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, March 25, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Bats
Discussion: rolling

Youngen • Rolling a bat is considered altering that bat ... 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 ...

ANY activity other than the method mentioned above that changes and enhances the technical performance characteristics of a bat (as manufactured) is prohibited ...

Hopefully, the foregoing is clear and concise ...


, March 24, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: tournament balls

We'll make it easy to determine ... There are only two "flavors" of Official Softballs authorized for SSUSA administered and sanctioned events:

1. LAS VEGAS EVENTS (ONLY) • Southwest Championships and World Masters Championships is the 44 cor./375 comp. optic yellow Anaconda THE ROCK ball; and
2. ALL OTHER LOCATION EVENTS • We use the 44 cor./375 comp. optic yellow Anaconda Trump/STOTE ball

Hope this helps ...


, March 22, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: What is the only situation where, after the play is over that a "do over" or "mulligan" can be implemented? (at least that I'm aware of)

There is an initial investigation/inquiry in progress ...
, March 21, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: SPRING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2017 • DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets

The MEN'S 60-SILVER Division at Pioneer Park has been revised for the withdrawal of Git-R-Done 60 (CA) ... Updated schedules and the Master Grid have been posted ... Good luck everyone! ...
, March 20, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Bodering state rules

You may have as many bordering states players as you wish (both 40's and 50's have the same rules) and you will remain a "Texas Team" so long as the majority of players on the roster are from Texas ... Or, if they come from multiple bordering states, Texas must have the plurality if there is no Majority ... NOTE: These rules are applied for EACH tournament roster you build and are NOT based on your Master Roster ...

EXAMPLES (with 15-player roster) ...
Texas (8) and Oklahoma (7) = Texas team
Texas (6), Oklahoma (7) and New Mexico (2) = Oklahoma Team
Texas (5), Oklahoma (4), New Mexico (4) and Louisiana (2) = Texas Team

If you have questions about specific players, please call the Sacramento Home Office at (916) 326.5303 during normal business hours on the Left Coast and ask for any of the eligibility specialists ... They will be happy to assist ...


, March 20, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: SPRING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2017 • DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets

The MEN'S 50-MAJOR Division at The Canyons Complex has been revised for the withdrawal of Custom Truck (NV) ... Updated schedules (NOT affecting ANY other Divisions of play) and the Master Grid have been posted ... Good luck everyone! ...
, March 19, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: SPRING NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS 2017 • DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for the SSUSA's 2017 Spring National Championships in Polk County, FL, 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)

• 2017: 40-Masters | 50's & 55's | 60's thru 75's
• Complete: All Ages & Divisions

Tournament Administration (PDF's)

• Master Fields Schedule: Master Games & Fields Grid
• Participating Teams List: Spring National's 2017


, March 18, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: SPRING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2017 • DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets

The MEN'S 75-GOLD Division has been revised AGAIN for the withdrawal of another team, New Concepts I (NM) ... Updated current schedules and the Master Grid have been posted ... Good luck everyone! ...
, March 18, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: SPRING NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS 2017 • TENTATIVE Field Assignments

The following are the TENTATIVE Field Assignments for the 2017 SSUSA Spring National Championships in Polk County, FL ... Please note that TENTATIVE means they are NOT FINAL and are SUBJECT TO CHANGE ... DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets will be released shortly ...

DIAMONDPLEX • Winter Haven
• Men's 50's (All)
• Men's 55's (All)
• Men's 60-Major+
• Men's 40-Masters (All) • Saturday/Sunday ONLY

SOUTHWEST COMPLEX • Lakeland
• Men's 60-AAA
• Men's 65's (All)
• Men's 70's (All)
• Men's 75's (All)
• Women's 40-Masters • Saturday ONLY


, March 17, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: triple play?

This is a triple play ... Dbax is correct ...

See Rulebook §8.1 B. on page 43 • "..When a base runner acquires the right to a base by touching it before being put out, he may hold the base until he has legally touched the next base in order or is forced to vacate it for a succeeding runner. EFFECT: Base runner is liable to be put out, whether or not he remains in contact with the base, if he fails to vacate the base for the succeeding runner.."


, March 17, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Time out

We concur ...
, March 15, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Protest Fee

SSUSA does NOT charge a "protest fee" in any of the sanctioned events we administer ... Independent Tournament Directors operating under SSUSA sanction aren't supposed to do so, either ... But it's one of those things that is difficult to enforce in the absence of any Home Office personnel present ... If this is a problem you would like for us to look into, please contact the SSUSA Home Office at (916) 326.5303 or electronically at info@seniorsoftball.com ... Thanks
, March 15, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: 40-MASTERS SPRING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2017 • DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets

MAJOR DIVISION RESTRUCTURE • Due to input from several teams and an accommodation by Big League Dreams to add a couple of game slots, we have revised the 40-Masters Major division as follows:

• The four-game-guarantee is maintained and ALL teams will play meaningful game(s) on Sunday;
• Saturday games are unchanged, with each team playing three Round Robin seeding games as originally scheduled;
• Sunday games will begin at 7:30 AM (originally 8:00 AM) and the potential "If" game is at 6:00 PM (originally 5:30 PM); and
• All 14 teams will be seeded into a Modified Single Elimination bracket played on Sunday ... There will be an "If" game ONLY if there is a single unbeaten team in the Championship game who suffers its first loss of the entire tournament ... If both teams enter the Championship game unbeaten, that game is a "Winner Take All" Championship with NO "If" game ...

A big "Thank You" to Big League Dreams for their game inventory accommodation and to those who chose to comment to the office ... Good luck!


, March 14, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: INTERFERENCE PENALTY

The out call on the runner closest to home isn't necessarily the wrong call, and we can state a scenario where the Director should back that call: Bases loaded and less than two outs, using your facts of double play grounder hit to SS who goes to 2B for the first out ... If the 2B, IN YOUR JUDGMENT, was going to throw to home for the back end of the double play, that would be good enough to make that runner the 2nd out ... If the 2B was obviously going to go to 1st to complete the DP, I would expect that the be the second out you should call ...

The primary intent of the interference call for the 2nd out is to get as close as possible to the theory that the defense gets, in the umpire's judgment, what they would have gotten in the absence of the interference ... Your call as an umpire should never be automatic as to which runner, but should always be consistent with that stated intent ... Hope this helps ...


, March 14, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: INTERFERENCE PENALTY

NO • The only place in the SSUSA Rulebook that provides for calling the runner out who is closest to Home is in the event of interference by an on-deck batter ... See Rulebook §7.2 E. 1 (on page 40) ...
, March 14, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: 40-MASTERS SPRING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2017 • DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for SSUSA's 2017 40-Masters Spring World Championships in Cathedral City, 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 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 on the Tournament page has been activated and the Master Games & Fields Grid has also been posted ... Good luck to all!

DRAFT Master Grid / Game Schedules & Brackets (PDF's)

• Men: 40-Masters


, March 13, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: SPRING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2017 • DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets

The MEN'S 75-GOLD Division has been revised for the withdrawal of the Top Gun Silver 75's (CA) ... Updated schedules and the Master Grid have been posted ... Good luck everyone! ...
, March 13, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: player draws

The States/Bordering States (and Canadian Provinces) list is on pages 76-77 of the Official SSUSA Rulebook ... California may draw from AZ, HI, NV and OR ...
, March 13, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 40s spring world championships

[1] Trump STOTE 44 cor./375 comp. optic yellow ... [2] Yes
, March 12, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Female pursuing action to join all male league

TrooperJim ... We will not be able to provide guidance in this matter other than suggesting your league seek independent legal counsel to evaluate the league's governing documents and By-Laws within the context of her stated intentions and your state's laws ... Good luck ...
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