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, March 26, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Appeal Play?

Texas Transplant ... You proposed the original hypothetical before the facts began to get tweaked ... Here's your call ... The umpire got the call correct ... The 3rd out of the inning is on the batter-runner at 1st ... His failure to touch 1st base on the play is, in effect, a force out at first because he left the field of play before legally acquiring 1st ... This is not an appeal play (see below) and is not a timing play because no run scores when the 3rd out of an inning at bat is a force out ...

B.J. ... Your theoretical situations are both automatic calls and not appeal plays ... The rules committee concluded that any umpire will be able to determine whether or not a batter-runner or a base-runner had left the confines of the field of play, either into the dugout or outside the fence boundary ... The Committee reached the same conclusion with respect to a base runner who fails to advance to the next base when required to do so, such as the 5th run scoring from 3rd with two outs and a runner on first not advancing to 2nd on a base hit other than an HR ... The key point is that leaving the playing field is an abandonment of any subsequent right to advance, whether or not required to do so, making the call automatic ...

k man and OZ40 ... The adoption of the concept known as "hit and sit" after a home run was added at the 2014 National Rules Committee sessions, a few weeks after the Winter National's mentioned ... We believe that concept is the norm and that SSUSA was the last national association to adopt it ... At the 2015 sessions, the "hit and sit" concept was extended, on a consistency basis, to a "four base award" scenario ... The correct call made at the 2014 Winter National's under the then-current rules would have been a different call a month later ...

In the scenario of a runner missing a base, for example, missing 2nd on the way to a triple, that is an appeal play ...


, March 24, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: THE PASSING OF A LEGEND • Don Stratton

Senior Softball-USA is very saddened to announce that Don Stratton, 68, the CEO of the Independent Sports Association (ISA), died of a heart attack Thursday in Bartow Florida. Don was an exceptional force in softball for many years, partnering with Senior Softball-USA in many events and international softball tours. He has headed ISA with vision and drive, a ready smile and a memorable sense of humor.

He was instrumental in helping SSUSA found many of the key tournaments in Senior Softball, including the Tournament of Champions, the Winter Nationals, Spring Nationals and, this year, the Southeast Championships.

Don was a true ambassador of the sport, helping lead several international goodwill softball tours, including tours to Mexico, Ireland, Scotland and Cuba.

Don was a true friend to the sport, and a great personal friend and will be sorely missed.

--Terry Hennessy, CEO, Senior Softball-USA


, March 24, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: san antonio senior games in april

You may want to look at their website for information ... http://www.tsga.org/
, March 23, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: SPRING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2016 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

REVISIONS POSTED • The entire Session #1 schedule has been re-drafted and the revisions are now available online ... The effective revision date is 03/23/2016 and all prior dated copies should be discarded ... The 65-Major and 70-Platinum Divisions have been re-scheduled to The Fields at Little Valley for TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY ONLY ... All divisions of play will conclude at The Canyons Complex on Thursday ... Thus far, St. George Parks & Rec. Dept. personnel are confident that the Session #2 schedule will not be impacted by the Field #4 maintenance issues ... Thank you all for your patience and good luck!


, March 22, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: SPRING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2016 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for the SSUSA's Spring World Championships 2016 in St. George, UT, 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.

TIME ZONE NOTE: St. George, UT, is in the Mountain time zone ... Many of you will be staying in Mesquite, NV, which is in the Pacific time zone ... St. George is one hour AHEAD of Mesquite, so that 9:00 AM MDT = 8:00 AM PDT ... Rather than trying to remember to change your watch twice a day, we recommend relying on your cell phone clock ... It will change automatically and it never forgets!

The Participating Teams Lists and the Master Games & Fields Grid have been posted ... Good luck to all!

DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets (PDF's)

Men's: 50's | 55's | 60's | 65's | 70's thru 80's

Complete: All Ages & Divisions • Large file: 26 pages

Tournament Administration (PDF's)

Master Fields Schedule: Master Games & Fields Grid
Participating Teams List: Spring World's 2016


, March 21, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Which base?

We concur with VegasPaul's interpretation
, March 14, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Open inning ruling

AZ sfbl - We responded above solely to the rules issue raised ... Any other observation(s) you may have should be sent to the SSUSA Home Office via email to info@seniorsoftball.com ... Please put "Tourney Observations" in the subject line ... We reply to all meritorious correspondence received confidentially (NOT here) ... Thank you
, March 14, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Open inning ruling

For tournaments played under SSUSA sanction and rules, the game should have been a full 7-innings. This specific fact pattern was discussed and voted upon at the 2015 National Rules Committee meeting on December 3rd. Here is the excerpt from the minutes of that session:
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TOURNAMENT COMPETITION POLICYBEGINNING OF THE “OPEN INNING” – Proposal to redefine the commencement of the “open inning” as the moment of the first pitch in an inning that begins after the base game time has expired. The current rule is that any inning begins at the moment of the last out made in the prior inning. The effect would be to adopt the local “Las Vegas Rule” for all sanctioned play. • FAILED 1:11
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NOTE: Any game that has five full innings completed prior to the expiration of the time limit should, by rule definition, play seven innings to constitute a complete game. This incident was an unfortunate misapplication of the SSUSA rules of the game.


, March 11, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: 40-MASTERS SPRING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2016 • DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for the 2016 SSUSA 40-Masters Spring World Championships in Cathedral City, 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 have been posted ... Good luck to all!

DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets (PDF's)

Men's: 40-Masters

Tournament Administration (PDF's)

Master Fields Schedule: Master Games & Fields Grid


, March 11, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Throwing the glove during a play.

The glove, in the hypothetical given, must make contact with the ball in order for the award of bases as described by SSUSA Rulebook §8.4(10) C. on page 47 ... Making contact with the ball is an umpire's judgment call ... The mere act of throwing the glove is not a violation ...
, March 11, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Distance between pitching rubber and plate

The official SSUSA pitching distance is 50' from the rear point of home plate to the front edge of the pitching rubber. Home plate is a 17" square with the two rear corners removed so that the front edge is 17 inches wide, the two adjacent sides are 8˝ inches deep and the remaining two sides are 12" and set at an angle to make a point ... That makes the front edge of home plate to the front edge of the pitching rubber dimension 48'-7" (50' less 17") ...


, March 11, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: face masks

Or to paraphrase, we believe:

Any pitcher who is not [wearing a face mask] at the moment of contact is not doing enough to [protect] themselves.

We also somewhat concur that "..Again, any pitcher or player who wants to OPTIONALLY wear a mask is certainly within their rights to do so.." Since this appears to be about your choices, you will just have to choose an association or league that permits it. SSUSA is not such an association.


, March 10, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: face masks

19 ... The extra 20' from the Pitching distance (50') from home plate to the 1B or 3B distance (70'), assuming the fielders play even with the bag, from home plate makes your theoretical argument favoring the same options impossible for comparison ... Pitchers in SSUSA sanctioned events WILL wear face mask protection and other defensive players MAY do so if they wish ...
, March 9, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Website comments
Discussion: what is the call

patrick jt ... The runner is SAFE and the ball remains live by rule. There is NO interference event in the stated hypothetical and, accordingly, no need for an umpire to signal such. The ump may point to the scoring line/plate to indicate the run scores.
, March 8, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Rating rule clarification

The now-aged 55 player will add that rating to his player rating experience history when he plays his first event at 55-Major in the current Season ... He will also carry a 50-Major rating history for the next two (2) Seasons because of his play at that rating level last Season ... He would, accordingly, be eligible to participate at 50-AAA this Season as one of the three out-of-rating players on that 50-AAA roster ... His rating experience history does NOT automatically change because he is now eligible to participate in an older age group ...


, March 8, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: face masks

19 and gangerman8 ... A not-so-short short history lesson may be helpful here ... SSUSA (and other associations) have for many years tried to reach a sensible rule compromise to protect the pitchers in an era of ever-increasing performance changes to both bat and ball technology, while maintaining as much of the look and feel of the game as possible without unreasonable modification ... Some here will argue that we have done so with varying degrees of success, probably ranging from 2% to 98% and everywhere in between! ...

We tried "dead ball outs" for a batted ball striking the pitcher ... We tried a "no-fly zone" up the middle of the field ... We tried a "safety halo" around the pitcher, in varying shapes and dimensions ... We probably tried everything except screens, and there is no viable support on the National Rules Committee for that solution for National Tournament level play ... We opted for the mandated face mask protection for two simple reasons:

1. The modifications we had previously instituted that required umpire judgment were not consistently applied ... Excellent umpires, exercising sound judgments, could make calls that differed just slightly from umpire to umpire, creating inconsistency, which led to uncertainty and controversy, in that order; and
2. Those modifications were also, with the luxury of 20-20 hindsight, changing the game to a greater degree than was desired or needed ...

SSUSA is hardly unique in the sports world by mandating safety equipment for its participants ... Just a few examples include:
• Helmets for hockey players;
• Shin guards for soccer players;
• Mouth guards and sophisticated helmets for football players;
• Batting helmets for baseball and women's fast-pitch softball players;

We don't accept your premise "...that middle-age and older pitchers are not capable of making decisions for themselves..." We have simply chosen, completely within our rights as the governing body of our association, to impose a sensible and least-intrusive (to the game) mandate for face protection for pitchers ...

As mentioned above, no player is required to wear a face mask unless (s)he chooses to pitch in an SSUSA sanctioned event ... The only decision a potential pitcher must make is whether or not (s)he accepts the governing rule ... (NOTE: In 2014, the National Rules Committee was required to add the language about how the face mask is to be worn ... Incredibly, two players asserted during the year that they were in total compliance with wearing a face mask, despite the fact that one was wearing his to protect the back of his head and the other was wearing his to protect the elbow of his glove arm!)

We hope this helps in understanding our thinking on this topic ... This rule is highly unlikely to be eliminated or have opt-out provisions enacted any time in the foreseeable future ...


, March 8, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Bats
Discussion: bat rolling

This is about as close as it gets in our view, and certainly is worthy of follow-up in a future event [Emphasis added]:
__________

"...So for these guys and myself, it's not a matter of altering our bats so we can clear 300' but optimizing the bat via rolling so it won't take us a year to break it in..."
__________

Simply re-stated: Rolled Bat = Altered Bat


, March 7, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: face masks

A mask for a pitcher is simply a mandated piece of protective equipment to minimize the effects in the event of the pitcher being struck in the face by a batted ball. The best analogy (which we referred to when the rule was instituted) would be the mandated helmets for all players who came into the National Hockey League after June 1, 1979. The rule is not based on any judgment by SSUSA regarding the decision making rights or competence that any individual player might otherwise make. No player is required to wear a face mask unless he or she wishes to pitch.


, March 7, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: How to score this 1

That could be a possible ruling if that occurrence had been in the fact pattern of the original hypothetical posed. As stated, it appears as though the ball was simply a "tweener" that fell in and spun away ... You could tweak the facts to fit your reasoning any number of ways, but the original ruling we stated above is correct for this fact pattern ... Thanks for commenting!
, March 7, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: How to score this 1

MLB and Elias Sports Bureau disagree with you ... The out occurred the moment the "Infield Fly" call was made ... Subsequently catching it, muffing it or having it simply drop untouched is irrelevant at that moment ... No error, one RBI and no sacrifice fly ...
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