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, Feb. 25, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Mesquite or St George

Not until shortly after the entry deadline of March 2nd, when we can get the team counts and games demand matched up to field availability ...
, Feb. 24, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Snowbird rule

Snowbird cards must be renewed annually, which is no longer the case with your regular card ... At age 75, your regular card is now a "Lifetime" card (Congratulations!) and does not have to be renewed ever again ... Please call the Sacramento Home Office at (916) 326.5303 during normal business hours on the Left Coast and they can help you get eligible to play in two states this season if you otherwise qualify ... Good luck!
, Feb. 24, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Product review
Discussion: bat break in

At the risk of needlessly "picking at nits", an illegal and an altered bat are two different concepts ... An example of an illegal bat is the original Miken Ultra (sometimes known as the Ultra I) or any other non-approved bat that does not meet the BPF 1.21/1.20 criteria ... An altered bat is an otherwise legal bat (as manufactured) that has been altered to enhance performance beyond what the performance was when the bat left the manufacturer's factory unwrapped, as changed over time by normal wear and tear ... "Normal wear and tear" is defined as using the bat in the intended manner to strike regulation softballs ...


, Feb. 24, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: rocky mountain championships

HAT MAN... The more logical explanation is the second one you mention ... With the entry deadline 5 months out (August 11th), most teams haven't considered the event, yet ... Typically, we receive 70% or so of entries for any event in the last 10 days before the deadline ... It's awfully early to draw meaningful conclusions in February for a late August event that is well run and well attended every year at an outstanding facility ...
, Feb. 23, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Ratings question

No problem EBAT50 ... All new-to-SSUSA players have a presumptive starting point of "AAA" as mentioned above ... We also recognize that sometimes teams have a case of the "shorts" for a given roster event and they may have to pick up a player from a lower rating for that one tournament ... While a player's "rating experience history" number is the highest rating index he plays for, if that is only ONE event, we will disregard it and NOT move his number up ... However, if a player plays TWO or more events at the higher rating index, he is no longer eligible for the "one time exception", and his number will be the higher one for the current and next two playing seasons ... If this isn't clear, by all means please call Sacramento and they can walk you through it ... Good luck! ..


, Feb. 23, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Injury to player - no subs available

Can't/won't speak to the ASA rule, but in SSUSA (since this is an SSUSA Message Board) it's an out only the FIRST time through the batting order where his spot is missed ... He may not re-enter and the batting order is compressed for the balance of the game ...
, Feb. 23, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Product review
Discussion: bat break in

We do not have an opinion on what process(es) may be used by commercial outlets or individuals, but here is the complete SSUSA policy regarding breaking in a bat:

The ONLY acceptable and LEGAL method for breaking in a bat is the use of that bat, as intended by the manufacturer, to strike regulation softballs ... ANY other break in methodology, whether or not easily determined, is considered ALTERING A BAT ... See Rulebook 3.4(6) on page 16 for the penalty provisions for using an altered bat ...

Hopefully, the foregoing statement is clear and concise ...


, Feb. 23, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Bordering States - Illinois / Michigan

BH21 ... Please accept our apology for a faulty assumption that led to an inappropriate response ... After not hearing about this particular fact pattern for a long time, we got a contentious phone call and your post within about 15 hours of each other with an identical fact pattern involving just these two states ... Our faulty presumption that they originated from the same person was regrettable ... Please continue to ask questions and express opinions ...

Webbie25 ... The "lakes vs. rivers" policy is applied to the Continental 48 states only ... Due to smaller player populations, Alaska, Hawaii and Guam have different policy criteria ... Alaska was recently linked with Western Canada and many of the smaller northeast states were merged to address the same population issue by the National Rules Committee ...


, Feb. 22, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: player id card

maskedman If you are a first-time registrant, you were very likely (95% or more) informed that your first card "..will be received between four and six weeks from [today] .. If you play in a tournament before then, just show your Driver's License, since your name will appear as valid on the team roster.."

We produce cards almost daily and batch-mail them weekly ... Your card should be coming to a mailbox near you soon ... Good luck! ...


, Feb. 22, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Bordering States - Illinois / Michigan

Because a "lake" and a "river" are different border items as we define the states and bordering states rules ... We suspect you (or someone you know) and a member of our National Director group had this discussion yesterday on the phone ... Our interpretation has not changed overnight: Michigan and Illinois are NOT bordering states for purposes of SSUSA player eligibility ... The SSUSA National Rules Committee meets only once per year to consider potential changes at the SSUSA National Convention in late-November / early-December ... You are welcome to submit (in writing outside of this Message Board) suggestions for potential Agenda inclusion later this year ...


, Feb. 21, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Ratings question

EBAT50 ... SSUSA tracks all player histories, which means we store all of the teams you play with in SSUSA events, and that team's age and rating at the times you play with them ... All players new to SSUSA start with a presumption that they are a "AAA" player unless there is verifiable information that would justify a different rating (Example: You played ASA or U-trip Open ball and would not be considered less than one of the top players out there) ...

After you play in two events, that becomes your player rating experience history ... That "number" follows you for the current and the following two tournament seasons ... You may play down one rating as one of three "out of rating" players each team below Major+ is entitled to have on their roster ... You may not "play down" more than one rating level ... There is a very good Team Rating Index Chart that illustrates the concept .. It's available from the RULES page of this website .. If you have additional questions, please call the Sacramento Home Office at (916) 326.5303 during normal business hours on the Left Coast and ask for an eligibility specialist ... Good luck!


, Feb. 21, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Playing on more than 1 team

Only with a valid "Snowbird" card for the current year if the teams are in the same age group ... If both teams qualify to attend any of the four qualified roster events, the Eastern or Western Nationals, the World Masters Championships and/or the TOC, you must elect which single team you will play with ...

However, you MAY play for two separate teams in different age groups if you are otherwise eligible as to age and residency for both teams ... If you have specific questions about your own situation, please call the Sacramento Home Office at (916) 326.5303 during normal business hours on the Left Coast and ask to talk with one of the eligibility specialists .. Good luck!


, Feb. 21, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: spring nationals

Sometime shortly after the entry deadline of March 10th ...
, Feb. 20, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: Looking for quality 60 major plus players

Summy's Demolition 60's Southern California
, Feb. 19, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: where

We will be posting the TENTATIVE Field Assignments information shortly after the entry deadline of March 2nd ... The total number of teams entered by age and by division has a material influence on who plays where ...
, Feb. 17, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: All you rule experts: Need your input..

OK ... We've probably had about as much abusing this equine corpse [beating a dead horse] as is necessary ... It would seem that the initial inquiry as it relates to SSUSA sanctioned events has been answered appropriately ... THREAD CLOSED
, Feb. 16, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: A True Equalizer

The topic of equalizers seems to come up about every year in some form ... We consider potential rules changes only once per year, at the National Rules Committee sessions during the Annual Convention in late-November/early-December ... Send identifiable written suggestions by regular mail or by email to info@seniorsoftball.com with "Rules Committee" in the subject line ... Due to the generally unregulated, anonymous nature of this forum, Message Board commentary is totally disregarded for Rules Committee agenda consideration ... Thanks!


, Feb. 15, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: TOC

Cookie92 and biggflyy1953 ... Have either of you checked the TOC Tournament Page (where all of the game scores and bracket results are posted)?
, Feb. 10, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Flip Flop Rule

If the team in the lead holds onto that lead in the top of the inning and they don't come to bat, the amount of time saved is equivalent to whatever would be required for an "open" -inning at bat by that team ...
, Feb. 7, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Flip Flop Rule

The change to the Flip Flop rule being 'invoked in any game when there is a 10-run differential in favor of the visiting team at the start of the "open inning"' was made in December 2015 during the annual Rules Committee Meetings during the National Convention.

The previous 'Rules Summary,' outlined on the 'Umpire' page of seniorsoftball.com, had not been updated to reflect the change. The 'Rules Summary' has since been corrected. Our thanks to Steve44 for bringing it to our attention and apologies for the oversight.
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