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, April 1, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Southwest Invite

Tentative field assignments are still pending for the Southwest Championships ... We'll be able to take a look at if after the entry deadline (04/05/2016) passes ... We're probably a week or so away from that determination ...
, March 30, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: coaches touching a runner

Pretty harsh (and probably incorrect) call on that one ... The intent of the rule is to prevent an "assist" for the runner ... Examples include, but are not limited to, pushing the runner toward home, preventing a fall by catching him or holding him up (or helping him up after a trip/fall), redirecting the runner running too wide, etc ... The key word is "and" in the rule ... Merely touching the runner is not prohibited, but it is solely the umpire's judgment if that touching also assists ... We are aware that many umpires simply take the guesswork out of it by ruling that any touch is an assist ... While that may or not be technically correct, the best advice is to not touch the runner ...


, March 29, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Website comments
Discussion: Name and Location Information

No problem Sparky1, no offense noticed or taken! ... There is a former poster from years back who provided a series of rambling rants about the absolute need to ID, as though it was required to authenticate the legitimacy of the posters' comments ... We have never felt that way, believing instead that the content and tone of the post was all that was relevant ... We also believe that forcing posters to ID, or to have a valid SSUSA player card, or any number of other potential hurdles to clear before posting would be somewhat arbitrary and would inhibit the free exchange of information and ideas ... We have (only) four very simple posting rules, and they appear to serve this forum quite well ... Thanks!


, March 29, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Website comments
Discussion: Name and Location Information

Whether or not to disclose their real name, location and/or age level is a personal decision of the individual when they set up their posting account ... None of it is required information, although it would be nice to know on occasion ...

As for the number of "anonymous" at any given time, there is no valid information or data to be drawn from that number ... For example, Sparky1, if you are just looking at the Message Board and have NOT signed in to comment, you will be in that "anonymous" count even though your information is visible as soon as you log in ... Conversely, if a manager is logged in and working on his roster for example, and nowhere near the Message Board, his username will show up as one the identified members online ... We suspect the vast majority of those types, managers only who don't frequent the Message Board, probably don't have any reason to ID themselves to themselves!


, March 29, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Cowtown brackets?

Please check with the Tournament Director, Will Rogers ... His contact information is available from the event Tournament page of this website ...
, March 28, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Jim Davis - NCI

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, March 27, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: THE PASSING OF A LEGEND • Don Stratton

BARTOW (FL) - Donald H. Stratton passed away Thursday, March 24, 2016, in Lakeland. Born February 14, 1948, in Dayton, OH, he was the son of the late Richard L. and Margaret S. Stratton.

Mr. Stratton was a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Vietnam War. Don was the chief executive officer of the Independent Sports Association or I.S.A. for many years. He served as an area director, state of Florida director, and national director for I.S.A. Mr. Stratton was heavily involved in the Bartow sports community. He was a former Bartow High School assistant basketball coach, past president and coach of the Sunshine State Youth Football league, former Bartow Dixie Youth Baseball coach, former board member of the Bartow City Recreation Board, former coach of Youth Basketball in Bartow, and a radio broadcaster for Bartow High School football and softball.

He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Mary Stratton; his daughter, Kimberly (Christopher) Hidle; his son, Michael (Camille) Stratton, all of Bartow; his grandchildren, Ryan (Kayla), MacKenzie, Marc, Victoria, Delaney, Blake, Ceecee, Grace, Takeo, Mika, Xabi, and Aya; and his sister, Stephanie Geohagan of Charlotte, NC.

The family will receive friends on Sunday, April 3, 2016, from 2pm to 5pm at Whidden-McLean Funeral Home in Bartow. Funeral services will follow on Monday, April 4, 2016, at 11am at the First Assembly of God, 915 South Broadway, Bartow.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Polk Education Foundation, c/o the Hearth Project for homeless children here in Polk County at www.polkeducationfo-undation.org .

Condolences may be sent to whiddenmclean-funeralhome.com .


, March 26, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Appeal Play?

Texas Transplant ... You proposed the original hypothetical before the facts began to get tweaked ... Here's your call ... The umpire got the call correct ... The 3rd out of the inning is on the batter-runner at 1st ... His failure to touch 1st base on the play is, in effect, a force out at first because he left the field of play before legally acquiring 1st ... This is not an appeal play (see below) and is not a timing play because no run scores when the 3rd out of an inning at bat is a force out ...

B.J. ... Your theoretical situations are both automatic calls and not appeal plays ... The rules committee concluded that any umpire will be able to determine whether or not a batter-runner or a base-runner had left the confines of the field of play, either into the dugout or outside the fence boundary ... The Committee reached the same conclusion with respect to a base runner who fails to advance to the next base when required to do so, such as the 5th run scoring from 3rd with two outs and a runner on first not advancing to 2nd on a base hit other than an HR ... The key point is that leaving the playing field is an abandonment of any subsequent right to advance, whether or not required to do so, making the call automatic ...

k man and OZ40 ... The adoption of the concept known as "hit and sit" after a home run was added at the 2014 National Rules Committee sessions, a few weeks after the Winter National's mentioned ... We believe that concept is the norm and that SSUSA was the last national association to adopt it ... At the 2015 sessions, the "hit and sit" concept was extended, on a consistency basis, to a "four base award" scenario ... The correct call made at the 2014 Winter National's under the then-current rules would have been a different call a month later ...

In the scenario of a runner missing a base, for example, missing 2nd on the way to a triple, that is an appeal play ...


, March 24, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: THE PASSING OF A LEGEND • Don Stratton

Senior Softball-USA is very saddened to announce that Don Stratton, 68, the CEO of the Independent Sports Association (ISA), died of a heart attack Thursday in Bartow Florida. Don was an exceptional force in softball for many years, partnering with Senior Softball-USA in many events and international softball tours. He has headed ISA with vision and drive, a ready smile and a memorable sense of humor.

He was instrumental in helping SSUSA found many of the key tournaments in Senior Softball, including the Tournament of Champions, the Winter Nationals, Spring Nationals and, this year, the Southeast Championships.

Don was a true ambassador of the sport, helping lead several international goodwill softball tours, including tours to Mexico, Ireland, Scotland and Cuba.

Don was a true friend to the sport, and a great personal friend and will be sorely missed.

--Terry Hennessy, CEO, Senior Softball-USA


, March 24, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: san antonio senior games in april

You may want to look at their website for information ... http://www.tsga.org/
, March 23, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: SPRING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2016 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

REVISIONS POSTED • The entire Session #1 schedule has been re-drafted and the revisions are now available online ... The effective revision date is 03/23/2016 and all prior dated copies should be discarded ... The 65-Major and 70-Platinum Divisions have been re-scheduled to The Fields at Little Valley for TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY ONLY ... All divisions of play will conclude at The Canyons Complex on Thursday ... Thus far, St. George Parks & Rec. Dept. personnel are confident that the Session #2 schedule will not be impacted by the Field #4 maintenance issues ... Thank you all for your patience and good luck!


, March 22, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: SPRING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2016 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for the SSUSA's Spring World Championships 2016 in 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, UT, is in the Mountain time zone ... Many of you will be staying in Mesquite, NV, which is in the Pacific time zone ... St. George is one hour AHEAD of Mesquite, so that 9:00 AM MDT = 8:00 AM PDT ... Rather than trying to remember to change your watch twice a day, we recommend relying on your cell phone clock ... It will change automatically and it never forgets!

The Participating Teams Lists and the Master Games & Fields Grid have been posted ... Good luck to all!

DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets (PDF's)

Men's: 50's | 55's | 60's | 65's | 70's thru 80's

Complete: All Ages & Divisions • Large file: 26 pages

Tournament Administration (PDF's)

Master Fields Schedule: Master Games & Fields Grid
Participating Teams List: Spring World's 2016


, March 21, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Which base?

We concur with VegasPaul's interpretation
, March 14, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Open inning ruling

AZ sfbl - We responded above solely to the rules issue raised ... Any other observation(s) you may have should be sent to the SSUSA Home Office via email to info@seniorsoftball.com ... Please put "Tourney Observations" in the subject line ... We reply to all meritorious correspondence received confidentially (NOT here) ... Thank you
, March 14, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Open inning ruling

For tournaments played under SSUSA sanction and rules, the game should have been a full 7-innings. This specific fact pattern was discussed and voted upon at the 2015 National Rules Committee meeting on December 3rd. Here is the excerpt from the minutes of that session:
__________

TOURNAMENT COMPETITION POLICYBEGINNING OF THE “OPEN INNING” – Proposal to redefine the commencement of the “open inning” as the moment of the first pitch in an inning that begins after the base game time has expired. The current rule is that any inning begins at the moment of the last out made in the prior inning. The effect would be to adopt the local “Las Vegas Rule” for all sanctioned play. • FAILED 1:11
__________

NOTE: Any game that has five full innings completed prior to the expiration of the time limit should, by rule definition, play seven innings to constitute a complete game. This incident was an unfortunate misapplication of the SSUSA rules of the game.


, March 11, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: 40-MASTERS SPRING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2016 • DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for the 2016 SSUSA 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 Tab on the Tournament Page and the Master Games & Fields Grid have been posted ... Good luck to all!

DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets (PDF's)

Men's: 40-Masters

Tournament Administration (PDF's)

Master Fields Schedule: Master Games & Fields Grid


, March 11, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Throwing the glove during a play.

The glove, in the hypothetical given, must make contact with the ball in order for the award of bases as described by SSUSA Rulebook §8.4(10) C. on page 47 ... Making contact with the ball is an umpire's judgment call ... The mere act of throwing the glove is not a violation ...
, March 11, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Distance between pitching rubber and plate

The official SSUSA pitching distance is 50' from the rear point of home plate to the front edge of the pitching rubber. Home plate is a 17" square with the two rear corners removed so that the front edge is 17 inches wide, the two adjacent sides are 8˝ inches deep and the remaining two sides are 12" and set at an angle to make a point ... That makes the front edge of home plate to the front edge of the pitching rubber dimension 48'-7" (50' less 17") ...


, March 11, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: face masks

Or to paraphrase, we believe:

Any pitcher who is not [wearing a face mask] at the moment of contact is not doing enough to [protect] themselves.

We also somewhat concur that "..Again, any pitcher or player who wants to OPTIONALLY wear a mask is certainly within their rights to do so.." Since this appears to be about your choices, you will just have to choose an association or league that permits it. SSUSA is not such an association.


, March 10, 2016
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: face masks

19 ... The extra 20' from the Pitching distance (50') from home plate to the 1B or 3B distance (70'), assuming the fielders play even with the bag, from home plate makes your theoretical argument favoring the same options impossible for comparison ... Pitchers in SSUSA sanctioned events WILL wear face mask protection and other defensive players MAY do so if they wish ...
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