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Discussion: Moving up in age, down in classification?

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Nov. 4, 2011
lemons
Men's 65
302 posts
Moving up in age, down in classification?
A few players from our organization's 60AAA (Job Central/Indy 60's) team are moving up to 65AA (dot Jobs/Indy 65's) this year and we've been told they may be ineligible. We wonder why, and if any other players and organizations have dealt with this before. How can it be, or has it been resolved? Thanks, Mel P.S. SSUSA, your input is welcome.
Nov. 6, 2011
lemons
Men's 65
302 posts
Apparently others haven't experienced this, sorry. Mel
Nov. 6, 2011
E4/E6
Men's 60
850 posts
Mel, we have just the opposite problem, we had to move up from AAA because one player who plays for us won at a higher level (major) and is now classified as M+, since he is now old enough to join us as a 60. We certainly arent a Major team but want our friend with us. While this guy is a very good player, he certainly isnt an impact guy.
Rules are rules........thanks SSUSA for not bending.
We will however embrace the challenge and take our lumps if they come.
I'm quite sure most if not all of the current Major teams are quaking in their cleats knowing the OC Mustangs are about to become a Major team or they more likely are salivating. =)
Nov. 6, 2011
lemons
Men's 65
302 posts
E4/E6, I hope your health continues to improve. As you, we are a team of friends, some of who could play at a higher level but would miss the fellowship and camarederie of our buddies. Since those turning 65 didn't win anything at 60AAA, it seems to me they shouldn't be ineligible to join us. Maybe the solution would be to move to 65AAA. Regards, Mel
Nov. 6, 2011
E4/E6
Men's 60
850 posts
Mel, thanks for your good wishes. At this time I am told I am cancer free and have had my colostomy reversed and my feeding tube removed.
I have every plan to play Vegas in two weeks. Did some BP & shagged some balls with the team and felt great with very little soreness today.
The solution to your problem may be the best solution, move up and play 65AAA.
All the best, John
Nov. 7, 2011
OTE24
Men's 65
122 posts
John,
One player moves you up? How about your team's AAA record last year? This is insane. Who does this protect? How about tracking you guys for a tourney or two to see if the impact of ONE player is that great?
John Sadler
Nov. 7, 2011
E4/E6
Men's 60
850 posts
John we are willing to make the sacrifice for one of our own, it just doesnt seem logical to make us move for just one player. But rules are rules, I suppose if SSUSA bends for us the flood gates would then be open.
We had a less then stellar year as AAA, but managed to hold our own with the many injuries and illnesses we went thru. Rarily having the same core players for any one tournament.
We as a group are ready to meet the challenge of playing Major ball, starting in two weeks in Vegas.
Nov. 7, 2011
Gary19
Men's 50
2617 posts
It is not like that one player is a center who you can feed the ball to, or a running back you can hand off to all game. Last I knew he bats once each time through the order like everyone else.

Will he make an impact? Sure. That much? Probably not. I admire you guys for following the rules, but have they told you why they draw the line at just one guy and not perhaps two or three?
Nov. 7, 2011
E4/E6
Men's 60
850 posts
the player in question was too young to follow us to the 60 age group when we made the move, so he found another team, which was a Major team at the time, they won the World Championship in Phoenix 2 years ago and were automatically moved to M+. That puts our guy 2 skill levels above our AAA bracket, according to SSUSA rules a player cannot drop down 2 skill levels, regardless of whether he is an impact player or not.
So the quantity of players isnt the issue in this case.
For us as is the case with the vast majority in our sport, we play by the rules or we go home. And going home "Aint" an option!
Nov. 8, 2011
lemons
Men's 65
302 posts
Many teams have players who could play at a higher level. Usually the lower rated teams don't have very many. Our game is still a team sport and SSUSA ought to consider adjusting their system without rating individual players.......a real can of worms. Mel
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