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, Feb. 27, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Mesquite or St George

NYGNYY ... There are certainly pros and cons, but here's our position ... Yes we have considered pre-publication before the deadline, but believe for us that it's better to wait until after the entry deadline ... As we have mentioned on multiple occasions, somewhere around 65-70% of ALL entries come in during the last 10 days before the deadline ... Pre-publication usually results in far smaller numbers than what the actual final totals are when we wait ...

For example, if three weeks out there are, say, three teams early-entered in a specific age/division, and there are another seven teams looking at whether or not to attend ... If we pre-publsih and those seven teams, independently, say "We're not going, there are only three teams!", it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy at the lower number ...

The tournament brackets are, based on our experience, larger when the presumptive analysis to decision making is removed from the equation ... Although players may prefer to have all available information as soon as possible, it's not in the best interest of the event, and by extension, the teams that participate, for us to do so in this instance ... SSUSA generally, and especially at major events, has larger brackets than other associations we may compete against ... This works for us and for you ...


, Feb. 27, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Approved bats

Horsepie: When/if Easton complies with the insurance and financial requirements, then they will appear on the Approved Bat List ... That WOULD include the recently acquired ComBat product line ...

Orlando: Insurance claims are made on the basis of whether or not there was coverage at the time of the incident, and NOT at the time of manufacture of the product ... For example, you and your fancy 2016 car are not insured in 2017 if you allow your coverage to lapse in December, 2016 (which is what happened here) ... Again, we have no control over manufacturers' compliance in this matter ...

This is likely our final post on topic ... Any changes in compliance status for currently non-listed bats will be noted on the Approved Bat List as appropriate immediately ... There is nothing else we can, or should, be doing at this time ...


, Feb. 27, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Approved bats

Orlando ... You won't have to explain them to any companies you may choose to contact ... "Bat sanction fees" are annual fees charged by all major sanctioning associations (ASA, NSA, USSSA, SSUSA, etc.) to authorize the use of those manufacturers' bats in the association's events ... The amounts are proprietary and vary widely depending on the sanctioning association ...
, Feb. 27, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Approved bats

Thanks for the update, k man ... Maybe your call to customer service will generate activity by the insurance and accounts payable departments, both of whom have been contacted twice as to the requirements to make it to the Approved bat List ... Again, it's completely outside of our control regarding the timing of their presumed compliance ...
, Feb. 27, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Approved bats

k man ... Yes, the ball is in their court, to borrow your phrase from another sport ... The companies are aware of their obligations as they relate to appearing on the Approved Bat List, but compliance is totally within their purview ...

TexasTransplant ... We have no objection to anyone buying bats from these vendors, but absent compliance, we'll be more diligent in usage enforcement at the upcoming events than we were at the T.O.C. ... Oh, and it appears you were correct about the potential spike in message board activity on this one ...


, Feb. 27, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Approved bats

INCORRECT ComBat was acquired by Easton, so the obligations for continued insurance coverage transfers and vests with Easton ...
, Feb. 27, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Approved bats

CORRECT NOT on the "Approved Bat List" = NOT approved for use ...
, Feb. 27, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Approved bats

It's principally an insurance issue ... We can always work around the timing of the payment of annual sanction fees, but there is no latitude to allow those bats, regardless of the year of manufacture, to be used under an uninsured or self-insured coverage theory ...
, Feb. 26, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Approved bats

Yes it is ... Omissions may be the result of the bat manufacturing companies not yet having [1] paid their 2017 bat sanction fees [2] or provided the required proof of insurance for the year ...
, Feb. 26, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: How to renew

joeball ... Click on the Sign up link near the top of this page to the right of the SIGN IN: dialog ... That will take you to the sign in/create an account/Player Registration page ... If you already have an account, sign in and follow the directions from your player page ... If you don't have an account yet, click on the Player Registration link and follow the procedures and instructions from that page ... You can also call the Sacramento Home Office for help at (916) 326.5303 during normal business hours on the Left Coast ... Good luck! ...


, Feb. 25, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Mesquite or St George

Not until shortly after the entry deadline of March 2nd, when we can get the team counts and games demand matched up to field availability ...
, Feb. 24, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Snowbird rule

Snowbird cards must be renewed annually, which is no longer the case with your regular card ... At age 75, your regular card is now a "Lifetime" card (Congratulations!) and does not have to be renewed ever again ... Please call the Sacramento Home Office at (916) 326.5303 during normal business hours on the Left Coast and they can help you get eligible to play in two states this season if you otherwise qualify ... Good luck!
, Feb. 24, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Product review
Discussion: bat break in

At the risk of needlessly "picking at nits", an illegal and an altered bat are two different concepts ... An example of an illegal bat is the original Miken Ultra (sometimes known as the Ultra I) or any other non-approved bat that does not meet the BPF 1.21/1.20 criteria ... An altered bat is an otherwise legal bat (as manufactured) that has been altered to enhance performance beyond what the performance was when the bat left the manufacturer's factory unwrapped, as changed over time by normal wear and tear ... "Normal wear and tear" is defined as using the bat in the intended manner to strike regulation softballs ...


, Feb. 24, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: rocky mountain championships

HAT MAN... The more logical explanation is the second one you mention ... With the entry deadline 5 months out (August 11th), most teams haven't considered the event, yet ... Typically, we receive 70% or so of entries for any event in the last 10 days before the deadline ... It's awfully early to draw meaningful conclusions in February for a late August event that is well run and well attended every year at an outstanding facility ...
, Feb. 23, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Ratings question

No problem EBAT50 ... All new-to-SSUSA players have a presumptive starting point of "AAA" as mentioned above ... We also recognize that sometimes teams have a case of the "shorts" for a given roster event and they may have to pick up a player from a lower rating for that one tournament ... While a player's "rating experience history" number is the highest rating index he plays for, if that is only ONE event, we will disregard it and NOT move his number up ... However, if a player plays TWO or more events at the higher rating index, he is no longer eligible for the "one time exception", and his number will be the higher one for the current and next two playing seasons ... If this isn't clear, by all means please call Sacramento and they can walk you through it ... Good luck! ..


, Feb. 23, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Injury to player - no subs available

Can't/won't speak to the ASA rule, but in SSUSA (since this is an SSUSA Message Board) it's an out only the FIRST time through the batting order where his spot is missed ... He may not re-enter and the batting order is compressed for the balance of the game ...
, Feb. 23, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Product review
Discussion: bat break in

We do not have an opinion on what process(es) may be used by commercial outlets or individuals, but here is the complete SSUSA policy regarding breaking in a bat:

The ONLY acceptable and LEGAL method for breaking in a bat is the use of that bat, as intended by the manufacturer, to strike regulation softballs ... ANY other break in methodology, whether or not easily determined, is considered ALTERING A BAT ... See Rulebook 3.4(6) on page 16 for the penalty provisions for using an altered bat ...

Hopefully, the foregoing statement is clear and concise ...


, Feb. 23, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Bordering States - Illinois / Michigan

BH21 ... Please accept our apology for a faulty assumption that led to an inappropriate response ... After not hearing about this particular fact pattern for a long time, we got a contentious phone call and your post within about 15 hours of each other with an identical fact pattern involving just these two states ... Our faulty presumption that they originated from the same person was regrettable ... Please continue to ask questions and express opinions ...

Webbie25 ... The "lakes vs. rivers" policy is applied to the Continental 48 states only ... Due to smaller player populations, Alaska, Hawaii and Guam have different policy criteria ... Alaska was recently linked with Western Canada and many of the smaller northeast states were merged to address the same population issue by the National Rules Committee ...


, Feb. 22, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: player id card

maskedman If you are a first-time registrant, you were very likely (95% or more) informed that your first card "..will be received between four and six weeks from [today] .. If you play in a tournament before then, just show your Driver's License, since your name will appear as valid on the team roster.."

We produce cards almost daily and batch-mail them weekly ... Your card should be coming to a mailbox near you soon ... Good luck! ...


, Feb. 22, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Bordering States - Illinois / Michigan

Because a "lake" and a "river" are different border items as we define the states and bordering states rules ... We suspect you (or someone you know) and a member of our National Director group had this discussion yesterday on the phone ... Our interpretation has not changed overnight: Michigan and Illinois are NOT bordering states for purposes of SSUSA player eligibility ... The SSUSA National Rules Committee meets only once per year to consider potential changes at the SSUSA National Convention in late-November / early-December ... You are welcome to submit (in writing outside of this Message Board) suggestions for potential Agenda inclusion later this year ...


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