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Feb. 8, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Website comments
Discussion: RENEW ONLINE

Jack ... You can sort by other "fields" in the database record ... Suggest his zip code if you know it, or the last four digits of his phone number in the format "-1234" (without the quotes), or maybe the first few letters of his email ... Most of the time we get a hit on someone that way ...
Feb. 8, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: TOC WOUNDED WARRIOR All-STAR GAME THRILLER

The third edition of the SSUSA All-Stars vs. the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team at the TOC was a thriller Saturday night at the Auburndale Sports Complex. In the top of the 9th inning, the SSUSA All Stars mounted an impressive 19-run rally to overcome a huge deficit, taking a 39-36 lead into the WWAST's bottom of the 9th. In front of an estimated 800-1,000 fans, strongly supporting the Wounded Warriors, they came roaring back. Mike Aevermann, the lone SSUSA All-Star filling out the WWAST squad, led of with a tape-measure HR to straightaway center. Dennis Turner of Louisville Slugger, Greg Reynolds (U.S. Army/Iraq) and Leonard Anderson (U.S. Air Force/Afghanistan) then strung together consecutive singles to score one more. To the delight of the crowd, Matt Kinsey (U.S. Army/Afghanistan) launched a game-winning 3-run HR to left to account for the final score of 41-39.

The Wounded Warrior appearance was, once again, a high point of the 2015 Tournament of Champions. The team appeared as Guests of Honor at the TOC Banquet on Friday night, being introduced to a rousing standing ovation. General Manager David Van Sleet (U.S. Army/Vietnam) and another of his hero players addressed the crowd about their experiences, which preceded the first-ever fund raiser benefit auction. A special edition Louisville Slugger Wounded Warrior bat, signed by the entire team, was won by the successful bidder for an additional $7,000 to benefit the program. SSUSA is honored to be able to host the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team, and arrangements have already been made for a return appearance at the 2016 TOC.


Feb. 8, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: PITCHER'S MANDATED MINIMUM SAFETY EQUIPMENT

B.J. - Please carefully re-read the provisions of Rulebook §6.17 and §6.17(1) ... MANDATED equipment is the face mask ... The words "mandated" and "shall" are used in the same context ... RECOMMENDED equipment includes a helmet, chest/heart protection and shin guards ... Pitchers are required to wear only the mandated equipment (the face mask) ... Pitchers who elect not to wear the recommended equipment waive any liability claims for potential injuries ... There is NO wording that allows a pitcher to elect to pitch without the face mask ...

This years simple wording change ("...and must wear the mask consistent with the manufacturer’s intended usage of their product...") was added to clarify the obvious ... On at least two occasions this past year, players asserted that they were compliant with Rulebook §6.17, even though one of them was wearing the mask to protect the back of his head and the other to protect the elbow of his glove arm! ... Yes, they both tried (unsuccessfully) to make that argument with the field director, requiring the Rules Committee to add the new language ...


Feb. 5, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS 2015 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

SKILLS COMPETITIONS UNDERWAY at Auburndale • Mini-Tournament has been CANCELED due to adverse field conditions and continuing rain (as of 10:00 AM EST)
Feb. 5, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS 2015 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

The MINI-TOURNAMENT Game Schedule for the 2015 Tournament of Champions has been posted and is available from the link below ... It is currently (8:15 AM on Thursday) raining heavily and the possibility is strong this event will be canceled ... The Skills Competitions scheduled to begin at 10:00 AM will take priority over the Mini-Tournament, field conditions permitting ... SEE DIRECTORS at Auburndale ...

MINI-TOURNAMENT 2015

Auburndale: Game Schedule


Feb. 1, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Facing one batter

Omar ... I thought I wrote "...those last two innings often take as much time as any three or four innings in the game up to that point..." ... With the 7th being "open", by definition a longer inning if the home team bats, it's been our frequent experience that those last two take at lease as long as the first three, or sometime, four innings ... Regardless, going into "coast mode" is more a factor in schedule slippage, because, "Heck, we got our seven!" ...
Feb. 1, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Facing one batter

B.J. - Here's another very frequent, and avoidable, time wasting occurrence: As soon as a timed game gets to the top of the 6th inning under the limit, quite often teams take their foot "off the gas", knowing the game is going to go the full seven innings and they can coast on in. Any sense of urgency to play with pace is lost and those last two innings often take as much time as any three or four innings in the game up to that point.
Jan. 31, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Did I miss something?

It's a little of both Big Mike ... Recreational tournaments are separately listed on the TOURNAMENTS page ... The default display is everything except the Rec. and Women's events ... A little below the top of the page it shows View 2015 events by: and the display choices ... Click on "Recreational" ... Currently there are only two listed, but more will come online as the individual tournament directors provide us with the details ...
Jan. 31, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Facing one batter

Most field directors distribute the entire day's game cards to the field of play and, even if umpires rotate in and out, the cards should be on a clipboard behind the plate, inside the fence. Teams are supposed to be present and ready to play 30 minutes before game time (Rulebook §5.1 B.), so the smart move would be to approach the plate umpire between half-innings at bat and request the next game card.
Jan. 31, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: When can I start to play with the 60's?

JBTexas is correct that you were eligible on 1/1/2015. You were actually eligible a little before then, at the commencement of the 2015 Tournament Season, which began with the Winter National's in early November. Welcome to the 60's!
Jan. 30, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Facing one batter

We don't have an opinion on the narrowly structured fact pattern you describe for your team. Since all games other than Championship (and "If") games are "on the clock", our goal is to have the highest percentage of that clock time utilized actually playing softball.

Here is a (partial) list of things that can, and should, be done by all teams if they have an interest in maximizing the actual softball playing time percentage in a timed game:

• Be at the field early, warmed up and ready to go;
• Have the official game card filled out and exchange lineup cards with your opponent early;
• Have courtesy runners identified, staged and ready to go NOW rather than meandering out of the dugout;
• Hustle on and off the field between half-innings at bat;
• Approach an at-bat quickly and get in the batter's box ready to hit;
• Have your pitcher "gear up" before the half-inning at bat ends if he's not on base, batting or about to bat;
• Limit or eliminate excessive warm-up pitches and/or infield practice; and
• Make player substitution decisions efficiently.

This is not an all-inclusive list, but the more of those things you choose to do will result in more 7-inning games for your team.


Jan. 30, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Facing one batter

January 30, 2015 - B.J. - 72 posts

there is nothing wrong with the player warming up the infielders from there....also the umpire should not have made him pitch to 1 batter....what the umpire should have done if the player tossed a warm up pitch to the catcher is only allow 2 more warm up pitches...not the standard three....also in some tournaments after the 1st inning no warm ups are allowed in the infield or by the pitcher because of time constraints
Jan. 26, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS 2015 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for the SSUSA's 2015 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 TENTATIVE schedules 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 Master Games & Fields Grid have also been posted ... Good luck to all!

DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets (PDF's)

Men's: 40's & 50's | 55's | 60's | 65's | 70's | 75's, 80's & 85's

Women's: Women's 40-Masters & 50's

Complete: All ages & divisions

Tournament Administration (PDF's)

Participating Teams: Tournament of Champions 2015
Master Planning Grid: Master Fields & Games Schedule


Jan. 25, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Oregon

Hi Ryan. This web site is owned and operated by Senior Softball USA and Senior Softball World Championships. We are the largest Senior Softball association in the world. Our headquarters are in Sacramento, CA, and we serve our membership throughout the United States and Internationally. Please feel free to contact us by email (at info@seniorsoftball.com) or by phone at (916) 326.5303 during normal business hours in the Pacific Time Zone if you have questions. Welcome to senior softball and good luck!
Jan. 24, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: crossing commit line

@B.J. - You were citing a "Definition" and not the "Rule" ... Regardless, the intent, and therefore our interpretation, of Definition §1.5 - COMMITMENT LINE at sub-part "(b) must continue home" is simply that the next base he may touch is home (scoring plate or line) and he may not return to 3rd. The definitions section of the Rulebook generally defines terms appearing thereafter, and reference to the actual Playing Rules governs, specifically at Rulebook §8.8 in this circumstance. The language of §8.8 does NOT obligate the runner to continue moving toward home without stopping, nor does it prohibit his movement back toward 3rd base short of the commitment line (but it DOES define what happens if he re-crosses that line.)

In fact, if the runner's offense were to be either stopping or turning back, the rule would so state, and there would be no need at all for language referencing re-crossing the commitment line. The ONLY place in the rulebook that prohibits a runner from returning toward a base is at §8.3 H., which deals only with returning toward home before legally acquiring 1st base. We're sure you remember the confusion from our typographical error in that section the last time we printed the Rulebook! It is probably best to simply apply the rule as written rather than re-interpreting a definition as to its (presumed?) intent.


Jan. 23, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: crossing commit line

stick8 ... We may be splitting hairs now to the degree that could result in the perfect unanswerable hypothetical, but here's our (rebbutable) presumption addressing your tweak to the fact pattern ...

The umpire should exercise his usual good judgment in evaluating this collision under the interference rules, and decide whether or not the runner had interfered with the defender's opportunity to make a reasonable play on the ball ... We are taking this approach, rather than the obstruction viewpoint, primarily because the runner presumably has a lot of latitude in moving right (or even left) away from the foul line as he nears the scoring plate/line ...

Your tweak to the situation differs materially (and decisively in our analysis) from the above discussion, where the runner was stationary and contact was initiated solely by the defender ... We didn't mean to state, or infer, that any contact resulting in a tag between the commitment line and the scoring line/plate results in an automatic safe call, but we would reach, and stand by, that conclusion if the runner was stationary or was overtaken in a "rear end collision", to use an automotive analogy ... Interesting stuff! ...


Jan. 23, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: 2015-16 OFFICIAL SSUSA RULEBOOK AVAILABLE ONLINE

The following is a list of 2015-16 Rulebook changes made (other than minor technical corrections) ...

§1.29 - FOUL TIP - Clarification of effect of foul tip
§1.30 - HEADWEAR - Face mask clarification for pitchers and other defenders
§3.4 E. - OFFICIAL BATS - Prohibits adding foreign substances to bat barrel
§3.4(4) - ALTERED EQUIPMENT - Defines adding foreign substances to bat barrel as altering a bat
§3.4(6) C. - ALTERED SOFTBALL - Penalty for using altered softball
§3.5 F. - OFFICIAL SOFTBALL - Penalty for using illegal softball
§4.2 C. - ROSTER RESTRICTIONS - Clarifies eligibility for women to play on men's teams
§4.4 C. - SHORT HANDED RULE - Clarifies "first time at bat out" provision
§6.17 - PITCHER'S PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT - Clarifies how mask must be worn
§7.3 A. - BATTER'S POSITION - Requires batter to remain in batter's box throughout entire pitch
§8.6 - WHEN SLIDING IS OPTIONAL - Clarifies limited exception for sliding into 1st or Home
§10.1(1) A. - ADVERSE WEATHER - Clarifies when weather shortened game becomes official
§12.3 - REGISTRATION FEES - Adds annual "Snowbird" card provision/fee
§13.2(4) C. - AGE ELIGIBILITY - Establishes underage roster exceptions for 85+ age division teams
§13.2(6) - TRANS-GENDER ATHLETES - Changes standard from I.O.C. to NCAA provisions
§14.1 C. - AWARDS - Increases All-Tourney recognition from 10 to 14 players (also at §11.3)


Jan. 23, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: 2015-16 OFFICIAL SSUSA RULEBOOK AVAILABLE ONLINE

The 2015-16 edition of the Official SSUSA Rulebook is now available online from the RULES page of this web site and from the link below. The book has gone to press and will be ready for distribution to all registered teams and for public purchase shortly. Changes and additions to the 2015-16 Rulebook arising from the recent SSUSA Rules Committee meetings at the annual convention are highlighted in bold print.

Official 2015-2016 SSUSA Rulebook: PDF digital release (Large file: 1.16 Mb / 98 pages)


Jan. 22, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: crossing commit line

Corky - Runner can be tagged out in a run down before he crosses the commitment line the first time ... Thereafter, he may not re-cross back toward 3rd base, and may only be put out by a fielder having possession of the ball while in contact with the strike mat (or, in a rare exception, the fielder in contact with home plate itself if the mat has been dislodged from its initial position) ...
Jan. 21, 2015
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: crossing commit line

While your fact pattern probably wasn't what was contemplated when the commitment line rules were designed and written, the runner stopping was completely legal ... If he was straddling the line as stated, so long as a foot was down on or down past the commitment line, the runner's option to retreat to third base was terminated ... Thus, the only option for the 3rd baseman to get an out was to toss the ball to a defender at the strike mat ... Tagging the runner, by collision, by accident, on purpose or by trickery results in the safe call by rule for the runner who is deemed to have passed the commitment line ...

The runner may retreat toward 3rd base, but he is protected from a tag out so long as he doesn't re-cross the commitment line going toward 3rd base, and if he does, he's immediately called out regardless of a tag or no tag (which was the initial question asked in this thread) ... As we mentioned earlier, this was perhaps the most heads-up base running move we've ever encountered, and will undoubtedly be an educational experience for all who were involved or may have read about it here! ...


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