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, June 13, 2016
TimMcElroy
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Connecticut Masters Games

SSUSA is starting to update it's Facebook page to show news and photos from events around the country.

National page
Senior Softball-USA

I recently started another that carries more of an eastern slant.

Sanior Softball USA - Eastern States

Be sure to like / follow both pages.

Tim
, June 13, 2016
TimMcElroy
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Connecticut Masters Games

60 GOLD
1) Hannington's
2) Talaga Construction
3) Cape Cod Mariners

60 AA
1) Syracuse Cyclones
2) Diamond Dawes

50 Major
1) Faddy Malone's
2) Johnny's Auto Repair
3) Hard Hat Cafe / Latella's

50 AAA
1) Roadhouse Blues
2) Chicago Sam's
3) Custom Logo


, June 6, 2016
TimMcElroy
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: CT Senior Games schedule

Message to teams that are playing in the CT Masters Games this weekend. I've written the schedule (twice actually) but we have had changes to the list of confirmed entries. We're also getting last minute requests for late starts / early starts, etc..

I am re-writing it again today / tonight with in hopes of pleasing the majority. Coaches will receive an email from me when it is done. Calls to the Sacramento office WILL NOT expedite the re-schedule process.


For now, people can expect the first games of the day to begin at 8:00am on Saturday and last games beginning at 5:00pm. Sunday will look pretty similar.

18 teams on the weekend- 9 in the 50/55 division and 9 in the 60s division.

Thanks in advance for your patience.

Tim



, June 6, 2016
TimMcElroy
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Crabtown Classic Results

Results from the Crabtown Classic (from Don Brooks)

Crabtown Results (top three)

40/50 GOLD
1 Superior/Potomac
2 Mid Atlantic
3 Team Elite

50 AAA
1 TNT
2 MD Cougars
3 Premier

55 MAJOR
1 High Street
2 Sweet Const.
3 Tri County Merchants

55 AAA
1 Beltway Bandits
2 Harford County

60 GOLD
1 Northern VA Force
2 High Street
3 Pill and Pill

65 AAA
1 Hamels
2 Spicer Properties
3 Syracuse

Thanks.........Don
, June 5, 2016
TimMcElroy
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: ISA / SSUSA Southeast Championships

65 AAA
1) Doc Marten / Ropes Courses
2) Mid-State Seniors

60 AAA
1) Cincinnati 60s
2) Brickyard Classics

55-60 Gold
1) DT Express
2) Central IL Chiefs

50-55 Gold
1) Old Style / Windy City
2) Blue Grass




, May 31, 2016
TimMcElroy
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: which do your prefer on a 5 game guarantee?

coop3636-

I am the person that wrote the schedules for the ISA / SSUSA Southeast Championships. I thank you (and all teams) for participating in this event.

There are 2 reasons that I built them in that manner that I did.
Well, 3 actually-

1) Simplification: It is impossible to run a 3gg bracket in divisions with 4 or fewer teams.

By setting the tournament up as I did, every team in this tournament (even your 6 team division) now has the exact same format- 3 pool games into a double elimination.

My goal was to simplify things and avoid the question that was certain to come- "Why do we play this, and they play that?"


2) Fairness to all teams: Your TN Connection team requested a late start. That request, coupled with other field constraints have an impact on start times, finish times and bracket setup for every other team in the tournament. Using an alternate format would have led to extended breaks between games for some and the possibility of playing just 1 game on a particular day for another. Neither of those options would have been popular.

As constructed, every team in your division finishes their pool games at the same exact same time. Nobody has to wait around or make phone calls to obtain their next game assignment. The same logic applies in the other divisions, too.


3) Tournament Flavor: There are teams from 8 states coming to this tournament. I've had your TN Connection 55s team in other events and you have been extremely vocal about not wanting to play in small brackets, or playing against the same team multiple times in a tournament. The existing schedule puts that argument to bed before it even begins.


See you at the park-

Tim





, May 16, 2016
TimMcElroy
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Atlantic Coast Champsionship Results

Here are your top finishers from Loudoun County, VA for the weekend.
Thanks to the park staff for their efforts, and thanks to all teams during the week for their patience and understanding while we got the fields prepped, re-prepped, etc.


Women's 40
1) Motown Magic Bachelors
2) Team Works
3) Chill 40 Below

40 / 50 Gold
1) Elmwood Sports Center
2) BH Maintenance
3) Team Elite / Miken

40 / 50 Platinum
1) Team USA
2) Bryson's Pub
3) Mid-Atlantic Elite 40s

50-AAA
1) Road House
2) Team 757
3) Central PA Caveman

50-55 Silver
1) Jackson Merchants (50-AA)
2) Precision Ford (55-AAA)
3) Harford County LV

55 Platinum
1) Omega IT Services
2) Florida Auto Shade 55s
3) Scrap Iron Rocky Mountain Thunder

60 Major
1) JG Drywall
2) High Street Bucs
3) Promotion

60 Silver
1) Spring Ford
2) N. Virginia Force
3) Syracuse Cyclones
65 Platinum
1) High Street Bucs
2) Herm-Tech
3) Hamel Builders / Superior

65-AAA
1) Athletic Outlet
2) Ohio Silverados
3) Syracuse Cyclones

70-AAA
1) Bostonian Shoes
2) Ed Hamel's
3) Jersey Masters

75 Gold
1) Pittsburgh Gold
2) Hamel's
3) Bailey Talent Cavaliers


, May 1, 2016
TimMcElroy
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Brickyard results

The 2016 edition of the Brickyard Classic is officially in the books.

What a week! We had more than our share of rain at this tournament but were able to play 90% of the scheduled games. A huge thank you goes out to the park staff for getting the fields into playing shape, to the umpires who sat through a 6+ hour rain delay and to all teams for being patient while we sorted things out. Your compliments were greatly appreciated during the weekend but not necessary. You are the customer, and you deserve the service that we provided.

THANK YOU- Tim


Results from the 60 and 65-70 divisions have already been posted to the website by Dave Dowell. A summarized version of the weekend results are here for your enjoyment.

50/55 Major Plus
1) DLB
2) 50 Caliber / Dudley
3) Dave Jackson Nissan

50 Major
1) AB Contracting / Nobles
2) Gem City
3) Windy City Thunder

50 AAA
1) Steel City A's
2) Senior Dogs
3) O-50

50 AA
1) Jackson Merchants
2) All-In Softball

55 Major
1) MI Smash
2) J&J Sports
3) CPOA / N. Ohio Printing

55 Silver
1) Old Stars
2) Dayton Legends
3) Illinois Chiefs


, April 20, 2016
TimMcElroy
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Not the way to end an open inning

Earlier in that inning, player "A" hit a double into the gap and was replaced by a courtesy runner. Later that same innng, player "A" entered the game as a courtesy runner for another player.

By stepping on 1st base, player "A" violated the courtesy runner rules and was declared out. Unfortunately for him, that was the final out of the game.

Tim
, April 18, 2016
TimMcElroy
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Tidewater Classic Results

60 Major
1) NoVA Force
2) Long Island Jaguars
, April 18, 2016
TimMcElroy
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Tidewater Classic Results

We left the park around 6:30pm last night after an IF game and drove straight home (5 hours). Here are the results from Virginia Beach. Details are being shipped back to Sacramento today.

Thanks to all teams for participating. Cal and I enjoyed ourselves and hope that you did, too.


40 / 50 Major
1) MD Elite / Miken
2) Superior 40s / Potomac Sports

50 AAA
1) Team 757
2) Time Bandits
3) Straight Gas

55 Major
1) Woodlawn Funeral Home
2) The Bank
3) Omega QSE

55 AAA
1) Building Innovation
2) Harford County LV
3) PACS

60 AAA
1) NoVA Force
2) Long Island Jaguars
3) Talaga Masonry

55 / 60 AA
1) Longshoreman 55s
2) The Starboard / OTS 60s
3) Syracuse Cyclones 60s

65 AAA
1) Long Island Jaguars Red
2) Spicer Properties


, March 23, 2016
TimMcElroy
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Appeal Play?

No run scores.
This is not an appeal play.

Rule 8.3 C
The batter-runner is out when he fails to advance to first base and enters the team area after a batted fair ball, a base on balls or catcher's interference. EFFECT: The ball is dead, the batter-runner is out and runners cannot advance.


, Dec. 21, 2015
TimMcElroy
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Looking for a 40+ team

Smitty13,

Superior 40s, based out of Frederick is looking to add a few players for the 2016. Tentative plan is to play 1 a month. Shoot me an email with your info (positions, etc).

PotomacSports1@gmail.com


, Nov. 23, 2015
TimMcElroy
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Who won 55 Major and 55 AAA in Phoenix??

PAPAGO PARK RESULTS

70 AAA
1. Kinipopo Hawaii
2. Sons of Pitches

70 AA
1. Git R Done
2. Yavapai Casino

65 Major
1. Centex (6 straight wins on Thursday)
2. AZ Ancient

60 AA
1. NM Boomers
2. Stagecoach Saloon

50/55 AA
1. Tucson Buds
2. Manifest

50 AAA
1. Hawaii Five-0
2. Down & Dirty

There were 4 false statements in my original post on this topic.
I was hoping to fool everyone into believing that ahh, nevermind-


, Nov. 23, 2015
TimMcElroy
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Who won 55 Major and 55 AAA in Phoenix??

PAPAGO PARK RESULTS

70 AAA
1. Centex (6 straight wins on Thursday)
2. AZ Ancient

70 AA
1. Git r Done
2. Yavapai Casino

65 Major
1. Kinipopo Hawaii
2. Sons 9f Pitches

60 AA
1. NM Boomers
2. Stagecoach Saloon

50 / 55 AA
1. Tucson Buds
2. Manifest

50 AAA
1. Hawaii Five-0
2. Down & Dirty
, Nov. 23, 2015
TimMcElroy
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Who won 55 Major and 55 AAA in Phoenix??

Papago results

70 AA
1. Git R Done
2. Yavapai Casino

70 AAA
1. Kinipopo / Hawaii
2. Sons of Pitches

65 Major
1. Centex (6 wins on Sunday!)
2. AZ Ancient

60 AA
1. New Mexico Boomers
2. Stagecoach Saloon

50/55 AA
1. Tucson Buds
2. Manifest

50 AAA
1. Hawaii Five-O
2. Down & Dirty
, Nov. 9, 2015
TimMcElroy
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Winter National results

I normally take a picture of the brackets on my phone before sending them back, but didn't do that this time (brain cramp).

Here are some of my recollections from the weekend-

60 Major... Hannington's beat Golden Vipers by 1 in the championship to force an "if" game. Golden Vipers took the "if" game with a 1 run victory of their own. High Street Bucs 60s finished 3rd.


55/60 Platinum- Florida Auto Shade 55s went undefeated beating Levin Financial 55s in the winner's final (walk off in the 8th inning) and then again 12-8 (?) in the championship game. Six-Pak from Kentucky finished 3rd.


60 Major Plus- Hollis and Doc's were included in the 55/60 Platinum division. They met in the 4th place game of that bracket on Sunday morning. Hollis won that game, but a combination of heat, humidity and injuries resulted in them dropping out of the tournament at that point.


50/55 Platinum- Team 1 / Miken played well this weekend and beat Team Ohio in the winner's final and again in the championship game. Good Times got off to a slow start in the tournament, but battled back and finished 3rd.

The 325' fences at N. Collier Regional Park make for an interesting game, particularly at the M / M+ level.


I've worked at this tournament for 5 or 6 yrs now and am always impressed by the high level of sportsmanship and fellowship that exists. Thank you all for setting the example for the players that follow you.

Tim
, Nov. 8, 2015
TimMcElroy
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Winter National results

From North Collier Park:

65 AAA
Red Heat

60 Major Plus
Hollis

60 Major
Golden Vipers

55 Major
FL Auto Shade

50 Major Plus
Team 1 / Miken

50 Major
Team Ohio


, Nov. 6, 2015
TimMcElroy
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: AAA team from PA defeated by Major team

For what it's woth, the Venom 70s team did not reach the finals in this tournament. They were eliminated at 8am on Thursday and finished tied for 7th.


, Oct. 21, 2015
TimMcElroy
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Why is this rule not enforced??

Most of us have played ball for a long time using a wide variety of rules, arch limits, etc. When rules change, we adjust. I don't understand why this batter's box issue is any different.

Make whatever adjustment you need to, but learn how to defend the entire strike zone without breaking the established batter's box rules.
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