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, July 20, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: JIM SHERMAN NORTHWEST CHAMPIONSHIPS 2016 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

MAJOR SESSION #2 REVISION • Due to the unexpected late withdrawal of a 55-Major+ team (Preferred Pump/Eaton Pump), major revisions were required for Friday and Saturday ... Those revisions affected ALL other 50's, 55's and 60's teams (the 40-Masters Divisions were NOT affected) ... The "new" schedules and brackets (revision date: 07/20/2016) are now online, and Managers will be receiving an email at about 7:00 PM tonight (Wednesday) regarding this circumstance ... Good luck everyone! ...


, July 15, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: MIDWEST CHAMPIONSHIPS 2016 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

FRIDAY RAIN-OUT REVISIONS • The complete Friday schedule was rained out ... Play has been rescheduled for Saturday/Sunday only ... ALL previously scheduled games will be played under the SSUSA weather shortened event recovery procedures discussed at Rule Book SECTION 10 - ADVERSE WEATHER on page 54 ...

• Play begins at 7:30 AM both days ...
• Game format will be five-inning games (5th inning open inning) until Championship and "If" games, which will be 7 Innings full ... Games are scheduled for 1:15 hour time blocks ...

All revisions are now available online ... Good luck everyone!


, July 15, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: So Cal Championships

Final Results for the SoCal event were posted to the event Tournament Page (and are still there) on Monday evening ...
, July 15, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: USING COURTESY RUNNERS

It appears that the umpire erred ... Any player, starter or substitute, may be a courtesy runner so long as the player is on the game card ... The courtesy runner rules make no distinction between the two ...
, July 14, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Eastern Nationals

Generally, a team must "qualify" to play in the Eastern (or Western) Nationals or the World Masters Championships ... That means playing in any of the 2016 Season qualifier events listed on the Tournament page of this website ... The following teams do NOT have to qualify ...

• Men's 85+ teams;
• Women's "Senior" teams age 50+ and more senior; and
• A team (new or existing) that's roster is comprised of otherwise eligible (as to minimum age and residency) players and that wishes to enter at the Major Plus level ...

If any questions, please call the Sacramento Office and ask for George, Anthony or Tiffany ... Good luck! ...


, July 12, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Is there a penalty for batter not releasing the bat after reaching 1st base?

Turbobob ... You likely erred (by reference to your own description of: "..although no one was physically touched or impeded..") by ruling interference even though NONE of the elements mentioned in SSUSA Definition §1.45 OR Rulebook §8.3 E. were present ... There is no rule in the SSUSA Rulebook that specifically references carrying a bat ... You are certainly free as a league to make your own Local Rule to cover this ... Making up the call because you appear to not like the practice of carrying the bat and asserting that it is SSUSA Rules compliant is inappropriate ...

As it relates to MLB, it IS LEGAL to carry the bat provided it does not cause some form of interference (like a throw hitting it) ... There is no prohibition in the Official Rules of Baseball against carrying the bat ... Hope this helps!


, July 12, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: JIM SHERMAN NORTHWEST CHAMPIONSHIPS 2016 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for the 2016 Jim Sherman Memorial Northwest Championships in Salem, OR, 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 and the Master Games & Fields Grid have also been posted ... Good luck to all!

DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets (PDF's)

Men: 40-Masters | 50's | 55's & 60's | 65's & 70's

Complete: All Ages & Divisions [Large file: 14 pages]

Tournament Administration (PDF's)

Master Fields Schedule: Master Games & Fields Grid
Participating Teams List: Northwest 2016


, July 6, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: MIDWEST CHAMPIONSHIPS 2016 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for the 2016 Midwest Championships in Rogers, AR, 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 and the Master Games & Fields Grid have also been posted ... Good luck to all!

DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets (PDF's)

Senior Men: 50's | 55's | 60's | 65's, 70's & 75's

Complete: All Ages & Divisions [Large file: 17 pages]

Tournament Administration (PDF's)

Master Fields Schedule: Master Games & Fields Grid
Participating Teams List: Midwest 2016


, July 6, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Question for Staff

Please have your manager send an email to George at the SSUSA Office requesting a hardship (injury) waiver ... This request is generally not denied if that player is a regular member of your team and has not played for multiple other teams in this Season ...

Driving out to Perris and simply checking in with no intention of playing is not appropriate and could be construed as a fraudulent roster manipulation if he does not appear in any games ...


, July 5, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: field assignments for worlds

Sometime in the next month to six weeks is likely
, July 5, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: looking for a 50m to becoming a 50MP sponsor or part sponsor in So Cal

Thanks GS101 ... That's a pretty good theoretical analysis ... But he STILL needs to contact our office, since anything posted here is NOT to be relied upon ... Also, any manager who tries to add him electronically to a Master or Tourney Roster will likely have problems until we override the fundamental inconsistency in his age and rating experience history numbers ... This is our last post on topic ... HELP IS JUST A PHONE CALL AWAY! ...


, July 5, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Long weekend tournaments

grayhitter59 .. SSUSA "wraps" the Rock 'n Reno tournament around the Memorial Day Holiday, but we are "dark" on Memorial Day itself ... The one year we played in Reno on Memorial Day, there was strong sentiment to not do so again because of the travel inconveniences, either heavy auto traffic on the roads or unreasonably expensive air flights ... We can't speak for the other associations, who may or may not do so ...


, July 4, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Northeast Championships scheduling

This one is absolutely in the "undue hardship" category, by pre-arrangement weeks ago, and with our consent ... That team's long-time former manager (and still current player) has a cancer fund-raiser Memorial event in honor of his late wife at noon on Friday ... It will be attended by many/most of his team mates and is approximately a two-hour drive from Syracuse ... While uncommon, it's not the first time we have accommodated a team's advance request of this nature on a compassionate basis ... They will play four games in five time slots on Saturday (potentially five in six slots if they win #4) ... We do not consider to be a competitive advantage ... We plead guilty as charged for showing compassion for an undue hardship, but this reply should also adequately dismiss your pandering inference ...


, July 3, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: NORTHEAST CHAMPIONSHIPS 2016 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for the 2016 Northeast Championships in Syracuse, NY, 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 and the Master Games & Fields Grid have been posted ... Good luck to all!

DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets (PDF's)

Senior Men: 50's & 55's | 60's | 65's | 70's & 75's

Complete: All Ages & Divisions [Large file: 18 pages]

Tournament Administration (PDF's)

Master Fields Schedule: Master Games & Fields Grid
Participating Teams List: Northeast 2016


, July 1, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: rating a person

patrick ... Being "in writing" here is totally worthless (from either you or us) ... This is an unregulated, anonymous free speech zone to which we attach zero importance or credibility as to what is posted by the members ... Definitive rulings on specific player eligibility issues must come from the SSUSA office and they will be in writing privately ... You are giving the impression that you have concerns about revealing who you are and are hopeful we may blunder, based on incomplete and/or inaccurate information, into the decision you want ... We may actually rule that way, but it will be by careful analysis of your own circumstances ... Our advice remains consistent: Call us and this will be resolved very quickly for you ... (Your post count of 44 messages on topic just this week is consuming far more of your time, without results, than a 15-minute call would take.)


, June 30, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: TX STATE CHAMPIONSHIP-TOC QUALIFIER

Wingfoot .. The results are on the Texas State Championships tournament page of this website ...

P.S. - Your {enter} key on your computer is seriously stuck!


, June 30, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: looking for a 50m to becoming a 50MP sponsor or part sponsor in So Cal

patrick ... I'm not sure you are old enough to remember, but you sound like Peter Falk's character Columbo (that's not a bad thing) ... He always had "...just one more thing..." to consider or ask ... You distribute additional pieces of factual information a little bit at a time and tweak the facts an inch at a time ... There are exceptions to a player's experience history depending on whether or not he played "out of rating" only once, and at what level he may have done so ... The rating history of the teams is a factor, as well as evaluating if you are playing (or have played) in multiple age groups simultaneously ...

You are doomed to be here posting 15± times a day, getting NO reliable guidance, until you call the SSUSA office, identify yourself and let us look into your player history ... I can assure you we CANNOT help you under your current public rambling approach ... The time you would spend on the phone with us will be only a tiny fraction of the time you are spending typing "unanswerable" questions currently ... We're here to help you, but "here" is the office, not this forum ...


, June 30, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS 2016 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for the 2016 Southern California State Championships in Perris and Hemet, 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 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 has been activated and the Master Games & Fields Grid has been posted ... Good luck to all!

DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets (PDF's)

Senior Men: 50's | 55's | 60's | 65's | 70's, 75's & 80's

40-Masters: 40-Men | 40-Women

Complete: All Ages & Divisions [Large file: 28 pages]

Tournament Administration (PDF's)

Master Fields Schedule: Master Games & Fields Grid
Big League Dreams Fields Map: BLD - Perris, CA


, June 29, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Starting A New Team 2017

BH21 ... As it relates to Senior Softball USA (SSUSA), the sponsor of this Message Board, please call our Home Office in Sacramento, CA, at (916) 326.5303 during normal business hours on the Left Coast ... Anyone who answers can walk you through the process very quickly ... Good luck! ...
, June 28, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: National Ratings Review

Rating changes take effect immediately upon announcement ... In the case of the current June rating cycle decisions, they will be publicly released shortly after the Southern California and Northeast Championships, which both begin next week ...
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