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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

Yes it does (at least for our computers here)
Oct. 30, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Team move-ups

VERY GOOD ANSWER: Because ISA is an affiliated entity with SSUSA ... One of the co-owners of SSUSA (Bill Ruth) is the majority owner of ISA ... That is not the case with SPA ... The Original TOC invites only its own major event Champions and those of affiliated entities ... We also invite champions from some of the International associations, like SPN from Canada, for example ...
Oct. 29, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Team move-ups

We just made a fundamental terminology error by using the word "No" instead of "Very seldom"! ... When a person uses an absolute term, like "every", "always", "never", etc., there will usually be an exception ... Paul's team is NOT that exception, since our data was reflective of their performance throughout the entire season, not just one event ...

Teams ARE moved up based on performance throughout the season and, simply as a function of the calendar, those moves normally follow the completion of a tournament somewhere ... We will also, on rare occasions, move a team up OR down after just one event when they are a new team that has defaulted to AAA as a starting point, but they obviously are in the wrong rating level ...


Oct. 29, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: field locations for Phoenix tournament

JDub ... They (50's & 55's) are on separate weekends at Las Vegas, but not in Phoenix for the Winter Worlds, which only run one weekend ...
Oct. 29, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Team move-ups

Paul0784 • No teams (except the Champions at the SPA Worlds, the LVSSA/SSUSA World Masters and the ISA Senior Worlds) get moved up on the basis of only one tournament ... However, those types of tournaments, with a large number of teams present (33 in your Division), yield an excellent measure of performance to evaluate relative strength within the Division ... In the case of your team, it met the initial criteria for consideration of a ratings adjustment based on the entire season's statistical data alone ... Further subjective analysis supports, in the view of the National Ratings Committee and its Advisory Board, the initial indication from that data ...
Oct. 28, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Team move-ups

We would say: That "scoring data set" would trigger a closer look at the team by the National Ratings Committee and its Advisory Board ... That look would include an overall view of the team's performance, and would include subjective analysis to supplement the raw dayta ... Some of the relevant factors might be, did the team play in the World Masters Championships in a large bracket, of say more than 30 teams? ... Did they do well in that bracket, even though they didn't win, like, say, finishing second in the "If" game? ... Did they play well in the USA National Championship game, maybe even winning it? ... How many teams, other than the (automatic move-up) winner are justified in being moved up from that bracket? ... All of those factors, as well as an evaluation of how well they should be expected to perform at the next level, would also be considered ... It's a very thorough process ...


Oct. 28, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: field locations for Phoenix tournament

Shortly after the entry deadline of 5:00 PM PDT on Friday, October 31st ... SESSION #1 (40's, 50's & 60's) will be scheduled using Cesar Chavez, Desert West, Mountain Vista, Papago and Rose Mofford ... SESSION #2 (65's, 70's & 80's) will likely be using only Papago and Rose Mofford ...
Oct. 28, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: tournament locations for the upcoming 2015 season

The 2015 Season Tournament schedule is currently in development and will be posted here as dates/locations are confirmed ... Check the TOURNAMENT Page periodically for the latest information ...
Oct. 27, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Player rating

That change in the fact pattern, which was NOT what was originally defined in your hypothetical, MAY change the allowable options for both the player and the teams ... Please call George at the SSUSA office and make the specific inquiry, including the player and team names in question so he can give you a definitive, and binding, answer ...
Oct. 27, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Player rating

Norcalviejo: YES ... We do not rate players, but a player who has 60-Major team history experience IS ALLOWED to play 55-AAA, if he is otherwise eligible as to residency and player-release status because both team rating level index numbers = 6 ... That player does NOT constitute being an "out of rating" player on the destination team's roster ...
Oct. 25, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Player rating

The Ratings Index Chart has been modified (for inclusion of the new 85+ Division and clarified for Player Eligibility) and uploaded to the RULES page of this website ... Access from Main Menu bar above through: TOURNAMENTS ► RULES ► Click on link near bottom of page ...


Oct. 24, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Looking at Tournament Results - Wanna Go Back?

southernson ... This has been a continuing frustration for us as well ... We have asked for it to be fixed, but for some reason, which may be software dependent in the Message Board, it has never happened ... I have had a bit of success with a fast "double click" on the mouse, which isn't a guarantee, but does have a moderate success rate! ... Will forward this on to the webmaster for (another!) look at it ... Thanks ...
Oct. 24, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: illegal courtesy runner rule

That is a correct assumption ... The appeal on the illegal courtesy runner, although it is a continuing violation, is not retroactive in application ... If that illegal courtesy runner scores, the only way to have the runner called out, negating the run, is to appeal prior to the next pitch ... This is purely a timing call, with the runs having scored before the successful appeal ...
Oct. 22, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Tournament fields in Ft. Myers

We're not sure who might have told you specifically where your age group would be playing prior to the release of the TENTATIVE Field Assignments, but they were not authorized to do so (and that includes Home Office Staff personnel) ...

An unexpected factor in this year's assignments was the late release of the names of the inductees into the Senior Softball Hall of Fame ... In prior years, those individuals to be honored have generally chosen to have their ceremonies at either the SPA Worlds in Dalton or the LVSSA/SSUSA World Masters in Las Vegas ... This year, there was not time to make those arrangements for many of the inductees ... Accordingly, some of them are being honored in Ft. Myers and some in Phoenix next month ... One of the inductees in Florida is a 65-Major player and, with the ceremonies being held at Lee County Sports Complex, we assigned that division to that location ...

The rest of the age and division allocations to various facilities are based on the entry counts and the best utilization of the facilities to match the size of the brackets ... Good luck in Florida! ...


Oct. 21, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: WINTER NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS 2014 • TENTATIVE Field Assignments

SESSION #2 • MEN'S 50's, 55's and 60's

• Lee County Sports Complex (Ft. Myers)
MEN'S 50-AAA and 50-AA
MEN'S 55-AAA and 55-AA

• North Collier Regional Park (Naples)
MEN'S 50-Major+ and 50-Major
MEN'S 55-Major
MEN'S 60-Major+ and 60-Major

• Northwest Softball Complex (Cape Coral)
MEN'S 60-AAA and 60-AA


Oct. 21, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Cost of new cards

Please re-read our response ... Here's what we wrote:

"...Our official interpretation is that the 12/31/14 expiration date player cards are valid for all 2014 Season events ending prior to that date ... ...

The TOC begins after 12/31/2014 (specifically, the clinics, skills competitions and mini-tourney begin on 02/04/15 with the TOC itself beginning on 02/06/15) ...

Oooppps! ... Typo fixed!


Oct. 21, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Cost of new cards

Our official interpretation is that the 12/31/14 expiration date player cards are valid for all 2014 Season events ending prior to that date ... The last such event was the LVSSA/SSUSA World Masters Championships that concluded earlier this month ... For players participating in 2015 Season events, starting with the Winter Nationals in Ft. Myers and/or the Winter World's in Phoenix next month, players must have a valid player card that expires not sooner than the conclusion of the 2015 Season ...
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