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, Oct. 23, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Batter safe or out at 1st base ????????

SAFE ... Batter-runner must touch some portion of the orange/safety base ONLY if there is a play at 1st ... See SSUSA Rulebook 8.4(1) on page 46, especially at the third full sentence of the rule, the one that begins with the word "If" ...
, Oct. 23, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: winter worlds

1 Yes, rating adjustments (up or down) should be completed by tomorrow (10/24/17);
2 Regardless of rating status, refunds are only available until the time the schedule construction commences ... Non-refundable thereafter; and
3 Nope ... Not if we catch them all in time!


, Oct. 22, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Huntsman Results

curveball ... Yes they are ... QuickScores is very impressive with the smaller tournament divisions and brackets like those at the Huntsman Senior Games ... We have been in contact with them on several occasions over the past couple of months and have presented them with a technical challenge of sorts: Can they handle a 612-team tournament schedule with over 2,000 games scheduled on 39 diamonds covering 10 softball complexes, with seven divisions at 30 or more teams (five of them at 40 or more with a largest of 85)? ... We also run three other tournaments annually at 200+ teams in addition to the World Masters Championships (LVSSA/SSUSA Southwest, Rock 'n Reno and Winter World's) ... The raw game score reporting is the manageable component ... The broader challenge is getting meaningful, printable output for the "monster" brackets without having to rent billboards outside of the playing venues! ... Our WMC Master schedule this year is 118 pages of efficient and understandable presentation ... We're hopeful and optimistic about QuickScores' next response ...


, Oct. 19, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 73-74 PLAYING WITH A 75 TEAM

just joe ...

The 2016-17 SSUSA National Rules Committee met in a telephone conference call format on January 11th (2017) to reconsider actions taken in December regarding roster composition rules for the men's 75+ division ... Although a motion failed for as proposed modification of the December actions, there was an amendment passed that becomes effective with the 2018 Season on this topic ... Specifically, the 75+ age division will be allowed three 73 year old players for the 2017 Season, and thereafter underage players will be reduced from seven to five, all of whom must be age 74 ... The change will be incorporated into the Official SSUSA 2017-18 Rulebook ...


, Oct. 19, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Northern California Fire Relief Request


POSTED AS A COURTESY TO TEAM MATE DAN WALLACE

Sonoma County Crush Fund gofundme.com

When the Tubbs fire near Santa Rosa broke out, a couple of our players had to flee there homes with only what they could carry. Both of their homes burned to the ground along with everything they owned.

We know that Tom Brown and Rick Merian would never on their own ask for any help so his team mates and I are setting up this fund to help with some of the costs of rebuilding their lives.

Anything you can donate will be greatly appreciated.

To contribute to this very worthy cause, please visit www.gofundme.com/sonoma-county-crush-fund for further details.


, Oct. 17, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Manditory bump for 2nd place in Vegas??

Rating adjustments following the World Masters Championships are NOT COMPLETE ... The "automatic" bumps for winners in the AA, AAA and Major divisions have been made and some additional moves in very large brackets ... Other discretionary rating changes require the input of one member of the National Ratings Committee (Terry Hennessy) who has been out of the country since early October ... He is returning this weekend, so additional decisions will likely be made next week ...


, Oct. 16, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: 40's winter worlds in Phoenix.... whose going???

Ozone8 ... Sometime shortly after the entry deadline of 10/24/2017 ...
, Oct. 14, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Moving up

If the player was a member of that team during the performance period that resulted in the rating increase, then he DOES assume that new rating, whether or not he remains with the team ... Leaving the team has NO effect on his personal rating experience history ...
, Oct. 14, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: moving up question

Just a ratings page output glitch ... No biggie ... Here's their actual rating "history" from their team page, also showing the name change last year to Oregon Crabs ...

Oregon Crabs Men's 65
Major - Oct. 9, 2017
AAA - Jan. 6, 2017

Trachsel Auto Body II Men's 65
AAA - Oct. 14, 2016


, Oct. 13, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: SSUSA's 2018 SEASON TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE TENTATIVE Release Timeline

The SSUSA 2018 Season Tournament Schedule anticipated release date is sometime in mid-December ... This is the typical publication timeline from year to year ... The 2018-Season Winter National and Winter World Championships dates have been posted for about ten months ...


, Oct. 12, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: 40's winter worlds in Phoenix.... whose going???

Our Winter World's 2016 records indicate there were 209 total teams, 30 of which were Men's (18) and Women's (12) 40-Masters teams ...
, Oct. 11, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 2018 Tournaments

Reprint from just a bit further down the page ...

"..The 2018 Season Tournament Schedule should be released sometime in mid-December ... This is the typical release timeline from year to year ... The 2018 Season Winter National and Winter World Championships dates have been posted for about nine months.."


, Oct. 11, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: why

Reps of National Bat Sponsors who pay sponsorship contract fees are permitted ... Random sales by individuals should be confined to outlets such as eBay and Craig's List, etc. ... Thanks ...
, Oct. 10, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: The Rock.

Jon44 ...

1. [Is SSUSA] Are we contractually obligated to use the Stote for all tourneys outside of Vegas? YES
2. Is it something that is evaluated often? Periodically, toward the end of each ball contract term
3. There are other balls...Does SSUSA look at them? YES


, Oct. 10, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 2018 tournaments

The 2018 Season Tournament Schedule should be released sometime in mid-December ... This is the typical release timeline from year to year ... The 2018 Season Winter National and Winter World Championships dates have been posted for about nine months ...
, Oct. 9, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: 40s Results

Final Results for Session #4 are posted and available from the event tournament page ...
, Oct. 6, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: The Rock.

local ... In response to your three questions ...

1. Use of "The Rock" ball is a contractual obligation that was negotiated by LVSSA in the merger with them six years ago ... "The Rock" is the only official ball for the World Masters and Southwest Championships, both held in Las Vegas annually;
2. No known injuries attributed to the use of "The Rock" ball; and
3. No known/reported injuries to date in the 2017 WMC ...


, Oct. 6, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Is it fair?

swing and bond ... That hypothetical team would have to play in a qualifier prior to the Eastern/Western's or World Masters, then it becomes a "ratings" issue and not an "eligibility" issue ... This is the scenario when the MTV/JV 55-M+ team played down in 50-M and finished 2nd to Cornerstone WITHOUT playing in a qualifier ... That was changed by the National Rules Committee and couldn't happen again ... Your theoretical Dream Team in all likelihood would not be playing Major ...
, Oct. 5, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Any results yet for the 50 major?

SKings24 ... That's a common misconception by many on the player's team rating history concept ... SSUSA rates TEAMS, but DOES NOT rate players ... So a player's rating experience history tracking rises and (occasionally) falls with the rating of that specific team only ... The players you mention with MTC/Dudley history have a mandatory tie to whatever MTC/Dudley's rating is for two years ... Right now, that's 60-Major+, and won't be changing since they won at that rating this year ... As for your 40's question, a player who ages up from 40's to 50's brings his RATING (M+, M or AAA) with him ... So long as he plays 50's ONLY, 50-Major is his "new" history index ... This applies to all players on all teams all Season long ... Inferences by some to the contrary, that we manipulate the system to benefit certain teams, are incorrect at best and highly unfair at worst ...

LCF16, r4pitch and Bman63 ... I have been addressing the "eligibility" side of this issue because I have electronic access to rosters and player histories here in Las Vegas ... I am not a member of the Ratings Committe and do not have access to the "ratings" component ... That is the sole purview of the Ratings Committee personnel in Sacramento ... If you have sent the email requests for clarification, it's presumptive someone in that group will get back to you on what are fair questions, regardless of what the responses from them may be ...

jimperry19 ... No condescending intended ... That easy math equation was the quickest illustration to get from "5" back to "3" and correct errors in the individual player analysis ... And it's still concise and accurate ... My apologies if it offended, that was not the intention ...

LCF16 ... Rulebook 4.2(7) is simply the prohibition against a Major+ player playing AAA or AA in his same age group ... Thunderstruck is (until the automatic bump to Major+ next week) a 50-Major team .. Nobody there playing AAA or AA in any age group ...

monam33 ... We hope you do ... It's certainly within your rights to engage through proper, non-anonymous, means ... Good luck ...

Hope this helps ... Now it's on to Session #4 with 40-Masters Men and Women and 50+ Senior Women starting with the Manager Meeting in a few hours and play Friday through Sunday ... Have fun and play nicely! ... I'm unavailable for a few days now ...


, Oct. 5, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Any results yet for the 50 major?

SKings ... The number is still three, subtracting the three you missed on and the one you forgot to include ... 5 - 3 + 1 = 3

You are incorrect on both Tim Millette and Charlie Pennas ... They were both on MTC/Dudley 55's, but that team aged up to 60's, and all it's members, had their rating adjusted to 60-Major+, which is were MTC/Dudley was for this season ... They both carry the MTC index, as adjusted by aging up, and are 50-Major eligible ...
You are incorrect on Rickey Garza ... He did not play for Prestige Pools in 2017 and when he did in 2016, they were 40-Major and were not rated 40-Major+ until June 15, 2017, long after his tenure with them ended ... Accordingly, he ages up as a new 50 player with a 50-Major R/I ...
The one you missed was Bill Moranville (as the #3 out-of-rating player) because he played in 2017 for Classic Glass/One Nation 40-Major this Season ...

Now that we're done with the public details, we await your submission to the eligibility department for any further clarification or protest ...


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