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, Dec. 2, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: TOC

Current ID required (post-2016) .. It's a good idea to do it early, before the $5 increase in annual registration fees that commences on January 1st. ...
, Nov. 30, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Winter world's Fl.

titanhd .. Yes it has, but he would be eligible to play 50+ in the NEXT Winter Nationals in FL during November, 2017, since that will be a 2018 Season event and he will turn 50 that calendar year ... He's just planning ahead!
, Nov. 30, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: substitution

The umpire (and k man) nailed it ... There is one limited exception, but it comes with a price: If "that guy" can't or won't run, he is declared out and next previous last batter of the prior inning assumes the 2nd base spot ...
, Nov. 26, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: 2017 Tournament Schedule?

Reprint of our post from November 16th • Annual Softball News "Tournament Guide" publication/mailing is targeted for mid-December ... The preliminary calendar will publish on this web site simultaneously ...
, Nov. 21, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: rules question

maskedman .. You may play for any team in your home state of Kentucky or its seven bordering states (Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia) ... There are no HR limits for the 75+, 80+ and 85+ Men's divisions or the 50+ Senior Women's divisions ... Home run limits for 50+ through 70+ Men's age groups are based on the rating level of the team, and excess HR's are dead ball outs ... Major+ = 9, Major = 6, AAA = 3 and AA = 1 per team per game ...


, Nov. 20, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: rules

You're whatever the umpire called ... It's a JUDGMENT CALL not subject to protest or appeal: SAFE because you missed everything if he thought you were avoiding a collision or OUT if he didn't think so on the collision avoidance component of the judgment ...
, Nov. 17, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: WINTER WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2016 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

• SESSION #2 REVISION @ DESERT WEST PARK • Due to the Wednesday withdrawal of a 50-AAA team (The Thunder - NM), the 50-AAA Division was reduced from 23 to 22 teams ... The bracket was re-drafted to a 22-team three-game-guarantee bracket and Friday seeding pool play was revised accordingly ... No team plays EARLIER than as originally scheduled but ONE team (Oregon Elite) starts one round LATER ... Some field numbers, but NOT times, were changed ... Revisions are online ... Good luck!
, Nov. 17, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: rules

coop3636 did a good analysis ... Here are two simple general rules to apply in the absence of much detail in the stated hypothetical ...

• On the initial play at first base involving a batter runner: Batter runner must go to orange and defender to white ... Batter may go to white (as coop3636 described) to avoid a collision, it's an umpire judgment call not subject to protest or appeal, but defender must still go to white to secure an out.

• After batter-runner becomes a base runner: White and orange bags are treated as one bag and base runner or defender may utilize either section of first base.


, Nov. 16, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 2017 schedule

Annual Softball News "Tournament Guide" publication/mailing is targeted for mid-December ... The preliminary calendar will publish on this web site simultaneously ...
, Nov. 15, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: 2017 Tournament Schedule?

HAT MAN ... Any team below Major+ may have no more than three players with qualifying rating experience history of the next higher level than the team they seek to join ... In the same age group: AA may have up to three AAA, AAA may have up to three Major and Major may have up to three Major+ ... In NO event may Major+ history players play at the AAA or AA level in the same age group ... The same prohibition would preclude a Major history player playing at AA in the same age group ...

DieselDan ... That presumption is incorrect ... The player rating experience history limitations apply to the entire master roster ... A team may NOT stockpile more than three out of rating players to say that they will only bring three to any given tournament ... The most common "trick" is to attempt to "drop/add" at the higher level like a little roster shell game ... We're getting better at catching on to that one ...


, Nov. 14, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: WINTER WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2016 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

• SESSION #2 REVISION @ CHAPARRAL PARK • Due to the late withdrawal of a 40-MAJOR team (T's Train/Miken - CA), the 40-Masters Division was reduced from 18 to 17 teams ... The 40-Major bracket was re-drafted to an 11-team three-game-guarantee bracket and Friday mixed pool play was revised accordingly ... Revisions are online ... Good luck!


, Nov. 14, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Quick pitch

Initial thoughts are [1] it's a judgment call not subject to appeal or protest; [2] if you're not ready to hit, it's probably not a good idea to loiter in the batter's box; and [3] a reminder that you can't call time, but but you may only request, which the umpire (usually) grants ...

Also, you quoted the Definition of a Quick Pitch at Rule Book §1.56 ... The actual playing rule is at Rule Book §6.11 (on page 35), is a bit more specific than the definition, and takes precedence over the definition ...


, Nov. 14, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Some justice served.

We are not attorneys and make no effort to try to explain the plea agreements reached or the resultant actual/likely sentences ... For those so inclined, here are the Case Summaries for Steve and Kristi McKinlay ... They are lengthy documents, at eight and seven pages of small print, respectively ...

• GSC/McKinlay Case Summaries: Steve McKinlay | Kristi McKinlay


, Nov. 14, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: 75 AAA team looking for Shortstop for Phoenix Winter Worlds

Contact Chuck Godman
with the 75 AAA Las Vagas Coyotes team
seeking a shortstop to play in the upcoming Winter Worlds in Phoenix
702-281-8225
, Nov. 14, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: BATTERS BOX

"..After hitting the ball..", we would presume he is out of the box when he has completely vacated the confines of the batter's box on his way down to first base, but we don't see any rules issue with that ... However, if you were asking for the definition of what constitutes being out of the box at the moment you hit a ball, that's in Rule Book §7.3:
________

7.3 • BATTING POSITION
A. The batter must have at least some portion of both feet on or inside the lines of the batter's box at the start of the pitch. A batter who steps out of the batter’s box at any time during the pitch and then hits the ball, fair or foul, shall be called out. Steps out means touching the ground completely outside of the lines of the batter’s box. (See §1.5)


, Nov. 11, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Age question for Feb TOC Florida

Yep ... In theory he could play 55+ in Phoenix next week at age 53 ... So long as he turns 54 in 2016 (and obviously, 55 in 2017)
, Nov. 10, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Some justice served.

Dbax has NOT been banned from ANY SSUSA Home Office administered events ...
, Nov. 9, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Age question for Feb TOC Florida

The 2017 T.O.C. is a 2016 Season Roster Event ... As such, players are eligible to participate in the 2017 T.O.C. only if they were otherwise eligible to be on that team in the previous season ... It appears that you will not be eligible for a 55+ team until this 2017 season ... As such, you may not participate on any T.O.C. attending team above the 50+ age group this time around ... If you have any further questions, please call the SSUSA office at (916) 326.5303 and ask for an eligibility person ...
, Nov. 9, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Some justice served.

Scott ... You typed it perfectly ... The Newsletter had it wrong, which was solely our error ...
, Nov. 9, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: WINTER WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2016 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

• SESSION #1 REVISION @ DESERT WEST • Due to a late withdrawal of a 70-AA team (Doughboys - NV), the 70-Silver Division was reduced from eight to seven teams and the 70-AA Division collapsed ... The new format is a two-game round robin to seed a three-game-guarantee bracket ... NO other Divisions of play at Desert West were affected ... Revisions are online ... Good luck!


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