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May 6, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: The Mat

19" wide by 34.5" long
May 6, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: ROCK 'n RENO CHALLENGE CUP 2015 • TENTATIVE Field Assignments

The following are the TENTATIVE Field Assignments for the 2015 Rock 'n Reno Challenge Cup. 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 mid-May.

NOTE:
The Reno/Sparks Facilities are:
• Golden Eagle Regional Park (Sparks)
• Shadow Mountain Softball Complex (Sparks)
• Reno Softball Complex at Rancho San Rafael (Reno)

The Carson City Facility is:
• Centennial Park Softball Complex

SESSION #1 • Men's 50's and Men's 55's Divisions

• ALL Ages and Divisions will play at the Reno/Sparks Facilities from Friday, May 22nd thru Sunday, May 24th.

MEMORIAL DAY (May 25th) • NO GAMES


SESSION #2 • Men's 65's, 70's, 75's and 80's

• ALL Ages and Divisions will play at the Reno/Sparks Facilities from Tuesday, May 26th thru Thursday, May 28th.

SESSION #3 • Men's 40-Masters, Men's 60's and All Women's Ages/Divisions

Session #3 runs from Friday, May 29th thru Sunday, May 31st.
• Men's 40-Masters - Centennial Park/Carson City
• Men's 60-Major Plus - Centennial Park/Carson City
• Men's 60-Major - Centennial Park/Carson City
• Men's 60-AAA - Reno/Sparks Facilities
• Men's 60-AA - Reno/Sparks Facilities
• Women's 40-Masters - Reno/Sparks Facilities
• Women's Senior Divisions (50+ and older) - Reno/Sparks Facilities


May 5, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: ATLANTIC COAST CHAMPIONSHIPS 2015 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for SESSION #1 of the 2015 Atlantic Coast Championships in Loudoun County, VA, 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 Master Games & Fields Grid have also been posted ... Good luck to all!

DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets (PDF's)

• Men's: 65's & 70's

Tournament Administration (PDF's)

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


May 4, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Softballs in Reno

Reno: Anaconda Trump/Stote 44 cor/375 comp optic yellow softball with the SSUSA red logo on it is the only allowable softball for all non-Las Vegas events ...
April 28, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: BRICKYARD INVITATIONAL 2015 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for SESSION #3 (50's & 55's) of the 2015 Brickyard Invitational in Indianapolis, IN, have been posted and are available from the links below and on the event's Tournament Page ... The caveats mentioned above for Sessions #1-2 apply here as well ...

DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets (PDF's)

• Men's: 50's | 55's

• Complete All Ages & Divisions


April 28, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Runs Scored vs. Runs Allowed

We're going to try to catch all three of your somewhat related posts in one reply rather than cluttering up all three threads ... Hopefully this works! ...

• SEEDING NO COIN FLIP NEEDED • This is an SSUSA Rules Committee item, and the Committee meets once annually, at the SSUSA Convention in late November or early December ... The sense of the majority of the Committee when this has come to us for consideration in the past is that the coin flip is more random and more fair when there is such a limited number of seeding games ... There are only two such games in brackets of five or more teams ... Our experience has been that teams approach seeding games differently, with some trying to achieve that high seed and others attempting to get more playing time for those who may not be the "go to guys" late Sunday afternoon ... The first of those two reasons is more important to us, as the second is a team based decision, but the current coin toss rule achieves the Committee's desire for preventing a competitive advantage during bracket play ... It's fine that you believe you should be rewarded for seeding performance, but you already are rewarded in terms of playing lower seeded teams if you are a higher seed ...

• RUNS SCORED vs. RUNS ALLOWED • The tie breakers (after W-L record) are [1] head-to-head result, if any, [2] aggregate runs allowed and [3] run differential (which is really the runs scored criteria) ... Rewarding teams for playing defense is a sportsmanship issue that has the additional benefit of yielding a desired tie-breaker result ... It's in the best interest of the game and the tournament to avoid hearing a team say "We can get better seed if we can pour on a couple dozen more runs on this team we are already leading by 10 runs going into the Open" ... We could do this if we made the "flip flop" rule mandatory in pool play, but we will try to avoid ugly situations so long as the "flip-flop" is discretionary in pool play ... This criteria also avoids the matter of a home team leading after 6½ innings and then wanting to bat in the bottom of the 7th to get more runs, which is not going to happen ... Any team winning a game has defended seven times, and if they haven't, it's because they lost the game as a visiting team, with that loss being its own detriment in seeding ...

• GROUP OF TEAMS FOR BETTER SEEDING • Grouping teams into multiple seeding groups is theoretically achievable, and we have actually done it in the past when fields are so tight that we can't schedule a large bracket all in one place ... It is also done in some of the larger (more than 40 teams) brackets at the World Masters ... We see a potential downside with your proposal of the multiple pod-group seeding winners then being reassigned ... This introduces a subjective element into who is paired where unless those match ups are predetermined ... The schedule philosophy employed currently attempts to play teams in seeding against teams they may not see regularly ... If we do that well, then the following is true: We are solely responsible for who you play in seeding games, but you are solely responsible for who you play in the bracket, based on how you performed in seeding ...

Unless and until the Rules Committee meets this winter, you will not see the changes you propose, but this represents the current thinking of the majority of the Rules Committee on the items you raise ... Thank you for the input!


April 25, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Brickyard

MANAGER MEETINGS SCHEDULE (Also posted on the Tournament page)

SESSIONS #1 and #2 • One hour before your first game of the tournament at the Midwest Sports & Social Complex on Wednesday (Men's 65's & 70's) and Thursday (Men's 60's).

SESSION #3 • Friday evening from 5:30-6:30 PM in the upstairs restaurant at the Midwest Sports & Social Complex for Men's 50's and 55's.


April 25, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Brickyard

Thanks Sking6 ... Noted and fixed ...
April 23, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: BRICKYARD INVITATIONAL 2015 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for SESSION #1 (65's & 70's) and SESSION #2 (60's) of the 2015 Brickyard Invitational in Indianapolis, IN, 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 ...

SESSION #3 NOTE • The Session #3 DRAFT schedule set will likely be released Monday or Tuesday ... Teams are advised to plan for a full and long day of softball on Saturday for the 33 teams playing on the weekend only ... Game times are anticipated to run from 7:30 AM through 9:00 PM across all six diamonds ...

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 Master Games & Fields Grid has also been posted ... Good luck to all!

DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets (PDF's)

• Men's: 60's | 65's & 70's

Tournament Administration (PDF's)

• Master Planning Grid: Master Fields & Games Schedule


April 19, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: SOUTHWEST CHAMPIONSHIPS 2015 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for SESSION #2 of the 2015 LVSSA/SSUSA Southwest Championships in Las Vegas, NV, have been posted and are available from the links below and on the event's Tournament Page ... All of the caveats mentioned above for Session #1 apply here as well ... Good luck to all! ...

NOTE: Many of the Brackets are currently "UNDER CONSTRUCTION" and will be posted here within the next couple of days ... This was done to allow us to post the Round Robin Seeding games without any delay ... Check the links periodically and they will begin showing up as completed ... Calls to the Sacramento Office will NOT be of any status help, since the scheduler is in Las Vegas as of early Monday morning ...

DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets (PDF's)

• Men's: 40-Masters | 50's | 55's | 60's

• Women's: 40-Masters and 50+ Seniors

• Complete: All Ages & Divisions (Large file: 46 pages)


April 19, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: rules

Roster composition and eligibility rules are covered in SSUSA Rulebook §13 (beginning on page 60 of the book) ... That should answer any questions you may have about the roster rules in general ... If you are not your team's Manager and have a question about a specific team, please have your Manager (NOT an individual player with a curiosity) call the Sacramento Home Office and ask for George ... He may be able to provide guidance and clarify any misunderstandings ... In almost all cases, random posts here about a specific team do not have a full complement of the facts and circumstances stated fully and correctly, which makes it inadvisable to respond generically here ... Thanks


April 18, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: softballs

The Rock
April 17, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 44/375 -VS- 52/300

No problem! ... If you've been out a decade or more, you DO have a bit of a learning curve to climb ... Good luck!
April 17, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 44/375 -VS- 52/300

Don't "over-think" this ... The change to the 1.21 standard was solely a re-calibration of the testing criteria due to changes over time in the balls used for the testing ... The 1.20 standard for older testing/balls is technically identical to the newer 1.21 standard for the newer balls used in the current testing ...

It's been quite a while since we've posted this, and it was done frequently in the older days in response to repetitive postings by a former message board member who was concerned about this issue ... But here's a reprise of our position: SSUSA has no current intention, nor are we considering, ANY change to the bat and ball specification combination now being used ... The bats will continue to be required to meet the 1.20/1.21 BPF criteria and the balls will continue to be the 44 cor/375 comp. specification ... This will hopefully clarify things for you and others interested in this topic ...


April 16, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: SOUTHWEST CHAMPIONSHIPS 2015 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for SESSION #1 of the 2015 LVSSA/SSUSA Southwest Championships in Las Vegas, NV, 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 Master Games & Fields Grid have also 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)

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


April 15, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: SOUTHWEST CHAMPIONSHIPS 2015 • TENTATIVE Field Assignments

The following are the TENTATIVE Field Assignments for SESSION #1 of the 2015 LVSSA/SSUSA Southwest Championships in Las Vegas. 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.

• 65-MAJOR+ • Sunset Park (finishing Wednesday)
• 65-MAJOR (& 70-MAJOR+) • Sunset Park (Big League Dreams Thursday)
• 65-AAA • Arroyo Grande & Russell Road (Big League Dreams Thursday)
• 65-AA • Big League Dreams
• 70-MAJOR (& 75-MAJOR+) • Big League Dreams
• 70-AAA • Big League Dreams
• 70-AA • Big League Dreams Tuesday (finishing Wednesday at Sunset Park)
• 75-MAJOR • Arroyo Grande & Russell Road
• 75-AAA • Arroyo Grande & Russell Road
• 80-MEN • Arroyo Grande & Russell Road

Good luck!


April 15, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Field Assignments

SESSION #1 TENTATIVE FIELD ASSIGNMENTS

• 65-MAJOR+ • Sunset Park (finish Wednesday)
• 65-MAJOR (& 70-MAJOR+) • Sunset Park (Big League Dreams Thursday)
• 65-AAA • Arroyo Grande & Russell Road (Big League Dreams Thursday)
• 65-AA • Big League Dreams
• 70-MAJOR (& 75-MAJOR+) • Big League Dreams
• 70-AAA • Big League Dreams
• 70-AA • Big League Dreams Tuesday (finish Wednesday at Sunset Park)
• 75-MAJOR • Arroyo Grande & Russell Road
• 75-AAA • Arroyo Grande & Russell Road
• 80-MEN • Arroyo Grande & Russell Road

Good luck!


April 14, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Vegas 40 Major+

There are currently 24 teams entered in the Men's 40-Masters Division ... The current rating split is nine (9) Major Plus and fifteen (15) Major ... All Divisions of play, including the 40-Masters, will be scheduled for a three-day event ...
April 14, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Field Assignments

Session #1 TENTATIVE Field Assignments are under revision due to the loss of two teams (one Monday and one Tuesday) ... Will be posted after the game load recalculations and facility balancing are complete ...
April 13, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Seeding Games

The SSUSA Rules Committee considered this topic during their most recent sessions at the 2014 Annual Convention in Tupelo, MS, in December ... Although there was some discussion for potential change, the matter did not make the Agenda due to the lack of a formal motion for consideration (or a second) ... The following items are from the list (page 4 of the Official Minutes, available herein) of other matters discussed in open sessions but not ultimately acted upon ...

13. Allow the higher seeded team to elect Home/Visitor status in all bracket games;
14. Allow the unbeaten team to elect Home/Visitor status in the Championship Game #1;
15. Reverse automatically the Home/Visitor status in any “If” game after the Championship game;


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