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April 26, 2010
SteveSimmons
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Post major plus tournament schedules

Bob,

I will be holding the 10,000 Lakes Classic, the Minnesota SSWC Qualifier, on June 12-13 in Rochester, MN. Teams that will be present that could be possible opponents include Roberts Const, WI (55 Major Plus); Wisconsin Masters, WI (55 Major); Minnesota Masters 55's, MN (55 Major); Kevitt / Ploog Const, MN (50 Major Plus); Long Haul Trucking / Ancell, MN (50 Major); and the MN Merchants (a new 50+ team that will be rated Major or Major Plus).

The approximate driving time from Indianapolis to Rochester is nine hours. If this interests you look me up at the Brickyard Invitational this coming weekend. I will be in Indianapolis helping conduct this tournament.

Steve Simmons - SSUSA National Director

March 27, 2010
SteveSimmons
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: IN MEMORIAM JIM SHERMAN

I had the honor of sharing a room with Sherm during the Senior Softball World Championships in Phoenix in October. It was obvious he was physically laboring due to the disease and the treatment he was receiving. But he never let that get him down. He maintained a real positive attitude and fulfilled his field director's obligation with verve.

He definitely was an inspiration to all of us. His indomnitable spirit will be remembered by all that were fortunate enough to have made his acquaintance. He will be missed.

My condolences go out to his family.

Steve Simmons
SSUSA National Director
March 10, 2010
SteveSimmons
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: LODGING IS AVAILABLE FOR MAY 22-24 CT QLFR

TO: Men's 65+, 70+ & 75+ teams,

It has been brought to our (SSUSA staff) attention that lodging may be harder to come by for the men's 65+, 70+ and 75+ portion of the New England Classic, the CT SSWC qualifier scheduled for May 22-24 at the Connecticut Sportsplex in North Branford, CT. This is also graduation weekend for Yale University and Quinnipiac University.

Don Westfall, CT Sportsplex facility manager, has made inquiries and found lodging to be available, it just won't be centralized. Please refer to the CT Sportsplex web site, www.ctsportsplex.com, and contact the hotels listed to find available rooms. If you need further assistance finding lodging you can contact Don Westfall at 203-484-4383, ext 103.

The women's division of the New England Classic was also scheduled for May 22-23 but, due to a conflict with another senior women's tournament in Connecticut on that same weekend, the women's division will now be played on May 15-16. The women will join the men's 50+, 55+ and 60+ portion of the New England Classic who also play on May 15-16 (and May 17 for the 60+ division) at the CT Sportsplex.

Respectfully,
Steve Simmons - tournament director
(H) 952-470-9250
(C) 952-239-7674
(E) stnlsimmons@aol.com
Jan. 23, 2010
SteveSimmons
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Results

Andy,

Well put. The director in question is Jim Sherman. Jim was being treated for throat cancer and, at first, it appeared the treatment was effective. More recently, though, it has been learned that the cancer has reappeared and has spread to other parts of his body. "Sherm", as he is known by teammates, friends and opponents, and his family can certainly use your prayers.

Sherm, along with SSUSA founder Bob Mitchell, was part of the inaugural class that was inducted into the newly established SSUSA Hall of Fame. A feature article on their selection to the SSUSA Hall of Fame headlined the most recent issue, the 2009 summer edition, of Senior Softball News.

Sherm was the chief safety officer for the Seattle Fire Department for 30 years. Four years ago he proposed that the SSUSA adopt the defribrillator program that now will be in place at all SSWC tournaments in 2010. For the past three years Sherm has trained the SSUSA field directors in the use of the defribrillator and during that time four lives have been saved at SSWC tournaments, including one life that Sherm personally saved.

I have followed Andy's lead and have submitted the scores of my team's (MN Prize 60's) games at the 2009 SSWC Winter Worlds to Dave Dowell. If you notice that the results of your team are not posted please take a moment to gather that information and forward it to Dave. He would appreciate all the help he can get.

Thanks for your patience and help with this matter and please keep Sherm and his family in your prayers.

Steve Simmons - SSUSA National Director
Dec. 24, 2009
SteveSimmons
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Fly zone Repealed

To all interested parties:

1.) For action taken on the "pitcher protection rule" please refer to the discussion from the SSUSA rules committee dated December 4, 2009; designated as a priority item; and highlighted in red / pink at the outset of these entries. The eighth item, under actions taken by the rules committee, states the "pitcher protection rule" was repealed.

2.) For action taken on the "middle no hit zone rule", the new rule resulting from the rules committee meeting at the SSUSA annual convention on December 2-4 in Nashville, TN, please refer to the discussion from the SSUSA rules committee dated December 22, 2009; designated as a priority item; and highlighted in red / pink at the outset of these entries. Item number one in the seventh paragraph states the "middle no hit zone rule" was repealed.

3.) In that same December 22, 2009 discussion an explanation is given of the new rule that is in place that addresses pitcher safety.

Hope this helps.

Merry Christmas and we're still playing ball inside three domes here in Minnesota.
Nov. 27, 2009
SteveSimmons
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: TOC 60 Major

Double LL Roofing won the 60 Major division in the SSWC Winter Nationals in Fort Myers which qualifies them for the 2011 TOC. Unless they won another SSWC TOC qualifier earlier in the year they are not eligible for the 2010 TOC.

My team, the MN Prize 60's, is in the same situation. We just won the SSWC Winter Worlds 60 Major division in Las Vegas which has qualified us for the 2011 TOC. We will actually be playing as a 65+ team in 2011 so I am not sure in which age bracket we will compete.
Nov. 16, 2009
SteveSimmons
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Any Updates From Florida?

Here are the top two finishers in each of the Major Plus / Major divisions played this past weekend, from the complex where I monitored the results. I do not have the results from the three other complexes used this past weekend:
50 MAJOR PLUS
1. Frederick Chev (PA)
2. Gekle Builders (MI)
50 MAJOR
1. Morgan Keegan (FL)
2. Deluxe Bakery (NJ)
55 MAJOR PLUS
1. Southern Slam (GA)
2. The Titans (FL)
55 MAJOR
1. Bass Athletic / Spicer (VA)
2. Simmons Rhinos (IL)
60 MAJOR PLUS
1. NY Statesmen (NY)
2. AMR (MI)
60 MAJOR
1. Double L Roofing (FL)
2. Big Cat Sports (FL)
Sept. 28, 2009
SteveSimmons
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: KANSAS CITY SSWC QUALIFIER

I would like to extend my compliments to tournament director Randy Rowe for putting on an excellent tournament (the Kansas City Sept SSWC Qualifier) this past weekend at the Mid-America West Sports Complex in Shawnee, KS, a suburb of Kansas City. As I can attest, and any tournament director will concur, the weather can make or break a tournament and the weather cooperated magnificently on Saturday and Sunday. The Mid-America complex is a beautiful 10 field facility that is the equal of most of your top complexes around the country. Thanks Randy for hosting this event and, personally, it was fun just to show up and play ball and let someone else run the show.
Aug. 6, 2009
SteveSimmons
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: DENVER WOOD BAT TOURNAMENT

The second annual Denver Senior Softball Wood Bat Tournament will be played on Saturday and Sunday, September 26-27, at Lakewood Park in Denver, CO. Wood bats will be provided by the tournament committee. The team entry fee will be $275 and this will be a four game guaranteed event. Pre-tournament doubleheaders will be scheduled on Friday, September 25 for out-of-town teams. For more information contact tournament directors Joe Carabello (303-525-0962, jcarabello1@comcast.net), DuWayne Pillard (303-437-5340, d69zcam@comcast.net) or Tim Carabello (303-238-4786, sjbtc@comcast.net).
Aug. 6, 2009
SteveSimmons
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: OHIO SENIORS - FATHER & SON TRN

The Niles (OH) Recreation Golden League will hold a father-and-son tournament on Saturday and Sunday, August 22-23, in Warren, Ohio. The fathers must be of senior age, at least 50 years old, and the sons must be at least 18 years old. The fathers will play according to senior rules and the sons will play according to ASA men's rules. For more information on this tournament call Larry Thompson (330-898-3997) or Gary (330-392-4663).
July 27, 2009
SteveSimmons
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Thank you from the Bay State Shootout

Tom, Great job and thanks for all your efforts in putting on the first ever SSWC qualifier in Massachusetts. This is the third leg of four SSWC qualifiers that will be held in the New England / New York area in 2009. The first two were the CT qualifier in May and the NY qualifier in June. The final leg will be the Rhode Island SSWC qualifier which will take place August 14-19 at Warwick City Park in Warwick, RI. With your help the Northeast has gone from an area that had no SSWC exposure to an area that will now have its own annual circuit of SSWC tournaments.
Well done, Steve Simmons - SSUSA C/L National Director
June 28, 2009
SteveSimmons
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: MN SSWC QUALIFIER (10,000 LAKES CLASSIC)

RESULTS OF MN SSWC QUALIFIER

50/55 MAJOR DIV
1. Long Haul / Ancell, MN (50)
2. MN Masters 55's, MN (55)
3. WI Masters, WI (55)

55/60 SILVER DIV
1. Cooney's Classics, WI (55)
2. MN Prize 60's, MN (60)
3. MN Prize 55's, MN (55)

60 SILVER DIV
1. Lumberjacks, MN (60)
2. Oshkosh Ambassadors 60's, WI (60)
3. Rochester Relics, MN (60)

65 SILVER DIV
1. Oshkosh Ambassadors 65's, WI (65)
2. MN Masters 65's, MN (65)
3. Bobby & Steve's, MN (65)

70/75 SILVER DIV
1. Jimmy's MN Legends, MN (75)
2. Scan Air Filter, MN (70)
3. Konrad Behlman, WI (70)
June 22, 2009
SteveSimmons
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: MN SSWC QUALIFIER (10,000 LAKES CLASSIC)

The Minnesota SSWC Qualifier, the 10,000 Lakes Classic, will be played this coming weekend, June 27-28, at the McQuillan Fields in Rochester, MN. Here is a list of the teams competing in this event:

50 MAJOR DIV
> Long Haul / Ancell, MN
> Grayhounds / Elite, MN
> Wisconsin Masters, WI

55 SILVER DIV
> Minnesota Prize 55's, MN
> Oshkosh Ambassadors 55's, WI
> Cooney's Classics, WI

60 PLATINUM DIV
> Ricker's, MN
> Minnesota Prize 60's, MN

60 SILVER DIV
> Oshkosh Ambassadors 60's, WI
> Minnesota Lumberjacks, MN
> Rochester Relics 60's, MN

65 SILVER DIV
> Minnesota Masters 65's, MN
> Oshkosh Ambassadors 65's, WI
> Bobby & Steve's, MN

70 AAA & AA DIV's
> Scan Air Filter, MN
> Konrad Behlman, WI
> Rochester Relics 70's, MN
> Minnesota Legends 75's, MN
June 15, 2009
SteveSimmons
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Texas State Championships

I should add that I did not change the team's rating, that must be handled by the ratings committee. I allowed the "equalizer" rule to be used in this one particular instance, with the approval of the SSUSA home office.
June 15, 2009
SteveSimmons
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Texas State Championships

You did beat them by a posted score of 14-12, with the equalizer rule applied. But the actual score was 14-7 and that is what I was looking at to judge their capabilities, the actual scores of their games.

As we get later in the season hopefully most teams will be rated in the skill levels where they properly belong and this exercise will not be required.

Best of luck to you with the rest of your 2009 season!
June 15, 2009
SteveSimmons
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Texas State Championships

You did beat them by a posted score of 14-12, with the equalizer rule applied. But the actual score was 14-7 and that is what I was looking at to judge their capabilities, the actual scores of their games.

As we get later in the season hopefully most teams will be rated in the skill levels where they properly belong and this exercise will not be required.

Best of luck to you with the rest of your 2009 season!
June 15, 2009
SteveSimmons
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Texas State Championships

Dear Sir,

My name is Steven Simmons and I was the SSUSA director who traveled to Texas to help Keith Parker administrate the SSWC Texas State Championships. A SSWC tournament director has the authority, with permission from the home office, to apply or remove the "equalizer" rule if it is deemed a team's playing ability is above or below the skill level at which they have been rated.

This occurs very infrequently and typically is enforced in early season tournaments where teams are still "searching" for their identities.

In the case of the Dallas Spurs 60's team they played in seven games and were outscored in all seven games by actual scores of 18-4, 27-7, 11-5, 18-14, 27-9, 14-7 and 22-8. Only once did they score in double figures and, with the assistance of the equalizer rule, that resulted in their only win. In this particular circumstance I believe it was the right decision to allow the Dallas Spurs 60's to receive the equalizer rule.
May 21, 2009
SteveSimmons
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: CT SSWC Qlfr 50-55-60 Results

13 teams played in the 65-70 divisions of the New England Classic, the CT SSWC qualifier, on Monday thru Wednesday, May 18-20 at the CT Sportsplex in North Branford, CT. These divisions were graced with good to excellent weather over their three day session. Following are the top three finishers in each division:

65 (7 teams)
1. Jersey Jaguars (NJ)
2. NY Streaks 65's (NY)
3. Cozy Grille (RI)

70/75 AAA (6 teams)
1. Back Office Associates (MA)
2. Ca$h-4-College 70's (NJ)
3. Wanskuck Post #56 (RI)

I want to personally thank all 41 teams for attending and making this the most successful New England Classic yet. In four years the tournament has grown from eight teams to 41 teams, a remarkable growth curve, and is a testament to Sal Candelora's beautiful five field Connecticut Sportsplex facility.

Steve Simmons - tournament director

May 17, 2009
SteveSimmons
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: CT SSWC Qlfr 50-55-60 Results

28 teams played in 50-55-60 divisions of the New England Classic, the CT SSWC qualifier, on Saturday, May 16 at the CT Sportsplex in North Branford, CT. Eleven rounds of games were played at the five field complex, starting at 8:00AM and finishing by 11:00PM. Most of the teams were able to play four games on Saturday. Sunday's games were rained out so Saturday's results were used to determine the tournament champions. Following are the top two finishers in each division:

50 Major (4 teams)
1. Sweet Construction (NJ)
2. Diamond Fever (VA)

50 AAA (5 teams)
1. Shark Sports (NY)
2. My Cousin Vinny's (MA)

55 Major (2 teams)
1. NJ Hitmen (NJ)
2. TNT Sports Club (PA)

55 AAA (3 teams)
1. NY Motion (NY)
2. Baystate Bombers (MA)

60 Major (3 teams)
1. Baystate Bombers Plus (MA)
2. NY Statesmen (NY)

60 AAA (8 teams)
1. Jersey Masters (NJ)
2. Syracuse Cyclones (NY)

60 AA (2 teams)
1. Commodity Haulers Express (RI)
2. Cape Cod Mariners (MA)

The 13 teams comprising the 65-70 divisions begin play on Monday, May 18 and their championship games will be played on Wednesday.
May 4, 2009
SteveSimmons
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: maple grove minnesota 59 yr old good player

Steveo,

Please e-mail me at stnlsimmons@aol.com and I will provide you with current information regarding Minnesota senior softball.

Steve Simmons - SSUSA C/L National Director
Home address - Shorewood, MN
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