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, July 26, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: WESTERN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS 2016 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for SESSION #2 of the 2016 Western National Championships in Sacramento & Placer Counties, CA, 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)

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

Women: 40-Masters and 50+ Seniors

Complete: All Ages & Divisions [Large file: 40 pages]


, July 25, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: ISA schedule

Just fixed that ... The LATER times are accurate ... Good catch!
, July 24, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: EASTERN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS 2016 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for SESSION #1 of the 2016 Eastern National Championships in Raleigh, NC, 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: 65's thru 80's

Tournament Administration (PDF's)

Master Fields Schedule: Master Games & Fields Grid
Participating Teams List: Eastern's 2016


, July 24, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: WESTERN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS 2016 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for SESSION #1 of the 2016 Western National Championships in Sacramento and Placer Counties, CA, 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: 65's | 70's | 75's & 80's

Tournament Administration (PDF's)

Master Fields Schedule: Master Games & Fields Grid
Participating Teams List: Western's 2016


, July 23, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: ISA SENIOR WORLD SERIES 2016 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for the ISA's 2016 Senior World Series in Columbus, IN, have been posted and are available from the links below and on the event's Tournament Page of the SSUSA website ... 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 Tab has been activated and the Master Games & Fields Grid has been posted ... Good luck to all!

DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets (PDF's)

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

Complete: All Ages & Divisions [Large file: 14 pages]

Tournament Administration (PDF's)

Master Fields Schedule: Master Games & Fields Grid


, July 22, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: 10,000 LAKES QUALIFIER 2016 (Rochester, MN) • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for the 2016 10,000 Lakes Qualifier in Rochester, MN, 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 the Master Games & Fields Grid have also been posted ... Good luck to all!

DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets (PDF's)

Men: 50's, 55's & 60's | 65's, 70's & 75's

Complete: All Ages & Divisions

Tournament Administration (PDF's)

Master Fields Grid & Teams List: 10,000 Lakes 2016


, July 21, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: THE WINDY CITY QUALIFIER 2016 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for the SSUSA's The Windy City Qualifier 2016 in Elgin, IL, 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 the Master Games & Fields Grid have also been posted ... Good luck to all!

DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets (PDF's)

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

Complete: All Ages & Divisions

Tournament Administration (PDF's)

Master Fields Schedule & Teams List: The Windy City 2016


, July 20, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Midwest Championship Rogers Ark

Pitcher22 ... We'll take the observations and questions in order ...

• You COULD have played 7-inning games starting in the bracket if you wouldn't have minded Saturday games ending at about 12:30 AM on Sunday morning, with winners/survivors being due back at 8:00 AM ... The SEVEN total rounds of games (five from Friday and the first two rounds on Sunday) could have been played at 7:30, 9:00, 10:45, Noon, 1:15, 2:30 and 3:45 (ending at 5:00 PM IF everything was on time ... Then the FIVE rounds of Saturday bracket games, if there was no break between seeding and Bracket, would have been at 5:00, 6:30, 8:00, 9:30 and 11:00 PM, ending around 12:30 AM IF everything was on time ...
• We played the 5-innings format to avoid that late a Saturday finish, and the actual finish was about 9:00 PM after the 7:45 PM games ... SSUSA DOES NOT do the 1-1 count unless it's the second-to-last resort before 1-pitch, so that's an easy answer ... For the specifics of the weather affected recovery procedures, please see page 54 of the Rule Book at SECTION 10 - ADVERSE WEATHER ...
• There was no "decision made in Sacramento" unless you are referring to the early morning (4:00 AM Pacific Time) discussion between the onsite Directors and the National Scheduling Consultant in California ... The consensus was reached very quickly that it was prudent and appropriate to apply the Rule Book provisions that are designed specifically for this type of adverse weather circumstance ... We did so ...
• The Directors on site, along with the superb grounds crew in Rogers, worked their tails off appropriately, intelligently and completely within the guidelines we have for dealing with Mother Nature ... We couldn't be more proud of their performance ... Mother Nature led in the early innings, but didn't win ...

We would do (and have done) the same thing under similar circumstances in a heartbeat! ... It's a proven methodology that gets ALL of the games played and maintains the integrity of the competition ...

Hope this helps your understanding! ...




, July 20, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: JIM SHERMAN NORTHWEST CHAMPIONSHIPS 2016 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

MAJOR SESSION #2 REVISION • Due to the unexpected late withdrawal of a 55-Major+ team (Preferred Pump/Eaton Pump), major revisions were required for Friday and Saturday ... Those revisions affected ALL other 50's, 55's and 60's teams (the 40-Masters Divisions were NOT affected) ... The "new" schedules and brackets (revision date: 07/20/2016) are now online, and Managers will be receiving an email at about 7:00 PM tonight (Wednesday) regarding this circumstance ... Good luck everyone! ...


, July 15, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: MIDWEST CHAMPIONSHIPS 2016 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

FRIDAY RAIN-OUT REVISIONS • The complete Friday schedule was rained out ... Play has been rescheduled for Saturday/Sunday only ... ALL previously scheduled games will be played under the SSUSA weather shortened event recovery procedures discussed at Rule Book SECTION 10 - ADVERSE WEATHER on page 54 ...

• Play begins at 7:30 AM both days ...
• Game format will be five-inning games (5th inning open inning) until Championship and "If" games, which will be 7 Innings full ... Games are scheduled for 1:15 hour time blocks ...

All revisions are now available online ... Good luck everyone!


, July 15, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: So Cal Championships

Final Results for the SoCal event were posted to the event Tournament Page (and are still there) on Monday evening ...
, July 15, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: USING COURTESY RUNNERS

It appears that the umpire erred ... Any player, starter or substitute, may be a courtesy runner so long as the player is on the game card ... The courtesy runner rules make no distinction between the two ...
, July 14, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Eastern Nationals

Generally, a team must "qualify" to play in the Eastern (or Western) Nationals or the World Masters Championships ... That means playing in any of the 2016 Season qualifier events listed on the Tournament page of this website ... The following teams do NOT have to qualify ...

• Men's 85+ teams;
• Women's "Senior" teams age 50+ and more senior; and
• A team (new or existing) that's roster is comprised of otherwise eligible (as to minimum age and residency) players and that wishes to enter at the Major Plus level ...

If any questions, please call the Sacramento Office and ask for George, Anthony or Tiffany ... Good luck! ...


, July 12, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Is there a penalty for batter not releasing the bat after reaching 1st base?

Turbobob ... You likely erred (by reference to your own description of: "..although no one was physically touched or impeded..") by ruling interference even though NONE of the elements mentioned in SSUSA Definition §1.45 OR Rulebook §8.3 E. were present ... There is no rule in the SSUSA Rulebook that specifically references carrying a bat ... You are certainly free as a league to make your own Local Rule to cover this ... Making up the call because you appear to not like the practice of carrying the bat and asserting that it is SSUSA Rules compliant is inappropriate ...

As it relates to MLB, it IS LEGAL to carry the bat provided it does not cause some form of interference (like a throw hitting it) ... There is no prohibition in the Official Rules of Baseball against carrying the bat ... Hope this helps!


, July 12, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: JIM SHERMAN NORTHWEST CHAMPIONSHIPS 2016 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for the 2016 Jim Sherman Memorial Northwest Championships in Salem, OR, 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: 40-Masters | 50's | 55's & 60's | 65's & 70's

Complete: All Ages & Divisions [Large file: 14 pages]

Tournament Administration (PDF's)

Master Fields Schedule: Master Games & Fields Grid
Participating Teams List: Northwest 2016


, July 6, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: MIDWEST CHAMPIONSHIPS 2016 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for the 2016 Midwest Championships in Rogers, AR, 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)

Senior Men: 50's | 55's | 60's | 65's, 70's & 75's

Complete: All Ages & Divisions [Large file: 17 pages]

Tournament Administration (PDF's)

Master Fields Schedule: Master Games & Fields Grid
Participating Teams List: Midwest 2016


, July 6, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Question for Staff

Please have your manager send an email to George at the SSUSA Office requesting a hardship (injury) waiver ... This request is generally not denied if that player is a regular member of your team and has not played for multiple other teams in this Season ...

Driving out to Perris and simply checking in with no intention of playing is not appropriate and could be construed as a fraudulent roster manipulation if he does not appear in any games ...


, July 5, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: field assignments for worlds

Sometime in the next month to six weeks is likely
, July 5, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: looking for a 50m to becoming a 50MP sponsor or part sponsor in So Cal

Thanks GS101 ... That's a pretty good theoretical analysis ... But he STILL needs to contact our office, since anything posted here is NOT to be relied upon ... Also, any manager who tries to add him electronically to a Master or Tourney Roster will likely have problems until we override the fundamental inconsistency in his age and rating experience history numbers ... This is our last post on topic ... HELP IS JUST A PHONE CALL AWAY! ...


, July 5, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Long weekend tournaments

grayhitter59 .. SSUSA "wraps" the Rock 'n Reno tournament around the Memorial Day Holiday, but we are "dark" on Memorial Day itself ... The one year we played in Reno on Memorial Day, there was strong sentiment to not do so again because of the travel inconveniences, either heavy auto traffic on the roads or unreasonably expensive air flights ... We can't speak for the other associations, who may or may not do so ...


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