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May 18, 2018
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: ROCK 'n RENO CHALLENGE CUP 2018 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for SESSION #3 of the SSUSA's Rock 'n Reno Challenge Cup 2018 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 same caveats posted 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 and Divisions [Large file: 54 pages]


May 18, 2018
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: ROCK 'n RENO CHALLENGE CUP 2018 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for SESSION #2 of the SSUSA's Rock 'n Reno Challenge Cup 2018 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 same caveats posted 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 and 80's


May 14, 2018
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: ATLANTIC COAST CHAMPIONSHIPS 2018 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY • In the event of potential adverse weather, the following is the official SSUSA policy on same ...

All "play/no-play" decisions are made at the fields of play at game time ... We do not cancel tournaments based on a forecast ...


Calls to the Sacramento Home Office (2,500± miles away) will not result in accurate or reliable information ... Thank you!


May 13, 2018
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: ROCK 'n RENO CHALLENGE CUP 2018 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for SESSION #1 of the SSUSA's Rock 'n Reno Challenge Cup 2018 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 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 | 60's

• Women's: 40-Masters | 50's, 55's and 65's

Tournament Administration (PDF's)

• Master Fields Schedule: Master Games & Fields Grid
• Participating Teams List: Rock 'n Reno 2018


May 11, 2018
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: ATLANTIC COAST CHAMPIONSHIPS 2018 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

MEN'S 55-AAA (BRAMBLETON PARK) REVISION • Due to a roster composition issue, one formerly 55-AAA team (Chesterfield Classics) added two players that caused their rating to voluntarily change to 55-Major ... It's too late in the game (post-schedule-publication) to restructure the entire tournament at Brambleton, so they will play as scheduled giving a 5-Run OR 11-defensive-player equalizer in their "new" 55-Gold division ... Should Chesterfield Classics win, the Runner-up will also earn 1st Place Awards and a T.O.C. bid in 55-AAA ... Good luck!


May 11, 2018
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: ATLANTIC COAST CHAMPIONSHIPS 2018 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

50/55-PLATINUM DIVISION (Phillip A. Bolen Park) • REVISION #2 • Due to the late (Friday) withdrawal of a 50-Major+ team, Mid-Atlantic Softball (VA), further revisions were required for this division (ONLY) ... Changes are online with an effective date of 05/11/2018 ... Good luck! ...
May 10, 2018
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: ATLANTIC COAST CHAMPIONSHIPS 2018 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

MEN'S 50-PLATINUM (PHILLIP A. BOLEN MEMORIAL PARK) REVISIONS • Two teams in the Men's 50-Major division, Brian Patten Associates (PA) and Mark Thomas Law (MA), informed us Wednesday they had disbanded and subsequently combined with residual players from each ball club to form a new team, Brian Patten/Mark Thomas Law (PA) ... The effect was the reduction of the 50-Major division from ten to nine teams ... Changes affected the 50-Platinum Friday pool play and the bracket for the division ... There were nominal changes to Sunday (ONLY) in the brackets for the 50-Major+, the 40-Major and the 40-AAA divisions ... All revisions are online with an effective date of 05/09/2018 ... Good luck!


May 9, 2018
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: SPUD'S CLASSIC QUALIFIER (Boise) 2018 • DRAFT Games Schedule

The DRAFT Games Schedule for SSUSA's 2018 Spud's Classic Qualifier in Boise, ID, has been posted and is available from the link below and on the event's Tournament page ... As always, this DRAFT schedule is TENTATIVE, is subject to change and becomes final ONLY when released as "OFFICIAL" at the Manager's meeting before play commences ...

DRAFT Games Schedule (PDF)

• Men's: All Ages and Divisions


May 9, 2018
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Player or Team Ratings

ebull31 ... The player's rating experience history follows the team ... SSUSA does NOT rate players, we simply track the rating of the teams they play with, at the time(s) they play with them ... If the team rating changes, the player's team rating experience history will be automatically adjusted to that of the team ...

Teams (other than Major+) are allowed a maximum of three (3) "out-of-rating" players before having to step up to the next level ... Hope this helps ...


May 4, 2018
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Get rid of the 1-1 count

Be very careful on how you proceed now, O.Z. ... We really don't care what BING says ... "Perception is reality" and YOU LOSE since we are the sole arbiter of acceptable content, in this case racist and derogatory in the eye of the (only) beholder that counts ... As for your second post above, we are unable to improve on Tim McElroy's most recent clarification of his position ... He nailed it ... Your individual "enjoyment issue" is subordinate to that of the mandate by your peers who rate maximum innings over your "I need an extra pitch to take" comfort zone ... You lost ... Get over it ... But be very careful in the application of your cyclical redundancy in this matter ... There won't be a "Steve Howe" second chance ... That's NOT a threat ... It's a guarantee ...


May 4, 2018
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Get rid of the 1-1 count

OZ40 .. We deleted your most recent post for being racist and derogatory on it's face ... Do NOT repeat that behavior ... You are a guest in our Message Board home and you will be escorted out if a repeat performance occurs ...
May 4, 2018
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: ATLANTIC COAST CHAMPIONSHIPS 2018 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for SESSION #2 of the SSUSA's Atlantic Coast Championships in Loudoun County, VA, 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 | 60's

• 40-Masters: Men and Women

• Complete: All ages and divisions [Large file: 27 pages]


May 3, 2018
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Get rid of the 1-1 count

OK, we'll do this one more (but probably not for the last) time : SSUSA considers potential rules changes only one time per year, at the ISA/SSUSA Annual Convention in late November ... This year's Convention and Rules Committee sessions are in Las Vegas during the week of November 26th ... The sessions are open to the public, so you may make your case for change(s) via personal appearance OR by prior submission of identifiable written correspondence in the form of a conventional letter or email ... NOTE: Message Board commentary is specifically excluded from Committee consideration due to its generally anonymous and often factually deficient content, both of which prevent follow-up inquiries ...


May 3, 2018
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Lost my Senior 55 players card

jimperry19 ... You'll "be good to go" for the balance of the 2018 season if you have a valid (i.e., non-expired) other picture ID like a D/L ... If you want an actual new card, the order form is available here from the MENU BAR above at FORMS • Player Registration ... Check the box marked replacement, fill it in and send the replacement fee ...
May 1, 2018
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: ATLANTIC COAST CHAMPIONSHIPS 2018 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for SESSION #1 of the SSUSA's Atlantic Coast Championships in Loudoun County, 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: 65's | 70's

Tournament Administration (PDF's)

• Master Fields Schedule: Master Games & Fields Grid
• Participating Teams List: Atlantic Coast 2018


April 29, 2018
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: BRICKYARD INVITATIONAL 2018 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for the SSUSA's Brickyard Invitational 2018 in Indianapolis, IN, 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 has been posted ... Good luck to all! ...

DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets (PDF's)

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

• Complete: All ages and divisions

Tournament Administration (PDF's)

• Master Fields Schedule: Master Games & Fields Grid


April 26, 2018
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: The Screamer5

Now maybe we're getting somewhere! ... At least you do (or did at one time) know the process on rules Committee submissions (and it's NOT here) ... Every piece of written communication the Committee received, including yours (we know who you are), was reviewed by the Chair as she built the list of potential formal Agenda items ... Many times, she included them in their entirety as an "Exhibit" ... In some instances, where there were multiple submissions that were essentially identical, such as a simple "..Please do (or don't) implement the 1-1 starting pitch count..", she summarized the common position and disclosed the number of submissions involved ... She also took great care to highlight unique commentary when appropriate ...

It is obvious you disagree with the decision the Committee made on this matter and, despite the irrelevance of this forum, wish to debate it again seven months early ... Exactly half of the Rules Committee regular voting membership was not happy at one time or another, either ... There were two critical Committee votes on topic, and both were initially tied at 6-6 before the Chair exercised her tie-breaking voting responsibility to, in effect, decide the issue ... Somewhat surprisingly, the six votes in the minority each time were NOT comprised of the same six individuals ... This matter was given extraordinary thought and deliberation, and great weight was given to the results of the membership preference poll that was done in December ... Ultimately, we implemented the "1-1 count" for those ages and genders that voted in favor by more than a 20% preference margin ... I'm sure it will reach agenda inclusion status in November, like it does every year, but we'll let you in now on a not very well-kept secret ... The "on the field" objections to the "1-1 count" are virtually non-existent, and more important, the actual hard data being generated shows an approximate 99% of games being played to a full seven innings ...


April 26, 2018
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Associations
Discussion: sw tournament

Pa ... We reserve the right to move a team (up OR down) at any time when circumstances, but there are NO automatic win-and-you-move-up events other than the ones we mentioned above ... No matter when we move a team up, there is always going to be an immediately preceding event, but that event is NOT an "automatic" cause of the move ...

"Correlation does not imply causation" (A correlation between two variables does not imply that one causes the other) ... Don't be like the rooster who crows loudly just before dawn every day and then comes to the conclusion that he is the reason the Sun rises shortly thereafter! ...


April 26, 2018
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Associations
Discussion: sw tournament

Probably not until after the upcoming larger May events in the East (Atlantic Coast Championships) and the West (Rock 'n Reno Challenge Cup) ... Based on the question, it looks as though you may have done quite well at the Southwest ... Would you like us to look at your team a bit early and take some of the suspense and worry out of it now? ...
April 25, 2018
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Dead ball ground rule double situation.

§8.2 • BATTER BECOMES A BATTER-RUNNER
A. ...
B. When four pitched balls have been called by the umpire. The batter-runner is awarded one base without liability to be put out. EFFECT: The ball is dead and runners may not advance unless forced. If the pitcher desires to intentionally walk a batter, he may do so by notifying the plate umpire who shall award the batter first base. If two batters are to be walked intentionally, the second intentional walk may not be administered until the first batter reaches first base. NOTE: If the umpire mistakenly allows two walks at one time and the first batter fails to touch first base, no appeal will be honored on the first batter, because an intentional walk constitutes a pitch to the succeeding batter that nullifies any appeal.


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