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, Aug. 18, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: SSUSA question

YES ... Both levels of play have a Ratings Index of "7" ... The 55-M player would NOT be in the 50-AAA "out of rating" count to three determination ...
, Aug. 18, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Jose Moreno's Bat challenge

The end cap had been "off the bat" and was put back in place with the Miken logo mis-aligned with the standard bat graphics on the barrel ... We have no opinion and made no allegations regarding the reason(s) the cap had been off the bat ... The owner voluntarily, and graciously, relinquished the bat for inspection and testing by Miken ... That testing was completed very quickly and revealed NO TAMPERING OF ANY TYPE ... We disclosed those findings on this message board (see priority message above) as soon as we received them ...


, Aug. 17, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Lansing Updates

Thursday scores as above are also on the official seeding schedules and bracket formats from this website ...
, Aug. 16, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: NORTHERN CHAMPIONSHIPS 2017 (Lansing) • DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets

SESSION #2 REVISIONS @ EAST LANSING • Due to the Wednesday afternoon withdrawal of a 50-Major team, Chi Town 50's (IL), schedule revisions were required ... Affected divisions were the 40/50-Major, Seeding and Bracket, AND the 60-Silver, late games of Friday Seeding ... We apologize for any inconveniences, even though they were completely outside of our causation or control ... Good luck!


, Aug. 13, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Player Ratings

Barry ... The SSUSA does not rate players ... However, we do keep track of the rating level(s) of the teams that individual players play with ... In your "hypothetical" example, those players departing the 55-Major team could play 55-AAA, but not all on the same team ... A 55-AAA team may not have more than three players with 55-Major experience histories during the current and the two immediately previous Seasons ... As such, those five would not be permitted to start a "new" 55-AAA team ... That "new" team would be 55-Major initially ...

If this is more than a theoretical/hypothetical situation, please call the Sacramento Home Office at (916) 326.5303 during normal business hours on the Left Coast and discuss the situation with one of the rating specialists there ... Be prepared to talk about the specific team(s) and player(s) involved ... Good luck! ...


, Aug. 12, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: 75+ age rule question for 2018

At the National Rules Committee meetings last year, we attempted to comply our 75's eligibility rule with that of SPA ... We mistakenly thought SPA allowed 73's, but they do not ... After learning that, it was inappropriate to mandate that 73's already on 2017 rosters for the Winter Nationals and Winter World's have to be released ... In a special telephone conference call meeting in January, the National Rules Committee set the rule for 2018 and beyond to avoid confusion ... Those 73's currently on 75+ rosters will be 74 in the 2018 Season, so there is no harm to them individually and we will be consistent with the SPA rules ...


, Aug. 12, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: 75+ age rule question for 2018

Larry S had it right, as curveball confirmed ...

§13.2(4) • AGE ELIGIBILITY AND GROUPING
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B. Men’s 75+, 80+ and 85+ team roster composition age exceptions:
1. Men's 75+ age division teams may draw up to seven players aged 73 or 74, including not more than three 73 year olds.
NOTE: Effective with the 2018 Season, 75+ teams may draw up to five underage players, all of whom must be 74 year olds.
2. Men’s 80+ age division teams may draw up to seven players aged 78 or 79, including not more than three 78 year olds.
3. Men's 85+ age division teams may draw up to ten players aged 83 or 84, including not more than five 83 year olds.


, Aug. 12, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: SOUTHERN CHAMPIONSHIPS (Birmingham) 2017 • DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets

SATURDAY RAIN-OUT REVISIONS • The loss of late afternoon games on Saturday has required revisions for Sunday play ... The revisions are online from the links above ... Good luck everyone!
, Aug. 12, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: midwest championships

big cat7 ... The Kansas City Classic is an independent tournament director event not administered directly by the SSUSA Home Office ... Please contact him for details ... His contact information is available from the event tournament page ...
, Aug. 11, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Vegas Roster

titanhd ... I'm not sure who you spoke with, and it's not appropriate to disclose here, but please take a look at the "white paper" I referenced earlier ... IF the players who can't make Lansing are regular members of your team and IF they played regularly with your team this Season, here's the relevant paragraph for you to use as the procedure to get them approved for your Las Vegas roster:

g. Managers may request to add players who are regular members of the team, but were not able to attend the Qualifying tournament. Managers must APPLY to SSUSA for approval of these players in writing. These players are approved or denied on an individual basis;


, Aug. 11, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Vegas Roster

titanhd ... There is a "white paper" available on the RULES page of this website that should answer all of your questions ...

World Masters Championships Roster Considerations & RulesPlayer Roster Add rules PDF digital file


, Aug. 10, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: NORTHERN CHAMPIONSHIPS 2017 (Lansing) • DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for SESSION #2 of the SSUSA's 2017 Northern Championships in Lansing, MI, have been posted and are available from the links below and on the event's Tournament page ... The caveats mentioned above for SESSION #1 apply here as well ...

DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets (PDF's)

Men's: 40's & 50's | 55's | 60's

Complete: All Ages & Divisions [Large file: 16 pages]


, Aug. 10, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: NORTHERN CHAMPIONSHIPS 2017 (Lansing) • DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for SESSION #1 of the SSUSA's 2017 Northern Championships in Lansing, MI, 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 and the Master Games & Fields Grid have also been posted ... Good luck to all!

DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets (PDF's)

Men's: 65's thru 75's

Tournament Administration (PDF's)

Master Fields Schedule: Master Games & Fields Grid
Participating Teams List: Northern's 2017


, Aug. 8, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: NORTHERN TEAMS

49 ... Teams List Tab from Tournament Page has been activated ... Good luck!
, Aug. 8, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: SOUTHERN CHAMPIONSHIPS (Birmingham) 2017 • DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets

PROCEDURES RE: POTENTIAL ADVERSE WEATHER • All "play/no-play" decisions are made at the fields of play at game time ... Depending on conditions at that time, and the prognosis for the facility, decisions will be made and announced from the viable options ... Additional information and procedures are available in SECTION 10 of the Official SSUSA Rulebook (at page 55) ... Calls to the Sacramento Home Office will will not be timely or effective due to the two-hour time zone variance ...


, Aug. 8, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Birmingham tourney? PLEASE explain

All "play/no-play" decisions are made at the fields of play at game time ... Depending on conditions at that time, and the prognosis for the facility, rolling the tournament back may be one of the viable options ...
, Aug. 8, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Website comments
Discussion: MONEY

Quick hitters to clarify a few of your observations and (some faulty) assumptions ...

• Our annual Form 990 Return of Organization Exempt From Income Tax for 2015 is a matter of public record (The return for 2016 is on extension and will be filed shortly) ... As an IRC §501(c)(4) not-for-profit, we "zero base" budget ... For 2015, our net profit disclosed on that return was $13,159 on total gross revenues of $1,927,656 for a profit margin on gross revenues of 0.68% ... We made $1,097 per month net profit ...
• Depending on the nature of civic support, which varies from event to event, the "break-even" number of teams is somewhere between 55-60 teams for the TOC Qualifiers we administer from the Home Office ... We continue to take the hits and run events at less than that number because we want to have TOC qualifier events in all parts of the country so that teams have a shot at qualifying without a 1,000 mile trip to do so ... This week's Southern Championships, for example, with 12 teams, will be a substantial "loss" event ...
• The World Masters has been in Las Vegas since 2012 ... The terms of our agreement with LVSSA require the use of The Rock ball for the two events co-promoted by SSUSA and LVSSA, the second event being the Southwest Championships ... Support for going exclusively to The Rock is not as overwhelming as some may assume from the random anonymous postings here ... The economic cost spread between the Stote and The Rock is substantial ... Going "all Rock" would require an increase in entry fees due to our zero-base budgeting obligation ... The Stote meets our overall objective nationally for all but those two events quite well ... Obviously, there will be dissenters, and that's fine ...
• We will continue to carefully consider all aspects of how we run our business with the goal of doing what is in the best interests of the majority of the players and teams .. That's what we do ... Individual issue decisions, however, are solely ours based on our 30-plus year history of experience ... Thanks for commenting ...


, Aug. 7, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Eastern National Results

The Champions from the Eastern National Championships have been posted to the USA National Games match-ups list ... They are available from the WORLD MASTER CHAMPIONSHIPS 2017USA National Championship Games Line-up post above ...
, Aug. 4, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: SOUTHERN CHAMPIONSHIPS (Birmingham) 2017 • DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets

SESSION #2 REVISIONS • Following polling of the Session #2 managers, we have moved the second session to a weekend-only format on Saturday and Sunday ... We also added one more team to the tournament ... Thank you all for your prompt replies to the "..What would you like to do?.." calls ... All revisions are online with an effective date of 08/04/2017 .. Good luck everyone! ...


, Aug. 3, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: SOUTHERN CHAMPIONSHIPS (Birmingham) 2017 • DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for SSUSA's 2017 Southern Championships in Birmingham, AL, 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 and the Master Games & Fields Grid have also been posted ... Good luck to all!

DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets (PDF's)

Men's: All Ages and Divisions

Tournament Administration (PDF's)

Master Fields Grid & Teams List: Southern's 2017


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