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Oct. 9, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Determining Seeding

ronkers ... Please re-read the Format section of the Seeding Schedule page ... Because what the tie-breaker format actually says is: Tie Breakers - Head to head (in full RR only), least runs allowed, run differential, coin toss ... A two-game seeding structure does not constitute a full round robin for a 23-team bracket pool ...
Oct. 9, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Vegas parksfields, applies to other events as well. LIGHTS

Wisconsin Masters defeated Hannington's 20-19 in the "If" game after Hannington's had forced that game by winning Championship Game #1 (23-18)...
Oct. 9, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 1 and 1 pitch count

New enrollments annually are coming in at about the same pace and age mix as they did between 2006 and 2012, during which time there was only a nominal growth rate of 0.1% trending in favor of the 1-1 count ... This issue was last raised at the 2012 Rules Committee Sessions during the Annual Convention in Mesquite, NV ... Here is the relevant section from the Official Minutes of that session:

RULEBOOK 6.2 PITCH COUNT The annual discussion of implementing the 1-1" starting pitch count occurred. ACTION: MOTION TO TABLE PASSED 8-3 SSUSA Staff was instructed to prepare a membership preference survey, to be completed and tabulated by the end of December, on this issue for study and potential action in a Special Session by Telephone of the Rules Committee in early January.

The result of that preference survey is as noted above in a prior post by us ... Presumably based on the results of that survey, there was no mention of the "1-1 Count" issue at the 2013 Rules Committee Sessions in Concord, NC ... Time will tell if the matter even comes up this time around in Tupelo, MS in early December ... The Rules Committee Sessions are open to public attendance and input by the membership, and you are most welcome to come and make a presentation ...

Thanks for your interest ...


Oct. 9, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Vegas parksfields, applies to other events as well. LIGHTS

taits ... Games were played at night where permitted, with the primary obstacle being the imposition of restrictions for local league play ... Restrictions were:

SUNSET - League seven days a week on four of six fields beginning at 6:15 PM
ARROYO GRANDE / RUSSELL ROAD / DOS ESCUELAS - League Monday through Fridays beginning at 6:00 PM
BIG LEAGUE DREAMS - League Sunday through Friday on all six fields beginning at 6:00 PM (BLD did defer leagues on 10/03/14)

A further complicating factor in Session #3 was another tournament promoter having sole access to DESERT BREEZE, DESERT BLOOM and RUSSELL ROAD all three days, making them unavailable to us ...

We did play into the night at SHADOW ROCK, HOLLYWOOD, LORENZI and DOC ROMEO when required and we attempted to NOT play after dark for the 70's, 75's, 80's and 85's as a safety issue ...

Take a peek at the Master Planning Grids and look for last game times by day ... Some of the venues with late play actually ended much later than scheduled ...


Oct. 8, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Pitcher from Chicago 55 AAA

RV22 ... Please thank her on our behalf for her professional assistance ... Her presence and actions were invaluable in stabilizing the Pitcher before the ambulance people got there ...
Oct. 8, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Who won.

Wisconsin Masters defeated Hannington's 20-19 in the "If" game after Hannington's had forced that game by winning Championship Game #1 (23-18)...
Oct. 8, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Pitcher from Chicago 55 AAA

Boog3434 ... We are pleased to report that the pitcher from Old Stars suffered "only" a concussion and was able to travel home safely ... His face mask prevented what would have certainly been a catastrophic injury ... Thank you for asking, and best wishes to him for a full and speedy recovery ...
Oct. 7, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 1 and 1 pitch count

It's a hot topic every year with a tiny minority of message board posters. It may come up at the Annual Convention Rules Committee meets, but only if there is a motion to consider that can get a second. Currently, there is no compelling reason to re-poll so soon after the last time around, especially with the trending curve at making up 0.1% over a six year period. This is simply an annual exercise for the message board posters who disagree with the majority of players who chose to respond to the most recent survey. There are no plans to re-poll in the foreseeable future.
Oct. 7, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 1 and 1 pitch count

ffdonnie ... We did some looking and you do have an email address in our player database that (redacted) contains: dono###@xxxxxxx.net ... If that was your email address in December, 2012, we have narrowed down why you didn't vote to one of only two possible options: [1] you received the survey email and chose not to respond; or [2] the email ended up in your junk folder instead of your inbox ... Neither of those options is our fault ...


Oct. 7, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 1 and 1 pitch count

ffdonnie ... Registering for this message board by providing a (then) valid email address DOES NOT add that email address to your official SSUSA player record UNLESS you link them when you log in to access your player page ... The survey was sent only to the 17,592 email addresses from the player database since there are so many message board posters who are not registered SSUSA players ...

To repeat from above: If you didn't vote, you either had not provided us with a valid email address, ignored the invitation to participate in the survey or aren't (or weren't) a registered player in late 2012 ... There is also a fourth possibility that may exist ... The email may have been diverted from your inbox to a Junk folder ... We may survey this issue again in a few years, but a statistically insignificant 0.1% difference in opinion over six years doesn't indicate any real change in preference by the membership since 2006 ...


Oct. 6, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 1 and 1 pitch count

Just a couple of quick items to place some facts out there for clarification ...

Pitcher22 - The 2012 survey was sent electronically to all of the 17,592 people in the SSUSA Player Database who had provided us with an email address ... If you didn't vote, you either had not provided us with a valid email address, ignored the invitation to participate in the survey or aren't (or weren't) a registered player in late 2012 ...

Tim ... Fewer innings played in the Major+ are the result of that division's desire to play 7 runs per -inning at bat than all other factors combined ... The five-inning games you are referring to at this year's World Masters resulted from the implementation of SSUSA Rulebook 11.1(1) on page 56 to recover from the loss of 40 games due to inclement weather on Friday night, an approach that worked exactly as designed ...

We are probably due for another look at this issue on the 6-year cycle sometime in 2018 ...


Oct. 6, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 1 and 1 pitch count

The 2012 "1-1 Count" survey results are available from the following link ... Support/opposition for either side of the proposition varied both by age and by geographic area of the country ...

2012 Survey: 1-1-Count Results Analysis


Oct. 5, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 1 and 1 pitch count

The "1-1 Count" issue has been the subject of discussion and debate periodically for many years ... There have been two formal surveys of the SSUSA membership on the issue, initially in 2006 and more recently in December, 2012 ... Here are the results of those surveys ...

2006 Retain "0-0" = 55.0% Change to "1-1" = 45.0%
2012 Retain "0-0" = 54.9% Change to "1-1" = 45.1%

While it is mathematically accurate to conclude that support for changing to "1-1" is trending in that direction, an increase of support for such a change of 0.1% over a six year period does not constitute a mandate ... Change in the forseeable future is highly unlikely ...


Oct. 3, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: LVSSA/SSUSA WORLD MASTERS CHAMPIONSHIPS 2014 Results

The Results for Session #1 (1st, 2nd and 3rd Place in each Division) have been posted to the Tournament Page for the event ...
Oct. 2, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: SSUSA Membership

The "2014 Season" ends when the World Masters Championships in your age group concludes (this week) ... The "2015 Season" begins with the first tournament thereafter ... The Winter National Championships is a 2015 Season event, requiring every player to have an SSUSA National Identification Card valid through (at least) the 2015 Season ... We do not operate on a calendar year basis ...


Oct. 2, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: WHO TAKES CARE OF THE FIELDS @ ARROYO GRANDE?

The "City of Henderson" is the correct answer to who is doing the actual work ... It is the sole responsibility of LVSSA/SSUSA to ensure that happens ... Our apologies, we did not intend to pass the buck in any way ... It's on us 100% ...
Oct. 2, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: WHO TAKES CARE OF THE FIELDS @ ARROYO GRANDE?

The City of Henderson is responsible for field service at Arroyo Grande
Oct. 1, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Vegas Updates. .

The SSUSA Webmaster has deactivated the posting privileges of the anonymous poster who was causing the recent problems in this thread ... His archived posting history has also been deleted ...
Oct. 1, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: 60 AAA

local ... They were posted yesterday afternoon ... Good luck!
Oct. 1, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Vegas Updates. .

Hey Guys ... We really DO appreciate the positive suggestions ... What we do on site at a tournament is simply about priorities, as measured against the time available to accomplish as many of them as we can with the staff that's here ...

The top priority is always to provide the best tournament experience that can be had at the moment for the teams participating right here, right now ... There are over 8,100 players on the 506 team rosters, and they all have a higher priority with us during an event than satisfying the curiosity appetite of the general public that happens to stumble into this Message Board ... We WILL post the scores and detail bracket results ... Just not this week ...

We will look into the bracket board photo suggestion after this event ... Maybe posting them to our Facebook page would be a good first step ... In the meantime, we would encourage anyone who wants to brag about their team's successes to do so on this Board ... It's all good information! ... Thanks!


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