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Nov. 12, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: WINTER WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2014 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for SESSION #2 (Men's 65+ thru 80+) of the 2014 Winter World Championships in Phoenix, AZ, have been posted and are available from the links below and on the event's Tournament Page ... The same caveats posted above for SESSION #1 apply here as well ...

DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets (PDF's)

• Men's: 65's | 70's, 75's & 80's's

• Complete: All Ages & Divisions (Large file: 51 pages)


Nov. 11, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: WINTER WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2014 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for SESSION #1A (Men's and Women's 40-Masters) of the 2014 Winter World Championships in Phoenix, AZ, have been posted and are available from the links below and on the event's Tournament Page ... The same caveats posted above for SESSION #1 apply here as well ...

DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets (PDF's)

• 40-Masters: Men | Women


Nov. 11, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: WINTER WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2014 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for SESSION #1 (Men's 50+ thru 60+ and Women's 50+ thru 70+) of the 2014 Winter World Championships in Phoenix, AZ, 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 Participating Teams List and Master Games & Fields Grid for this session have also been posted ... Good luck to all!

DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets (PDF's)

• Men's: 50's | 55's | 60's
• Women's: Senior Women 50+ thru 70+

Tournament Administration (PDF's)

• Participating Teams: Winter Worlds 2014
• Master Planning Grid: Fields & Games Schedule


Nov. 11, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Women's softball
Discussion: 50 Womans- Phoenix 14-16

This thread has reached the end of its useful life and has been CLOSED ... Thank you for your contributions to the game ...
Nov. 9, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Thank you

REVISED TENTATIVE Field Assignments have been posted ... Thanks for the insights on some of the issues ... We hope we have addressed some of them to make this a bit more smooth on Friday ... Good luck everybody! ...
Nov. 9, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: WINTER WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2014 • REVISED TENTATIVE Field Assignments

Here are the REVISED TENTATIVE Field Assignments for the 2014 Winter World Championships in Phoenix ... Changes were required as the actual game allocations were slotted into the various facilities by day ... The principal items we addressed were ...

• The unexpected growth in the tournament attendance, up from 150 last year to 176 this year ... The most significant growth was in the 40-Masters (Men increased from 9 to 14 and Women increased from 11 to 17) and the Men's 50's through 60's, up from 73 to 86 teams ... This is likely the last year the 40-Masters division will be offered in a two-day format because of the fields pressure the games burden for them has placed on the weekend for the rest of the divisions ... Look for a 2½ or 3 day format in 2015 for the 40-Masters ...
• The travel implications on Friday for some divisions that were playing at multiple facilities ... Specifically, the 50-AAA Division will play early at BLD on Friday, and will commence bracket there in the afternoon except for four teams, who will move to Papago ... In the 55-AAA, bracket games will be assigned to both Desert West and Cesar Chavez for the 55-AAA on Friday ...

Specific schedules will be forthcoming shortly, but we wanted to get this information out as soon as it was determined ... Good luck to all! ...

SESSION #1 • Friday-Sunday

• MEN'S 50/55-Platinum - Rose Mofford
• MEN'S 50-AAA - Big League Dreams on Friday (plus 3 bracket games at Papago) / Papago on Saturday & Sunday
• MEN'S 50/55-AA - Round Robin seeding at Big League Dreams on Friday
€ 50-AA - Rose Mofford on Saturday for Best 2 of 3 Championship Series
€ 55-AA - Bracket at Papago on Saturday & Sunday
• MEN'S 55-Major - Papago on Friday / Rose Mofford on Saturday & Sunday
• MEN'S 55-AAA - Cesar Chavez on Friday (including bracket play at Chavez and Desert West) / Rose Mofford on Saturday & Sunday
• MEN'S 60-Platinum - Papago
• MEN'S 60-AAA - Desert West
• MEN'S 60-AA - Rose Mofford
• WOMEN'S SENIORS (50+ and more senior) - Mountain Vista

SESSION #1A • Saturday-Sunday

• MEN'S 40-MASTERS MAJOR+ - Papago (Saturday) and Desert West (Sunday)
• MEN'S 40-MASTERS MAJOR - Desert West
• WOMEN'S 40-MASTERS (ALL) - Cesar Chavez

SESSION #2 • Monday-Wednesday (Unchanged)

• PAPAGO PARK (21 Teams)
Men's 65-Major+/Major
Men's 65-AAA
Men's 70-Major

• ROSE MOFFORD (20 Teams)
Men's 65-AA
Men's 70-AAA
Men's 70-AA
Men's 75/80+


Nov. 6, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Change in Ratings.

Jeffrey ... The National Ratings Advisory Board is currently in their review period ... Some of the "Automatic Rating Increases" have been done, as well as those, UP or DOWN, for teams playing in the Winter National or Winter World Championships in November ... The balance of the rating adjustments and Appeals decisions will be announced within the next couple of weeks ...
Nov. 6, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Phoenix world - need field assignments

Hey Webbie ... All is good here in Florida and Phoenix will be the same ... Just posted the TENTATIVE Field Assignments for the Winter Worlds, but that one may go into the file folder marked "...Be Careful What You Ask For, You Might Just Get It!..." ... Some teams may want to book multiple hotels by day! ...
Nov. 6, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: WINTER WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2014 • TENTATIVE Field Assignments

Here are the TENTATIVE Field Assignments for the Winter World Championships 2014 in Phoenix ... If ever there was a time to understand the definition of the word TENTATIVE (NOT FINAL AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE), this is it! ... We were fortunate enough to have the tournament record shatttered this year, and we cleared the five teams that were on the waiting list (their entries were the last five in on last Friday) for participation after procuring more fields ... This is our preliminary field allocation analysis and is VERY ROUGH for Session #1 ... It will very likely change in some aspects as actual game schedule generation commences on Friday ...
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SESSION #1

MOUNTAIN VISTA •
Women’s 50-70 / 18 teams / All three days

BIG LEAGUE DREAMS • Friday ONLY / 7 (of 8) fields / 42 games
Men's 50 Majors (6 RR) To Rose Mofford Sat
Men's 50 AAA (17 RR / 8 brackets) NOTE: 7 losers bracket games at DW Friday
Men's 50/55AA (8 RR) 50 to DW, 55 to Rose on Sat

DESERT WEST • / 4 fields
€ Friday / 28 games:
Men's 60 AA: 15 RR and 6 Bracket (DE)
Men's 50 AAA: 7 bracket games, teams from BLD.
€ Saturday/ 34 games:
Men's 60 AA: 6 bracket
Men's 60 MP: Best of three finals
Men's 50 AA: Best of three finals
Men's 50 AAA: 16 bracket
Men's 40 MP: 6 RR and 2 bracket
€ Sunday / 19 games
Men's 60 AA: 7 bracket
Men's 50 AAA: 7 bracket
Men's 40 MP: 5 bracket

ROSE MOFFORD • 4 fields
€ Friday / 32 games:
Men's 55 Major and 60 Major-Plus combined 13 RR:
Men's 55 Major: 8 brackets
NOTE 60 Major-Plus goes to DW Sat)
Men's 60 Major: 9 RR and 2 brackets (DE)
€ Saturday / 36 games
Men's 50 Major: 3 brackets
Men's 55 AA: 2 brackets
Men's 55 Major: 7 brackets
NOTE 60 Major-Plus goes to DW Sat)
Men's 55 AAA: 20 brackets
Men's 60 Major: 4 brackets (DE) Moves to Papago Sunday
€ Sunday / 21 games:
Men's 50 Major: 4 brackets
Men's 55 AA: 3 brackets
Men's 55 Major: 7 brackets
Men's 55 AAA: 7 brackets

PAPAGO PARK • / 4 fields
€ Friday / 29 games:
Men's 60 AAA: 21 RR and 8 brackets (DE)
€ Saturday / 35 games:
Men's 40 Men AAA: 10 RR and 13 brackets
Men's 60 AAA: 12 brackets (DE)
€ Sunday / 21 games:
Men's 40 Men AAA : 9 brackets
Men's 60 Major: 5 brackets (NOTE: moves from Rose)
Men's 60 AAA: 7 brackets (DE)

CESAR CHAVEZ • 4 fields
€ Friday / 28 games:
Men's 55 AAA: 17 RR and 11 brackets. NOTE moves to Rose Sat.
€ Saturday/ 34 games:
Women's 40 Masters (combined 3 RR into DE): 24 RR games and 10 bracket games for 40 AAA
€ Sunday / 19 games:
Women's 40 Masters: 5 brackets
Women's 40 Masters: 11 brackets
Women's 40 Masters: 3 brackets
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SESSION #2

PAPAGO PARK 21 Teams
Men's 65-Major+/Major
Men's 65-AAA
Men's 70-Major

ROSE MOFFORD 21 Teams
Men's 65-AA
Men's 70-AAA
Men's 70-AA
Men's 75/80+ Men


Nov. 6, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Winter Nationals, any bat sellers there?

The Winter Nationals is a Dudley Sports exclusive sponsorship ... Dudley will have representatives available, and has had them present in Session #1, but other retailers (including parking lot independent trunk/pick-up truck sellers) are excluded from this event ...
Nov. 5, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: WINTER NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS 2014 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

NORTHWEST COMPLEX • Flooded Field #5 (Tuesday night sprinkler failure) has required a revision to the Wednesday bracket schedules for the 65-Platinum and 70-AAA Divisions ... All changes have been posted online, as well as the revisions to the Master Planning Grid ... We apologize for any inconveniences ...


Nov. 4, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Team move-ups

LeeLee ... We checked ... It was a six-team bracket, but the tournament was shortened by adverse weather, eventually concluding in two days of 1-pitch format ... SSUSA did not raise any of the ISA 2013 Champions, based on the non-standard format for the tournament ...
Nov. 4, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Team move-ups

check8 ... Please re-read the post on RATINGS GUIDELINES ... Kinnco did NOT fit category 1. (without checking, they were likely category 3. by winning a Best 2 of 3)
____________

• Here are the guidelines for teams winning the LVSSA/SSUSA World Masters Championships, the ISA Senior Worlds, the SPA National Championships:
1. Teams winning in a division of 6 or more teams and may not appeal their rating increase ...
2. Teams winning in a division of 3-5 teams and may appeal their rating increase after playing in three (3) tournaments ...
3. Teams winning in a division of 2 teams will not be moved up ...

____________

There's an interesting theory we've heard from time to time that seems to have some merit: "If teams would spend only, say, 10% as much time worrying about their own team as they do other teams, they would have a better ball club ...


Nov. 3, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Team move-ups

YES ... There are ONLY three ...
1. SPA World Championships in Dalton
2. LVSSA/SSUSA World Masters Championships in Las Vegas
3. ISA Senior Worlds in Columbus, IN


Nov. 3, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: WINTER NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS 2014 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for SESSION #2 of the 2014 Winter National Championships in Ft. Myers, Cape Coral and Naples, FL, have been posted and are available from the links below and on the event's Tournament Page ... As always, these DRAFT schedules are subject to change and become final ONLY when released as "OFFICIAL" at the Manager's meeting before play commences ... The caveats mentioned above for Session #1 apply here as well ... Good luck everyone! ...

Changes to the TENTATIVE Field Assignments

• NONE

DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets (PDF's)

• Men's: 50's | 55's | 60's

• Complete: All Ages & Divisions (Large file: 37 pages)


Nov. 2, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Phoenix world - need field assignments

Field assignments for Phoenix are on hold at least through Tuesday ... The event "blew up", in a good way, this year, expanding from a tournament record 150 or so last year to about 180 this year before we cut off entries early at 175 and started a "wait list" mid-day Friday ... Efforts are underway today (Sunday) to procure more fields at Big League Dreams (8 fields on Friday only) and possibly another complex in Phoenix (won't know until they open for business Monday) so that we can clear the wait list teams and get everyone into the tournament ... Based on the success of those efforts, we should be in a position to make some TENTATIVE assignments by mid-week ...

Daffster: You're one of the multitude of anonymous posters here, so it's impossible to provide you with any even halfway relevant information without knowing your Session, age group or division ... But we would have suggested, if it weren't already eight days past the hotel block window when you posted, that you should have booked into the Raddison Phoenix Airport headquarters hotel, which is very convenient to Papago and Mountain Vista, reasonably freeway convenient to Cesar Chavez and Desert West, but a bit less so for Rose Mofford ... Your odds of catching one of those would have been 80% from that hotel ...


Oct. 31, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Schedule Conflict

Noted and fixed ... Similar issues were also fixed affecting the 65-AAA and the 70-AAA ... I should have waited until the "ace proofing lady" Tiffany got here this morning after being out of the office yesterday! ... Thanks for the input; it's always nice to have all of these "extra eyes" on things!
Oct. 31, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: WINTER NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS 2014 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for SESSION #1 of the 2014 Winter National Championships in Ft. Myers and Cape Coral, FL, 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 for this session has also been posted ... Good luck to all!

Changes to the TENTATIVE Field Assignments

• 65/70-PLATINUM - Moved to Northwest Softball Complex in Cape Coral
• 65-AA - Moved to Lee County Softball Complex in Ft. Myers
• 70-AA - Moved to Lee County Softball Complex in Ft. Myers

DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets (PDF's)

• Men's: 65's | 70's | 75's, 80's & 85's

Tournament Administration (PDF's)

• Participating Teams: Winter Nationals 2014
• Master Planning Grid: Fields & Games Schedule


Oct. 30, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Team move-ups

Just for entertainment value, here are a couple of random facts to balance the presentation a bit for those who may be interested in that concept:

• The National Ratings Advisory Board is comprised of members from AZ, CA (NorCal and SoCal), FL, IL, MN, MO, NJ, TX and WA, representing a very broad geographic coverage ...
• Our scoring database thoroughly analyzes and presents, on a three year rolling basis, team results (W-L) and scoring inside/outside of rating level, inside/outside of age level and performance in seeding games as opposed to bracket games (and the overall tournament) ...


Oct. 30, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 2014 Worlds - Best of the Best - 1038 action shots

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