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July 1, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Rules

There were virtually no "commitment line" plays at 20' after the base distance was moved to 70' ... The 100' U-turn at 50' from 3rd base was simply too long to run, both from a competitive and competitor perspective in the view of the Committee ... Your proposal of 25" is better than 20', as is 30', and possibly even 35' ... The discussion now has shifted from "How do we get the commitment line back in play?" to "How much more distance is appropriate?" ... The Committee believed that 30' was a good start ...


June 30, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Rules

None at all ... The original 20' distance was 40' from 3rd base on the original 60' bases ... The new distance is also 40' from 3rd base ... It's not a mathematical formula, just simply restoring the runner's ability to make a "go/no-go" decision within the first 40' of leaving 3rd base ... Distance from 3rd, not distance from Home, carried the debate at voting time ...
June 30, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Rules

There was an almost hilarious debate of 30' vs. 35' at the Rules Committee meetings, and a calculator wasn't even needed! ... The intent was to put the commitment line back in play, since at 50' from 3rd base (20' from home), very few people were doing the U-turn and heading back ... This isn't rocket science, and an extra 10' toward 3rd base just seemed like the right thing to do, or at least a better thing than leaving it at 20' ... Simple stuff, really!
June 30, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: NEWSPAPER CORRECTION • Hawai'i 2015 Mayor's Cup Event

The information ad appearing in the Spring 2014 Senior Softball News (page 9) had a misprint on the telephone contact for this January Tournament benefiting Non-profit Hawai'i Island United Way ... The correct phone number for information and to reserve your place in this exciting tournament scheduled for January, 2015 is:

(808) 935-6393


We apologize for this error and encourage you to participate in this worthy cause ... Thank you!
June 29, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Rules

antieinstein ... Maybe a better forum for you to get assistance would be the Message Board(s) or "Contact Us" area of the league or leagues you may be inquiring about ... The responses here are with respect to SSUSA sanctioned play ... Local leagues are certainly allowed to have their own rule modifications, and they may be able to help you ...
June 29, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Rules

The commitment line for SSUSA sanctioned play is exactly as B.J. stated ... It's 40' from 3rd base (which is 30' from Home) in the official SSUSA 70' base distance specification ... SSUSA has never had a commitment line at other than between 3rd base and Home ... We also concur with his interpretation of what should occur should the base runner somehow make the base-running blunder of crossing that commitment line before tagging up on a caught fly ball and then recrossing it on the way back to 3rd base ...
June 28, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: CALIFORNIA STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS 2014 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for SESSION #1 of the 2014 California State Championships in Hemet, Menifee & Winchester, CA, 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 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: 65's | 70's, 75's & 80's

Tournament Administration (PDF's)

Master Grid: Fields & Games Grid
Participating Teams: Cal-Cup 2014


June 28, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: MIDWEST CHAMPIONSHIPS 2014 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for SESSION #1 of the 2014 Midwest Championships in Shawnee, KS, 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 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: 65's, 70's 75's & 80's

Tournament Administration (PDF's)

Master Grid: Fields & Games Grid
Participating Teams: Midwest 2014


June 28, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Rules

In rough numbers, 69'-11" between 1st and 2nd bases or between 2nd and 3rd bases ... He has about 39'-11" between 3rd and Home before reaching the "commitment line", at which point he must advance to home ...
June 27, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Cal Cup

Within the next few days ... Check the Tournament page for the event from time to time, since it will be there first, within 5 minutes or so of passing final review/approval ...
June 27, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: JIM SHERMAN NORTHWEST CHAMPIONSHIPS 2014 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

MEN'S 50-AAA REVISION • Due to the unexpected failure of a 50-AAA team, Slayers (OR), to show up for play on Friday, the Seeding Games and Bracket schedules for this division were completely re-drafted ... The changes are posted online and hard copy revisions will be posted and available at Delta Park ...

We apologize for any inconveniences this team's actions have caused ... Our first indication was at game time when they were not present and had not informed us of that decision ... Good luck!


June 27, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Jim Sherman Memorial NW Championships - Thursday Play washed out

NO ... All "Play / No Play" decisions are made at the fields of play at game time ... For additional information about how an SSUSA tournament is conducted in the event that adverse weather actually occurs (as opposed to simply a forecast), see Rulebook §11 - ADVERSE WEATHER at page 56 ...
June 25, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Texas State Championship

Alamo: Teams that earn bids to the T.O.C. in more than one rating level will play at the highest rating level should they choose to attend the T.O.C.
June 24, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Teams going to Call Cup in Hemet

Today (Tuesday 6/24/2014) is the "soft" deadline for the Cal-Cup in Hemet, Menifee and Winchester ... The Participating Teams Tab has been activated on the Tournament Page, reflecting the 73 teams entered to date ... If your team is NOT on this list and you plan on attending, please contact the SSUSA office at (916) 326.5303 immediately ...
June 24, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Texas State Championship

JBTexas ... This message has been posted on most tourney bracket boards in geographic areas that are prone to high temperatures ... Although we always do our best, in conjunction with the park personnel, we will not always be able to meet the timing expectations of everyone ... Ultimately, the personal hydration of the player rests with that individual ... Less than lady-like or gentlemanly behavior toward park and tourney personnel will not help the situation ... Be prepared to always protect your own health whenever possible, whether that is by bringing your own fluids or by purchasing when necessary ...


June 24, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: TEXAS STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS 2014 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

High Temperatures & Personal Hydration

SSUSA provides water and drinking cups in each dugout during our tournaments. In almost all instances, support for getting the water deployed and, more important, maintaining the water during the day, falls on the Park Staff at each venue. These park professionals have other responsibilities in the context of field preparation and general facility related tasks.

Accordingly, we strongly advise that players come prepared to handle their own hydration needs and not to rely solely on the tournament or park staff to be able to immediately respond to water issues in the dugouts. The staff will handle water requirements as efficiently as possible, but no guarantees can be made that the timing will meet everybody’s expectations.

Thank you for taking the necessary steps to protect your health during the anticipated high temperatures forecast for the week.

SSUSA Tournament Staff


June 24, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Texas State Championship

Larry ... Re-read the Format section of the schedule once more to correct some misconceptions ...

• The 65-Major team is GIVING the equalizer in ALL games, so no imbalance there;
• Every 65-AAA team is playing them ONCE, so no imbalance there;
• The 65-Major team is the ONLY team playing four games on Thursday (everyone else plays only three) ... Advantage: 65-AAA's;
• The 65-Major team must WIN to earn awards OR a T.O.C. bid ... No guarantee of awards or T.O.C. bid for them just by showing up; and
• If the 65-Major DOES win, Runner-up receives 65-AAA T.O.C. bid ...

There are no other scheduling options for them since it is the stated desire by many (most?) teams to play only a two-day format for the 65's and, more senior groups ... We have a high degree of confidence that this is the most fair structure for the 65+ Men's Division ... Good luck!


June 24, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: TEXAS STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS 2014 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for SESSION #3 of the 2014 Texas State Championships in Houston, TX, have been posted and are available from the link below and on the event's Tournament Page ... The caveats mentioned above apply here as well ... Good luck everyone! ...

DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets (PDF's)

Men's: 50's & 55's
Complete: All Ages & Divisions (13 pages)


June 23, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: TEXAS STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS 2014 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for SESSION #2 of the 2014 Texas State Championships in Houston, TX, have been posted and are available from the link below and on the event's Tournament Page ... The caveats mentioned above for SESSION #1 apply here as well ... Good luck everyone! ...

DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets (PDF's)

Men's: 60's


June 23, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: TEXAS STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS 2014 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for SESSION #1 of the 2014 Texas State Championships in Houston, TX, 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 Tab on the Tournament Page has been activated ... Good luck to all!

DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets (PDF's)

Men's: 65's, 70's 75's & 80's

Master Grid: Master Games & Fields


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