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, April 22, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Runner

NO ... The original runner who was replaced by a courtesy runner may NOT then appear as a courtesy runner himself in the same inning ...
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§8.5(5)COURTESY RUNNER OFFICIALLY IN THE GAME (Rulebook page 49)

A courtesy runner is in the game when he touches the base. If a courtesy runner is determined illegal, he will be called out upon touching the base and no other courtesy runner is allowed. The original runner may not return as the runner. An illegal courtesy runner on base is committing a continuing violation and may be called out upon appeal at any time while on base or, if he scores, prior to the first pitch to the next batter.


, April 21, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: BRICKYARD INVITATIONAL QUALIFIER 2016 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for SESSIONS #1 and #2 the 2016 Brickyard Invitational Qualifier in Indianapolis 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 has been activated on the Tournament Page and the Master Games & Fields Grid has been posted ... Good luck to all!

DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets (PDF's)

Men's: 60's | 65's & 70's

Tournament Administration (PDF's)

Master Fields Schedule: Master Games & Fields Grid


, April 21, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Brickyard Invitational

Sessions #1 and #2 comprised of age groups 60+ and more senior will be posted this (Thursday) afternoon ... The weekend is a bit more complex, but count on Saturday game times beginning on all six fields at 7:30 AM with last games on Saturday night being at 10:30 PM (or later) ... We should be publishing those schedules sometime late Friday or over the weekend ...

P.S. - Calls to the SSUSA office asking the same "when" question actually slows down the process because of the time required to answer it over and over ... They will be posted here FIRST, within moments of getting final approval ...


, April 20, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Brickyard Invitational

Teams List Tab on the Brickyard Tournament Page of this website has been activated ... Good luck!
, April 20, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: SOUTHWEST CHAMPIONSHIPS 2016 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

SESSION #2 BRACKETS have been uploaded ... If you do not see the complete brackets, please "refresh" your PDF file download to get the current revision .. Good luck everyone!
, April 18, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: SOUTHWEST CHAMPIONSHIPS 2016 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets (under construction) for SESSION #2 the 2016 LVSSA/SSUSA Southwest Championships in Las Vegas and Henderson NV, have been posted and are available from the links below and on the event's Tournament Page ... The caveats mentioned above regarding Session #1 apply here as well ... Good luck everyone!

DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets (PDF's)

Men's: 40-Masters | 50's | 55's | 60's

Women's: 40-Masters/50+

Complete: All Ages & Divisions - Large file: 46 pages

Tournament Administration (PDF's)

Master Fields Schedule: Master Games & Fields Grid
Participating Teams List: Southwest Championships 2016


, April 18, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Vegas 50's Fields

FOFO - Thanks for the comments ... Desert Breeze is not available to us due to another association having it booked and Doc Romeo doesn't "fit" for 24 teams without Midnight Madness type scheduling ... But get to Sunday and you will finish at BLD ... The 60-AAA will stay at Shadow on Sunday playing ONLY on Fields #3-4 ... Good luck!
, April 17, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Southwest Schedules

40-Masters Major division plays at Lorenzi Park ... Seeding/pool play is on all four fields commencing at 8:00 AM through 2:00 PM with the last two games ending at 3:30 PM (18 Games) ... Bracket commences for the lower 16 seeds (#1 and #2 get a 1st round bye) at 5:00 PM (1 game), 6:30 PM (4 games) and 8:00 PM (3 games) on Friday evening/night ... Good luck!
, April 17, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Vegas 50's Fields

Gonedeep43 ... Nawwwww .. We pay no attention to whining!

nickname36 ... In the second message from the top of the Message Board ... The one that starts with SSUSA Staff: TENTATIVE SESSION #2 field assignments... ... It's been there since early Friday ...


, April 16, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: SOUTHWEST CHAMPIONSHIPS 2016 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

BIG LEAGUE DREAMS NOTE • For those who have played at BLD facilities previously, you are aware that they charge an admission fee for everyone over the age of 12 entering the park, including players. That entry fee is $5 per day (you receive back a token redeemable in the concession stands for $1) and is valid for the entire day. If you wish to leave and come back later, just get your hand stamped on the way out.

Most will agree that BLD is one of the finest facilities in the nation. They are unique and superior to the vast majority when compared to other tournament venues. With those benefits come higher expenses to maintain and operate at their level than at a typical city park. With no financial assistance from the City of Las Vegas, the admission fees are vital to BLD’s ability to cover their operational expenses and offer the marvelous BLD experience to our players. LVSSA and SSUSA do not share in any portion of the BLD admission fee receipts.


, April 15, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: SOUTHWEST CHAMPIONSHIPS 2016 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for SESSION #1 the 2016 LVSSA/SSUSA Southwest Championships in Las Vegas and Henderson NV, 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 and the Master Games & Fields Grid have also been posted ... Good luck to all!

DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets (PDF's)

Men's: 65's | 70's | 75's & 80's

Tournament Administration (PDF's)

Master Fields Schedule: Master Games & Fields Grid
Participating Teams List: Southwest Championships 2016


, April 14, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: missing first bse

Here are a few quick examples of a valid LBA being made non-verbally ... [1] Throwing behind a runner who left first too early on a caught fly ball ... The LBA is implied because there is NO other reason to throw to first once the batter has been retired ... [2] 1B turning and tagging the runner after he has missed the bag and before getting back to the bag ... Again, implied because there is NO reason for that tag unless the 1B (and hopefully the eagle-eye umpire) know he missed it ... [3] Similar to previous one, with 1B silently showing the ball to the umpire and re-stepping on the bag before batter-runner gets back to first ... Those all illustrate a valid non-verbal LBA ...

I don't have time to play the specific rule cite game ... There is a wealth of information available about an LBA on-line ... Take a look ... We don't have an official umpire's mechanics manual, but we don't need one with guys like stick8 and Garocket and a few others hanging out here! .. No need to "over-think" this stuff, it should be common knowledge for competent umpires! ...


, April 13, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Half Run Rule

We've heard this proposal on a couple of occasions for tournament seeding/pool play ONLY, but never for bracket play ... The stated reason in support was to avoid ties in pool play, but the sense of the National Rules Committee was (and remains) that to adopt this would take away innings from the teams, and that is not a desirable result ...
, April 13, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Fields for Vegas

Session #1 TENTATIVE Field Assignments have been posted (see above) ...

Standard advice for all tournaments: "Games will start at 8:00 AM on ALL facilities on Friday ... Please plan your travel as though you will play in one of those games AND will be fortunate enough to win the "If" game on Sunday, typically scheduled for 3:30 PM, but sometimes runs later because of Championship Sunday pace of play ..."

For teams that have previously requested a "Later Start Request", those requests will be met, which means only that you won't have an 8:00 AM game ... How much later is yet to be determined, but with 131 teams in Session #2 and the generally (and usual) restrictive field availability issues in Las Vegas, late afternoon and/or evening starts are not realistic ...

Session #1 will be published in the next day or two, with Session #2 likely for release over the weekend ...


, April 13, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: SOUTHWEST CHAMPIONSHIPS 2016 • TENTATIVE Field Assignments

TENTATIVE Session #1 field assignments for Tuesday-Thursday play for teams 65+ and more senior ...

• Arroyo Grande/Russell Road • 65-AA / 75's and 80's (All)
• Big League Dreams • 65-Major+ / 65-Major / 70-Major+ / 70-AAA / 70-AA
• Sunset Park • 65-AAA / 70-Major


, April 12, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Bats
Discussion: 2016 melee

Hopefully not ... This tournament is an exclusive sponsored event by ComBat ... That will be the only bat brand allowed to be sold under the terms of the Sponsorship Agreement ...
, April 12, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: TIDEWATER CLASSIC 2016 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

TUESDAY RAINOUT • Play has been suspended for the day and has been rescheduled for Wednesday ... Two games were completed, two were suspended (both in the 4th inning) and one game was postponed ... The suspended games will resume at 8:00 AM and the postponed game will play at 9:00 AM on Wednesday ... Bracket play will commence at 11:00 AM ... All changes have been posted online ... Good luck to all!


, April 10, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: missing first base

B.J. - Here's our post to you on 10/29/2013 that discusses the Live Ball Appeal ... The LBA "may" be verbal, but is not required ... The umpire mechanic as used by stick8 above is the proper way to execute the call ...
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"...A runner shall be called out, after a successful live ball appeal, if he:

• failed to tag up on a batted ball caught in-flight,
• failed to touch a base the last time he passed it, or
• failed to touch all previous bases in order

To properly execute a live ball appeal, a fielder must, with a live ball, tag the runner or base in question and communicate to the umpire what the infraction was and which runner committed the infraction. Such communication may be non-verbal, implicit, or assumed—so long as the intent of the fielder is clear to the umpire ..."



, April 8, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: missing first base

But there's just that pesky little 100+ year old rule that declares the runner has "acquired" the bag as soon as he "touches" OR "passes" it! ... The appeal process is required to allow the defense an opportunity to get him out anyway after beating the throw, but not closing the deal by touching the base ... Perfectly logical (and correct) from this viewpoint ...
, April 8, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: missing first base

PoolShark ... Please carefully re-read our first post in this thread ... The subtle distinction between "touched" and "passed" the bag is very important ... In either circumstance, the runner is deemed to have "acquired" the base and he's initially ruled "safe" ... Then it's only a question of whether the defense figures out if an appeal for the "passed" base is appropriate, which can result in a call reversal and an out ...


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