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Aug. 1, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Combat Red 10inch EL

Prior to 2014, bats were NOT specifically approved by SSUSA ... They were deemed LEGAL for use if they carried the BPF=1.20 (older) or BPF=1.21 (newer) specification compliance labeling or engraving ... There was, and remains, a very short "unapproved bats" list that lists the original Miken Ultra (aka Ultra-I), the Yellow Rip-It, the red Canadian ComBat manufactured under license for SPN, and the Blue Boombah that was labeled BPF=1.205 ...

For bats manufactured after 2013, there is an approved bat list IN ADDITION TO all of the pre-2014 bats which were "grandfathered in" for continued use ... Any umpire who was adamant that the bat was never approved for SSUSA use is technically correct, but functionally incorrect because specific approval was not required so long as the bat met the BPF compliance labeling criteria ...


Aug. 1, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: WHY SEVEN RUNS PER INNING?

It was "their theory", maybe one not supported by the facts when the benefit of 20-20 hindsight is employed ... Which is also "at odds" with the 40-Masters Division history that has ALWAYS played 5 runs per ½-inning at bat, with a total complaint department incident count of zero since the inception of their program ... Rule changes are made at the Convention, so we'll certainly listen to whatever this year's popular theory might be ...
Aug. 1, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: WHY SEVEN RUNS PER INNING?

Then you both with be "at odds" with the Major+ players who proposed, and strongly advocated, 7 Runs per inning because (paraphrasing) "...With only 5 runs per inning, just when you get in the groove, the inning ends. Seven runs is better for us since we can score so easily and so often..." ... This change was made at the Major+ players' request ...
July 31, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Softballs for World Championships in Vegas

taits ... While you were sleeping, there was a hypothetical "stump the ump" thread here that really wasn't that far off factually, and was certainly every bit as probable of (not) happening! ...
July 31, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Softballs for World Championships in Vegas

And while they have that ball in the opposing dugout, what if they insert the super-duper gyroscope, GPS and heat seeking devices that cause the ball, regardless where it's hit, to veer straight to 3rd base, hit the bag, pop up, fire up the heat sensor and drone jets, find the thigh of the runner on 3rd, confirm through the GPS he's actually in foul territory, slam into his thigh, shut all systems down, drop softly in the grass and smile like a well-behaved puppy dog at the ump? ... What a fine mess THAT would be! ... Well, it COULD happen! ... [grins] ... (Oh, and using illegal equipment should have harsh consequences)
July 31, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Softballs for World Championships in Vegas

LVSSA/SSUSA World Masters Championships = Rock Ball
July 30, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: WESTERN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS 2014 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for SESSION #2 of the 2014 Western National Championships in Placer and Sacramento Counties, 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 ...

The caveats mentioned above for SESSION #1 apply here as well ... Good luck to all!

DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets (PDF's)

• Men's: 40-Masters | 50's | 55's | 60's

• Women's: 40-Masters & 50's

• Complete: All Ages & Divisions (Large file: 37 pages)


July 30, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Vegas!!

Unless, of course, a some of the 40 teams that entered in 50-Major last year think they might come this year, too! [grins]
July 30, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: RENTAL CAR PRICES FOR WORLDS 9/28-10/2

SSUSA tournament personnel use Budget Car Rental from the click-through at the right side of this page, using the D560900 booking code ... We save significantly by renting off-site from the airport at:

BUDGET CAR RENTAL
9500 SOUTH EASTERN AVENUE - SUITE 100 (Eastern just off the 215 Freeway)
HENDERSON, NV 89123

This is about a $20-25 cab ride from the airport, the people at that location are outstanding and the savings from avoiding the "airport taxes and fees" are a lot more than the cab ride, especially with a shared cab ... You can also return a car picked up at this location to the airport without a "drop charge" ... Hope this helps!


July 29, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: WESTERN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS 2014 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for SESSION #1 of the 2014 Western National Championships in Placer and Sacramento Counties, 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 the Participating Teams List have also been posted ... Good luck to all!

DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets (PDF's)

• Men's: 65's | 70's, 75's and 80's

Tournament Administration (PDF's)

• Master Plan: Master Fields & Games Grid
• Participating Teams: Western Nationals 2014


July 28, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: ISA WORLDS

Please contact the ISA Office and/or the Tournament Director ... SSUSA did not administer that event ...
July 27, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: EASTERN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS 2014 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for SESSION #2 of the 2014 Eastern National Championships in Raleigh, NC, 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 ...

The caveats mentioned above for SESSION #1 apply here as well ... Good luck to all!

DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets (PDF's)

• Men's: 40's & 50's | 55's & 60's

• Women's: 40's & 50's

• Complete: All Ages & Divisions (Large file: 22 pages)


July 25, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: WESTERN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS 2014 • TENTATIVE Field Assignments

The following are the TENTATIVE Field Assignments for the 2014 SSUSA Western National Championships in Placer and Sacramento Counties, CA ... Please note that TENTATIVE means they are NOT FINAL and are SUBJECT TO CHANGE. Final Field Assignments will be released simultaneous with the publication of the DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets shortly ...

FACILITIES
• Bartholomew Sports Park (Elk Grove)
• Foskett Regional Park (Lincoln)
• Maidu Regional Park (Roseville)
• Sacramento Softball Complex (Sacramento)

SESSION #1 • Men's 65's, 70's, 75's and 80's
• Men's 65's (ALL) • Foskett
• Men's 70's (ALL) • Sacramento
• Men's 75's (ALL) • Sacramento
• Men's 80's (ALL) • Sacramento

SESSION #2 • Men's 50's, 55's and 60's
• Men's 50-Major+ • Foskett
• Men's 50-Major • Foskett
• Men's 50-AAA • Maidu
• Men's 55-Major+ • FRIDAY: Maidu • SATURDAY/SUNDAY: Foskett
• Men's 55-Major • FRIDAY: Maidu • SATURDAY/SUNDAY: Foskett
• Men's 55-AAA • Bartholomew
• Men's 55-AA • Sacramento
• Men's 60-Major+ • Bartholomew
• Men's 60-Major • Bartholomew
• Men's 60-AAA • Sacramento
• Men's 60-AA • Sacramento

SESSION #3 • Men's 40-Masters and All Women
• Men's 40-Masters • Maidu
• Women's Divisions (ALL) • Sacramento


July 24, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: snowbird rules

The player's "home state" is the state of his primary residence (generally the state that appears in the address section on page one of his Federal Income Tax Return) ... The "snowbird state" is the second state ... The player may play for any team (for which he is otherwise eligible) in his home state OR any bordering state to the home state ... He may also play on a team in the snowbird state, but NOT for any teams that border the snowbird state ... The player does NOT need a release from either team to play in the home state (or bordering state) AND the snowbird state in any season ... However, the player may NOT play for both teams in the Eastern or Western Nationals, the World Masters Championships or the Tournament of Champions ... He must declare which team he will stick with if he is qualified for any of those events on two separate teams ... See Rulebook §14.1(2) on page 63 for complete information ...


July 23, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: EASTERN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS 2014 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for SESSION #1 of the 2014 Eastern National Championships in Raleigh, NC, 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, Participating Teams List and an aerial map of the Walnut Creek Softball Complex have also been posted ... Good luck to all!

DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets (PDF's)

• Men's: 65's, 70's 75's 80's & 85's

Tournament Administration (PDF's)

• Master Plan: Master Fields & Games Grid
• Participating Teams: Eastern Nationals 2014
• Walnut Creek Complex: Aerial Map


July 23, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Western Nationals - Who's Playing?

There are (currently) eight 60-Major teams entered ... We're still going through the later entries from Tuesday's deadline day rush ...
1. Christensen Arms (UT)
2. Enviro-Vac Marauders (BC)
3. MBA Elite 60 (CA)
4. No Dice (CA)
5. North State Screen Print/Athletic (CA)
6. Pope Transport (WI)
7. Top Gun III (CA)
8. West Coast All Stars (CA)


July 18, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: ISA SENIOR WORLD SERIES 2014 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

MEN'S 65/70- GOLD REVISION • Due to the withdrawal of US Pallet (IL), this division was re-drafted for both round robin pool play and the elimination bracket ... Changes do NOT affect any other divisions of play ... The revisions are currently available online, as well as the changed Master Games and Fields schedule ... Good luck everyone!
July 17, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: ISA SENIOR WORLD SERIES 2014 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for the 2014 ISA Senior World Series in Columbus, IN,, 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: This event is hosted by our affiliate entity, Independent Sports Association (ISA) ... The information posted here is as a courtesy to them and their membership ... Any questions or comments should be directed to the ISA Tournament Director, Jerry Jackson ... His contact information is available from the ISA Senior World Series tournament page of this website ...

The Master Games & Fields Grid has 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

• Complete: All Ages & Divisions (Larger file: 13 pages)

Tournament Administration (PDF's)

• Master Plan: Master Fields & Games Grid


July 15, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Runner Hit by Batted Ball

Mr Ed ... B.J. is somewhat skilled at crafting (barely believable) "Stump the Ump" hypothetical situations! ... And, yes, for this to happen would be a very rare circumstance, indeed ... About the only thing certain in all of this, were it to actually ever happen, would be a world-class rhubarb that would test the inter-personal skills of all participants!
July 15, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Runner Hit by Batted Ball

cal50 ... Agreed ... stick8 is an excellent resource on USSSA rules ... Both Mr. Ed and we have accurately cut/pasted portions of the SSUSA Rulebook, and we take no exception at Mr. Ed's (and stever's) assertion that we have a fair ball under §1.28 D. ... Yes we do at that moment, but not to the complete exclusion of what may subsequently happen, like the ball rolling foul before passing 3rd base, which makes it become a foul ball under §1.22 A. ...

It's not all that different from a ball that is (unintentionally) chopped and bounces straight down and hits home plate before bounding up the line ... It's fair from the moment it hits the plate, but becomes foul if it rolls into foul territory and settles or is touched ... Our theory is that hitting the base is fair ball at that moment, but let's wait and see what happens subsequently that could cause that ball to become a foul ball ... Believe it or not, these two provisions are not mutually exclusive, but merely define the fair/foul status at the moment of occurrence, which can change when those occurrences are sequential rather than simultaneous ...


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