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, June 27, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: rating a person

SSUSA does NOT rate players, but we do track the rating experience history of the teams the player plays with in the current and two previous Seasons ... A 50-Major player carries a rating experience history index of 8, which is the equivalent of 55-Major Plus ...
, June 27, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Vegas and California......

titanhd is correct ... A player's team rating history experience "number" is the highest rating index for team(s) the player has played with over the current and two prior Seasons ... Playing 50-AAA (R/I = 7) will result in his 55-AAA (R/I = 6) team using one of their three allowable out of rating roster exemptions ...
, June 22, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Staying Close

We published TENTATIVE Field Assignments for the 2015 Winter National's on 09/02/2015 ... That was TWO MONTHS (and a day) ahead of the start of the event ... Check back here in early September this year and we will see what the entry list looks like, and MAYBE we can make an educated guess at that time ... Thanks!
, June 20, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: HOW TO PREVENT A HEATSTROKE

The following notice is posted on the Bracket Boards at tournaments where high temperature conditions are expected ... It is ultimately the personal responsibility of each player to take precautions to ensure his/her own hydration needs are met ... Tourney and park staff will do what they can to assist and maintain water supplies, but no guarantees can be made that those efforts will meet with everyone's expectations as to on-demand fulfillment at all times .. COME PREPARED ... Thank you!
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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





, June 20, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: TEXAS STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS 2016 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

• SCHEDULE REVISIONS • Due to the withdrawal of two teams, one in each session, there have been revisions to the DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for the 70/75-GOLD and 50/55-PLATINUM Divisions ... Changes are online and, in some cases, had minimal impacts on other divisions of play at the same facilities ... The affected schedules all carry a new Revision date of 06/20/2016 .. Good luck everyone!
, June 20, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Awards

Just for clarification: LVSSA/SSUSA gave out an MVP medallion to each of the 546 teams participating in last year's World Masters Championships and will do the same this year ... They are awarded by each team in whatever manner the team deems appropriate, and are not necessarily based on any final placement in the competition or the performance of the individual receiving the MVP medallion ... The NSSHoF documentation currently makes mention of earning a point for an All-Tournament selection for players on the top four finishing teams, but NOT for an MVP award ... Accordingly, our Directors have been instructed to advise teams of that circumstance when deciding how to allocate individual awards after the close of the event ... Hopefully the NSSHoF will amend its official documentation to eliminate future confusion ...


, June 16, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Awards

curveball ... We don't disagree with your opinion, but the National Senior Softball Hall of Fame (NSSHOF) is administered solely by Ridge Hooks and SPA ... The complete rules as to qualifying points (and ALL other eligibility criteria) are on their web site: www.sshof.org ... Points under the current rules are earned ONLY for All-World or All-Tournament selections (no mention of MVP's), and ONLY for the LVSSA/SSUSA World Masters Championships for SSUSA ... If you or anyone else is so inclined, they are the people to approach with suggestions as to changing or modifying the NSSHOF eligibility and election criteria ... Good luck!


, June 15, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: TEXAS STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS 2016 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for SESSION #2 the 2016 Texas State Championships in Austin, TX, 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: 50's | 55's | 60's |

• Complete: All Ages & Divisions [Large file: 20 pages]


, June 15, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Re Rating

The target completion date for the National Ratings Committee June, 2016 ratings cycle is June 30th
, June 15, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: TEXAS STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS 2016 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

UPDATED FIELD ASSIGNMENTS • SESSION #2 • The Texas State Championships team enrollment is up 26% over last year, which necessitated the addition of two more softball complexes to complete the event in the two-day time frame (it will be three days in 2017) while accommodating severe local league and contracted field bookings at Kreig Park on Sunday ...

SATURDAY
• Kreig Park Softball Complex - ALL 50+ and 55+ divisions
• Southeast Metro Softball Complex - ALL 60+ divisions

SUNDAY
• Kreig Park Softball Complex - 50-AA and 55-AAA brackets
• Southeast Metro Softball Complex - 55/60-Major+ Best 2 of 3 and 60-Major and 60-AAA brackets
• Bob Havins Fields - 50-Major and 50-AAA brackets and 60-AA Best 2 of 3

FIELD NOTES -
• Kreig Park Softball Complex - Eight fields, six of which are 300' and one each at 295' (#2) and 285' with tall fencing (#3)
• Southeast Metro Softball Complex - Four fields (#1-4) at 326', 325', 323' and 320', respectively
• Bob Havins Fields - Five fields, three (#1-3) at 300' and two (#4-5) at 305'

DRAFT game schedules and brackets will likely be published on or before Friday, June 17th


, June 14, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: would like an explanation

tugboat ... You are likely "missing" the circumstance that ISSA does NOT consult with SSUSA, SPA or ISA regarding team rankings and, as Bruce mentioned, one by-product of doing their own thing is that ISSA roster composition can (and probably does) differ ... Again, the best place for you to get a definitive explanation is by contacting ISSA directly ... Good luck!
, June 13, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Hope this doesnt get taken down. Please give your opinions.

No worries Coop3636 ... We'll leave this up so long as the commentary is responsible ... We maintain this M/B only under a sense of commitment to the participants in our sport simply because no other association, as you mentioned, does ... (We publish the Senior Softball News under the same theory of "..someone has to..") ... We also suspect, based on your recent personal experience, that you know how difficult it is to gain a M/B following ...

We believe in freedom of speech and we tolerate a lot of criticism directed at us in our own house, some of which is even occasionally fair! ... Anonymous keyboard courage drives much of the commentary, and that's fine, but it would sure be nice if people posted only what was factually accurate (one can always dream) and that they would say to your face in person ... That's not the culture of this Message Board ... But it's also the reason we will never make any policy or Rules Committee Agenda decisions based on the commentary from here ... So, enjoy, have fun, play nice and don't take it too seriously ... We don't! ...


, June 11, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: TEXAS STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS 2016 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for SESSION #1 the 2016 Texas State Championships in Austin, TX, 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 Tab on the tournament page 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

Tournament Administration (PDF's)

• Master Fields Schedule: Master Games & Fields Grid


, June 9, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: A few more scores from Reno and oddity

Final Results

• MEN'S 40-MASTERS MAJOR PLUS
1. Dudley/Prestige (CA) • TOC
2. GTS (ID)
3. Cali 40 Gold (CA)

• MEN'S 40-MASTERS MAJOR
1. Layer Cake Wines/Dudley/Elite Sports USA (CA) • TOC
2. Prestige Pools (CA)
3. SofaKing Softball/Elite (CA)

• MEN'S 50-MAJOR PLUS
1. Sommerville Softball (CA) • TOC
2. Arizona Elite
3. Nazzareno Electric (CA)

• MEN'S 50-MAJOR
1. NorCal Warriors (CA) • TOC
2. JU Entertainment (CA)
3. Washington Legends

• MEN'S 50-AAA
1. Mc U Sports (ID) • TOC
2. Never Say Never/Big Al's Trucking (UT)
3. Pacific Coast Alliance (CA)

• MEN'S 50/55-AA
1. Horn Softball 50 (CA) • TOC
2. 808 Hawaii

• MEN'S 55-MAJOR PLUS
1. Summy's 55 (CA) • TOC
2. MTC 55's/Dudley (CA)
3. Change the Mascot (CA)

• MEN'S 55-MAJOR
1. D&K Tradition (NV) • TOC
2. R & R Strokers 55 (CA)
3. Team Pound (WA)

• MEN'S 55-AAA
1. Sidewinders 55's (AZ) • TOC
2. Colorado Home Fitness
3. Northern Exposure/Alaska Kings

• MEN'S 60-MAJOR PLUS
1. Old Dawgs 60 (CA) • TOC
2. Summy's Nighthawks (CA)
3. Goodman Racing (WA)

• MEN'S 60-MAJOR
1. Last Call (NV) • TOC
2. TRI-C-Machine (CA)
3. No Dice (CA)

• MEN'S 60-AAA
1. Bulldogs 60's (OR) • TOC
2. 2nd Wind Resurrected (WA)
3. Scrap Iron High Octane (CO)

• MEN'S 60-AA
1. Makua Alii (HI) • TOC
2. Out of Storage (CA)
3. Fresno Mayhem (CA)

• MEN'S 65-MAJOR PLUS
1. Timberworks Construction (CA) • TOC
2. Old A's (CA)
3. Omen 65 (CA)

• MEN'S 65-MAJOR
1. Animals (CA) • TOC
2. San Antonio Silver Streaks (TX)
3. CenTex 65's (TX)

• MEN'S 65-AAA
1. Sims 65 (WA) • TOC
2. Sacramento Islanders (CA)
3. Prime Time (CA)

• MEN'S 65-AA
1. Texas Lone Stars • TOC
2. Sacramento Buds (CA)
3. Goodfellas (CA)

• MEN'S 70-MAJOR PLUS
1. Scrap Iron 70 Legacy (CO) • TOC
2. Omen 70 (CA)
3. W.E. Ruth Realty 70 (WA)

• MEN'S 70-MAJOR
1. Tharaldson's (NV) • TOC
2. RWC State Roofing (CA)
3. California Wrecking Crew

• MEN'S 70-AAA
1. The Zone 70's (UT) • TOC
2. Scrap Iron 70 Red (CO)
3. Silver Sox (CA)

• MEN'S 70-AA
1. Solano Senior Enforcers (CA) • TOC
2. California Oaks
3. Magic Stuff 70's (UT)

• MEN'S 75-MAJOR PLUS
1. San Francisco Seals 75 (CA) • TOC
2. PDR Fastsigns (OR)

• MEN'S 75-MAJOR
1. State Roofing Systems (CA) • TOC
2. Scrap Iron Beams (CO)
3. California Oaks 75's

• MEN'S 75-AAA
1. Lincoln Hills Coyotes (CA) • TOC
2. Triple Play 75 (CA)
3. Slammers (UT)

• MEN'S 80-MAJOR
1. Fairway Ford (CA) • TOC
2. Emerald 80's (WA)
3. Sacramento Gold (CA)

• MEN'S 80-AAA
1. Redwood City Chiefs (CA) • TOC
2. Scrap Iron Gray Berets (CO)
3. Oregon City Sports

• WOMEN'S 40-MASTERS MAJOR
1. Old School 40's (CA) • TOC
2. Kiss Our Stix (CA)
3. Fun Bunch 40's (CA)

• WOMEN'S 40-MASTERS AAA
1. Smack That (CA) • TOC
2. Idaho Spirit
3. TABU (CA)

• WOMEN'S 50+ DIVISION
1. Arizona Dream Team • TOC
2. B.O.O.B.S. 50 (CA)
3. Spokane SPARX (WA)

• WOMEN'S 55+ DIVISION
1. Ladies Choice 55 (CA) • TOC
2. Nevada Sage 55
3. Santa Cruz Blues 55 (CA)

• WOMEN'S 60+ DIVISION
1. California Spirit 60 • TOC
2. Ladies Choice 60 (CA)
3. Arizona Castawaz

• WOMEN'S 65/70+ DIVISION
1. Ye Olde Bats (NV) • TOC
2. Saints Express (CA)
3. Las Vegas Neons (NV)


, June 8, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: 70 major results for Reno

• RENO 70-MAJOR RESULTS
1. Tharaldson Softball (NV)
2. RWC State Roofing Royals (CA)
3. California Wrecking Crew
4. Blaine County Title (ID)


, June 7, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: would like an explanation

tugboat ... There's been a lot of commentary on your question, but it's really pretty simple ... While ISA, SPA and SSUSA regularly consult with each other regarding consistency in team ratings, ISSA does not participate in those discussions ... They are certainly not obligated to do so and are free to make their own classification decisions ... Your inquiry may be more likely of receiving an accurate explanation if raised with ISSA directly ... Good luck this Season!
, May 31, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: CRABTOWN CLASSIC QUALIFIER 2016 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for SSUSA Crabtown Classic Qualifier 2016 in Glen Burnie, MD, 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 on the Tournament page and the Master Games & Fields Grid have also been posted ... Good luck to all!

DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets (PDF's)

• Men's: 40's & 50's | 55's | 60's | 65's

• Complete: All Ages & Divisions

Tournament Administration (PDF's)

• Master Fields Schedule: Master Games & Fields Grid


, May 31, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: which do your prefer on a 5 game guarantee?

coop3636 ... The 2RR/3GG format for a 5-game guarantee is not a rule, but rather a policy preference for most SSUSA events ... This is a jointly sanctioned tournament by ISA and SSUSA and the schedule was written by the Tournament Director who is also a National Director for both associations ... We are completely comfortable with that structure because it meets the desired games goal and, in fact, we approved it in advance ... Good luck!
, May 30, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: which do your prefer on a 5 game guarantee?

Seems like it's time to recycle this one again, for the sixth time - REPRINT OF MESSAGE BOARD POST FROM 2006, 2011, 2012 (twice) and 2014 ON TOPIC:

There are three principal reasons SSUSA adopted (in 2006) the two Round Robin into Three-Game-Guarantee Bracket (2RR/3GG) format for brackets of five or more teams –

1. A strong majority of teams believe that the ‘real’ tournament begins only when the elimination bracket begins, regardless of its structure. The 2RR/3GG format gets teams into the brackets earlier and keeps them there longer, meeting that majority belief while still complying with the five game guarantee offered in SSUSA events.

2. The 2RR/3GG format requires less total games than the former 3RR/DE structure. With the growth in the number of teams being at a faster rate than the availability of new playing facilities, ‘every game counts’ in scheduling.

3. In any division with an odd number of teams playing a three-game seeding, one of those teams must play an “exhibition” game that doesn’t count in the standings, but is that team’s fourth game prior to the bracket. Almost all teams that draw that extra game believe it is unfair. There are no “exhibition” games in the 2RR/3GG format.

The 3GG format is also the industry norm for the ASA, NSA, USSSA and almost all other significant softball associations, and it's not likely to change in the foreseeable future for SSUSA.


, May 26, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Associations
Discussion: Baden Fire softball 2SB550YS Junk in its core!

Sparky ... There are four things that come to mind initially on this ...

• The Message Board is pretty much an unregulated and anonymous outlet for (occasionally responsible) comments ... Because of that nature, we ignore just about anything here that is issue oriented ... That's why we have email and snail-mail addresses for those who wish to provide meaningful commentary that may warrant a response;
• The two related frequent topics of "which ball?" and "which bat?" are amusing and will never have any consensus anywhere ... Especially here;
• Specific M/B commentary regarding individuals and recent events (e.g., Texas) is always handled by direct correspondence between our office and the tournament director(s) involved ... The results of that dialog will not be published here; and
• We always have a little smile whenever a "hot and bothered" topic finds its way onto "Page Two Oblivion" ...


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