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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 ...
Oct. 21, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 1 and 1 pitch count

Pitcher22 ... About 20+/- messages into this thread, there is a link posted by us (on 10/06/14) to the data analysis from the membership survey done less than two years ago ... With the support for the 1-1 count trending at that time upward at the rate of 0.1% over six years, that data will be relevant today ... You will notice immediately that respondents favoring either side of the proposition is geographically and age definitive ... Due to the generally anonymous and unregistered (as players) composition of this forum, Message Board commentary is disregarded by the SSUSA Rules Committee on this, or any other, topic ...


Oct. 21, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Player rating


Oct. 21, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Player rating

LP ... Your "catch" is different because the player involved has played "out of rating" by two levels (50-Major=8 / 60-Major=6) and requires a manual roster override each time because he is being granted an exception for the maximum of one time having done so ... In the hypothetical stated, the Rating Index numbers are identical and it has nothing to do with being a 10-year age difference ...
Oct. 20, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: USA Championship seeding game

Rocket ... Maybe a misfire on what thread you were going to post into???
Oct. 20, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Cost of new cards

George ... Player cards expire at the end of each tournament season, and the recently concluded 2104 season ended when your age group was finished at the LVSSA/SSUSA World Masters Championships in Las Vegas ...

You have the option to renew for up to five years, depending on your birth year ... You may not renew for years beyond the next five-year age group milestone you have ... For example, if you will be 63 in 2015, you may renew for either one ($20) or two ($35) years to get you to the 65 age group ... If you will be 60 during 2015, you may also elect to renew for three ($45), four ($55) or five ($60) years ... When you turn 75, you may get your Lifetime USA card for the one-time fee of $20 ... We hope you make it while playing at the highest level of competitive skill!


Oct. 20, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 1 and 1 pitch count

Marv19 ... Other "tournament delay factors" include lack of readiness by teams (showing up 1 minute before scheduled game time instead of 30 minutes as rule mandated), managers not having game cards ready to go, uncertainty and general poor management of courtesy runner staging, umpires chatting too much during/between games, infield practice between -innings at bat, throwing down to second after (unnecessary) warm-up pitches, directors not up to speed on seeding results math, players not hustling in and out between -innings at bat and teams going into "super-slow-motion" mode as soon as the top of the 6th inning arrives, knowing that it's a guaranteed 7-inning game, to name a few ... On a 1:30 time block schedule structure, there is ample time to play a full 7 innings without resort to depriving the offense of a 0-0 count ...

If restricting the offense is the desired method of getting a full 7 innings, the simplest solution is just dropping down to 2 outs per -inning at bat! (JUST KIDDING ... sorta)


Oct. 19, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Player rating

YES ... Both 65-Major and 55-AA carry a Team/Player History Ratings Index of five (5) ... LP: The "catch" is only if there is a disparity in the respective Rating Index numbers (there is not in the hypothetical stated) ... If any doubt, though, please DO call George or Tiffany in Sacramento at (916) 326.5303 to confirm ...
Oct. 18, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Top Tournaments to attend

Check out the 2014 Tournament listings to see the events that are well-attended in the 40-Masters division ... Rock 'n Reno (late May/early June), the Winter World's in Phoenix (mid-November), the Southwest Championships in Las Vegas (late April) and the Western Nationals in Sacramento (early August) are a few of the ones that come to mind initially ... And the World Masters in Las Vegas (late September/early October) drew 52 40-Masters Men's teams this year ... Good luck!


Oct. 17, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Playin in Cuba?

SSUSA, through its affiliate International Sports Holidays, has sponsored two softball tours to Cuba in recent years ... The experience, according to those who traveled, was an outstanding cultural and Sports Ambassador opportunity ...
Oct. 17, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Tournament of Champions

We would be happy to have those teams enter, IF they won any of the 2014 Season TOC Qualifier Championships ... If so, please contact the SSUSA Home Office at (916) 326.5303 during normal business hours in the Pacific Time Zone for further inquiry ... Thank you!
Oct. 16, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: WINTER NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS 2014 TENTATIVE Field Assignments

SESSION #1 MEN's 65's, 70's, 75's, 80's and 85's
Lee County Sports Complex (Ft. Myers)
MEN'S 65-MAJOR+/MAJOR
MEN'S 75's (ALL)
MEN'S 80's & 85's (ALL)

Cape Coral Softball Complex (Cape Coral)
MEN'S 65-AAA
MEN'S 65-AA

Northwest Softball Complex (Cape Coral)
MEN'S 70's (ALL)

NOTE: SESSION #2 will be posted shortly ...


Oct. 16, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Fields and Teams - Major Tournaments

Here's the "short list" of the principal technical, economic and social criteria that define acceptable potential venues for the World Masters Championships ...

At least 40-45 diamonds that meet tournament play specifications (we played of 42 diamonds on 13 softball complexes this year);
Ease of access by air at reasonable prices for flights;
Adequate lodging options in varying price ranges (there were over 20,000 hotel room nights in the LVSSA/SSUSA blocks this year)
Attractive non-softball entertainment and attraction options for players and accompanying travelers;
Likelihood of excellent weather in late September/early October; and
Acceptable economic incentives by the host location (Las Vegas Events offers significant sponsor support)

Planning, negotiations and field acquisition/rental applications (already submitted) are already well underway for next year's World Masters Championships in Las Vegas, which will be year four of the current five-year contract ...


Oct. 15, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Prominent Midwest Player/Manager Passes

Ron Hager died August 24th, 2014, after losing his battle with cancer. Ron was the manager of the 2014 A&C Developers 50-AAA team out of Omaha, NE. He was also the past manager of the 2012 and 2013 Dunkin Donuts 50-AAA, also out of Omaha. Ron had been a part of Senior Softball-USA since 2010, playing in most of our Midwest area tournaments with Nebraska X-treme as well as the above mentioned teams. He had been employed by Tetrad Corp. for over a decade as a Project Manager. Ron was 55.
Oct. 14, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Fields and Teams - Major Tournaments

In theory they probably could be played in two days using 12 fields, but here are some other factors ...

It would take six rounds of of game slots just to play the Round Robin ... 7:30 AM through 3:00 PM (two games in that last time slot ...
Assuming a reasonable seeding break, to play 10 rounds of games, that would take it to at least 5:00 PM through 9:30 PM games (ending at 11:00 PM if all was on schedule, but that would only get about 48 games in ... There would still have to be another 90 games into Day #2, and the last three have to be in single file in the bracket (3rd Place, Championship #1 and "If" game) ... It's a mathematical impossibility, and was only barely possible this year using 10 fields and three days ... The only other option would be to play continuously around the clock for about 36 hours straight to maybe get it done ...
There is one six-field complex (BLD), two 6-field pairs (Shadow Rock/Hollywood and Arroyo Grande/Dos Escuelas) and one 7-field pair (Lorenzi/Doc Romeo) ... However, there are serious economic constraints in using Lorenzi/Doc Romeo, so we prefer to NOT move a lot of teams in and out of there ... The City of Las Vegas charges all tournament promoters an extortion sanction fee of 15% of the gross entry fee ($104.25) for each team that plays so much as ONE game at either of those facilities ... This year those fees amounted to $10,946.25 for, essentially, nothing other than a revenue grab by the City of Las Vegas ...

The Master Game Schedule this year had 1,713 games wedged into about 1,718 open (non-end-of-day) game slots ...


Oct. 14, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Fields and Teams - Major Tournaments

We are looking at all options for the 2015 LVSSA/SSUSA World Masters Championships ... It's no secret that with the current restrictions imposed by local leagues, we are very close to theoretical capacity at 505 teams under the current Session structure ... We will continue to attempt a political solution to hopefully convince the entities to defer leagues for us (BLD is the only one so far, but only on one weekend), but to date "Local Leagues Rule" seems to be the operative principle ...

Our initial reaction to two-day sessions is that it lacks feasibility, especially for the larger divisions ... For example, in the 50-AAA this year, the Championship game was game #138 in the bracket, plus the 62 seeding games, for a nice round number of 200 games for that division alone ... Similar problems, to a lesser degree, would have affected the 40-Major (32), 55-AAA (37), 60-AAA (33) and 50-Major (31) simply because of the game loads ...

We are willing to consider anything, so thanks for the comments ...




Oct. 13, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: USA Championship seeding game

The Midwest Championships is simply a "Qualifier" and not a "National" type event ... There are only four "Qualifying Roster" events, where a roster from a previous event is the basis for entry ... Those are the Eastern and Western Nationals, the World Masters Championships and the Tournament of Champions ... The Easterns and Westerns are a notch above the "regular" qualifiers in the tournament hierarchy and, accordingly, are the only two "National" events that feed champions into the USA National Championship games at the World Masters ...


Oct. 12, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Determining Seeding

Navy ... We believe you are incorrect in your analysis ... The #1 and #2 Seeds were predetermined to be the two participants in the USA National Championship Game, with the winner of that game earning the #1 position in the bracket, and the loser being #2 ... The remaining 29 teams were seeded conventionally into the #3 through #31 slots ... There were only nine (9) unbeaten (at 2-0) teams, not 11, including one of the two USA National Game participants ... The link below will give you the details of those seeding assignments ...

50-Majors: Seeding Control


Oct. 12, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: USA Championship seeding game

Not a penalty situation ... If the other half of the USA game doesn't show up, the team that did is involved in the seeding game process exactly like all other teams ... They are scheduled against "random" opponents and all of their seeding games are played on the same format as the rest of the bracket pool ... We DO give them the US National Champions 1st place award package, but the #1 Seed is not part of that package ... This is not a difficult concept to grasp ...
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