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May 15, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: ROCK 'n RENO CHALLENGE CUP 2014 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for SESSIONS #2 AND #3 of the 2014 Rock 'n Reno Challenge Cup in Reno, Sparks and Carson City, NV, have been posted and are available from the links below and on the event's Tournament Page ... The caveats published above for SESSION #1 apply here as well ...

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

DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets (PDF's)

• Men's: 50's | 55's | 65's | 70's | 75's and 80's

• Complete: All Ages & Divisions (Large File: 59 pages)

Tournament Administration (PDF's)

• Participating Teams List: Rock 'n Reno 2014


May 15, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Looking for team for Rockin Reno 40+.

TOP DOG - mjturpin1 is hoping to catch on with a Women's 40-Masters team
May 14, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: CAN-Sirs Benefit Tournament • Elk Grove

For those who may be interested in the Elk Grove CAN-Sirs tournament schedule, the following link will bring up the Revised schedule as of May 14, 2014 ... Good luck to everyone!

DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets (PDF's)

• CAN-Sirs: Revised 05/14/2014

May 13, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Pitching masks revisited

Thanks taits ... This perfectly illustrates why we give no credence to Message Board postings when it comes to policy discussions and related potential Rules Committee decisions ... Despite the purported identifying information in his posting data, we have NO registered Doug Evans nationally among our 30,000+ players and in fact, we have NO player(s) with the last name of Evans, regardless of first name, in Austin ... Our only reasonable conclusion is that he is a Message Board troll, one of a class of individuals who's commentary should be routinely ignored, absolutely guilt free ...


May 13, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: pitchers mask

txtable - Playing Rules changes are considered formally only once per year, at the Rules Committee sessions during the SSUSA Annual Convention ... This year's convention is in early December in Tupelo, MS ... Public participation is both allowed and encouraged ... In addition to direct public participation, the 13-member Rules Committee accepts written correspondence on issues of concern to the membership by regular mail and by e-mail (addresses for both are readily available) ... Message Board commentary, due to its generally anonymous and unregulated nature, is not considered for Rules Committee Agenda inclusion ... Accordingly, and consistent with almost all other items discussed herein, the posting public will be providing the only commentary here on this topic ...


May 12, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: ROCK 'n RENO CHALLENGE CUP 2014 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for SESSION #1 of the 2014 Rock 'n Reno Challenge Cup in Reno, Sparks and Carson City, NV, 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 the evening before play commences ...

NOTE: Managers who do NOT attend the 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 without Tournament Director approval before team’s first game. 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 and are prohibited from roster additions ...

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

DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets (PDF's)

• Men's: 40-Masters | 60's
• Women's: 40-Masters | 50's, 55's 60's & 65's

Tournament Administration (PDF's)

• Master Planning Grid: Master Games & Fields


May 10, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: STAFF bat knobs

And we're not exactly going out on a limb here, but we suspect adding another knob/flare to a bat handle isn't an automatic that you'll be transformed into a Bogie-Class hitter!
May 9, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: STAFF bat knobs

We have not changed our position on this, but rather have simply issued a clarification in response to a specific inquiry ... Someone has misquoted, or you have misunderstood, what we stated ...

A second knob/flare is allowable, so long as it is commercially manufactured as a bat knob/flare AND so long as it is secured with tape not to exceed a thickness of two wraps around the knob/flare ... However, "building" a knob with athletic (or any other type) tape is not permitted, as stated in the rule section quoted above ...

We presume this topic has become popular as a result of the YouTube "Swing Makeover" series by Ken Van Bogaert (Bogie) ...


May 9, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: ROLL CALL FOR "ROCK N RENO"

GSC 50's are playing "Exhibition" due to a roster composition issue ... They are bringing an ineligible "out of region player" from east of the Mississippi River ...
May 9, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: ROCK 'n RENO 2014 • Tentative Field Assignments

RENO TENTATIVE FIELD ASSIGNMENTS • Due to the near-record entry level of over 205 teams, revisions to the TENTATIVE Field Assignments have been made for SESSION #3, as follows:

• 50-MAJOR-PLUS - Golden Eagle Regional Park (Sparks)
• 55-AA - Golden Eagle Regional Park (Sparks)


May 7, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: ATLANTIC COAST CHAMPIONSHIPS 2014 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for SESSION #2 of the 2014 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 caveats mentioned 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: 23 pages]


May 6, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Atlantic Coast Championship

Hamel Builders/Superior 65's are playing with the highest remaining rated teams, the 65-Major, and giving the equalizer because there is no equivalent younger rating group to play ... We are also protecting the 65-Major teams in the event that Hamel's wins, by awarding the runner-up team with 1st place awards and the 65-Major TOC bid ... These are not identical circumstances ...


May 6, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Atlantic Coast Championship

Your perception is incorrect as to "Unequal Treatment" (although we are unclear exactly in what context you make the assertion) ... Your team, at 55-Major Plus, carries a Ratings Index of 8, which is identical to the Rating Index of a 50-Major team, also an 8 ...

We routinely offer any "singleton" team, meaning the only team entered in your age group and rating, one of three options, at your sole discretion ... Those options are: [1] Play in the equivalent ratings index group for fairness of competition; [2] play "EXHIBITION" with the lower rated teams, where you are guaranteed your five games, but are seeded last and cannot advance in the bracket; or [3] withdraw from the tournament and receive a full refund (or a full entry fee credit to a future event) ... You declined options [1] and [2] ...

We stand by our decision to not have you play 55-Major because it would present an unfair disadvantage to those teams ...


May 6, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: STAFF bat knobs

The SSUSA Official Rulebook details our position on bat knobs at §3.4 G • OFFICIAL BATS on page 14, as follows ...

G. Shall have a safety knob of a minimum of Ό inch protruding at a 90-degree angle from the handle. It may be molded, lathed, welded or permanently fastened. A "flare" or "cone" grip attached to the bat will be permissible as long as it is a commercially manufactured flare or cone. Taping into a cone will be considered altered. The knob may be taped as long as there is no violation of this section.


May 6, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: ATLANTIC COAST CHAMPIONSHIPS 2014 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for SESSION #1 of the 2014 Atlantic Coast Championships in Loudoun County, VA, 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 the evening before play commences ...

NOTE: Managers who do NOT attend the 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 without Tournament Director approval before team’s first game. 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 and are prohibited from roster additions ...

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

DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets (PDF's)

• Men's: 65's | 70's & 75's

Tournament Administration (PDF's)

• Master Planning Grid: Master Games & Fields
• Participating Teams List: Atlantic Coast Championships 2014


May 4, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: BRICKYARD INVITATIONAL QUALIFIER 2014 • Game Scores & Bracket Results

Game Scores and Bracket Results from the 2014 Brickyard Invitational Qualifier in Indianapolis, IN, have been posted and are available from the links below and on the event Tournament Page ... Congratulations to all of the Champions and thank you to everyone who participated ...
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Game Scores & Bracket Results (PDF's)

• Men's: 50's | 55's | 60's | 65's & 70's

• Complete: All ages & Divisions
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Final Results

• MEN'S 50-MAJOR
1. 50 Caliber St. Louis 50 (MO)
2. Brickyard Classics (IN)
3. Big Ten/Spartan Sports Park (IN)

• MEN'S 50-AAA
1. WC Thunder (IL)
2. Team O50 (IL)
3. Storm (IL)

• MEN'S 55-MAJOR PLUS
1. DOC's (OH)
2. Motown Stars/National Pawn (MI)

• MEN'S 55-MAJOR
1. Banker & Mann Softball (IN)
2. Old Style/Windy City (IL)
3. 50 Caliber St. Louis 55 (MO)

• MEN'S 55-AAA
1. Milwaukee Merchants (WI)
2. Dayton Legends (OH)
3. BSN/DeClaire/PMB (MI)

• MEN'S 60-MAJOR
1. Pope Transport (WI)
2. Indiana Legends/Accelerated Therapy
3. Golden Vipers (MI)

• MEN'S 60-SILVER
1. American Scaffolding (OH) • 60-AAA
2. Brickyard Classics (IN)
3. Blue Chips 60 (IL)

• MEN'S 65-AAA
1. U.S. Jobs, Indy 65's (IN)
2. U.S. Pallet (IL)
3. Mid-State Seniors 65's (IL)

• MEN'S 65-AA
1. Indiana Legends 65
2. Kentuckiana (KY)

• MEN'S 70-SILVER
1. Chicago Gray Sox (IL) • 70-AAA
2. Indianapolis Classics (IN)
3. Mid-State Seniors 70's (IL)


May 2, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Double Rostering

Players may play in separate age divisions of the same SSUSA tournament, provided they meet the ratings history and residency eligibility requirements for each team ... The player bears the risk of conflicting game times ... There is no limit in SSUSA as to how many double roster players may participate on a team's roster ...
May 1, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: BRICKYARD INVITATIONAL QUALIFIER 2014 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

MINOR CHANGES have been made in the Saturday schedule to correct technical issues that came up during final review this morning ... Those changes affected the match-ups and field assignments (but not game times) in the 50-Platinum round robin and two bracket games Saturday evening ... The effective date of the revisions is 05/01/2014 ... All other ages and divisions of play are final as of the 04/30/2014 schedule set posted Wednesday ...
May 1, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Illegal player

In 2008, a team at the Atlantic Coast Championships attempted to use an underage illegal player (younger brother playing under his older brother's identity) ... The player was denied participation upon that discovery ... The manager and the team (since disbanded voluntarily) were suspended for the balance of that season and the player received a lifetime ban from Senior Softball ... Last year, the player sought an appeal of that suspension, and the appeal was denied ...
April 30, 2014
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: BRICKYARD INVITATIONAL QUALIFIER 2014 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for SESSION #3 of the 2014 Brickyard Invitational Qualifier in Indianapolis have been posted and are available from the links below and on the event's Tournament Page ... The same caveats mentioned above apply here as well ...

DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets (PDF's)

• Men's: 50's | 55's

• Complete: All ages & divisions


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