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, Jan. 11, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: SSUSA RULES COMMITTEE 2016 • Annual Meeting Minutes

The 2016-17 SSUSA National Rules Committee met in a telephone conference call format on January 11th to reconsider actions taken in December regarding roster composition rules for the men's 75+ division ... Although a motion failed for as proposed modification of the December actions, there was an amendment passed that becomes effective with the 2018 Season on this topic ... Specifically, the 75+ age division will be allowed three 73 year old players for the 2017 Season, and thereafter underage players will be reduced from seven to five, all of whom must be age 74 ... The change will be incorporated into the Official SSUSA 2017-18 Rulebook and the minutes of the special meeting are available at:

• Telephone Conference Meeting: Official Minutes


, Jan. 11, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Interference

We aren't too surprised that our initial post in this thread generated varying responses! ... However, if we may err on this very popular "debate topic" occasionally, our overriding concern is for player safety and we encourage base runners who have been retired by the force play to get down or veer out of the line of fire the throw ... It's a judgment call, and we will back an umpire who makes such a judgment, either way, based on the facts and circumstances of the play he just observed ... Play safely ...


, Jan. 10, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Interference

We concur with curveball ... When the force out is made at 2nd base, the runner is no longer entitled to that base, nor is he any longer entitled to the base line ... "Interference is the act of an offensive player or team member that impedes or confuses a defensive player attempting to execute a play. A base runner must avoid a fielder making a play." ... Most umpires will (correctly) call interference and generally declare the completion of the double play at first base if, in his judgment, that would have been the result absent the interference.
, Jan. 10, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: TOP GUN WINTER CLASSIC 2017 • DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets

SESSION #1 of the 2017 Top Gun Winter Classic has been POSTPONED due to inclement weather and poor field conditions ... It has been RESCHEDULED for Wednesday and Thursday, January 18-19, 2017, also at Diamond Valley Lake Softball Complex ... Revised SESSION #1 DRAFT schedules and the Master Planning Grid have been posted ... There has been no decision to postpone/reschedule SESSION #2, but if that changes, we will announce any updates here ... Good luck!


, Jan. 9, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS 2017 • General Information Update

Entries have closed for SSUSA's 2017 Original Tournament of Champions with a tournament record 116 teams on the list ... A couple of comments may be helpful for those planning on attending:

• TRAVEL PLANS - With the tournament record entry level, there will be very tight and full scheduling ... If you have the latitude, please book Sunday evening flights home as late as possible ... There is a chance that "If" games may be scheduled as late as 5:00 PM in larger divisions ...

• TEMPORARY RATING CHANGES - The teams that won invitations to the TOC at a rating level lower than their current rating have had TEMPORARY rating reductions to their rating at the time they won the TOC qualifying event ... After the TOC, the correct current ratings will be restored ...

Good luck everyone!


, Jan. 8, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: TOP GUN WINTER CLASSIC 2017 • DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for SESSION #2 (Men's 50+ through 60+ Divisions) of the 2017 Top Gun Winter Classic in Hemet, CA, have been posted and are available from the links below and on the event's Tournament Page ... The caveats mentioned for SESSION #1 above apply here as well ... Good luck everyone! ...

DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets (PDF's)

• Men: 50's | 55's & 60's


, Jan. 8, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: TX STATE CHAMPIONSHIP-

Capt Kirk • Yep, we appropriately removed the entire thread ... At one time or another, posts therein violated three of the (only) four posting rules we have: disparaging remarks, unacceptable language and promotion of competing association's events ... We allow an incredible amount of (occasionally fair) criticism in our "home", this message board, from the "anonymous-keyboard-courage" posters ... You are a member of that group ...

All posters, are granted a revocable privilege to post here, but our rights as the owner of this private forum to regulate it by removing objectionable content is not somehow subordinate to any 1st Amendment rights in public you may assert ... This is our home ... We reserve to right to determine what comprises acceptable behavior in our home ... Sometimes, the compulsion to type things here that most reasonable people would NEVER say face-to-face crosses the line ... You were "that guy" over the line ... We welcome any future responsible commentary you may wish to add ...

P.S. - The hilarious "snarky" characterization came from another of your anonymous-keyboard-courage crew (Axemansa), not us, so we can't take credit (or blame) for it! ...


, Jan. 7, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: TOP GUN WINTER CLASSIC 2017 • DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for SESSION #1 (Men's 65+ through 80+ Divisions) of the 2017 SSUSA's Top Gun Winter Classic in Hemet, CA, 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 Tab on the Tournament Page and the Master Games & Fields Grid for the session have also been posted ... Good luck to all!

DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets (PDF's)

• Men: Session #1

Tournament Administration (PDF's)

• Master Fields Schedule: Master Games & Fields Grid


, Jan. 4, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Product review
Discussion: Trump Rock

SS11 • The principal reason we do it our way is to maintain consistency across all (but the two Las Vegas events) qualifier and Championship tournaments ... The qualifier concept is effective only if all events run under the same rules sanction and authorized equipment for bats and softballs ... And, yes, we are a not-for-profit public benefit corporation, but the financial side of that national contract is important as well to offset some of the costs we incur to run the events ... Yours was certainly a fair question, just irrelevant in the context of our current business model ...


, Jan. 3, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: New age eligibilty rules for 75s and 80s - Reactions?

Don't over-think this one! ... We added back the underage exemptions solely in response to a LOT of noise we got last year that 75+ and 80+ teams had to have two separate rosters: one for SSUSA and one for SPA, who allowed the underage players ... No magic, no sinister hidden agenda here, just a desire to grant the request to have equivalent rosters for the two major associations ... And, YES, we are concerned about the upper-end guys (78/79's and 83/84's) getting cut so the teams can sign the underage "youngsters" ... No perfect solution, so this is just the current version of "Be careful what you ask for, you just might get it!" ... Good luck everyone!


, Jan. 3, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Product review
Discussion: Trump Rock

SS11 ... That works fine for us so long as every team and every Tournament Director agrees to comply with the policy that the ONLY authorized ball for SSUSA sanctioned play is the Anaconda Trump STOTE for all events except the two co-sanctioned with LVSSA in Las Vegas (the Trump ROCK being the ONLY ball authorized there) ... Our national contract with Anaconda/BSN precludes the use of other brands of softballs ...


, Dec. 26, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Staff

Marv ... We agree, but you may want to re-read what we posted about ISA-STOTE to SSUSA-STOTE balls:
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The Anaconda Trump STOTE balls used by SSUSA and ISA are identical in all respects except for the logo stamped on them ... The ISA ball has the black "base burglar" logo and the SSUSA has the red "SSUSA" logo ... Both associations order them to the same specification together annually ...
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The ISA-ROCK compared to ANY STOTE ball is a non-comparison ... They are completely unlike each other in terms of composition and manufacturing process ... Which is what we said ...


, Dec. 22, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Staff

All SSUSA administered events (TOC qualifiers, Eastern's, Western's, the Brickyard, etc.) are contractually obligated for the Trump Stote and the Southwest Championships and the World Masters are the "ROCK" by contract with LVSSA ... The independent tournament director events are "supposed" to be run in complete compliance with the SSUSA's sanctioning requirements ... However, that's not to say that all independent T.D.'s do so ... Sometimes it's "the balls" ... Sometimes it's the "1-1" count .. Sometimes it's shortened game times ... That will be a point of emphasis this Season to bring those T.D.'s into full compliance with what they agree to do when we sanction their events ...


, Dec. 21, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Staff

missouridave ... This topic is an annual exercise, as we mentioned above, and it's likely to sprout up anywhere, such as a thread hijack this time ... There are those here every year who are vocal about changing the ball ... Many others contact us privately and plead the case for not going to a hotter ball, but they fear public ridicule here ... This is a largely anonymous and uncontrolled commentary environment, and the next time we make any policy decision based on Message Board content will be an organizational first in the 30± year history of SSUSA ...

For nostalgia sake, we'll dredge up now a very old "mantra" we used to post frequently in response to the "einstein rants" on this topic ... We posted this for him on multiple occasions annually, and weekly in some stretches when he'd get into a bad case of the stutters: "...There are no current plans to change the bat/ball technical specification combination away from the currently allowed 1.21 bpf bats and the Anaconda Trump Stote 44/375 ball..." ... That mantra still holds true today, at least a decade after first published ...


, Dec. 21, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Staff

B94 ... It appears the annual "bash the ball" discussion started a little early this year! ... We are very content with the combination of performance, price, availability and consistency over many years of using the Anaconda Trump Stote 44/375 ball ... It would be unreasonable to expect a change anytime soon ...
, Dec. 21, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Staff

SSUSA has a national softball contract with Anaconda Sports/BSN that requires our exclusive use of their softballs ... The Tattoo ball is manufactured and marketed by AD Starr ...
, Dec. 21, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Staff

curveball ... That's simply an administrative decision to avoid the needless and non-meritorious arguments on the "are they the same?" debate ... They're the same, but this shuts that discussion down in advance, saving everyone, especially tournament officials, a lot of otherwise wasted time ...


, Dec. 20, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Staff

raiderman66 ... You're a little off-point to this thread, but here goes ... The Anaconda Trump STOTE balls used by SSUSA and ISA are identical in all respects except for the logo stamped on them ... The ISA ball has the black "base burglar" logo and the SSUSA has the red "SSUSA" logo ... Both associations order them to the same specification together annually ... If your opinion is based on the ISA softballs used at the recent World Masters Championships in September/October, then you have an apples to oranges comparison ... The ISA balls used in Las Vegas were the "ROCK" ball and not the "STOTE" ... But "Stote to Stote", there is no difference, even down to the model numbers, other than the different logos, which we believe are not a performance changing characteristic ...


, Dec. 19, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Staff

Due to the untimely passing last March of the former ISA C.E.O., Don Stratton, there have been no formal discussions with the successor leadership of ISA about this event ... If something were to come to pass, we will so advise you and provide appropriate details at that time ...
, Dec. 18, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: SSUSA OFFICIAL 2017-18 RULEBOOK REVISION NOW AVAILABLE

The Summary of Significant 2017 Rulebook Changes has been posted and may be accessed from the link below ... The full Rulebook is available as mentioned in the preceding post ...

2017 SSUSA Rules Committee

• Significant Changes Digital PDF file


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