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June 2, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Correct Call???

The double first base is to be used on an assigned basis by the defense (WHITE portion) and the batter-runner (ORANGE portion) when there is a play at first base as discussed previously in this thread ... Once the batter-runner ceases to be a batter-runner and is only a base runner, the double first base is "merged" for purposes of any subsequent play ... That means that the defender AND the base runner may use either portion of the double bag as though it were a single bag like at second or third base ...

In your version of the hypothetical circumstances, the umpires should have interpreted the rule as written (which is true for all rules, by the way) ... They erred by creating a non-existent obligation for the defender to use only the white portion ... On a related point, your manager also erred by not protesting the call/interpretation immediately and seeking a ruling by the Field Director ... This would have been easily and quickly resolved in your favor had he possessed the presence of mind to have done so ...


June 2, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Correct Call???

The intent of the rule is clear to the Rules Committee: The white bag is fine for the batter-runner so long as there no play at first base on that batter-runner ... Our interpretation is that such a play must involve the defensive player (presumably the first baseman) receiving a throw at first or fielding a grounder and racing to the bag for the putout ... Based on the hypothetical situation described in the first post of this thread, the umpire erred in his call involving the batter-runner ...
May 30, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Trump Softballs

The softballs being used in Reno are IDENTICAL to the softballs used in Las Vegas in April ... Next question? ...
May 26, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: ROCK 'n RENO CHALLENGE CUP 2014 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

RESTORED 55-MAJOR & SESSION #1 SCORES • The MEN'S 55-MAJOR Division DRAFT schedules and brackets have been restored to reflect the re-entry of the Four Seasons/Wilkins/Weitzel (OR) team and are now available online ... SESSION #1 Scores and Bracket Results are available from the links above for those schedule sets ... Good luck everyone!


May 24, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: ROCK 'n RENO CHALLENGE CUP 2014 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

NEVER MIND! ... The previous post (now gone) in this thread has been deleted ... The 55-Major revision is no longer necessary because Four Seasons/Wilkins/Weitzel (OR) has reversed their Friday withdrawal from the tournament and WILL BE in Reno ... DRAFT schedules from the previous version will be re-posted on Sunday or Monday ... Our apologies for any inconveniences ...


May 23, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: SPA drops the ball.

Harri ... Hotel rooms booked at the (Tournament Headquarters) Sands Regency Hotel through the SSUSA block this coming week (your age group) for the Rock 'n Reno Challenge Cup are $39 per night (plus applicable taxes) ... That seems reasonable to us in negotiating that rate for the players ... "Frugal" is a good thing ... "Cheap" is maybe not so good ... We still hope you find some recourse with your no-service discounter ... Good luck!
May 22, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: SPA drops the ball.

Although we have no opinion of another association's decision to cancel an event, we do have an opinion regarding making your hotel accommodations through no-service discounters ... For our tournaments, we strongly encourage booking through SSUSA Headquarter and Host Hotel blocks because you have the resources of the SSUSA office staff available to you should something happen that causes either the tournament to be changed/canceled or maybe your team to not be able to attend ...

It happens in almost every major SSUSA event, where someone calls us with a problem, and (usually) Fran picks up the phone, calls the hotel, and your problem goes away very quickly ... While the priceline.com and similar booking arrangements seem attractive on their face, the value you forfeit comes when there's something you would like changed, where they usually (always?) act as though you never existed ... Good luck on this one ...


May 21, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: ROCK 'n RENO CHALLENGE CUP 2014 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

SESSION #2 REVISIONS • There have been revisions at Shadow Mountain in SESSION #2 to reflect the late withdrawal of an 80-AAA team (Scrap Iron Gray Berets) ... Changes affect:

• 75-GOLD and 70-MAJOR - Round robin seeding game schedules for BOTH of these divisions were significantly revised to accommodate the changes required in the structure of the 80-AAA division ... There are nominal changes in the 75-AAA and 70-AA brackets on Thursday, but bracket play Wednesday was unaffected ...

• 80-AAA - A complete revision of the Round Robin seeding game schedule was required to reflect the reduction from six to five teams ... Bracket still commences (with one game) Tuesday afternoon, and Wednesday bracket game times remain unchanged ...

Please re-confirm your game times from the schedule set revision of 05/21/2014 and discard any prior versions you may have downloaded and printed ...

All of the above referenced changes are reflected in the online schedule sets ... The Official Program for this session has already gone to press and will, accordingly, not have the most up-to-date versions ... Please consult the on-site bracket boards for the OFFICIAL schedules ... Thank you and Good Luck to everyone! ...


May 20, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: ROCK 'n RENO CHALLENGE CUP 2014 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

SESSION #1 REVISIONS • Due to the late withdrawal of a 60-Major team (Nor-Cal Storm), revisions were required to the Session #1 DRAFT schedules as follows:

• MEN 60-MAJOR - Revised to reduce from 10 to nine teams ... Affects ALL teams seeding games on Friday at Rancho San Rafael ... Game times also revised for a later start for the facility at 9:00 AM ... Bracket changes affecting Saturday play at Golden Eagle ...
• WOMEN 40-MASTERS - Changes to 60-Major affects ALL Women 40-Masters teams seeding games on Friday at Rancho San Rafael ... Game times also revised for a later start for the facility at 9:00 AM ...
• MEN 40-MASTERS - Nominal changes to 40-Major Three-Game-Guarantee bracket for Saturday (only) ... Two originally scheduled 9:30 AM bracket games were moved to 11:00 AM to accommodate required changes in 60-Major bracket ...

Please disregard any previously published DRAFT schedules dated prior to this Revision: 05/20/2014 ... These recent changes are reflected currently on the web site DRAFT schedule sets ... We apologize for any inconveniences, and good luck to everyone! ...


May 19, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: ROCK 'n RENO CHALLENGE CUP 2014 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

SESSION #2 & #3 REVISIONS • There have been revisions in SESSION #2 to reflect the late withdrawal of a 65-AAA team (Mustangs), reducing the division from 20 teams to 19 ... Changes affect:

• 65-AAA - Round robin seeding games on Tuesday morning for several teams have been changed ... Please re-confirm your game times from the schedule set revision of 05/19/2014 and discard any prior versions you may have downloaded and printed ... Other changes were made to the brackets, but those are largely irrelevant until seeding is complete ...
• 70-MAJOR+ and 75-MAJOR - Nominal changes were made in bracket play on Wednesday at Golden Eagle for each of these divisions, for the 2:00 PM bracket games only ...

• There were also nominal changes in the brackets (only) for the 50-MAJOR and 50-AAA at Centennial Park for later games on Saturday afternoon/evening in both divisions and all games in the 50-Major bracket on Sunday in order to end earlier ...

All of the above referenced changes are reflected in the online schedule sets ... The Official Program for each session has already gone to press and will, accordingly, not have the most up-to-date versions ... Please consult the on-site bracket boards for the OFFICIAL schedules ... Thank you and Good Luck to everyone! ...


May 19, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Rain and tournaments

stick8 ... The fields for the 2014 Atlantic Coast Championships were provided on a non-fee basis (complimentary) this year by Loudoun County as part of the overall tournament contract ... Accordingly, there is no field rental cost to be refunded to SSUSA ...
May 19, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Rain and tournaments

Duane ... The SSUSA policy is to not postpone or reschedule a tournament based on weather forecasts, but rather to make all PLAY/NO-PLAY decisions at the fields of play at game time ... Such a NO-PLAY decision was made on-site Friday morning at 6:15 AM EDT, at which time the tournament recovery plan was commenced ... Our view, from 3,000 miles away, is that the on-site Directors did an exceptional job in bringing this tournament off despite losing a full day ... Here's some additional information on point from the Official SSUSA Rulebook ...

11.1(2) • TOURNAMENT TERMINATED
If, in the opinion of the director(s), a senior softball tournament must be terminated prior to its conclusion because of adverse weather or other Acts of God, the tournament will not be postponed beyond its ending date. Should this unlikely event occur, refunds will be made at the discretion of the SSWC executive board. In no event will refunds be made after two games have been played. There is no guarantee of any refund. Participants must realize that nobody can control weather or other Acts of God.

Emphasis added


May 18, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Reno time for Champonship games

We're not going to give the full explanation here on schedule theory, but the simple goal is to take as many teams as reasonable into Sunday, based on the size of the brackets ... The teams commit to a three-day tournament, and it is our desire to allow as many of them as possible to play all three days ... Optimally, that means six or eight teams make it to Championship Day ... We're unsure why you single out Rock 'n Reno, since this is the same schedule theory employed in all of the T.O.C. qualifier events we administer ... In any event, here are a few more thoughts on topic:

• The 50-Major+ and 55-Major+ are scheduled for 12:30 PM Championships and 2:00 PM "If" games only conceptually ... The Major+ divisions play seven (7) runs per half-inning at bat and are guaranteed (like all other divisions) a full 7-innings for those last two games ... They are never on time on Championship Day, and will likely finish at about the same time as those scheduled for 2:00 PM and 3:30 PM, respectively;
• Field availability plays into this ... At Carson City, there are four fields and two divisions, which means we can schedule "three-deep" on fields #5 and #6 Sunday morning, allowing us to take all eight 50-Major teams and eight of the 14 50-AAA to Championship Sunday, instead of the normal six teams ... That is not always the case when we have to get into "single file" with multiple divisions, for example, at Golden Eagle on the last weekend; and
• We have a section in EVERY tournament Official Program we publish, and this has been posted from tiime to time on the web site under the heading "Some Things to Remember" The very first item listed is:

TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS

"When making your travel arrangements for any tournament, please make them under the presumption that you will be playing in the first game on the first day, typically 8:00 AM, and also playing in the “If Needed” game, typically 3:30 PM, on the last day..."

The scheduling for Rock 'n Reno, and for all other T.O.C. qualifier events we administer, is consistent with this policy ... Good luck (and do your best to be the unbeaten team that wins the Championship Game and has no need for an "If" Game!)


May 17, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: EXTRA INNINGS

Neither of these hypothetical situations are going to be found in the SSUSA Official Rulebook, so common sense (which usually isn't all that common) should prevail ...

HYPO #1: Offense forfeits the runner, but is not assessed an out ... Any other approach would create unnecessary speculation/debate over what "would have happened" with the runner on 2nd when the single was hit ... HYPO #2: Umpire calls time and the proper runner is placed on 2nd base, under a "no harm-no foul" approach, to correct the oversight ...

In EITHER hypothetical, suggest asking the tournament director if (s)he briefed the umpires before the start on the application of the International Tie-Breaker Rule, and possibly ask why both managers missed it, too ...


May 16, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Atlantic Coast Championships

ATLANTIC COAST RECOVERY PLAN • Revisions for the weekend have been posted to reflect the effects of the Friday cancellation of play due to weather ... The links from the tournament page have been updated for the revisions ...

In divisions that had seeding play Friday, brackets will be filled by blind draw Friday and commence on Saturday ... For divisions that were to begin bracket play on Friday, those games have been rolled over to early Saturday ... The Women's 40-Masters division has been changed from a 5-game to a 4-game guarantee as a result of the weather effects Friday and the withdrawal of the Motown Magic club ... The Men's 60-AA will now play a Three-game-guarantee championship series, and NOT a Best 2 of 3 as originally contemplated ...

Good luck everyone!


May 16, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: ATLANTIC COAST CHAMPIONSHIPS 2014 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

ATLANTIC COAST RECOVERY PLAN • Revisions for the weekend have been posted to reflect the effects of the Friday cancellation of play due to weather ... The links above and from the tournament page have been updated for the revisions ...

In divisions that had seeding play Friday, brackets will be filled by blind draw Friday and commence on Saturday ... For divisions that were to begin bracket play on Friday, those games have been rolled over to early Saturday ...

The Women's 40-Masters division has been changed from a 5-game to a 4-game guarantee as a result of the weather effects Friday and the withdrawal of the Motown Magic club ... The Men's 60-AA will now play a Three-game-guarantee championship series, and NOT a Best 2 of 3 as originally contemplated ...

Good luck everyone!


May 15, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: ATLANTIC COAST CHAMPIONSHIPS 2014 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

MEN'S 55/60-GOLD REVISION • Due to the late (Thursday) withdrawal of the Metro Hitmen (NJ), revisions were required to reflect their absence ... Changes are nominal (in our view) and have been posted online ... Good luck to everyone and we apologize for any inconveniences they may have caused ...


May 15, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: ROCK 'n RENO CHALLENGE CUP 2014 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

MEN'S 40-MASTERS REVISION • A team (Central Valley Elite 40'z) has withdrawn from the tournament due to a death in the family ... Revisions were required to reflect their absence ... There are TWO teams [N.T.O. and Rancid/Miken Sports] that will now play one game slot EARLIER than as originally scheduled ... Their first games will be at 12:30 PM rather than 2:00 PM ... Revisions have been posted online with an effective date of 05/15/2014 ... We apologize for any inconveniences, which were entirely outside of anyone's control ... Good luck!


May 15, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: registering team

Call the Sacramento Home Office at (916) 326.5303 and ask for assistance ... Just about anyone who answers the phone will be able to walk you through it ...
May 15, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: ROCK 'n RENO CHALLENGE CUP 2014 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for SESSIONS #2 AND #3 of the 2014 Rock 'n Reno Challenge Cup in Reno, Sparks and Carson City, NV, have been posted and are available from the links below and on the event's Tournament Page ... The caveats published above for SESSION #1 apply here as well ...

The Master Games & Fields Grid and Participating Teams List have been posted and the Participating Teams Tab on the Tournament Page has been activated ... Good luck to all!

DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets (PDF's)

• Men's: 50's | 55's | 65's | 70's | 75's and 80's

• Complete: All Ages & Divisions (Large File: 59 pages)

Tournament Administration (PDF's)

• Participating Teams List: Rock 'n Reno 2014


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