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Aug. 16, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: NORTHERN CHAMPIONSHIPS 2014 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for the 2014 Northern Championships on Lansing, MI, 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 and the Participating Teams List have also been posted ... Good luck to all!

DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets (PDF's)

• Men's: 50's | 55's | 60's | 65's, 70's & 75's

• Complete: All Ages & Divisions (Large file: 14 pages)

Tournament Administration (PDF's)

• Master Plan: Master Fields & Games Grid
• Participating Teams: Northern's 2014


Aug. 16, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: East vs West National Championship game

Bracket size criteria for awarding the #1 and #2 seeds based on USA National Championship games applies to brackets of five (5) or more teams at the LVSSA/SSUSA World Masters Championships in Las Vegas, not the bracket sizes at the Eastern and/or Western Championships ... Teams playing "out of region" in either the Eastern's or the Western's are ineligible for the USA National Championship games to prevent teams from potentially gaining an unfair seeding advantage in Las Vegas by picking which "National" event, with the lesser number of teams, to enter ...

In 2013, Fairway Ford 80's (CA) went East and, in 2014, Pope Transport (WI) went West solely to compete in larger, not smaller brackets, and won those events ... Neither of those teams sought an unfair advantage for Las Vegas, but the policy is in place to prevent some other future team from maybe not being so honorable ... In both 2013 and 2014, the Managers of the teams playing "out of region" were advised of this policy in advance of entering the events ...


Aug. 14, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: East vs West National Championship game

The USA National Championship games are staged betweeen the winners in each age/division of the Eastern and Western National Championship tournaments, those recently concluded in Raleigh, NC, and Sacramento & Placer Counties, CA ... Any team officially located East of the Mississippi River, whether they are from the 'midwest' or 'south' or other general area of that half of the country, may compete in the Eastern Nationals to seek such a berth ... The same is true for teams officially located west of the Mississippi River, such as in the 'southwest' or 'northwest', as it relates to seeking a berth to represent the West in the USA National Championship games ...


Aug. 14, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: USA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES • LVSSA/SSUSA World Masters Championships 2014

USA NATIONAL GAMES UPDATE – The USA National Championship Games are played during the seeding rounds of the LVSSA/SSUSA World Masters Championships (WMC) in Las Vegas.

WHO – The Champions in each age group and division from the Eastern and Western National Championships earn a berth in the USA National Championship games. Should an Eastern or Western champion not be attending the WMC, the invitation will be extended to the runner-up in their division. If neither the champion nor runner-up is attending, there will not be a USA National game in that division. If only one eligible team is attending the WMC, that team will receive the USA National Championship awards for the division. [The eligible teams list, available from the link below, is being updated as teams confirm whether or not they will be attending the WMC.]

• USA National Games: Qualified Teams 2014

WHEN – For the first and third sessions, those played over three days and usually having only two seeding round games, the USA National Championship games will generally occur as the second game scheduled for the participating teams. For the second session, played over four days, the USA National Championship games will generally occur on Tuesday, the second day of the session.

FORMAT – Games will be regulation games, not subject to time limit, and will play a full seven innings.

WHAT’S AT STAKE –

• Winners of USA National games are the only teams eligible to win the Triple Grand Slam in their division. NOTE: The Triple Grand Slam is achieved by winning their division at either the Eastern or Western National Championships, winning the USA National game and winning their bracket at the WMC. Teams must win at least two of those three in actual competition. Teams that had no opponent in either the Eastern or Western Championships, AND had no opponent for a USA National game, are not eligible for the Triple Grand Slam.

• The winner of each USA National game, in divisions having five (5) or more teams, earns the #1 Seed for bracket play, and the loser earns the #2 Seed. There are two reasons for this: The USA National games are pre-determined and not part of the randomly generated seeding play; and, they are not played under the same time limits as other seeding round games. With the first tie-breaker after head to head being aggregate runs allowed, a guaranteed seven-inning game may put both of the participating teams at an unfair disadvantage, especially if the game goes to extra innings. In 2012 in Phoenix, one USA National game ended 30-26 in nine innings. The winner finished 2-0 and was seeded #9 (of the nine unbeaten teams in the division). The runner-up also lost their second game and was seeded #29 of 29. NOTE: Teams eligible to play in a USA National game that does not occur due to lack of an opponent will not automatically receive a #1 Seed. They will be subject to the same seeding criteria as all other teams in their division.


Aug. 14, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: SOUTHERN CHAMPIONSHIPS 2014 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

There was a bracket logic error in the 65-Gold Three-game-guarantee bracket for Friday that required moving two games ... The effect was that two 60-AAA seeding games had to be moved as well ... Former 8:00 AM games pairing the Arkansas Naturals vs. Strykers and Boys of Summer vs. T.A.G. will now be played at 9:30 AM instead of 8:00 AM ... No other changes were required and we apologize for any inconvenience ... Good luck everybody! ...
Aug. 13, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Western National Championships - winners

55-Major • Scrap Iron/Rocky Mountain Thunder 55's (CO) over Wolfpack Softball (WA), 13-12 in the Championship game
Aug. 13, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Western National Championships - winners

50-AAA • Stanislaus Sluggers (CA) over Sugamelle Golf (CA) 19-10 in the "If" game
55-AAA • Tri-C Machine (CA) over Baker Boyz (CA) 26-14 in the "If" game
Aug. 11, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: ROCKY MOUNTAIN CHAMPIONSHIPS 2014 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for the 2014 Rocky Mountain Championships on Aurora, CO, 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 and the Participating Teams List have also been posted ... Good luck to all!

DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets (PDF's)

• Men's: 50's | 55's | 60's | 65's, 70's & 75's

• Complete: All Ages & Divisions (Large file: 19 pages)

Tournament Administration (PDF's)

• Master Plan: Master Fields & Games Grid
• Participating Teams: Rocky Mountain 2014



Aug. 11, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Western National Championships - winners

60-AAA = Viejitos (CA) over Cut Loose (CA) 17-7 in the Championship game
Aug. 11, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: West Coast Aftershock -

Cornerstone (OR) was awarded a forfeit victory over West Coast Aftershock (CA) in the 50-Major Championship game when it was discovered by the plate umpire that West Coast had introduced chilled softballs into the game while they were at bat ... The balls had (apparently) been "stored" in the ice water cooler in the dugout ... This action constituted a violation of Rulebook §3.4(4) • ALTERED EQUIPMENT ...
Aug. 11, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: EASTERN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

YES ... If an Eastern National Champion does not go to Las Vegas, their invitation to participate in the USA National Championship game is extended to the Eastern Runner-up ... If that Runner-up is not attending in Las Vegas, there will be no USA National Championship game in that division ...
Aug. 6, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: SOUTHERN CHAMPIONSHIPS 2014 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for the 2014 Southern Championships in Birmingham, AL, 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 has been posted and the Participating Teams List Tab has been activated ... Good luck to all!

DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets (PDF's)

• Men's: 50's and 55's | 60's | 65's

• Complete: All Ages & Divisions (9 pages)

Tournament Administration (PDF's)

• Master Plan: Master Fields & Games Grid


Aug. 6, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: EASTERN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

We rarely respond to "complaint issue" threads, but occasionally a post is so far from the reality of the situation, that a reply is warranted ... This is one of those times ...

At the Eastern Nationals, play was scheduled all day for Session #2 across nine diamonds from Friday through Sunday ... Friday afternoon, the rains came and 15 games were rained out ... The Directors scrambled to get those lost games rescheduled for early Saturday, which happened, but Fields #6-9 were in much worse shape and were deemed "unplayable" by the City of Raleigh until at least 10:00 AM, losing another eight games on the schedule ... The Directors were informed of that City of Raleigh degtermination at about 6:15 AM Saturday, at which time they began working to draft an alternative plan for Saturday and Sunday ... All teams were told to report at 7:30 AM ... Saturday began under revised game formats (5-inning games with the 5th inning the "open inning") and things were actually progressing fairly well for a while ... Until the rains, accompanied by lightning and thunder, returned at about 1:20 PM ... Play was terminated for the day by the City of Raleigh, and the Directors were informed that the rains were so severe that Fields #6-9 were determined to be "unplayable" for ALL OF SUNDAY as well ... So a second reschedule was then commenced under the following criteria:

• All Divisions (except Men's 60-AA, who had played two games each on Friday early) would complete their Seeding games, using Fields #1-5 only ... The washed out Friday games were scheduled as the first priority, completing games that had been suspended in progress and followed by unplayed Friday games ... Saturday seeding games, for the Women (who were not scheduled to play Friday) and one unfinished Men's 50-AAA seeding game, were the second priority and were completed early Sunday ... It was at this time, the attention shifted to constructing brackets ...
• ALL brackets, FOR BOTH MEN AND WOMEN, were revised to a Single Elimination format so that a tournament could actually be played ... The revised schedule resulted in EVERY TEAM in the Session #2 portion having the opportunity to play at least three games, and to have champions determined on the fields of play rather than by reference to current standings or seeding positions ... This was done by rescheduling the 49 Sunday games on to only five of the nine planned available fields ...
• We are extremely proud of the Tournament Directors and City of Raleigh parks professionals on site for pulling this off despite the incredibly difficult circumstances present, those imposed by Mother Nature and completely outside of their control ...
• ALL Divisions of play, regardless of whether they were Men or Women, were treated identically ... There was no attempt to get all of the Men's games played by sacrificing Women's games ... The Men "lost" significantly more games than the women, as a simple mathematical fact ... Any allegation to the contrary is reckless and factually incorrect (at best) ...

Lastly, thank you to all of the players and managers who, after recognizing that adverse weather is outside of their ability to influence, were so cooperative during the extensive delays and uncertainty ... The tournament eventually concluded in a manner that far exceeded our expectations at the height of the storms ...


Aug. 5, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: THE WINDY CITY QUALIFIER 2014 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for The 2014 Windy City Qualifier in Elgin, IL, 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" by the Tournament Director before play commences ...

The Master Games & Fields Grid and the Participating Teams List have also been posted ... Good luck to all!

DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets (PDF's)

• Men's: 50's | 55's and 60's | 65's and 70's
• Complete: All Ages & Divisions (11 pages)

Tournament Administration (PDF's)

• Master Plan: Master Grid & Participating Teams


Aug. 5, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: WESTERN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS 2014 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

EASTERN NATIONAL CHAMPIONS • Link to list of teams earning berths in the USA National Championship Games at the LVSSA/SSUSA World Masters Championships in Las Vegas later this year ...

• East Teams/USA Games: Eastern Champs 2014


Aug. 4, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: QUESTION FOR SSUSA STAFF ON RULE 14,2 (4)- C AGE GROUP 75

The underage player allowances were instituted several years ago when the 75+ and 80+ Divisions were just getting started and were under-populated ... That is not the case now, as the health of both age groups is excellent ... Recently, there have been teams that were putting older players in those age groups "on waivers" so they could snap up the underage guys ... This had the effect of dis-enfranchising those released players, leaving them no place to play, especially in the 80+ Division ...

The change was structured to phase in the rule and prevent any underage player that was already on a roster from having to be replaced ... After the phase-in period, the 75+ and 80+ Divisions will have age eligibility determined in the same manner as the younger groups, with all players being required to have reached the minimum age for the Division ...

Hope this helps ...


Aug. 3, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Vegas!!

Probably within the next couple of weeks (for all three sessions) ... Still in field procurement mode ...
Aug. 2, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: EASTERN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS 2014 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

SUNDAY REVISIONS • The City of Raleigh cancelled all play at Walnut Creek at about 1:30 PM this (Saturday) afternoon ... Play was cancelled on Fields #6-9 at 6:30 AM Saturday ... The Sunday schedule has just been completed (8:00 PM EDT), under the following formats ...

SEEDING GAMES • The final 50-AAA seeding game and Women's Division seeding games will resume their suspended games at 7:00 AM and complete the balance of their seeding at 8:00 and 9:00 AM ... The two remaining 60-AAA games were cancelled since the three affected teams all played two games prior to the play stoppage ...

BRACKET FORMAT • All Brackets will play Single Elimination format on Sunday, using only Fields #1-5 in the (lower) Wheel #1 ... Fields #6-9 in the (upper) Wheel #2 have already been declared unplayable for Sunday by the City of Raleigh ... Games will ALL be 5-innings, with the 5th inning being the "open inning" ...

DIRECTORS • The on-site Tournament Directors are currently in the process of calling all teams to advise them of first game times for Sunday ...

BRACKET STARTS • The Brackets will begin on the following schedule ... The Bracket Boards will have subsequent game and field assignments ...

• MEN'S 40/50-MAJOR+ • 9:00 AM
• MEN'S 50/55-PLATINUM • 1:00 PM
• MEN'S 50-AAA • 10:00 AM
• MEN'S 55/60-PLATINUM • 12:00 PM
• MEN'S 55/60-GOLD • 11:00 AM
• MEN'S 60-AAA • 8:00 AM
• MEN'S 60-AA • 7:00 AM
• WOMEN'S 40-GOLD • 12:00 PM
• WOMEN'S 40-AA/50+ • 2:00 PM


Aug. 2, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Combat Red 10inch EL

We make no presumption, not having seen the bat ... This bat was a very limited production run, something in the order of 335 TOTAL bats manufactured, and more than a few years ago ... If it has the SPN logo/markings, it may well be the specifically prohibited bat, but that's something we cannot determine with any degree of certainty now ...
Aug. 1, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: WHY SEVEN RUNS PER INNING?

Mango ... The principal "detail point" in the debate surrounding the decision to increase the number of runs per ½-inning at-bat, up from the five played by other divisions, was the stated desire by the Major+ players to maximize individual player at-bats, as opposed to innings, in any given game ... The thrust of the argument was that an extra couple of runs per at-bat met that desire rather than the 5th run prematurely killing the inning and lessening aggregate at-bats ... Whether or not that is in fact true is irrelevant, but it did convince a majority of the Rules Committee that it was a meritorious argument ...


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