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, Aug. 23, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Field, etc. Problems

bruiser ... You've touched on one of the two principal items that are most difficult to control in a tournament environment: Field conditions (the other is "local" umpires) ... We are fortunate in Las Vegas that our partner, LVSSA, is as good as anyone else in the country on field prep matters ... LVSSA "gets it", they work very hard and they are invested in the best end result ... Don't worry about field prep in Las Vegas! ... As for the water issues, below is a reprint of the notice we generally have on the bracket boards when weather is likely to be warm to hot ... It's bottom line is: We will do our best to get water available and provided timely, but YOU are ultimately responsible for your own health and welfare as it relates to hydration ... Thanks!
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High Temperatures & Personal Hydration

SSUSA provides water and drinking cups in (or available near) each dugout during our tournaments. In almost all instances, support for getting the water deployed and, more important, maintaining the water during the day, falls on the Park Staff at each venue. Park professionals have other responsibilities in the context of field preparation and general facility related tasks.

Accordingly, we STRONGLY advise that players come prepared to handle their OWN hydration needs and not to rely solely on the tournament or park staff to be able to immediately respond to water issues in or near the dugouts. The staff will handle water requirements as efficiently as possible, but no guarantees can be made that the timing will meet everybody’s expectations.

Thank you for taking the necessary steps to protect your health during the anticipated high temperatures forecast for the week.

SSUSA Tournament Staff



, Aug. 23, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Rules on playing down

In a general qualifier situation, a 55-Major+ (R/I=8) player could play on a 50-AAA (R/I=7) team as one of the three allowable "out of rating" players permitted on the roster ... However, if you are asking in the context of trying to be added to a 50-AAA team for the upcoming World Masters Championships in Las Vegas, the answer is NO ... Teams applying to add "roster exemption players" for the WMC may not add ANY player(s) with a rating index greater than the team's index ... As always, if this is more than a random "theory question", please call the Sacramento Office at (916) 326.5303 during normal business hours on the Left Coast and speak with one of the eligibility specialists ...


, Aug. 22, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Mid-Atlantic Last Chance (Sterling, VA)

Coaches,

Due to the late withdrawal of a team in the 60s division, the tournament schedules for Potomack Lakes were revised. Changes had significant impact on the entire Saturday schedule. Please disregard the original schedule that was previously sent out.

REVISED: Revision 1.0 (8/22/2017)

Games at Phillip Bolen Park (Men's 40s & Men's 50 Major) have not been changed.

Thanks for your understanding-

Tim McElroy
Tournament Director
Senior Softball-USA


, Aug. 22, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Players with the same number on a team

No it's not allowed ... Here are the relevant sections from the Official SSUSA Rulebook ...

§3.2 • NUMBERS ON UNIFORMS
Team members participating in the game must wear visible numbers, a minimum of 5" (15.24 cm) tall on their uniforms with no two identical numbers on a team. (See §3.8 B)

§3.8 • UNIFORM
B. Numbers – An Arabic number of contrasting colors at least 5" (15.24 cm) high must be worn on uniforms. No players on the same team may wear identical numbers. (Numbers 3 and 03 are examples of identical numbers.) Players without numbers will not be permitted to play. If duplicate numbers exist, only one of the players may play at a time. There is no penalty for a
player wearing a wrong number. Correct the number in the score book and continue play. NOTE: There is no penalty for duplicate numbers. Request one player to change jerseys, or require a substitute to enter for one of the players.


, Aug. 18, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: ROCKY MOUNTAIN CHAMPIONSHIPS 2017 (Aurora) • DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for the SSUSA's 2017 Rocky Mountain Championships in Aurora, CO, 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 have also been posted ... Good luck to all!

DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets (PDF's)

Men's: 50's | 55's | 60's | 65's thru 75's

Complete: All Ages and Divisions • [20 pages]

Tournament Administration (PDF's)

Master Fields Schedule: Master Games & Fields Grid
Participating Teams List: Rocky Mountain 2017


, Aug. 18, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: SSUSA question

YES ... Both levels of play have a Ratings Index of "7" ... The 55-M player would NOT be in the 50-AAA "out of rating" count to three determination ...
, Aug. 18, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Jose Moreno's Bat challenge

The end cap had been "off the bat" and was put back in place with the Miken logo mis-aligned with the standard bat graphics on the barrel ... We have no opinion and made no allegations regarding the reason(s) the cap had been off the bat ... The owner voluntarily, and graciously, relinquished the bat for inspection and testing by Miken ... That testing was completed very quickly and revealed NO TAMPERING OF ANY TYPE ... We disclosed those findings on this message board (see priority message above) as soon as we received them ...


, Aug. 17, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Lansing Updates

Thursday scores as above are also on the official seeding schedules and bracket formats from this website ...
, Aug. 16, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: NORTHERN CHAMPIONSHIPS 2017 (Lansing) • DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets

SESSION #2 REVISIONS @ EAST LANSING • Due to the Wednesday afternoon withdrawal of a 50-Major team, Chi Town 50's (IL), schedule revisions were required ... Affected divisions were the 40/50-Major, Seeding and Bracket, AND the 60-Silver, late games of Friday Seeding ... We apologize for any inconveniences, even though they were completely outside of our causation or control ... Good luck!


, Aug. 13, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Player Ratings

Barry ... The SSUSA does not rate players ... However, we do keep track of the rating level(s) of the teams that individual players play with ... In your "hypothetical" example, those players departing the 55-Major team could play 55-AAA, but not all on the same team ... A 55-AAA team may not have more than three players with 55-Major experience histories during the current and the two immediately previous Seasons ... As such, those five would not be permitted to start a "new" 55-AAA team ... That "new" team would be 55-Major initially ...

If this is more than a theoretical/hypothetical situation, please call the Sacramento Home Office at (916) 326.5303 during normal business hours on the Left Coast and discuss the situation with one of the rating specialists there ... Be prepared to talk about the specific team(s) and player(s) involved ... Good luck! ...


, Aug. 12, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: 75+ age rule question for 2018

At the National Rules Committee meetings last year, we attempted to comply our 75's eligibility rule with that of SPA ... We mistakenly thought SPA allowed 73's, but they do not ... After learning that, it was inappropriate to mandate that 73's already on 2017 rosters for the Winter Nationals and Winter World's have to be released ... In a special telephone conference call meeting in January, the National Rules Committee set the rule for 2018 and beyond to avoid confusion ... Those 73's currently on 75+ rosters will be 74 in the 2018 Season, so there is no harm to them individually and we will be consistent with the SPA rules ...


, Aug. 12, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: 75+ age rule question for 2018

Larry S had it right, as curveball confirmed ...

§13.2(4) • AGE ELIGIBILITY AND GROUPING
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B. Men’s 75+, 80+ and 85+ team roster composition age exceptions:
1. Men's 75+ age division teams may draw up to seven players aged 73 or 74, including not more than three 73 year olds.
NOTE: Effective with the 2018 Season, 75+ teams may draw up to five underage players, all of whom must be 74 year olds.
2. Men’s 80+ age division teams may draw up to seven players aged 78 or 79, including not more than three 78 year olds.
3. Men's 85+ age division teams may draw up to ten players aged 83 or 84, including not more than five 83 year olds.


, Aug. 12, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: SOUTHERN CHAMPIONSHIPS (Birmingham) 2017 • DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets

SATURDAY RAIN-OUT REVISIONS • The loss of late afternoon games on Saturday has required revisions for Sunday play ... The revisions are online from the links above ... Good luck everyone!
, Aug. 12, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: midwest championships

big cat7 ... The Kansas City Classic is an independent tournament director event not administered directly by the SSUSA Home Office ... Please contact him for details ... His contact information is available from the event tournament page ...
, Aug. 11, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Vegas Roster

titanhd ... I'm not sure who you spoke with, and it's not appropriate to disclose here, but please take a look at the "white paper" I referenced earlier ... IF the players who can't make Lansing are regular members of your team and IF they played regularly with your team this Season, here's the relevant paragraph for you to use as the procedure to get them approved for your Las Vegas roster:

g. Managers may request to add players who are regular members of the team, but were not able to attend the Qualifying tournament. Managers must APPLY to SSUSA for approval of these players in writing. These players are approved or denied on an individual basis;


, Aug. 11, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Vegas Roster

titanhd ... There is a "white paper" available on the RULES page of this website that should answer all of your questions ...

World Masters Championships Roster Considerations & RulesPlayer Roster Add rules PDF digital file


, Aug. 10, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: NORTHERN CHAMPIONSHIPS 2017 (Lansing) • DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for SESSION #2 of the SSUSA's 2017 Northern Championships in Lansing, MI, 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 ...

DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets (PDF's)

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

Complete: All Ages & Divisions [Large file: 16 pages]


, Aug. 10, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: NORTHERN CHAMPIONSHIPS 2017 (Lansing) • DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for SESSION #1 of the SSUSA's 2017 Northern Championships in Lansing, MI, 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 have also been posted ... Good luck to all!

DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets (PDF's)

Men's: 65's thru 75's

Tournament Administration (PDF's)

Master Fields Schedule: Master Games & Fields Grid
Participating Teams List: Northern's 2017


, Aug. 8, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: NORTHERN TEAMS

49 ... Teams List Tab from Tournament Page has been activated ... Good luck!
, Aug. 8, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: SOUTHERN CHAMPIONSHIPS (Birmingham) 2017 • DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets

PROCEDURES RE: POTENTIAL ADVERSE WEATHER • All "play/no-play" decisions are made at the fields of play at game time ... Depending on conditions at that time, and the prognosis for the facility, decisions will be made and announced from the viable options ... Additional information and procedures are available in SECTION 10 of the Official SSUSA Rulebook (at page 55) ... Calls to the Sacramento Home Office will will not be timely or effective due to the two-hour time zone variance ...


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