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Nov. 6, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Winter Nationals, any bat sellers there?

The Winter Nationals is a Dudley Sports exclusive sponsorship ... Dudley will have representatives available, and has had them present in Session #1, but other retailers (including parking lot independent trunk/pick-up truck sellers) are excluded from this event ...
Nov. 5, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: WINTER NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS 2014 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

NORTHWEST COMPLEX • Flooded Field #5 (Tuesday night sprinkler failure) has required a revision to the Wednesday bracket schedules for the 65-Platinum and 70-AAA Divisions ... All changes have been posted online, as well as the revisions to the Master Planning Grid ... We apologize for any inconveniences ...


Nov. 4, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Team move-ups

LeeLee ... We checked ... It was a six-team bracket, but the tournament was shortened by adverse weather, eventually concluding in two days of 1-pitch format ... SSUSA did not raise any of the ISA 2013 Champions, based on the non-standard format for the tournament ...
Nov. 4, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Team move-ups

check8 ... Please re-read the post on RATINGS GUIDELINES ... Kinnco did NOT fit category 1. (without checking, they were likely category 3. by winning a Best 2 of 3)
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• Here are the guidelines for teams winning the LVSSA/SSUSA World Masters Championships, the ISA Senior Worlds, the SPA National Championships:
1. Teams winning in a division of 6 or more teams and may not appeal their rating increase ...
2. Teams winning in a division of 3-5 teams and may appeal their rating increase after playing in three (3) tournaments ...
3. Teams winning in a division of 2 teams will not be moved up ...

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There's an interesting theory we've heard from time to time that seems to have some merit: "If teams would spend only, say, 10% as much time worrying about their own team as they do other teams, they would have a better ball club ...


Nov. 3, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Team move-ups

YES ... There are ONLY three ...
1. SPA World Championships in Dalton
2. LVSSA/SSUSA World Masters Championships in Las Vegas
3. ISA Senior Worlds in Columbus, IN


Nov. 3, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: WINTER NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS 2014 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for SESSION #2 of the 2014 Winter National Championships in Ft. Myers, Cape Coral and Naples, FL, have been posted and are available from the links below and on the event's Tournament Page ... As always, these DRAFT schedules are subject to change and become final ONLY when released as "OFFICIAL" at the Manager's meeting before play commences ... The caveats mentioned above for Session #1 apply here as well ... Good luck everyone! ...

Changes to the TENTATIVE Field Assignments

• NONE

DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets (PDF's)

• Men's: 50's | 55's | 60's

• Complete: All Ages & Divisions (Large file: 37 pages)


Nov. 2, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Phoenix world - need field assignments

Field assignments for Phoenix are on hold at least through Tuesday ... The event "blew up", in a good way, this year, expanding from a tournament record 150 or so last year to about 180 this year before we cut off entries early at 175 and started a "wait list" mid-day Friday ... Efforts are underway today (Sunday) to procure more fields at Big League Dreams (8 fields on Friday only) and possibly another complex in Phoenix (won't know until they open for business Monday) so that we can clear the wait list teams and get everyone into the tournament ... Based on the success of those efforts, we should be in a position to make some TENTATIVE assignments by mid-week ...

Daffster: You're one of the multitude of anonymous posters here, so it's impossible to provide you with any even halfway relevant information without knowing your Session, age group or division ... But we would have suggested, if it weren't already eight days past the hotel block window when you posted, that you should have booked into the Raddison Phoenix Airport headquarters hotel, which is very convenient to Papago and Mountain Vista, reasonably freeway convenient to Cesar Chavez and Desert West, but a bit less so for Rose Mofford ... Your odds of catching one of those would have been 80% from that hotel ...


Oct. 31, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Schedule Conflict

Noted and fixed ... Similar issues were also fixed affecting the 65-AAA and the 70-AAA ... I should have waited until the "ace proofing lady" Tiffany got here this morning after being out of the office yesterday! ... Thanks for the input; it's always nice to have all of these "extra eyes" on things!
Oct. 31, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: WINTER NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS 2014 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for SESSION #1 of the 2014 Winter National Championships in Ft. Myers and Cape Coral, FL, 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 for this session has also been posted ... Good luck to all!

Changes to the TENTATIVE Field Assignments

• 65/70-PLATINUM - Moved to Northwest Softball Complex in Cape Coral
• 65-AA - Moved to Lee County Softball Complex in Ft. Myers
• 70-AA - Moved to Lee County Softball Complex in Ft. Myers

DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets (PDF's)

• Men's: 65's | 70's | 75's, 80's & 85's

Tournament Administration (PDF's)

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


Oct. 30, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Team move-ups

Just for entertainment value, here are a couple of random facts to balance the presentation a bit for those who may be interested in that concept:

• The National Ratings Advisory Board is comprised of members from AZ, CA (NorCal and SoCal), FL, IL, MN, MO, NJ, TX and WA, representing a very broad geographic coverage ...
• Our scoring database thoroughly analyzes and presents, on a three year rolling basis, team results (W-L) and scoring inside/outside of rating level, inside/outside of age level and performance in seeding games as opposed to bracket games (and the overall tournament) ...


Oct. 30, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 2014 Worlds - Best of the Best - 1038 action shots

Yes it does (at least for our computers here)
Oct. 30, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Team move-ups

VERY GOOD ANSWER: Because ISA is an affiliated entity with SSUSA ... One of the co-owners of SSUSA (Bill Ruth) is the majority owner of ISA ... That is not the case with SPA ... The Original TOC invites only its own major event Champions and those of affiliated entities ... We also invite champions from some of the International associations, like SPN from Canada, for example ...
Oct. 29, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Team move-ups

We just made a fundamental terminology error by using the word "No" instead of "Very seldom"! ... When a person uses an absolute term, like "every", "always", "never", etc., there will usually be an exception ... Paul's team is NOT that exception, since our data was reflective of their performance throughout the entire season, not just one event ...

Teams ARE moved up based on performance throughout the season and, simply as a function of the calendar, those moves normally follow the completion of a tournament somewhere ... We will also, on rare occasions, move a team up OR down after just one event when they are a new team that has defaulted to AAA as a starting point, but they obviously are in the wrong rating level ...


Oct. 29, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: field locations for Phoenix tournament

JDub ... They (50's & 55's) are on separate weekends at Las Vegas, but not in Phoenix for the Winter Worlds, which only run one weekend ...
Oct. 29, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Team move-ups

Paul0784 • No teams (except the Champions at the SPA Worlds, the LVSSA/SSUSA World Masters and the ISA Senior Worlds) get moved up on the basis of only one tournament ... However, those types of tournaments, with a large number of teams present (33 in your Division), yield an excellent measure of performance to evaluate relative strength within the Division ... In the case of your team, it met the initial criteria for consideration of a ratings adjustment based on the entire season's statistical data alone ... Further subjective analysis supports, in the view of the National Ratings Committee and its Advisory Board, the initial indication from that data ...
Oct. 28, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Team move-ups

We would say: That "scoring data set" would trigger a closer look at the team by the National Ratings Committee and its Advisory Board ... That look would include an overall view of the team's performance, and would include subjective analysis to supplement the raw dayta ... Some of the relevant factors might be, did the team play in the World Masters Championships in a large bracket, of say more than 30 teams? ... Did they do well in that bracket, even though they didn't win, like, say, finishing second in the "If" game? ... Did they play well in the USA National Championship game, maybe even winning it? ... How many teams, other than the (automatic move-up) winner are justified in being moved up from that bracket? ... All of those factors, as well as an evaluation of how well they should be expected to perform at the next level, would also be considered ... It's a very thorough process ...


Oct. 28, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: field locations for Phoenix tournament

Shortly after the entry deadline of 5:00 PM PDT on Friday, October 31st ... SESSION #1 (40's, 50's & 60's) will be scheduled using Cesar Chavez, Desert West, Mountain Vista, Papago and Rose Mofford ... SESSION #2 (65's, 70's & 80's) will likely be using only Papago and Rose Mofford ...
Oct. 28, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: tournament locations for the upcoming 2015 season

The 2015 Season Tournament schedule is currently in development and will be posted here as dates/locations are confirmed ... Check the TOURNAMENT Page periodically for the latest information ...
Oct. 27, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Player rating

That change in the fact pattern, which was NOT what was originally defined in your hypothetical, MAY change the allowable options for both the player and the teams ... Please call George at the SSUSA office and make the specific inquiry, including the player and team names in question so he can give you a definitive, and binding, answer ...
Oct. 27, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Player rating

Norcalviejo: YES ... We do not rate players, but a player who has 60-Major team history experience IS ALLOWED to play 55-AAA, if he is otherwise eligible as to residency and player-release status because both team rating level index numbers = 6 ... That player does NOT constitute being an "out of rating" player on the destination team's roster ...
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