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Aug. 26, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: NORTHERN CHAMPIONSHIP

Rocky Mountain scores and bracket results are also available from that tournament page ...
Aug. 26, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: 4 base error andrequired runner advancement

B.J. ... Yes ... Four-base-award if, in umpire's judgment, the ball would have gone over but for the fielder tossing his glove and hitting it ...
Aug. 26, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Website comments
Discussion: Field assignments.

Henderson's finest ... Certainly one of the top 10 dirt and natural grass facilities we use anywhere nationally ... Four fields, all 300', nice neighborhood, hotel/shopping convenient, well shaded ...
Aug. 26, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: 4 base error andrequired runner advancement

L ... See Rulebook §8.4(10)C. (page 46) for this scenario ... "...The runners are entitled to three bases from the time of the pitch if a batted ball, or two bases from the time of the throw if a thrown ball, and in either case, they can advance farther at their own risk..." ... In the instance of the thrown glove hitting the ball that, in the umpire's judgment, would have cleared the fence for a home run, the umpire may make a four-base-award ... We have no mention in the rulebook about a 3-base mockery and the potential for an ejection the next time (although it's certainly not a bad idea!) ...


Aug. 26, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: NORTHERN CHAMPIONSHIP

Same is true on the tourney pages for the Northwest, Texas, Midwest, Cal-Cup, Northeast, Eastern's, Western's and Southern's over the last two months ... Check 'em out!
Aug. 26, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: NORTHERN CHAMPIONSHIP

Either of you looked on the Tournament page for the Northern's?
Aug. 25, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: LAS VEGAS TOURNEY

From the Menu Bar above, hover your mouse over TOURNAMENTS and click on RULES from the drop-down menu ... Near the bottom of the Rules page is a link called: World Championships Roster Considerations & Rules (PDF) ... Click on that link and the complete World Masters Championships Roster Composition Rules will appear in the Adobe Acrobat Reader ...

Generally, you CANNOT pick and choose players from different qualifying rosters in an attempt to "load" a team roster for the World Masters Championships ... Specific questions about your roster should be sent by email only to george@seniorsoftball.com ...


Aug. 25, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: 4 base error andrequired runner advancement

L ... Incorrect ... In your hypothetical, you have a live ball just like any other (unintentionally) dropped/misplayed ball in the outfield ... You may be referring to a situation where a defensive player throws his glove (or hat) at a fly ball in an attempt to knock it down in play, which does not appear to be the fact pattern in the original question ...
Aug. 25, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: 4 base error andrequired runner advancement

A "Four Base Award" [Rulebook §8.4(7) on page 45] is to be treated like an over-the-fence home run in all aspects except one: The four base award is NOT added to the team's over-the-fence home run count ... Accordingly, the "hit and sit" option afforded home run hitters, and any runners on base at the time, should have been employed here ... Our call would have been: four runs score, bases empty and bring the next batter to the plate if this was an open inning, or inning over if the 5-run limit was reached because of the play ...
Aug. 25, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: MESSAGE BOARD ADVERTISING PROHIBITION

There has been a recent proliferation of Message Board posts from individuals seeking to market products here, principally bats and occasionally other products ... These posts are in violation of one of the (only) four posting rules we have here ... Those rules, reproduced below, appear on the right side of the page where messages are composed, but apparently many posters do not seem to notice them ... If you wish to use this website for advertising purposes, please call the Sacramento Home Office and ask to speak with Fran ... She would be happy to negotiate a mutually acceptable financial arrangement for your product placement ... Otherwise, please confine any advertising activity to more appropriate forums, such as eBay or craigslist ... Thank you!
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Aug. 24, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Website comments
Discussion: Field assignments.

Hemenway Softball Complex @ Bighorn Park (Boulder City) will have contracted concessions there during the tournament ... Doc Romeo has natural grass outfields ...
Aug. 22, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Website comments
Discussion: Field assignments.

Well, it appears there is some confusion or lack of understanding about how the TENTATIVE field assignments are generated, so here's some additional information we didn't put in the initial post ...

• Projected 2014 attendance is based on a modest 5% growth rate over last year, meaning the "model" is based on 500± teams (2013: 480) ... As mentioned briefly in the post, over 50% of all entries come in during the last 7-10 days before the deadlines, which makes the crystal ball a bit murky ... The membership insists on early information, but the trade out for that is, by definition, lack of precision ... We have a general idea, based on last year, about how many teams may enter in any given division, but until the deadline passes, it's still just a guess ...
• Henderson Fields (Arroyo Grande, Russell Rd. and Dos Escuelas) require us to vacate by 4:00 PM Mon-Fri for local league play, meaning NO later afternoon or evening games ... This is most restrictive on Fridays ... The same is true for Clark County's Sunset, Warm Springs, Desert Breeze and Desert Bloom facilities ... However, Shadow Rock and Hollywood in Clark Co., and Lorenzi and Doc Romeo in the City of Las Vegas are unrestricted, which is important (see below) ...
• Big League Dreams has local leagues on the Session #1 Friday, but graciously accommodates us in Session #2 ... Unless, and until, the host municipalities are willing to defer local leagues (like Phoenix did) during this tournament, the end result is ALWAYS going to be a difficult process to accommodate all of the required games ...
• As it is now, field assignments become a "numbers game", trying to fit the larger divisions into facilities that can handle the games burden ... The "optimal" allocation is based on a theoretical ideal of six teams per field in any complex ... Obviously, with an estimate of 48 teams in the 50-AAA, it requires eight fields ... Those eight fields, for the past two years, have been Lorenzi and Shadow Rock, simply because they are unencumbered by local league restrictions and are reasonably close to each other for Sunday when the "survivors" from the respective bracket pods "come together" at Shadow ... We use Shadow on Sunday because the City of Las Vegas, in addition to the highest field rental rates in the nation, also charges tournament promoters an additional sanction fee of 15% of the gross entry fee ($104.25) for EACH team that plays so much as a single game at Lorenzi or Doc Romeo ...
• BLD has six fields, with a theoretical maximum load of 36 teams ... With a bit of "out sourcing" of seeding games to other sites early on Friday, we can normally get somewhere around 40 teams handled there ... That "fits" for divisions like 60-AAA and 50-Major, and they were assigned there simply because there is nowhere else that can accommodate them ...
• Only after the largest divisions are slotted, can we then look to niceties such as "...where did they play last year?..." ... We try to change it up, but many times simply can't ... Everyone, from a 40-Masters Major+ through an 85-AAA team pays the same entry fee, so no preferential treatment is afforded to anyone ...

It's about as fair as we can make it given the outside restrictions that must be met ... Criticism is fine with us, but maybe sending along a suggested solution for improvement would be good ... We always consider good ideas! ... Thanks!


Aug. 22, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: LVSSA/SSUSA WORLD MASTERS CHAMPIONSHIPS 2014 • TENTATIVE FIELD ASSIGNMENTS

These are the 2014 TENTATIVE field assignments based on the expected attendance at the 2014 World Masters Championships. Please note that the staged deadlines for entries for the WMC begin on September 5th, and more than half of the entries are received in the final week to 10 days before the deadlines. We have confidence in these field assignments, but please remember that they are TENTATIVE, which means they are NOT final and they ARE subject to (and some WILL) change. FINAL Field Assignments will be released simultaneous with the publication of the Draft Game Schedules and Brackets. We will, however, do our best to keep the teams at these fields if possible.

SCHEDULES NOTE: DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets are posted on this website within a few minutes of passing technical review and being approved. Calls to the SSUSA Home Office to inquire as to their availability actually delays their release because of the time required to respond to the inquiry.

BIG LEAGUE DREAMS NOTE: Big League Dreams is a private enterprise facility. They charge all players and spectators a daily admission fee of $3.00 (and give you back a token good for a $1.00 credit in the concession stands). LVSSA/SSUSA does NOT share in any of those admission receipts, and the local BLD Staff on site is not empowered to waive that fee. Accordingly, complaints to the tournament staff and/or the BLD local staff about the admission fee is likely not the best use of your time, and most certainly will not be productive. Thank you in advance for your courtesy!

SESSION #1 • MEN'S 40-MASTERS, 50's & ALL WOMEN'S DIVISIONS
• MEN'S 40-MASTERS MAJOR+ • Sunset Park
• MEN'S 40-MASTERS MAJOR • Desert Breeze (Overflow: Arroyo Grande and/or Sunset)
• MEN'S 40-MASTERS AAA • Bighorn Park Boulder City (Big League Dreams Sunday)

• MEN'S 50-MAJOR+ • Sunset Park
• MEN'S 50-MAJOR • Big League Dreams (Overflow: Shadow Rock and/or Sunset)
• MEN'S 50-AAA • Lorenzi Park & Shadow Rock/Hollywood
• MEN'S 50-AA • Desert Bloom

• WOMEN'S 40-MASTERS MAJOR • Arroyo Grande (Overflow: Dos Esquelas)
• WOMEN'S 40-MASTERS AAA • Doc Romeo Park
• WOMEN'S 40-MASTERS AA • Arroyo Grande (Overflow: Dos Esquelas)

• WOMEN'S SENIORS - 50+ • Russell Rd. (Fri.) & Arroyo Grande (Sat.-Sun.)

SESSION #2 • MEN'S 65's, 70's, 75's, 80's & 85's
• MEN'S 65-MAJOR+ • Big League Dreams
• MEN'S 65-MAJOR • Desert Breeze Park
• MEN'S 65-AAA • Shadow Rock & Hollywood
• MEN'S 65-AA • Arroyo Grande

• MEN'S 70-MAJOR+ • Lorenzi Park
• MEN'S 70-MAJOR • Lorenzi Park
• MEN'S 70-AAA • Sunset Park
• MEN'S 70-AA • Sunset Park

• MEN'S 75-MAJOR+ • Lorenzi Park
• MEN'S 75-MAJOR • Lorenzi Park
• MEN'S 75-AAA • Big League Dreams

• MEN'S 80-MAJOR • Big League Dreams
• MEN'S 80/85-AAA • Big League Dreams

SESSION #3 • MEN'S 55's & 60's
• MEN'S 55-MAJOR+ • Lorenzi Park
• MEN'S 55-MAJOR • Arroyo Grande (Overflow: Russell Rd. and/or Dos Escuelas)
• MEN'S 55-AAA • Shadow Rock & Hollywood
• MEN'S 55-AA • Doc Romeo Park

• MEN'S 60-MAJOR+ • Bighorn Park Boulder City (Big League Dreams Sunday)
• MEN'S 60-MAJOR • Lorenzi Park
• MEN'S 60-AAA • Big League Dreams (Overflow: Shadow Rock and/or Sunset)
• MEN'S 60-AA • Sunset Park


Aug. 20, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: West Coast Aftershock -

Actually, the altered equipment penalty according to the SSUSA Rulebook is anything but clear for other than bats ... With respect to bats, the procedures and penalties are very specific, but less so as to softballs and other equipment ... The SSUSA Rules Committee will be re-visiting this issue at their sessions during the 2014 Annual Convention ... Regarding West Coast Aftershock, their matter has been resolved amicably, and fully, by and between the team and SSUSA ... We will will not be making any further public comment ...


Aug. 20, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: ROCKY MOUNTAIN CHAMPIONSHIPS

60-AAA RESULTS • KC Renegades (MO) over Scrap Iron Legends (CO), 19-18 in the "If" game ... Dixon ZTR Legends (NE) were third ... Will get the balance of the scoring and bracket results up for the Rocky Mountain tourney as soon as the TENTATIVE Field Assignments for Las Vegas (a higher current priority) are posted in the next couple of days ... All the paperwork from Aurora arrived this (Tuesday) afternoon via FedEx ,...
Aug. 19, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: TOP GUN SUMMER CLASSIC (Session #2) • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for SESSION #2 the 2014 Top Gun Summer Classic in San Clemente, 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 ...

DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets (PDF's)

• Men's: 50's, 55's & 60's Includes Master Planning Grid


Aug. 18, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Bats
Discussion: What happend to the Dudley Lightning thread?

The Dudley Lightning thread (and two others) were removed due to a significant number of posts therein being in violation of the rule against advertising produces for sale on the SSUSA Message Board ... An independent separate thread offering those bats for sale and an unrelated thread regarding Reebok Melee bats were removed at the same time ...
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About this message board

This message board is provided as a means for senior softball players and prospective players to communicate with each other, offer ideas and constructive suggestions for improving our organization and sport. It is not a forum for any of the following:
- Inappropriate language
- Disparaging comments directed toward any individual
- Promotion for other senior softball organizations
- Advertising for commercial products, services or websites

Any messages of this type will be removed immediately, without notice.


Aug. 18, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Bats
Discussion: What's Legal

Your post does not mention if the League has elected to be governed by SSUSA Rules, but if so, the answer is as follows ...

The following Miken Triad bats are on the Approved Bat List for those produced in 2014 ...
• Miken Triad Blackout (SSBTRI)
• Miken Triad Xtreme (FPTR10)


Aug. 18, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Western National Tournament? Or ?...

JimS: Unless, of course, the Managers of the teams playing "out of region" were advised of, and consented to, the policy before entering the event ...

REPRINT from a related thread on this topic ...

"...Teams playing "out of region" in either the Eastern's or the Western's are ineligible for the USA National Championship games to prevent teams from potentially gaining an unfair seeding advantage in Las Vegas by picking which "National" event, with the lesser number of teams, to enter ...

In 2013, Fairway Ford 80's (CA) went East and, in 2014, Pope Transport (WI) went West solely to compete in larger, not smaller brackets, and won those events ... Neither of those teams sought an unfair advantage for Las Vegas, but the policy is in place to prevent some other future team from maybe not being so honorable ... In both 2013 and 2014, the Managers of the teams playing "out of region" were advised of this policy in advance of entering the events ..."


Aug. 16, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: NORTHERN CHAMPIONSHIPS 2014 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for the 2014 Northern Championships on Lansing, MI, 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 the Participating Teams List 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

• Complete: All Ages & Divisions (Large file: 14 pages)

Tournament Administration (PDF's)

• Master Plan: Master Fields & Games Grid
• Participating Teams: Northern's 2014


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