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, Jan. 23, 2018
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: SSUSA's ORIGINAL TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS 2018 • DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for the SSUSA's 2018 Original Tournament of Champions in Polk County, 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 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 Master Games & Fields Grid have also been posted ... Good luck to all! ...

DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets (PDF's)

• Men's: 40-Masters | 50's | 55's | 60's | 65's & 70's | 75's thru 85's

• Women's: 40-Masters & 50's

• Complete: All Ages & Divisions [Large file: 35 pages]

Tournament Administration (PDF's)

• Master Fields Schedule: Master Games & Fields Grid
• Participating Teams List: Tournament of Champions 2018


, Jan. 19, 2018
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: first baseman charging the plate during delivery of the pitch

lb16 and HAT MAN ... It appears you have two separate hypothetical circumstances here ... In lb16's fact pattern, the fielder is charging the plate/batter with a probable intent to distract or hinder the batter ... In HAT MAN's, it appears to have been a stationary player in an unusual field position, which is not a rules infringement ... You both have it right as to your own differing situations ... See below ...
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Rulebook §6.8(2) • DISTRACTING THE BATTER
A fielder shall not take a position in the batter's line of vision or, with deliberate unsportsmanlike intent, act in a manner to distract the batter. A pitch does not have to be released. NOTE: The offending player shall also be ejected from the game.
, Jan. 17, 2018
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Rating???

Yes ... Managers of teams affected were sent email notifications of their status on Friday, February 12, 2018 ...
, Jan. 16, 2018
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Thoughts on new Courtesy Runner rule

marcster13 ... The "new" Courtesy Runner rule isn't all that complex and isn't much of a strategy gem either way ... It simply states that a CR must enter the game prior to the first pitch to any subsequent batter, NOT necessarily the "next" batter ... It only prevents a "mid-at-bat" entry ... It's intent is to have CR's ready to go for an efficient entry ... The other CR (and substitution) rules remain in play and unchanged ... Don't "over-think" this one!
, Jan. 15, 2018
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: WINTER CLASSIC QUALIFIER 2018 • DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for SESSIONS #2 (Men's 50+ thru 60+) and #3 (40-Masters Men/Women and 50+ Women) have been posted and are available from the links below and on the event's Tournament page ... The caveats mentioned above for Session #1 apply here as well ... Good luck everyone! ...

DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets (PDF's)

• Sessions #2 & #3: 40-Masters & 50+ Women | 50's thru 60's

• Complete: All Ages and Divisions


, Jan. 13, 2018
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Playing in different classes

Unless covered by the "written permission" exception below, the general answer would be "NO" ... See: Rule Book Section §13.1(1) • DIVISIONS OF THE SSWC at subsection A.3. on page 61 ...

A.3. Major-Plus players may not compete on AAA or AA teams without written permission from SSUSA.

If your question was anything other than just a general rules inquiry, please contact the SSUSA Home Office at (916) 326.5303 during normal business hours (Pacific time) to discuss it with one of the eligibility specialists ...


, Jan. 13, 2018
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Playing in different classes

bkb555 ... A player may not play on two differently rated teams in the same age group in the same tournament, or even be on both rosters simultaneously ... He may, however, play on two teams in different age groups if he is otherwise eligible as to residency AND allowable player rating index experience history ... For example, he could play 55-Major and 50-AAA (Rating Index=7 for both), but not 50-Major (R/I=8) and 55-AAA (R/I=6) ... In the event of a mixed bracket with both teams in the same seeding/bracket pool, the player may only play for one of those teams, and must declare prior to the start of either team's first game, which team that will be ...

RELATED CONSIDERATIONS -
• A player, regardless of his native age group, is subject to the player release provisions that govern playing for multiple teams in the same age group, regardless of his true age ... If, say, he is 55+ and plays with a 50+ Team "A", he may not play for a 50+ Team "B" without getting a release from Team "A", and would have to remain with Team "B" for the balance of the current season; and
• If the player plays in multiple age groups (not in a combined bracket) in a tournament, the player bears any adverse effects of schedule conflicts which may have the two teams playing at the same time and/or at different facilities...


, Jan. 12, 2018
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: WINTER CLASSIC QUALIFIER 2018 • DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets

SESSION #1 • MINOR REVISION required due to a rating change in the 75-Major / 75-AAA team composition ... Two games on Tuesday were affected, and the brackets were revised accordingly ... Good luck! ...
, Jan. 12, 2018
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: WINTER CLASSIC QUALIFIER 2018 • DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for Session #1 of the SSUSA's 2018 Winter Classic Qualifier in Bullhead City, AZ, 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 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 tab has been activated and the Master Games & Fields Grid for this session has been posted ... Good luck to all! ...

DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets (PDF's)

• Men's: 65's & 70's | 75's & 80's

Tournament Administration (PDF's)

• Master Fields Schedule: Master Games Grid


, Jan. 10, 2018
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: 2018 ORIGINAL TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS • TENTATIVE Field Assignments

The following are the TENTATIVE Field Assignments for the 2018 SSUSA Original Tournament of Champions in Polk County, FL. 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 later this month. There are 108 teams entered as of this posting.

AUBURNDALE SPORTS COMPLEX (Auburndale) - 26 Teams
• 50-AAA (9)
• 55-AAA (13)
• 60-Major (4)

DIAMONDPLEX SPORTS COMPLEX (Winter Haven) - 23 Teams
• 40-Masters Men (7)
• 50-Major (7)
• 60-AAA (9)

LOYCE HARPE PARK (Lakeland) - 23 Teams
• 55-Major+ (2) / 55-Major (6) / 60-Major+ (1)
• 65-Major (2) / 70-Major+ (1)
• 65-AAA (8) / 65-AA (3)

SOUTHWEST SOFTBALL COMPLEX (Lakeland) - 19 Teams
• 50/55-AA (5)
• 70-Men - All (8)
• Women's 40-Masters and 50+ Seniors (6)

WESTSIDE SOFTBALL COMPLEX (Lakeland) - 17 Teams
• 60-AA (9)
• 75-Men - All (5)
• 80+ and 85+ Men (3)

Ratings Notes

Teams play in the 2018 SSUSA Original TOC at the age and rating level they had when they won their invitation. If a team won multiple TOC qualifying events in two different ratings, their invitation is at the higher of those ratings.

Thank you to all of the participating teams and players and Good Luck!!

Released 01/10/2018


, Jan. 10, 2018
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Field assignments for TOC

Should post later today (Wednesday) ... We just got out from under the Rules Committee time commitment late yesterday and we're working on them now ... Today is sort of "mid-week" as we mentioned above! ...
, Jan. 9, 2018
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: SSUSA RULES COMMITTEE 2017 • Annual Meeting Minutes

SSUSA RULES COMMITTEE "SPECIAL MEETING" MINUTES • January 9, 2018
The link below redirects to the Official Minutes of the SSUSA Rules Committee telephone conference call "Special Meeting" session on January 9, 2018 ... The rules change made has an immediate effective date for 2018 Season events ...

• Official Minutes: • Special Session - 01/09/2018

Thank you to the entire Rules Committee membership and to the two public members who contributed by written correspondence during the comment period.


, Jan. 7, 2018
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Field assignments for TOC

We'll likely announce them by mid-week ... Next couple of days are going to have the people who make that determination tied up on the "1-1 Count" special Rules Committee Session on Tuesday ... Thanks!
, Jan. 4, 2018
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: 1-1 or 0-0 Count

REMINDER • Time is getting short for those who may wish to have their comments (NONE received to date) on this issue considered by the National Rules Committee on Tuesday at 11:00 AM PST ... Message Board commentary, due to it's generally anonymous and unregulated nature, is specifically excluded for Rules Committee consideration ... Identifiable (as to the submitting commentator) submissions made timely by email and/or snail-mail (ONLY) will be provided to the committee members for review ...


, Jan. 4, 2018
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: McKinlay Follow Up Question

Ed ... This is a confidential player personnel matter, so we will not be commenting officially as it relates to Steve McKinlay ... However, we recognize that you have a personal interest because you were among the victims of his crimes, and will answer your questions as best we can within our privacy policy constraints ...

• The SSUSA does not have a formal policy with respect to the eligibility of convicted felons, regardless of whether or not they have completed the incarceration component of their sentencing;
• The SSUSA does not have a formal policy with respect to the eligibility of anyone facing pending felony prosecution ... We are aware of one such former player currently facing a murder charge;
• SSUSA reserves the right to accept or reject any application to join (or renew) as a member, provided any potential rejection is otherwise legal under federal and state discrimination laws and regulations ... Further, any such membership decision would evaluate the totality of the facts and circumstances involving the individual, both within and outside of the scope of SSUSA activities; and
• There is currently no pending application to join/renew with SSUSA by anyone we know or believe to be a convicted felon ... If and when such an application might occur, we will evaluate and decide appropriately and confidentially to the applicant ...

Ed, any further inquiries regarding this matter should be directed privately to the management of SSUSA ... You have our contact information, but this will be our last, and only, public response ... Thank you ...

** THREAD CLOSED **


, Jan. 1, 2018
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: How does a Team rated as a Major win a AAA world tounament

They don't, except in the realm of inaccurate factual representations ...

OREGON CRABS TEAM RATING HISTORY - Accurate rating history and dates of changes follow ...
• 03/15/2015 - 60-AAA (as Trachsel Auto Body)
• 10/14/2016 - 65-AAA (as Traschel Auto Body II)
• 01/06/2017 - 65-AAA (as Oregon Crabs 65)
[Team won 65-AAA in Reno and Las Vegas while 65-AAA]
• 10/09/2017 - 65-Major (automatic bump for World Masters title)


, Dec. 27, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Recreational Tournaments 2018

"Next week" is highly doubtful for several reasons ... Much of the SSUSA office staff is off this week, Monday next is the New Year's Day holiday and a great number of the "usual suspects" who promote the recreational events haven't advised us of their plans yet ... The list will be updated as details are known ... Patience is the best course of action right now ...
, Dec. 26, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: SURVEY RESULTS

The survey "closed" a little over a week ago and the final results have been tabulated and categorized ... The full detail data analysis has been provided to the National Rules Committee and a short synopsis of same has been posted here ...

You received one of the 22,877 invitations to participate in the survey if you met ALL of the following criteria as of December 8th:

• You are a currently registered SSUSA player, OR were a registered player during the 2016 or 2017 season(s) if your registration hasn't yet been renewed for 2018;
• You have a valid email address on file as a part of your SSUSA registered player page (which is NOT necessarily the same as the email address you may have used when you authenticated your Message Board posting account);
• You have not officially "opted out" of receiving email communications from SSUSA; and
• Your email handling software/device doesn't divert SSUSA emails to a "junk" or similar folder ...

There will not be any follow-up polling ... The National Rules Committee will meet in a special telephone conference call session on January 9, 2018, to discuss the survey results and to consider the potential implementation of the "1-1" count to other age groups of play ... We will publish the official minutes of that meeting shortly after its conclusion ...


, Dec. 20, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: "1-1" Count Member Preference Survey Completed

SURVEY RESULTS SYNOPSIS

• Invited to Participate ► 22,877 • Participated ► 5,245 • Turnout ► 23%
• Overall Preference: Favor "1-1" ► 56% • Favor "0-0" ► 44%
• Overall Preference by Gender: Men favor "1-1" over "0-0" ► 56% to 44% • Women favor "1-1" over "0-0" ► 52% to 48%
• Men's Age Groups: Favoring "1-1" ► 40+, 50+, 55+, 60+ & 65+ • Favoring "0-0" ► 70+, 75+, 80+ & 85+ [see NOTES]
• Women's Age Groups: Favoring "1-1" ► 40+, 50+ & 60+ • Favoring "0-0" ► 65+ & 70+ • Dead heat (50%-50%) ► 55+
• Club & League Regions favoring "1-1" ► Central, Far West, Florida, Great Lakes, Mid-Atlantic, North, Northeast, Southeast, Southwest and Texas
• Club & League Regions favoring "0-0" ► New England, Northwest and Canada/Guam/Snowbirds

NOTES
1. Men's "break-even" age was 65+, where the oldest age group support for "1-1" was favored by a slim 53% to 47%
2. Support for "1-1" DECREASED as age increased for ALL categories, except the statistical dead heat in Women's 55+
3. Preference for "1-1" count WITH courtesy foul was favored, in varying percentages, by all sub-categories


, Dec. 19, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Rating???

The target release date is sometime around January 15, 2018 ... The Rating Advisors will be receiving the Rating Committee's preliminary report in the next couple of days ... They will have a short review period for comment, and the ratings should be finalized shortly thereafter ...
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