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April 21, 2018
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: double bag at 1st

B.J. has it ... The double-bag rule applies only to a batter-runner ... Once (s)he becomes a base runner, the uni-bag provision applies ...
April 20, 2018
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Foul Tip vs Foul Ball

B.J. ... Don't over read Definition §1.29 ... The FIRST sentence defines a foul tip .. The SECOND sentence (the NOTE) defines a foul ball in a similar, but not identical circumstance, which is, for example, a ball that bounces off the catcher's chest and does NOT go directly to the catcher's hand(s)/mitt ... The THIRD (and last) sentence is the EFFECT: All foul tips are a dead ball and the batter is out if it happens with 2 strikes in the count ...


April 20, 2018
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Foul Tip vs Foul Ball

A foul tip is NOT a foul ball, by definition (see below) and, accordingly, is NOT considered a "waste foul" for purposes of the "1-1" Pitch Count provisions for play in the Men's 50+ through 60+ and Women's 50+ age groups ... The Men's and Women's 40-Masters divisions play with NO waste foul, making the foul tip discussion moot for them ... A "foul ball" can be considered as a waste foul, but a foul tip cannot ... The umpire's judgment on whether or not the batted ball meets the specific definition of a foul tip (first sentence of Definition §1.29) is controlling ...
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Rulebook Definition §1.29 • FOUL TIP
A foul tip is batted ball that goes directly from the bat, not higher than the batter's head, to the catcher's hand(s) or glove and is legally caught by the catcher. NOTE: Any batted ball that goes directly from the bat, not higher than the batter's head to any part of the catcher's body or equipment other than the hand(s) or glove is a foul ball and a dead ball. EFFECT: The ball is dead on all foul tips and the batter is out if it is the third strike.
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Rulebook §7.4 • STRIKE CALLED BY UMPIRE
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C For each foul tip. EFFECT: The ball is dead and the batter is out if it is the third strike.


April 16, 2018
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Divisions

Yes, that's true ... Which just expands the rating disparity "issue" to adversely affect the true AAA teams being kicked upstairs to Major ... We are always going to protect the lower rated teams ... If he wants to move into a larger pool of potential opponents, all his manager has to do is send us a note requesting the team be raised to the next rating level ... Such requests are rare, but we've never failed to grant one! ...
April 16, 2018
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Divisions

Willy8 ... One quick observation, then a response to your question ... Men's 70+ Major Plus teams are NOT allowed to roster players on a national basis ... They may draw from their own and bordering states AND add a maximum of two "out-of-region" players from East/West of the Mississippi River, but may NOT draw "snowbird" players ... As for your suggestion to eliminate the AA division (by merger into AAA), it's very unlikely that proposal would be implemented ... We are not concerned with building larger AAA brackets by forcing former AA teams into your rating level ...

The fundamental concept of the rating system is to afford all teams an equal opportunity to be successful in any event ... Your proposal is inconsistent with that goal, would harm the AA rated teams' competitive opportunities and is something they would (with merit) likely oppose vigorously ... You may, of course, appear before or submit an identifiable written proposal to the National Rules Committee for their consideration ... We make rules changes annually at the National Convention, and this year it will be during the last week of November in Las Vegas ...


April 14, 2018
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: TIDEWATER CLASSIC 2018 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for the SSUSA's Tidewater Classic in Virginia Beach, VA, 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

• Complete: All ages and divisions [19 pages]

Tournament Administration (PDF's)

• Master Fields Schedule: Master Games & Fields Grid
• Participating Teams List: Tidewater Classic 2018


April 12, 2018
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: SENIOR SOFTBALL PIONEER AL VERA (LVSSA) HAS DIED

Al Vera, a pioneer in senior softball nationally and one of the guiding forces of the Las Vegas Senior Softball Association (LVSSA) passed away on April 11th following an extended illness.

“Al Vera was instrumental in establishing the LVSSA and SSUSA partnership that led to the largest senior softball tournament in the world: the LVSSA/SSUSA World Masters Championships,” said Terry Hennessy, chief executive officer of SSUSA.

“Al was a calming and guiding force in the National Senior Softball Summit and continually worked to build the bridges between associations for the good of the sport and the players,” said Hennessy. “Al was a wonderful person and a good man. We will miss him.”

There will be a full obituary in the next issue of the Senior Softball Newsletter later this month.


April 11, 2018
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: USA logo on jerseys

cecil ... If you mean the "SSUSA" logo instead of the national Olympic style "USA", which may technically require their consent, we have no objections, subject to an artwork pre-approval by our office ... We would be honored ... If any other questions, please call us at (916) 326.5303 and we'll fill in any blanks ...
April 10, 2018
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: LVSSA/SSUSA SOUTHWEST CHAMPIONSHIPS 2018 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for the SESSION #2 of the LVSSA/SSUSA Southwest Championships in Las Vegas and Henderson, NV, have been posted and are available from the links below and on the event's Tournament page ... The caveats mentioned above regarding SESSION #1 apply here as well ... Good luck to all! ...

DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets (PDF's)

• Men's: 40-Masters | 50's | 55's | 60's

• Women's: 40-Masters & 50+ Seniors

• Complete: All Ages & Divisions [Large file: 57 pages]


April 6, 2018
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: 2018 Vegas Tournament Dates

YES, EXCEPT for the 40-Masters (Men and Women) and the Senior (50+) Women, which will run three days, Friday thru Sunday, September 28-30, 2018 ...
April 5, 2018
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Still waiting for a rational answer

tugboat ... NOPE ... Please re-read the second sentence of the second Bullet•Point under RATIONALE where we explain how you can, in effect, convert a 60-M+ (R/I=7) to a 65-M+ (R/I=6) level ...

• "..YOU would have to cease playing in the 60+ age division immediately.."

If you stop playing at all in the 60+ age group, you would "graduate" and take the now 65-M+ R/I with you ... BUT, if you insist on going back down to 60+, you go back to that neighborhood with the 60-M+ R/I ... So in your example, you would be prohibited from playing 60-AAA because that's two clicks down from 60-Major+ ...

SUMMARY • If you play ONLY in the 65+ age group, your options are 65-Major+ (of course) and 65-Major as one of the three out-of-rating players ... Those are, not so coincidentally, the same options you would have at the 60+ age group ... You don't get to take the 65+ R/I=6 and wander downstairs to the 60+ at any level lower than 60-Major ...


April 5, 2018
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Still waiting for a rational answer

DEFINITIVE RATIONAL RULING • tugboat ... Despite our sincere suggestion to the contrary, you insist on pursuing this publicly ... If that's the way you want to do it, here's the complete facts and related rationale for our now final decision ...

FACTS
• You played in NINE SSUSA sanctioned events during the 2017 Season ... FOUR were with a moderately successful 65-AAA team (Atlantic Coast, Eastern National's, Mid-Atlantic Last-chance and World Masters) ... FIVE were with a very successful 60-Major team (Winter National's, Atlantic Coast, Crabtown Classic, Eastern National's and World Masters) ... The 60-Major team WON THE TRIPLE GRAND SLAM by winning the Eastern National's, the USA National Championship Game and the 30-Team 60-Major bracket ... That accomplishment earned your 60-Major team a well-deserved and automatic full-season rating increase to 60-Major+ for the 2018 Season ... Our presumption, based on the number of tournaments respectively, is that your PRIMARY team was the 60-Major team ...
• Your actual age (67 in about three weeks) is totally irrelevant in terms your personal decision, with an obvious skill set to support that decision, to play down in age ... For the next two years, so long as you continue to play in the 60+ age group, your rating experience history will reflect an R/I=7 for 60-Major+ ...

DECISION
• Your current rating experience history (R/I=7) precludes you being eligible to be rostered with a 65-AAA team (R/I=4) under any circumstances ...

RATIONALE
• You seem somewhat insistent upon phrasing this issue with a simple irrelevant question along the lines of "..Why can't I play on a team in my real age group?.." ... Well, you CAN play 65's, just not 65-AAA ... Our limitations on how far down the rating index chart a player may go are based on the player's actual playing history and presumed skill set, based on his R/I, as compared to the team he seeks to join ... We always protect the lesser R/I teams ... If you're good enough, regardless of your age, to win the Triple Grand Slam with a 60-Major team, now a Major+ team, we will not allow you to compete as a 60-Major+ R/I against 65-AAA players and teams ...
• You CAN help yourself, but you'd also need some help from your 65-AAA team, to be re-affiliated with them ... YOU would have to cease playing in the 60+ age division immediately ... If you do that, you will "graduate" to the 65+ age division and take the Major+ R/I with you ... But it would be the 65-Major+ (R/I=6) and not 60-Major+ (R/I=7) ... The current 65-AAA team would also have to step up voluntarily to 65-Major (R/I=5) ... Then, and ONLY then, you would be eligible to be on their roster as one of the three allowable out-of-rating players ... It's doable, just NOT with the current R/I numbers for BOTH you and that team ...

Someone else in this thread may have indicated that success has consequences ... We applaud your success last year, and the consequences are good ones in our view ... You have a rare distinction of being on one of a very small percentage of teams that accomplished what you did ... But while we are happy for you, our association does not bend eligibility rules that are designed to protect lesser rated teams from both a competitive and safety perspective ...

Hopefully, the foregoing is and clear and rational overview of why you are not currently eligible to participate at the 65-AAA level ...


April 5, 2018
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: LVSSA/SSUSA SOUTHWEST CHAMPIONSHIPS 2018 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for the SESSION #1 of the LVSSA/SSUSA Southwest Championships in Las Vegas and Henderson, NV, 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: 65's | 70's | 75's, 80's & 85's

Tournament Administration (PDF's)

• Master Fields Schedule: Master Games & Fields Grid
• Participating Teams List: Southwest Championships 2018


April 4, 2018
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 75 age group

Not sure where you're heading with this?? ... The maximum three "out-of-rating" players allowance applies to all rating levels except Major+, who have open rosters with respect to ratings histories ... If you are playing 75+ AND reside in Kansas, you may play for any team located West of the Mississippi River, which would include California ... Since Kansas does NOT border the Mississippi, you will not be able to "stretch" to any eastern state ... If you lived in Missouri, you could play for any western state AND any of Missouri's bordering states east of the river ...


April 4, 2018
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 75 age group

Neither (with one limited exception)... Men's 75+ Division players may come only from the East/West of the Mississippi River, depending on which side is the home state of the team ... If the team happens to border the Mississippi River, they may draw from bordering states (only) across the river ...
April 3, 2018
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: LVSSA/SSUSA SOUTHWEST CHAMPIONSHIPS 2018 • TENTATIVE Field Assignments

SESSION #1 • Tuesday thru Thursday, April 17-19, 2018

• MEN'S 65-MAJOR+ • Sunset Park
• MEN'S 65-MAJOR • Sunset Park
• MEN'S 65-AAA • Shadow Rock (Tuesday & Wednesday) & BLD (Thursday)
• MEN'S 65-AA • Shadow Rock (Tuesday & Wednesday) & BLD (Thursday)

• MEN'S 70+ (ALL) • Big League Dreams

• MEN'S 75+ (ALL) • Arroyo Grande
• MEN'S 80-MAJOR • Arroyo Grande

• MEN'S 80-AAA • Arroyo Grande (Tuesday & Thursday) & Russell Rd. (Wednesday)
• MEN'S 85-MAJOR • Arroyo Grande (Tuesday & Thursday) & Russell Rd. (Wednesday)
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SESSION #2 will be released shortly ...


March 28, 2018
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: TEXAS STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS 2018 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for the SSUSA's 2018 Texas State Championships in El Paso TX, 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 Tab has been activated and the Master Games & Fields Grid has been posted ... Good luck to all! ...

DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets (PDF's)

• Men's: 40's, 50's & 55's | 60's, 65's & 70's

• Complete: All Ages & Divisions [11 pages]

Tournament Administration (PDF's)

• Master Fields Schedule: Master Games & Fields Grid


March 26, 2018
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: safety bag

grayhitter59 ... In response to your statement and questions ...

[•] Whether or not the ball leaves the infield is irrelevant;
[1] Yes, IF there is a play at first ... Batter-runner, Defender and Ball in the mix at or about the same time constitutes "a play" at first;
[2] Whichever umpire has the best look at it ... NOTE: The batter is only obligated to touch a portion of the red bag ... If his foot hits the "centerline" (both bags at once), he's good ... There is NO prohibition against touching the white bag so long as he also touches the red bag simultaneously;
[3] Automatic (non-appeal) call;
[4] Same as [2] above: Whichever umpire has the best look at it; and
[5] Probably, unless the play has the 1B or P fielding it and heading to the bag unassisted, in which the rule may apply ...

This is very clearly covered in Rulebook §8.4(1) • BATTER-RUNNER REACHING FIRST BASE on page 46 ...


March 24, 2018
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: legal players

bucs15 ... Over the past couple of years, there have been some modifications in the "States and Bordering States" rules that affect some areas of the US and Canada ... Generally, several of the lesser populated states in the Northeast were "merged" to ease some of the roster composition issues ... We also "merged" provinces in Canada on an East/West basis for the same reason ... For specifics, please see §13.1(3) • TEAM REGIONS OF SSWC on pages 63-64 of the Official SSUSA Rulebook ... The residency rules remain the same regarding "snowbirds" and "out of region" exceptions for Major+ teams aged 40+ through 70+ ... Hope this helps ...


March 23, 2018
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: SPRING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2018 • DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets

HUNTER PARK SESSION #2 REVISIONS • Due to the unexpected late (Thursday night/Friday morning) withdrawal of a 50-Major team (Top Gun 50's), changes were required affecting that division and the 60/65-Platinum at Hunter Park, as follows:

• 60/65-PLATINUM • New game times and field assignments for Saturday afternoon Bracket games #8 and #11 ...
• 50/55-PLATINUM • Revised seeding game schedule to cover the games that would otherwise forfeit from the withdrawal, addition of two final seeding games on Saturday morning and revision from a 5-team 3GG to a 4-team DE bracket ...

Changes are online now ...


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