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Oct. 6, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 1 and 1 pitch count

Just a couple of quick items to place some facts out there for clarification ...

Pitcher22 - The 2012 survey was sent electronically to all of the 17,592 people in the SSUSA Player Database who had provided us with an email address ... If you didn't vote, you either had not provided us with a valid email address, ignored the invitation to participate in the survey or aren't (or weren't) a registered player in late 2012 ...

Tim ... Fewer innings played in the Major+ are the result of that division's desire to play 7 runs per -inning at bat than all other factors combined ... The five-inning games you are referring to at this year's World Masters resulted from the implementation of SSUSA Rulebook 11.1(1) on page 56 to recover from the loss of 40 games due to inclement weather on Friday night, an approach that worked exactly as designed ...

We are probably due for another look at this issue on the 6-year cycle sometime in 2018 ...


Oct. 6, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 1 and 1 pitch count

The 2012 "1-1 Count" survey results are available from the following link ... Support/opposition for either side of the proposition varied both by age and by geographic area of the country ...

2012 Survey: 1-1-Count Results Analysis


Oct. 5, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 1 and 1 pitch count

The "1-1 Count" issue has been the subject of discussion and debate periodically for many years ... There have been two formal surveys of the SSUSA membership on the issue, initially in 2006 and more recently in December, 2012 ... Here are the results of those surveys ...

2006 Retain "0-0" = 55.0% Change to "1-1" = 45.0%
2012 Retain "0-0" = 54.9% Change to "1-1" = 45.1%

While it is mathematically accurate to conclude that support for changing to "1-1" is trending in that direction, an increase of support for such a change of 0.1% over a six year period does not constitute a mandate ... Change in the forseeable future is highly unlikely ...


Oct. 3, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: LVSSA/SSUSA WORLD MASTERS CHAMPIONSHIPS 2014 Results

The Results for Session #1 (1st, 2nd and 3rd Place in each Division) have been posted to the Tournament Page for the event ...
Oct. 2, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: SSUSA Membership

The "2014 Season" ends when the World Masters Championships in your age group concludes (this week) ... The "2015 Season" begins with the first tournament thereafter ... The Winter National Championships is a 2015 Season event, requiring every player to have an SSUSA National Identification Card valid through (at least) the 2015 Season ... We do not operate on a calendar year basis ...


Oct. 2, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: WHO TAKES CARE OF THE FIELDS @ ARROYO GRANDE?

The "City of Henderson" is the correct answer to who is doing the actual work ... It is the sole responsibility of LVSSA/SSUSA to ensure that happens ... Our apologies, we did not intend to pass the buck in any way ... It's on us 100% ...
Oct. 2, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: WHO TAKES CARE OF THE FIELDS @ ARROYO GRANDE?

The City of Henderson is responsible for field service at Arroyo Grande
Oct. 1, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Vegas Updates. .

The SSUSA Webmaster has deactivated the posting privileges of the anonymous poster who was causing the recent problems in this thread ... His archived posting history has also been deleted ...
Oct. 1, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: 60 AAA

local ... They were posted yesterday afternoon ... Good luck!
Oct. 1, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Vegas Updates. .

Hey Guys ... We really DO appreciate the positive suggestions ... What we do on site at a tournament is simply about priorities, as measured against the time available to accomplish as many of them as we can with the staff that's here ...

The top priority is always to provide the best tournament experience that can be had at the moment for the teams participating right here, right now ... There are over 8,100 players on the 506 team rosters, and they all have a higher priority with us during an event than satisfying the curiosity appetite of the general public that happens to stumble into this Message Board ... We WILL post the scores and detail bracket results ... Just not this week ...

We will look into the bracket board photo suggestion after this event ... Maybe posting them to our Facebook page would be a good first step ... In the meantime, we would encourage anyone who wants to brag about their team's successes to do so on this Board ... It's all good information! ... Thanks!


Sept. 30, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Scores of the Las Vegas Masters Tournament

One of the ladies who works in the SSUSA Home Office played in the Women's 40-AAA Division ... She flew back to Sacramento on Monday afternoon with all of the Director Scoring Sheets ... Results (meaning who finished 1st, 2nd and 3rd) should appear fairly quickly ...
Sept. 29, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Vegas Updates. .

Yes ... Shortly after the tournament concludes ... Complete results will replace the DRAFT schedule links at that time ...
Sept. 28, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Vegas Updates. .

BIG LEAGUE DREAMS

50-Major
1. 50 Caliber (MO)
2. SoCal Vandals (CA)
3. Minnesota Merchants

40-AAA
1. Showtime/Titan Trucking (NJ)
2. Defend Pono (HI)

50-AA
1. New Mexico Boomers


Sept. 28, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Vegas/new session/travel mess?

We haven't heard of any problems from people here ... Of course, that may because they haven't gotten here yet! ... Generally, we would suggest keeping in touch with your travel providers and/or making alternative arrangements ...
Sept. 26, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Bats
Discussion: the new bat "Nightmare"

Please feel free to provide personal commentary on likes/dislikes of any products used in our game ... However, we will continue to remove entire threads that contain an inference, or an outright statement, that the person providing the commentary has a potential economic interest ... We are committed to our sponsors, and will protect them whenever possible from parking lot flea market sales, independent product reps. functioning outside of the supervision of the sponsoring entity and direct or indirect promotional activities ... We appreciate your cooperation ...
Sept. 25, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Worlds

ALL 60-AAA games, Friday through Sunday, will be at Shadow Rock and Hollywood Parks ... Sunday will be Shadow Rock only ...
Sept. 25, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: LVSSA/SSUSA WORLD MASTERS CHAMPIONSHIPS 2014 DRAFT Game Schedule & Brackets

DRAFT Seeding Game Schedules for SESSION #3 of the 2014 LVSSA/SSUSA World Masters Championships in Las Vegas, NV, have been posted and are available from the links below and on the event's Tournament Page ... The caveats mentioned above for Session #1 apply here as well ...

THE THREE-GAME-GUARANTEE BRACKETS ARE STILL UNDER CONSTRUCTION FOR SOME DIVISIONS AND WILL BE POSTED AS THEY ARE COMPLETED AND CLEAR THE TECHNICAL REVIEW PROCESS ... We wanted to get the Seeding Round component published as soon as possible for your convenience ...

The Master Games & Fields Grid for this session has also been posted ... Good luck to all!

Changes to the TENTATIVE Field Assignments

55-MAJOR PLUS - Moved to Sunset Park on Fields #5-6
55-AAA - Moved to Big League Dreams (as largest Session #3 Division)
60-AAA - Moved to Shadow Rock & Hollywood Park (to clear BLD for 55-AAA and having played at BLD in 2013)

DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets (PDF's)

Men's: 55's | 60's

Tournament Administration (PDF's)

Master Planning Grid: Session #3


Sept. 20, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: LVSSA/SSUSA WORLD MASTERS CHAMPIONSHIPS 2014 DRAFT Game Schedule & Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for SESSION #2 of the 2014 LVSSA/SSUSA World Masters Championships in Las Vegas, NV, have been posted and are available from the links below and on the event's Tournament Page ... The caveats mentioned above for Session #1 apply here as well ...

The Master Games & Fields Grid for this session has also been posted ... Good luck to all!

Changes to the TENTATIVE Field Assignments

65-MAJOR PLUS - Moved to Desert Breeze Monday-Wednesday and finishes at Big League Dreams Thursday ...
65-MAJOR - Finishes at Big League Dreams Thursday
65-AA - Overflow of eight seeding games to Sunset Park Tuesday morning
70-AAA and 70-AA - Finish at Arroyo Grande on Thursday

DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets (PDF's)

Men's: 65's | 70's | 75's | 80's and 85's

Tournament Administration (PDF's)

Master Planning Grid: Session #2


Sept. 18, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 2014 eligibility

NO ... The Winter World's and Winter National's are 2015 Season events, requiring a player card valid through at least the 2015 Season ...
Sept. 18, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Las Vegas ball Sept. 26th to Sept. 28th/2014

NO as it relates to individual players seeking to join a team for the World Masters ... Teams, other than Senior Women (50+ and older) and Men's Major+ (any age) and 80+ and 85+, must play in a Qualifier to enter the event ...

Subject to pre-existing "numbers" on the qualifying roster of a team looking to add players, that team can add up to player #12 from "same age/same (or lesser) skill level" and up to player #15 with "next older age/same (or lesser) skill level" so long as, of course, the player(s) are otherwise eligible as to age and residency ... Also, players don't have to qualify to play Major+ ...

See complete player add rules for the World Masters from the "white paper" available from the RULES page herein ...


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