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May 23, 2011
SteveSimmons
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: OHIO SSWC QUALIFIER

Terry McClaskey, SSUSA Great Lakes Regional Director, launched a new SSWC Qualifier in Beavercreek, OH this past weekend. Beavercreek is a suburb of Dayton. The tournament was held at the beautiful Rotary Park Softball Complex, a facility with a lot of character and which is in a bucolic setting, a valley formed by Beaver creek. Although small in numbers this first year tournament provided some great games and competition and plants the seed for future years. SSUSA expects this tournament to grow into one of their premier events in the Great Lakes area.

Congratulations go out to Terry McClaskey for his efforts in establishing a successful first year event. There were three divisions in the tournament and here are the top two finishers in each division:

70/75 GOLD DIVISION
1. Pfeiffer Gray Sox, MI
2. Kaiser Permanente North Coast Softball, OH

65 AAA DIVISION
1. Indiana Legends / Columbus
2. Rochester Classics, NY

50/55/60 GOLD DIVISION
1. CBC Legends, OH
2. DeClaire Insurance Softball, OH
April 28, 2011
SteveSimmons
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Would like to play in the Minneapolis area this summer

mtboxes,

My e-mail address is stnlsimmons@aol.com. Please e-mail me with your personal information (age, past skill level, where you will be living in the Minneapolis area) and I will be able to provide you with information on where you can play in senior leagues in the Twin Cities (the East Metro league or the West Metro league) and which tournament teams might be a fit with the contact information for their respective managers.
March 8, 2011
SteveSimmons
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: CHATTANOOGA, TN SSWC QUALIFIER

JohnBob,

I wasn't involved with the scheduling so I can only guess at the answer but I'm thinking it had 1.) to do with available dates at the complex and 2.) wanting to avoid conflicts with other senior tournaments in the Southeast region at this time of year. You will be pleased to hear that SSUSA has already started making inquiries about reserving this same complex at a later date (perhaps late April or early May) in 2012.
March 7, 2011
SteveSimmons
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: CHATTANOOGA, TN SSWC QUALIFIER

I would like to thank the softball teams who took part in the first ever Tennessee SSWC Qualifier in Chattanooga this past weekend; the staff of the "Summit of Softball" complex in Chattanooga where the tournament was played; and the umpires who worked the event. The tournament contended with some miserable weather conditions (rain on Saturday and temperatures in the 30's on Sunday) but the teams persevered, the staff at the complex kept the fields playable and gave the teams the opportunity to play a full complement of games over the two days and the two umpires (Bill Bagley of NC and Aristotle Huffman of TN) were out in that weather for every pitch and they both did an excellent job.

This complex is an outstanding facility and they have a staff to match. This tournament has the potential to grow into a large SSWC Qualifier in future years.

Hats off go to Dale McWhorter, SSUSA Southeast Regional Director, who helped launch the tournament. Congratulations also go to DT Express of Calhoun, GA who won the 50/55 Gold Division and to Huffman Electric of Carolton, GA who won the 60/65 AAA Division.
Feb. 13, 2011
SteveSimmons
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: TOC Updates

Bruce,

The Wild Bunch (AL) lost the 60 Major winners bracket finals game to Minnesota Masters 60's - White. MN Masters scored three in the bottom of the seventh to win the game 22-21. The Wild Bunch then lost the losers bracket finals to Minnesota Prize 65's when MN Prize scored once in the bottom of the seventh to win 26-25. That was the third bottom of the seventh win for MN Prize on Sunday as they earlier beat LL Roofing (FL) 18-17 (their third win over LL in the tournament) and then beat Budwesier (FL) 27-26. The 60 Major finals was an all Minnesota event with the MN Masters 60's beating the MN Prize 65's 26-16 to win the title.

NOTE: The MN Prize 65's qualified for the 2011 TOC in 2009 when they were still a 60+ team. They began competing as a 65+ team in 2010 but had to play in the TOC in the division in which they qualified (60 Major).
Jan. 10, 2011
SteveSimmons
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Ridge Hooks has been hospitalized

As of today, January 10, this is the latest posted on the SPA web site regarding Ridge's condition, "Ridge is doing very well. He has been in the office conducting meetings the last few days and has added 10 new tournaments to the SPA's tournament schedule."

Sounds like the Ridge we all know and appreciate.
Dec. 4, 2010
SteveSimmons
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Ridge Hooks has been hospitalized

For those of you who know Ridge Hooks, SPA executive director, I have just been informed by Don Ward of North Carolina, one of Ridge's SPA directors, that Ridge has suffered a series of mini strokes. Ridge has been hospitalized in Oklahoma. That is all the information I have at this time.

Ridge on many occasions has comforted a fellow senior player with a word of prayer. I know, he took me aside during a rough spot in my life and shared a prayer with me. It helped. Now is the time for all of us to share a prayer with Ridge.
Nov. 6, 2010
SteveSimmons
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Question 4 Major Plus teams??

Andy,

It was a joy playing your team in Phoenix and it was a special occasion for me facing one of your teammates, Carlos Beccera. Carlos and I were both on the original National Advisory Board during the second Senior Summit. I consider Carlos a good friend and that is the first time in 10 years that we have played against each other.

We (the MN Prize 60's) played about as well as we can before being edged in bracket play by Master Collision 20-18 and then being eliminated by the KC Kids 33-32 in extra innings. Our hats are off to you for an outstanding championship in Phoenix and for defeating those two outstanding teams enroute to your victory.

I am really happy to hear you have decided to stay together as a team. We really admired your group, both as outstanding individuals and as a very competitive team.

For whatever it's worth I hold a SSWC qualifier in Minnesota in June and this past year had the good fortune of having four teams in the 60 Major / Major+ division. The four were Ricker's, KC Kids, MN Prize 60's and MN Masters 60's-White. That tournament will be held on June 11-12 in 2011 in Rochester, MN. I again expect that many 60 Major / Major+ teams to attend and extend an invitation for you to join us. I understand your travel budget may not allow you to participate but, if it is a possibility, the door will always be open.

Have a great 2011 season,
Steve Simmons - SSUSA National Director
June 13, 2010
SteveSimmons
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: 10,000 LAKES CLASSIC (MN SSWC QLFR)

Listed are the results from the 10,000 Lakes Classic (MN SSWC Qualifier), held this past weekend in damp Rochester, MN. Following are the top three finishers in each division:

50 PLATINUM
1. Long Haul Trucking / Ancell, MN
2. Milwaukee Merchants, WI
3. Can-Do-Metals, IL

55 PLATINUM
1. Roberts Const / Pope Transport, WI
2. MN Masters 55's, MN
3. WI Masters, WI

55 / 60 SILVER
1. Oshkosh Ambassadors 60's, WI
2. MN Lumberjacks 60's, MN
3. Oshkosh Ambassadors 55's, WI

60 PLATINUM
1. MN Prize 60's, MN
2. MN Masters 60's - White, MN
3. KC Kids, KS

65 SILVER
1. Quad City Old Stars, IA
2. MN Masters 65's, MN
3T. MN Prize 65's, MN
3T. Oshkosh Ambassadors 65's, WI


June 9, 2010
SteveSimmons
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: 10,000 LAKES CLASSIC (MN SSWC QLFR)

The 10,000 Lakes Classic, the MN SSWC Qualifier, will be held this coming weekend (June 12-13) in Rochester, MN. There will be 24 teams participating and the list of teams, by divisions, is as follows:

50 PLATINUM
1. Kevitt X, MN
2. Milwaukee Merchants, WI
3. Can-Do-Metals, IL
4. Long Haul Trucking / Ancell, MN
5. MN Grayhounds 50's, MN

55 PLATINUM
1. Roberts Const / Pope Transport, WI
2. MN Masters 55's, MN
3. WI Masters, WI

55/60 SILVER
1. Oshkosh Ambassadors 55's, WI
2. MN Prize 55's, MN
3. MN Masters 60's - Red, MN
4. Oshkosh Ambassadors 60's, WI
5. MN Lumberjacks 60's, MN
6. Badger Classics, WI

60 PLATINUM
1. Ricker's, MN
2. MN Prize 60's, MN
3. KC Kids, KS
4. MN Masters 60's - White, MN

65 SILVER
1. MN Masters 65's, MN
2. MN Prize 65's, MN
3. Quad City Old Stars, IA
4. MN Lumberjacks 65's, MN
5. Oshkosh Ambassadors 65's, WI
6. Bobby & Steve's, MN




May 23, 2010
SteveSimmons
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: NEW ENGLAND CLASSIC (CT SSWC QUALIFIER)

Here is how the teams placed who played in the second session of the New England Classic (the CT SSWC Qualifier) this past weekend.

65 AAA
1. Cozy Grille, RI
2. Edge Technology 65's, CT

65 AA
1. Syracuse Cyclones 65's, NY
2. Western Mass 65's, MA

70 MAJOR
1. Back Office Associates, MA
2. Jersey Jaguars, NJ
3. Syracuse Cyclones 70's, NY

70 AA
1. Edge Technology 70's, CT
2. Wanskuck Post 56, RI
May 16, 2010
SteveSimmons
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: NEW ENGLAND CLASSIC (CT SSWC QUALIFIER)

Here is how the teams placed who played in the first session of the New England Classic (the CT SSWC Qualifier) this past weekend.

50 GOLD
1. Action Auto Parts, RI
2. East Coast Softball, NY
3. My Cousin Vinny's, MA

55/60 GOLD
1. New York Motion, NY
2. Baystate Bombers Plus, MA

60 SILVER
1. Commodity Haulers Express, RI
2. Jersey Masters, NJ
3. Edge Technology 60's, CT
4. Cape Cod Mariners, MA
5. Davy Byrnes, CT

50 WOMEN
1. Connecticut Senior Moments Too, CT
2. Connecticut Senior Moments, CT
May 11, 2010
SteveSimmons
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: NEW ENGLAND CLASSIC (CT SSWC QUALIFIER)

The schedule for the second session, the May 22-23 weekend, is now posted on the tournament page for the New England Classic (the CT SSWC Qualifier). The tournament page can be found in the tournament section of the web site.

There is one change to the tournament field of teams, the NY Streaks dropped out of the 65 AAA division.
May 10, 2010
SteveSimmons
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: NEW ENGLAND CLASSIC (CT SSWC QUALIFIER)

The New England Classic (CT SSWC Qualifier) will be played over two weekends (May 15-16 and May 22-23) at the CT Sportsplex in North Branford, CT. Here is a list of the teams in the tournament:

MAY 15-16

50 GOLD
1. East Coast Softball, NY
2. Action Auto Parts, RI
3. My Cousin Vinny's, MA

55/60 GOLD
1. NY Motion, NY
2. Baystate Bombers, MA

60 SILVER
1. Jersey Masters, NJ
2. Commodity Haulers Express, RI
3. Edge Technology 60's, CT
4. Davey Byrnes, CT
5. Cape Cod Mariners, MA

50 WOMEN
1. CT Senior Moments, CT
2. CT Senior Moments Too, CT

MAY 22-23

65 AAA
1. Cozy Grille, RI
2. NY Streaks, NY
3. Edge Technology 65's, CT
4. Hannington's, MA

65 AA
1. Syracuse Cyclones 65's, NY
2. Western Mass 65's, MA

70 GOLD
1. Back Office Associates, MA
2. Syracuse Cyclones 70's, NY
3. Jersey Jaguars 70's, NJ

70 AA
1. Wanskuck Post 56, RI
2. CAM HVAC, RI
3. Edge Technology 70's, CT

The schedule for the May 15-16 session is posted in the tournament section of the web site on the New England Classic tournament page. The schedule for the May 22-23 session will be posted later this week.

Primarily the tournament format will be round robin play with some cross divisional games to fill out teams' schedules. Some divisions will be decided by head-to-head games, single elimination playoffs or a best-of-three series. Check the schedule to see the format used for each division.

Games will be played to SSUSA rules with one exception, the time limit. All games, except championship games, will be played to a 55 minute time limit, followed by the open inning. Championship games will be played to completion.

May 4, 2010
SteveSimmons
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: BRICKYARD RESULTS

TO Brickyard teams,

I will be happy to provide the game scores if you are interested. Please e-mail me a request and I will e-mail you the results. It will be on an excel spread sheet attachment.

Regarding the schedule, I worked on that based on the frame work provided to me by the tournament director, Tim Fishburn. Instructions were to make it a round robin event guaranteeing teams a minimum of five games apiece. There were also numerous requests for early starts, late starts and early departures. All the formal requests were honored.

The tournament entry deadline was Wednesday, April 28 and this is when the schedule was posted. Following that deadline a team dropped out, a late entry was included and a team had to be moved to a different division because of a change in their rating. This necessitated two revisions, one posted on Thursday, April 29 and another posted on Friday, April 30.

All other schedule revisions were handled at the tournament site. If the teams would like to see the tournament dates moved and / or the schedule format changed that request would need to be addressed to Tim Fishburn.

Please feel free to e-mail me directly with any questions you might have. I will do my best to answer your questions or direct you to the individual who can best answer that question.

My e-mail address is stnlsimmons@aol.com.

I enjoyed meeting all of you this past weekend,
Steve
May 3, 2010
SteveSimmons
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: BRICKYARD RESULTS

JC,

The divisional winners were based on the records they compiled within their respective divisions, if there was no playoff involved. The 55/60 Silver division consisted of five teams, two 55 AA teams and three 60 AAA teams. The Chicago Classic Bobcats were 4 & 0 within that division, including a 17-15 win over the Blue Chips 55's. The Dayton Legends 55's were 3 & 1 within that division, including a 17-16 head-to-head loss to the Chicago Classic Bobcats.

Steve
May 3, 2010
SteveSimmons
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: BRICKYARD RESULTS

The Brickyard Invitational tournament was played this past weekend, May 1-2, at the Midwest Sports Complex in Indianapolis, IN. Thanks are in order to Tim Fishburn and his staff, especially the grounds crew, for keeping the ball fields playable despite overnight rains and showers during the day. They did a great job.

Thanks are also in order to Nancy Allen, tournament UIC and senior softball ambassador extraordinaire, for providing top-notch umpires and helping keep the tournament rolling despite the inclement weather. If you didn't get one of Nancy's welcoming hugs your tournament experience wasn't complete.

Here are the top three finishers in each division:

50 MAJOR PLUS
1. OKI Players, OH
2. Windy City Softball, IL
3. Coors Light, IL

50 MAJOR
1. 50 Caliber St Louis, MO
2. Milwaukee Merchants, WI
3. Can-Do-Metals, IL

50 AAA
1. Brickyard Softball, IN
2. Chicago Prime, IL
3. Underdawgs, MO

55 PLATINUM
1. Premier / RSIG, MI
2. Roberts Const / Pope Transport, WI
3. Black N Blue, IL

55/60 GOLD
1. Brickyard Fiddy-5, IN
2. St Louis Senior Heat, MO
3. KC Kids, KS

55/60 SILVER
1. Chicago Classics Bobcats, IL
2. Dayton Legends 55's, OH
3. Mattingly's Bar & Grill, MO

60 AA
1. Legacy Investment Services, IL
2. Blue Chips 60's, IL
3. Indiana Legends / Columbus, IN

65 AAA
1. .Jobs / Indy 65's, IN
2. Indianapolis Classics, IN
3. KFC of Champaign, IL

65 AA
1. Olde D's, MI
2. Chicago Seniors, IL
3. Chicago Classics Gray Sox, IL
April 30, 2010
SteveSimmons
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: BRICKYARD INVITATIONAL 2010 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

TO Brickyard Invitational Trn Teams,

One other rule that will be utilized at this tournament, that is an exception to the SSUSA rules, is the flip-flop rule. The flip-flop rule will be used in the final inning if the visiting team is ahead by more than five runs.

It was brought to my attention that when scheduling the one cross over game for each of the 55/60 Silver and 60 AA teams, when they play each other, I paired both Blue Chips teams together and I paired both Dayton Legends teams together. The schedule at the tournament site will show different pairings. This will affect the Sunday schedule for all teams in the Gold bracket. All Gold bracket teams need to follow the Sunday schedule posted at the tournament site.

Steve Simmons – SSUSA National Director
(H) 952-470-9250
(C) 952-239-7674
(E) stnlsimmons@aol.com
April 29, 2010
SteveSimmons
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: BRICKYARD INVITATIONAL 2010 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

TO Brickyard Invitational Trn Teams,

There were three events today that caused two revisions to the tournament schedule. The revisions are identified as an April 29 revision and an April 30 revision. The April 30 revision now constitutes the official tournament schedule. The events involved the following:
 The Dr Vinyl Classics (50 Major) team dropped out of the tournament reducing the Green bracket by one team.
 The KC Kids (60 Major) team was added to the tournament and was placed in the 55/60 Gold division in the Red bracket.
 The rating of the Mattingly’s Bar & Grill team was changed from 60AA to 60AAA. This resulted in transferring the Gray bracket teams to the Gold bracket and realigning the divisions in the Gold bracket. There are now five teams in the 55/60 Silver division and five teams in the 60AA division

Following are revised notes regarding each bracket.

WHITE BRACKET (50 Major Plus & 55 Platinum)
 All games will be played to Major Plus rules.
 50 Major Plus teams will play a seeding round followed by a single elimination championship playoff.
 The three 50 Major Plus teams will play each other plus play another two games each against 55 Platinum teams for four seeding games apiece.
 Seeds will be determined by 1.) overall record against each other, 2.) best record against the 55 Platinum teams, and 3.) the SSUSA tie breaking system.
 55 Platinum teams will play each other plus play another one game each against a 50 Major Plus opponent.
 The 55 Platinum champion will be determined by 1.) overall record against each other, 2.) best record against the 50 Major Plus teams, and 3.) the SSUSA tie breaking system.

GREEN BRACKET (50 Major)
 All games will be played to Major rules.
 Teams in this bracket will play a full round robin seeding round.
 Seeds will be determined by 1.) overall record against each other, and 2.) the SSUSA tie breaking system.
 The 50 Major champion will be determined by a single elimination championship playoff.

RED BRACKET (50 AAA & 55/60 Gold)
 All games will be played to AAA rules.
 Teams in this bracket will play a full round robin schedule.
 The 50 AAA champion will be determined by 1.) overall record against each other, 2.) best record against the 55/60 Gold teams, and 3.) the SSUSA tie breaking system.
 The 55/60 Gold champion will be determined by 1.) overall record against each other, 2.) best record against the 50 AAA teams, and 3.) the SSUSA tie breaking system.





GOLD BRACKET (55/60 Silver & 60 AA)
 Games between the AAA teams will be played to AAA rules, all other games will be played to AA rules.
 Teams in each division, within this bracket, will play a full round robin schedule plus one additional game against an opponent from the opposite division.
 The 55/60 Silver champion will be determined by 1.) overall record against each other, 2.) best record against the 60 AA teams, and 3.) the SSUSA tie breaking system.
 The 60 AA champion will be determined by 1.) overall record against each other, 2.) best record against the 55/60 Silver teams, and 3.) the SSUSA tie breaking system.

GRAY BRACKET (not utilized)
 Teams from this bracket were moved into the Gold Bracket.

BLUE BRACKET (65 AAA & 65 AA)
 Games between the AAA teams will be played to AAA rules, all other games will be played to AA rules.
 Teams in this bracket will play a full round robin schedule.
 The 65 AAA champion will be determined by 1.) overall record against each other, 2.) best record against the 65 AA teams, and 3.) the SSUSA tie breaking system.
 The 65 AA champion will be determined by 1.) overall record against each other, 2.) best record against the 65 AAA teams, and 3.) the SSUSA tie breaking system.

The number in Indianapolis to check on playing conditions is 317-875-8833.

Steve Simmons – SSUSA National Director
(H) 952-470-9250
(C) 952-239-7674
(E) stnlsimmons@aol.com

April 28, 2010
SteveSimmons
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: BRICKYARD INVITATIONAL 2010 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

TO Brickyard Invitational Trn Teams,

I will be present at the Brickyard Invitational Tournament this weekend to help with player and team check-ins and registrations. Here are some things to be aware of with regard to this tournament:

RULES
 SSUSA rules will be followed with some exceptions .
 A 3-2 count, with no courtesy foul, will be used in place of the 4-3 count.
 All games will be played to a 50 minute time limit, and then the open inning. This includes championship games. (This precludes the usual 60 minutes for seeding games, 65 minutes for the championship round and no time limit for championship games.)
 70 minutes will be allowed for each game instead of the 90 minutes usually allowed.
 No equalizer rules will be used. The games used to determine bracket winners will match teams of equivalent skill levels.

Following are notes regarding each bracket.

WHITE BRACKET (50 Major Plus & 55 Platinum)
 All games will be played to Major Plus rules.
 50 Major Plus teams will play a seeding round followed by a single elimination championship playoff.
 The three 50 Major Plus teams will play each other plus play another two games each against 55 Platinum teams for four seeding games apiece.
 Seeds will be determined by 1.) overall record against each other, 2.) best record against the 55 Platinum teams, and 3.) the SSUSA tie breaking system.
 55 Platinum teams will play each other plus play another one game each against a 50 Major Plus opponent.
 The 55 Platinum champion will be determined by 1.) overall record against each other, 2.) best record against the 50 Major Plus teams, and 3.) the SSUSA tie breaking system.

GREEN BRACKET (50 Major)
 All games will be played to Major rules.
 Teams in this bracket will play a full round robin schedule.
 The 50 Major champion will be determined by 1.) overall record against each other, and 2.) the SSUSA tie breaking system.

RED BRACKET (50 AAA & 55 AAA)
 All games will be played to AAA rules.
 Teams in this bracket will play a full round robin schedule.
 The 50 AAA champion will be determined by 1.) overall record against each other, 2.) best record against the 55 AAA teams, and 3.) the SSUSA tie breaking system.
 The 55 AAA champion will be determined by 1.) overall record against each other, 2.) best record against the 50 AAA teams, and 3.) the SSUSA tie breaking system.

GOLD BRACKET (55/60 Silver)
 Games between the AAA teams will be played to AAA rules, all other games will be played to AA rules.
 Teams in this bracket will play a full round robin seeding round.
 Seeds will be determined by 1.) overall record against each other, and 2.) the SSUSA tie breaking system.
 The 55/60 Silver champion will be determined by a single elimination championship playoff.
 A consolation game will also be played for third place.

GRAY BRACKET (60 AA)
 All games will be played to AA rules.
 Teams in this bracket will play a full round robin schedule.
 The 60 AA champion will be determined by 1.) overall record against each other, and 2.) the SSUSA tie breaking system.

BLUE BRACKET (65 AAA & 65 AA)
 Games between the AAA teams will be played to AAA rules, all other games will be played to AA rules.
 Teams in this bracket will play a full round robin schedule.
 The 65 AAA champion will be determined by 1.) overall record against each other, 2.) best record against the 65 AA teams, and 3.) the SSUSA tie breaking system.
 The 65 AA champion will be determined by 1.) overall record against each other, 2.) best record against the 65 AAA teams, and 3.) the SSUSA tie breaking system.

I look forward to meeting all of you in Indianapolis this weekend.

Steve Simmons – SSUSA National Director
(H) 952-470-9250
(C) 952-239-7674
(E) stnlsimmons@aol.com

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