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Aug. 7, 2020
TimMcElroy
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Vegas Worlds

Most, if not all commercial airlines are waiving change fees for flights and offering full credit if your trip is impacted. Why not just book the flight and make the change IF it should become necessary?
Aug. 5, 2020
TimMcElroy
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Northern Championship

"The Rock" ball is used in LVSSA / SSUSA events held in Las Vegas, NV. The STOTE (with MCT technology) is used at every other SSUSA tournament / location in the country.
Aug. 4, 2020
TimMcElroy
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Eastern National results

That was 5 whole days ago. Waaayy too far back in my memory. Sorry for the mix-up. Congrats.
Aug. 3, 2020
TimMcElroy
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Eastern National results

Summary of results from the weekend in Loudoun County, VA-

EASTERN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS

Women’s 50 Gold
1. Unfazed (50 M)
2. Lew’s Crew (50 AAA)

Women’s 40 Gold
1. Firestyx (40 AAA)
2. Kryptonite (40 M)
3. Golden Gloves (40 AAA)


65 MAJOR
1. NJ Hitmen
2. Pill & Pill
3. High Street Bucs

60 MAJOR
1. Chicago Prime
2. Olympian Athletics
3. Sweet Construction

60 SILVER
1. High Street Bucs
2. Vecter Scorpons
3. Curtis Engine

55 MAJOR PLUS
1. Ohio Elite
2. Speedwerx

55 / 60 PLATINUM
1. FL Legends (55 M)
2. Omega IT Services (60 M+)
3. Chesapeake Flooring (55 M)

55 AAA
1. Finance of America
2. Old Stars
3. Maryland Classics

50 Major
1. Hard Hat / Latella’s
2. Hitter’s Inc.
3. CPD / Ancell

50 AAA
1. Daytona Beach Boyz
2. Woodlawn Hitting Club
3. Arooga’s Old Skool


40 PLATINUM
1. LB / Spirit’s West SMC (40 M+)
2. PA Posse (40 M)
3. Wilson’s Blvd (40 M)

40 AAA
1. Color by Design /True North
2. Rough Ryders
3. Past Our Prime

July 31, 2020
TimMcElroy
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: EASTERN NATIONALS- Delayed start times for Friday

ATTENTION ALL TEAMS...... Continued rains and soft conditions left the fields unsafe for play today. Together with the staff from Loudoun County Parks & Recreation we've decided to CANCEL all Friday games.

Managers will get revised start times for SATURDAY play at 5pm tonight. Play will (hopefully) begin at 8am. Stay tuned-

Tim
July 31, 2020
TimMcElroy
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: EASTERN NATIONALS- Delayed start times for Friday

ALL-

Mother Nature did a number on us last night so we are delaying the start of FRIDAY games as follows-
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POTOMACK LAKES-
Original start time of 8:00am is now 2:00pm
Original start time of 9:30am is now 3:00pm
Original start time of 11:00am is now 4:00pm
Original start time of 12:30pm is now 5:00pm
Original start time of 2:00pm is now 6:00pm
Original start time of 3:30pm is now 7:00pm
Original start time of 5:00pm is now 8:00pm
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PHILLIP BOLEN-
Original start time of 10:00am is now 2:00pm
Original start time of 11:30am is now 3:00pm
Original start time of 1:00pm is now 4:00pm
Original start time of 2:30pm is now 5:00pm
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BRAMBLETON PARK-
Original start time of 8:30am is now 2:00pm
Original start time of 10:00am is now 3:00pm
Original start time of 11:30am is now 4:00pm
Original start time of 1:00pm is now 5:00pm
Original start time of 2:30pm is now 6:00pm
Original start time of 4:00pm is now 7:00pm
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FORMAT- everyone is still playing their 2 scheduled pool games today.
We should be back on schedule tomorrow playing the bracket as advertised.
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ALL MANAGERS ARE BEING CALLED NOW WITH THIS INFORMATION.
Thanks in advance for your patience!

July 20, 2020
TimMcElroy
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Batter pops up, doesn't run; defense lets ball drop to get a double play. Legal?

Funny you bring golf into the conversation- Being a big time player with a true understanding of what winning is, maybe you can help little ol' me with this conundrum.

I flushed a 3 wood to 9 feet earlier today on #6 at Maple Run then rolled in the eagle putt. Since I wasn't playing from the championship tees (where the real competitive guys play) how should I have marked my scorecard?

Here's my point- Senior Softball, like golf, offers just one rule book. Major Plus plays from the same rule book that rest of us non-champions do.

Good luck to you as well. Hope to catch up with you in Vegas or someplace that the virus isn't. Tim


July 20, 2020
TimMcElroy
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Batter pops up, doesn't run; defense lets ball drop to get a double play. Legal?

Growing up, my mother always told me that two wrongs don't make a right. In the spirit of competition, the batter should run it out. The fielder should also catch the balls that they are supposed to.

You guys are too much. Intentionally dropping a ball is at least as disrespectful to the game as a batter runner not hustling.

Let me throw a scenario out-
Suppose the batter wrenches his already ailing knee on the swing and falls to the ground. As the umpire, are you allowing the defender to intentionally drop that pop-up and turn a double play?
July 19, 2020
TimMcElroy
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Bert Bennett Memorial tournament updates

Complete results have been posted to the tournament page. Thanks to all for participating.

Umpires- You did an amazing job with temps in the upper 90s. I can't thank you enough.
July 19, 2020
TimMcElroy
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Bert Bennett Memorial tournament updates

CHAMPIONSHIP SUNDAY is here.... Going to be another hot one, so please stay hydrated folks. Bert Bennett Memorial scores and brackets through last night have been posted to the tournament page. We'll do the same later today once the total tournament has completed.

Bert's brother, sister, and a few nieces & in-laws were out watching games yesterday. They were EXTREMELY grateful to see all the teams out there. Again- Thanks again. This event means the world to me, too. Tim
July 17, 2020
TimMcElroy
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Eastern Nationals

The 3 parks used on the weekend are pretty close to one another. If your team gets a hotel anywhere near the intersection of Route 7 & Route 28 you'll have a short drive to ANY of the parks- and probably a walk to restaurants.


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I normally stay out of this conversation, but HIGHLY ENCOURAGE teams to book through the housing links. With all of the COVID concerns going on, using the link should get you some relief in the event that there are changes required.

- My son plays a lot of travel lacrosse and HSB is the agent for those events. With COVID, we've had more than our share of bookings, cancellations and re-bookings. The HSB people have made this pretty seamless. Just my 2 cents.
July 14, 2020
TimMcElroy
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: NW Championship in jeopardy

Yet another example of SSUSA staff working on every possible angle to make tournaments happen in the COVID era. They are putting out fires that none of us saw coming.
July 12, 2020
TimMcElroy
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: MARYLAND CLASSIC RESULTS

I’d like to offer my thanks to all teams for making the trip to Westminster, MD this past week. The umpires did a great job and were thanked by many of you. I thank you for doing that and making their day a little easier.
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RESULTS FROM THE MARYLAND CLASSIC
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65 Major
NJ Hitmen
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65 AAA
Long Island Jaguars
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60 Gold
Olympian Athletics
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60 AAA
Long Island Jaguars
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55 Gold
Bond 124
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50 Platinum
Deluxe Bakery (Major Plus)
Trinity Home Renovations (Major)
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50 AAA
Finance of America
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40 Platinum
LB / Spirit’s West / SMC (Major Plus)
Bob Johnson / Ferra’s (Major)
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40 AAA
Potomac Sports

July 9, 2020
TimMcElroy
Topic: Website comments
Discussion: Eastern Nationals are NOT CANCELED

Today's rumor is also FALSE.
The Eastern Nationals are NOT moving to a new location.
July 8, 2020
TimMcElroy
Topic: Website comments
Discussion: Eastern Nationals are NOT CANCELED

It seems that the rumor mill is in full motion today. Some of the host hotels received calls stating that the Eastern Nationals have been canceled.
Simply stated, that is FALSE.

I suspect this was an effort on the part of a few individuals to justify room cancellations. Those actions have ripple effects, as SSUSA has already been contacted by our partners at Loudoun County Sports on the matter.

Northern Virginia entered Phase III of the recovery plan last week and the tournament numbers look great. Nearing the 100 team mark, SSUSA has no plans to cancel or even modify the Eastern National Championships. We're looking forward to seeing you in Loudoun County.




July 7, 2020
TimMcElroy
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Maryland Classic Westminster MD---Any Updates?

This is more of a reminder than an update....

I cannot be more clear on this point-
Our behavior at the park, the hotel and local restaurants will impact our ability to host senior tournaments and play ball down the road.
None of us wants to go backward with respect to the virus, the quarantine rules or the shutdown environment. Be cautious, courteous and safe this weekend. Don't be "that guy" who ruins it for the rest of us.


WAIVER FORMS-
Each team will submit a completed waiver document, complete with player names and signatures. All players must sign it before taking the field. No exceptions. Managers already have copy of the form and should be pre-populating it.


HOTEL FORMS-
Each team will submit a completed hotel tracking document before taking the field. If your team is not using hotels, we'll still need a form stating so. This hotel form will help staff communicate with players if an outbreak is discovered at a hotel after the tournament leaves town.


MANAGER CHECK-IN-
We will have a table set up near the concession stand.
Managers will find a packet of information for their team. To avoid confusion, only the manager should pick that up.


PLAYER CHECK-IN-
Players will not check in prior to games like they used to. SSUSA will check players in using the back of completed game cards. Be sure that your manager includes the names of all players that are coming on the back of each game card (print neatly).... I contacted a number of managers tonight reminding them about players that need to renew cards. Please handle that directly with SSUSA and reduce the amount of face-to-face interaction that our staff needs to have with everyone.


POST GAME HANDSHAKES-
Please refrain from the traditional post-game handshake lines. Offer your respects to the opponent from across the diamond with a simple wave.


MASKS AND FACE COVERINGS-
Catchers and umpires will need to wear them during the game. No exceptions. Position players are not required to wear a mask.

Everyone should have a park at the ballfield with them. We ask that everyone wear in high traffic areas (restroom, concession stand, etc)


SPECTATORS-
We strongly encourage teams to leave spectators at home. If you must bring someone, keep it to a minimum and don't bring anyone from an "at risk" group.


SPECTATOR SEATING-
Please do not congregate in the areas behind the backstops. Staff and umpires will be asked to regulate this. If asked to move, please do so. If watching a game, do it from down the foul lines, or even beyond the outfield fence.


HAND SANITIZER-
Each umpire will have a bottle of hand sanitizer at the field. Additional bottles will be placed around the park. We have a limited supply, so feel free to bring some of your own.


WATER JUGS-
SSUSA will not provide water in the dugouts any longer. Teams are welcome to bring their own water and gatorade - or purchase from the concession stand.


DUGOUT CLEAN UP-
We are requiring that teams clean up their own dugout at the end of the game. Don't throw waste on the ground and assume that somebody else will pick up your trash. We will do the best that we can to keep up with the trash, but need everyone's help. Feel free to bring your own trash bags.


GAME BALLS-
Each team will get 6 prior to their first game. They will be new, in wrapper. During the game we ask that the base coaches have a backup ball and some type of cleaning towel or cleaning agent to help keep the game moving along.


TIME LIMITS-
We're going to play with the standard 67 & 72 minute time limits. No additional time will be added for "covid play" so teams will need to do their part and hustle.


FINAL THOUGHT-
This will be the first time out for many of us. Please understand that everything is new. Things may take a bit longer than you are used to so arrive early and be flexible.

I APPRECIATE EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU. THANKS FOR SUPPORTING THIS TOURNAMENT AND THE TOWN OF WESTMINSTER, MD.

Tim

July 6, 2020
TimMcElroy
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Western National Tournament Cancelled ???

Again- SSUSA will make an announcement when it has something concrete to share. Posting assumptions and things that were heard on the rumor mill will only lead to confusion.
July 3, 2020
TimMcElroy
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Bert Bennett Memorial tournament

All managers (Men's 40, 50, 55 60 and Women's) received an email from me this morning concerning the Bert Bennett Memorial tournament.
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To avoid confusion-
THE TOURNAMENT IS NOT CANCELED. Repeat- NOT CANCELED.
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I am in an over-book situation, and have additional teams on the waiting list because our secondary park is not going to open in time (COVID, Grr). I've looked at a number of other locations with no success. I've got just 5 fields confirmed right now and need 114 game slots to complete the tournament using the traditional 2 pool into DE format.
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I can squeeze it all in AND still give teams the 4 games that were advertised if they are open to playing in non-traditional formats (flighted brackets, pool into single elim, etc).
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I think that most people will be happy to be back on the field, but want to be transparent here. I don't want any team feeling like they were promised "x" and received "y". Hence, today's email to managers.... If your manager is the kind of person that doesn't check email, please "ping" them for me. I am hoping to get an IN or OUT response from all 38 managers by 10am on Monday. From there I can start contacting teams on the waiting list.
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REQUEST- Only team managers should contact me, and they should do it via email. I'm looking forward to family time this holiday weekend .
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Thanks in advance everyone for respecting that .
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Tim McElroy
Tournament Director


July 3, 2020
TimMcElroy
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Renewal of ID cards.

That is a valid question, but let's sit back a minute and let SSUSA fight fires in priority order. They are focused on giving as many people as possible the opportunity to play right now. IMO, developing policy for those that either could not, or did not play in 2020 should occur after the season concludes.
July 1, 2020
TimMcElroy
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Western National Tournament location

I am 100% certain that SSUSA is looking at all potential options with respect to the Western Nationals. It doesn't make sense for them to post IF / THEN scenarios on the message board because too many people will treat potential information as factual information. It's kind of like the posting of "TENTATIVE" schedules- things beyond SSUSA's control happen, changes result and somebody goes berserk.

As for the "move it here, move it there crowd" you need to remember that most parks in the country were already booked with other events on January 1 (pre-virus). Picking up and moving an event of this size to "Y" location isn't as easy as you might think.

My advice on all COVID-19 matters remains unchanged. Be patient. SSUSA will share information when they have something concrete.
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