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June 15, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Handicaping teams when playing out of age group

James ... I guess you COULD play "Exhibition" and play all of your games under 60-M rules in Portland ... There's precedent for that happening at the Jim Sherman Memorial Northwest Championships ... The NW Legends (50-M+) played on that basis last year, going 4-1 (only loss to 55-Major+ Goodman Racing 55's) before being washed out the bottom of the elimination bracket ...

That is an option offered to every "singleton" team in any tournament, but ALMOST ALL teams resist playing "Exhibition" because it precludes them from earning awards or a Tournament of Champions bid ... Those may or not be important to your ball club, but if that's what your team would like to do, please have your Manager call and let us know in the next day or so ... We can certainly accommodate your request to just play five games and depart following your 6:30 PM game Saturday evening ... Thanks!


June 15, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: NORTHWEST CHAMPIONSHIPS 2015 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for the SSUSA's Jim Sherman Memorial Northwest Championships in Portland, OR, 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: 40-Masters | 50's | 55's | 60's | 65's

• Complete: All Ages & Divisions

Tournament Administration (PDF's)

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


June 12, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: new rule

Different penalties for two different infractions ...

• ALTERED SOFTBALL = Game forfeiture 1st offense, escalating penalties from there ... Example: "Chilled Softballs" or otherwise altered softballs
• OFFICIAL SOFTBALL = Batter out on 1st offense, inning-ending out for subsequent offense(s) ... Example: Using any ball other than the official SSUSA Anaconda Trump/Stote softball, such as "The Rock" (in a non-Las Vegas event)


June 12, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Which Home Plate

Wes - Bad call if this was an SSUSA sanctioned event under SSUSA rules ...

§1.62 - STRIKE ZONE MAT
A strike zone mat will be used. The rectangular mat will be 19" (48.26 cm) wide and 34½” (87.63 cm) in length. The mat shall be made of rubber or other suitable material. The mat is placed over home plate and be aligned with the front edge of home plate. DEFENSE: A defensive player making a play at Home plate will be allowed to complete the play by touching any portion of the strike mat. If, during the play, the mat is dislodged, the defensive player shall touch home plate, rather than the strike zone mat.


June 12, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: NORTHERN CALIFORNIA CHAMPIONSHIPS 2015 • Game Scores & Bracket Results

Game Scores and Bracket Results from the 2015 Northern California Championships in Sacramento and Elk Grove, CA, are available from the links on the Tournament Page for the event ... Final Results by division appear below ... Winners will receive an invitation to the 2016 Tournament of Champions (TOC) in Polk County, FL, in February, 2016 ... Congratulations to all of the Champions and thank you to everyone who participated! ...

FINAL RESULTS


• MEN'S 40-MAJOR PLUS
1. Dudley/Prestige (CA) • TOC
2. All World 40 (CA)

• MEN'S 40-MAJOR
1. Layer Cake Wines/Batitude (CA) • TOC
2. SofaKing Softball (CA)
3. Central Valley Elite (CA)
4. Premier Pro Glove (CA)

• MEN'S 50-MAJOR PLUS
1. Arizona Elite • TOC
2. NorCal Warriors (CA)

• MEN'S 50/55-PLATINUM
1. MTC Softball Club 55's (CA) • TOC (in 55-Major+)
2. West Coast AfterShock (CA) • TOC (in 50-Major)
3. CaliGold Athletics/Mid-Town Cruisers (CA)
4. JU Entertainment (CA)

• MEN'S 50-AAA
1. Bad Seed 50's (CA) • TOC
2. Senior Citizens (CA)
3. Nevada Arsenal
4. 50 Shades of Gray (CA)

• MEN'S 55/60-PLATINUM
1. JU Entertainment/Who Cares (CA) • TOC (in 55-Major)
2. Old Dawgs 60 (CA)
3. California Energy

• MEN'S 55-AAA
1. South Bay Bombers (CA) • TOC
2. Mountain Mike's Pizza (CA)
3. Quicksilvers (OR)

• MEN'S 60-AAA
1. War Eagles (CA) • TOC
2. Please Don't Bug Me (CA)
3. Sacramento Islanders 60 (CA)
4. Ain't No Saints (CA)

• MEN'S 65-MAJOR PLUS
1. 15 Hitmen (AZ) • TOC
2. Omen 70 (CA)

• MEN'S 65-MAJOR
1. Old Dawgs 65 (CA) • TOC
2. Last Call 65 (NV)
3. Animals (CA)

• MEN'S 65-SILVER
1. NorCal STIXX (CA) • TOC (in 65-AAA)
2. Sacramento Islanders 65 (CA)
3. Sacramento Buds (CA)
4. Damaged Goods (CA)

• MEN'S 70-AAA
1. California Wrecking Crew • TOC
2. Triple Play (CA)
3. Sacramento Blues (CA)

• MEN'S 70/75-GOLD
1. State Roofing Systems • TOC (in 75-Major)
2. California Oaks 70's • TOC (in 70-AA)
3. California Oaks 75's
4. CAN-Sirs Exhibition (CA)


June 10, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Rules

Before you did! [grins]
June 10, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Rules

There are two principal differences between AAA and AA ...

1. AA teams are allowed a maximum of 1 home run per team per game, AAA are allowed three; and
2. AA teams may have up to three players with AAA rating experience history on their roster, AAA may have three with Major rating experience history.

Other than that, the roster composition and playing rules are identical. Please see Section 13 of the Official SSUSA Rulebook (beginning on page 60) for the rules for each of the four divisions of play.


June 9, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Turning 49 early Oct . looking for a 50+ team for worlds

Tiny - You are eligible this Season (2015) for the World Masters Championships in the 40-Masters Division only. On November 1st, you will be eligible for Senior Ball for the 2016 Season beginning with the Winter World Championships in Phoenix and the Winter Nationals in Ft. Myers, FL. If you have any questions, please feel free to call the Sacramento Home Office of SSUSA at (916) 326.5303 during normal business hours in the Pacific Time Zone.
June 3, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: ball tipped over fence with no bome runs left, bases loaded, playing rules were walks after no HR Left. what should happen.

Labamba32 ... Our interpretation is based upon the totality of the Rules Committee discussions (and subsequent vote) when SSUSA became the last of the major associations to adopt "hit and sit"... The sense of the Committee was that a four-base-award is treated like a Home Run for scoring purposes except for not adding to the team's HR count, and the (unanimous) sense of the Committee was that the batter and the base runners should be treated identically as in the HR scenario ... Thus, "hit and sit" is the proper application ... Picking and choosing from other rulebook sections that are not on point does not prove the converse to our interpretation ...

We will likely make an (unnecessary) official amendment at the convention sessions this year to more clearly spell this out for you, and it will not be the first time ... We actually made a rule amendment last year to clarity that the mandatory face mask rule required a pitcher to actually wear it to protect his face! ... Two players in the prior year asserted they were in compliance with the "wear a face mask rule" because one was wearing it to protect the back of his head and the other was wearing it to protect the elbow of his glove arm ... Your argument is along the same lines ... It's "hit and sit" in any dead ball four-base-award scenario ... To quote William Shakespeare, this is "...Much ado about nothing..."


June 3, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: ROCK 'n RENO CHALLENGE CUP 2015 • Final Results

Game Scores and Bracket Results from the 2015 Rock 'n Reno Challenge Cup in Reno, Sparks and Carson City, NV, are available from the links on the Tournament Page for the event ... Final Results by division appear below ... Winners will receive an invitation to the 2016 Tournament of Champions (TOC) in Polk County, FL, in February, 2016 ... Congratulations to all of the Champions and thank you to everyone who participated! ...
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SESSION #1

• MEN'S 50-MAJOR PLUS
1. Sommerville Softball (CA) • TOC
2. NorCal Warriors (CA)
3. East Bay Oldies (CA)
4. Nazzareno Electric (CA)

• MEN'S 50-MAJOR
1. Scrap Iron Rocky Mountain Thunder 50 (CO) • TOC
2. JU Entertainment 50 (CA)
3. WestCoast Aftershock (CA)
4. Crush 50 (CA)

• MEN'S 50-AAA
1. Senior Citizens (CA) • TOC
2. Bad Seed (CA)
3. Never Say Never/Big Al's Trucking (UT)
4. Nevada Arsenal

• MEN'S 55-MAJOR PLUS
1. MTC Softball Club Fives (CA) • TOC
2. Summy's 55's (CA)
3. MTC Softball Club 55's (CA)
4. Goodman Legends (WA)

• MEN'S 55-MAJOR
1. Southern Oregon Flatliners • TOC
2. Scrap Iron Rocky Mountain Thunder 55 (CO)
3. Sonoma County Crush 55 (CA)
4. Doubleplay Classic/Monarch (CA)

• MEN'S 55-AAA
1. Wilson & Sons Auto (ID) • TOC
2. Alaska Kings
3. Mountain Men (UT)
4. Quicksilver (OR)
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SESSION #2

• MEN'S 65-MAJOR PLUS
1. 15 Hitmen (AZ) • TOC
2. Omen 65 (CA)
3. W.E. Ruth Realty 65 (WA)

• MEN'S 65-MAJOR
1. San Antonio Silver Streaks (TX) • TOC
2. Enviro-Vac Marauders 65 (BC)
3. Florida Merchants
4. Last Call 65 (NV)

• MEN'S 65-AAA
1. NorCal STIXX (CA) • TOC
2. Renton Softball (WA)
3. Codgers (ID)
4. Suburban Auto Group (OR)

• MEN'S 65-AA
1. Sunlight Supply (WA) • TOC
2. Sacramento Buds (CA)
3. Redwood City Blues (CA)
4. Dallas Spurs 65 (TX)

• MEN'S 70-MAJOR PLUS
1. Omen 70 (CA) • TOC
2. Scrap Iron 70 Legacy (CO)

• MEN'S 70/75-PLATINUM
1. RWC State Roofing (CA) • TOC (in 70-Major)
2. San Francisco Seals 75 (CA) • TOC (in 75-Major+)
3. Lincoln Hills Coyotes 70 (CA)
4. Silver Sox (CA)

• MEN'S 70-AAA
1. California Wrecking Crew • TOC
2. Scrap Iron Red (CO)
3. The Zone 70 (UT)
4. Direct Sales Flooring (CA)

• MEN'S 70-AA
1. California Oaks 70 • TOC
2. Magic Stuff 70's (UT)
3. Git-R-Done 70 (CA)
4. Sonoma Fog (CA)

• MEN'S 75-MAJOR
1. PDR/Fastsigns (OR) • TOC
2. State Roofing Systems (CA)

• MEN'S 75-AAA
1. Scrap Iron 75's (CO) • TOC
2. Lincoln Hills Coyotes 75's (CA)
3. California Oaks 75's
4. Gold Coast 75's (CA)

• MEN'S 80-GOLD
1. Sacramento Gold (CO) • TOC
2. Oregon Roadrunners (CA)
3. Redwood City Chiefs (CA)
4. Emerald 80's (WA)
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SESSION #3

• MEN'S 40-MASTERS MAJOR PLUS
1. Dudley/Prestige (CA) • TOC
2. All World 40 (CA)
3. Kraze (CA)
4. NorCal Stars (CA)

• MEN'S 40-MASTERS MAJOR
1. SofaKing Softball (CA) • TOC
2. Epic (CA)
3. Layer Cake Wines/Batitude (CA)
4. Premier Pro Glove (CA)

• MEN'S 60-MAJOR PLUS
1. Summy's Nighthawks (CA) • TOC
2. God's Sports Co. 60 (CA)
3. Old Dawgs 60 (CA)
4. Hendricks Sports Management (TX)

• MEN'S 60-MAJOR
1. R&R Strokers (CA) • TOC
2. Enviro-Vac Marauders 60 (BC)
3. No Dice (CA)
4. Christensen Arms (UT)

• MEN'S 60-AAA
1. Last Call 60 (NV) • TOC
2. 2nd Wind Resurrected (WA)
3. Quicksilver Plus (CA)
4. Bulldogs 60's (OR)

• MEN'S 60-AA
1. Cascade Thunder (OR) • TOC
2. YMC/Keith Enterprises (ID)
3. Stagecoach Saloon (OR)
4. Out of Storage (CA)

• WOMEN'S 40-MASTERS GOLD
1. Fun Bunch 40's (CA) • TOC (in 40-Masters AAA)
2. Kiss Our Stix (CA)
3. SoCal Toxic (CA)
4. Steel Runnin' (CA)

• WOMEN'S 50+ DIVISION
1. Arizona Dream Team • TOC
2. B.O.O.B.'s 50 (CA)
3. Been There! Done That! (CA)
4. Spokane SPARX (WA)

• WOMEN'S 55+ DIVISION
1. Nevada Sage • TOC
2. Santa Cruz Blues Breakers 55 (CA)

• WOMEN'S 60+ DIVISION
1. Lady Spirit (CA) • TOC
2. California Spirit 60
3. Arizona Castawaz
4. Fusion Softball (CA)

• WOMEN'S 65+ DIVISION
1. Dream Catchers (CA) • TOC
2. Ye Olde Bats (NV)
3. Saints Express (CA)
4. New Kids on the Block (CA)


June 3, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: ball tipped over fence with no bome runs left, bases loaded, playing rules were walks after no HR Left. what should happen.

CLARIFICATION • In any four-base-award situation, "hit and sit" for the batter and any base runner on base at the time is the proper rule interpretation.
June 2, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Foot placement in batter's box before pitch

4' forward 3' back from the elbow pivot point is correct ... I got dyslexic in the "specs" post near the top! ... Sorry about that!
June 2, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Foot placement in batter's box before pitch

D-Ballgame ... The principal (and REALLY simple) reason it's "..SO heavily enforced.." (your words) on artificial turf fields is because the first couple of batters are not able to obliterate the lines like they do on dirt/chalk batter's boxes ... That makes the call a very easy one, as opposed to trying to "guesstimate" where the chalk lines used to be as batters start wandering all over the county (and argue most resultant out calls) ...


June 2, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: NORTHERN CALIFORNIA CHAMPIONSHIPS 2015 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for SESSION #2 (Men's 65's thru 75s) of SSUSA's Northern California State Championships in Sacramento, CA, have been posted and are available from the links below ... The caveats mentioned above for Session #1 apply here as well ... Good luck everybody!!

DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets (PDF's)

• Men's: 65's | 70's & 75's

• Complete: All Ages & Divisions (19 pages)


June 2, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: NORTHERN CALIFORNIA CHAMPIONSHIPS 2015 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

SESSION #1 REVISION • 60-Silver • Due to the Monday withdrawal of a 60-AAA team (Last Call 60), revisions were required to that division's Round Robin format and Bracket schedules ... There were also related nominal revisions to the 50/55-Platinum Friday schedules to accommodate the 60-Silver changes ... The updated versions dated 06/02/2015 have been posted online, and we apologize for any inconveniences ... Good luck!


June 1, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Foot placement in batter's box before pitch

Benji4 ... This particular message board topic is a popular annual one immediately following any tournament where there are permanent artificial turf batter's boxes present, like at Golden Eagle in Sparks or Big League Dreams in Las Vegas ... For the fifth consecutive year last week, the lead field director at Golden Eagle re-measured the batter's boxes at Golden Eagle to correct the misconceptions of at least one player ... The batter's box lines at Golden Eagle are wider than the standard chalk dispenser for dirt boxes and the interior of the boxes are the same dark brown color as the infield carpet ... The result is the optical illusion that the box interior is small, therefore the box must be too small ... This is an incorrect assumption ... The outside dimensions, including the lines, are to exactly to standard specification and their location relative to the elbow of the actual home plate follow suit ... However, at Golden Eagle, the left side batter's box for right handed batters on Field 14 is slightly out of location ... The carpet has slipped forward toward the pitching rubber by ½" in the past year ...


June 1, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: ball tipped over fence with no bome runs left, bases loaded, playing rules were walks after no HR Left. what should happen.

The rationale for our previous response is this: The batted ball cleared the fence in fair territory before touching the ground ... Just like a home run EXCEPT for being touched/tipped by the defensive player ... Our interpretation is that it should be treated exactly like a home run EXCEPT for not adding to the team's HR count ... SSUSA was the last major association to adopt "hit and sit", to save on needless running and to (nominally) speed up the game in a dead ball situation ... The umpire in the stated fact pattern above was "looking for outs" where none were ...

There will likely be a Rules Committee agenda item this winter to clarify the obvious in Rulebook §8.4(7) ... In the interim, "hit and sit" is the proper application in a four-base-award scenario ...


May 28, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Nor cal champ event

ALL Session #2 (65+ and more senior divisions) games will be at the Sacramento Complex ...
May 28, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: NORTHERN CALIFORNIA CHAMPIONSHIPS 2015 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for SESSION #1 (Men's 40's thru 60's) of SSUSA's Northern California State Championships in Sacramento and Elk Grove, CA, have been posted and are available from the links below ... 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: 40-Masters | 50's | 55's & 60's

Tournament Administration (PDF's)

• Master Planning Grid: Master Fields & Games Schedule
• Participating Teams List: NorCal Cup 2015


May 28, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: CRABTOWN CLASSIC QUALIFIER 2015 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for SSUSA's Crabtown Classic Qualifier 2015 in Glen Burnie, MD, have been posted and are available from the links below ... 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 tab on the Tournament Page has been activated and the Master Games & Fields Grid has been posted ... Good luck to all!

DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets (PDF's)

• Men's: 40 & 50's | 55's | 60's | 65's & 70's

• Complete: All Ages & Divisions

Tournament Administration (PDF's)

• Master Planning Grid: Master Fields & Games Schedule


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