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Oct. 1, 2014
Downs
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: 70's Player for Mesquite Tournament - Oct 10-11



JERSEY NICK: Please contact Gary Edgington, manager of the Black Bear Yogurt team as he is short a player or two and his 70"s WA team is playing in Mesquite Oct. 10 - 11. I'm sure you know there are no residency requirements, just age qualifications. Contact Gary as soon as possible. Phone: (253) 839-5861 or email:
edges@comcast.net
Also, any more 70's team members or players that would be interested in helping Gary, please contact him ASAP.
Jan. 4, 2014
Downs
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: SSUSA shares DBO rationale Senior

SSUSA STAFF: Thanks for your expeditious response. In each instance your response makes a lot of sense and in fact reflects no change in the HR rules as they previously existed, other than the DBO and HR limits.

The problem I had in trying to understand the intent as worded in your News Letter, is that the statement made seems to stand alone and is neither tied to HR's or DBO's. In a completely separate paragraph, it states: "In a minor related rule change, SSUSA has now allowed for the practice of "hit and sit" following "ANY" over-the-fence home run. It does not specify additional HR's over the allotted maximum or a DBO. It does, in my personal opinion, add much more confusion than would exist if that particular statement had not been included as it refers to a minor related rule change. Anyway, seems the "hit and sit" intent is specifically related only to the DBO. Sure hope I'm right this time. Again, thanks for the clarification.
Jan. 4, 2014
Downs
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: SSUSA shares DBO rationale Senior

SSUSA STAFF: Can you please provide a clarification regarding the new home run rule? In the News Letter, there is a stated minor change to the rule that had not surfaced in any prior SSUSA communications. There is a statement indicating a "HIT & SIT" modification that is now approved. In other words, it appears that this change permits the batter to watch the ball clear the fence, and return to the dugout, no longer being required to advance to first base? I have no problem with such a rule. However, just how does it now impact any base runners when there is an over the fence HR?

1. Are the on-base runners still required to "ADVANCE ONE BASE", or called out?

2. If "one" of the base runners elects to run all the bases, is he/she out for
passing a base runner that elects not to run all the bases?

3. If the batter elects to run to first base, is he/she required to continue on to
run all the bases accordingly?

4. If the batter elects to run the bases on an over the fence HR, is he/she out for
passing one of the base runners that does not continue to run all the bases? I
witnessed this call in championship play in the past?

5. Are all the runners (batter & base runners) still to be CALLED OUT for any
violation of the base running rules, such as stepping on or over the strike mat or
batters box?

STAFF: thanking you in advance for your clarifications as our local league adopts all SSUSA rules that are not modified for local play and we need to be assured of the specific interpretations and applications. Thanks again. Jim Downs - Seattle
Nov. 28, 2013
Downs
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Positioning of screen protecting pitcher


HJ: we here in the Seattle, Puget Sound area, have used a pitcher's safety screen for years. We have managed to address basically every kind of a situation possible on the playing field and modified the league rule accordingly. We have a 22 team league that goes from 55 to our oldest player, 93 this year. Due to the extreme differences between ages, skills, and abilities, we created the rule which allows an option as to whether or not a pitcher elects to use a safety screen. We specify the max. size of the screen, where the screen is to be placed, must cover a least 50% of the pitching rubber when viewed from the catcher/umpire position, cannot be closer to the batter than 3-foot in front of the pitching rubber, and the pitcher must come to a complete stop behind the front edge of the safety screen after releasing the ball. If a pitcher ends up releasing the ball parallel to, or in front of the pitching rubber, the umpire is to warn the pitcher, and the next violation, will force the manager to remove the screen or the pitcher. The safety screen may be moved backward if the pitcher desires to pitch from deeper in the 10-foot pitcher's box. At no time can the safety screen be utilized in any way to benefit a team's defense.

I will be glad to send you a copy of our PSSSA pitcher's safety screen rule as it also covers no penalty to the batter for hitting the screen, live ball situation for a thrown ball hitting the screen, and also if a pitcher elects to pitch without a safety screen, no penalty for hitting the pitcher and no out for a ball hit in the vicinity of a pitcher. The rule was designed for maximum protection of a pitcher and if he elects to not use the screen, then why punish the hitters. The rule also requires a left handed pitcher to pitch from the left side of the screen and a right handed pitcher to pitch from the right hand side of the screen. Like I say, we have used the screen for years and think we now have it all pretty well covered. Send me an email if you'd like a copy of our rule: downsjba@msn.com with your mailing address. You do not need to include your name if you do not wish to do so. Jim
Nov. 28, 2013
Downs
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: You make the call part 643

stick8, sorry to say that your application of the Batter-Runner rule is incorrect.

Please refer to: 2013-14 SSUSA Rule Book, Page 43, Section 8.3, Sub.Sec. (H). The rule specifies: The Batter-runner Is Out: (H) When he moves back toward any base to avoid or delay a tag by a fielder. The ball is 'DEAD' the batter-base-runner is out and all runners shall return to the base occupied at the time of the pitch.

(NOTE: there was an official notification sent by SSUSA to clarify this rule to where the rule would ONLY apply to the Batter-base-runner, not to ANY BASE, and until the new 2015 Rule Book is published, that we were to "manually" delete the words "toward any base" and therefore this rule was heretofore applicable to the Batter-runner, ONLY. In essence, anytime the Batter-baserunner stops before reaching first base and TAKES A STEP BACKWARD to avoid or delay the tag, it shall be called "dead ball out", and ALL base runners must return to the base occupied at the time of the pitch. Hope this helps to clarify this rule. Jim
April 2, 2013
Downs
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: You make the call

Gentlemen: having the good fortune and honor of serving as the UIC and umpiring at 10 NCAA Div. I & II College World Series, as well as serving as the ASA Metro UIC, your interpretation and application is correct. One additional clarification that should have been addressed, is the fact that on a fly ball, you can NEVER have a double play. Once a fly ball is caught, it then becomes an appeal play. The only force out possible, is if the fielder were to drop the fly ball, then a runner COULD be out if he/she failed to advance safely to the next base. Thus, a force out. The utilization of the term "time call" is absolutely correct. The appeal play. and therefore, umps out call, must occur prior to the base runner on third crossing home plate.
Jan. 22, 2013
Downs
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: loosing toenails


This is not an uncommon occurrence. Nothing can affect your play and comfort more than your feet, especially when they are hurting. There are three specific problems that can cause the loss, or blacking, of either, or both, the big toe or second toe nails. I have had this experience with only with Tanel's. I cannot wear them at all.

1. The shoe design has too sharpe an incline between the front of the shoe and toward the shoe laces. This results in the toe nails making contact with the top of the shoe and catches the toe nails when running, or stopping quickly. Need to assure you have sufficent room between the top of the shoe and the top of your toes. More of a boxlike fit.

2. Be sure you have sufficient room between the end of the shoe and your toe. This is the same problem experienced by hunters and mountian climbers. Feet swell when you exert yourself over a period of time and you must allow sufficient room to maintain foot comfort. Remember, you buy your shoes when you have not been exerting yourself and your feet are not swollen. Don't be ashamed to buy a one size, a size and a half, or even two sizes larger that you normally wear. Try on shoes before you buy them....

3. May sound funny, but a very important single issue is the way you lace up your shoes. If you run your shoe lace through the single center loop at the bottom of the shoe laces, whey you tie your laces you force the shoe's toe to pull backwards toward the toes and this in turn will force the toes to come into contact with the top of the shoe when you are running or stopping and that will pull against the toe nails. Result: adios toe nails. Better to look like a clown than to limp and not be able to run as not only do your feet hurt, but you may be huring the team too. GOOD LUCK..Jim D
Dec. 12, 2012
Downs
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Ratings


MUCH NEEDED CONSIDERATION.

I believe you may all be overlooking one major consideration. That is the number of at bats a team experiences in a game. If the home team wins, then their average number of runs will normally be based on a 7 inning game, and not the 6 innings they may have actually batted. Meanwhile, their opponent will have batted 7 times, and in essence the "averages" will actually be convoluted. It would appear the game was closer than would normally be expected if the two teams had switched the team batting order.

If you are going to utilize a run average, then you may want to consider using a per inning average, not per game average. Thereby dividing the total number of runs by the actual number of team at bats. It could logically be broken down into tenths or hundredths of scored runs per inning. It would still provide a sufficient basis for comparative purposes. Just my opinion....... I've been playing this damn game or organized softball for 68 years and regardless of the rules, I still intend to play.
Every year there are changes that the majority does not agee with, but still compete, and that is why we play. Good luck and Happy Holidays....... Jim D.
Aug. 3, 2010
Downs
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: End loaded Fish scandal

Why hell yes Lecak. If you check in the rule book, it is an "ALTERED" fish.
Jan. 5, 2010
Downs
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: 65 + tournaments- Wa. state

Bluebelly. If you are from the N/W I'm surprised you do not know Art Eversole, Ruth's 65 Major Plus team. Art's email address is: bashbro1@earthlink.net He is the key to Senior Softball information for all the N/W. You can email him or you can view his website which is loaded with pertinent softball info, including tournaments.
www.bashbro1nwseniorsoftball.com
There is so much info available that you will need to let it download, then look for N/W Tournament Listing. Jim.
Feb. 10, 2009
Downs
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Playing down in age bracket

JC: in my personal opinion, you are addressing a different issue than Jose #12. His concern was in regards to an individual senior player being able to play on two different teams in the same season. This is legal as I indicated, providing they are in two different age divisions and they are in the same or within one skill level. (Thus, 1-up & 1-down rule.) Unless I am mistaken, you are referring to Team Classification. That is different as any of the 10 governing organizations have the authority to rate or rerate a team at virtually any time they feel the team is too weak or too strong for that level of competition, thus an emergency reclassification for their own tournament. Also, there is a 3-person Summit rating Committee that establishes the Team Ratings for all teams at the start of a season. Now, as for individual players, there is also a 1-up 1-down rule that SSUSA uses from one season to the next. To get around that rule, an appeal must be submitted prior to playing at lower than 1-level and receive a prior approval to be legal. HOWEVER, For a new Team, we have been advised that all new teams will be started at AAA, and will be assessed to move up or down after three approved tournaments. HOWEVER, there is an added addendum: in 2008 we started a new 75 team, Joeseppi's, Tacoma, WA. Only a few of the Joeseppi's 70's were eligible to move up and they were not IMPACT PLAYERS. When I registered the new 75's, I recommended they be rated as AA. The request was DENIED. The SSUSA Staff informed me that there were MORE than 2 players that played 70 Major Plus the year prior and when any NEW TEAM is created with 3 or more higher level players from the year prior, Staff is required to elevate that team to an equal level PRIOR to the team's competitive play. THUS, shocking to us, Joeseppi's 75's started the 2008 season as a 75 Major Plus team. They were not that competitive and "intend" to appeal for reclassification for 2009.

JC, hope this helps to clarify the issue. Jim
Feb. 9, 2009
Downs
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Playing down in age bracket

Gentlemen, it took us two years to understand how this rule governed our Championship play. Recommend you check the SSUSA Official Guide (2008 Rule Book) Section 16 Disqualification, Section 16.1(5) Double Team Registration, it reads: A player may be registered to play on two teams in DIFFERENT age brackets, as long as he is old enough for both brackets and they are within ONE SKILL LEVEL OF EACH OTHER. (For example, a 62-year old player may play on a 60+ Major team and a 55+ AAA team during the same season. A 60+ Major player MAY NOT play on a 55+ AA team. When a team QUALIFIES for the World Championships its players are frozen and may not participate on another team IN THE SAME AGE DIVISION intending to qualify in subsequent tournaments.

Now all that said, we were also advised and therefore subsequently governed up here in the N/W that if you play in two different age divisions, that the first Qualifier or Championship tournament you participate in clearly establishes your individual rating for that season, (Major Plus, Major, AAA, or AA) for you that year and limits your "ONE UP, ONE DOWN" ability. it is further stated: it is the dual responsibility of the qualified player and his team manager to ensure that a player's name does NOT appear on more than one quaifying tournament team roster in the same age division. The penalty is the player will be disqualified for the balance of the season, plus the following year, and the team will forfeit all games in the event in which the player participated.

Finally: 2008 Rule Book: Secton 4.2(6)PLAYING IN TWO AGE DIVISIONS: further qualifies the 1-up, 1-down, or same skill level limitation. Subsection "C" mandates that a player electing to play in two different age divisions must: "C". Player indicates on the back of both Official Rosters, next to his name, that he is playing in two age divisions.

Like you, we struggled with this rule for quite awhile and thought we could play with a different team in the same age division in the different tournaments. Didn't realize they were all connected and players were being tracked via a computerized player identification program. So careful. Some governing Organizations, such as The Huntsman, will deviate so check first.
Jan. 16, 2009
Downs
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Fran Dowell Named One of Top Sports Planners in America

Fran, from the entire senior softball community up here in the great N/W, our sincerest "congratulations" on your recent selection by the Sports Events Magazine as one of the nation's top Sports Events Planners of 2009.  It is a well deserved selection and speaks very highlly of you and your respective SSUSA Staff.  It is obvious you "Lead BY Example" and surround yourself with people you respect and trust and that's why SSUSA works so well.  Also, we the benefactors of all SSUSA's  time and efforts, appreciate your responsiveness to our complaints, needs, and suggestions.  There is little doubt, as I know you personally, that you share this national honor with your entire Staff, and rightly so.  You and Terry have a justifyable reason to be proud of your many personal accomplishments as well as the SSUSA's Organizational accomplishments.  We all salute you and totally agree with this national award.  Walk proud, you earned it, you deserve it, we support it.  Jim
Nov. 24, 2008
Downs
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Why have 11 on defense for 70+ teams?

Mike, as you have never played in the 70 division how do you know what the majority of 70 teams and players really want. I think you'll find the majority "PREFER" the 11 defensive player option. Also, there is no setfast rule. If ,now that you are intending to move up to the 70's in 2009, you feel that this is not a good option, you can certainly play with only 10 defensive players if you wish. The option affords the team a chance to get more players into the game and it also speeds the game up. It was not ever intended to prevent hitting up the middle or protecting the pticher. It was instituted as we 70's are too slow to cover second like the younger teams. We have been using it for years and never have heard any complaints, except for a new team that suddenly finds they are going to be faced with a defensive player up the middle. You will soon learn to appreciate this additional player position, once you learn not to hit up the middle. Jim
Nov. 6, 2008
Downs
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: GRANDMA FRAN

Fran & Dave. Congratulatlions on your very first grandchild. It is a gift from God and one you'll both cherish for a lifetime. (Hope Dave is doing OK as I heard he was responsible for this and took credit for doing all the work). Seriously, you two have been like family to all of the teams and players up here in the great N/W. May we share with you in this joyous event and once again share with you and the entire SSUSA Staff on just how much we respect and appreciate all you do for us on a continuous basis. Mallory Erin will soon learn to appreciate you as much as we all do. Oh yea, go ahead and spoil her as that's what Grandmothers are entitled to do. GRANNY & PAW-PAW. Has a beautiful ring to it. Congratulaltions. Joeseppi's 70's & 75's, Jim D.
May 5, 2008
Downs
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: HEADFIRST SLIDING

Bones: it is each player's personal decision as to how hard he wants to play the game. I started playilng fastpitch in an organized youth travel league when I was 8 years old and now play senior slowpitch @ 71. As an Officer with ASA I unsuccessfully legislated to get the headfirst slide prohibited for the following reasons. 1. We played in a benefit fastpitch tournament with the proceeds going to a 22 year old father of two that slid head first into second base and while sliding the second baseman stepped between his outstretched arms to complete a double play and the slider's head struck the second baseman's ankle. He broke his neck was was totally paralyzed from the neck down. 2. While serving as the UIC for the NCAA Div. 1 woman's fastpitch, a young FSU lady player slid headfirst into home plate and her head rammed into the catcher's shinguards. I was an Asst Fire Chief and fortunately, one of my paramedics was in the stands and rendered first aid until the ambulance arrived. She was out for the year but did come back to play the following year.
Therefore, my question is just how hard you want to play and personally, I'm all for sliding, but prefer to see players slide feet first as it's just a game and not worth a serious injury. Professionals, well that's different. Baseball and football require full out ability or they lose their job. Further, us old guys don't bend according to my orthopedic doctor, we break. Lots of luck, however you elect to slide. Jim
July 12, 2007
Downs
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: WESTERN NATIONALS (DRAFT) GAME SCHEDULES

WHAT A JOB? Our 70's Joeseppi's team from Tacoma, WA just finished up in the NW Championships in Portland, OR. During the tournament we all had the opportunity of observing Dave Dowell working on the Reno Western National brackets and schedules most of Tuesday between administering the tournament and handling questionable issues, and we learned he was up doing the final printings until after 2:30 am. Once he thought he was finished and ready to publish his work on the web, he found six teams had been forwarded to him with wrong team classifications. Said he was forced to start all over again. (Sure sounds like fun, huh?)
Needless to say, all day Wednesday Dave was back to "RE-DOING" the entire thing due to adding and deleting teams from specific divisions and therefore increasing the total number of games and forcing more games in order to get to the finals and championship games. Dave worked on that the enire night (Wed) and did not make it to bed prior to arriving at the fields for the championship games for the 65's & 70's this morning, Thursday.
Not only does Dave do an exceptional job of coordinating all the games and fields, he takes control of the tournament as the SSUSA Rep and continuously retains the respect of all. From all of us, sorry to hear about the confusion and extra work we create in our old age, and appreciate your time, efforts, and understanding. (Keep in there, we will improve with age, (Sure we will!) Jim D.
May 21, 2007
Downs
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Utra II Advanced or Combat

Lefty-8: in answer to your question, I am aware of only one Senior Combat that broke. However, it was broken by BASHBRO-1, and I know that until he found the Combat he ordered his U-II's at 6 to 12 at a time. He is one of those unique senior power hitters that can really "crush" a ball. I was told he averages 1-HR per less than 7 AB's. I hit with him and his brother Tad quite a bit. The last 5 or 6 times I've seen him hit, it was a Senior Combat. He certainly can qualify for the 400 or 450 club.
I watch other hitters and it amazes me how many seniors use the U-II-A and place both hands above the silver knob. Problem: you have taken away considerable bat length which seriously reduces the leverage you normally generate with swinging a 34 inch bat. Guess Miken didn't think that was important, but it sure is to me. Lefty, hope this helps AND personally I'm hoping Miken returns to their old U-II as it was the best bat, at one time. No longer. Jim
May 21, 2007
Downs
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Utra II Advanced or Combat

Hey Lefty, I think we had this same discussion in Feb. However, I am 70, 6' 2" and 165, and just broke my fourth U-II this year and broke seven last year. It may be just my personal opinion, but I think when Miken ships out a U-II-A, they should stamp "fragile" "glass" on the package. Also, the Advanced knob kills my palm and yes, I do use an overlap grip with no part of my right hand on the bat. Oh yea, I can occasionally clear the 300 fence. However, I am now a converted Combat hitter, 30 oz. end loaded and unless Miken reverts back to the 2000-2004 U-II model, I have purchased my LAST Miken. I may still use my 585 Maniac but do not like my NRG 600. The MUIIA does not have anywhere the durability and not quite the distance when compared to the Combat. Ananconda's 1.20 bpf Combat is by far the leader today for senior's with some power. Try it, you'll like it.
Feb. 24, 2007
Downs
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Tried my ultra 2 advance out.

Lefty & Monte: up here in the Seattle area we have been using the U-II-A for BP. It has pop out of the wrapper and we are about 50-50 on the knob design. It seems to work best for those using the overlap grip. Also, has shortened the bat in leverage as the maximum length of any bat is 34 inches, measured end to end. This new knob design requires too much of the total length of the 34 inches to permit a leverage equal to the standard type of bat knob. This reduction of leverage length when added to recent lack of durability probably will result in a serious reduction of marketability for Miken. In fact, for those of us that have been breaking so darn many ( I broke 7 U-II's last season and one already this season) we think Miken should change the name from Ultra II-A (advanced) to Ultra II-D (for disposable). Can't afford to keep replacing the U-II's. So, I too have picked up two Combat Da Bomb Originals. So far, so good.
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