fairway Ford 80's (CA) went East and, in 2014, Pope Transport (WI) went West solely to compete in larger, not smaller brackets, and won those events ... Neither of those teams sought an unfair advantage for Las Vegas, but the policy is in place to prevent some other future team from maybe not being so honorable ... In both 2013 and 2014, the Managers of the teams playing "out of region" were advised of this policy in advance of entering the events ..."


Aug. 16, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: NORTHERN CHAMPIONSHIPS 2014 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for the 2014 Northern Championships on Lansing, MI, 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 and the Participating Teams List have 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 & 75's

• Complete: All Ages & Divisions (Large file: 14 pages)

Tournament Administration (PDF's)

• Master Plan: Master Fields & Games Grid
• Participating Teams: Northern's 2014


Aug. 16, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: East vs West National Championship game

Bracket size criteria for awarding the #1 and #2 seeds based on USA National Championship games applies to brackets of five (5) or more teams at the LVSSA/SSUSA World Masters Championships in Las Vegas, not the bracket sizes at the Eastern and/or Western Championships ... Teams playing "out of region" in either the Eastern's or the Western's are ineligible for the USA National Championship games to prevent teams from potentially gaining an unfair seeding advantage in Las Vegas by picking which "National" event, with the lesser number of teams, to enter ...

In 2013, Fairway Ford 80's (CA) went East and, in 2014, Pope Transport (WI) went West solely to compete in larger, not smaller brackets, and won those events ... Neither of those teams sought an unfair advantage for Las Vegas, but the policy is in place to prevent some other future team from maybe not being so honorable ... In both 2013 and 2014, the Managers of the teams playing "out of region" were advised of this policy in advance of entering the events ...


Aug. 14, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: East vs West National Championship game

The USA National Championship games are staged betweeen the winners in each age/division of the Eastern and Western National Championship tournaments, those recently concluded in Raleigh, NC, and Sacramento & Placer Counties, CA ... Any team officially located East of the Mississippi River, whether they are from the 'midwest' or 'south' or other general area of that half of the country, may compete in the Eastern Nationals to seek such a berth ... The same is true for teams officially located west of the Mississippi River, such as in the 'southwest' or 'northwest', as it relates to seeking a berth to represent the West in the USA National Championship games ...


Aug. 14, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: USA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES • LVSSA/SSUSA World Masters Championships 2014

USA NATIONAL GAMES UPDATE – The USA National Championship Games are played during the seeding rounds of the LVSSA/SSUSA World Masters Championships (WMC) in Las Vegas.

WHO – The Champions in each age group and division from the Eastern and Western National Championships earn a berth in the USA National Championship games. Should an Eastern or Western champion not be attending the WMC, the invitation will be extended to the runner-up in their division. If neither the champion nor runner-up is attending, there will not be a USA National game in that division. If only one eligible team is attending the WMC, that team will receive the USA National Championship awards for the division. [The eligible teams list, available from the link below, is being updated as teams confirm whether or not they will be attending the WMC.]

• USA National Games: Qualified Teams 2014

WHEN – For the first and third sessions, those played over three days and usually having only two seeding round games, the USA National Championship games will generally occur as the second game scheduled for the participating teams. For the second session, played over four days, the USA National Championship games will generally occur on Tuesday, the second day of the session.

FORMAT – Games will be regulation games, not subject to time limit, and will play a full seven innings.

WHAT’S AT STAKE –

• Winners of USA National games are the only teams eligible to win the Triple Grand Slam in their division. NOTE: The Triple Grand Slam is achieved by winning their division at either the Eastern or Western National Championships, winning the USA National game and winning their bracket at the WMC. Teams must win at least two of those three in actual competition. Teams that had no opponent in either the Eastern or Western Championships, AND had no opponent for a USA National game, are not eligible for the Triple Grand Slam.

• The winner of each USA National game, in divisions having five (5) or more teams, earns the #1 Seed for bracket play, and the loser earns the #2 Seed. There are two reasons for this: The USA National games are pre-determined and not part of the randomly generated seeding play; and, they are not played under the same time limits as other seeding round games. With the first tie-breaker after head to head being aggregate runs allowed, a guaranteed seven-inning game may put both of the participating teams at an unfair disadvantage, especially if the game goes to extra innings. In 2012 in Phoenix, one USA National game ended 30-26 in nine innings. The winner finished 2-0 and was seeded #9 (of the nine unbeaten teams in the division). The runner-up also lost their second game and was seeded #29 of 29. NOTE: Teams eligible to play in a USA National game that does not occur due to lack of an opponent will not automatically receive a #1 Seed. They will be subject to the same seeding criteria as all other teams in their division.


Aug. 14, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: SOUTHERN CHAMPIONSHIPS 2014 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

There was a bracket logic error in the 65-Gold Three-game-guarantee bracket for Friday that required moving two games ... The effect was that two 60-AAA seeding games had to be moved as well ... Former 8:00 AM games pairing the Arkansas Naturals vs. Strykers and Boys of Summer vs. T.A.G. will now be played at 9:30 AM instead of 8:00 AM ... No other changes were required and we apologize for any inconvenience ... Good luck everybody! ...
Aug. 13, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Western National Championships - winners

55-Major • Scrap Iron/Rocky Mountain Thunder 55's (CO) over Wolfpack Softball (WA), 13-12 in the Championship game
Aug. 13, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Western National Championships - winners

50-AAA • Stanislaus Sluggers (CA) over Sugamelle Golf (CA) 19-10 in the "If" game
55-AAA • Tri-C Machine (CA) over Baker Boyz (CA) 26-14 in the "If" game
Aug. 11, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: ROCKY MOUNTAIN CHAMPIONSHIPS 2014 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for the 2014 Rocky Mountain Championships on Aurora, CO, 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 and the Participating Teams List have 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 & 75's

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

Tournament Administration (PDF's)

• Master Plan: Master Fields & Games Grid
• Participating Teams: Rocky Mountain 2014



Aug. 11, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Western National Championships - winners

60-AAA = Viejitos (CA) over Cut Loose (CA) 17-7 in the Championship game
Aug. 11, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: West Coast Aftershock -

Cornerstone (OR) was awarded a forfeit victory over West Coast Aftershock (CA) in the 50-Major Championship game when it was discovered by the plate umpire that West Coast had introduced chilled softballs into the game while they were at bat ... The balls had (apparently) been "stored" in the ice water cooler in the dugout ... This action constituted a violation of Rulebook §3.4(4) • ALTERED EQUIPMENT ...
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