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April 15, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Field Assignments

SESSION #1 TENTATIVE FIELD ASSIGNMENTS

• 65-MAJOR+ • Sunset Park (finish Wednesday)
• 65-MAJOR (& 70-MAJOR+) • Sunset Park (Big League Dreams Thursday)
• 65-AAA • Arroyo Grande & Russell Road (Big League Dreams Thursday)
• 65-AA • Big League Dreams
• 70-MAJOR (& 75-MAJOR+) • Big League Dreams
• 70-AAA • Big League Dreams
• 70-AA • Big League Dreams Tuesday (finish Wednesday at Sunset Park)
• 75-MAJOR • Arroyo Grande & Russell Road
• 75-AAA • Arroyo Grande & Russell Road
• 80-MEN • Arroyo Grande & Russell Road

Good luck!


April 14, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Vegas 40 Major+

There are currently 24 teams entered in the Men's 40-Masters Division ... The current rating split is nine (9) Major Plus and fifteen (15) Major ... All Divisions of play, including the 40-Masters, will be scheduled for a three-day event ...
April 14, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Field Assignments

Session #1 TENTATIVE Field Assignments are under revision due to the loss of two teams (one Monday and one Tuesday) ... Will be posted after the game load recalculations and facility balancing are complete ...
April 13, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Seeding Games

The SSUSA Rules Committee considered this topic during their most recent sessions at the 2014 Annual Convention in Tupelo, MS, in December ... Although there was some discussion for potential change, the matter did not make the Agenda due to the lack of a formal motion for consideration (or a second) ... The following items are from the list (page 4 of the Official Minutes, available herein) of other matters discussed in open sessions but not ultimately acted upon ...

13. Allow the higher seeded team to elect Home/Visitor status in all bracket games;
14. Allow the unbeaten team to elect Home/Visitor status in the Championship Game #1;
15. Reverse automatically the Home/Visitor status in any “If” game after the Championship game;


April 11, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Rating Question

1billyd - When you matriculate to the next higher age group, you carry your current experience history rating with you ... Your 75+ classification will be 75-Major ... We would encourage you to continue to play the great game of Senior Softball ... Good luck!
April 8, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: TIDEWATER CLASSIC 2015 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

SESSION #1 REVISION • Due to the withdrawal Wednesday afternoon by Hamel Builders/Superior Senior Softball (VA), the Session #1 schedule and brackets required a complete revision ... Those changes have been posted online, and we apologize for any inconveniences, even though they were completely outside of our control ... Good Luck!
April 8, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: SW Champioship Tournament in Las Vegas April 24, 25 & 26

Participating Teams tab on the tournament page has been activated ... There are 187 teams entered (new tournament record by 15 teams) as of the close of business on Tuesday ...
April 7, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: TIDEWATER CLASSIC 2015 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for the SSUSA's 2015 Tidewater Classic in Virginia Beach, VA, 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 and Master Games & Fields Grid have 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 & 75's

• Complete: All Ages & Divisions

Tournament Administration (PDF's)

• Participating Teams: Tidewater Classic 2015
• Master Planning Grid: Master Fields & Games Schedule


April 4, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: SPRING NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS 2015 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for the SSUSA's 2015 Spring National Championships in Polk County, FL, 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 and Master Games & Fields Grid have also been posted ... Good luck to all!

DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets (PDF's)

• Men's: 40's & 50's | 55's & 60's | 65's thru 85's

• Complete: All Ages & Divisions

Tournament Administration (PDF's)

• Participating Teams: Spring National's 2015
• Master Planning Grid: Master Fields & Games Schedule


April 3, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Fair of foul, I need help

We fully concur with DevilDog's (excellent) analysis ...
April 2, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Trying to play in Tournaments

Dancer - If you have specific questions, please call the SSUSA Home Office in Sacramento at (916) 326.5303 and we will be happy to try to help you ... If you are looking for replies here, it may be a good idea to state whether you looking to join a women's or men's team, your contact information (optional) and your home state of residence, which may have an impact on which teams you may be eligible to join ... Good luck! ...
March 28, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Mobile tournament schedules....

This 10-team local qualifier was not administered by the SSUSA Home Office, but rather by an independent T.D. We have not seen the games schedule, nor do we have any requirement other than the final results be transmitted to us at the conclusion of the event. Those T.D.'s have broad latitude in how they wish to advise the participating teams on tourney administration items, and this is no exception.
March 27, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Associations
Discussion: SPA v SSUSA

DCPete ... Your premise that the existing "...border-state rule is unfair..." is not an agreed presumption by the SSUSA Rules Committee ... That's the reason the player and team distribution statistical analysis is being undertaken and why we will seek the input of our friends at SPA ... There will be a lot of options on the table, and any, or none, of them may be enacted this coming winter ... As mentioned previously in this thread, we welcome your actual Rules Committee participation and written conventional mail or email input in the process to state your case or ideas ... We do not, however, consider Message Board commentary when it comes to determining the Rules Committee meeting Agenda items ...


March 27, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Associations
Discussion: SPA v SSUSA

bigboy11 - The Bordering States Issue was raised at the most recent SSUSA Rules Committee meetings in Tupelo, MS in December ... Here is the relevant section from those meeting minutes ...

BORDERING STATES ISSUE(S) – The request by players in certain smaller/less dense Eastern States for bordering states relief was discussed ... The matter was tabled and referred to the SSUSA Office Staff to complete a study to determine Player Density Statistics by geographic region ... SPA is to be contacted to offer them an opportunity, should they so desire, to participate.

That study is ongoing, and the results will be presented to the Rules Committee at this year's meetings in late November or early December ... Rules changes are made only at that time each year ... You are welcome to attend and participate or to contribute through formal written correspondence or by email ... Message Board commentary is excluded from consideration in matters involving potential Agenda inclusion ...

DCPete - The Roster composition/building software tracks the home state of each player added to an Annual Master or specific Tournament roster ... The "home state" for a team is determined by the majority (or plurality in the event of no majority) of the players on that roster (thanks Jawood) ...


March 26, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Associations
Discussion: SPA v SSUSA

Missouri also has nine states to draw from: Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Tennessee
March 24, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Second Home plate for National Tourneys

Fabe - The secondary scoring plate is allowed, but not mandated, for SSUSA sanctioned events. The usual determining factor is not the nature of the event in the National Tourney hierarchy, but rather whether or not the individual facility either has or will allow them for competition. We cannot compel the facilities to install them, but we generally use them if they are already available. This will vary from facility to facility in many tournaments. We prefer to avoid using the loose "throw down" type of secondary scoring plate because they can slip and create a safety issue for the base runner.

The scoring line and scoring plate rule is at SSUSA Rulebook §8.10 (page 51) and generally is that the scoring line or plate is treated as a force play situation, with the runner scoring a run if his foot touches the scoring plate OR is down on or down beyond the scoring line before the defensive player has control of the ball while touching the strike mat. Hope this helps.


March 24, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Returning Team?

Six (6) or more players
March 21, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Qusetion

srrunner - At your request, we are "chiming in" with our (only) contribution to this message thread ...

• The two players who have the prior 60-Major+ rating experience history have both, independently and prior to this calendar year, had medically based exemptions granted to reduce their official rating experience history ... They submitted the required paperwork, accompanied by doctor's correspondence in support of their requests, and their appeals were approved;
• There is, as asserted, one other player on the roster that has 60-Major rating experience history ... Teams are permitted a maximum of three "out of rating" players ... The individuals referenced above are those three allowed for this team's roster;
• The team currently meets the official roster composition criteria for a 60-AAA team ... That should not be confused with any "unofficial" (and uninformed) public speculation ... We believe that if teams spent only, say, 10% as much time worrying about their own team as they do other teams, they would most likely have a better ball club ...

Follow-up questions, if any, should be directed to George in the SSUSA Home Office at (916) 326.5303 ...


March 20, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Pioneer park

The two facilities are very similar, the primary exception being that Pioneer Park is all dirt/grass and Hunter Park has infield dirt/outfield artificial turf. Each facility has a larger field (#3 at both). Outfield fence distances at Hunter Park are LF Line: 350'/CF: 395'/RF Line: 335'. At Pioneer Park those distances are LF Line: 335'/CF: 380'/RF Line: 335'. The parks are less than a mile apart.
March 19, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: SPRING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2015 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

MAJOR REVISION • MEN'S 70+ DIVISIONS
Due to a roster composition mandated rating change, one team was re-rated Thursday from 70-AAA to 70-Major, resulting in changed schedules and revised Field Assignments ... This change required increasing the 70/75 Platinum Division from eight to nine teams (and moving them TO Pioneer Park) and reducing the 65/70-Silver Division from nine to eight teams (and moving them TO Hunter Park) ... Revised DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets have been posted online with an effective revision date of 03/19/2015 ... Good luck everyone!


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