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, Oct. 10, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 2018 tournaments

The 2018 Season Tournament Schedule should be released sometime in mid-December ... This is the typical release timeline from year to year ... The 2018 Season Winter National and Winter World Championships dates have been posted for about nine months ...
, Oct. 9, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: 40s Results

Final Results for Session #4 are posted and available from the event tournament page ...
, Oct. 6, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: The Rock.

local ... In response to your three questions ...

1. Use of "The Rock" ball is a contractual obligation that was negotiated by LVSSA in the merger with them six years ago ... "The Rock" is the only official ball for the World Masters and Southwest Championships, both held in Las Vegas annually;
2. No known injuries attributed to the use of "The Rock" ball; and
3. No known/reported injuries to date in the 2017 WMC ...


, Oct. 6, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Is it fair?

swing and bond ... That hypothetical team would have to play in a qualifier prior to the Eastern/Western's or World Masters, then it becomes a "ratings" issue and not an "eligibility" issue ... This is the scenario when the MTV/JV 55-M+ team played down in 50-M and finished 2nd to Cornerstone WITHOUT playing in a qualifier ... That was changed by the National Rules Committee and couldn't happen again ... Your theoretical Dream Team in all likelihood would not be playing Major ...
, Oct. 5, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Any results yet for the 50 major?

SKings24 ... That's a common misconception by many on the player's team rating history concept ... SSUSA rates TEAMS, but DOES NOT rate players ... So a player's rating experience history tracking rises and (occasionally) falls with the rating of that specific team only ... The players you mention with MTC/Dudley history have a mandatory tie to whatever MTC/Dudley's rating is for two years ... Right now, that's 60-Major+, and won't be changing since they won at that rating this year ... As for your 40's question, a player who ages up from 40's to 50's brings his RATING (M+, M or AAA) with him ... So long as he plays 50's ONLY, 50-Major is his "new" history index ... This applies to all players on all teams all Season long ... Inferences by some to the contrary, that we manipulate the system to benefit certain teams, are incorrect at best and highly unfair at worst ...

LCF16, r4pitch and Bman63 ... I have been addressing the "eligibility" side of this issue because I have electronic access to rosters and player histories here in Las Vegas ... I am not a member of the Ratings Committe and do not have access to the "ratings" component ... That is the sole purview of the Ratings Committee personnel in Sacramento ... If you have sent the email requests for clarification, it's presumptive someone in that group will get back to you on what are fair questions, regardless of what the responses from them may be ...

jimperry19 ... No condescending intended ... That easy math equation was the quickest illustration to get from "5" back to "3" and correct errors in the individual player analysis ... And it's still concise and accurate ... My apologies if it offended, that was not the intention ...

LCF16 ... Rulebook §4.2(7) is simply the prohibition against a Major+ player playing AAA or AA in his same age group ... Thunderstruck is (until the automatic bump to Major+ next week) a 50-Major team .. Nobody there playing AAA or AA in any age group ...

monam33 ... We hope you do ... It's certainly within your rights to engage through proper, non-anonymous, means ... Good luck ...

Hope this helps ... Now it's on to Session #4 with 40-Masters Men and Women and 50+ Senior Women starting with the Manager Meeting in a few hours and play Friday through Sunday ... Have fun and play nicely! ... I'm unavailable for a few days now ...


, Oct. 5, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Any results yet for the 50 major?

SKings ... The number is still three, subtracting the three you missed on and the one you forgot to include ... 5 - 3 + 1 = 3

• You are incorrect on both Tim Millette and Charlie Pennas ... They were both on MTC/Dudley 55's, but that team aged up to 60's, and all it's members, had their rating adjusted to 60-Major+, which is were MTC/Dudley was for this season ... They both carry the MTC index, as adjusted by aging up, and are 50-Major eligible ...
• You are incorrect on Rickey Garza ... He did not play for Prestige Pools in 2017 and when he did in 2016, they were 40-Major and were not rated 40-Major+ until June 15, 2017, long after his tenure with them ended ... Accordingly, he ages up as a new 50 player with a 50-Major R/I ...
• The one you missed was Bill Moranville (as the #3 out-of-rating player) because he played in 2017 for Classic Glass/One Nation 40-Major this Season ...

Now that we're done with the public details, we await your submission to the eligibility department for any further clarification or protest ...


, Oct. 5, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Any results yet for the 50 major?

SKings24 ... Three ... See Rulebook section [emphasis added] below
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Rulebook §13.1(1)DIVISIONS OF THE SSWC - at page 61

B. Major division – Comprised of teams that compete to determine the World Champion, Major division. A Major team is one with the potential of becoming World Champions in the Major division and is too strong to compete in the AAA division. Major division teams:
1. Have a five-run limit per inning, except for the final inning of the game in which each team may score unlimited runs.
2. May be invited to the World Masters Championships based upon their qualifying standing.
3. A Major team roster shall not have more than three players with a team affiliation rating history during the two previous tournament seasons greater than Major.


, Oct. 5, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Any results yet for the 50 major?

Lee Lee ... Quick clarification ... Based on the emails you referred to, please don't presume nothing was done to change the original eligibility analysis, with the reality that a lot was done to confirm that their roster was fully 50-Major compliant ... They did have the maximum allowed three "out of rating" players, and all other roster players were 50-Major eligible ... Thanks!
, Oct. 5, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Any results yet for the 50 major?

Lee Lee ... Yes, his rating index would be equivalent to 50-Major+ ... As such, he would be 50-Major roster eligible as one of the maximum three allowable "out of rating" players ...
, Oct. 5, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Any results yet for the 50 major?

Hillbilly9 ... A bit of cursory research from the event tournament page would have been helpful to you ... Here are the winners thus far ... California has not had winners disproportionate to their percentage of total teams entered this year ... Winners range from the East Coast to Hawaii and most geographic regions in between ...

SESSION #1
¤ Men’s 55 Major Plus • Cornerstone (OR)
¤ Men’s 55 Major • RBC/Pro-Grass (FL)
¤ Men’s 55 AAA • TMS Michigan
¤ Men’s 55 AA • Lights Out 55 (CA)

¤ Men’s 60 Major Plus • MTC/Dudley (CA)
¤ Men’s 60 Major • Omega IT Services (MD)
¤ Men’s 60 AAA • Milwaukee Merchants (WI)
¤ Men’s 60 AA • Oshkosh Ambassadors 60 (WI)

SESSION #2
¤ Men’s 65 Major Plus • Timberworks/Adidas (CA)
¤ Men’s 65 Major • New Jersey Hitmen
¤ Men’s 65 AAA • Oregon Crabs
¤ Men’s 65 AA • Fresh Poke 65s (HI)

¤ Men’s 70 Major Plus • Venom (FL)
¤ Men’s 70 Major • SoCal Gusto (CA)
¤ Men’s 70 AAA • Game On (CA)
¤ Men’s 70 AA • Sacramento Buds (CA)

¤ Men’s 75 Major Plus • San Francisco Seals (CA)
¤ Men’s 75 Major • General Equipment (OR)
¤ Men’s 75 AAA • Las Vegas Coyotes (NV)

¤ Men’s 80 Major • Florida Investment Properties
¤ Men’s 80 AAA • Scrap Iron Gray Berets (CO)

¤ Men’s 85 Major • Center For Sight (FL)

SESSION #3
¤ Men’s 50 Major Plus • J.K. Inc/Miken 50 (CA)
¤ Men’s 50 Major • NorCal Thunderstruck (CA)
¤ Men’s 50 AAA • Roadhouse Blues/BP & Associates (PA)
¤ Men’s 50 AA • Fifty GZ (TX)


, Oct. 5, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Any results yet for the 50 major?

Elbert Certeza was a member of the 2016 Layer Cake Wines/Dudley/Elite Sports USA (Men's 40-Major) team that won that division in Las Vegas last year, resulting in his experience rating history being raised to Major+ when he aged up to 50's ... He did not play in the 50+ Division at any time during the 2016 Season for anyone, including the Layer Cake Wines/Crush 50's (Men's 50-Major) team ...
, Oct. 4, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Any results yet for the 50 major?

Not knowing anything officially about the specific former 40-Major+ player aging up and carrying his Major+ rating with him, he would absolutely be eligible for a 50-Major team as one of their three allowable "out of rating" players ... Don't see an issue here as one individual player ... The total team count hasn't been exceeded yet ...
, Oct. 4, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Any results yet for the 50 major?

monam33 ... It's a simple procedural process ...

• Submit identifiable, as to you and your team, written correspondence by email (to info@seniorsoftball.com) or snail-mail to the SSUSA Home Office (at 9823 Old Winery Place, Suite 12, Sacramento, CA 95827-1720) describing why you believe there was an irregularity that was detrimental to your team for the 2017 World Masters Championships ...

• If your concerns are about specific player(s) eligibility for an opponent, try to identify the player(s), if you can, who you believe were or should have been ineligible to participate ... If you are unable to attach player names to individual opponent players, that's no problem ... It seems you may be relying on others' here making representations which may, or may not, be worthy of investigation ...

• If you believe that an opponent was improperly rated to participate in your division, please identify the team and ask SSUSA to explain their thinking and process regarding the team(s) ... Team rating are, by definition, somewhat subjective ... It's fair for you to inquire about any subjective aspects SSUSA may have employed ...

You are not locked into any formalized "appeal" format ... You should, of course, do what is comfortable for you and what you believe is comprehensive enough to allow a thorough evaluation by SSUSA ...


, Oct. 3, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Russell Road Rec Complex

michael697 ... One last time, respectfully: We DO NOT investigate ANYTHING that is alleged here anonymously ... On the flip side of that same coin, we DO investigate EVERYTHING that is alleged through proper complaint channels .. The choice on whether or not this is a "dead rumor" is totally in your hands ... Thanks ...
, Oct. 3, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: World Series shirts

World Masters Championships 2017 merchandise is presented by Tournament Sports out of Arizona ... You may contact them at:

marjie@tournsport.com
, Oct. 3, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Russell Road Rec Complex

SKings ... We always do our job to the best of our abilities ... If you happen to disagree, then you have the right to say so here ... We don't require identification to post on this anonymous-keyboard-courage environment ... People can say anything they wish, and usually do, regardless of factual accuracy as a guiding principle! ...

But if you believe we haven't done our job to your satisfaction, then the procedure for follow-up is very clear ... Submit identifiable specifics of your concerns and we will, without fail, investigate and respond privately, or possibly publicly if the results of our investigation warrant ... Any other approach just churns the rumor mill needlessly ...


, Oct. 3, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Russell Road Rec Complex

Interesting stuff, michael697 ... If you would like for us to look into this further, OR your "illegal player(s) allegation" from another thread, please send an identifiable email to info@seniorsoftball.com with specific details ... By identifiable, we mean as it relates to you and to the site director, team(s) and player(s) involved, depending on which complaint thread involved ... We don't take formal action based on anything anonymously posted here ... Thanks! ...


, Oct. 1, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: WORLD MASTERS CHAMPIONSHIPS 2017 • DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for SESSION #4 of the LVSSA/SSUSA 2017 World Masters Championships in Las Vegas have been posted and are available from the links below and on the event's Tournament page ... The same caveats as mentioned above for Session #1 apply here as well ...

BRACKETS NOTE • The elimination brackets remain UNDER CONSTRUCTION FOR SATURDAY (only) and will be completed and posted shortly ...

The Participating Teams List and the Master Games & Fields Grid for this session have also been posted ... Good luck to all! ...

DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets (PDF's)

40-Masters: 40+ Men | 40+ Women

Women's: 50+ Seniors

Complete: All Sessions [Large file: 118 pages]

Tournament Administration (PDF's)

Master Fields Schedule: Session #4 Grid
Participating Teams List: WMC Session #4 (122 teams)


, Sept. 28, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Infield fly interpretation

Yes
, Sept. 28, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Infield fly interpretation

Nothing is an "..automatic infield fly rule.." ... Regardless of environmental conditions, ONLY the umpire's judgment on the following issue matters: Could/should the ball be caught by an infielder with reasonable effort? ... If, "yes", IFR should be invoked ... If "no", it should not ...
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