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, April 28, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Brickyard Invitational

Please note that all "play/no-play" decisions will be made by Tournament Director Tim McElroy at the fields of play at game time ... That is the standard SSUSA Tourney Administration policy for potential inclement weather ... Tim prepared and executed an outstanding recovery program this morning for Thursday/Friday ... Plan on playing the entire slate of games on the weekend ... The maximum amount of forecast precipitation through Sunday afternoon is insignificant when compared to the amounts received overnight Wednesday ... Good luck everyone! ...
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Accuweather.com Saturday/Sunday forecast as of 4:30 PM Eastern time on Thursday afternoon:

SATURDAY (DAY) • Mostly cloudy with periods of rain in the afternoon
Max UV Index: 2 (Low)
Thunderstorms: 24% chance
Precipitation: 0.2"
Hours of Rain: 2 hrs

SATURDAY (NIGHT) • Plenty of clouds with a little rain
Max UV Index: N/A
Thunderstorms: 24% chance
Precipitation: 0.09"
Hours of Rain: 2 hrs

SUNDAY (DAY) • Mostly cloudy with a brief shower or two
Max UV Index: 3 (Moderate)
Thunderstorms: 29% chance
Precipitation: 0.17"
Hours of Rain: 2 hrs


, April 28, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Brickyard Invitational

RAIN OUT REVISIONS • The Men's 60's, 65's and 70's Division schedules have been revised to adapt to the loss of this morning's (Thursday) games due to inclement weather overnight ... All revisions are online ... Good luck everyone!
, April 27, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Release

MurrayW .. That would be the case in the current season, but the TOC is a "prior year" event ... If he got a valid release from Team #1 after they earned a TOC bid, then his new Team #2 also won one, he will be on both "qualifying rosters" and the election of which team to play with in the TOC is vested with the player ... He could theoretically be with "Team #3" in the following season, and he still has that option ...
, April 27, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Release

There is a "White Paper" on this available from the TOURNAMENTS ► RULES Page of this web site ... Document is called TOC Roster Considerations & Rules and managers for all potential TOC teams should become familiar with it ...
, April 27, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Release

Players choice, but NOT both teams in same age group. Different facts: If player is on two teams in separate age groups, he may play on both teams, but bears the timing effects of those teams potentially playing at the same times at different venues ... Congrats!
, April 26, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: International Tie Breaker

So Cal Z ... Agreed ... There is a subtle conflict between the substitution/re-entry and International Tiebreaker rules that should (and will) be addressed by the National Rules Committee ... The response we gave yesterday was based on a (rebuttable presumption) that the substitution re-entry prohibition should prevail in that conflict under the hypothetical facts presented... Obviously, there is room for meritorious dissent ...

The ITB rule is designed to prevent the offensive team from switching in a "rabbit" to run in the ITB inning and to ensure that the runner is in the most remote batting order position when the ˝-inning at-bat commences ... The substitution occurred a full at-bat prior, in a 9 or 10-run game, in which there was probably very little reasonable expectation that extra innings would be required ... As such, it is difficult, if not impossible, to conclude that the substitution for the pitcher was motivated by seeking to gain an ITB competitive advantage for the offense ... We would not have allowed the different runner if the attempted substitution had been made at the top of the 8th rather than the bottom of the 7th ...


, April 25, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: International Tie Breaker

cali ... This circumstance isn't clearly covered in the Rulebook, but here's our sense of it ... We believe the person who is in your spot in the batting order (the defensive player for the bottom of the 7th) is the proper person to go to 2B to start the top of the 8th inning ... You would not be that runner since you are permanently removed from the game after your second substitution out ... Interesting question, and thanks!
, April 22, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: BRICKYARD INVITATIONAL QUALIFIER 2016 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for SESSION #3 the SSUSA's Brickyard Invitational Qualifier 2016 in Indianapolis, have been posted and are available from the links below and on the event's Tournament Page ... The caveats mentioned above for Sessions #1-2 apply here as well ... Good luck to all!

DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets (PDF's)

Men's: 50's | 55's

Complete: All Ages and Divisions (16 pages)


, 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! ...


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