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March 19, 2024
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Music City results

Thanks for the feedback. It isn't worthless, and it does matter.

SCHEDULES- We planned to use 2 parks / 8 diamonds for this tournament. A few days before the reg deadline there weren't enough teams to justify the 2nd park so we made a decision to cancel Cedar Hill- and then a nummber of last minute entries came in.

Prepare yourself for a paragraph of schedule-geek-speak
With 24 teams / 66 games required to complete the tournament, here's what that would have required if we used the traditional 90 minute time slots.
SAT- 8:00am, 9:30, 11:00, 12:30, 2:00, 3:30, 5:00, 6:30, 8:00, 9:30pm
SUN- 8:00am, 9:30, 11:00, 12:30, 2:00, 3:30, 5:00

With new turf and no field prep required, I made the decision to schedule games in 80 minute intervals to get off the fields a bit earlier. A combination of things (big open innings, extra inning games, high scoring games) worked against us. I started looking for scheduling "outs" mid-afternoon on Saturday to reduce the long delays for the players. To my eye, there was a natural break available if I moved the last round of games on SAT night to first thing SUN morning. The decision got 8 teams out early on SAT. I locked the gate at 10pm on SAT night, but it would have been midnight without the move.

BALLS- After 18 months of tournament play, I feel like the Baden ball is pretty fair. Performs well in varied heat / humidity circumstances and knuckles much less than the Rock ball that we used to use in Vegas.

RESULTS- The 50 Platinum results are actually correct. As the "singleton team" giving an equalizer to all others, MP/Primetime winning the bracket triggered a 2nd set of awards to the highest finishing 50 Major team, which was TX Steel / CA Bat. Marcus handed them out and took photos before they left the park.

Hope this helps.

A huge THANK YOU to all of the teams who not only participated, but were largely complimentary even when fell behind. There is always room for improvement and I'll add your comments to the tournament notes that I've already made. Tim

March 17, 2024
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Music City results

Complete detailed results will be sent to the office in the overnight. Here's a summary-

60-65 AAA
1. Team Illinois 60s
2. The Power 65s

55-60 Platinum
1. Walker Brothers 55s
2. Montgomery Swarm 60s

50 Platinum
1. MP/Primetime/Agent 23 (M+)
2. Texas Steel / CA Bat

50-55 AAA
1. TN Select
2. Our Dirt 50s

40 Gold
1. MO Horseman
2. So. Illinois Lightning

Thanks everyone for a weekend of competive play!

March 6, 2024
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Music City

With the team list now finalized, I expect to start working on the Music City schedule this afternoon. We're using Cane Ridge only this year. All teams should expect long days at the park which means early morning starts and evening finishes.
Feb. 7, 2024
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Music City 2024 - Nashville

Hi Tim,

Field assignments, particularly at a tournament like this one are determined after we know exactly who is in the tournament. Expect something on, or about March 6th. I'd suggest booking something in between the 2 parks. Tim

Jan. 30, 2024
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: TOC

Full, official results were shipped, and are en route to Sacramento

Here's what I remember from Diamondplex

65/70 Gold
1. Top Gun Stealth
2. NoVA Force 65s

60 Major
1. Empire Monroe
2. Chicago Prime

60 AA
1. Shannon Fence
2. Scrap Iron Rockies

50 Major Plus
1. Suncoast Adidas

50 Major
1. Yeager's / Maxbatz
2. Chi-Town Ballers

50 AAA
1. 4 Seasons
2. SSC Persuaders
3. Volusia Top Gun

50 AA
1. Emerald City
2. A3 / NW 50s
3. Los Lobos

Others winners that I'm aware of
55 AAA- Xtreme Homes
40 Major Plus- Suncoast Adidas
40 AAA Barkley Heating & Air

Jan. 29, 2024
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Posting game scores

yankeesfan12- I'd love to have you on board for a 6 day qualifier. Here is your personal invitation. Reach out and identify yourself. I'll make it happen.

Tim McElroy
Jan. 5, 2024
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Southern Championship Dalton, Ga in March

I (we) can't promise you "x" number of entries but do know that a number of teams requested the date change because they felt August was too late in the season for the Southerns. SSUSA listened and moved it way up on the calendar. If those who requested the change support it, you should be fine.

Dec. 21, 2023
Topic: Bats
Discussion: New rule on shaved bats

I feel differently. IMO- the manager should be thankful that his suspension was reduced from 12 months to 4 months (during the off-season, no less). He, and the WW team should take that reduction and quietly sit this conversation out.

We've all had life changes, lost a step, or have aged out of the young man's game for some reason. Senior softball is a gift because it allows us to continue our careers, to continue building relationships, and not hobble off into retirement. If you care about this game you've got an obligation to leave it better than you found it. Too many of us have looked the other way on shaved, rolled, or "self-repaired" bats. Wherever you live, you have an idea who is swinging altered equipment.

The old rule (which included a manager penalty) was intended to encourage managers to stand up and say- "Not in my dugot" and it didn't work. The new rule (which includes a team penalty) encourages accountability for everyone in the dugout.

Are you willing to bring on a guy with that reputation?
Are you willing to bring on a guy that can ruin your reputation?
Are you willing to bring on a guy that can ruin your sponsor's reputation or his desire to keep providing sponsorship?
Are you willing to to bring on a guy that can end your team's season?

Finally- If you are "that guy" Does a few pts on your batting average, or a few extra feet of distance mean so much to you that you're willing to embarrass 15 teammates, your coach and your sponsor?

Dec. 14, 2023
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: 69 year olds playing up in 70 Reclassification


Dec. 14, 2023
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: 69 year olds playing up in 70 Reclassification

Answer to Q1 & Q2- The 69s / 70s scenario works exactly the way it already does for the 75, 80 and 85s divisions where under age players are already permitted.

Answer to Q3- Teams can be bumped at any time based on roster composition so this is a not a calendar issue. When a AAA manager adds the 4th out of rating / exception player, the team is bumped to Major (or given the option of dropping someone).
Dec. 12, 2023
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Co-ed tournaments

I plan to offer 1 or 2 in the mid-atlantic region this season. Probably just 1-day, 3gg format. Rules would mirror the coed world, with men (40+) using the corn dog bats and women (30+) using senior bats.
Dec. 4, 2023
Topic: Bats
Discussion: New bat rule clarification.

BANDITOS180- From the 2023-2024 SSUSA rulebook

Page 17-
A. Any attempt to use an illegal bat in SSWC or SSUSA play will result in the batter being ejected from the. The second offense by a member of the same team will result in a player and manager being ejected from the tournament.

B. The batter will also be called out.

C. The base runners will be instructed to return to the base(s) occupied at the time the illegal bat was used, provided there are fewer than three outs.
Dec. 4, 2023
Topic: Bats
Discussion: New bat rule clarification.

It looks like B.J. quoted most of the rule change but left off the final sentence, which appears at the top of page 15.

"Older bats must say SSUSA approved (or have the SSUSA logo) with 1.21 BPF or lower marked on them."

New bats- Must have the SSUSA / NTS logo.
Old bats- Must have "SSUSA approved" OR the SSUSA logo AND the BPF stamped on them.
Nov. 19, 2023
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Winter Worlds Scheduling Problems

A handful of the divisions were already scheduled for 3 games on Friday. Asking them to play a 4th would have been a bit much, IMO. At Rose Mofford, getting all 22 teams an extra game would have resulted in 1:00am finish.

Directors arrived at the parks at 6:30am on Friday morning. Expecting them (us) to work an 18+hour day is again, a bit much.
Nov. 19, 2023
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Tourney Results

Detailed tourney results from S2 are already on a truck, headed back to CA. Here's a summary-

60 Major
1. Iowa Demons
2. MN Premier

60 AA
1. Tri-City Legends
2. Los Toros
3. NSC Prairie Dogs

55/60 Platinum
1. AZ Heat
2. Regee's Rams
3. LAF 55s

55/60 Silver
1. Tejano
2. Weakened Warriors

50/55 Silver
1. Lokahi, AZ
2. West Coast Evolution
3. Team Trucha

50 Major
1. Regee's Rams
2. Tucson Bandits

50 AAA
1. NSC Heroes

40 Major
1. Amigos
2. Bandits
3. NM Punishers

40 AAA
1. Sphistica8ed
2. Astros

Women 40 Major
1. FRST Team
2. Not Today
3. Tharaldson

Women 50/55 Major
1. AZ Dream Team
2. High Octane
3. Cali Good Ladies

Women 50/55 AAA
1. Adrenaline
2. Get Dirty
3. Wicked

Women 40 AAA
1. Cali Freak Show
2. Las Maletas / AZ
3. My Auto Jack's

Women 40 AA
1. Idaho Spirit
2. AZ Desert Belles

Thanks to all teams for playing this week and HUGE thanks to the City of Phoenix Parks & Rec folks for busting their humps to get us on the fields after the rain.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!
Nov. 18, 2023
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Winter Worlds Scheduling Problems

The 22nd, and final seeding game of the day (between a 1-0 and an 0-1 team) went extra innings, causing a delay in the seedings. The 5:30 bracket game played before yours had a 20 run open inning. Your game included 35-38 runs scored. Please let me know which software program can predict and plan for that scenario?

A run here or there matters. Play better defense or a little better offense and your day shakes out differently. Heck, you could have been the #1 seed and earned the night off, or fallen into one of the EIGHT early bracket game slots. I've got my partner's back on this one. Dave isn't to blame.
Nov. 12, 2023
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Winter National updates from FL

Hudson Valley wins 60 aaa
Northeast Autobody wins 60 Major
Isle Edge Trucking wins 50-55 aa

I'm off on a jet plane to PHX. See everyone in the desert tomorrow.
Nov. 12, 2023
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Rose Mofford Sports Complex

"We" will just have to wait for the IF GAME to end...

Team FL / Phoenix Tube is trying to double dip Northeast Autobody.
Nov. 12, 2023
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Rose Mofford Sports Complex

Concessions are scheduled to be open at all parks during the Winter World tournament in PHX. That said, it is never a bad idea to bring your own water / gatorade to the desert.
Nov. 12, 2023
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Winter National updates from FL

85 Gold
1. Center for Sight 85s
2. NY Statesmen
3. Main Street Pub

80 Gold
1. Florida Investment Properties (85 M+ Champ)
1. Bucs & Bulls (80 AAA Champ)
3. Indianapolis Classics

75 Major
1. Jag One / Jersey Masters
2. Northern VA Force 75s (Hi Birdie!)

75 AAA
1. Long Island Jaguars 75s
2. Syracuse Cyclones 75s

70 / 75 Major +
1. Venom
2. Hollis Appraisals / Ted Todd

70 Silver
1. Universal Softball
2. Syracuse Cyclones
3. Trademark

65 / 70 Gold
1. Norhteast Jackhammers
2. Spring Ford
3. Long Island Jaguars (Hi Richie!)

65 Platinum
1. Action Auto Parts 65s
2. Hudson Valley Cyclones 65s
3. Deep Purple

60 Major (Still going on Sunday)
Winner Final = Northeast Autobody vs Team FL / Phoenix Tube
4th place game = Team Mars vs Building Innovations Group

55/60 Platinum
1. Top Dawgs
2. Tiffany's

50/55 Platinum
1. FL Onyx
2. Suncoast Adidas 55s

50 AAA
1. Oldtimers
2. Misfits / Cape Coral

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