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Jan. 21, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Home Run

It's already here on the web site stick8 ... From TOURNAMENTS - RULES page, it's the second line after the Rulebook cover page graphic ... The link is: Download the 2014 Official Rulebook Addendum ...
Jan. 21, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Home Run

Stick8 - The rule you quoted is from the last "printed" full Rulebook (2013-14), but does not reflect the change to "hit and sit" made at the 2013 annual Rules Committee meetings in Concord, NC ... That change, which was effective immediately, was part of the "Amendments" document released a little over a year ago, and which is available as a download from the RULES page of this web site ... Here's the current language from Section 8.4 of the Official Rulebook ...
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NOTE: For §8.4(2) through §8.4(5), the home run batter may return directly to the dugout and all other runners may return directly to the dugout. EFFECT: The concept known as “hit and sit” is permitted in SSUSA sanctioned events.


Jan. 21, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: FUTURE ALL STAR MAKES IMPRESSIVE DEBUT

SSUSA is happy to announce the arrival of a future All-Star ... Executive Director Fran Dowell's second Grandson and fifth grandchild on the team, Jack Bailey, made his eagerly anticipated Rookie debut in Napa, CA, at 10:35 am on Tuesday, January 20th, measuring in at 21" and weighing an even 10 lbs. (clean-up hitter stature!) ... Mother and (Grand)son are getting initial rave reviews from Grandma Fran and Grandpa Dave! ... Jack's four veteran teammates are keeping a watchful eye on the rookie!


Jan. 20, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: crossing commit line

Paul ... The umpire in your "situation" appears to have invoked an incorrect rule, but with an absolutely correct result ... When your 3rd baseman ran into the stopped runner, he tagged the runner (quite possibly accidentally!), which resulted in the automatic award of home on a safe call for a tag between the commitment line and home ... The base runner's action by stopping dead in his tracks just across the commitment line to create the contact is one of the most heads-up base running plays we've ever heard about ...
Jan. 19, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: crossing commit line

Runner is called out immediately upon recrossing the commitment line toward 3rd base ... This is NOT an appeal play ... See last sentence of the applicable rule below (emphasis added) ...
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§8.8 • COMMITMENT LINE
A commitment line thirty feet from the scoring line or scoring plate will be used. Once a runner's foot touches the ground on or past this line, the runner is committed to advancing to the scoring line or scoring plate and may no longer be tagged out. EFFECT: Tag of the runner by a defensive player will not be allowed. The runner will be called safe and the ball remains live. NOTE: If a runner re-crosses the commitment line in an attempt to return to third base, he will be declared out and the ball remains live.


Jan. 14, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONSHIPS 2015 • TENTATIVE Field Assignments

Here are the TENTATIVE Field Assignments for the 2015 Tournament of Champions in Polk County, FL. Reminder: TENTATIVE means they are NOT final, are SUBJECT TO CHANGE and will become final ONLY with the release of the game schedules and brackets at the Manager Meeting on Thursday evening, February 5th.

The reference in (parentheses) indicates where that division played in the 2014 TOC.

• 40/50-PLATINUM (LHP) - DiamondPlex
• 50-MAJOR (DPX) - Loyce Harpe Park
• 50-AAA (DPX) - Loyce Harpe Park
• 50/55-AA (AUB) - DiamondPlex
• 55-MAJOR (LHP) - Auburndale
• 55-AAA (DPX) - Auburndale
• 60-PLATINUM (AUB) - DiamondPlex
• 60-AAA (AUB) - Loyce Harpe Park
• 60-AA (SW) - Westside
• 65-PLATINUM (AUB) - DiamondPlex
• 65-AAA (LHP) - Auburndale
• 65-AA (LHP) - DiamondPlex
• 70-PLATINUM (SW) - Westside
• 70-AAA (SW) - Westside
• 70-AA (SW) - Westside
• 75-MEN (WS) - Southwest
• 80/85-MEN (WS) - Southwest
• WOMEN'S 40 (WS) - Southwest
• WOMEN'S 50 (WS) - Southwest

Good luck everyone!


Jan. 13, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: TOC Brackets

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Jan. 13, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: TOC Brackets

We're not working on brackets yet, since we are expecting the final word on additional field availability today (Tuesday) or tomorrow to accommodate the tournament record number of teams ... After that, tentative field assignments will be determined and posted ...
Jan. 12, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: TOC Brackets

By the end of next week is likely ... Still some loose ends to tie up regarding the available field utilization and scheduling around the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team vs. Celebrity game on Saturday night ... We'll post here within five minutes of final approval ... Good Luck!
Jan. 11, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: when will 2015 schudule be out..????

Teams must participate in a "qualifier" event as a precondition to entering the Eastern Nationals (Raleigh), Western Nationals (Sacramento) or the LVSSA/SSUSA World Masters (Las Vegas) ... The qualifiers do NOT have to be an SSUSA TOC Qualifier "major" event ... As it relates to the Eastern Nationals in Raleigh, we have run a "Raleigh Qualifier" there for the past several years, and do not expect that to change for 2015 ... Good luck!
Jan. 9, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: List of teams going to TOC

PRELIMINARY DIVISIONAL BREAKOUTS • TOC 2015

• 40/50-PLATINUM - (4)
• 50-MAJOR - (4)
• 50-AAA - (8)
• 50/55-AA - (4 - 2/2)
• 55-MAJOR - (10)
• 55-AAA - (7)
• 60-PLATINUM (4)
• 60-AAA - (11)
• 60-AA - (8)
• 65-PLATINUM - (6)
• 65-AAA - (10)
• 65-AA - (5)
• 70-PLATINUM - (4)
• 70-AAA - (4)
• 70-AA - (4)
• 75-MEN - (6)
• 80/85-MEN - (6)
• WOMEN'S 40 - (7)
• WOMEN'S 50 - (3)

TOTAL TEAMS • 115


Jan. 7, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: List of teams going to TOC

Wagon487 • We just activated the Teams Tab on the tournament page ... There are currently (a new tournament record) 115 teams entered for this event as of this post ... Please keep in mind that many team ratings have been temporarily restated to reflect their ratings at the time they earned their TOC bid and will be restored after the TOC concludes ... Good luck everyone!
Jan. 4, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Signs of Getting Old(er)

DCPete ... At the risk of continuing this thread hijack for one more off-topic post, here's why not ... We insist that all SSUSA sanctioned qualifiers be administered under the exact same rule set across all qualifiers all season ... Whether or not scoring turns out to be different, for any variety of reasons, under 0-0 vs. 1-1 count in any given game/tournament, the integrity of the scoring data is immediately suspect ... That potential cannot be allowed to exist or it undermines the entire qualification and rating evaluation system ... Hope this is clear as to what our position continues to be ...
Jan. 4, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: so cal 50's team

YES ... Anybody attaining age 50 on or before 12/31/15 is eligible to play 50+ this Season ... Welcome aboard!
Jan. 3, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: 2015 Tournament sites

The 2015 Tournament Season event listing process takes a bit of time ... We posted the TOC Qualifier events first because we administer them and make all of the arrangements, including the dates ... Here are some other thoughts to keep in mind as the listing evolves ...

• We gave our staff a couple of days off in the past week to 10 days, and some of them expanded that by using their remaining vacation days from 2014, slowing things down a bit;
• There will be events in Elgin, IL (The Windy City) and Indianapolis, IN (Brickyard Invitational) in the general area of the Ohio River, and quite possibly others as we are advised by the TD's who have historically run them ...
• Many independent directors who run events have not yet tied down their dates, or haven't advised us of all details that would allow us to post them to the list; and
• The annual calendar doesn't just instantly materialize ... It's the result of a LOT of planning and arrangements by both the TD's and the SSUSA Home Office ... It's an evolutionary process that takes time ... Not being able to differentiate between when you want something and when you need it can sometimes lead to frustration and/or faulty conclusions ... Patience will likely be rewarded! ...

Happy New Year!


Jan. 2, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Stupid question

Ring AWARD events are those where the winners earn free rings. There are two of those events, the LVSSA/SSUSA World Masters Championships and the Tournament of Champions.
Dec. 30, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: The TOC

Pitcher22 • The upcoming TOC is a 2014 Roster event. Players you may wish to add must have been otherwise eligible as to age, residency and team rating history, and participated in an SSUSA sanctioned event during the 2014 Season to be considered for roster addition for the TOC. For complete roster addition guidelines, please see the TOC Roster Considerations & Rules (PDF) white paper available from the download link on the RULES page of this web site.

Dec. 29, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: The TOC

We'll go ahead and re-visit this annual exercise in TOC criticism once more this year [this is a re-print from February, 2014], and then it goes into the file folder marked "Things to Think About in 2021" ...

• The TOC has a lower entry fee than any of the 20 or so TOC qualifiers where teams earn an invitation to participate ... We hope to break even on this event annually without resorting to an entry fee increase ... Some year we may actually luck out and break even! ...

• We are not going to adversely impact the well-attended Winter Nationals (Ft. Myers) and Winter Worlds (Phoenix) during the first half of November by slotting the TOC in those dates ... Toss in Thanksgiving, and that takes care of November ... December is out because of the Christmas Season ... January makes no sense due to cold weather almost everywhere ...

• We intend to fully honor our side of the 10-year contract with Central Florida Sports Marketing for the TOC to be held in early February in Polk County, FL, through 2021 ... But we do have about six more years to gather data and suggestions for potential change starting in 2022 ...


Dec. 21, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: worlds masters vegas 2014

rtaven - There are temporary rating changes for many teams to get the "proper ratings" in place for the upcoming TOC in February, including the Vacar Stars ... Teams play in the TOC at their rating when they earned their bid to the TOC ... Those teams were temporarily changed back to the rating they will play at in Florida ... After the TOC, the ratings will be reinstated to the proper levels ... This is done only to accommodate the TOC tournament administration for scheduling, pairings and related event-specific items ...

Your Bailey Talent Cavaliers will not be going to the TOC, so this temporary, one-event-only re-rating should be of limited, if any, interest to you unless, of course, we somehow forget to move them back to 70-Major+ after it ends ...


Dec. 21, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: worlds masters vegas 2014

You are missing something: This Message Board post from a couple of hours ago on the same topic ...
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We temporarily adjust ratings for the TOC teams to what the teams were at the time they earned their bid .. Vacar Stars is playing in the TOC as a 70-Major ... The rating has been restored to Major for that tournament only and will revert to 70-Major+ after the TOC ... You might observe that phenomenon for multiple teams that qualified for the TOC at a rating below their actual rating across all ages ...


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