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, Nov. 17, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: The "ROCK SOFTBALL"

NYYNYG ... That's pretty funny, especially with you not knowing what balls are on the boat! ... The bat/ball combination/specification is an Executive Committee decision (read: Terry and Fran) that's not a convention type topic ... It encompasses a broad range of issues, some contractual, some competition based, has varying age group (40+ thru 85+) implications and has an economic component for independent tournament promoters that's separate and apart from solely SSUSA Home Office economics as it relates to tournament entry fees ... That's a complex "Sacramento" decision process ...


, Nov. 16, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: The "ROCK SOFTBALL"

17Black ... It was neither ... The annual "boatload" of the ball we will be using this Season has not hit the port of entry yet for BSN/Anaconda ... The Winter National's/World's events used "The Rock" solely because it was available while the other ball of choice was not ... The Director quote mentioned above is inaccurate, not necessarily because he didn't say it, but if he did, he would be incorrect ... That was not a "humidity check" ...
, Nov. 16, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Rules question

B.J. has the correct ruling ... Out #2 on the catch and out #3 on the dead ball appeal ... Run from 3rd scores on the timing play ... Only way to (maybe) have had a different result is if the OF had thrown behind the runner from 2nd in a live ball appeal, with the doubling up of the runner off 2nd occurring before the runner from 3rd crossed the scoring line ... Under no circumstances is this a force play, which would negate any potential run being scored, because after the initial catch, nobody was forced to go anywhere ...


, Nov. 14, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Trump Softball

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, Nov. 14, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: SSUSA thank you

Rulebook §15.5 • TEAMS MUST PLAY SEEDING GAMES (page 75)

Teams must play in the round robin, or preliminary rounds, of the tournament to be eligible to play in the finals. At the discretion of the tournament director, teams not playing one or more round-robin, or seeding game, will be seeded last in the elimination bracket finals and will receive an automatic loss in that game, forcing them to the loser's bracket of the elimination rounds.


, Nov. 12, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Vegas souvenir shirts?

The vendor is Tournament Sports out of Arizona ... They will be onsite at the venues for the Winter World's this coming week in Phoenix ... They also have a website that contains contact information ... http://www.tournsport.com/
, Nov. 9, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: WINTER WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2017 • DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets

SESSION #2 - REVISION #2 • There have been additional revisions required by the withdrawal of a 60-Major+ team (Reloaded-CA) on Thursday morning, affecting play at Desert West ... The withdrawal collapsed the former 60-Major+ double elimination bracket ... There are minor changes on Friday to the late afternoon seeding games ... Texas Crush 60's play one time slot earlier than as originally proposed, but all other games remain unchanged ... The 60-Major+ division will now conclude on SATURDAY with a Best 3 of 5 Championship Series ... Despite the causation being completely outside of our control, we apologize for any inconveniences ... All changes have been posted online ...


, Nov. 9, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: For SSUSA staff about tournaments

Gunny2 ... To quote Tim above ... "..Tournaments are being added to the list [Gunny2]. Patience will likely be rewarded.."

, Nov. 8, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: SSUSA thank you

The LVSSA/SSUSA World Masters Championships 2018 will feature four-day sessions for all except the 40-Masters and Senior Women's divisions ...

• Session #1 • Men's 55+ and 60+ • Thursday-Sunday, September 20-23, 2018
• Session #2 • Men's 65+, 70+, 75+, 80+ and 85+ • Monday-Thursday, September 24-27, 2018
• Session #3 • Men's and Women's 40+ Masters and Women's Seniors 50+ and up • Friday-Sunday, September 28-30, 2018
• Session #4 • Men's 50+ • Thursday-Sunday, October 4-7, 2018

NOTE: Sessions #3 and #4 switch weekends from the 2017 World Masters playing Sessions ... Specific dates by age group are also disclosed on the event tournament page ...



, Nov. 7, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: Phoenix Winter Worlds

Only if you'll be 64 in the next couple of months before calendar year 2017 ends ...
, Nov. 7, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: WINTER WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2017 • DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets

SESSION #2 REVISIONS • There have been numerous significant revisions required by the withdrawal of a 50-AAA team (Demolition 50's) and a Women's 40-Masters team (Tharaldson's) and a requested rating increase from AAA to Major by a Women's 50+ Seniors team (Jollico 50's) ... NOTE: While that type of request is somewhat rare, we honored it immediately in case any other teams may be so inclined ... Changes, either in pool play or bracket play, or both, were made to the following divisions:

• Men's 50-AAA (seeding and bracket)
• Men's 55-Major (bracket)
• Women's 40-Masters (seeding and bracket)
• Women's 50+ Seniors (seeding and bracket)
• Women's 55/60+ Seniors (bracket)
• Women's 70+ Seniors (bracket)

All revisions are currently online ... Good luck everyone! ...


, Nov. 6, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: WINTER WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2017 • DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for SESSION #2 of the SSUSA's 2017 Winter World Championships in Phoenix and Glendale, AZ, 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
• Women's Seniors: 50's thru 70's
• 40-Masters: Men | Women

• Complete: All Ages & Divisions [Large file: 50 pages]


, Nov. 3, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: WINTER WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2017 • DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for SESSION #1 of the SSUSA's 2017 Winter World Championships in Phoenix and Glendale, AZ, 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 for this session have also been posted ... Good luck to all! ...

DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets (PDF's)

• Men's: 65's | 70's | 75's, 80's & 85's

Tournament Administration (PDF's)

• Master Fields Schedule: Master Games Grid
• Participating Teams List: Winter World's 2017


, Oct. 31, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Wind and Walks

gary ... This circumstance is covered in SSUSA Rulebook §6.16 • WIND OR SUN AFFECTING BOTH PITCHERS (on page 37) ... Here's the applicable language from that rule ...

"..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.."

There is no other rulebook-compliant option, especially not one that can get cooked up by managers and/or umpires on the fly! ... Good luck! ...


, Oct. 31, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: WINTER NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS 2017 • DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for SESSION #2 of the SSUSA's 2017 Winter National Championships in Ft. Myers, Cape Coral and Naples, FL, 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's: 40's & 50's's | 55's | 60's

• Complete: All Ages & Divisions [Large file: 31 pages]


, Oct. 31, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: WINTER WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2017 • Field Assignments

Field Assignments for the 2017 Winter World Championships in Phoenix and Glendale, AZ, are as follows ...

SESSION #1

• 65-Major+ & Major • Papago Park (2016: Rose Mofford)
• 65-AAA • Desert West (2016: Papago Park)
• 65-AA • Papago Park (2016: Papago Park)

• 70-Major • Rose Mofford (2016: Desert West)
• 70-AAA • Papago Park (2016: Desert West)

• 75-Men (ALL) • Rose Mofford (2016: Rose Mofford)

• 80/85-Men (ALL) • Rose Mofford (2016: Rose Mofford)

SESSION #2

• Men's 40-Masters Major+ • Papago Park (2016: Chaparral Park)
• Men's 40-Masters Major • Cesar Chavez (2016: Chaparral Park)
• Men's 40-Masters AAA • Cesar Chavez (2016: Chaparral Park)

• Men's 50-Major+ & Major • Cesar Chavez (2016: Papago Park)
• Men's 50-AAA • Saguaro Ranch Glendale (2016: Desert West)

• Men's 55-Major • Papago Park (2016: Rose Mofford)
• Men's 55-AAA and AA • Desert West (2016: Rose Mofford)

• Men's 60-Major+ & Major • Desert West (2016: Papago Park)
• Men's 60-AAA • Rose Mofford (2016: Saguaro Ranch)
• Men's 60-AA • Rose Mofford (2016: Rose Mofford)

• Women's 40-Masters (ALL) • Papago Park (2016: Cesar Chavez)
• Women's 50+ Seniors • Mountain Vista (2016: Cesar Chavez)
• Women's 55/60+ Seniors • Mountain Vista (2016: Mtn. Vista)
• Women's 65/70+ Seniors • Mountain Vista (2016: Mtn. Vista)


, Oct. 30, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Appeal From Vegas

michael697 ... As Yogi Berra once observed: "It’s like dιjΰ vu all over again." ... So here we go one more time! ... And just to state the obvious for you, it shouldn't take more than just a moment for George to respond to the two "issues", and it didn't ...

1 • Elmwood Sports Center's rating was raised under a performance criteria for having finished as Runner-up in the 49-Team, 50-Major bracket at the 2017 World Masters Championships ... They actually could/should/would have won it had they scored more than two runs in the opening inning of the Championship game; and

2 • The most relevant language from the TEAM RATINGS • Guidelines & Procedures (Rev: 12/15/2015) is in the second sentence in the third paragraph, the one that describes exactly what transpired with Thunderstruck's rating change last summer: "..SSUSA reserves the right to change a team at any time if it becomes clear the team is too strong or too weak for its current division.." ... Yes, that has a subjective component to it, all non-automatic rating changes do ... But the factual challenge/appeal to the Thunderstruck roster composition eligibility was denied, so it's right back to performance ...

With the luxury of 20-20 hindsight, some may disagree, but the Thunderstruck rating change was policy-compliant, intellectually honest and the correct decision at the time under the known circumstances ... We can live with that ...

ffdonnie ... Nothing else other than as we stated above needs to be said, but it is an interesting juxtaposition ... Last year, it was Timmy's team peering into the microscope at Cornerstone, and this year it's someone else peering into that same microscope at Timmy's Thunderstruck team! ... He was on opposite sides of the same coin in successive years, but we were correct both times and don't carry grudges ... This will be our last public comment on the matter; it's over ... Carry on! ...


, Oct. 30, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Trying to Contact the Coach of Drury Inn Road Dogs out of St. Charles, MO

Tankerwill ... Call the SSUSA office at (916) 326.5303 and give them your contact information ... We don't release 3rd party information due to our Privacy Policy, but would be happy to pass your info. to him for his decision on any potential follow-up ... Thanks ...
, Oct. 30, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: looking for clarification

grayhitter59 ... In theory, a 55-M+ experience history player (Rating Index = 8) is eligible to play with a 50-AAA team (R/I = 7) as one of three allowable, under the current rules, out-of-rating players ... Please call the Sacramento Home Office at (916) 326.5303 for a specific determination on your individual situation ... Thanks ...
, Oct. 28, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: WINTER NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS 2017 • DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for SESSION #1 of the SSUSA's 2017 Winter National Championships in Ft. Myers, Cape Coral and Naples, 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.

FIELD ASSIGNMENTS CHANGE NOTE • The 70-MAJOR Division was moved FROM Lee County Sports Complex TO the Northwest Sports Complex due to an overflow of teams/games demand circumstance at Lee County ...

The Participating Teams List and the Master Games & Fields Grid for this session have also been posted ... Good luck to all! ...

DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets (PDF's)

• Men's: 65's | 70's | 75's, 80's & 85's

Tournament Administration (PDF's)

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


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