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Discussion: Rukes of the game

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Oct. 9, 2013
Golong
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Rukes of the game
I was a little confused when I played in the 55 Majors out in Vegas, the rumbles of all the teams that were allowed to play but should have moved up had me .. this was my first time out there and I must say I was expecting this to be a top notch affair but it seemed to be "just another tournament" I also was amazed at how many "Super" players that were allowed in this tournament .... Not sour grapes ... just thought it would be more ...
Oct. 10, 2013
Webbie25
Men's 60
1931 posts
Golong-it seems easy to see that when you play. But the truth is that SSUSA is seriously caught in the middle. They have tried hard to move teams up, but when they do teams break up, or choose not to compete at the higher level. Thee are several reasons. 1. It is difficult, when you are used to winning, to move to that higher level, spend that money to travel, and then lose.When we were younger, most of us wanted to play the best, compete against the best, and LEARN TO BEAT THE BEST! Now it seems the stomach is not there to go into that higher level and do the work necessary to learn to win. 2. A team may be a team of friends. Their main reason for playing is friendship. If a team of friends gets moved up because of success, they may hit a level that is uncomfortable for several players on the team. If moved from AAA to Major-they do not consider themselves a major player. This can cause teams to disband, or not compete in SSUSA events because they will not have 'their team of friends together'. 3. Sandbaggers-yes they are out there. They do everything to stay at a level to collect rings and win. They will always be there, and I know SSUSA tries hard to limit this practice. As far as super players, a lot of players are limited in that there are no higher teams in the area, or they are unable to get on the higher level teams for whatever reason. There is no way for SSUSA to keep a database on individual players. Personally, I played AAA for 6 years, partly for friendship, partly because that was the highest level team in New Mexico, partly because I could not afford a huge travel schedule, and partly because I never got the opportunity to play higher. 2 years ago GSF, now Joe Brown's 60M+ gave the a chance and I have enjoyed playing this level. There are a lot of players like me that could and would play higher if they had the opportunity.

Golong-if you ever have the chance-their national convention is open to anyone that wants to attend, and I can attest to the fact that you will be listened to. I went to Tucson for it about 3 years ago as a mere AAA player and Terry Hennesy himself sat down and talked to me for 15 minutes one on one. Dave and Fran both did too. Plus, I got to see first hand the lengths they go to make this a fair game for everybody-and I saw some of the problems they deal with.
Oct. 10, 2013
Webbie25
Men's 60
1931 posts
Note-the MERE AAA player above was self deprecating and only aimed at humor. Please don't anyone take offense.
Oct. 10, 2013
softball4b
Men's 60
706 posts
Webbie25 AKA 3A...best hitter on one leg in softball.

Golong..SSUSA does not nor does it maintain a "super player" list. It does declare teams and rosters a certain level, major+ or whatever. If a team/player feels it is unjustified to have received such a designation, then an appeal can be filed. Teams at a specific level are allowed to remain at that level as long as the roster does not contain X number of players at a level higher than they are playing. For example a 60 Major+ player may with approval play on a 50AAA team. That same individual could never play 55AAA. The SPA impact player list is not used by SSUSA, that is not to say that some of those players are not also considered Major+ within SSUSA.

Bottom line

Webbie aka 3A was just that, until he played on a Major+ roster. Now he will play at the Major or Major+ level because of his recent exploits. He has always been a Major+ player, but just never classified as such.
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