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, Dec. 20, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Staff

raiderman66 ... You're a little off-point to this thread, but here goes ... The Anaconda Trump STOTE balls used by SSUSA and ISA are identical in all respects except for the logo stamped on them ... The ISA ball has the black "base burglar" logo and the SSUSA has the red "SSUSA" logo ... Both associations order them to the same specification together annually ... If your opinion is based on the ISA softballs used at the recent World Masters Championships in September/October, then you have an apples to oranges comparison ... The ISA balls used in Las Vegas were the "ROCK" ball and not the "STOTE" ... But "Stote to Stote", there is no difference, even down to the model numbers, other than the different logos, which we believe are not a performance changing characteristic ...


, Dec. 19, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Staff

Due to the untimely passing last March of the former ISA C.E.O., Don Stratton, there have been no formal discussions with the successor leadership of ISA about this event ... If something were to come to pass, we will so advise you and provide appropriate details at that time ...
, Dec. 18, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: SSUSA OFFICIAL 2017-18 RULEBOOK REVISION NOW AVAILABLE

The Summary of Significant 2017 Rulebook Changes has been posted and may be accessed from the link below ... The full Rulebook is available as mentioned in the preceding post ...

2017 SSUSA Rules Committee

• Significant Changes Digital PDF file


, Dec. 17, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Eligibility

curveball - We agree, and the Rulebook addresses this circumstance (on page 24) ... On very rare occasions we have granted an exemption request allowing a player with current Major+ rating history experience to play AAA in a younger age group ... We do not recall having allowed the Major+ to AA straddle, regardless of the age group(s) involved ...
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§4.2(7) • MAJOR-PLUS PLAYER RESTRICTION

Major-Plus players may only play on Major-Plus or Major teams. Players who have no Major or Major-Plus team in their region OR players who are determined not to be Major-Plus caliber by SSUSA may request an exemption in writing.


, Dec. 16, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: SSUSA 2017 SEASON TOURNAMENT GUIDE RELEASED

The 2017 SSUSA Tournament Guide has been released (published on December 16, 2016) ... This year's edition is an electronic version in Adobe PDF format ... Hard copies of the guide will be mailed to managers of registered teams sometime around the first of the new year ...

The Guide is available from the following links:

Tournament Guide 2017

• News page link Senior Softball News | Direct link Direct PDF Download


, Dec. 15, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: What does it take to get an SSUSA tourney in your town

Contact Fran at the SSUSA Office in Sacramento ... Phone is (916) 326.5303 ... Sooner is better, because the 2017 preliminary tournament calendar, including all SSUSA Administered TOC qualifier events, will post within the next 24-30 hours, by end of business on Friday 12/16/2016 ... Independent director qualifier events will be added as they become firmed up by those independent TD's ...
, Dec. 14, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Roster Player Classification

Tony ... That's the flip side argument of the same coin: If the player "has the ability" to play 50-AAA (R/I=7) that's the same R/I (7) as 60-Major+ ... "One down" from 60-M+ is 60-M, where he formerly played, but 60-AAA would now be "down two" after his first tournament (the granted "one-time-exception") ... We will protect the lower rated R/I division (in this case 60-AAA = R/I 5) from this type of mismatch ... It's the sole reason we offered the caveat to advise the player so he knows the potential practical effect of his decision in advance ...
, Dec. 13, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: What is the rule in ratings

Generally, when a team is dropped in rating, by either a successful appeal or based on performance, players that were on the team during the time frame that was the basis for the change have a corresponding reduction in their player experience rating history ...

Please note, when a team's rating is lowered, they are not allowed to add players, even the three out-of-rating players, from a higher rating for one year from the date of change (see the letter your manager received about the change) ... For example, if your team has been recently re-rated down to AAA, you will not be able to add any "new" major players for a year unless you are willing to step back up to Major ... Each rating cycle, several teams do decline the re-rate to a lower skill level so they can retain the out-of-rating player option ... If you have specific questions about your team, please have your manager call the Sacramento office to talk about your team's situation ... Good luck!


, Dec. 13, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Roster Player Classification

BH21 ... The 60-Major (Rating Index=6) experience history player IS eligible to play (unrestricted) on your 50-AAA (R/I=7) team because the 60-M R/I is less than the 50-AAA ... Please advise him, though, that should he play in more than one tournament with you, his R/I history will change to "7" and he may not be eligible to play 60-AAA (R/I=5) for two seasons should he desire to do so ... Generally, a player may not play "down" more than one R/I level from his highest current number ... The R/I chart is self explanatory and available from the RULES page of this web site ... For specific inquiries, please call the Sacramento Office at (916) 326.5303 and ask for George or Anthony ... Good luck! ...


, Dec. 12, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: SSUSA OFFICIAL 2017-18 RULEBOOK REVISION NOW AVAILABLE

The SSUSA Official Rulebook for 2017-18 has been released. It is available now in electronic form from the link below. Bound print versions will be available as soon as they are received from the printer, likely around the first of the new year. They are available for preorder purchase now for $10 each and may be reserved by calling the Sacramento Home Office at (916) 326.5303 during normal business hours in the Pacific time zone.

SSUSA Official Rulebook (PDF)

• 2017-18 Web Format Version


, Dec. 7, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: SSUSA RULES COMMITTEE 2016 • Annual Meeting Minutes

The EXHIBIT “A” • Technical Rule Book Provision Language Amendments have been added to the 2016 Rules Committee Official Minutes and are available from the link above ...
, 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 ...
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