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, April 12, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Bats
Discussion: 2016 melee

Hopefully not ... This tournament is an exclusive sponsored event by ComBat ... That will be the only bat brand allowed to be sold under the terms of the Sponsorship Agreement ...
, April 12, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: TIDEWATER CLASSIC 2016 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

TUESDAY RAINOUT • Play has been suspended for the day and has been rescheduled for Wednesday ... Two games were completed, two were suspended (both in the 4th inning) and one game was postponed ... The suspended games will resume at 8:00 AM and the postponed game will play at 9:00 AM on Wednesday ... Bracket play will commence at 11:00 AM ... All changes have been posted online ... Good luck to all!


, April 10, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: missing first base

B.J. - Here's our post to you on 10/29/2013 that discusses the Live Ball Appeal ... The LBA "may" be verbal, but is not required ... The umpire mechanic as used by stick8 above is the proper way to execute the call ...
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"...A runner shall be called out, after a successful live ball appeal, if he:

• failed to tag up on a batted ball caught in-flight,
• failed to touch a base the last time he passed it, or
• failed to touch all previous bases in order

To properly execute a live ball appeal, a fielder must, with a live ball, tag the runner or base in question and communicate to the umpire what the infraction was and which runner committed the infraction. Such communication may be non-verbal, implicit, or assumed—so long as the intent of the fielder is clear to the umpire ..."



, April 8, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: missing first base

But there's just that pesky little 100+ year old rule that declares the runner has "acquired" the bag as soon as he "touches" OR "passes" it! ... The appeal process is required to allow the defense an opportunity to get him out anyway after beating the throw, but not closing the deal by touching the base ... Perfectly logical (and correct) from this viewpoint ...
, April 8, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: missing first base

PoolShark ... Please carefully re-read our first post in this thread ... The subtle distinction between "touched" and "passed" the bag is very important ... In either circumstance, the runner is deemed to have "acquired" the base and he's initially ruled "safe" ... Then it's only a question of whether the defense figures out if an appeal for the "passed" base is appropriate, which can result in a call reversal and an out ...


, April 8, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: missing first base

Most professional umpires are likely to rule the runner safe at first and wait for a potential appeal, rather than doing "nothing". It remains the obligation of the defense to note the missed base and appeal accordingly. The umpire's deviation from his normal "safe" mechanics, in effect alerting the defense that something is amiss, is inappropriate. Your tweaked facts for 2nd or 3rd is not an analogous situation.
, April 8, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: missing first base

Dbax ... If the batter-runner has "passed" the base before the ball gets there, he is initially "safe" and the defense is required to recognize the failure to touch first. There are no inadvertent appeals. An appeal must be obvious - unmistakably indicated by voice, or manner, or both. The defender stepping (maybe for the second time) on the base and saying "Hey ump, he missed first" would qualify as a valid Live Ball Appeal.

Bruce .. You are correct, although the umpire stating that it's an appeal play on the white/orange bag call is not.


, April 8, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: missing first base

We concur with B.J. and lb16 ... A runner who, in the course of running the bases, goes by a base has either "touched" or "passed" the base; in either case he has "acquired" the base. If he has touched the base, he is not vulnerable to a subsequent appeal that he has missed that base. If he has passed the base, he has failed to touch it, but is considered to have touched it until there is an appeal against his failure to touch. The defense has a responsibility to recognize a failure to touch a base.


, April 7, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: TIDEWATER CLASSIC 2016 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

MINOR REVISIONS ON FRIDAY • The Session #2 FRIDAY (ONLY) schedule has been modified to reflect having to be clear of the facility for Friday evening Local League play ... The revisions, with an effective date of 04/07/2016, are online ... A few teams will play slightly earlier and a few other divisions will start slightly later to balance the schedule times and still have us concluded in time ...

SATURDAY TRAFFIC & PARKING • Please allow a little extra travel and parking time on Saturday due to expected increased traffic flows in Virginia Beach ... They are hosting a concert Saturday by Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band ... The "Parrotheads" come out early and in large numbers ... The amphitheater venue is only about 750 yds. from the softball complex and congestion (and the "fun factor") will be very high ...

Good luck everyone!


, April 6, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: TIDEWATER CLASSIC 2016 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for the SSUSA's Tidewater Classic 2016 in Virginia Beach, VA, 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 been posted ... Good luck to all!

DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets (PDF's)

Men's: 40 thru 55's | 60's and 65's

Complete: All Ages & Divisions • File size: 12 pages

Tournament Administration (PDF's)

Master Fields Schedule: Master Games & Fields Grid


, April 6, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: manager's meeting

All managers of record have already received a phone call on this ... The "Manager Meeting" is one hour before your team's first game of the tournament on Friday ...
, April 5, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Who won 50 major at Spring Worlds in St. George

Arizona Old School 50's (30) • Texas Bulls (9) in Championship game #1 (no "If" required)
, April 4, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Re-classification

There is no specific form to fill out to APPLY for a modification of a player's personal team rating history experience ... However, to request a change for a MEDICALLY BASED condition, the player requesting reclassification must submit, via email or regular mail, a Doctor’s note, stating:

• That the player’s injury or health condition diminishes the individual’s ability to play at the higher skill level; and
• Whether or not the injury or health issue a temporary OR permanent condition and, if temporary, what is the duration for which the injury/illness will affect the player ability?

IMPORTANT NOTE: Many medical procedures, such as a hip or knee replacement surgery, actually improve the player's physical condition and ability to play and are not, in and of itself, sufficient for the request to be granted beyond a short term rehabilitation period ...

PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT MEDICAL RECORDS ... If we need additional information, we will contact you.
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If the player's request is based on factors OTHER THAN a medical circumstance, there are additional factors we will consider ... For example, we will investigate and research the last two years of play, looking at the player's historical rating history experience to determine facts such as ...

• Has the skill level of the team been changed?
• Were you on that team when it changed or during the time of performance that resulted in the change?
• Do you or have you played on different age/skill level teams?
• Has a team you played with previously disbanded or suspended play because their skill rating was changed?
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For all requests, these are just a sampling of the areas we look at during your review. After our research has been completed and reviewed we will notify you of the decision by email ... SSUSA grants or denies all player reclassification submissions on an individual basis, and if the request is denied, we will give you the reasons for that decision ...



, April 4, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: same team playing in two different age groups

Nope ... If six or more players from a team age up and stay together, they "take their (AAA) rating with them" ... If only five or less move up together, their rating as a "new" team will depend on the rating experience histories of the "new" players added to their roster who join the original five (or less) ... If those players are new to Senior Softball, there is a rebuttable presumption that they start in a AAA rating history classification ...


, April 4, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: same team playing in two different age groups

PoolShark .. Both of your understandings are correct ... One litle restriction, though, to keep in mind ... Your team would be able to play as a 55-M in a 50-AAA tournament so long as ALL of the players on that roster are at least 55 years you eligible ... You would not be permitted to play down in the 50-AAA with any player who is still only 50 .. Good luck!


, April 4, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: SPRING NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS 2016 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for the SSUSA's Spring National Championships 2016 in Polk County, FL, 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 List 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: 50's thru 60's | 70's thru 85's

Complete: All Ages & Divisions • File size: 11 pages

Tournament Administration (PDF's)

Master Fields Schedule: Master Games & Fields Grid


, April 4, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: THIS IS AT SSUSA

Your team would have a slim "chance" at such an exception if the R/I spread wasn't three levels ... It's not granted at even two, with almost all exceptions being for an R/I spread of one if the player might be #4 in the out-of-rating count ... This one just isn't do-able ... We've already done the "right thing" to ensure the protection of other lower rated (55-AAA) teams you may play ... Good luck whenever/wherever you play! ...
, April 3, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: THIS IS AT SSUSA

Andres ... It's really about the absolute prohibition against a 50-Major+ history player (Rating Index = 9) playing on a 55-AAA team with an R/I = 6 ... A team may add up to three players who have an R/I no more than one above that team ... An R/I spread of three simply isn't going to be granted, regardless of how many out-of-rating players, if any, that team may already have ... Your manager knows this ...


, April 1, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Southwest Invite

Tentative field assignments are still pending for the Southwest Championships ... We'll be able to take a look at if after the entry deadline (04/05/2016) passes ... We're probably a week or so away from that determination ...
, March 30, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: coaches touching a runner

Pretty harsh (and probably incorrect) call on that one ... The intent of the rule is to prevent an "assist" for the runner ... Examples include, but are not limited to, pushing the runner toward home, preventing a fall by catching him or holding him up (or helping him up after a trip/fall), redirecting the runner running too wide, etc ... The key word is "and" in the rule ... Merely touching the runner is not prohibited, but it is solely the umpire's judgment if that touching also assists ... We are aware that many umpires simply take the guesswork out of it by ruling that any touch is an assist ... While that may or not be technically correct, the best advice is to not touch the runner ...


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