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May 23, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: RENO WEATHER

Thanks, Jeff ... We got it handled! See above post ... To quote a rather well known singer/songwriter ... "The weather is here, wish you were beautiful!!!" ... Jimmy Buffett<-i>
May 21, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Scheduling

The initially scheduled staggered "If" games were required rather than having two groups end up with a two-game wait (50-AAA and 50-Major) ... Take a look at the Master Planning Grid for Sunday and the picture will become obvious right away ...It's not the preferred method, but was the only one available that was fair to all of the teams that could have faced "If Needed" games ... When we are forced to schedule like that, all it takes is a little luck in some of the "If" games not being required ... Sometimes it works that way, sometimes not! ... Thanks!


May 19, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Bat Thrown Out Of Tourney, Why Not Player????

Gentlemen ... We're not going to "try this case in the media" ... If there is anything that comes out of the investigation that results in further action on our part, it will be disclosed appropriately ... In the meantime, this type of speculation is counter-productive ...

** THREAD CLOSED **
May 19, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Bat Thrown Out Of Tourney, Why Not Player????

The procedural aspects of handling a suspected altered bat are described in SSUSA Official Rulebook §3.4(6) on page 16 ... The bat will be submitted to an independent entity for inspection and testing ... If it is determined to be an altered bat, then the provisions of that rules section will be applied ... It's inappropriate to impose penalties prior to a confirmation that a violation has, in fact, occurred ...
May 18, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Foot placement in batter's box before pitch

Semmy ... Your "geometry is a bit off here, so here's a quick instructional analysis ... All of these dimensions are in addition to the rules sections you cited and can be found in the SSUSA Official Rulebook beginning on page 76 ...

• The strike mat is 19' wide and 34½" deep ... The home plate is 17" wide, so the "overlap" is an inch on either side ...
• The front edge of the strike mat is alighned with the front edge of home plate, and extends 34½" back from that edge ...
• The batter's box is 7' deep, of which 3' extends forward, toward the pitching rubber, and 4' back toward the catcher ... The "pivot point" for that 3'/4' relationship is the "elbow" on either side of the plate ... The "elbow" is 8½" back from the front edge of the plate ... So, applying all of these dimensions, the front edge of the batter's box is 2'-3½" forward of the front edge of the plate (3' less 8½") ...

The batter is restricted to the confines of the batter's box at all times during the pitch ... There was a rule modification this past Rules Committee meeting to fine tune that requirement ... Although the 6' arc pitch that hits the front edge of the strike mat (and generally bounces either straight up or back toward the pitcher) is a VERY tough pitch to hit, the batter has that 2'-3½" zone out front to legally land his forward foot from his stride to/through the ball ... He actually has a bit more distance, roughly the length of his foot, since "lines are in" when determining whether or not he has remained in the box ...

Hope this helps ...


May 18, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: RALEIGH NATIONALQUALIFIER 2015 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets, the Tournament Master Plan and the Participating Teams List for the SSUSA Raleigh (NC) National Qualifier 2015 have been posted and are available from the link below and on the event's Tournament Page ... As always, these DRAFT schedules are TENTATIVE, are subject to change and become final ONLY when released as "OFFICIAL" at the Manager's meeting before play commences ...

DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets (PDF's)

• Men's: All Ages & Divisions


May 14, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: TOC 2016

Wednesday, 02/03/2016 • Instructional sessions and All-Star Game
Thursday, 02/04/2016 • Skills competitions, Mini-Tournament and Manager Meeting
Friday, 02/05/2016 • Tournament play commences (for all ages and divisions) and Tournament of Champions Banquet in the evening
Saturday-Sunday, 02/06-07/2016 • Tournament play continues, concluding Sunday afternoon



May 14, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: RENO WEATHER

We, too, are concerned with economic issues, but not to the degree of cancelling an event on a possibility of a little rain ... We've never had a complete rain-out of this event in 20+ years ... The long range (rarely very accurate) weather forecasts we are seeing now show the possibility for Friday 5/22 being "65° / Cloudy with a touch of rain" and Saturday 5/23 being "71° / Some sun with a shower" ... No rain in the forecasts until Thursday 5/28 (82° / An afternoon shower) and Friday 5/29 (80° / Mostly cloudy with a t-storm), and none thereafter ...

For example, Golden Eagle was ready for play within 20 minutes following a serious mid-week thunderstorm a few years ago ... The weekend your team plays is not restricted by Local League play ... We can theoretically play as long as it takes to recover any adverse weather affects ... Every T.D. has, at some time in their career, mistakenly pulled the plug on an event based on a faulty weather forecast ... That's why we have the "AT GAME TIME AT THE FIELDS OF PLAY" policy ... It has served our players quite well ... Good luck!


May 14, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: ROCK 'n RENO CHALLENGE CUP 2015 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for SESSION #3 (Men's 60's, Women's Seniors and 40-Masters Men & Women) of SSUSA's Rock 'n Reno Challenge Cup 2015 in Reno, Sparks & Carson City, NV, have been posted and are available from the links below and on the event's Tournament Page ... The caveats mentioned above for Sessions #1 and #2 apply here as well ...

DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets (PDF's)

• Men's: 60's

• Women's: 50's, 55's 60's & 65's

• 40-Masters: Men | Women

• Complete: All Ages & Divisions (Large file: 55 pages)

Tournament Administration (PDF's)

• Participating Teams List: Rock 'n Reno 2015
• Golden Eagle Regional Park: Park Regulations


May 14, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: RENO WEATHER

All "Play/No-play" decisions are made AT GAME TIME AT THE FIELDS OF PLAY ... We do have a tournament recovery plan to put in place in the event adverse weather actually affects play ... See SSUSA Rulebook §10.1(1) on page 54 ...
May 13, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Can a female be on a mens tournament team

Women may play on a men's team so long as they are otherwise eligible as to age and residency ... "Otherwise eligible" means that they must have attained the minimum age for the team they wish to join and must meet the same residency requirements as the men on that team.
May 13, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Can a female be on a mens tournament team

The SSUSA Rules Committee clarified this point at its most recent sessions last fall in Tupelo, MS ...

§4.2 ‐ ROSTER RESTRICTIONS
C. Men are not permitted to play on women's teams. Women, if they are otherwise eligible as to age and residency, may play on men’s teams.


May 13, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Roster Rules for Tournaments

Generally, the answer is three, subject to a limited number of exceptions that may apply on a case by case basis ... See SSUSA Rulebook §13.1(1)B. on page 60 ... A player's rating experience history follows the player from the season of play at a specific level and for the two following seasons ... If you have concerns about a specific team, please have your Manager contact the SSUSA Office at (916) 326.5303 and ask for Tiffany or George ...
May 12, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: ROCK 'n RENO CHALLENGE CUP 2015 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for SESSION #2 (Men's 65's, 70's, 75's and 80's) of SSUSA's Rock 'n Reno Challenge Cup 2015 in Reno, Sparks & Carson City, NV, 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: 65's | 70's | 75's & 80's


May 8, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: ROCK 'n RENO CHALLENGE CUP 2015 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for SESSION #1 (MEN'S 50's and 55's) of SSUSA's Rock 'n Reno Challenge Cup 2015 in Reno, Sparks & Carson City, NV, have been posted and are available from the links below and on the event's Tournament Page ... As always, these DRAFT schedules are TENTATIVE, 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 the Manager Meeting, and do not send a representative, will be prohibited from beginning tournament play before check-in with Field Director.

The Participating Teams List tab on the Tournament Page has been activated and the Master Games & Fields Grid has been posted ... Good luck to all!

DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets (PDF's)

• Men's: 50's | 55's

Tournament Administration (PDF's)

• Master Planning Grid: Master Fields & Games Schedule


May 8, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Crazy ACC Schedule Change

wagon487 ... Yes, we initially had the HSB 50's in the tournament ... We thought it was 8/10 on the teams allocation by division ... Changing to 7/11 would have been pretty easy because an "even" number of total teams is always easier from a bracket logic perspective ... But when the total number went "odd" at 7/10, the bracket logic was dramatically different and affected ALL other Divisions of play, including the 40/50-Platinum and the 55-AAA's as well ... In a complete statement of the obvious, the path to a Championship is always shorter and easier when the route goes through the Northern Hemisphere of the bracket ...

Winning has its bracket schedule rewards ... The Elimination Bracket, not so much so ...


May 8, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Crazy ACC Schedule Change

Chris ... Any 55-Major team that wins a Saturday morning game at 8:00 AM is guaranteed to be out of the park by 12:30 PM, regardless of a win or loss at 11:00 AM ... That should be the goal, staying in the Winners' Bracket ... At the risk of sounding unintentionally flippant, the Elimination Bracket is more about survival than it is about convenience ... You may prefer the initial DRAFT Saturday bracket schedule, and that's fine ... But all changes were required by the post-schedule release withdrawal of Team Disconnect (MD), who would be a more appropriate place to direct any criticism ... Good luck!


May 8, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Crazy ACC Schedule Change

"Start" means your team's FIRST GAME OF THE TOURNAMENT ... We probably should have made that a little more clear! ... When we have this type of last moment withdrawal, it wreaks havoc on all of the divisions of play at that particular venue, and this time was no exception ... The goal is to NOT have teams plans for their hotel stays or starting day travel plans adversely affected ... We believe we met that goal for Friday ... Where/when you play on Saturday is largely a function of how your team performs on Friday ... Good luck!
May 7, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: ATLANTIC COAST CHAMPIONSHIPS 2015 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

SESSION #2 SCHEDULE REVISION • Men's 40/50-PLATINUM, 50-MAJOR and 55-MAJOR Divisions were revised due to the late withdrawal of a team in the 55-Major Division ... Changes affecting all of the above mentioned divisions have been made and are posted online ... NO teams start earlier than as had been originally scheduled and posted ... Good luck!
May 6, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: ATLANTIC COAST CHAMPIONSHIPS 2015 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for SESSION #2 of the 2015 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 same caveats posted 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: 21 pages)


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