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Sept. 27, 2020
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: UPDATE & STATEMENT ON WMC 50+ AGE DIVISIONS

LVSSA/SSUSA WORLD MASTERS CHAMPIONSHIPS 2020 • Tentative Team Lists for Session #4 50's
Here's the link to the current Participating Teams Lists for the 50+ divisions ... These may change from time to time, but the date/time in the lower right corner of the last page will be accurate as to that version of the list ... If your team is NOT on a specific Session list and plans on attending, please call the SSUSA Office at (916) 326.5303 immediately ...

SESSION #4 •
• 50+ Divisions: 50+ Men and Women


Sept. 22, 2020
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: C19 at Worlds.

Rules/Procedures instituted today, Tuesday, September 22, 2020 at all facilities:
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"Only teams playing, their scorekeeper (only one) and teams waiting to play the next game will be allowed in the complex. All other spectators will need to watch the games from outside the outfield fence. Spectators will be allowed to come into the complex to use the toilet and see vendors one at a time. While in the complex, masks are required, except when playing.

When playing, base coaches and catchers must wear masks. Dugouts are closed and are only used for access to the fields, so players should bring their own chairs and separate or wear masks except in the field."

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Thank you for your cooperation. Those who may decide to decline to follow these Rules/Procedures will be ejected for the day and will put their team at risk for the same ejection remedy.


Sept. 19, 2020
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: LVSSA/SSUSA WORLD MASTERS CHAMPIONSHIPS 2020 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

SESSION #2 REVISION • Men's 75-Platinum Division
Due to the Friday afternoon COVID-19 influenced withdrawal by the State Roofing System (CA) 75-Major team, changes were required at The Fields of Little Valley ... The format remains a Full Round Robin (Best Record Wins) but is now based on a five- rather than six-team competitive pool ... All 75-Major teams will play two games on two of the three days and one game on the other day ... Changes have been posted online (you may have to refresh your download), and good luck to everyone! ...


Sept. 17, 2020
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: LVSSA/SSUSA WORLD MASTERS CHAMPIONSHIPS 2020 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for SESSION #3 of the LVSSA/SSUSA 2020 World Masters Championships in Kingman, AZ, have been posted and are available from the links below and on the event's Tournament page ... The caveats mentioned in the initial Session #1 post above apply here as well ...

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

DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets (PDF's)


• 40-Masters Divisions: Men | Women

Tournament Administration (PDF's)


• Master Games & Field Grid: Session #3
• Participating Teams List: S3 Teams


Sept. 16, 2020
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: World masters

You need to hustle ... No roster additions are allowed after the first pitch of the tournament in a team's first game ... Those all happen tomorrow! ... Good luck!
Sept. 13, 2020
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Team Waiver Form

Most likely sometime in the next week, Mike ...
Sept. 13, 2020
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Since when???

No sinister Oliver Stone style plot involved here, Mike ... When SSUSA created the 40-Masters division, it was called that because the conventional wisdom everywhere was that "Seniors Start at Fifty" ... And many of the 40+ players weren't, in our view, ready for that "label" earlier than necessary ... Economics were not a driving factor, with entry fees being the same as all other ages/division of play ... It was simply a two-pronged approach ... [1] to provide players an alternative to the, for lack of a better description, aggressive non-family-friendly macho-driven attitude younger ball and [2] to provide a phased transition to the senior rule set for when these players reached 50+ ball ...

As for your generalizations about the skill set, they DO hit the ball hard AND also have excellent reaction times and eye-hand coordination skills many of your older associates no longer possess ... Historically, the first SSUSA Men's 40-Masters World Championship bracket was three (3) total teams ... Times have certainly changed!


Sept. 11, 2020
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: COVID 19

Tommy ... See the subject post in the pink priority message section ... That's a copy-ready reference for you and any others interested in having it all in one place ... Good luck!
Sept. 11, 2020
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: COVID-19 PROCEDURES • SSUSA Protocols for Safe Play

NEW SSUSA RULES AND RECOMMENDATIONS


• April 29, 2020 (SSUSA Newsletter Vol. 6, Edition 6)

Social Contact before, during and after games:
• There will be a “no-contact, no-handshake policy” to be observed at every level of the organization until further notice. This includes all physical contact and extends to customary game-related activities, such umpire-coach introductions, and post-game handshakes between members of opposing teams. Instead, staff, players and coaches should verbally “good game,” without shaking hands, high-fiving or fist-bumping.
• Players will be expected to maintain social distancing before and after the game – and during the game when possible.
• Managers will be responsible for keeping any sick players or players in quarantine out of the tournament.
• Spectators will be required to maintain social distancing during the tournament.

Dugout:
• Keep 6 feet of distance in and out of dugout. Players will be required to separate and in most cases be in and out of the dugout on the outside of the field fences to maintain space.
• Players will NOT be allowed to spread out on the field of play because of the inherent danger of being hit by a foul ball.
• When one team leaves the dugout, next team will need to wait until all players have exited, then enter.
• The team leaving the dugout will need to police the dugout and get rid of trash, especially empty drinking containers.
• Park personnel will be asked to periodically disinfect the dugouts.

Manager Meetings:
• Until is it safe to gather in groups of more than 10, SSUSA will forgo all manager meetings. All information pertaining to a specific tournament will be sent to managers via email before the tournament begins. A copy of the Manager Notes will be available in paper copy.
• Managers will receive their updated rosters with the Manager Instructions. It is up to the manager to let the Director know if there are any changes at the field before the team begins playing.
• We will be sending managers new Team Waiver Forms that each player will need to sign before playing, saying they understand softball is a game of risk and that there is always a risk in group activities of contracting viruses or other illnesses.

Check in:
• Until the pandemic subsides, we will change our player check-in to minimize groups and contact.
• For the remainder of this season, players will not check in individually. Managers will fill in the back of the lineup cards with first and last names of all players present before each game and directors will use the lineup cards to check in the players for that tournament after the game.
• Managers will be responsible for letting directors know about any changes to the roster before their first game.
• Managers will receive the balls, a pencil and a Sharpie to use during the tournament to mark balls, fill in the lineup cards and sign the cards at the end of the game.

The Game:
• We will be providing directors and umpires with either masks or face shields. These will be worn during tournaments to protect officials who have multiple contacts with managers and players.
• It will be mandatory for catchers to wear a covering over their nose and mouth.
• We encourage players to wear masks when in the dugouts during the game.
• Managers will keep the game balls and we recommend they disinfect the balls they throw in each inning.
• As a backup, Umpires will be provided with spray disinfectant and rags to wipe balls off if necessary.
• The on-deck batter or a player assigned by the offensive team will wear gloves and be responsible for picking up the bat after it is used.
• We will NOT be supplying community water jugs for obvious reasons until the pandemic is over. Players will need to supply their own individual water.
• As supplies are available, we will be selling face masks, face shields and gaiters for players who want to buy them.
• We will be using single umpires for all games to help offset the increased costs of housing umpires in hotels alone. (Usually umpires share rooms). This will help keep your entry fees in place.
• Any gatherings of teams or players before or after games will need to follow personal distancing recommendations of being 6 feet apart. Beer, by the way, is not an approved COVID-19 treatment.

Personal Hygiene:
• Most important: Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Cover your mouth and nose – with a tissue, if possible – when coughing or sneezing, then properly discard the tissue in the trash.
• Avoid close contact with anyone else who is coughing or sneezing or who is otherwise sick. People who exhibit COVID-19 symptoms will be asked to leave the park.
• Wash your hands often, using soap and water for at least 20 seconds each time.
• If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

IMPORTANT: We will be enforcing these safety measures so that we can get back on the fields as soon as possible in the safest way for all of our players and officials. We will be ejecting any player or guest who refuses to follow these safety rules for the good of everyone else in the park.

We appreciate your cooperation in following these new procedures as we work together to maintain the highest health and safety standards. SSUSA’s primary concern is the health and welfare of players, officials and their families.


Sept. 4, 2020
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: UPDATE & STATEMENT ON WMC 50+ AGE DIVISIONS

Here's the current plan ... And ALL of this is subject to some change as we see what the level of team retention is with this revision ... There were 140 teams entered as of Friday afternoon (09/04/2020) ... The usual City of Phoenix facilities we have used historically are closed, with no firm estimate of a re-opening date, as of today ...

VICTORY LANE - Glendale
• Men's 50-MAJOR+ (9 Teams)
• Men's 50-AA (7)
• Women's 50-MAJOR (6)
• Women's 50-AAA (7)

EASTMARK, RED MOUNTAIN & SKYLINE COMPLEXES - Mesa
• Men's 50-MAJOR (50)
• Men's 50-AAA (61)
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SESSION #4 Mileage •



Sept. 4, 2020
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: UPDATE & STATEMENT ON WMC 50+ AGE DIVISIONS

Las Vegas area municipalities that own and run the softball complexes have informed us that they cannot confirm the fields will be open for tournament play by October 1-4 for Session #4 of the LVSSA/SSUSA World Masters Championships.

Therefore, the fourth session of the World Masters Championships, featuring all 50+ men’s and women’s divisions, will be moved to the Phoenix area at the end of October:
• Oct. 30 – Nov. 1: Men’s 50-Major-Plus, Men’s 50-AA and all 50+ Women’s Divisions.
• Oct. 29-Nov. 1: Men’s 50-Major and 50-AAA

• New Deadline for Entry: Oct. 8th

We deeply apologize for the major inconvenience this will cause 50+ teams. We will be calling each 50's team manager next week to confirm that the team will be able to compete in Phoenix on the new dates. Teams that cannot or choose not to come are eligible to get a full refund.

For the past several weeks, SSUSA and LVSSA have been working diligently with the Las Vegas municipalities to try to get permission from the Nevada governor’s office and the Nevada Attorney General to play the Oct. 1-4 session of the World Masters. The phase-to-open orders in Nevada, like many states, are based on a formula of the number and percentage of COVID-19 cases in each area throughout the state. At this stage in Las Vegas, tournaments are not allowed at least through the end of September. We – and the municipalities running the fields – had hoped there would be enough of a change in the COVID-19 cases in the Las Vegas area to allow tournaments to resume by the Oct. 1-4 session of the World Masters Championships. Unfortunately, that did not happen.

We will be sending out more information next week. Again, we deeply apologize for this change.


Sept. 3, 2020
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: LVSSA/SSUSA WORLD MASTERS CHAMPIONSHIPS 2020 • Tentative Team Lists by Age/Division

SESSION #4 •
• 50+ Divisions: Men & Women
Sept. 2, 2020
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: LVSSA/SSUSA WORLD MASTERS CHAMPIONSHIPS 2020 • Tentative Team Lists by Age/Division

SESSION #3 •
• 40-Masters: Men & Women | In Kingman, AZ
Aug. 31, 2020
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: LVSSA/SSUSA WORLD MASTERS CHAMPIONSHIPS 2020 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

60-AAA DIVISION SESSION #1 REVISITED • The Vancouver, USA-Wooly's 60's have now apparently reversed their refusal to participate in the Thursday Seeding Games ... Their reversal was preconditioned on being able to play in the last two game slots of the day, at 6:30 and 8:00 PM ... We have reluctantly accommodated that request despite the inconveniences imposed on several other teams ... The revised Thursday schedule is now online (you may have to refresh your download) and the changes are highlighted in light yellow background ... Good luck everyone!


Aug. 29, 2020
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: LVSSA/SSUSA WORLD MASTERS CHAMPIONSHIPS 2020 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for SESSION #2 of the LVSSA/SSUSA 2020 World Masters Championships in St. George. UT, have been posted and are available from the links below and on the event's Tournament page ... The caveats mentioned in the initial Session #1 post above apply here as well ...

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

DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets (PDF's)


• Men's: 65's | 70's | 75's thru 85's

Tournament Administration (PDF's)


• Master Games & Field Grid: Session #2
• Participating Teams List: S2 Teams


Aug. 28, 2020
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Ratings questions

Ozone8 ... Two questions, with two separate responses ...
• If a team ages up, and regardless of their rating and how they got it, they keep the same rating from the younger level if there are six (6) or more players aging up with the team ... If five or less age up, the team's rating will be determined by the rating experience histories of the entire player group, including "new to the team" players on the successor roster ...
• The guy playing a one-time deal for another higfher-rated team is something you should discuss with the eligibility folks in the context of getting an exception IN ADVANCE of the tournament ... Please call Anthony at the Home Office at (916) 326.5303 weekday (Pacific Time) mornings to discuss specifics ... This is not a "theory question", so you'll be asked who the specific team(s) and player(s) are ... Thanks!


Aug. 28, 2020
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: LVSSA/SSUSA WORLD MASTERS CHAMPIONSHIPS 2020 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

SESSION #1 REVISIONS • The Canyons ... We (read: Dave) failed to honor a previously granted "later start request" for a team traveling from the East and it's been fixed ... Because of certain "player sharing" arrangements involving three other teams (one 60-Major+ and two 55-Major+), the changes were somewhat complex and affected all divisions except the Men's 60-Major ... Our apologies for missing this one, in a big way, yesterday ...

On an unrelated matter, some clarity was added regarding a team situation in the 60-AAA Division at Gubler Park and the seeding game schedule and bracket has been adjusted accordingly ... One team confirmed that they have declined to participate in the Thursday round robin seeding games ... Per Rulebook §15.5, the team is seeded last (#27) in the bracket and is a deemed loser, regardless of the score, in their first round bracket game, forcing them into the Elimination Bracket ... Their Thursday seeding round opponents have been re-scheduled, against each other, to complete the seeding sequence ...

Changes for all of this are online dated 08/28/2020 ... You may have to refresh your download to view the updates ... Good luck everyone! ...


Aug. 27, 2020
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: LVSSA/SSUSA WORLD MASTERS CHAMPIONSHIPS 2020 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for SESSION #1 of the LVSSA/SSUSA 2020 World Masters Championships in St. George. UT, 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" just before play commences ...

NOTE: There will NOT be a Managers' Meeting due to the restrictions arising from the COVID-19 Pandemic ... Managers are solely responsible for the accuracy and legitimacy of their tournament roster, and will not be sheltered from a legitimate protest by an opponent if that protest is determined to be meritorious ...

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

DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets (PDF's)


• Men's: 55's | 60's

Tournament Administration (PDF's)


• Master Games & Field Grid: Session #1
• Participating Teams List: S1 Teams


Aug. 27, 2020
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: LVSSA/SSUSA WORLD MASTERS CHAMPIONSHIPS 2020 • TENTATIVE Field Assignments by Session

The following are the TENTATIVE Field Assignments for SESSION #2 (Men's 65+ thru 85+ Divisions) of the 2020 LVSSA/SSUSA World Masters Championships in St. George, UT ... 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 shortly ...

SESSION #2 • Men's 65+ thru 85+ Divisions


• Men's 65-Major+ (3) • The Canyons Complex
• Men's 65-Major (18) • The Canyons Complex
• Men's 65-AAA (17) • The Canyons Complex
• Men's 65-AA (8) • Gubler Park

• Men's 70-Major+ (2) • Gubler Park
• Men's 70-Major (8) • Gubler Park
• Men's 70-AAA (12) • Bloomington Park
• Men's 70-AA (5) • The Canyons Complex

• Men's 75-Major+/Major (8) • The Fields at Little Valley
• Men's 75-AAA/AA (7) • The Fields at Little Valley

• Men's 80-Major+/Major (2) • The Fields at Little Valley
• Men's 80/85-Gold (6) • The Fields at Little Valley


Aug. 27, 2020
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: LVSSA/SSUSA WORLD MASTERS CHAMPIONSHIPS 2020 • Tentative Team Lists by Age/Division

SESSION #2 •
• Men's: 65's thru 85's


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