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July 10, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: OFFICIAL SOFTBALLS • SSUSA Rulebook §3.5

There have been some recent competition issues and inquiries about "Official" Softballs for SSUSA events ... At SSUSA administered events, we provide six (6) softballs for team use and have additional softballs available for purchase should a team desire to do so We offer the following information to clarify our official softball policy ...

Rulebook §3.5 (page 17) defines an Official Softball for SSUSA sanctioned tournaments ...
Rulebook §3.5 E. states "In all SSUSA sponsored qualifiers and tournaments, official game balls must have the official SSUSA stamp or be pre-approved by SSUSA headquarters, located in Sacramento, CA."
• Except for the LVSSA/SSUSA World Masters and Southwest Championships held in Las Vegas (which use "The Rock" ball), the only softball that meets that pre-approved criteria is the Anaconda Trump "Stote" optic yellow softball with .44 cor and 375 compression ratings ... Additionally, any such softball must have the official logo of SSUSA, ISA (the Base Burglar logo), Florida Half-Century (FHC) or Texas Half-Century (THC) imprinted on the cover ... NOTE: Among the most often encountered non-compliant softballs are "The Rock" and "Micro-Cell" technology softballs ...
PENALTY - Teams discovered to be using non-compliant softballs shall be assessed a "forfeit" for that game if they are discovered to have introduced a softball for play that does not meet the specific criteria of Rulebook §3.5 E. (as clarified above) ... The use of non-compliant softballs is deemed to be the use of "illegal" equipment ...

Please contact the Sacramento Home Office if you have any questions ... Thank you!

SSUSA Rules Committee


July 7, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: midwest toc, shawnee,ks

Nope ... It's not a baseball field, but can be used as such for youth baseball if needed by installing a temporary pitching mound ... No permanent mound on the field ...

Also, when the overflow situation for the weekend at Mid-America was obvious, with both the Fastpitch folks and SSUSA needing more playing fields and game slots to handle demand, the Shawnee people stepped up big time to help ... The fastpitch tourney absorbed Heritage Park and we got Celebration Park ... Heritage has only 285' fencing and some HR ball retrieval issues due to vegetation, where Celebration meets our minimum 300' fencing distance specification ... This was a mutually beneficial solution and Doug Hite of Shawnee deserves kudos for finding a win-win solution under pressure ...


July 7, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: midwest toc, shawnee,ks

Cal50 ... National Director Don Brooks will be working there on the weekend and visited the site today to view it and meet with park personnel ... His report was that it's as nice a facility as anyplace we play ... Good luck!
July 5, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: NORTHEAST CHAMPIONSHIPS 2014 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for the 2014 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 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 has been posted and the Participating Teams Tab on the Tournament Page has been activated ... 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: 16 pages)

Tournament Administration (PDF's)

Master Plan: Master Fields & Games Grid


July 4, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: CALIFORNIA STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS 2014 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for SESSION #2 of the 2014 California State Championships in Hemet, 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 and become final ONLY when released as "OFFICIAL" at the Manager's meeting before play commences ... The caveats mentioned above regarding Session #1 apply here as well ... Good luck everyone!

DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets (PDF's)

Men's: 50's | 55's | 60's

40-Masters: Men | Women

Complete: All Ages & Divisions (Large file: 28 pages)


July 2, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Northeast Team Ratings

The circumstance with talldog93's team is a bit outside of the normal ratings issues ... Their former team (Fat Nancy/Gubiotti Ins.) was rated Major, and the team split into two teams recently ... Both new teams had enough members with Major Player experience history from the former team that the new teams both carry the former rating with them, at least until they play and the results of that play can be evaluated ... This is an uncommon occurrence, but not unfair ...
July 1, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: MIDWEST CHAMPIONSHIPS 2014 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for SESSION #2 of the 2014 Midwest Championships in Shawnee & Gardner, KS, 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 ... The caveats mentioned above regarding Session #1 apply here as well ... Good luck everyone! ...

FIELDS NOTE: Due to the Mid-America facility being shared this year with another tournament, three divisions will move to a different facility during bracket play ... Those divisions will play at the Celebration Park Softball Complex / 32701 W. 159th St. / Gardner, KS 66030 as follows:
50-MAJOR - Sunday (ONLY) bracket play
60-MAJOR - Entire bracket on Saturday and Sunday
60-AAA - Saturday and Sunday bracket play following Friday bracket play at Mid-America Sports Complex

DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets (PDF's)

Men's: 50's | 55's | 60's

Complete: All Ages & Divisions (Large file: 20 pages)


July 1, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Rules

There were virtually no "commitment line" plays at 20' after the base distance was moved to 70' ... The 100' U-turn at 50' from 3rd base was simply too long to run, both from a competitive and competitor perspective in the view of the Committee ... Your proposal of 25" is better than 20', as is 30', and possibly even 35' ... The discussion now has shifted from "How do we get the commitment line back in play?" to "How much more distance is appropriate?" ... The Committee believed that 30' was a good start ...


June 30, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Rules

None at all ... The original 20' distance was 40' from 3rd base on the original 60' bases ... The new distance is also 40' from 3rd base ... It's not a mathematical formula, just simply restoring the runner's ability to make a "go/no-go" decision within the first 40' of leaving 3rd base ... Distance from 3rd, not distance from Home, carried the debate at voting time ...
June 30, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Rules

There was an almost hilarious debate of 30' vs. 35' at the Rules Committee meetings, and a calculator wasn't even needed! ... The intent was to put the commitment line back in play, since at 50' from 3rd base (20' from home), very few people were doing the U-turn and heading back ... This isn't rocket science, and an extra 10' toward 3rd base just seemed like the right thing to do, or at least a better thing than leaving it at 20' ... Simple stuff, really!
June 30, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: NEWSPAPER CORRECTION • Hawai'i 2015 Mayor's Cup Event

The information ad appearing in the Spring 2014 Senior Softball News (page 9) had a misprint on the telephone contact for this January Tournament benefiting Non-profit Hawai'i Island United Way ... The correct phone number for information and to reserve your place in this exciting tournament scheduled for January, 2015 is:

(808) 935-6393


We apologize for this error and encourage you to participate in this worthy cause ... Thank you!
June 29, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Rules

antieinstein ... Maybe a better forum for you to get assistance would be the Message Board(s) or "Contact Us" area of the league or leagues you may be inquiring about ... The responses here are with respect to SSUSA sanctioned play ... Local leagues are certainly allowed to have their own rule modifications, and they may be able to help you ...
June 29, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Rules

The commitment line for SSUSA sanctioned play is exactly as B.J. stated ... It's 40' from 3rd base (which is 30' from Home) in the official SSUSA 70' base distance specification ... SSUSA has never had a commitment line at other than between 3rd base and Home ... We also concur with his interpretation of what should occur should the base runner somehow make the base-running blunder of crossing that commitment line before tagging up on a caught fly ball and then recrossing it on the way back to 3rd base ...
June 28, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: CALIFORNIA STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS 2014 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for SESSION #1 of the 2014 California State Championships in Hemet, Menifee & Winchester, 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 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 Participating Teams List have been posted and the Participating Teams Tab on the Tournament Page has been activated ... 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 Grid: Fields & Games Grid
Participating Teams: Cal-Cup 2014


June 28, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: MIDWEST CHAMPIONSHIPS 2014 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for SESSION #1 of the 2014 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 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 Participating Teams List have been posted and the Participating Teams Tab on the Tournament Page has been activated ... 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 Grid: Fields & Games Grid
Participating Teams: Midwest 2014


June 28, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Rules

In rough numbers, 69'-11" between 1st and 2nd bases or between 2nd and 3rd bases ... He has about 39'-11" between 3rd and Home before reaching the "commitment line", at which point he must advance to home ...
June 27, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Cal Cup

Within the next few days ... Check the Tournament page for the event from time to time, since it will be there first, within 5 minutes or so of passing final review/approval ...
June 27, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: JIM SHERMAN NORTHWEST CHAMPIONSHIPS 2014 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

MEN'S 50-AAA REVISION • Due to the unexpected failure of a 50-AAA team, Slayers (OR), to show up for play on Friday, the Seeding Games and Bracket schedules for this division were completely re-drafted ... The changes are posted online and hard copy revisions will be posted and available at Delta Park ...

We apologize for any inconveniences this team's actions have caused ... Our first indication was at game time when they were not present and had not informed us of that decision ... Good luck!


June 27, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Jim Sherman Memorial NW Championships - Thursday Play washed out

NO ... All "Play / No Play" decisions are made at the fields of play at game time ... For additional information about how an SSUSA tournament is conducted in the event that adverse weather actually occurs (as opposed to simply a forecast), see Rulebook §11 - ADVERSE WEATHER at page 56 ...
June 25, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Texas State Championship

Alamo: Teams that earn bids to the T.O.C. in more than one rating level will play at the highest rating level should they choose to attend the T.O.C.
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