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, Oct. 21, 2016
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Speed up rules

garyheifner ... Not sure which "staff member" you may have spoken with, but your quote from that person that "..most of the nation votes for 1-1.." is factually inaccurate, either by them or by you in relaying what you believe they said ... We have done two member preference surveys on this topic, one about 10 years ago and more recently about four years ago ... In the first instance, the "0-0" start count was favored nationally by a 55% to 45% preference ratio ... In the second survey, the "0-0" count lost a little ground, being favored by 54.9% to 45.1% ... Although support for the "1-1" is technically trending up, it gained only 0.1% over six years ... To save you the math exercise, that means for every 1,000 preference votes cast, the "1-1" gained exactly ONE more support vote ... Support for either option is highly regional in nature ... You happen to be in an area of the country that favors "1-1", but that doesn't translate into a national majority preference ... The national preference remains with the "0-0" count ...

As for the "...why do all the qualifiers we play in use the 1-1???????????????..." statement, we question that one as well ... All SSUSA qualifiers are supposed to apply the same set of rules governing play ... In SSUSA sanctioned play, that is the "0-0" starting pitch count ... Let us know which, if any, SSUSA events are using the "1-1" and we'll have a bit of a training session for those independent tournament directors ... Thanks! ...

, Oct. 21, 2016
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: WINTER NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS 2016 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for SESSION #1 (Men's 65+ through 85+ Divisions) of the 2016 Winter National Championships in Ft. Myers, Cape Coral and Naples, FL, have been posted and are available from the links below and on the event's Tournament Page ... As always, these DRAFT schedules are TENTATIVE, are subject to change and become final ONLY when released as "OFFICIAL" at the Manager's meeting the evening before play commences ...

NOTE: Managers who do NOT attend the Manager meeting will be presumed to be fully informed on ALL matters (such as schedule changes, tourney formats and rules issues) discussed at the meeting. Tournament rosters are “frozen” as of the Manager’s Meeting. NO on-site player additions are allowed, as all roster changes were previously approved through the Sacramento home office ... Managers who do not attend the Manager Meeting, and do not send a representative, will be prohibited from beginning tournament play before check-in with Field Director.

The Participating Teams List and the Master Games & Fields Grid for the session have also been posted ... Good luck to all!

DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets (PDF's)

• Men: 65's | 70's | 75's, 80's and 85's

Tournament Administration (PDF's)

• Master Fields Schedule: Master Games & Fields Grid
• Participating Teams List: Winter Nationals 2016

, Oct. 20, 2016
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Adidas Melee Bat Problems

RIK56 • One would have to be incredibly adept at "picking nits" to assert that applying a bit of glue to a displaced end cap and then sliding it back in place could be construed as altering the bat ... Altering is all about changing performance specifications ... Actions like shaving (which is technically removing something from inside the bat), rolling a bat, adding extra end-load weight, or even adding tennis balls as noted above constitute altering ... We are comfortable with both the Rulebook wording and our interpretation of the intent of that wording ...

, Oct. 20, 2016
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Adidas Melee Bat Problems

Steinbrenner's first post is exactly on point ... A repair is not an alteration ... Some of the early ComBats had an "end cap falling off problem" ... Only had one that was glued back on where it was an altering issue ... But that had something to do with the interior walls being very thin and the three tennis balls that rolled out of the barrel when the cap flew off ...
, Oct. 18, 2016
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: players numbers

SCA = [S]outhern [CA]lifornia ... This is a leftover numbering system from the years when California was split into North/South for purposes of closed borders and bordering states rule application. It's irrelevant today.
, Oct. 18, 2016
Topic: Tournaments

REVISED TENTATIVE FIELD ASSIGNMENTS • With the close of entries and confirmation of last minute drops and adds last week, we have revised the locations for the following Divisions of play:

• MEN'S 70-AA • One team, will play with equalizer in 70-AAA at NORTHWEST SOFTBALL COMPLEX

• MEN'S 55-AAA • Moved from Northwest to LEE COUNTY SPORTS COMPLEX
• MEN'S 60-MAJOR+ and 60-MAJOR • Moved from N. Collier to LEE COUNTY SPORTS COMPLEX

HOTEL NOTE • If you booked your hotel accommodations through the Lee County Sports Organizing Committee and need assistance making a change, please contact Allison Gruber, Executive Director at: PHONE: 239-541-1800 or TOLL FREE: 888-529-6588. They may also be able to assist you if you did not book originally through them.

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets will be forthcoming shortly ... Good luck!

, Oct. 16, 2016
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Speed up rules

idahoreb ... Your items #1 and #2 are on the National Rules Committee agenda and have failed to pass for at least the last 10 years of consideration. We agree with your item #3, but that's a variable we emphasize for efficiency of play, but ultimately can't fully influence.

coop3636 ... SSUSA has NOT reduced playing time limits for as long as we can remember. The last two changes have been to increase time limits, from 65/70 to 67/72 minutes for pool/bracket games. Championship games have always been 7-innings full. We also implemented mandatory flip-flop rules in pool play to speed things up. Our change several years ago to maximum HR rules instead of the "one-up" system is also presumed to speed up play.

DieselDan and OZ40 ... We couldn't agree more.

, Oct. 16, 2016
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Courtesy runner replacement on a base.

Mike ... This is NOT an appeal play. The umpire may make that call at any time (s)he becomes aware of the violation. In the vast majority of cases, becoming aware of it is the result of the team on defense raising the issue. But we have seen (and affirmed) umpires making the proper call "unprovoked" ...

Steve ... We have a LOT of "Pandoras" here who just love to play Stump the Ump ... Thanks for starting this one! ...

, Oct. 16, 2016
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: New Player

ATP ... In reply to your last two posts ...

[1] The 'name on a roster' is a tricky one at times. Several years ago, we had a team from a particular NE state who had about five guys on their roster from that state. After someone anonymously tipped us off, we checked game cards for all of their entered events over the three prior years and discovered not one of them had actually played. This was done to establish a "home state" so they could leap-frog ONE MORE bordering state to get the guys they REALLY wanted. Checking in (which is a presumption of actually playing) are now confirmed for every tournament. Post tournament, we take all team rosters and delete the names of anyone not checked in and yellow-highlighted, and this becomes the official roster for that team and event. It's important to check in, and equally important to not get cute by manipulating the check-in process by lending your card to another player to check you in. Yes, that happens occasionally when a team is trying to get a "qualifying roster" for the Eastern/Western Nationals and/or World Masters ...

[2] If your name is on a roster after the post-tournament event processing at Home Office has concluded, then SOMEONE checked in using your card, and we presume you played. If you didn't check in, your name will be deleted in that process and it's as though you were never on the roster, simple as that. The related "issue" is in the case of a player who has a current card, goes to the event, but for whatever reason does not check in. We presume he did NOT play and, accordingly, may not be on a "qualifying roster" for a later event. Then we go back to the game cards, try to find him, and if we do, we'll add him after the fact. In short (too late), our procedures are designed to actually result in an accurate roster post-event, presuming the players properly check in. Being on a team's "Master Roster" is not presumptive that you are on any "tournament roster".

Hope this helps ...

, Oct. 15, 2016
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: New Player

There's a "new team" forming in your general area of the country, and maybe it's his team ... His limited anonymous disclosure doesn't provide much reliable data ... That team is starting at Major because they have SEVEN players with qualifying rating experience at the Major level ... Remember: The default start point is "AAA", UNLESS the roster composition indicates otherwise, as it does in the case we're referring to ... Good luck!
, Oct. 12, 2016
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Courtesy runner replacement on a base.

rightjr1 and coop3636 • TWO incorrect calls resulting in an unfortunate "daily double" for the crews in green ...

rightjr1: Rulebook §8.5(3) is totally unambiguous about this, and it was simply a blown call ... Here's the rule: "..A courtesy runner may not be replaced by another courtesy runner except for injury causing removal of the original courtesy runner permanently from the game.."

coop3636: Same regarding the International Tie Breaker Rule at Rulebook §5.4(2) ... No ambiguity in the language there, either: "..Teams start each half-inning with a runner on second base. The runner is the last batter of the previous inning whose turn at bat had been completed, assuming a position on second base. No substitute or courtesy runner may replace him until he has reached third base. EFFECT: If the last batter of the previous inning cannot continue to play because of injury, illness, etc., he will be declared out and the next previous batter will be the tie-breaker runner.." • [emphasis added]

, Oct. 8, 2016
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: 65AA rating move

Noted and fixed ... Thanks JB!
, Oct. 8, 2016
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: PERFORMANCE BASED RATING CHANGES • 2016 World Masters Championships & SPA World's

The following are the teams that have been re-rated UPWARD based upon performance at the 2016 LVSSA/SSUSA World Masters Championships. Champions have an automatic move-up and will retain this new rating for the entire 2017 Season (except for 70-AA to AAA - See note below). Automatic upward moves for Champions from the 2016 SPA World Championships (not already rated higher by SSUSA) are also noted below.

• 40-Major to Major Plus:
1st Layer Cake Wines/Dudley/Elite (CA)
2nd Cody Staffing/All American Athletics (WA)
3rd Smash (CA)
4th Diablos (CA)

• 40-AAA to Major:
1st Pattie House (ID)

• 40-AAA to Major-Women:
1st Smack That (CA)

• 50-Major to Major Plus:
1st Gem City Softball (OH)
2nd Texas Mavericks
3rd AB Contracting/Nobles Painting (WV)
4th 50 Caliber St. Louis (MO)
SPA: Alabama Brick

• 50-AAA to Major:
1st Escobar Body Shop (TX)
2nd PGC Enterprises (RI)
3rd WC Thunder (IL)
4th Chi-Town 50 (IL)

• 50-AA to AAA:
1st Romo’s Old School 50 (TX)
2nd Minnesota Lumberjacks

• 55-Major to Major Plus:
1st High Street Bucs 55 (MD)
2nd Triangle Masters (NC)
3rd The Bank (DE)

• 55-AAA to Major:
1st Southern California Braves
2nd Central Illinois Chiefs
3rd Dayton Legends (OH)
SPA: Montgomery Swarm (AL)

• 55-AA to AAA:
1st Antiques of Iowa

• 60-Major to Major Plus:
1st JG Drywall (PA)
2nd NCI Finish Strong (CA)

• 60-AAA to Major:
1st Bellevue Merchants (WA)
2nd Deep Purple (MA)
3rd Bulldogs 60 (OR)

• 60-AA to AAA:
1st Base Hawgs (CA)
2nd Scrap Iron 60 Rockies (CO)

• 65-Major to Major Plus:
1st R&R 65’s (CA)

• 65-AAA to Major:
1st KC Kids (MO)
2nd Sidewinders (AZ)
3rd Auto Accessory Distributing (WA)

• 65-AA to AAA:
1st Texas Rattlers

• 70-Major to Major Plus:
1st Minnesota Prize 70’s

• 70-AAA to Major:
1st Sons of Pitches (CA)
2nd Game On (CA)
SPA: Indy Pride (IN)

• 70-AA to AAA:
1st Silver City Brewers (WA) • 3-team Division, retains appeal rights

• 75-Major to Major Plus:
1st Pfeiffer/Doc's Boys (MI)

• 75-AAA to Major:
1st Minnesota Masters 75

• 80-AAA to Major:
1st Sacramento Gold (CA)

, Oct. 8, 2016
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 70 M+ results ?

All results (1st through 4th Place) are posted on the event tournament page of this website ... To answer your question so you don't have to look it up:

1. Venom (FL) • TOC
2. W.E. Ruth Realty 70 (WA)
3. Omen 70 (CA)
4. Scarp Iron 70 Legacy (CO)

, Oct. 7, 2016
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Ruling clarification

coop ... You're digging real deep into the "hypothetical barrel" on that one ... If the ump called time out, there was "no pitch" and, accordingly, nothing happened ... And it's not a good idea for you to try it again with BP warmup before the game starts ... Those don't count either! ...
, Oct. 7, 2016
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Ruling clarification

The batter hit the ball out of the park ... That's a home run for the "TEAM COUNT" even though it may be subsequently negated for "SCORE" purposes ... By extension of your analysis, then a base runner leaving early, or a batter out of turn, would not result in an addition to the team count in your view? ... The simple "if it went out untouched in the air in fair territory it adds to the team HR count" is the way we have consistently applied the interpretation ... Before we adopted "hit and sit", a base runner who failed to advance one base, causing the 3rd out of an inning, also added to the team HR count without scoring a run ... If this was ruled otherwise in any SSUSA sanctioned event recently, it was simply an umpire's error ... The foregoing interpretation is not likely to change in the foreseeable future ...

RELATED: We also track on the Official Game Card ALL balls hit out of the park in fair territory, including this type and all excess HR's, for purposes of evaluating a team's power within it's current rating level ...

, Oct. 7, 2016
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Ruling clarification

We respectfully disagree. ANY batted ball that clears the fence and leaves the field of play in fair territory untouched before hitting the ground counts in the team's HR total for the game. This is regardless of the ultimate call on the play, such as the hypothetical fact pattern mentioned. Other examples would include, but not be limited to, a base runner being called for the 3rd out because of leaving the base early, a batter being called out for batting out of order, etc.

, Oct. 7, 2016
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Hall of Fame Points

Capt. Kirk ... We sent you a private email reply within the last week on precisely this issue ... To our knowledge, MVP awards do not accrue NSSHoF eligibility points, and regardless of what we may or not believe to be appropriate, that's completely within the purview of the NSSHoF governing board ... The web site has the complete eligibility criteria and the procedures required for nomination, certification of eligibility and subsequent vote of the membership to elect new members for induction ... Our advice remains unchanged: Please consult the NSSHoF's published documents or contact them directly by phone or email ... This is completely outside of SSUSA's authority, as it should be ... Good luck!

, Oct. 6, 2016
Topic: Tournaments

The following are the TENTATIVE Field Assignments for the 2016 SSUSA Winter National Championships in Ft. Myers, Cape Coral and Naples, FL, from November 1-6, 2016. Please note that TENTATIVE means they are NOT FINAL and are SUBJECT TO CHANGE. Final Field Assignments will be released simultaneous with the publication of the DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets in late October.

SESSION #1 • Men's 65's, 70's, 75's, 80's and 85's
• Men's 65-Major Plus • Northwest Sports Complex
• Men's 65-Major • Northwest Sports Complex
• Men's 65-AAA • N. Collier Regional Park
• Men's 65-AA • Lee County Sports Complex
• Men's 70-Major Plus • Northwest Sports Complex
• Men's 70-Major • Northwest Sports Complex
• Men's 70-AAA • Northwest Sports Complex
• Men's 70-AA • Lee County Sports Complex
• Men's 75-Major • Lee County Sports Complex
• Men's 75-AAA • Lee County Sports Complex
• Men's 80/85+ Division • Lee County Sports Complex

SESSION #2 • Men's 40's, 50's, 55's and 60's and All Women's
• Men's 40-Masters • N. Collier Regional Park
• Men's 50-Major Plus • N. Collier Regional Park
• Men's 50-Major • N. Collier Regional Park
• Men's 50-AAA • Lee County Sports Complex
• Men's 50-AA • Lee County Sports Complex
• Men's 55-Major Plus • N. Collier Regional Park
• Men's 55-Major • N. Collier Regional Park
• Men's 55-AAA • Northwest Sports Complex
• Men's 55-AA • Northwest Sports Complex
• Men's 60-Major Plus • N. Collier Regional Park
• Men's 60-Major • N. Collier Regional Park
• Men's 60-AAA • Northwest Sports Complex
• Men's 60-AA • Northwest Sports Complex
• Women's Divisions (All) • Northwest Sports Complex

, Oct. 6, 2016
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Scoring of runs

NO RUN SCORES ... Very simple rule: The run does NOT count ANY time the last out of the inning is by a force out ... The force at first was accomplished by the completion of the double play, no matter how slowly ... This is NOT a timing play ...

UNRELATED: The runner from 3rd is OUT if (s)he touches the plate as mentioned in your hypothetical ... If you meant "scoring plate" or "scoring line", then the answer remains as above ...

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