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, Feb. 21, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Ratings question

EBAT50 ... SSUSA tracks all player histories, which means we store all of the teams you play with in SSUSA events, and that team's age and rating at the times you play with them ... All players new to SSUSA start with a presumption that they are a "AAA" player unless there is verifiable information that would justify a different rating (Example: You played ASA or U-trip Open ball and would not be considered less than one of the top players out there) ...

After you play in two events, that becomes your player rating experience history ... That "number" follows you for the current and the following two tournament seasons ... You may play down one rating as one of three "out of rating" players each team below Major+ is entitled to have on their roster ... You may not "play down" more than one rating level ... There is a very good Team Rating Index Chart that illustrates the concept .. It's available from the RULES page of this website .. If you have additional questions, please call the Sacramento Home Office at (916) 326.5303 during normal business hours on the Left Coast and ask for an eligibility specialist ... Good luck!


, Feb. 21, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Playing on more than 1 team

Only with a valid "Snowbird" card for the current year if the teams are in the same age group ... If both teams qualify to attend any of the four qualified roster events, the Eastern or Western Nationals, the World Masters Championships and/or the TOC, you must elect which single team you will play with ...

However, you MAY play for two separate teams in different age groups if you are otherwise eligible as to age and residency for both teams ... If you have specific questions about your own situation, please call the Sacramento Home Office at (916) 326.5303 during normal business hours on the Left Coast and ask to talk with one of the eligibility specialists .. Good luck!


, Feb. 21, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: spring nationals

Sometime shortly after the entry deadline of March 10th ...
, Feb. 20, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: Looking for quality 60 major plus players

Summy's Demolition 60's • Southern California
, Feb. 19, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: where

We will be posting the TENTATIVE Field Assignments information shortly after the entry deadline of March 2nd ... The total number of teams entered by age and by division has a material influence on who plays where ...
, Feb. 17, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: All you rule experts: Need your input..

OK ... We've probably had about as much abusing this equine corpse [beating a dead horse] as is necessary ... It would seem that the initial inquiry as it relates to SSUSA sanctioned events has been answered appropriately ... THREAD CLOSED
, Feb. 16, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: A True Equalizer

The topic of equalizers seems to come up about every year in some form ... We consider potential rules changes only once per year, at the National Rules Committee sessions during the Annual Convention in late-November/early-December ... Send identifiable written suggestions by regular mail or by email to info@seniorsoftball.com with "Rules Committee" in the subject line ... Due to the generally unregulated, anonymous nature of this forum, Message Board commentary is totally disregarded for Rules Committee agenda consideration ... Thanks!


, Feb. 15, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: TOC

Cookie92 and biggflyy1953 ... Have either of you checked the TOC Tournament Page (where all of the game scores and bracket results are posted)?
, Feb. 10, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Flip Flop Rule

If the team in the lead holds onto that lead in the top of the inning and they don't come to bat, the amount of time saved is equivalent to whatever would be required for an "open" ½-inning at bat by that team ...
, Feb. 7, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Flip Flop Rule

The change to the Flip Flop rule being 'invoked in any game when there is a 10-run differential in favor of the visiting team at the start of the "open inning"' was made in December 2015 during the annual Rules Committee Meetings during the National Convention.

The previous 'Rules Summary,' outlined on the 'Umpire' page of seniorsoftball.com, had not been updated to reflect the change. The 'Rules Summary' has since been corrected. Our thanks to Steve44 for bringing it to our attention and apologies for the oversight.
, Feb. 5, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS 2017 • DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets

• Mini Fun Tournament DRAFT Game Schedules for the 2017 TOC festivities have been posted and are available from the link below and the event Tournament Page ... This is a very low key, fun afternoon of getting in a few innings and knocking off a bit of the rust! ... Rules are as relaxed as can be, and the goal is simply for an afternoon of fun! ...

FREE AGENTS NEEDED!

VERY few of the arriving teams have a full roster available by mid-day Thursday ... Players from teams not officially participating in the "Mini" are encouraged to stay at Auburndale following the Skills Competitions and we'll set you up for some softball with teams at your age and skill levels ... ENJOY!

• Mini-Tourney: Mini "Fun" Tourney


, Feb. 4, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: Need player for TOC

We can take theoretically accept applications for player adds up until the Manager Meeting in Florida on Thursday ... However, they must be done in sufficient time for Sacramento to do the required due diligence on eligibility ... The January stated deadline is to ensure that teams will approach this timely ... There are a LOT of other issues with the TOC that are unique to this event ... The confirmation of the free TOC Banquet attendee count, ordering the correct quantities and sizes for the free polo shirts given to each player and coach, preparation of the personalized Certificates of Participation given to each player, etc. ... The final rosters were printed late Friday and will fly with Staff on Monday, so the window of opportunity is closing quickly ...


, Feb. 2, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: All you rule experts: Need your input..

Not sure what the ASA interpretation might be, but the umpire made the correct call under the SSUSA Rulebook relevant section (emphasis added) ...

§8.2 • BATTER BECOMES A BATTER-RUNNER

C. When he bats a fair ball even though it strikes another player, umpire or their attached clothing or equipment.

1. If the runner is hit with a fair batted ball while touching a base, he is not out. EFFECT: The ball is live or dead depending on the position of the fielder closest to the ball. If the closest defensive player is in front of the base runner hit by the ball, the ball remains live. However, after the runner in contact with the base is hit by the batted ball, it shall be the same as hitting the ground. Since the ball remains live, the defense is free to make whatever plays are available. If the defensive player is behind the base runner, the ball is ruled dead, the hitter is awarded a base hit and runners are advanced only if forced to advance.

2. If the runner is hit by the ball while off base and before it passes an infielder (excluding the pitcher), the ball is dead and the hit runner is declared out. The batter-runner is awarded first base without liability to be put out.


, Jan. 31, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Rating Question

rightrj1 ... There are multiple issues running around here ... One for a "regular" roster build and another for the "TOC" roster build ... And it's complicated by the player having played two events at the higher rating level of 50-Major (R/I=8) ... That takes him out of the "one time exemption" category ...

For a regular roster, he MAY still play for the 55-Major team (R/I=7) team as one of their three allowed out-of-rating players ... The TOC rules are more restrictive ... Generally, NO player may be added to a TOC roster if he has a player R/I history greater than that of the team ... So a 55-Major team may add to get to 12 players with 55-Major or below in the 55's OR 50-AAA or below in the 50's ... The roster adds for getting to players #13-15 on a TOC roster require those adds to be at an R/I of 6 or less ...

If this isn't as clear as it seems to us, please call the Sacramento office and have one of the eligibility specialists walk you through it with actual names and player histories ...


, Jan. 30, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: TOC Team eligability

It's a pretty simple explanation ... A team that qualified for the TOC (Golden Vipers at the Northern Championships in Lansing) had at least six players from that team leave sometime after that event to form their own team ... To be eligible to participate in the TOC, at least six players must remain from the original qualifying roster ... See the TOC Roster Considerations & Rules • Player Roster Add rules PDF digital file "white paper" available from the Rules Page of this website ... BOTH segments of that team, each having at least six members remaining, chose to participate in the TOC, and re-built their rosters in complete compliance with the above TOC roster requirements ... This is a rare occurrence, but HAS happened on occasion in past TOC's .. Hope this helps ...


, Jan. 27, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Texas Rattlers AA ?

J R • Nope! ... TEMPORARY rating changes were made for ONLY the teams that are participating in the 2017 TOC at a rating level different from their current rating .. The Texas 70's were invited as AA, but declined the invitation ... Had your team accepted, your rating would have been temporarily changed to AA for the next couple of weeks, then back to AAA after the TOC concludes ...
, Jan. 25, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Texas Rattlers AA ?

• TEMPORARY RATING CHANGES - The teams that won invitations to the TOC at a rating level lower than their current rating have had TEMPORARY rating reductions to their rating at the time they won the TOC qualifying event ... After the TOC, the correct current ratings will be restored ...
, Jan. 24, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Flip Flop Rule

Here's the Tie-Breaker order of application ...

1. Record (W-L)
2. Head to head result in full round robin
3. Aggregate runs allowed in all games
4. Net run differential in all games
5. Coin toss

We only use run differential as the "last resort" before a coin toss ... If you win a flip-flop game, you still had to stop your opponent in seven offensive ½-inning at-bat situations, which is a higher priority tie-breaker ... A principal motivation for the flip-flop rule is to prevent the more than occasional occurrence of unsportsmanlike conduct by a visiting team, with the game already well in hand, saying: "Hey, if we put up a couple of touchdowns in the open, we'll help our seeding!!!" ... Nope! ... Defense is rewarded over offense by SSUSA ... Hope this helps ...


, Jan. 23, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Flip Flop Rule

Mountain Man ... The very first sentence [bold emphasis added] of the rule answers both of your questions :

The flip-flop rule will be invoked in any game when there is a 10-run differential in favor of the visiting team at the start of the "open inning."

We interpret "any game" to mean the same thing as "every game" and, therefore, it's mandatory ... We also believe that it's clearly stated to apply only for the "open inning" ... Depending on the time circumstances, that could be the 5th or 6th inning, but only if either of those innings is also slated to be the "open inning" ... Hope this helps ...


, Jan. 23, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS 2017 • DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for SSUSA's 2017 Original Tournament of Champions 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 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 on the Tournament page has been activated and the Master Games & Fields Grid has also been posted ... Good luck to all!

DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets (PDF's)

• Men: 40's & 50's | 55's | 60's | 65's & 70's's | 75's & 80's
• Women: 40's & 50's

• Complete: All Ages & Divisions [Large file: 34 pages]

Tournament Administration (PDF's)

• Master Fields Schedule: Master Games & Fields Grid


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