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March 26, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Associations
Discussion: SPA v SSUSA

Missouri also has nine states to draw from: Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Tennessee
March 24, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Second Home plate for National Tourneys

Fabe - The secondary scoring plate is allowed, but not mandated, for SSUSA sanctioned events. The usual determining factor is not the nature of the event in the National Tourney hierarchy, but rather whether or not the individual facility either has or will allow them for competition. We cannot compel the facilities to install them, but we generally use them if they are already available. This will vary from facility to facility in many tournaments. We prefer to avoid using the loose "throw down" type of secondary scoring plate because they can slip and create a safety issue for the base runner.

The scoring line and scoring plate rule is at SSUSA Rulebook §8.10 (page 51) and generally is that the scoring line or plate is treated as a force play situation, with the runner scoring a run if his foot touches the scoring plate OR is down on or down beyond the scoring line before the defensive player has control of the ball while touching the strike mat. Hope this helps.


March 24, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Returning Team?

Six (6) or more players
March 21, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Qusetion

srrunner - At your request, we are "chiming in" with our (only) contribution to this message thread ...

• The two players who have the prior 60-Major+ rating experience history have both, independently and prior to this calendar year, had medically based exemptions granted to reduce their official rating experience history ... They submitted the required paperwork, accompanied by doctor's correspondence in support of their requests, and their appeals were approved;
• There is, as asserted, one other player on the roster that has 60-Major rating experience history ... Teams are permitted a maximum of three "out of rating" players ... The individuals referenced above are those three allowed for this team's roster;
• The team currently meets the official roster composition criteria for a 60-AAA team ... That should not be confused with any "unofficial" (and uninformed) public speculation ... We believe that if teams spent only, say, 10% as much time worrying about their own team as they do other teams, they would most likely have a better ball club ...

Follow-up questions, if any, should be directed to George in the SSUSA Home Office at (916) 326.5303 ...


March 20, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Pioneer park

The two facilities are very similar, the primary exception being that Pioneer Park is all dirt/grass and Hunter Park has infield dirt/outfield artificial turf. Each facility has a larger field (#3 at both). Outfield fence distances at Hunter Park are LF Line: 350'/CF: 395'/RF Line: 335'. At Pioneer Park those distances are LF Line: 335'/CF: 380'/RF Line: 335'. The parks are less than a mile apart.
March 19, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: SPRING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2015 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

MAJOR REVISIONMEN'S 70+ DIVISIONS
Due to a roster composition mandated rating change, one team was re-rated Thursday from 70-AAA to 70-Major, resulting in changed schedules and revised Field Assignments ... This change required increasing the 70/75 Platinum Division from eight to nine teams (and moving them TO Pioneer Park) and reducing the 65/70-Silver Division from nine to eight teams (and moving them TO Hunter Park) ... Revised DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets have been posted online with an effective revision date of 03/19/2015 ... Good luck everyone!


March 19, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: snowbird

The "snowbird" term describes a player who lives in multiple places during the calendar year and is a category of registration that allows him to play in both places if he meets all of the criteria. A "snowbird" may play in his home state and bordering states AND the "snowbird" state (but not its bordering states). Snowbird status is not available to a player wishing to play on a Major+ team in the 50+ through 70+ age groups, but Major+ teams have other options that are available. There is more information on the actual form available here (from the menu bar above: TOURNAMENTS ► FORMS ► Snowbird Form). If any additional questions, please call the SSUSA Home Office at (916) 326.5303 during normal business hours in the Pacific time zone.


March 18, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Spring Worlds

Here's a bit of background about the Mesquite facilities ... This year's event marks the seventh consecutive year the Spring World's have been scheduled at Hunter and Pioneer Parks, so the field layout shouldn't come as a big surprise to anybody who has been there before ... The configuration of the fields has not changed over that time, with two standard softball fields and one larger multi-use baseball field at each complex ...

This year, in response to (valid) criticism we received last year about games going too late in Session #1, we secured The Canyons Complex yesterday (Tuesday) for this year's event, and had to relocate one division (65-AAA) later than we would have preferred ... We could have moved more, but this late in the game, we decided to minimize any inconvenience that comes with driving about 45 minutes to play at one of the finest dirt and grass complexes in the country ...

Next year we intend to expand the Session #1 involvement in St. George, but until and unless teams are willing to either play later daily or express less resistance to playing in St. George, there are going to be games scheduled on the larger fields at Hunter and Pioneer Parks ... It's a simple field requirements supply/demand issue ...


March 18, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: SPRING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2015 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for SESSION #2 the SSUSA's 2015 Spring World Championships in Mesquite, NV, and St. George, UT, have been posted and are available from the links below and on the event's Tournament Page ... The caveats listed above for SESSION #1 apply here as well ... Good luck everyone! ...

DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets (PDF's)

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

Complete: All Ages & Divisions (Large file: 24 pages)


March 17, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: SPRING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2015 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for SESSION #1 the SSUSA's 2015 Spring World Championships in Mesquite, NV, and St. George, UT, 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: Spring World's 2015
Master Planning Grid: Master Fields & Games Schedule


March 13, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Required Face Masks

Ry-Guy - The SSUSA Rulebook provisions governing pitcher's mandatory use of a face mask and other relevant provisions regarding "recommended" protective equipment are at §6.17 and following on pages 36-37 of the Rulebook. There is an online version of the Rulebook that can be accessed from the RULES page of this website.
March 9, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: ISA's WINTER NATIONALS 2015 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

SCHEDULE REVISIONWESTSIDE COMPLEX • Following the withdrawal, after the DRAFT schedules were published, of the Bucs & Bulls 75-Major (dispute over giving the Rules mandated 5-Run equalizer to the 70-AA team), the 70/75 Division was cancelled. One of the remaining teams in the division will play with the 65-AAA and the other was, unfortunately, excused from the tournament. Revised game schedules and brackets have been posted. We apologize for any inconveniences that were caused by circumstances completely out of our control.


March 8, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: another ratings question

The players with history on 55-Major teams are not a factor for a 50-AAA team (same player history rating index for both divisions = 7). The player with history on a 50-Major would be one of the three allowable (under current roster rules) "out of rating" players. Not playing for a year stops the "statute of limitations" on rating history experience, so he will carry the 50-Major tag this season. As long as the team does not have more than two other players with similar history, they should be fine for 50-AAA. If any additional questions or concerns, please call the Sacramento Home Office and ask for Tiffany or George for a definitive ruling on this individual situation.


March 6, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: ISA's WINTER NATIONALS 2015 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for the ISA's 2015 Winter National Championships in Lakeland, FL, 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: 50's, 55's & 60's | 65's, 70's & 75's

Tournament Administration (PDF's)

Master Planning Grid & Teams List: ISA Winter Nationals 2015


March 2, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Southwest championships

The Spring World Championships are in Mesquite and St. George from March 24-29, 2015 ... The Southwest Championships are in Las Vegas from April 21-26, 2015.
Feb. 28, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Rating Question

You're welcome! ... We revised the chart this morning to add the newly created 85+ age group, but it's otherwise unchanged from the previous version ...
Feb. 28, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Rating Question

17Black - The Team Ratings Index (R/I) chart is available from the download link on the RULES page of this web site (from the above menu bar: TOURNAMENTS ► RULES) ... Note that SSUSA does not rate players ... We do, however, keep track of their team affiliation and participation at the rating history of the team(s) they play with ...
Feb. 27, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Rating Question

titanhd: Nope, but a 50-Major team, assuming all players are 55-age eligible, could play 55-Major Plus OR 40-Masters AAA (same team rating index for all three division is 8) ... softball4b: We don't have a 45 age division, but as mentioned, they could play 40-Masters AAA ...
Feb. 26, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Rating Question

Not sure "negotiated" is the right word, but individual facts and circumstances can have an impact on any decision based on one individual and not a blanket interpretation for all ...
Feb. 26, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Rating Question

It was the only appropriate answer to the question as posed ... If there are other "complicating" factors he (or you as his Agent) would like to have considered, please call George at the Sacramento Office at (916) 326.5303.
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