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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


May 15, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Looking for team for Rockin Reno 40+.

TOP DOG - mjturpin1 is hoping to catch on with a Women's 40-Masters team
May 14, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: CAN-Sirs Benefit Tournament • Elk Grove

For those who may be interested in the Elk Grove CAN-Sirs tournament schedule, the following link will bring up the Revised schedule as of May 14, 2014 ... Good luck to everyone!

DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets (PDF's)

• CAN-Sirs: Revised 05/14/2014

May 13, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Pitching masks revisited

Thanks taits ... This perfectly illustrates why we give no credence to Message Board postings when it comes to policy discussions and related potential Rules Committee decisions ... Despite the purported identifying information in his posting data, we have NO registered Doug Evans nationally among our 30,000+ players and in fact, we have NO player(s) with the last name of Evans, regardless of first name, in Austin ... Our only reasonable conclusion is that he is a Message Board troll, one of a class of individuals who's commentary should be routinely ignored, absolutely guilt free ...


May 13, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: pitchers mask

txtable - Playing Rules changes are considered formally only once per year, at the Rules Committee sessions during the SSUSA Annual Convention ... This year's convention is in early December in Tupelo, MS ... Public participation is both allowed and encouraged ... In addition to direct public participation, the 13-member Rules Committee accepts written correspondence on issues of concern to the membership by regular mail and by e-mail (addresses for both are readily available) ... Message Board commentary, due to its generally anonymous and unregulated nature, is not considered for Rules Committee Agenda inclusion ... Accordingly, and consistent with almost all other items discussed herein, the posting public will be providing the only commentary here on this topic ...


May 12, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: ROCK 'n RENO CHALLENGE CUP 2014 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for SESSION #1 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 ... 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-Masters | 60's
• Women's: 40-Masters | 50's, 55's 60's & 65's

Tournament Administration (PDF's)

• Master Planning Grid: Master Games & Fields


May 10, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: STAFF bat knobs

And we're not exactly going out on a limb here, but we suspect adding another knob/flare to a bat handle isn't an automatic that you'll be transformed into a Bogie-Class hitter!
May 9, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: STAFF bat knobs

We have not changed our position on this, but rather have simply issued a clarification in response to a specific inquiry ... Someone has misquoted, or you have misunderstood, what we stated ...

A second knob/flare is allowable, so long as it is commercially manufactured as a bat knob/flare AND so long as it is secured with tape not to exceed a thickness of two wraps around the knob/flare ... However, "building" a knob with athletic (or any other type) tape is not permitted, as stated in the rule section quoted above ...

We presume this topic has become popular as a result of the YouTube "Swing Makeover" series by Ken Van Bogaert (Bogie) ...


May 9, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: ROLL CALL FOR "ROCK N RENO"

GSC 50's are playing "Exhibition" due to a roster composition issue ... They are bringing an ineligible "out of region player" from east of the Mississippi River ...
May 9, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: ROCK 'n RENO 2014 • Tentative Field Assignments

RENO TENTATIVE FIELD ASSIGNMENTS • Due to the near-record entry level of over 205 teams, revisions to the TENTATIVE Field Assignments have been made for SESSION #3, as follows:

• 50-MAJOR-PLUS - Golden Eagle Regional Park (Sparks)
• 55-AA - Golden Eagle Regional Park (Sparks)


May 7, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: ATLANTIC COAST CHAMPIONSHIPS 2014 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for SESSION #2 of the 2014 Atlantic Coast Championships in Loudoun County, VA, have been posted and are available from the links below and on the event's Tournament Page ... The caveats mentioned above for SESSION #1 apply here as well ...

DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets (PDF's)

• Men's: 40's & 50's | 55's | 60's

• Women's: 40-Masters

• Complete: All Ages & Divisions [Large file: 23 pages]


May 6, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Atlantic Coast Championship

Hamel Builders/Superior 65's are playing with the highest remaining rated teams, the 65-Major, and giving the equalizer because there is no equivalent younger rating group to play ... We are also protecting the 65-Major teams in the event that Hamel's wins, by awarding the runner-up team with 1st place awards and the 65-Major TOC bid ... These are not identical circumstances ...


May 6, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Atlantic Coast Championship

Your perception is incorrect as to "Unequal Treatment" (although we are unclear exactly in what context you make the assertion) ... Your team, at 55-Major Plus, carries a Ratings Index of 8, which is identical to the Rating Index of a 50-Major team, also an 8 ...

We routinely offer any "singleton" team, meaning the only team entered in your age group and rating, one of three options, at your sole discretion ... Those options are: [1] Play in the equivalent ratings index group for fairness of competition; [2] play "EXHIBITION" with the lower rated teams, where you are guaranteed your five games, but are seeded last and cannot advance in the bracket; or [3] withdraw from the tournament and receive a full refund (or a full entry fee credit to a future event) ... You declined options [1] and [2] ...

We stand by our decision to not have you play 55-Major because it would present an unfair disadvantage to those teams ...


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