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Sept. 16, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: LVSSA/SSUSA WORLD MASTERS CHAMPIONSHIPS 2014 • DRAFT Game Schedule & Brackets

SESSION #1 REVISIONS
• 40-MAJOR PLUS -
1. Minor changes to Friday round robin seeding games schedule to resolve game conflicts ...

• 50-MAJOR -
1. Team names corrected in master team listing for Seeding game schedules (Team #28 previously omitted) ...
2. Game time typo at Bracket game #50 changed from 4:30 AM to 4:30 PM ...

• 50-AAA -
1. Bracket logic error involving the four losers of the Winner's Bracket semi-final games in each Division fixed ...
2. We initially had both Top Gun 50-AAA teams in the same bracket pod ... To guarantee they cannot play each other until Sunday, we have reassigned Top Gun Thunder (CA) to the American Division based at Shadow Rock and Twelve Gauge (CA) to the National Division based at Lorenzi to balance the number of California teams in each Division ...


Sept. 16, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Fairness in Ratings

Because ... The ONLY automatic rating increase for ANY team, other than Major+, results from winning either [1] the LVSSA/SSUSA World Masters Championships, [2] the SPA World Championships or [3] the ISA Senior World Series ... ALL other rating changes are based upon performance criteria review or the granting of a properly and formally submitted Rating Appeal ... The single most common public misconception is, undoubtedly, the mistaken belief that winning any TOC Qualifier, or the TOC itself, results in an automatic rating increase ... It does NOT ...

Oh, and the matter chico senior refers to remains a confidential matter raised by an anonymous poster ...


Sept. 16, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Fairness in Ratings

Because team rating issues are are handled confidentially in the Home Office and not publicly in a virtually unregulated, anonymous (including you) comment environment like a message board ...
Sept. 15, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Vegas - Session 1

We're not ...
Sept. 14, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: RENTAL CAR PRICES FOR WORLDS 9/28-10/2

Gary ... That's why we book all of the Staff cars as mentioned above off-site with Budget ... We're getting about 15 cars in a fleet deal, and the savings are more than $100 per car in airport fees, even net of the $25 +/- cab ride to the place ...
Sept. 14, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: hip replacement

Bella911 ... It's OK, in fact it's advisable, to post follow-up comments in the original thread you started ... We did it for you this time ...
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Sept. 14, 2014 - Bella911 - 2 posts - Hip replacement • Thanks JD and Jack Rabbit, your feed back gave me encouragement. The Dr. doesn't recommend softball as they consider it a high impact sport. I am currently on shots but want to get this done and start rehab all winter. If anyone has more information let me know. Thanks again.
Bella911


Sept. 14, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: LVSSA/SSUSA WORLD MASTERS CHAMPIONSHIPS 2014 • DRAFT Game Schedule & Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for SESSION #1 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 ... 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!

DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets (PDF's)

• Men's: 40-Masters | 50's
• Women's: 40-Masters | 50's

Tournament Administration (PDF's)

• Master Planning Grid: Session #1
• Participating Teams Lists: Session #1 | Session #2 | Session #3


Sept. 13, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Vegas-Session 2

NO • The schedule will be drafted for a 4:30 PM exit strategy due to Local League play ... Game times will be in 1:30 hour blocks from 7:30 AM through 3:00 PM last game starts ... Bracket overflow games, if any, will be at the Russell Road Softball Complex under the same schedule ...
Sept. 12, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Lorenzi Park-Vegas

YES ... Lots of space in the grass area outside of Field #3
Sept. 12, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Sunset Park-Vegas

YES ... It was finished just a couple of weeks after last year's World Masters Championships ... Also regarding Sunset, we will be using six (6) fields there, and local leagues have NOT been scheduled on Fields #12-13, which will relieve some of the time pressures we had last year in having to be concluded so early in the day ...
Sept. 12, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Schedule for games..... 40 plus masters?

We're a few days away from publishing the Session #1 schedules ... DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets are posted on this website within a few minutes of passing technical review and being approved ... Calls to the SSUSA Home Office to inquire as to their availability actually delays their release because of the time required to respond to the inquiry ...

The Master Plan for Session #1 (203 teams) is almost complete, and the 40-Masters Men will play where originally published in the TENTATIVE Field Assignments:

• 40-Major+ (10 teams) at Sunset Park with seeding play on Friday beginning at 7:30 AM ...
• 40-Majors (32) at Desert Breeze (20) and Sunset Park (12) for seeding play on Friday beginning at 7:30 AM ... All teams will play one bracket game at Desert Breeze on Friday with four rounds of games starting at 3:30 PM ...
• 40-AAA (10) at Hemmenway Park in Boulder City with seeding play on Friday beginning at 9:00 AM

General Rule on travel is to make your arrangements as though you will be playing in the first game of the day on Friday, normally at 7:30 or 8:00 AM, and that you will be fortunate enough to win the "If" game on Sunday, which is typically scheduled at 3:30 PM, but occasionally runs a bit late on Championship Sunday ...


Sept. 11, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: LVSSA/SSUSA WORLD MASTERS CHAMPIONSHIPS 2014 • Preliminary Team Lists

The Participating Teams Tab on the Tournament Page has been activated ... It's currently at 500 teams at the time of this post, which is 20 ahead of last year's tournament record of 480 teams ... Good luck everyone! ...
Sept. 11, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: LVSSA/SSUSA WORLD MASTERS CHAMPIONSHIPS 2014 • Preliminary Team Lists

SESSION #3 (Men's 55+ and 60+) • The link below is to the Preliminary Participating Teams List as of 10:00 AM, Thursday, September 11th for SESSION #3 of the 2014 LVSSA/SSUSA World Masters Championships in Las Vegas, presented by age group and by division ... The entry deadline is FIRM at the close of business on Friday, September 12th at 5:00 PM PDT ...

If your team is planning on attending and is NOT on this list, please contact the SSUSA Home Office at (916) 326.5303 IMMEDIATELY ... The DRAFT Schedule preparation process will commence right after the deadline and teams that are not officially entered by then will not be included in the schedules ...

Participating Teams: SESSION #3


Sept. 11, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Vegas - Session 1

The rating change for West Coast AfterShock (and for all other teams that are changed, up or down) was completely consistent with the criteria described in the last priority message board post above titled TEAM RATINGS • Guidelines & Procedures ... Please review that post for any additional clarification ...
Sept. 9, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Teams splitting after Vegas

If six (6) or more players from the former team matriculate to the next age group, they take their former rating with them ... If there are five (5) or less players remaining, on either side of the age line, the team(s) are considered "new" teams, and their rating will be based on the experience history of those remaining players, as potentially affected by the experience histories (or lack thereof) of new players who fill out the team(s) respective rosters ...

If you have a specific team in mind, please contact George in the SSUSA Home Office AFTER THE WORLD MASTERS at (916) 326.5303 or by email to george@seniorsoftball.com ...


Sept. 9, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Vegas - Session 1

The advisors have significant input that often sways the close calls, but they do not (and likely will not) have a formal vote on the National Ratings Committee ... As for the current World Masters 2014 participation in the AA Divisions for ages 50+ through 65+, Texas has the MOST teams rated AA in three of those four divisions ... The exception is 65-AA, where California has the most ... We do NOT believe that AA rated teams are "rec. teams", and never have taken that position ... But we do find it curious that you appear to advocate us moving down otherwise qualified AAA teams so that the AA numbers would look better to you ... Doing so would not be in your best competitive interests as a AA team ...


Sept. 9, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: You Make The Call

stick8 ... As you wrote the hypothetical, the answer is NO ... See last sentence of the rule below ...

§8.2 • BATTER BECOMES A BATTER-RUNNER (Page 42)
B. When four pitched balls have been called by the umpire. The batter-runner is awarded one base without liability to be put out. EFFECT: The ball is dead and runners may not advance unless forced. If the pitcher desires to intentionally walk a batter, he may do so by notifying the plate umpire who shall award the batter first base. If two batters are to be walked intentionally, the second intentional walk may not be administered until the first batter reaches first base. NOTE: If the umpire mistakenly allows two walks at one time and the first batter fails to touch first base, no appeal will be honored on the first batter, because an intentional walk constitutes a pitch to the succeeding batter that nullifies any appeal.

If the appeal is made BEFORE the second batter to be walked gets in the box and then is sent to 1st base, the answer is yes ... It's all about timing B94 ...


Sept. 9, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Vegas - Session 1

JohnT ... Excess HR's for AA teams have always been DBO's, and for AAA teams have been DBO's for several years ... The most recent HR rule change just extended DBO's to Major and Major+ ... Interestingly, the 40-Masters Division has played absolute HR maximums with DBO's thereafter, without a single complaint, since the inception of the 40-Masters program around 15 years ago ...
Sept. 9, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: You Make The Call

YES • This is not a force play, since the runner is no longer required to advance to 2nd base when the line drive was caught ... It's a common misconception that a runner put out by a tag on the way back to a base, or having the throw beat him back to the bag (Live Ball Appeal) for the out, is a force out ... It is not, therefore the run being scored or not is a timing play with respect to the moment he crossed the scoring line as compared to the moment when the base runner was retired ...
Sept. 9, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Associations
Discussion: Major Plus

This initial post is rather dated, but for grayhitter59: cutty is simply a player with Major+ team experience history, which determines his eligibility for playing on lower rated teams ... We do not rate players, only teams ... The restrictions are in place for competitive reasons and to protect the lower rated divisions ...
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