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, Feb. 16, 2017
TimMcElroy
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: TOC 2017

I'd like to share my experience from this year's TOC.

More than 100 players came to the park on WED morning to take BP and get hitting tips from some of the best hitters in the game. The Wednesday night all-star game was entertaining but also gave friends a chance to socialize in the stands.

Thursday's skills contests featured something for everyone (HR derby, precision hitting, precision pitching and baserunning speed). Roughly 200 people competed and twenty walked away with bats, fielder's gloves or shoes. The mini-tournament was an absolute sellout this year and allowed teams to shake off the rust prior to the tournament's official start.

The manager meeting included more give aways and a very nice golf shirt for each and every one of the 1,800 players.

Play began on Friday morning and fields were drug, lined and ready to go by 7am at Loyce Harpe (Lakeland). Each diamond was drug at least once more during the day. We did have a player at LH take a bad hop to the eyebrow- but he had no interest in leaving (rumor has it that he closed the cut with super glue). That game was stopped at the end of the inning and we drug the fields again. That was the norm at Loyce Harpe.

The banquet.... I saw a full auditorium and a lot of happy friends and fellow players. I saw a special Hall of Fame induction for a man that left us too soon. I saw a group of heroes (Louisville Slugger Warriors) show up and raise money for their cause. I saw a group of 1,500 people in attendance give those heroes a well-deserved round of applause.

Back at the fields on Saturday, I watched game after game get decided by 1 run, or 2 runs, or a walk off HR. It was awesome.

Saturday night's Louisville Slugger Warrior vs SSUSA All-Stars game was yet another 1 run game.

Championship day came on Sunday. SSUSA crowned 28 champions that day.

Remember- It's Champions vs Champions only at the SSUSA TOC. 28 teams (roughly 450 players) earned a custom ring. MVPs in each of those brackets were awarded limited edition Miken bats.

I saw laughter.
I saw frustration.
I saw joy.
I saw grown men cry.

In the days since, I've had players contact me to say THANKS for putting on a great show and it means the world to me.

Sure, I work for SSUSA. Sure, I was paid to be there.....

I say this to you honestly. I would have preferred to be there with my team and would have paid my own way for the opportunity to be on the dirt. We didn't qualify this year but are going to try like heck to be there next year. It was that special.

Tim


, Feb. 16, 2017
TimMcElroy
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: TOC

From the "can't we catch a break" file.... Miami Power was 0-3 in the 50 Major bracket over the weekend losing by scores of

31-29
30-29
30-29

Ouch!
, Feb. 13, 2017
TimMcElroy
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: TOC

Here are a few that I know

60 M+
Hollis Appraisals (FL)

60 M
Overy the Edge (CA)

55 M
Florida Automated Shade

55 AAA
Builing Innovations Group (NY)

50 M+
Team 1 Sports / Miken (FL)

50 M
KC Classics (MO)

50 AAA
Iowa Demons

50 AA
Jackson Merchants (MI)

40 M
Northwest Legends (WA)

Women's 50's
Arizona Dream Team

, Feb. 2, 2017
TimMcElroy
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: All you rule experts: Need your input..

Glad we agree.
, Feb. 2, 2017
TimMcElroy
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: All you rule experts: Need your input..

This scenario is covered in Rule 8.2C of the SSUSA rulebook.

Sounds like the umpire made the proper call.
Dead ball. Batter-runner awarded 1st base. All other runners advance one base, if forced.


If, for some reason, the 3rd baseman was positioned in front of the bag at the time of the pitch we would have had a live ball. The defensive player could pick the ball up and make whatever plays were available to him. Runners would advance at their own risk.



, Nov. 24, 2016
TimMcElroy
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: The 1 day Tourney Movement

Hello titanhd,

I should have been more clear in my response. The Columbus, IN qualifier (APR) is a 2 day, 4 game guaranteee tournament.

The ISA World Series (JUL) is also held in Columbus, IN. That is a 3 day, 5 game guarantee TOC qualifying tournament,

Tim
, Nov. 24, 2016
TimMcElroy
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: The 1 day Tourney Movement

raiderman66-

If I'm not mistaken, the only 3 day tournaments hosted by SSUSA are TOC qualifiers which offer a 5 game guarantee, draw teams from a larger geographic area and award larger prize pacakage.


You used Wilkes-Barre, Columbus and Tulsa as examples of tournaments that shouldn't be 3 days long.

Wilkes-Barre is 3 days long, but is hosted by another Association. SSUSA has nothing to do with it.

Columbus and Tulsa are hosted by SSUSA and are run over a shorter (2 day) period.
, Nov. 10, 2016
TimMcElroy
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Winter Nationals

Curtis Wilson (aka "The Wolf") from the Suncoast Adidas 40s team won the HR derby on Friday afternoon. He's also a pretty good pitcher and umpire.

Dave Reed, who will turn 70 this year also had a nice showing in the HR derby. Very impressive!


, Nov. 7, 2016
TimMcElroy
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Winter Nationals

Here are the results from N. Collier Park this week. 60 AAA results from Northwest are also included because the Jags were in the same hotel.


60 AAA
Long Island Jaguars
Slug-A-Bug
Spanky's Gang

55 Major
Team Impact
Six Pacific
Sneaky Pete's

55 Major Plus / 50 Major
FL Autoshade 55s
Miami Power
Good Times

40 / 50 Major Plus
Suncoast Adidas 40s
Miami Blitz 40s
Suncoast Adidas 50's

65 AAA
Acousti
Vios
NoVA Force

75 AAA
Long Island Jaguars 75s

Congrats everyone on a great week.

I will be posting some random pictures to the Facebook page
SSUSA - Eastern States page in a bit.


, Oct. 22, 2016
TimMcElroy
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Expected Tentative Field Assignments for Winter Worlds Phoenix

The Winter National (FL) has used 3 complexes in the older age groups for at least the past 8 yrs. Park makeup and anticipated team numbers by age / rating are pretty similar from year to year.

That isn't necessarily the case with the Winter World (AZ). In fact, SSUSA had to pick up a 3rd park last year to cover increased demand for the older groups. This year, they are probably waiting until they get more accurate numbers before projecting field assignments.

They are in a lose - lose situation here. If SSUSA doesn't project parks 30 days in advance they are scrutinized. If SSUSA projects early, but inaccurately they are crucified.



, Oct. 6, 2016
TimMcElroy
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: las vegas 50 major results

50 Major Plus
1) Sommerville
2) Team 1 Sports / Miken

50 Major
1) Gem City
2) TX Mavericks

50 AAA
1) Escobar Body Shop
2) PGC

50 AA
1) Romo's Old School
2) _______



, Sept. 10, 2016
TimMcElroy
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Vegas Bracket 60's

Sunset Park has 6 diamonds. Dirt infields and grass outfields. Construction on the concession stand at the main pod was completed 2 yrs ago.
F 11-14 are in the main pod.
F 5-6 are a short wall away.

Desert Breeze has 4 diamonds. Dirt infields and turf outfields.

Shadow Rock has 4 diamonds. All have dirt infields. F1-2 have grass outfields. F3-4 have turf outfields.

Arroyo Grand has 4 diamonds. Grass infields and outfields.

Russell Road has 2 diamonds. Dirt infields and grass infields.

Big League Dreams has 6 diamonds. Turf infields and grass outfields.

Lorenzi Park has 4 diamonds. Dirt infields and grass outfields.

Doc Romeo has 3 diamonds. Dirt infields and grass outfields.

Cheyenne Park has 4 diamonds. Dirt infields and grass outfields the last time I was there. The park has recently been renovated. I'm to that reviews have been positive.
, Sept. 7, 2016
TimMcElroy
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Vendors

All SSUSA tournaments played in Las Vegas use The Rock ball with their logo.
, Sept. 1, 2016
TimMcElroy
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: World Masters Championships


Sunset is located adjacent to McCarron Airport so it's fairly central to all hotels. 6 diamonds total. 4 in the main pod and 2 in an outer pod. All have grass outfields.

Desert Breeze has 4 diamonds with dirt infields and turf outfields.



, Aug. 27, 2016
TimMcElroy
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Mid-Atlantic Last Chance

60s
1- Pill & Pill (WV)
2- JG Drywall (PA)

55s
1- High Street Bucs (MD)
2- Omega IT Services (MD)

50s
1- Central PA Caveman (PA)
2- MD Cougars (MD)

40s
1- Mid-Atlantic Elite (VA)
2- Superior / Potomac Sports (MD)

Women
1- Team Works (PA)
2- Sweet Ladies (VA)



, Aug. 23, 2016
TimMcElroy
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Mid Atlantic Last Chance

Complete schedules were emailed to coaches at 10:30 this morning.

If you're just looking to find out when your team starts, this will help.

9:00am
Sweet Ladies
Team Works
Cental PA Caveman
No Clue / Maryland 50+
High Street Bucs 55s
Omega IT Services
JG Drywall
Pill & Pill

10:30am
Divergent
Superior 40s
MD Cougars
AB Contracting / Nobles Paint
Premier Softball

The tournament will be completed in ONE day unless we run into inclement weather.

, Aug. 22, 2016
TimMcElroy
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Mid Atlantic Last Chance

The tournament is a "GO" I was traveling back from Michigan today. The schedule is just about completed. I hope to have it in the hands of all coaches by 12pm on Tuesday. With 14 teams, I am looking to complete it all on SAT, using SUN as a rain make-up day.

Tim

, Aug. 8, 2016
TimMcElroy
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Looking up past tourney attendance & results

Go to the "tournaments" page and scroll to the bottom.
In the "tournament archive" section, pick a year and then follow the the tournament that you are looking for. Most of them have team lists, tournament results, etc there.


, Aug. 8, 2016
TimMcElroy
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Mid-Atlantic Last Chance Tournament (Sterling, VA)

This is your "last chance" if you need to qualify players for Las Vegas.
, Aug. 8, 2016
TimMcElroy
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Mid-Atlantic Last Chance Tournament (Sterling, VA)


REMINDER:

Mid-Atlantic Last Chance Qualifier
Potomack Lakes Sportsplex
20280 Cascades Parkway
Sterling, VA

4 game guarantee for $400

August 25-26 * (Men's 65, 70, 75)
August 27-28 * (Men's 40, 50, 55, 60)
August 27-28 * (Women's 40, 50)

Registration, payment & roster deadline is August 15th.
Contact Senior Softball USA to get your team registered.

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