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Jan. 27, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Runner Hit by Batted Ball

Mulewhipper ... ANYTIME does NOT include the circumstance of the base runner being in contact with a base, so that's not really ANYTIME as you incorrectly stated ... The answer given by Duke above is the complete and correct answer ...
Jan. 27, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: You make the call part 643

That's one scenario (so long as the coach doesn't help the runner up) ... Another was a Director having to spend too much time reversing an out call for a runner who slapped a "high five" on the 3B coach on the way by to score the (eventually ruled) winning run in a game! ... The "assist" component is the principal issue in our view ...
Jan. 26, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: You make the call part 643

The SSUSA Rulebook requires (at pages 51-52) an umpire's judgment that the runner was "assisted" by the contact with the coach in order to result in an out call ... While ruling that any contact results in an out is an easier call to make, we believe that incidental contact absent "assistance" is not the intent of our rule ...

9.2 • THE BALL IS IN PLAY
...

V. When, in the umpire’s judgment, a coach touches and physically assists a runner.

EFFECT: A delayed dead ball signal will be given and play shall continue. The touched and assisted runner shall be ruled out and all other subsequent play will be ruled upon accordingly.


Jan. 23, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Playing In a Lower Age Group

It's in this thread (cut and past address into your browser) ...

http://seniorsoftball.com/?messageboard&viewby_thread=108715&message_topic_id=rules
Jan. 23, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS

the answer: We are certainly not prohibiting you from participating in the TOC if you are otherwise eligible to be legally added to a team under the TOC roster composition rules (which are designed to maintain both integrity of rosters and fair competition for all teams). However, it seemed wise to let you know that the number of managers seeking "roster exemption" players after Janmuary 10th has decreased significantly, possibly to zero. If a team is still looking, you have a slim chance, but not simply as a "free agent" seeking to play for anyone.


Jan. 22, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS

The application period for teams to make written requests for adding "Roster Exemption" players for the 2014 Original Tournament of Champions closed on Friday, January 10, 2014 ... The complete rules and procedures "white paper" for TOC roster composition is available from the RULES page of this web site ...


Jan. 21, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Bat policy

Any "new" model bats brought to market after 2013 will be approved for use in SSUSA sanctioned events as soon as BPF=1.21 testing compliance is confirmed by the independent lab and the manufacturer has completed their licensing arrangements with SSUSA ... These items can occur at any time, and the bats will be added to the approved list immediately thereafter ...
Jan. 21, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Bat policy

All bats introduced into the marketplace prior to 2014, and compliant with the BPF 1.21 standard (permanently marked accordingly) are legal for use in SSUSA sanctioned events. This is exactly as stated in the priority message above titled SSUSA PUBLISHES NEW BAT POLICY.

The Dirty, Ambush and Melee met the BPF=1.21 testing specification and timing of manufacture criteria as "pre-2014". They are legal.


Jan. 20, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS 2014 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for the 2014 Original Tournament of Champions in Polk County, 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 the evening before play commences ...

NOTE: Managers who do NOT attend the 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 without Tournament Director approval before team’s first game. 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 and are prohibited from roster additions ...

The Master Games & Fields Grid has 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: 40's & 50's | 55's | 60's | 65's | 70's | 75's & 80's
Women's: All Ages
Complete: All Ages & Divisions (Large file: 39 pages)

Tournament Administration (PDF's)

Master Planning Grid: Master Games & Fields


Jan. 19, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Equalizer runs

Doesn't have to be all that sophisticated from the Director perspective ... The line that's worked best for me over the years has been: "...OK gentlemen, in light of what's going on here, let's just play 7 innings..." ... Works every time, since who could possibly be opposed to playing a complete 7-inning game?
Jan. 19, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Equalizer runs

An alert Tournament/Field Director taking charge and ruling (completely within his/her authority) that stalling is an act of unsportsmanlike conduct, with the penalty being an additional inning (or innings) being played. Very simple, and effective, solution to a potential problem!
Jan. 17, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Equalizer runs

Teams are ALWAYS entitled to their native defensive alignment in any game they play. In SSUSA sanctioned events, that means 11 defensive players for Men's age groups 70+ and older and Women's age groups 50+ and older.

If there is an equalizer involved as you describe, with a 70+ team playing and receiving a 5-run equalizer from a 65+ team, the equalizer is RUNS ONLY, since the 70+ team is already entitled to 11 defensive players. The 11 defensive player alignment is NOT an equalizer for a 70+ (or older) team. The hypothetical match-up you describe would have the 65+ team playing 10 defensive players, and the 70+ team playing 11, plus the equalizer of five runs.


Jan. 17, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Equalizer runs

JBTexas ... The Official SSUSA Rulebook, at page 70, details this limitation on equalizer runs in the case of a shortened game:

14.3(8)SCHEDULING MODIFICATIONS

E. Recommended equalizers for teams in mixed skill and/or age groups: The weaker, or older, team gets a choice of adding five runs to its score OR using an extra defensive player. If there is a difference in rules governing teams in a mixed division, the rules governing the weaker, or older, teams are used. If the weaker team elects to add five runs, then one run will be added to its score in innings two through six. If the game only goes five innings, the weaker team will receive a maximum of four runs.

[emphasis added]


Jan. 17, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Equalizer runs

The "underdog" only gets the run in an inning that is actually played ... Thus, in a five-inning game, they would get four runs ... And, yes a "walk-off" equalizer win happens occasionally ► Sixth inning is the "open" inning; home team receives an equalizer run in the bottom of the sixth; score is tied after the top of the sixth ... GAME OVER and home team wins by one!


Jan. 17, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Equalizer runs

RE-POST CORRECTION: The equalizer rules specify that the 5-Run equalizer is allocated at one run per inning played from innings two through six ... When that allocation rule was changed from the former "all runs in the first inning" approach, we published the chart below by way of explanation ... We believed that it was more fair to spread the equalizer out so as to more closely approximate what the "equivalent equalizer" should be in the case of a game that might be shorter than six or seven innings ... Hope this helps ...



INHOC2 - Thanks for catching my typo!


Jan. 16, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Is Pitching Mask mandatory

Taits and 0 • Skeptical was posting through an ISP address in Jacksonville, FL, owned by Lender Processing Services (aka Black Knight Financial Services) ... Since we don't believe in wild coincidences, the posting style and attitude got our curiosity up and we looked into it a bit ... The firm that owns the ISP address also has another office in Solon, OH, approximately 10 miles from Shaker Heights, OH ... Yep, you guessed it (and so did we), the (former?) home of Dirty/Gary19/Skeptical ...

Checking his Message Board registration revealed that he used his real name in the email address provided to authenticate his sign-up ... Accordingly, his posting privileges have been suspended indefinitely under this username as well ... We apologize for any inconvenience/annoyance that may have resulted ...


Jan. 16, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS 2014 • Tentative Field Assignments

FIELD ASSIGNMENTS REVISION • The Participating Teams list for the 2014 Original Tournament of Champions is now confirmed at 99 teams ... Accordingly, and to ensure all teams having adequate time to get to the Champions Banquet on Friday, we have made a revision to the field assignments affecting two divisions ... The following changes were made:

MEN'S 50-MAJOR • Playing at the Diamondplex in Winter Haven (changed from Loyce Harpe Park)
MEN'S 55-MAJOR • Playing at Loyce Harpe Park in Lakeland (changed from the Diamondplex)

The former TENTATIVE Field Assignments, as revised above, may now be regarded as FINAL ... Good luck everyone!


Jan. 14, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Is Pitching Mask mandatory

Kevin ... Agreed, which is why I referenced NOCSAE for the helmet only ... We are aware they do not test face masks ...

"...If you decide on a helmet, we would suggest one that is NOCSAE (National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment) certified..."


Jan. 14, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Is Pitching Mask mandatory

Skeptical: Under your analysis, you must be opposed to mandatory wearing of a seat belt when driving, even though it's the prudent thing to do, right?

JDub: We're pretty sure that face masks don't have a BPF rating ... Helmets, although also prudent, are recommended, but not required ... If you decide on a helmet, we would suggest one that is NOCSAE (National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment) certified.

upitchone: We're not going to have any mask for you, since YOU are the one that's going to provide your own should you choose to pitch in an SSUSA sanctioned event ... We have no preference on which brand name you might acquire.

Just to be clear on this, the sole motivating factor for the recent Rules Committee decision on face masks arose from a single incident at the Cal Cup last summer ... A player wearing a mask was hit in the face by a batted ball ... He was injured, for sure, but the severity of his injuries would have been much greater absent the mask ... It was a simple, and obvious, rules change ... No grand Oliver Stone conspiracy ... No insurance company or legal professional input ... Just simple common sense (which truly isn't all that common!)

This could find its way back onto the Rules Committee agenda next December, but until then face masks are a component of mandatory equipment for pitchers in SSUSA sanctioned events this season.


Jan. 14, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: where are all the pitchers

@DOLFAN - "Lines are in" ... In the unlikely event an umpire at an SSUSA sanctioned event might have a differing interpretation, please ask for the Field Director to clarify before the next pitch (after which your appeal rights would expire)
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