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, Oct. 12, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Courtesy runner replacement on a base.

rightjr1 and coop3636 • TWO incorrect calls resulting in an unfortunate "daily double" for the crews in green ...

rightjr1: Rulebook §8.5(3) is totally unambiguous about this, and it was simply a blown call ... Here's the rule: "..A courtesy runner may not be replaced by another courtesy runner except for injury causing removal of the original courtesy runner permanently from the game.."

coop3636: Same regarding the International Tie Breaker Rule at Rulebook §5.4(2) ... No ambiguity in the language there, either: "..Teams start each half-inning with a runner on second base. The runner is the last batter of the previous inning whose turn at bat had been completed, assuming a position on second base. No substitute or courtesy runner may replace him until he has reached third base. EFFECT: If the last batter of the previous inning cannot continue to play because of injury, illness, etc., he will be declared out and the next previous batter will be the tie-breaker runner.." • [emphasis added]


, Oct. 8, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: 65AA rating move

Noted and fixed ... Thanks JB!
, Oct. 8, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: PERFORMANCE BASED RATING CHANGES • 2016 World Masters Championships & SPA World's

The following are the teams that have been re-rated UPWARD based upon performance at the 2016 LVSSA/SSUSA World Masters Championships. Champions have an automatic move-up and will retain this new rating for the entire 2017 Season (except for 70-AA to AAA - See note below). Automatic upward moves for Champions from the 2016 SPA World Championships (not already rated higher by SSUSA) are also noted below.

• 40-Major to Major Plus:
1st Layer Cake Wines/Dudley/Elite (CA)
2nd Cody Staffing/All American Athletics (WA)
3rd Smash (CA)
4th Diablos (CA)

• 40-AAA to Major:
1st Pattie House (ID)

• 40-AAA to Major-Women:
1st Smack That (CA)

• 50-Major to Major Plus:
1st Gem City Softball (OH)
2nd Texas Mavericks
3rd AB Contracting/Nobles Painting (WV)
4th 50 Caliber St. Louis (MO)
SPA: Alabama Brick

• 50-AAA to Major:
1st Escobar Body Shop (TX)
2nd PGC Enterprises (RI)
3rd WC Thunder (IL)
4th Chi-Town 50 (IL)

• 50-AA to AAA:
1st Romo’s Old School 50 (TX)
2nd Minnesota Lumberjacks

• 55-Major to Major Plus:
1st High Street Bucs 55 (MD)
2nd Triangle Masters (NC)
3rd The Bank (DE)

• 55-AAA to Major:
1st Southern California Braves
2nd Central Illinois Chiefs
3rd Dayton Legends (OH)
SPA: Montgomery Swarm (AL)

• 55-AA to AAA:
1st Antiques of Iowa

• 60-Major to Major Plus:
1st JG Drywall (PA)
2nd NCI Finish Strong (CA)

• 60-AAA to Major:
1st Bellevue Merchants (WA)
2nd Deep Purple (MA)
3rd Bulldogs 60 (OR)

• 60-AA to AAA:
1st Base Hawgs (CA)
2nd Scrap Iron 60 Rockies (CO)

• 65-Major to Major Plus:
1st R&R 65’s (CA)

• 65-AAA to Major:
1st KC Kids (MO)
2nd Sidewinders (AZ)
3rd Auto Accessory Distributing (WA)

• 65-AA to AAA:
1st Texas Rattlers

• 70-Major to Major Plus:
1st Minnesota Prize 70’s

• 70-AAA to Major:
1st Sons of Pitches (CA)
2nd Game On (CA)
SPA: Indy Pride (IN)

• 70-AA to AAA:
1st Silver City Brewers (WA) • 3-team Division, retains appeal rights

• 75-Major to Major Plus:
1st Pfeiffer/Doc's Boys (MI)

• 75-AAA to Major:
1st Minnesota Masters 75

• 80-AAA to Major:
1st Sacramento Gold (CA)


, Oct. 8, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 70 M+ results ?

All results (1st through 4th Place) are posted on the event tournament page of this website ... To answer your question so you don't have to look it up:

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


, Oct. 7, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Ruling clarification

coop ... You're digging real deep into the "hypothetical barrel" on that one ... If the ump called time out, there was "no pitch" and, accordingly, nothing happened ... And it's not a good idea for you to try it again with BP warmup before the game starts ... Those don't count either! ...
, Oct. 7, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Ruling clarification

The batter hit the ball out of the park ... That's a home run for the "TEAM COUNT" even though it may be subsequently negated for "SCORE" purposes ... By extension of your analysis, then a base runner leaving early, or a batter out of turn, would not result in an addition to the team count in your view? ... The simple "if it went out untouched in the air in fair territory it adds to the team HR count" is the way we have consistently applied the interpretation ... Before we adopted "hit and sit", a base runner who failed to advance one base, causing the 3rd out of an inning, also added to the team HR count without scoring a run ... If this was ruled otherwise in any SSUSA sanctioned event recently, it was simply an umpire's error ... The foregoing interpretation is not likely to change in the foreseeable future ...

RELATED: We also track on the Official Game Card ALL balls hit out of the park in fair territory, including this type and all excess HR's, for purposes of evaluating a team's power within it's current rating level ...


, Oct. 7, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Ruling clarification

We respectfully disagree. ANY batted ball that clears the fence and leaves the field of play in fair territory untouched before hitting the ground counts in the team's HR total for the game. This is regardless of the ultimate call on the play, such as the hypothetical fact pattern mentioned. Other examples would include, but not be limited to, a base runner being called for the 3rd out because of leaving the base early, a batter being called out for batting out of order, etc.


, Oct. 7, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Hall of Fame Points

Capt. Kirk ... We sent you a private email reply within the last week on precisely this issue ... To our knowledge, MVP awards do not accrue NSSHoF eligibility points, and regardless of what we may or not believe to be appropriate, that's completely within the purview of the NSSHoF governing board ... The www.sshof.org web site has the complete eligibility criteria and the procedures required for nomination, certification of eligibility and subsequent vote of the membership to elect new members for induction ... Our advice remains unchanged: Please consult the NSSHoF's published documents or contact them directly by phone or email ... This is completely outside of SSUSA's authority, as it should be ... Good luck!


, Oct. 6, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: WINTER NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS 2016 • TENTATIVE Field Assignments

The following are the TENTATIVE Field Assignments for the 2016 SSUSA Winter National Championships in Ft. Myers, Cape Coral and Naples, FL, from November 1-6, 2016. Please note that TENTATIVE means they are NOT FINAL and are SUBJECT TO CHANGE. Final Field Assignments will be released simultaneous with the publication of the DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets in late October.

SESSION #1 • Men's 65's, 70's, 75's, 80's and 85's
• Men's 65-Major Plus • Northwest Sports Complex
• Men's 65-Major • Northwest Sports Complex
• Men's 65-AAA • N. Collier Regional Park
• Men's 65-AA • Lee County Sports Complex
• Men's 70-Major Plus • Northwest Sports Complex
• Men's 70-Major • Northwest Sports Complex
• Men's 70-AAA • Northwest Sports Complex
• Men's 70-AA • Lee County Sports Complex
• Men's 75-Major • Lee County Sports Complex
• Men's 75-AAA • Lee County Sports Complex
• Men's 80/85+ Division • Lee County Sports Complex

SESSION #2 • Men's 40's, 50's, 55's and 60's and All Women's
• Men's 40-Masters • N. Collier Regional Park
• Men's 50-Major Plus • N. Collier Regional Park
• Men's 50-Major • N. Collier Regional Park
• Men's 50-AAA • Lee County Sports Complex
• Men's 50-AA • Lee County Sports Complex
• Men's 55-Major Plus • N. Collier Regional Park
• Men's 55-Major • N. Collier Regional Park
• Men's 55-AAA • Northwest Sports Complex
• Men's 55-AA • Northwest Sports Complex
• Men's 60-Major Plus • N. Collier Regional Park
• Men's 60-Major • N. Collier Regional Park
• Men's 60-AAA • Northwest Sports Complex
• Men's 60-AA • Northwest Sports Complex
• Women's Divisions (All) • Northwest Sports Complex


, Oct. 6, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Scoring of runs

NO RUN SCORES ... Very simple rule: The run does NOT count ANY time the last out of the inning is by a force out ... The force at first was accomplished by the completion of the double play, no matter how slowly ... This is NOT a timing play ...

UNRELATED: The runner from 3rd is OUT if (s)he touches the plate as mentioned in your hypothetical ... If you meant "scoring plate" or "scoring line", then the answer remains as above ...


, Sept. 29, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: LVSSA/SSUSA WORLD MASTERS CHAMPIONSHIPS 2016 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

EVERYTHING IN ONE PLACE links for the 2016 LVSSA/SSUSA World Masters Championships in Las Vegas are available below ... This represents the complete Schedule set, Participating Teams list and Master Planning Grids ...

Game Schedules & Brackets (PDF's)

• Men's & Women's: All Ages and Divisions Master Schedule: 1,837 scheduled games

Tournament Administration (PDF's)

• Master Fields Schedules: Sessions #1 thru #4
• Participating Teams List: All 564 Teams

Thank you to all of the teams and their great fans who attended!


, Sept. 20, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: LVSSA/SSUSA WORLD MASTERS CHAMPIONSHIPS 2016 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for SESSION #4 (Men's 50+ division) of the 2016 LVSSA/SSUSA World Masters Championships in Las Vegas have been posted and are available from the links below and on the event's Tournament Page ... The caveats mentioned above for Sessions #1, #2 and #3 apply here as well ...

BRACKETS NOTE: In order to get the seeding game pool play schedules out as early as possible, the DRAFT Brackets for the 50-Major and the 50-AAA will show as ** UNDER CONSTRUCTION ** until they are completed ... There is no need to call the SSUSA Office to ask where the Brackets are! ... When they are done, they will appear like magic in the schedule files!

The Participating Teams List and the Master Games & Fields Grid for the session have also been posted ... Good luck to all!

DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets (PDF's)

• Men: 50's

Tournament Administration (PDF's)

• Master Fields Schedule: Session #4

• Participating Teams List: Session #4


, Sept. 20, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 50's Field Assignments

• TENTATIVE FIELD ASSIGNMENTS • SESSION #4

• 50-MAJOR PLUS • Arroyo Grande
• 50-MAJOR • Lorenzi Park & Shadow Rock Friday/Saturday & Big League Dreams Sunday (Brackets commence Friday evening)
• 50-AAA • Big League Dreams & Sunset Park Friday/Saturday - Seeding pods playing at BLD Friday are at Sunset Saturday, and vice versa ... Overflow games on Friday morning at Desert Breeze & Cheyenne Park (3 rounds of games at 8:00, 9:30 and 11:00 AM - Brackets commence at 2:00 PM at BLD and Sunset)
• 50-AA • Russell Road Friday & Arroyo Grande Saturday/Sunday

FIELDS NOTE: The 50-AAA have never played a significant schedule at Big League Dreams (there was a quick cameo appearance for 17 seeding games early on Friday morning in 2012) since the World Masters Championships returned to Las Vegas. We were able to accommodate them at BLD this year because the 40-Masters Women and 50+ Senior Women played last weekend rather than making their usual schedule appearance with the 50+ Men ... Good luck everyone!


, Sept. 19, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: LVSSA/SSUSA WORLD MASTERS CHAMPIONSHIPS 2016 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

• SESSION #2 FIELD ASSIGNMENT CHANGE • The MEN'S 55-AA Bracket play on SATURDAY (only) has been moved from Russell Road to Desert Bloom Park. Changes have been posted online. Thank you!
, Sept. 17, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Vegas Bat Display

Miken has named Team 1 Sports as their official (and only) authorized representative at this year's World Masters. Team 1 Sports is authorized to sell only at the Big League Dreams Vendor Fair. Suncoast Sports (Lee Trotter) is identically situated as the authorized representative for Adidas, selling their products only at BLD. These two vendors are acting in their official capacity as the sole representatives of SSUSA National Sponsors in Las Vegas. They are not violating any posting guidelines for this forum.

If there are others you are concerned about, call the office Monday and we can talk. Again, non-authorized self proclaimed bat "representatives" and "dealers" are advised: DO NOT BRING A TRUNK LOAD OF BATS TO SELL ON THE SIDE at any of the playing sites for this year's tournament. There is additional information on this in the "Vendors" thread.


, Sept. 16, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Vendors

Hail Ragna! ... You WILL be able to buy bats at the World Masters Championships from ANY of the National Bat Manufacturer/Sponsors ... They will all be setting up their display/sales booths at the Vendor Fair at Big League Dreams ... Bat sales at other playing sites are NOT AUTHORIZED outside of BLD by anyone, specifically the (seemingly) dozens of bat "representatives" or "dealers" selling from the trunk of their car or back of their pickup truck ...

This policy is to protect the economic interests of our Sponsor Vendors at BLD and, hopefully, to eliminate the prior years' problem of sales by individuals who are unlicensed, non-permitted by the municipalities and lacking a Nevada Sales & Use Tax License and account ... At the risk of being cited and creating the possibility of adversely affecting your eligibility as a player in the tournament: DO NO BRING A TRUNK FULL OF BATS TO SELL ON THE SIDE IN LAS VEGAS ... We will be aggressively enforcing this policy and cooperating with the municipal authorities in their enforcement activities ... Thank you!


, Sept. 15, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Vendors

curveball ... You may be thinking of the absence of a Personal Income Tax in Nevada (there is none) ... We file quarterly sales tax returns based on an 8.15% sales tax rate in Clark County ... The other part of it, which isn't technically a "tax", is the cost of permits to sell, a Nevada State Business License and a myriad of other red tape items ... Both the City of Las Vegas and Clark County assessed us for unlicensed vendors last year ... We are stepping out of the middle, especially the payment obligation, this year and will be supporting any and all enforcement actions by the authorities ... Save us an inconvenience and yourself an embarrassing economic detriment: DO NOT BRING A TRUNK FULL OF BATS TO SELL ON THE SIDE at the 2016 World Masters Championships ...


, Sept. 15, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: LVSSA/SSUSA WORLD MASTERS CHAMPIONSHIPS 2016 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for SESSION #3 (Men's 65+ and more senior divisions) of the 2016 LVSSA/SSUSA World Masters Championships in Las Vegas have been posted and are available from the links below and on the event's Tournament Page ... The caveats mentioned above for Sessions #1 and #2 apply here as well ...

BRACKETS NOTE: In order to get the seeding game pool play schedules out as early as possible, the DRAFT Brackets will show as ** UNDER CONSTRUCTION ** until they are completed ... There is no need to call the SSUSA Office to ask where the Brackets are! ... When they are done, they will appear like magic in the schedule files!

DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets (PDF's)

• Men: 65's | 70's | 75's | 80's & 85's

Tournament Administration (PDF's)

• Master Fields Schedule: Session #3
• Participating Teams List: Session #3


, Sept. 14, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Session 3 field assignments

SESSION #3 • TENTATIVE Field Assignments for Men's 65+ and more senior Divisions (Session record 141 teams) ... Seeding Games scheduling in process and will be posted shortly ... This is rather complicated due to having to "schedule around" eight Hall of Fame induction ceremonies on Monday at Big League Dreams / Brackets will likely be posted as UNDER CONSTRUCTION initially ...

• Men's 65-Major+ (7) • Lorenzi Park
• Men's 65-Major (18) • Lorenzi Park
• Men's 65-AAA (34) • Big League Dreams
• Men's 65-AA (12) • Shadow Rock (Fields #3-4 ONLY)
• Men's 70-Major+ (5) • Arroyo Grande
• Men's 70-Major (10) • Sunset Park
• Men's 70-AAA (19) • Desert Breeze
• Men's 70-AA (3) • Desert Breeze
• Men's 75-Major+ (2) • Sunset Park
• Men's 75-Major (8) • Sunset Park
• Men's 75-AAA (10) • Sunset Park
• Men's 80-Major (5) • Arroyo Grande
• Men's 80-AAA (5) • Arroyo Grande
• Men's 85-Major (3) • Arroyo Grande

Good luck everyone!


, Sept. 13, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: SSUSA Arizona Director Rick Seifman

We don't comment publicly on personnel matters ...
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