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, May 26, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Associations
Discussion: Baden Fire softball 2SB550YS Junk in its core!

Sparky ... There are four things that come to mind initially on this ...

• The Message Board is pretty much an unregulated and anonymous outlet for (occasionally responsible) comments ... Because of that nature, we ignore just about anything here that is issue oriented ... That's why we have email and snail-mail addresses for those who wish to provide meaningful commentary that may warrant a response;
• The two related frequent topics of "which ball?" and "which bat?" are amusing and will never have any consensus anywhere ... Especially here;
• Specific M/B commentary regarding individuals and recent events (e.g., Texas) is always handled by direct correspondence between our office and the tournament director(s) involved ... The results of that dialog will not be published here; and
• We always have a little smile whenever a "hot and bothered" topic finds its way onto "Page Two Oblivion" ...


, May 26, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Will be in Reno June 3-5 Looking for a 55 team

Mason's Grandpa is correct ... A California team may request to add an otherwise eligible player as to age and rating experience history if that player is in CA or it's bordering states ... Only exception would be if that player has a valid "Snowbird Card" for CA ...
, May 24, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Player touches batting mat after home run

We concur with BruceinGa ... Since "hit and sit" was instituted a couple years ago for SSUSA sanctioned events, this is a non-issue ...
, May 24, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Reno

There are three 70-Major+ teams entered for Reno: Omen 70 (CA), Scrap Iron 70 Legacy (CO) and W.E. Ruth Realty 70 (WA), but all are from the West ...
, May 24, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: ROCK 'n' RENO CHALLENGE CUP 2016 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

BATTING PRACTICE NOTES • The following may be helpful for teams seeking batting practice opportunities prior to beginning play during the Tournament ... Theams that have the first game of the day are welcome to hit (off the dirt, in outfields only) on their field so long as it does not interfere with the field preparation process or expose park personnel to the risk of injury ...

RANCHO SAN RAFAEL • There are no suitable places to hit in the Park ... We will try to locate alternatives by the time of the Manager Meetings ...

SHADOW MOUNTAIN PARK • There are multiple open space locations at Shadow Mountain for BP ... This facility may also be utilized for hitting during Session #3 for teams playing at Golden Eagle ...

GOLDEN EAGLE REGIONAL PARK • The Park Rules have changed since last year ... Hitting is permitted ONLY on the six softball fields (#10-15) at the complex AND the Babe Ruth baseball fields (#5-6) ... NOTE: Hitting on the Little League fields (#1-4), the multi-use football and soccer fields (#7-9), ANY grass areas, or the natural habitat is PROHIBITED ... Please see the Park Rules flyer available from the first post of this thread ...

CENTENNIAL PARK • There are two larger diamonds available just inside the entrance to the park, on the left, before heading up the hill to Fields #4-7 ... Please avoid hitting on the soccer field in the same area ...


, May 20, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Re-Rated without playing a tournament

The Tone ... Your post makes no mention of having submitted a Rating Appeal, but your timing appears to be fairly good, with the semi-annual rating process coming up in June ... The newly revised Rating Appeal Forms are available here from the FORMS page ...

However, and the interest of full disclosure, the following factors are relevant for why your "new team" is currently rated 55-Major Plus:

• You registered a "new team" with SSUSA in March and requested a 55-Major rating (Rating Index = 7) ... We asked for, and you provided, your proposed Master Roster to determine if it supported your requested rating;
• We reviewed all individual player histories on the roster you submitted ... The roster had SIX (6) players with qualifying player rating history experience at 50-Major+ (R/I = 9) during their two most recent years of SSUSA participation ... Some of those players appear to have "sat it out" for a year or two under the (fairly common) mistaken belief that their 50-Major+ experience would expire over that time ... That approach fails because when a player suspends his SSUSA participation, we stop the countdown timer, too ... The two most recent years or Seasons of participation, not to be confused with the two most recent calendar years or Seasons, is the criteria we use for determining R/I experience history for the current roster ...
• The maximum number of "out of rating" (an R/I higher than the team's) players we will allow on a roster is three ... The roster YOU submitted to us for your "new team" is comprised of DOUBLE that maximum allowable number ... The reality is that YOU, and not SSUSA, determined your initial rating when you submitted your Master Roster ...

We recognize that you are dissatisfied with the initial team rating you have based on your own roster composition, so here are our two best suggestions on how to remedy that, in order of priority:

• Play at your rating and let the results become part of the evaluation process, for us to recognize through your results and data while playing; or
• Re-evaluate your roster composition so that it does not exceed the allowable three "out-of-rating" players ...

The core value in our rating system and philosophy is that we will protect lower rated teams in all cases against teams that, at least on paper (where you are now as a "new team"), appear to be clearly superior ... Lastly, an anonymous post on our Message Board is 100% certain to not result in the change you desire ... Good luck in the CT Senior games should you remain in the event ...


, May 20, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: ROCK 'n' RENO CHALLENGE CUP 2016 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

MAJOR SESSION #1 REVISION • Due to the unexpected withdrawal of a 60-Major team (Utah Coyotes) on Friday (05/20/16) morning, extensive revisions were required to modify the DRAFT game schedules and brackets for Rancho San Rafael on Friday and Golden Eagle on Saturday ... The affected Divisions were:

• MEN'S 40-MAJOR+ - Saturday bracket game times changed
• MEN'S 40-MAJOR - Saturday bracket game times changed
• MEN'S 60-PLATINUM - Friday seeding games redrafted
• MEN'S 60-MAJOR+ - Saturday seeding AND bracket game times changed
• MEN'S 60-MAJOR - Saturday and Sunday bracket redrafted
• WOMEN'S 40-AAA - Friday seeding AND bracket game times changed

All revisions are online, and we apologize for the inconveniences affecting such a broad range of divisions and teams, despite the fact that the cause was completely outside of our control ... Good luck to everyone ...


, May 20, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Bat truck at Bobby Chapp tournament ??

Mongo21 ... We haven't owned/operated the former "Miken Truck" for a couple of years now ... Please contact the T.D. to ask if he may have arranged for a bat retailer presence there ... Good luck! ...
, May 20, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Women's 40 & Over Las Vegas Date Change

The Women's 40-Masters playing dates (Friday-Sunday, September 16-18, 2016) have been published since December and are accurate on the SSUSA website ... The dates have not changed since our initial (and only) publication, but are different from the same session in Las Vegas last year ... The reasoning is quite simple: The Field availability opportunities for Las Vegas this year did not include the equivalent dates that matched the 2016 Championships date range ...
, May 19, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: looking for two or three major-plus players to play in Reno

taits ... They had the good fortune, along with an exceptional three days of stellar play, to win the World Masters Championships last fall in Las Vegas ... With that impressive victory comes a one-year cruise through the next upward rating level ...
, May 19, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: ROCK 'n' RENO CHALLENGE CUP 2016 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

MINOR REVISIONS TO DATE • There have been three minor revisions to the TENTATIVE DRAFT schedules and brackets for Rock 'n Reno 2016, as follows:

WOMEN'S 50/55+ DIVISION • There were a couple of changes in the seeding games schedule to grant a late(r) start request that had been made prior to schedule construction, but the email was missed while the office staff was working the NorCal Cup on-site ...
MEN'S 40-MASTERS MAJOR • There were a couple of changes in the seeding games schedule, for the same reason as mentioned above ...
MEN'S 40-MASTERS MAJOR+ and 60-MAJOR • Sunday Field Assignments for these two divisions were swapped to minimize risk to parked cars and to increase the accessibility for retrieving HR balls by the 40-Masters Major+ ...


, May 18, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: ROCK 'n' RENO CHALLENGE CUP 2016 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for SESSION #3 the 2016 Rock 'n Reno Challenge Cup in Reno, Sparks and Carson City, NV, 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 to all!

DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets (PDF's)

• Men's: 50's | 55's |

• Complete: All Ages & Divisions (Large file: 55 pages)


, May 17, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: ROCK 'n' RENO CHALLENGE CUP 2016 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for SESSION #2 the 2016 Rock 'n Reno Challenge Cup in Reno, Sparks and Carson City, NV, 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 to all!

DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets (PDF's)

• Men's: 65's | 70's | 75's & 80's


, May 16, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: ELIGIBILITY

NO it does not ... In SSUSA, 85+ teams may draw up to 10 players aged 83 and 84, not more than five of whom may be "only" 83 ... 80+ teams may draw up to four players aged 79, and 75+ teams may draw up to four players aged 74 ... All players on 70+ teams must attain that age in the current calendar year for the current "Season" ... Aged 69 players MAY participate on a 70+ team for any next season events that may occur after the World Masters Championships, such as the Winter National's and Winter World's ...
, May 16, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Foul Tip

SSUSA sanctioned event ruling: Foul tip, count is no balls, one strike ...
, May 15, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: ROCK 'n' RENO CHALLENGE CUP 2016 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for SESSION #1 the 2016 Rock 'n Reno Challenge Cup in Reno, Sparks and Carson City, 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 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 have also been posted ... Good luck to all!

DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets (PDF's)

• Men's: 40-Masters | 60's

• Women's: 40-Masters | 50's thru 70's

Tournament Administration (PDF's)

• Master Fields Schedule: Master Games & Fields Grid
• Participating Teams List: Rock 'n Reno 2016
• Golden Eagle Regional Park: Park Rules


, May 13, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Looking to play

The two immediately above responses, taken together, are correct ... You're good to go in November, 2016 at the start of the "2017 Season" ... Welcome aboard ...
, May 13, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: You make the call

What we are saying is: The base runner is immediately called OUT (and the ball remains live) when he re-crosses the commitment line back toward 3rd base ... This is an automatic call ... The ONLY way he could eventually be safe is if he proceeded to the scoring line/plate without re-crossing the commitment line AND the defense did NOT appeal that he left 3rd base early (before the fly ball catch) ... As for your scenario and understanding for runners in the 1B or 2B situation, you are correct ...


, May 13, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: You make the call

VOODOO ... Runner is OUT • Here are the answers to the True/False quiz, in order ...

1. FALSE
2. TRUE
3. FALSE (and pretty hilarious, too!)
4. FALSE (ball is live for any potential subsequent call)

NOTE: Runner COULD be safe and run scores if he fails to return to tag and the defense fails to execute an appeal (live ball or regular appeal)


, May 12, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: WEATHER FOR LOUDON TRNY

Paco ... We are moving more and more of our communication to the membership to the email mode ... We encourage any registered member who is not receiving our Newsletter every three weeks or so to send us an email with a good email address for you so you're in the communication loop ... Send a short note to register@seniorsoftball.com with your name, player ID number if you know it, and any other updates like a change of address and cell phone number and we'll update your player database record ... Thanks


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