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April 3, 2020
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: SPA CANCELS MAY

No worries, but these last couple of comments wouldn't have been necessary if you hadn't done the old "READY..FIRE..AIM..OOPPPS!" thing ... Stay Healthy! ...
April 3, 2020
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: SPA CANCELS MAY

WHOA-HO!! ... Relax ... If you re-read our note, nobody said you did, either! ... It's not anywhere near the top priority, based on some back-and-forth banter between NY² and mck71, to create an issue where none exists in our view ...
April 3, 2020
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: SPA CANCELS MAY

Ho and NY² ... SSUSA will continue it's leadership role in being responsive to the current medical crisis and the effects the COVID-19 pandemic has on the health and welfare of our membership ... Almost three weeks ago (March 16) we announced the impacts on the SSUSA schedule through the middle of May ... We continue to monitor real-time circumstances and evaluate all resultant options on a daily basis, continually refining our thinking ... As was done previously, direct email communication with the managers and players will provide updates as they become clear ... Please continue to heed the advice of the national and regional health and government officials in your area and be safe in your daily routines ...


April 3, 2020
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Reno

HAT MAN ... Take a look on the event Tournament Page for the listing of the HQ and Host Hotels ... We recommend any of those properties ... Some teams have, historically, rented private residences (Is AirBnB still operating?), and there is a conveniently located RV Park for those who may have that travel preference ... Good luck!


April 3, 2020
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Reno

chico senior ... While it's not entirely accurate that the 65+ and more senior groups haven't played in Carson City, it's only happened once ... In 2007, while Golden Eagle was in it's final construction year, the 70-Major+ and 70-Major, along with the 60-AAA and 60-AA (moved to the Mon.-Thur. session) played at Centennial Park ... Despite that trivia tidbit, we do not envision a set of circumstances that would result in the 65+ and more senior groups playing anywhere other than Reno/Sparks this year ... Good luck!


April 3, 2020
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Revised Tournament Schedule

titanhd ... The Worlds Masters is the "anchor" of our annual tournament season ... The magnitude of the event and the complexity of the arrangements, almost all of which commence at least a year in advance, would preclude shifting the time frame ... We are adapting to the cancelation of the April and early-May events, and will continue to be flexible and creative there ... But the chances of the World Masters changing dates are extremely remote ...
April 3, 2020
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Softball Gear

JamesLG ... We've talked this idea over internally and decided to stick with the Message Board prohibition on soliciting commercial transactions here ... That's one of the ONLY four posting rules we have ... If you and some others wanted to decide on some "hash tag" or special interest group name here through eBay or Craig's List or similar, we would be fine with that to direct interested parties to a more appropriate trransactional forum ... We tjhink opening this up might result in a later effort analogous to trying to get the toothpaste back in the tube! ... Thanks ...
March 26, 2020
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Revised Tournament Schedule

NY² ... Rescheduling SSUSA events in the current chaotic circumstances of this COVID-19 health crisis is incredibly complex and challenging ... Here are just SOME of the factors influencing the process and its degree of difficulty ...

• The SSUSA Offices are closed by California Gov. Gavin Newsom's statewide closure declaration, with no estimated date of re-opening;
• Most state and local Park & Recreation offices nationwide are closed, with no estimated date of re-opening ... Even making contact with their decision making personnel is an excercise in frustration, with merely random chances for success;
• Almost ALL facilities, regardless of location, that historically host our events are closed, with no estimated date of re-opening;
• SSUSA is NOT the only promoter of events that have been postponed and/or canceled at the facilities we share with others during the tournament season ... Most, if not ALL of those promoters are attempting to reschedule exactly as we are and while we are;
• Some tourney locations and facilities have absolutely NO open dates that can accommodate rescheduling a postponed SSUSA event ... The Tidewater Classic in Virginia Beach is one such event that will be lost in 2020 for that circumstance and will re-appear on the SSUSA schedule in 2021;
• Those events we have tentatively rescheduled were placed either into the ONLY available alternative time slot at ANY time, OR the only available time slot that doesn't adversely conflict with other currently unaffected SSUSA TOC Qualifiers later in the season, the Eastern or Western National Championships or the World Masters Championships;

If ever there were circumstances that are outside of our control, this is it! ... Until the National circumstances improve, and those areas where we hold events are able to come back to "sports life", our only option, and therefore, yours as well, is to patiently await news here and hope for good results for our efforts to resume the 2020 Season ... Thank you ...


March 18, 2020
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Wishful Thinking (Positive Thinking)

STATEMENT OF POSITION • While we are hopeful that the 2020 Senior Softball tournament schedule will resume sooner rather than later, public health circumstances must change dramatically before that is prudent or advisable ... SSUSA sanctioned events have been deferred for sixty (60) days, until approximately May 15, 2020 ... In conjunction with the suspension of events, we will not be hosting messages here that promote other events during the shut-down period ... Doing so could be interpreted by some to mean SSUSA is sanctioning or otherwise implicitly approving the events ... That is absolutely not the case ... Accordingly, we have closed this thread ... Thank you ...


March 16, 2020
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) UPDATE • SSUSA Cancels All Events for Next 60 Days

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – We are in uncharted territory for both our sport and the world.

Senior Softball-USA (SSUSA) is announcing today the cancelations of all SSUSA Tournaments for sixty (60) days, the cancelation of this year’s Pacific Rim Slow-Pitch Softball Federation Championships in Vancouver, Canada, and the postponement of the May International Tour and tournaments in Prague and Budapest until October of this year.

Teams that have paid entry fees for scheduled SSUSA Qualifying Tournaments will be given a credit to use for future SSUSA tournaments.

The tournament cancellations include:

Spring National Championships
Spring World Championships
Tidewater Classic
Cow Town Classic
Chili Pepper Classic
Gainesville Qualifier
Salute to Service/First Responder Classic
LVSSA/SSUSA Southwest Championships
Music City Classic
Apple Cup
Iowa Spring Warm-Up
Maryland Classic
Texas State Championships
Brickyard Invitational
Oil City Classic
Waterloo Iowa Senior Open
Atlantic Coast Championships

SSUSA expects to resume all normal tournament operations in mid-May beginning with the following tournaments:

Top Gun Reno Tune Up
Bobby Chapp Memorial
Battle of the Roses
High Desert Duel
Rock ‘n Reno Challenge Cup
CAN AM
Crabtown Classic
40s Mountain Madness I

In addition, SSUSA is recommending that all senior clubs, leagues and tournament associations cancel activities for 60 days as recommended by the US Center for Disease Control (CDC). SSUSA sanctions tournaments in 80 cities and senior leagues in 300 cities.

Senior Softball USA is making these moves because of the rapid spread of the pandemic viral disease, Coronavirus (COVID-19), and because seniors are most at risk from the disease.

According to the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the fatality rate for people 60-69 is about 3.6-percent and increases to 14.8-percent for those over 80. In comparison, for those under 49, it is less than 1 percent.

The World Health Organization (WHO) officially declared COVID-19 a pandemic on March 11, and the disease has made its effects felt worldwide following the first confirmed case on Dec. 31 in Wuhan, China.

Infecting more than 160,000 people (more than 6,000 deaths) in at least 140 countries, COVID-19 has affected not only global economies, but the sports world as well, with major sports leagues playing in empty stadiums/arenas, or postponing games altogether.

Many states are outlawing gatherings of more than 50 or 100 people, and many municipalities are shutting down playing fields for all sports.

For senior softball players, the danger is less because it is an outdoor game and SSUSA has introduced “social distancing” and new hygiene rules.

But the danger is still present.

For example, if just one player is infected and touches a ball in a game, it is possible to infect everyone else on both teams. Then, of course, when the players go home they can easily infect their families and loved ones.

The bottom line is that the danger is greatest for senior players and we cannot ignore the danger.
__________

Published: March 16, 2020

March 15, 2020
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Corona Virus (COVID-19) • Part II

Continuation thread for convenience ...
March 13, 2020
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: SSUSA's SPRING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2020 • "DRAFT" Game Schedules & Brackets

SPRING WORLD'S SESSION #2 • MAJOR REVISIONS were required at The Canyons Complex due to the unexpected withdrawal of a 50-Major team (Stadium - CA) ... The following divisions of play were adversely affected ...

• Men's 50-Major - Seeding AND Bracket Play
• Men's 50-AAA - Bracket Play
• Men's 55/60-Platinum - Bracket Play
• Men's 60/65-Platinum - Seeding AND Bracket Play

Revisions are now available online with today's effective date (03/13/2020) ... You may have to refreseh your download to view the most recent file version ... Although the circumstances were completely outside of our control, we apologize for any inconveniences ... Good luck to all ...


March 12, 2020
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Corona Virus (COVID-19)

TEAMS playing age 60+ and younger will play ... The age of individual players already on these teams is not a factor ... Players aged 65+ on those teams are roster-eligible for the events ... Good luck everyone! ...
March 12, 2020
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: SSUSA'S SPRING NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS 2020 • "DRAFT" Game Schedules & Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for the SSUSA's Spring National Championships 2020 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 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 Master Games & Fields Grid and the Participating Teams List have been posted ... Good luck to all! ...

DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets (PDF's)


Men's: 40's & 50's | 55's & 60's

Women's: 40's & 50's

Complete: All Ages & Divisions

Tournament Administration (PDF's)


Master Games & Field Grid: Spring National's 2020
Participating Teams List: Spring National's 2020


March 12, 2020
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Corona Virus (COVID-19)

Wood_1966 ... True ... Please see Official Statement at top of the Message Board front page AND on the Tournament Page for each currently affected event ...
March 12, 2020
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Coronavirus Update - SSUSA Cancels All 65+ & Older Divisions for Next 30 Days

For the past several weeks, all of us have been flooded with information – and warnings – about the rapidly spreading Coronavirus (COVID-19). It is a fast-changing and evolving health crisis for a growing number of cities and countries.

It is very clear that the greatest danger is to seniors 65-plus. While most of our players are in good health, there is significant danger that they can pass the coronavirus to families and loved ones who would be more in danger.

Therefore, Senior Softball USA will be canceling all tournaments for 65 and older age groups for the next 30 days.

Those include:

The Spring National Championships in Polk County, Florida
The Spring World Championships in Mesquite. Nevada / St. George, Utah
The Tidewater Classic in Virginia Beach, Virginia
The Cow Town Classic in Tulsa, Oklahoma
The Chili Pepper Classic in El Paso, Texas
The Gainesville Qualifier in Gainesville, Georgia

Those affected teams will receive a credit for their entry fees for future tournaments.

We intend at this point to hold the 65 and older divisions in the LVSSA/SSUSA Southwest Championships, but we will make a final decision on April 1 after evaluating the progression of the pandemic.

We will continue to hold tournaments for the 40-60 age divisions with these mandatory health and safety measures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization:

“No-Handshake/Contact” Policy

SSUSA is immediately instituting a precautionary “no-contact, no-handshake policy” to be observed at every level of the organization until further notice. This includes all physical contact and extends to customary game-related activities, such as umpire-coach introductions, and post-game handshakes between members of opposing teams. Instead, staff, players and coaches should verbally “good game,” without shaking hands, high-fiving or fist-bumping, etc.

Maintain Good Hygiene Practices

All SSUSA directors, umpires and staff and participants in SSUSA-sanctioned events should be aware of the coronavirus risk and take the necessary precautions to avoid exposure to germs. This includes maintaining good hygiene practices. We strongly recommend the following:

Wash your hands often, using soap and water for at least 20 seconds each time
If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol; this is suggested after any physical contact with another person or with a shared surface.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
Cover your mouth and nose – with a tissue, if possible – when coughing or sneezing, then properly discard the tissue in the trash.
Avoid close contact with anyone else who is coughing or sneezing or who is otherwise sick
Clean or disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
We appreciate your cooperation in following these new procedures as we work together to maintain the highest health and safety standards.

Below is a link that you can visit for updated info on the COVID-19 from the CDC

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/

SSUSA’s primary concern is the health and welfare of players, officials and their families.

Terry Hennessy
Chief Executive Officer
Senior Softball USA
March 12, 2020
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Refund for spring worlds

It was superseded, and therefore removed, by this related post ...

• SSUSA WILL BE RELEASING AN UPDATE STATEMENT REGARDING THE SPRING NATIONAL'S, SPRING WORLD'S AND TIDEWATER CLASSIC EVENTS LATER THIS (THURSDAY) AFTERNOON ...


March 12, 2020
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Corona Virus (COVID-19)

• SSUSA WILL BE RELEASING AN UPDATE STATEMENT REGARDING THE SPRING NATIONAL'S, SPRING WORLD'S AND TIDEWATER CLASSIC EVENTS LATER THIS (THURSDAY) AFTERNOON ...
March 12, 2020
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Corona Virus (COVID-19)

Wood_1966 ... As of the close of business on Wednesday, March 11th, there had not been any team withdrawals in the three events you mentioned, the Spring National's, Spring World's and Tidewater Classic ... We will, of course, continue to monitor circumstances as we approach the event start dates, but so far they all remain in "go mode" ... Good luck!


March 10, 2020
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: SSUSA's SPRING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2020 • "DRAFT" Game Schedules & Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for SESSION #2 of the SSUSA's Spring World Championships 2020 in Mesquite, NV, and St. George UT, have been posted and are available from the links below and on the event's Tournament page ... The same 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: 40+ Masters

Complete: All Ages & Divisions [Large File: 32 Pages]


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