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, Sept. 12, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: WORLD MASTERS CHAMPIONSHIPS 2016 • PRELIMINARY Participating Teams Lists

• SESSION #4 (130 Teams): Men's 50+ Division
, Sept. 12, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Vendors

All National Sponsors have been invited to the 2016 World Masters Championships and attendance is expected to be excellent. There will be a "Vendor Fair" every day of the Tournament at Big League Dreams, where vendor specific merchandise, including bats, will be available. Vendors have also been invited to attend and sell at all four Manager Meetings at Boulder Station the evening before play commences.

Elite Sports and Tournament Sports (the event specific apparel vendor) will also be at many, if not all, other locations, selling only their respective product lines of merchandise. NOTE • Bat sales are restricted to Big League Dreams ONLY. Bat "representatives" or independent "dealers" are specifically prohibited from selling bats at the parks. Do NOT bring bats for sale to Las Vegas. This is a Nevada and Las Vegas permitting and taxation issue that will be aggressively enforced by Directors, Park Rangers and City and County enforcement personnel. Thank you!


, Sept. 12, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: 2017 World Masters Championships

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, Sept. 10, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: LVSSA/SSUSA WORLD MASTERS CHAMPIONSHIPS 2016 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for SESSION #2 (Men's 55+ and 60+ 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 same caveats mentioned above for SESSION #1 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: 55's | 60's

Tournament Administration (PDF's)

• Master Fields Schedule: Session #2
• Participating Teams List: Session #2


, Sept. 8, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Vendors

You may call the Sacramento Office and order them ... If your inquiry is regarding the upcoming World Masters Championships, the only "The Rock" softballs permitted must be purchased on site at the tournament ... A few years back, there was some controversy over which "flavor" of The Rock was being introduced into play ... To avoid a re-occurrence of that problem, ONLY softballs purchased on-site are permitted ... Good luck!


, Sept. 7, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Wayne37

STL0 ... It's about responsible free speech here ... The other thread was closed because it had devolved into an excessive number of disparaging comments directed at individuals ... And it had very little to do with the best interests of Senior Softball ... No problem with this revival, but let's play nicely this time ...
, Sept. 7, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: WORLD MASTERS CHAMPIONSHIPS 2016 • PRELIMINARY Participating Teams Lists

• SESSION #3 (141 Teams): Men's 65+ thru 85+ Divisions
, Sept. 6, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: WORLDS IN VEGAS

Too many games, from a health and safety perspective, to play the format over three days with some of this age group ... Four days is wiser and makes more sense ... Good luck!
, Sept. 5, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: US Championship Game Teams Seeding

USA National Championship Games will be played at the facility where the age/division of play has their seeding pool play games ...
, Sept. 4, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: WORLD MASTERS CHAMPIONSHIPS 2016 • PRELIMINARY Participating Teams Lists

• SESSION #2 (175 Teams): Men's 55+ and 60+ Divisions


, Sept. 4, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Question

We're going to shut this thread down ... BudK asked a very simple question which led to an equally simple answer ... The "issues" debate is in another thread ... Let's keep it there ... Thanks! ...
, Sept. 3, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: US Championship Game Teams Seeding

Yes, they do, so long as the bracket (in Las Vegas) has five or more teams ... If there is NO USA National Game due to a lack of an opponent from either region, there is NO preferential seeding and ALL teams in that bracket will seed based solely on seeding game performance ...
, Sept. 2, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Getting released from a team you don't want to play for any longer

grayhitter59 has been released from the former team.
, Sept. 1, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: LVSSA/SSUSA WORLD MASTERS CHAMPIONSHIPS 2016 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for SESSION #1 (Men's and Women's 40-Masters and Women' 50+ Seniors) 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 ... 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 ...

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!

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 for the session have also been posted ... Good luck to all!

DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets (PDF's)

• Men: 40-Masters

• Women: 40 Masters & 50+ Senior Women

Tournament Administration (PDF's)

• Master Fields Schedule: Master Games & Fields Grid
• Participating Teams List: Session #1


, Aug. 31, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: LAST CHANCE QUALIFIERS • Winter Haven, FL and Sparks, NV

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for the two LAST CHANCE QUALIFIERS this weekend in Winter Haven, FL, and Sparks, NV, have been posted and are available from the respective event Tournament Pages of this website ... As always, these DRAFT schedules are TENTATIVE, are subject to change and become final ONLY when released as "OFFICIAL" at the Manager's meeting, if any, before play commences ... Good luck and have fun! ...


, Aug. 30, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Roster limit?

It's NEVER been set at 15 players (always been 20) ... However, there is a 15-player limitation if you are trying to expand a "qualified roster" by adding exemption players for use at the World Masters (or the Eastern/Western National's or the TOC) ... Please see the white-paper (World Masters Championships Roster Considerations & Rules • Player Roster Add rules) available from the RULES page of this website ...


, Aug. 29, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Getting released from a team you don't want to play for any longer

Rules changes occur only one time per year, at the National Rules Committee sessions at the annual convention. This happens in the first week of December each year. Present it to the Committee in writing (by any identifiable email or letter form except this Message Board) and see what, if anything, happens.
, Aug. 29, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Getting released from a team you don't want to play for any longer

The policy of SSUSA NOT serving as an arbitrator in Player Release disputes is covered in Rulebook §4.2(2)E. (on page 22) ... Prior to the provision being added to the Rules, the fact pattern was the same in every instance ... There were always THREE sides to the story: [1] Manager's Story, [2] Player's Story, and [3] the TRUTH being somewhere between the previous two! ...

We frequently contact Managers and encourage them to give the release, our theory being "...Why would you want a player on your team that doesn't want to be there? ... After all, we're playing a game that's designed for 12-year-old girls, but that's no reason to act like one..." ... Most times, that seems to work, but regardless, we do not compel player releases because of the extreme difficulty in determining the true circumstances of the dispute ... Adults SHOULD be able to work these things out without expecting us to do so ...


, Aug. 27, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: WORLD MASTERS CHAMPIONSHIPS 2016 • PRELIMINARY Participating Teams Lists

The PRELIMINARY Participating Teams Lists for the 2016 World Masters Championships are being posted here AS OF THE SESSION ENTRY DEADLINE DATE for each Session as it passes ... NOTE: These lists will change slightly as a few teams may withdraw or have their mailed entries come in late ... We will NOT be updating these lists prior to the publication of DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets ... Good luck everyone!

• SESSION #1 (108 Teams): Men's/Women's 40-Masters & 50+ Senior Women


, Aug. 24, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Why are there rules?

A few hopefully relevant comments ...

• This Message Board does not require "ID" from its members to contribute to the discussions. All users may judge the validity of commentary based on whatever criteria they desire, including "identifiable" vs. "anonymous". We simply don't care.
• Posters seeking SSUSA involvement in any particular matter MUST contact the SSUSA offce by written correspondence, either by e-mail or snail-mail. That correspondence must be "identifiable" as to its author.
• The next time SSUSA takes any action based on commentary from the Message Board will be an organizational "first" in our 29-year history. This includes "issues" and "suggestions" for National Rules Committee action.
• Criticism of hitemdeep for his anonymous presence here is unfair.
• Any expectation by hitemdeep that formal action will come from SSUSA via this message thread, absent the further written follow-up as mentioned above, is unreasonable.


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