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Dec. 8, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: 60 Cents moving to 65 Division

Rulebook §14.2(4) E. (on page 66) • Women's 65+ age division teams may add one player age 64.
Dec. 7, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: SSUSA Rules Committee Meeting

The Rules Committee exists to review the "State of the Game" annually and to implement rule changes only when necessary ... For those who may think the measure of the Committee's efforts and productivity are defined by the number of changes made, you will be disappointed this year ... The Committee likes the "State of the Game" and believes it is structured in the overall best interests of the teams, consistent with acceptable implications for the SSUSA ...

Here are a few other random observations that may assist in understanding the process ...

• The Chairman allowed public participation in ALL sessions, including the "working sessions", where they were not allowed to vote ... This is a major change from prior years, allowing the public attendees to be participants rather than merely observers, and their contributions were insightful and appreciated ...
• The Committee was given a complete set (over 30 items) of all correspondence received by conventional mail or by email, including items that were received as late as Tuesday evening ... The very first convention session, scheduled to be an open forum was, by request, converted to the first Rules Committee public session, allowing an additional three hours for this function ...
• Every piece of correspondence was reviewed and discussed in detail in an open environment (over six hours in the first two sessions) to evaluate those issues and to determine of there was a reasonable chance that a rule change could pass ... If Committee member(s) believed that to be a possibility, they made motions, which were seconded or not, and if they didn't or weren't, it was on to the next issue ...
• The Committee believes that rules should be consistent across all ages and divisions of play (Exceptions: Number of defensive players allowed for age 65+ and older and home runs allowed by rating level) ... Accordingly, unless a proposal enjoyed global application across ages and divisions, its chances of formal voting consideration were greatly diminished ...
• There were the "usual suspect" issues that show up every year (most notably the 1-1 count and Home Run rules) ... In the Committee's view, there was not enough new insight from the correspondence, the observations of Tournament and Field Directors, or the on-site commentary to mandate changes in these areas ... The "1-1 count" remains an age/region bias issue, and the most recent survey showed an insignificant increase in support over the prior six years (0.1% trending up, meaning that for each 1,000 people who responded, only one more vote went the way of favoring the 1-1) ... Eliminating the DBO's as a home run issue continues to have support from a small number of those commenting, exclusively from Major+ players ... In both of these issues, there was equally compelling correspondence against making any changes ...
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taits - The "Need Not Qualify" provision applies ONLY to ages and/or divisions that do not have ratings levels ... The 75+ and 80+ are now rated, the 85+ is new and has only one level, and the senior women (50+ and older) do not have ratings ... This was merely a technical amendment ... The membership of the Committee is disclosed in the Minutes, but there is no value (other than to satisfy purely personal curiosity) to either keeping or publishing roll calls on each and every matter decided ...


Dec. 5, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: SSUSA RULES COMMITTEE • 2014 Actions & Minutes

The 2014 SSUSA Rules Committee sessions at the Annual Convention in Tupelo, MS, have concluded. The Committee is pleased with the current "State of the Game", resulting in limited playing rule changes for the coming Season. The Committee received over 30 separate correspondence items from the membership, either by email or written letters received at the Home Office. Additionally, public member participation at the meetings was informative and deeply appreciated.

The formal minutes of the sessions are available from the link below, and are presented in the chronological order they were discussed and acted upon over the five sessions. Public participation was allowed in the discussions during all sessions, but public members were excluded from voting when matters were decided. Thank you to all who participated, in any manner.

• OFFICIAL MINUTES: 2014 Rules Committee Minutes


Dec. 4, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Home plate Mat size change?

NEWS FLASH • We are past that specific issue in the 2014 Rules Committee sessions and NO change to the strike mat size or color were made ...
Dec. 2, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Rules meeting?

Rules Committee Open Public Session is 2:00-5:00 PM on Wednesday in Tupelo ... "Working Session" (open to public observation but not participation unless specifically requested by the Committee) is Thursday 9:00-11:00 AM ... Extra time reserved for "Working Session" on Friday from 9:00-10:30 AM, if needed ...
Nov. 28, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: courtesy runners

@Tater in GA • Reprint from another thread: For those interested in providing input for Rules Committee consideration, we welcome your input ... There are three ways to submit items for Agenda consideration ...

[1] Attend the open Rules Committee Sessions at the National Convention in Tupelo, MS;
[2] Send e-mail correspondence to info@seniorsoftball.com with "Rules Committee" in the subject line; and
[3] Send written correspondence by regular mail to the "SSUSA Rules Committee" at 2701 K Street, Ste., 101A - Sacramento, CA 95816-5131 ... (This one is probably not the best approach as we are leaving for the convention on Sunday, 11/30/14)

Message Board posting commentary is disregarded for Agenda consideration by the Rules Committee due to the generally anonymous posting environment and our inability to differentiate between registered SSUSA members and other non-affiliated posters ... Thanks!


Nov. 26, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: when will 2015 schudule be out..????

The 2015 Season tournament calendar should be published within the next few weeks, simultaneous with the Winter Edition of the Senior Softball News ... Most tournaments will occur approximately in the same time slot(s) as last Season, with a couple maybe moving a week one way or the other ... We are also excited to announce that there will be a new TOC Qualifier event this Season, The Tidewater Classic to be held at the Princess Anne Athletic Complex in Virginia Beach, VA, from April 14-19, 2015 ... Check the Tournament Page of this web site from time to time, as we will be unveiling the calendar as dates become firm for both SSUSA and independent Tournament Director events ... Good luck for the 2015 Season! ...


Nov. 24, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Bats
Discussion: HELP---I just don't get it!

In response to your inquiries:

1. The Dudley bat is manufactured with that tacky feel and is, accordingly, not considered either altered or illegal since that's the way it comes out of the factory ... Other bat makers could, subject to potential patent infringement implications, decide to use the same or similar processes, but to date have not done so ... End user attempts to recreate that tacky feel are currently not permitted ...
2. No (Fits the definition of "normal wear and tear")
3. Yes (Changes factory issue technical specifications)


Nov. 24, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Bats
Discussion: HELP---I just don't get it!

Yes, there is a difference ...

• ALTERED EQUIPMENT - Equipment that has been modified in any manner, other than by normal wear and tear through usage as the manufacturer intended, that changes the technical performance specifications of the equipment from the time it was manufactured ... Examples include, but are not limited to, bat rolling, bat shaving, hammering a bat or striking objects other than softballs for purposes of "break-in", opening a bat to add or remove material internally, chilling softballs, etc.
• ILLEGAL EQUIPMENT - Equipment that does not meet the technical specification(s) as defined in the rulebook for that equipment, or are specifically excluded from usage ... Examples include, but are not limited to, specifically excluded bats (pre-2014), bats not appearing on the Approved Bat Policy list (post-2013), bats not meeting the certified BPF=1.20/1.21 testing criteria, fast-pitch bats, gloves exceeding dimension specifications, introduction of non-official softballs, etc.

The SSUSA Rulebook already prohibits the introduction of substances to the barrel of the bat, and the SSUSA Rules Committee will very likely clarify when it meets next month at the Annual Convention whether doing so falls into the category of ILLEGAL as opposed to ALTERED equipment ... The penalties for the use of an ALTERED bat are more severe, involving eligibility suspensions, than those for use of an ILLEGAL bat, generally limited to game/tournament ejection.


Nov. 22, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Bats
Discussion: HELP---I just don't get it!

smooth01 ... Actually, it doesn't mean that at all ... Please take a look at Rulebook §3.4 E. on page 14 ...

"...Resin, pine tar or spray substances placed on the safety grip to enhance the grip are permissible on the grip only..." [emphasis added]

SSUSA has not approved "do-it-yourself sticky bats", and the penalty is spelled out for the use of an illegal bat at Rulebook §3.4(7) on page 16 ... Generally, the penalty is the player being called out and ejected from the tournament ...


Nov. 19, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Associations
Discussion: 4 Countries Launch Pacific Rim Slow-Pitch Softball Association

IWATA, JAPAN – Softball representatives from China, Japan, Taiwan and the United States have announced the formation of the Pacific Rim Slowpitch Softball Association during the 2nd Annual Pacific Rim Championships held here in early November.

“We are creating the Pacific Rim Slow-Pitch Softball Association to help build the sport throughout the Pacific Rim region,” said Terry Hennessy, the American representative and chief executive officer of Senior Softball-USA (SSUSA), based in Sacramento, Calif.

“The beauty of softball – and sports – is that it allows us to transcend a largely imperfect world littered with prejudice, hatred and violence and it lifts us to a pinnacle of human behavior where men and women are judged primarily on athletic performance.

“This allows us to develop friendships based on a common love of a sport, regardless of the country we call home.”

Teams from the four countries played in Beijing last year for an inaugural Pacific Rim Championships. However, the road to this agreement began in 2000 when Senior Softball-USA responded to an invitation to send senior teams to compete in Japan. Over the next 14 years, Japan and the U.S. continued to compete in each other’s senior championships and later expanded to play in Taiwan and China.

SSUSA will host the 2015 Pacific Rim Championships during the World Masters Championships in Las Vegas, which attracted more than 500 teams this year.

In addition to Hennessy, the association charter representatives include Shouji Matsumoto of Japan Softball, Robert Hsu of Taiwan Softball, and Ye Zhongsheng
of China. Zhaoli Chen, who teaches in Japan and is promoting softball in China, was selected executive director of the new association.

Representatives made it clear that one of the primary goals was to recruit other Pacific Rim countries to join the association.

“The friendships we are forging here are the foundation of international cooperation that provide a beacon of hope for all who witness it,” said Hennessy.

Senior Softball-USA, founded in 1989, is the largest senior softball association in America, with 30,000 registered national tournament players and tournaments in 80 cities. For more information, see www.seniorsoftball.com.

Nov. 18, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Suggestions for 2015

For those interested in providing input for Rules Committee consideration, we welcome your input ... There are three ways to submit items for Agenda consideration ...

[1] Attend the open Rules Committee Sessions at the National Convention in Tupelo, MS;
[2] Send e-mail correspondence to info@seniorsoftball.com with "Rules Committee" in the subject line; and
[3] Send written correspondence by regular mail to the "SSUSA Rules Committee" at 2701 K Street, Ste., 101A - Sacramento, CA 95816-5131...

Message Board posting commentary is disregarded for Agenda consideration by the Rules Committee due to the generally anonymous posting environment and our inability to differentiate between registered SSUSA members and other non-affiliated posters ... Thanks!


Nov. 12, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: WINTER WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2014 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for SESSION #2 (Men's 65+ thru 80+) of the 2014 Winter World Championships in Phoenix, AZ, have been posted and are available from the links below and on the event's Tournament Page ... The same caveats posted above for SESSION #1 apply here as well ...

DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets (PDF's)

• Men's: 65's | 70's, 75's & 80's's

• Complete: All Ages & Divisions (Large file: 51 pages)


Nov. 11, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: WINTER WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2014 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for SESSION #1A (Men's and Women's 40-Masters) of the 2014 Winter World Championships in Phoenix, AZ, have been posted and are available from the links below and on the event's Tournament Page ... The same caveats posted above for SESSION #1 apply here as well ...

DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets (PDF's)

• 40-Masters: Men | Women


Nov. 11, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: WINTER WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2014 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for SESSION #1 (Men's 50+ thru 60+ and Women's 50+ thru 70+) of the 2014 Winter World Championships in Phoenix, AZ, 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 Participating Teams List and Master Games & Fields Grid for this session have also been posted ... Good luck to all!

DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets (PDF's)

• Men's: 50's | 55's | 60's
• Women's: Senior Women 50+ thru 70+

Tournament Administration (PDF's)

• Participating Teams: Winter Worlds 2014
• Master Planning Grid: Fields & Games Schedule


Nov. 11, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Women's softball
Discussion: 50 Womans- Phoenix 14-16

This thread has reached the end of its useful life and has been CLOSED ... Thank you for your contributions to the game ...
Nov. 9, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Thank you

REVISED TENTATIVE Field Assignments have been posted ... Thanks for the insights on some of the issues ... We hope we have addressed some of them to make this a bit more smooth on Friday ... Good luck everybody! ...
Nov. 9, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: WINTER WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2014 • REVISED TENTATIVE Field Assignments

Here are the REVISED TENTATIVE Field Assignments for the 2014 Winter World Championships in Phoenix ... Changes were required as the actual game allocations were slotted into the various facilities by day ... The principal items we addressed were ...

• The unexpected growth in the tournament attendance, up from 150 last year to 176 this year ... The most significant growth was in the 40-Masters (Men increased from 9 to 14 and Women increased from 11 to 17) and the Men's 50's through 60's, up from 73 to 86 teams ... This is likely the last year the 40-Masters division will be offered in a two-day format because of the fields pressure the games burden for them has placed on the weekend for the rest of the divisions ... Look for a 2½ or 3 day format in 2015 for the 40-Masters ...
• The travel implications on Friday for some divisions that were playing at multiple facilities ... Specifically, the 50-AAA Division will play early at BLD on Friday, and will commence bracket there in the afternoon except for four teams, who will move to Papago ... In the 55-AAA, bracket games will be assigned to both Desert West and Cesar Chavez for the 55-AAA on Friday ...

Specific schedules will be forthcoming shortly, but we wanted to get this information out as soon as it was determined ... Good luck to all! ...

SESSION #1 • Friday-Sunday

• MEN'S 50/55-Platinum - Rose Mofford
• MEN'S 50-AAA - Big League Dreams on Friday (plus 3 bracket games at Papago) / Papago on Saturday & Sunday
• MEN'S 50/55-AA - Round Robin seeding at Big League Dreams on Friday
€ 50-AA - Rose Mofford on Saturday for Best 2 of 3 Championship Series
€ 55-AA - Bracket at Papago on Saturday & Sunday
• MEN'S 55-Major - Papago on Friday / Rose Mofford on Saturday & Sunday
• MEN'S 55-AAA - Cesar Chavez on Friday (including bracket play at Chavez and Desert West) / Rose Mofford on Saturday & Sunday
• MEN'S 60-Platinum - Papago
• MEN'S 60-AAA - Desert West
• MEN'S 60-AA - Rose Mofford
• WOMEN'S SENIORS (50+ and more senior) - Mountain Vista

SESSION #1A • Saturday-Sunday

• MEN'S 40-MASTERS MAJOR+ - Papago (Saturday) and Desert West (Sunday)
• MEN'S 40-MASTERS MAJOR - Desert West
• WOMEN'S 40-MASTERS (ALL) - Cesar Chavez

SESSION #2 • Monday-Wednesday (Unchanged)

• PAPAGO PARK (21 Teams)
Men's 65-Major+/Major
Men's 65-AAA
Men's 70-Major

• ROSE MOFFORD (20 Teams)
Men's 65-AA
Men's 70-AAA
Men's 70-AA
Men's 75/80+


Nov. 6, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Change in Ratings.

Jeffrey ... The National Ratings Advisory Board is currently in their review period ... Some of the "Automatic Rating Increases" have been done, as well as those, UP or DOWN, for teams playing in the Winter National or Winter World Championships in November ... The balance of the rating adjustments and Appeals decisions will be announced within the next couple of weeks ...
Nov. 6, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Phoenix world - need field assignments

Hey Webbie ... All is good here in Florida and Phoenix will be the same ... Just posted the TENTATIVE Field Assignments for the Winter Worlds, but that one may go into the file folder marked "...Be Careful What You Ask For, You Might Just Get It!..." ... Some teams may want to book multiple hotels by day! ...
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