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July 16, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: SSUSA how can we get reclassed? MTC 50 2014 major Plus

Teams desiring a change in rating must submit a Ratings Appeal package. The forms are available in this website from the menu bar at TOURNAMENTS ► FORMS ► Rating appeal. Rating appeals are evaluated, and either granted or denied, on a case by case basis two times per year. The next ratings cycle will occur following the conclusion of the World Masters Championships in early October, prior to the Winter Nationals and Winter Worlds events in November.
July 15, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Just got moved up and need some clarification

[1] TOC • AGREED (until you win another event this year in 50-Major and compete at the TOC in the higher rating!) ... Otherwise it's TOC in 50-AAA ... [2] Still evaluating the California State Championship game issue and will advise shortly ... You are not the only team in this circumstance ... Congratulations on your successes!
July 14, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: MIDWEST CHAMPIONSHIPS 2015 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

MEN'S 60+ DIVISION • SIGNIFICANT REVISION • Due to a rating change for one of the former 60-Major teams, the Men's 60+ Division (only) underwent a significant revision, resulting in a new split of three Major teams, 10 AAA teams and three AA teams ... The changes to the affected schedules have been posted online ... Good luck to all!


July 14, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: VEGAS FIELDS

Gonedeep43: "...but are you telling me that there isn't another facility amongst the many in Vegas and Henderson that could be used for 50AAA??.." ...

Yes, that's exactly what we are saying ... The proximity of Hollywood to Shadow Rock, their general proximity to Lorenzi and the unrestricted hours of play yield, by far, the best combination of fields for a 10-field package that can handle a 60+ team division.

Here are the specifics on all of the other potential facilities and some of the issues they present for a Division having over 60 teams:

• Arroyo Grande (4) • Local league restrictions Friday ... No game slots available after 2:00 PM
• Big League Dreams (6) • Local league restrictions Friday (No game slots available after 3:30 PM) and Sunday afternoon local league restrictions on National League side (No game slots after 2:00 PM)
• Bighorn/Hemenway (2) • Lacks game slot capacity and is a travel distance problem in a split-site Division
• Cheyene Park (4) • Not currently acceptable as a tournament quality facility
• Desert Bloom (2) • Lacks game slot capacity
• Desert Breeze (4) • Under contract to another tournament promoter and not currently available to SSUSA for Session #3
• Doc Romeo Park (3) • Only a 3-field facility ... Lacks game slot capacity and has a safety issue with one field (#5) having limited ability to have a lot of HR's hit there due to youth skate park immediately outside of LF
• Dos Escuelas (2) • Lacks game slot capacity ... Local league restrictions Friday (No game slots available after 2:00 PM)
• Russell Road (2) • Lacks game slot capacity ... Local league restrictions Friday (No game slots available after 2:00 PM)
• Sunset Park (6) • Local league restrictions Friday, Saturday and Sunday on four of six fields (No game slots available after 2:00 PM) ... Two fields are available late(r)
• Warm Springs (2) • Lacks game slot capacity



July 14, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: VEGAS FIELDS

The general "rule of thumb" is that six teams per diamond is about the ideal/maximum for a 5-game-guarantee format played over three days ... With 60+ teams in the 50-AAA, the best mix for 10 fields is: Lorenzi/Shadow Rock/Hollywood ... Those three facilities are also three of only five facilities unrestricted by local league play ... The other two are Desert Breeze and Doc Romeo ... The "If" game in the 50-AAA bracket last year was Game #139, which is what also requires the early Friday games to be spread laterally at three other complexes (Arroyo Grande, Doc Romeo and Desert Bloom) so that the bracket first round can be played on Friday afternoon and evening ...

The 50-AAA is split into two pools, with principal pool sites being Lorenzi (National) and Shadow Rock (American) until the 10 surviving teams into Sunday converge at Shadow Rock ... We will make an effort this year to "cross over" as many returning teams as we can to the opposite primary pool site from where they have played on Friday and Saturday last year ... It may not be possible to cross over every team, but we will do what we can there ...

Of course, if Big League Dreams is your preferred destination, please call the Sacramento office and ask for a rating change to 50-Major ... That would do it!


July 13, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Fields in Vegas

coop3636 ... Shadow Rock is a four-field complex with two outstanding relatively new dirt (infield) & artificial (outfield) turf fields and two dirt/grass fields that are, as stated by others, not as nice as the newer ones ... The primary fields for the 50-AAA will be Shadow Rock and Lorenzi, with overflow games also at Arroyo Grande, Desert Bloom, Doc Romeo and Hollywood ... There will be 15 games on Championship Sunday at Shadow Rock, with 10 of them being on the newer fields ... There will be five games (two Elimination Bracket and three Championship bracket) on the other two fields early before things line up in single file on Field #3 ...

The Complex you mentioned with the bad water issues was Sunset Park during park re-construction a few years ago, a circumstance that is no longer present there ...


July 13, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: WESTERN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS 2015 • TENTATIVE Field Assignments

The following are the TENTATIVE Field Assignments for the 2015 SSUSA Western National Championships in Placer and Sacramento Counties, CA ... Please note that TENTATIVE means they are NOT FINAL and are SUBJECT TO CHANGE. Final Field Assignments will be released simultaneous with the publication of the DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets in late July ...

FACILITIES
• Hal Bartholomew Sports Park (Elk Grove)
• Foskett Regional Park (Lincoln)
• Maidu Regional Park (Roseville)
• Sacramento Softball Complex (Sacramento)

SESSION #1 • Men's 65's, 70's, 75's and 80's
• Men's 65's (ALL) • Foskett Regional Park
• Men's 70's (ALL) • Sacramento Softball Complex
• Men's 75's (ALL) • Sacramento Softball Complex
• Men's 80's (ALL) • Sacramento Softball Complex

SESSION #2 • Men's 50's, 55's and 60's
• Men's 50-Major+ • Maidu Regional Park
• Men's 50-Major • Maidu Regional Park
• Men's 50-AAA • Sacramento Softball Complex
• Men's 50-AA • Foskett Regional Park

• Men's 55-Major+ • Maidu Regional Park
• Men's 55-Major • Maidu Regional Park
• Men's 55-AAA • Foskett Regional Park
• Men's 55-AA • Foskett Regional Park

• Men's 60-Major+ • Sacramento Softball Complex
• Men's 60-Major • Sacramento Softball Complex
• Men's 60-AAA • Foskett Regional Park
• Men's 60-AA • Foskett Regional Park

SESSION #3 • Men's 40-Masters and All Women
• Men's 40-Masters • Hal Bartholomew Sports Park

• Women's Divisions (ALL) • Hal Bartholomew Sports Park


July 10, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Seed Games

NO they are not ... However, here is what happens when they don't play, from page 73 of the Official SSUSA Rulebook ...

§15.5 • TEAMS MUST PLAY SEEDING GAMES

Teams must play in the round robin, or preliminary rounds, of the tournament to be eligible to play in the finals. At the discretion of the tournament director, teams not playing one or more round-robin, or seeding game, will be seeded last in the elimination bracket finals and will receive an automatic loss in that game, forcing them to the loser's bracket of the elimination rounds.


July 10, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: diving across home plate line

Base runners may NOT slide into 1st Base or the Scoring Plate/Line unless it is for the limited exception of avoiding a collision with a defensive player ... This limited exception is an umpire's judgment call and is not subject to protest or appeal ... Slipping, tripping, falling, etc., does not automatically constitute sliding, but is also an umpire's judgment call ... Base runners MAY slide back into any base ... See SSUSA Official Rulebook §8.(6) on page 49 ...


July 9, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: MIDWEST CHAMPIONSHIPS 2015 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for SESSION #2 (Men's 50's, 55's and 60's) of the SSUSA's Midwest Championships in Shawnee, KS, have been posted and are available from the links below and on the event's Tournament Page ...

The same caveats mentioned above regarding SESSION#1 apply here as well ... Good luck to all!

DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets (PDF's)

• Men's: 50's & 55's | 60's

• Complete: All Ages & Divisions (16 pages)


July 8, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Western Nationals

We've got two-thirds of a back-to-back-to-back (SoCal Cup, Northeast and Midwest), wrapped around the World Masters mock-up, completed so far this week ... Session #2 in Midwest will be done tomorrow and shipped on Friday ... THEN we will look at the Western's more closely ... So "a few more days" is the best current answer ...

Western's Session #1 will not involve Elk Grove in the South county, but will likely be using the easterly facilities in Sacramento, Roseville and/or Lincoln ... Session #2 will use those plus Elk Grove ... My current thinking is that teams that played in Elk Grove last year (60-Major+, 60-Major and 55-AAA) will not be there this year ... If you fit one of those last year Elk Grove Divisions, book in central to easterly Sacramento (Arden Fair area) or Roseville ... In any event, we'll be making some guesstimates early next week ...


July 8, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: SSUSA Executive Director Fran Dowell Elected to National Senior Softball Hall of Fame

Fran Dowell has been involved in Senior Softball since 1998, becoming the first woman Executive Director in a major softball organization in 2006. Fran also received the National Award of Excellence from Sports Events Magazine in both 2009 and 2012, as one of the top 12 sports promoters in America. “Fran has been an instrumental leader behind the continued strong growth of Senior Softball-USA and, even more important, has become the heart and soul of the organization,” said Terry Hennessy, CEO.

For the past decade Fran has guided the largest senior tournaments in the sport, including the World Master Championships, which drew over 500 teams to Las Vegas last year. In addition she has increased the number of cities in which SSUSA holds tournaments from 35 in 2005 to 70 in 2015.

“I am very honored to be elected into the Hall of Fame Class of 2015,” said Fran. “I have always thought of myself as the luckiest girl in the world to have so many wonderful friends in Senior Softball.”

“Her passion and caring truly affects every life today in the world of Senior Softball,” said Keith Parker, NSSHOF Class of 2005.

Fran will be formally inducted into the Hall of Fame in Las Vegas during the 2015 World Masters Championships on Monday September 28, 2015, at Big League Dreams.


July 8, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: MIDWEST CHAMPIONSHIPS 2015 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for SESSION #1 (Men's 65's, 70's and 75's) of the SSUSA's Midwest Championships in Shawnee, KS, 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

Tournament Administration (PDF's)

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


July 7, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: LVSSA/SSUSA WORLD MASTERS CHAMPIONSHIPS 2015 • TENTATIVE FIELD ASSIGNMENTS

These are the 2015 TENTATIVE field assignments based on the expected attendance at the 2015 World Masters Championships. Please note that the staged deadlines for entries for the WMC begin on September 4th, 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. The FINAL Field Assignments will be released simultaneous with the publication of the Draft Game Schedules and Brackets in September. We will, however, do our best to keep the teams at these fields if possible.

SCHEDULE TIMING NOTE: DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets are posted on this website within a few minutes of passing technical review and final approval. 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 calls.

BIG LEAGUE DREAMS NOTE: Big League Dreams is an outstanding 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 powerless to waive that fee. 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 55's & 60's
• MEN'S 55-MAJOR+ • Big League Dreams
• MEN'S 55-MAJOR • Big League Dreams (Fri-Sun) & Doc Romeo (Fri)
• MEN'S 55-AAA • Shadow Rock (Fri-Sun) & Lorenzi (Fri/Sat)
• MEN'S 55-AA • Doc Romeo Park

• MEN'S 60-MAJOR+ • Sunset Park & Warm Springs (Fri/Sat) & Big League Dreams (Sun)
• MEN'S 60-MAJOR • Desert Breeze
• MEN'S 60-AAA • Sunset Park (Fri-Sun), Desert Bloom (Fri/Sat) & Warm Springs (Fri)
• MEN'S 60-AA • 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+ • Lorenzi (Mon/Tue) & Shadow Rock (Wed)
• MEN'S 65-MAJOR • Lorenzi (Mon/Tue) & Big League Dreams (Wed)
• MEN'S 65-AAA • Desert Breeze
• MEN'S 65-AA • Shadow Rock

• MEN'S 70-MAJOR+ • Sunset Park (Mon) & Big League Dreams (Tue/Wed)
• MEN'S 70-MAJOR • Sunset Park (Mon) & Big League Dreams (Tue/Wed)
• MEN'S 70-AAA • Arroyo Grande (Mon) & Big League Dreams (Tue/Wed)
• MEN'S 70-AA • Arroyo Grande (Mon) & Big League Dreams (Tue/Wed)

• MEN'S 75-MAJOR+ • Big League Dreams (Mon) & Sunset Park (Tue/Wed)
• MEN'S 75-MAJOR • Big League Dreams (Mon) & Sunset Park (Tue/Wed)
• MEN'S 75-AAA • Big League Dreams (Mon) & Sunset Park (Tue/Wed)

• MEN'S 80-MAJOR • Big League Dreams (Mon) & Arroyo Grande (Tue/Wed)
• MEN'S 80-AAA • Big League Dreams (Mon) & Arroyo Grande (Tue/Wed)

SESSION #2-B • MEN'S 85's & PACIFIC RIM CHAMPIONSHIPS
• MEN'S 85-MAJOR • Big League Dreams (Thursday & Friday)
• PACIFIC RIM CHAMPIONSHIPS • Big League Dreams (Thursday & Friday)

SESSION #3 • MEN'S 50's and WOMEN'S 40-MASTERS & 50's
• MEN'S 50-MAJOR+ • Sunset Park OR Desert Breeze (Fri/Sat) & Big League Dreams (Sun)
• MEN'S 50-MAJOR • Big League Dreams (Fri-Sun) & Sunset Park OR Desert Breeze (Fri)
• MEN'S 50-AAA • Shadow Rock (Fri-Sun), Lorenzi (Fri/Sat), Hollywood (Fri/Sat) • Friday overflow: Arroyo Grande, Desert Bloom & Doc Romeo
• MEN'S 50-AA • Arroyo Grande/Russell Rd. (Fri/Sat) & Big League Dreams (Sun)

• WOMEN'S 40-MASTERS MAJOR • Arroyo Grande/Dos Escuelas (Fri & Sun) & Russell Rd. (Sat)
• WOMEN'S 40-MASTERS AAA • Arroyo Grande/Dos Escuelas
• WOMEN'S 40-MASTERS AA • Doc Romeo

• WOMEN'S SENIORS 50+ DIVISION • Doc Romeo

SESSION #4 • MEN'S 40-MASTERS
• MEN'S 40-MASTERS (All) • Big League Dreams and other facilities TBA



July 6, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: NORTHEAST CHAMPIONSHIPS 2015 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

SESSION #1 SIGNIFICANT REVISION • Due to the late (Monday) withdrawal of a 50-AAA team (Capp Steel), major changes were required that affected almost all divisions of play ... The updated schedules are now online, with a revision date of 07/06/2015 and all prior versions should be discarded ... We apologize for any inconveniences, despite the fact they were completely outside of our control ... Good luck, everyone!


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 ...


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