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, March 14, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: INTERFERENCE PENALTY

NO • The only place in the SSUSA Rulebook that provides for calling the runner out who is closest to Home is in the event of interference by an on-deck batter ... See Rulebook §7.2 E. 1 (on page 40) ...
, March 14, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: 40-MASTERS SPRING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2017 • DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for SSUSA's 2017 40-Masters Spring World Championships in Cathedral City, 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 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 has been activated and the Master Games & Fields Grid has also been posted ... Good luck to all!

DRAFT Master Grid / Game Schedules & Brackets (PDF's)

• Men: 40-Masters


, March 13, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: SPRING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2017 • DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets

The MEN'S 75-GOLD Division has been revised for the withdrawal of the Top Gun Silver 75's (CA) ... Updated schedules and the Master Grid have been posted ... Good luck everyone! ...
, March 13, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: player draws

The States/Bordering States (and Canadian Provinces) list is on pages 76-77 of the Official SSUSA Rulebook ... California may draw from AZ, HI, NV and OR ...
, March 13, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 40s spring world championships

[1] Trump STOTE 44 cor./375 comp. optic yellow ... [2] Yes
, March 12, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Female pursuing action to join all male league

TrooperJim ... We will not be able to provide guidance in this matter other than suggesting your league seek independent legal counsel to evaluate the league's governing documents and By-Laws within the context of her stated intentions and your state's laws ... Good luck ...
, March 11, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Bats
Discussion: trump rocks

curveball ... The Trump Rocks are used only in Las Vegas events jointly promoted by LVSSA/SSUSA ... Those would be the Southwest Championships and World Masters Championships, but not the upcoming Spring World's in Mesquite/St. George ... Otherwise, your info is accurate ... Thanks!
, March 9, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: SPRING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2017 • DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for SESSION #2 of the SSUSA's 2017 Spring World Championships in Mesquite, NV, and St. George, UT, have been posted and are available from the links below and on the event's Tournament page ... NOTE: The caveats mentioned above for SESSION #1 apply here as well ... Good luck everyone!

DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets (PDF's)

• Men's: 50's | 55's | 60's

• Complete: All Ages & Divisions (Large file: 30 pages)

Tournament Administration (PDF's)

• Participating Teams List: Spring World's 2017


, March 7, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: SPRING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2017 • DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for SESSION #1 of the SSUSA's 2017 Spring World Championships in Mesquite, NV, and St. George, UT, 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.

TIME ZONE NOTE: St. George is in the MOUNTAIN Time Zone, which is ONE HOUR AHEAD of Mesquite, NV, which is in the PACIFIC Time Zone ... All schedules have been prepared based on local time at the venue of play ... Please plan accordingly and rely on your CELL PHONE time as likely being more reliable than trying to remember to change your watch a couple of times a day! ...

The Participating Teams List Tab on the Tournament page has been activated and the Master Games & Fields Grid has also been posted ... Good luck to all!

DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets (PDF's)

• Men: 65's | 70's | 75's & 80's

Tournament Administration (PDF's)

• Master Fields Schedule: Master Games & Fields Grid


, March 7, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Release from a team

SSUSA will occasionally attempt to mediate a mutually acceptable resolution of the release request, but will NOT serve as an arbitrator to compel or reject a release ... The principal reason for our approach is that in almost all cases, there are THREE sides to the facts of the issue: [1] Player's version; [2] Manager's version; and [3] The TRUTH somewhere between the two prior options ...

See also: Rulebook §4.2(2)E on page 23 at NOTE: Player release is at the sole discretion of the team manager. SSUSA does not arbitrate, nor compel, a player’s release in the event of a dispute.


, March 6, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Release from a team

rr3 ... The PLAYER must get the MANAGER sign the form K man referenced above and either of them can send it to SSUSA, or the MANAGER may send us an email releasing the player ... Players may get only ONE release per Season in a single age group .. Each SSUSA Season commences with the Winter National's (Ft. Myers/Naples) and the Winter World's (Phoenix) and ends at the conclusion of the World Masters Championships (Las Vegas) ...
, March 6, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: SPRING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2017 • TENTATIVE Field Assignments


SESSION #2 • Men's 50+, 55+ and 60+ Divisions • 65 Teams
• Men's 50-Major+ (1) • The Canyons Complex
• Men's 50-Major (6) • The Canyons Complex
• Men's 50-AAA (13) • The Canyons Complex
• Men's 50-AA (1) • The Canyons Complex

• Men's 55-Major+ (2) • Hunter Park
• Men's 55-Major (9) • Hunter Park
• Men's 55-AAA (10) • The Canyons Complex
• Men's 55-AA (1) • Pioneer Park

• Men's 60-Major+ (1) • Hunter Park
• Men's 60-Major (6) • Hunter Park
• Men's 60-AAA (12) • Pioneer Park
• Men's 60-AA (3) • Pioneer Park


, March 4, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: SPRING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2017 • TENTATIVE Field Assignments

The following are the TENTATIVE Field Assignments for the 2017 SSUSA Spring World Championships in Mesquite, NV, and St. George, UT ... Please note that TENTATIVE means they are NOT FINAL and are SUBJECT TO CHANGE. Final Field Assignments will be released simultaneous with the publication of the DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets shortly ...

FACILITIES
• Hunter Park (Mesquite, NV)
• Pioneer Park (Mesquite, NV)
• The Canyons Complex (St. George, UT)
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SESSION #1 • Men's 65+, 70+, 75+ and 80+ Divisions • 44 Teams
• Men's 65-Major+ (2) • Hunter Park
• Men's 65-Major (5) • Hunter Park
• Men's 65-AAA (9) • The Canyons Complex
• Men's 65-AA (1) • The Canyons Complex

• Men's 70-Major+ (2) • Hunter Park
• Men's 70-Major (5) • Hunter Park
• Men's 70-AAA (6) • The Canyons Complex
• Men's 70-AA (2) • The Canyons Complex

• Men's 75-Major (1) • Pioneer Park
• Men's 75-AAA (6) • Pioneer Park
• Men's 80-Major (2) • Pioneer Park
• Men's 80-AAA (3) • Pioneer Park

NOTE • SESSION #2 TENTATIVE Field Assignments are scheduled for release on Monday 03/06/2017 ...


, March 3, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Mesquite or St George

The "Teams" Tab on the event Tournament Page has been activated following the stated entry deadline ... There are currently (at 9:00 AM on 03/03/17) 108 teams entered, representing another new tournament record ... TENTATIVE Field Assignments will be issued in the next couple of days ... Good luck! ...
, March 3, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Flip-Flop Rule

Bruce ... Winning is ALWAYS better for seeding than losing, which is why "W-L" is the top priority and is the first criteria considered ... The above priority order (#1 thru #5) is the order by which they are applied ... The only criteria applied after "run differential" is coin toss ... The tie-breaker application rewards in order: wins, H2H result where applicable, wins with good defense and run differential prior to the random coin toss ... The sportsmanship issue for placing defense over offense for seeding is more prevalent than many would surmise, and there is the ancillary benefit of tournament time management by limiting huge open innings by teams already well in hand in the specific game ...

To lend some perspective, in Las Vegas last year, the 59-team 50-AAA resorted to "run differential" in only two instances (involving two pairs of 0-2 teams), and there were probably less than five total instances in the entire 564-team tournament ...


, March 3, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Flip-Flop Rule

REPRINT of our post on topic from January 17th ...
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Here's the Tie-Breaker order of application ...

1. Record (W-L)
2. Head to head result in full round robin
3. Aggregate runs allowed in all games
4. Net run differential in all games
5. Coin toss

We only use run differential as the "last resort" before a coin toss ... If you win a flip-flop game, you still had to stop your opponent in seven offensive ½-inning at-bat situations, which is a higher priority tie-breaker ... A principal motivation for the flip-flop rule is to prevent the more than occasional occurrence of unsportsmanlike conduct by a visiting team, with the game already well in hand, saying: "Hey, if we put up a couple of touchdowns in the open, we'll help our seeding!!!" ... Nope! ... Defense is rewarded over offense by SSUSA ... Hope this helps ...


, Feb. 27, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Mesquite or St George

NYGNYY ... There are certainly pros and cons, but here's our position ... Yes we have considered pre-publication before the deadline, but believe for us that it's better to wait until after the entry deadline ... As we have mentioned on multiple occasions, somewhere around 65-70% of ALL entries come in during the last 10 days before the deadline ... Pre-publication usually results in far smaller numbers than what the actual final totals are when we wait ...

For example, if three weeks out there are, say, three teams early-entered in a specific age/division, and there are another seven teams looking at whether or not to attend ... If we pre-publsih and those seven teams, independently, say "We're not going, there are only three teams!", it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy at the lower number ...

The tournament brackets are, based on our experience, larger when the presumptive analysis to decision making is removed from the equation ... Although players may prefer to have all available information as soon as possible, it's not in the best interest of the event, and by extension, the teams that participate, for us to do so in this instance ... SSUSA generally, and especially at major events, has larger brackets than other associations we may compete against ... This works for us and for you ...


, Feb. 26, 2017
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: How to renew

joeball ... Click on the » Sign up link near the top of this page to the right of the SIGN IN: dialog ... That will take you to the sign in/create an account/Player Registration page ... If you already have an account, sign in and follow the directions from your player page ... If you don't have an account yet, click on the Player Registration link and follow the procedures and instructions from that page ... You can also call the Sacramento Home Office for help at (916) 326.5303 during normal business hours on the Left Coast ... Good luck! ...


, 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!
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