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, Dec. 7, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: 2017 season

Reprint from our post of November 16: Annual Softball News "Tournament Guide" publication/mailing is targeted for mid-December ... The preliminary calendar will publish on this web site simultaneously ...
, Dec. 6, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Registration of team

The "home state" for a team is the state where the majority (or plurality if there is no majority) reside. This determination can change from tournament to tournament depending on which players, and their home state, are on the specific tournament roster being built. The composition on the team's "Master Roster" is not the determining factor.
, Dec. 6, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Triple Play or Not? - Help with call

HAT MAN ... We had no difficulty logging in under your ID and initiating a posting thread ... Please call the Sacramento office if you are having trouble and someone will troubleshoot it for you ...
, Dec. 5, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Scoring of Runs - Question concerning interpretation of Section 5.7

BillC48 ... We concur ... The RUN BY R2 IS SCORED ... This is not a "live ball appeal" as mentioned in subpart B.2. of the applicable rule below ... R3 is called out on appeal for leaving early, but R2 scores on the timing play ... Subparts B.1. and B.3. do not apply since there was no force play involved ... EFFECT: One run in, half-inning at bat concludes ...
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§5.7 - SCORING OF RUNS (SSUSA Rule Book page 31)

B. No run shall be scored if the third out of the inning is the result of:
1. A batter-runner being called out prior to reaching first base or any other runner forced out due to the batter becoming a batter-runner.
2. A runner being put out by a tag or live ball appeal play prior to the lead runner crossing the scoring line or touching the scoring plate.
3. A preceding runner is declared out on appeal involving a force play.

NOTE: An appeal may be made after the third out in order to nullify a run.


, Dec. 3, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Sun rule

The amendment made to the pitcher's sun rule last year, to expand that to batters, was repealed ... The language added last year, and repealed this year, is in strikeout text below:
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6.16 • WIND OR SUN AFFECTING BOTH PITCHERS OR SUN AFFECTING BATTERS

A. PITCHERS: In significantly windy conditions, if, in the judgment of the umpire, the wind is having a discernible adverse effect on the accuracy of both pitchers, the umpire may declare that only strikes count. In the case of sun interference potentially affecting the pitcher’s safety, the umpire may invoke a short suspension of play.

B. BATTERS: If in the judgment of the umpire, the sun is adversely affecting the ability of batters to see the ball, the umpire may request that the field director allow the pitcher to pitch from up to six feet on either side of the pitching rubber, on the side chosen by the batter. EFFECT: Softball is an outdoor game played in the elements. Sun position affecting the batter is not a potential safety issue and shall not be the basis for a suspension of play. The decision of the field director granting or denying the request is final and not subject to protest or appeal. If the request is granted, the option shall be imposed only at the top of a new inning and applied on a full inning basis only.


, Dec. 2, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: SSUSA RULES COMMITTEE 2016 • Annual Meeting Minutes

The link below redirects to the Official Minutes of the 2016 SSUSA Rules Committee for their sessions which occurred during the Annual Convention in Las Vegas, NV, on November 20 - December 2, 2016 ... All rules changes have an effective date of December 1, 2016, unless otherwise stated in the Rule Amendment itself ...

• Official Minutes: SSUSA Rules Committee 2016

Thank you to the entire Committee membership and, more important, to everyone who contributed by either personal appearance, written correspondence, or both.


, Dec. 2, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: TOC

Current ID required (post-2016) .. It's a good idea to do it early, before the $5 increase in annual registration fees that commences on January 1st. ...
, Nov. 30, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Winter world's Fl.

titanhd .. Yes it has, but he would be eligible to play 50+ in the NEXT Winter Nationals in FL during November, 2017, since that will be a 2018 Season event and he will turn 50 that calendar year ... He's just planning ahead!
, Nov. 30, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: substitution

The umpire (and k man) nailed it ... There is one limited exception, but it comes with a price: If "that guy" can't or won't run, he is declared out and next previous last batter of the prior inning assumes the 2nd base spot ...
, Nov. 26, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: 2017 Tournament Schedule?

Reprint of our post from November 16th • Annual Softball News "Tournament Guide" publication/mailing is targeted for mid-December ... The preliminary calendar will publish on this web site simultaneously ...
, Nov. 21, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: rules question

maskedman .. You may play for any team in your home state of Kentucky or its seven bordering states (Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia) ... There are no HR limits for the 75+, 80+ and 85+ Men's divisions or the 50+ Senior Women's divisions ... Home run limits for 50+ through 70+ Men's age groups are based on the rating level of the team, and excess HR's are dead ball outs ... Major+ = 9, Major = 6, AAA = 3 and AA = 1 per team per game ...


, Nov. 20, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: rules

You're whatever the umpire called ... It's a JUDGMENT CALL not subject to protest or appeal: SAFE because you missed everything if he thought you were avoiding a collision or OUT if he didn't think so on the collision avoidance component of the judgment ...
, Nov. 17, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: WINTER WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2016 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

• SESSION #2 REVISION @ DESERT WEST PARK • Due to the Wednesday withdrawal of a 50-AAA team (The Thunder - NM), the 50-AAA Division was reduced from 23 to 22 teams ... The bracket was re-drafted to a 22-team three-game-guarantee bracket and Friday seeding pool play was revised accordingly ... No team plays EARLIER than as originally scheduled but ONE team (Oregon Elite) starts one round LATER ... Some field numbers, but NOT times, were changed ... Revisions are online ... Good luck!
, Nov. 17, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: rules

coop3636 did a good analysis ... Here are two simple general rules to apply in the absence of much detail in the stated hypothetical ...

• On the initial play at first base involving a batter runner: Batter runner must go to orange and defender to white ... Batter may go to white (as coop3636 described) to avoid a collision, it's an umpire judgment call not subject to protest or appeal, but defender must still go to white to secure an out.

• After batter-runner becomes a base runner: White and orange bags are treated as one bag and base runner or defender may utilize either section of first base.


, Nov. 16, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 2017 schedule

Annual Softball News "Tournament Guide" publication/mailing is targeted for mid-December ... The preliminary calendar will publish on this web site simultaneously ...
, Nov. 15, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: 2017 Tournament Schedule?

HAT MAN ... Any team below Major+ may have no more than three players with qualifying rating experience history of the next higher level than the team they seek to join ... In the same age group: AA may have up to three AAA, AAA may have up to three Major and Major may have up to three Major+ ... In NO event may Major+ history players play at the AAA or AA level in the same age group ... The same prohibition would preclude a Major history player playing at AA in the same age group ...

DieselDan ... That presumption is incorrect ... The player rating experience history limitations apply to the entire master roster ... A team may NOT stockpile more than three out of rating players to say that they will only bring three to any given tournament ... The most common "trick" is to attempt to "drop/add" at the higher level like a little roster shell game ... We're getting better at catching on to that one ...


, Nov. 14, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: WINTER WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2016 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

• SESSION #2 REVISION @ CHAPARRAL PARK • Due to the late withdrawal of a 40-MAJOR team (T's Train/Miken - CA), the 40-Masters Division was reduced from 18 to 17 teams ... The 40-Major bracket was re-drafted to an 11-team three-game-guarantee bracket and Friday mixed pool play was revised accordingly ... Revisions are online ... Good luck!


, Nov. 14, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Quick pitch

Initial thoughts are [1] it's a judgment call not subject to appeal or protest; [2] if you're not ready to hit, it's probably not a good idea to loiter in the batter's box; and [3] a reminder that you can't call time, but but you may only request, which the umpire (usually) grants ...

Also, you quoted the Definition of a Quick Pitch at Rule Book §1.56 ... The actual playing rule is at Rule Book §6.11 (on page 35), is a bit more specific than the definition, and takes precedence over the definition ...


, Nov. 14, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Some justice served.

We are not attorneys and make no effort to try to explain the plea agreements reached or the resultant actual/likely sentences ... For those so inclined, here are the Case Summaries for Steve and Kristi McKinlay ... They are lengthy documents, at eight and seven pages of small print, respectively ...

• GSC/McKinlay Case Summaries: Steve McKinlay | Kristi McKinlay


, Nov. 14, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: 75 AAA team looking for Shortstop for Phoenix Winter Worlds

Contact Chuck Godman
with the 75 AAA Las Vagas Coyotes team
seeking a shortstop to play in the upcoming Winter Worlds in Phoenix
702-281-8225
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