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Discussion: 80+ Rule change

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Dec. 24, 2013
BillK
2 posts
80+ Rule change
The new rule change for 80+ teams, where they phase out the 78 and 79 year old players over 2 years will have an adverse affect on the 80+ teams. You will have a two year period, 2015 and 2016 where you will not have any new players that qualify due to age. During this two year period you will lose players, so they net result will be fewer 80+ teams. We don't have that many 80+ teams now, why would we want to reduce the number. If anybody out there has any influence with the Board, they need to get this rule changed. BILL K
Dec. 24, 2013
swing for the fences
Men's 50
975 posts

BillK, of all the rule changes I have seen on this board and complaints, yours is the best case for changing it back!!!! IMO.. 78 79 80s won't make one bit of difference on skill level but will help fill tourney's with more teams for the 80s guys... Come on SSUSA get it right for these guys!
Dec. 24, 2013
SSUSA Staff
1005 posts
The reality of the previous rule is that 82 and 83 year old players were being put on waivers so that teams can sign the 78 and 79 year old "youngsters". The players who were cut are being disenfranchised and have nowhere to go without creating an 85+ division. The rule was originally designed to assist the limited number of 75+ and 80+ teams to actually be able to field a team. There are at least 15 active 80+ teams in the country now and probably 2 to 3 times as many 75+ teams. The original reason for the underage player exemption rule simply no longer exists.

The phase-out period of two years for the 80+ and one year for the 75+ is to prevent disrupting current rosters and any players thereon using the underage exemptions, while at the same time protecting the 82's and 83's from being cut in order to grab next year's youngsters. A change back is very highly unlikely of happening.

Dec. 24, 2013
crusher
Men's 70
380 posts
Sounds like a good change Staff.
Dec. 26, 2013
BillK
2 posts
I would like to thank the staff for responding to my comment. I think that you have players at every age group that at some time get cut because they cannot play the game well enough. This rule change will reduce the 80+ tems in 2015 and 2016. By 2017, you will be down to 10 teams. I have one further request, and that is that the staff take time to check with the 80+ and 75+ managers, especially those that have older players that may want to move up to 80+, to see what they think about the rule change. Again, thanks to the staff for all you do. BILL K
Dec. 26, 2013
Fred S
Men's 80
71 posts
It also should equalize the competition. It will possibly drop the quality of play especially in the 80 div but make for more equal and better games.
Dec. 26, 2013
swing for the fences
Men's 50
975 posts
SSUSA, had no idea the 80s division was so cut throat! Jeez...
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