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, April 30, 2017
TimMcElroy
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: TOC

The WESTERN nationals are the last week in July
The EASTERN nationals are the first week in August

Winners from those 2 tournaments play each other during the World Masters Championships in Las Vegas.
, April 28, 2017
TimMcElroy
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Out of the Batters Box.

Rather than "fix" the rule, maybe players could adjust to the ones that have been in place for over a decade?
, April 23, 2017
TimMcElroy
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Tidewater Classic

The Tidewater Classic was rained out today. The completed game scores and paperwork have been sent to the SSUSA offices.


, April 22, 2017
TimMcElroy
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: TIDEWATER CLASSIC: Revised game times for SUNDAY

REVISED SUNDAY SCHEDULE FOR TIDEWATER CLASSIC

At this time, all games are scheduled to play using the normal 70 minute time limits. However, additional rainfall may result in modified formats. See the director at the field if you have any questions.

ALL TEAMS must be at the field, ready to play 30 minutes prior to the start time posted below.


40 Menís Masters (all games to be played on RED #1)
8:30am- Team Steel / Miken vs Superior 40s
9:30am- Quad-State Masters vs 8:30am winner
10:30am- 8:30am loser vs 9:30am loser
11:30am- CHAMP GAME
12:30pm- IF necessary game


50 Major (all games to be played on RED #4)
8:30am- Mizuno / RBL vs Team Elite / Miken
10:00am- Best 2 of 3, game 2
11:30am- Best 2 of 3, game #3 (IF needed)


50 AAA (all games to be played on GREEN #1)
8:30am- VA Patriots vs Bobcats
9:30am- Team 757 vs 8:30am winner
10:30am- Central PA Cavemen vs 9:30am winner
11:30am- Straight Gas vs 10:30am winner (CHAMP GAME)
12:30pm- IF necessary game


55 Platinum (all games to be played on GREEN #4)
8:30am- The Bank vs Bldg. Innovation Group
9:30am- Team Disconnect vs 8:30am winner
10:30am- Woodlawn Funeral Home vs 9:30am winner
11:30am- Olympian Athletics vs 10:30am winner (CHAMP GAME)
12:30pm- IF necessary game


55 AAA (all games to be played on RED #2)
8:30am- Crossfit vs Beltway Bandits
9:30am- DHF vs 8:30am loser
10:30am- 8:3am winner vs 9:30am winner (CHAMP GAME)
11:30am- IF necessary game


55 / 60 AA (all games to be played on GREEN #2)
8:30am- Syracuse Cyclones vs Longshoremen (pick-up in progress)
9:30am- Starboard vs 8:30am winner
10:30am- 8:30am loser vs 9:30am loser
11:30am- 9:30am winner vs 10:30am winner (CHAMP GAME)
12:30pm- IF necessary game


60 Major (all games to be played on GREEN #3)
8:30am- Omega QSE vs High Street Bucs
9:30am- Promotion vs 8:30am winner
10:30am- Hanningtonís vs 9:30am winner (CHAMP GAME)
11:30am- IF necessary game


60 AAA (all games to be played on RED #3)
By rule, Talaga Construction was eliminated as a result of rain-shortened game (trailing after 5 Ĺ innings).
8:30am- Pompano Crush vs Long Island Jaguars
9:30am- NoVA Force vs 8:30am winner
10:30am- Reality Check vs 9:30am winner (CHAMP GAME)
11:30am- IF necessary game


Tournament staff will call each coach tonight (SAT) to confirm revised start times.

We appreciate your patience-



, April 18, 2017
TimMcElroy
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Looking for a team in the Alexandria, VA area

Hi Steve,

Message sent.
, April 16, 2017
TimMcElroy
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Adding New Players

OldGymRat,

I detect some confusion here. Is it possible that you are reading from the roster composition rules of the ACTUAL Tournament of Champions?

If so, please understand that there are different (less stringent) rules for participating in a TOC qualifying event. If you do earn a berth to the TOC, the rules for adding players for that specific event change a bit.


As long as your players meet the established age and geographic requirements there should be no issue.

I hope to see you in Loudoun County.


, April 1, 2017
TimMcElroy
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: MARYLAND SPRING FLING updates

The MD Spring Fling has been canceled for this weekend. All coaches have been notified.

Tim
, March 31, 2017
TimMcElroy
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: MARYLAND SPRING FLING updates

SATURDAY PLAY for the Maryland Spring Fling has been canceled due to heavy rainfall. We have gotten a good amount of it overnight, and it's scheduled to continue into the late evening tonight. For safety reasons, we will NOT play tomorrow.

The plan is to make this a 1-day tournament on Sunday (April 2nd) with a modified format. Coaches will hear from me again tonight with more detail on the revision.

All coaches have been contacted this morning, but I'm posting this message so that everyone gets the message.

There WILL NOT be a manager meeting tonight, but the host hotel is still offering SSUSA specials on beer, wings and more for teams and players that happen to be in town.


Thanks in advance for your patience-

Tim McElroy
Tournament Director





, March 27, 2017
TimMcElroy
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Teams and Times

I would strongly encourage anyone with a 5+ hour drive to arrive on Friday night rather than take chances with construction traffic in the Baltimore or DC metro area (even on a weekend) but that is an individual choice.

All coaches have received the full schedules and tournament information. For planning purposes, here are the start times for each team-


40 Masters
Color by Design- 9:00
East Coast Berserk- 9:00
Red Eye 40s- 9:00
Superior 40s- 9:00
Y'All Next- 10:30


50 AAA
Finance of America- 9:00
Fine Wine 50s- 9:00
Gaithersburg Rental- 9:00
Helltown- 9:00
OA 50s- 10:30

55 AAA
Beltway Bandits- 12:00
Lynch Construction- 12:00
Maryland Cougars- 12:00
Pittsburgh North- 12:00



All teams will play 3 games on SAT (2 teams will play a 4th) but NO team will be eliminated on SAT afternoon. The tournament will finish on SUN afternoon. There are 1:30pm championship games in each division with 3:00pm "IF" games



, 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) _______



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