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Aug. 5, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: WESTERN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS 2014 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

EASTERN NATIONAL CHAMPIONS • Link to list of teams earning berths in the USA National Championship Games at the LVSSA/SSUSA World Masters Championships in Las Vegas later this year ...

• East Teams/USA Games: Eastern Champs 2014


Aug. 4, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: QUESTION FOR SSUSA STAFF ON RULE 14,2 (4)- C AGE GROUP 75

The underage player allowances were instituted several years ago when the 75+ and 80+ Divisions were just getting started and were under-populated ... That is not the case now, as the health of both age groups is excellent ... Recently, there have been teams that were putting older players in those age groups "on waivers" so they could snap up the underage guys ... This had the effect of dis-enfranchising those released players, leaving them no place to play, especially in the 80+ Division ...

The change was structured to phase in the rule and prevent any underage player that was already on a roster from having to be replaced ... After the phase-in period, the 75+ and 80+ Divisions will have age eligibility determined in the same manner as the younger groups, with all players being required to have reached the minimum age for the Division ...

Hope this helps ...


Aug. 3, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Vegas!!

Probably within the next couple of weeks (for all three sessions) ... Still in field procurement mode ...
Aug. 2, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: EASTERN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS 2014 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

SUNDAY REVISIONS • The City of Raleigh cancelled all play at Walnut Creek at about 1:30 PM this (Saturday) afternoon ... Play was cancelled on Fields #6-9 at 6:30 AM Saturday ... The Sunday schedule has just been completed (8:00 PM EDT), under the following formats ...

SEEDING GAMES • The final 50-AAA seeding game and Women's Division seeding games will resume their suspended games at 7:00 AM and complete the balance of their seeding at 8:00 and 9:00 AM ... The two remaining 60-AAA games were cancelled since the three affected teams all played two games prior to the play stoppage ...

BRACKET FORMAT • All Brackets will play Single Elimination format on Sunday, using only Fields #1-5 in the (lower) Wheel #1 ... Fields #6-9 in the (upper) Wheel #2 have already been declared unplayable for Sunday by the City of Raleigh ... Games will ALL be 5-innings, with the 5th inning being the "open inning" ...

DIRECTORS • The on-site Tournament Directors are currently in the process of calling all teams to advise them of first game times for Sunday ...

BRACKET STARTS • The Brackets will begin on the following schedule ... The Bracket Boards will have subsequent game and field assignments ...

• MEN'S 40/50-MAJOR+ • 9:00 AM
• MEN'S 50/55-PLATINUM • 1:00 PM
• MEN'S 50-AAA • 10:00 AM
• MEN'S 55/60-PLATINUM • 12:00 PM
• MEN'S 55/60-GOLD • 11:00 AM
• MEN'S 60-AAA • 8:00 AM
• MEN'S 60-AA • 7:00 AM
• WOMEN'S 40-GOLD • 12:00 PM
• WOMEN'S 40-AA/50+ • 2:00 PM


Aug. 2, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Combat Red 10inch EL

We make no presumption, not having seen the bat ... This bat was a very limited production run, something in the order of 335 TOTAL bats manufactured, and more than a few years ago ... If it has the SPN logo/markings, it may well be the specifically prohibited bat, but that's something we cannot determine with any degree of certainty now ...
Aug. 1, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: WHY SEVEN RUNS PER INNING?

Mango ... The principal "detail point" in the debate surrounding the decision to increase the number of runs per ½-inning at-bat, up from the five played by other divisions, was the stated desire by the Major+ players to maximize individual player at-bats, as opposed to innings, in any given game ... The thrust of the argument was that an extra couple of runs per at-bat met that desire rather than the 5th run prematurely killing the inning and lessening aggregate at-bats ... Whether or not that is in fact true is irrelevant, but it did convince a majority of the Rules Committee that it was a meritorious argument ...


Aug. 1, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: EASTERN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS 2014 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

ADVERSE WEATHER UPDATE • Friday play has been suspended for the day due to heavy rain and thunder storms ... Two rounds of seeding games were completed ... The remaining Friday schedule (two rounds/15 games) will play Saturday morning beginning at 7:30 AM (weather permitting), after which the normal Saturday schedule will commence ... The FORMAT of Saturday games, until the schedule is "caught up", will be 5-Inning games, with the 5th Inning being the "open inning", and using a "0-0" starting pitch count ... These games should take about an hour each to play, and hopefully the Saturday schedule will be back on track by early afternoon ... All PLAY/NO PLAY decisions will be made at the fields of play ... Please be present and ready to go ... Thank you!


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


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