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, 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 & Rules • Player 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 ...


, Aug. 8, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Birmingham tourney? PLEASE explain

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, rolling the tournament back may be one of the viable options ...
, Aug. 8, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Website comments
Discussion: MONEY

Quick hitters to clarify a few of your observations and (some faulty) assumptions ...

• Our annual Form 990 Return of Organization Exempt From Income Tax for 2015 is a matter of public record (The return for 2016 is on extension and will be filed shortly) ... As an IRC §501(c)(4) not-for-profit, we "zero base" budget ... For 2015, our net profit disclosed on that return was $13,159 on total gross revenues of $1,927,656 for a profit margin on gross revenues of 0.68% ... We made $1,097 per month net profit ...
• Depending on the nature of civic support, which varies from event to event, the "break-even" number of teams is somewhere between 55-60 teams for the TOC Qualifiers we administer from the Home Office ... We continue to take the hits and run events at less than that number because we want to have TOC qualifier events in all parts of the country so that teams have a shot at qualifying without a 1,000 mile trip to do so ... This week's Southern Championships, for example, with 12 teams, will be a substantial "loss" event ...
• The World Masters has been in Las Vegas since 2012 ... The terms of our agreement with LVSSA require the use of The Rock ball for the two events co-promoted by SSUSA and LVSSA, the second event being the Southwest Championships ... Support for going exclusively to The Rock is not as overwhelming as some may assume from the random anonymous postings here ... The economic cost spread between the Stote and The Rock is substantial ... Going "all Rock" would require an increase in entry fees due to our zero-base budgeting obligation ... The Stote meets our overall objective nationally for all but those two events quite well ... Obviously, there will be dissenters, and that's fine ...
• We will continue to carefully consider all aspects of how we run our business with the goal of doing what is in the best interests of the majority of the players and teams .. That's what we do ... Individual issue decisions, however, are solely ours based on our 30-plus year history of experience ... Thanks for commenting ...


, Aug. 7, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Eastern National Results

The Champions from the Eastern National Championships have been posted to the USA National Games match-ups list ... They are available from the WORLD MASTER CHAMPIONSHIPS 2017 • USA National Championship Games Line-up post above ...
, Aug. 4, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: SOUTHERN CHAMPIONSHIPS (Birmingham) 2017 • DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets

SESSION #2 REVISIONS • Following polling of the Session #2 managers, we have moved the second session to a weekend-only format on Saturday and Sunday ... We also added one more team to the tournament ... Thank you all for your prompt replies to the "..What would you like to do?.." calls ... All revisions are online with an effective date of 08/04/2017 .. Good luck everyone! ...


, Aug. 3, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: SOUTHERN CHAMPIONSHIPS (Birmingham) 2017 • DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for SSUSA's 2017 Southern Championships in Birmingham, AL, 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: All Ages and Divisions

Tournament Administration (PDF's)

• Master Fields Grid & Teams List: Southern's 2017


, Aug. 3, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Vendors at events

Vinny ... Please call the Sacramento Office at (916) 326.5303 during Left Coast business hours and ask for our Executive Director Fran Dowell ... She handles all sponsor/vendor relations matters ... We believe you have worked with her previously on an unrelated issue ...
, Aug. 3, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: what happens

Here is the policy for the USA National Championship Games at the LVSSA/SSUSA World Masters Championships [WMC] in Las Vegas ...

• There will be a USA National Championship Game for each age group and division if BOTH the Eastern National and Western National Champion attend the WMC AND if the WMC Bracket is five (5) or more teams (the size of the bracket in the Easterns or Westerns is irrelevant) ... If an Eastern or Western champion is not attending, an invite to the USA National Game will be extended to the Runner-up in that division if they are attending the WMC ...
• The game will be a full seven-inning format and will be specifically arranged outside of the normal seeding games schedule generation ... The winner of the game will be awarded the #1 Seed and the loser will be awarded the #2 Seed ... This is because the game is not a random match-up and not subject to time limits like all other seeding games, which could yield unfair results to BOTH teams ... In 2011 before the #1/#2-Seed award was instituted, the 50-AAA USA National Championship game had 5150's (CA) defeating Eagle Tile/Who's on 1st (MD) by a score of 30-26 in nine innings ... The extended game and the Runs Allowed tie-breaker caused the 5150's to be seeded #9 (of the nine unbeaten teams) and Eagle Tile to be seeded #29 (of the 29 teams in the bracket)
• If there is NO USA National Championship Game because of a lack of an Eastern or Western representative, ALL teams in the division will seed "normally" into the bracket based on seeding game performance ... NOTE: A default USA National Champion does NOT automatically receive the #1 seed in the bracket ... In the example cited above (Eastern 55-Major+ this week), there were two 55-Major+ teams originally entered, but both withdrew within a couple of hours of each other just prior to the schedule generation) ...


, Aug. 3, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Vendors at events

HAT MAN & Omar ... For individual TOC qualifier events, except the LVSSA/SSUSA World Masters, SSUSA solicits title sponsorship arrangements from our major national sponsors as a component of trying to keep entry fees in line ... Those arrangements typically include a rights fee, which is often a combination of monetary support and/or product-in-kind awards or other considerations ... The title sponsors receive in return an exclusive right to sell their products at the event ... The negotiated financial arrangements are confidential ... For events that do not have an exclusive title sponsor, we do not bid out individual product line rights, but there is typically a "percentage of gross revenue" commission involved post-event ...

Some recent title sponsorship examples include Adidas (Spring World's), Dudley (Southwest, Western & Eastern Nationals) and Miken (Rock 'n Reno) ... The most visible effect is that you won't see all of the bat manufacturer vendors present (unless you look closely in the parking lots for the "wildcat" vendor reps!) at all events ... At the LVSSA/SSUSA World Masters, the event is open to all national sponsor vendors ... Hope this helps ...


, Aug. 1, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: "No Pitch" rule interpretation

"No pitch" means just that ... It's treated as though the pitch never occurred, so calling either a ball OR a strike (swinging or called strike) is irrelevant ...
, Aug. 1, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Runner hit by batted ball while standing on 2nd base.

The pitcher is NOT considered an infielder for purposes of the application of the rule ... So the position of the 2B being "..well behind the baseline.." yields a correct call of DEAD BALL • Batter awarded a base hit and 1B and the runner on 2B is forced to 3B ONLY if there was also a base runner on 1B at the time of the pitch ...
, Aug. 1, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Runner hit by batted ball while standing on 2nd base.

Sov ... You did not provide enough information to make a proper ruling ... Here is the applicable Rulebook provision, and the proper ruling depends on the position of the nearest defensive player at the time the batted ball hits the base runner ...
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Rulebook §8.2 • BATTER BECOMES A BATTER-RUNNER (Page 44)

C. When he bats a fair ball even though it strikes another player, umpire or their attached clothing or equipment.
1. If the runner is hit with a fair batted ball while touching a base, he is not out. EFFECT: The ball is live or dead depending on the position of the fielder closest to the ball. If the closest defensive player is in front of the base runner hit by the ball, the ball remains live. However, after the runner in contact with the base is hit by the batted ball, it shall be the same as hitting the ground. Since the ball remains live, the defense is free to make whatever plays are available. If the defensive player is behind the base runner, the ball is ruled dead, the hitter is awarded a base hit and runners are advanced only if forced to advance.


, Aug. 1, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Changing Teams

The rules haven't changed as you infer ... There is a procedural mechanism that allows teams who meet very specific criteria to apply for exemption players to achieve a minimum of participating roster players ... Also, any player who is an "exemption player" may not do so, regardless of the teams, more than one time annually ... This isn't a mercenary type "..have glove, will travel.." type thing ... If you think your may be in a similar situation sometime down the line, call the Sacramento Office to inquire about your options ...


, Aug. 1, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Changing Teams

Larry ... Absent any specifics as to the players' names, we presume you may be referring to the two players who were granted an advance one-time exemption to play with the Drillers in the Texas State Championships ... This allowed the Drillers to have enough players to participate and they did so on the condition that they play 60-Major, rather than 60-AAA, in the event ... This is not an uncommon occurrence ...
, July 31, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: EASTERN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS 2017 • DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets

SESSION #2 REVISION • Due to the Monday withdrawal of a 50's team (WC Thunder 50-Major), the Men's 50-Platinum division was revised downward from ten to nine teams ... Changes were relatively contained, affecting only that division and the Sunday (only) bracket finals in the Men's 60-Silver Division ... Revisions are online with an effective date of 07/31/2017 ...


, July 31, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Tournaments {number of games played}

All of the SSUSA "TOC Qualifier" Tournaments are a five-game-guarantee format ... For divisions of five or more teams, that's generally two RR seeding games into a Three-game-guarantee bracket ... For Divisions of four or less, it's 3RR into DE brackets, for a total of five games ...

Other SSUSA sanctioned events, usually run by independent tournament directors, that do not award TOC berths are a four-game-guarantee format ... It's been that way for many years .. Generally, the entry fees for the 5GG are higher that for the 4GG format to offset the extra costs associated with the greater games demand as it impacts umpire fees, field rental and field preparation costs, softballs, etc.


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