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, June 17, 2017
TimMcElroy
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: New fields in Florida

Gents,

I'm not answering on behalf of SSUSA but am offering my observation.

SSUSA probably doesn't offer a ton of tournaments in FL out of respect for it's past relationship with the half-century group. Half century runs 2 tournaments a month if I remember correctly.
SSUSA does a pretty good job of not stepping on established dates of other groups and they should be commended for that.

Another thing to consider is timing.... The events that are run in FL occur when you're most likely to get out of state entries. New Jersey teams aren't going to FL in June / July.

As far as the complex in Sanford goes, it is a nice facility. I'm sure that SSUSA is aware of it and that they will be there if something can be worked out.

Rather than bash them, give Terry and Fran some credit. Their success is no accident.




, June 4, 2017
TimMcElroy
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: CT MASTERS UPDATES

FINAL STANDINGS....

60 MAJOR
1) Hannington’s
2) Deep Purple

60 AAA
1) Talaga Construction
2) Cape Cod Mariners

60 AA
1) Syracuse Cyclones
2) Diamond Dawgs

50 Major
1) Roebell Painters
2) Domino’s / Bob Johnson

50 AAA
1) Central PA Cavemen
2) Chicago Sam’s


Thanks everyone for attending. I'm showering up and making the 8 hour drive home tonight. I will be adding some photos from the tournament to the SSUSA Eastern States facebook page in the next day or so.

Tim
, June 4, 2017
TimMcElroy
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: CT MASTERS UPDATES

60 MAJOR BRACKET
Game 1- Hannington’s- 15 vs Deep Purple- 11
Game 2- Deep Purple vs Hannington’s (in prorgress) Championship game
Game 3- 2:00pm- Deep Purple vs Hannington’s if necessary


60 SILVER BRACKET
Game 1- Talaga Construction- 17 vs Diamond Dawgs- 12
Game 2- Syracuse Cyclones- 22 vs Mike’s Blue Collar- 18
Game 3- Talaga Construction- 17 vs Cape Cod Mariners- 12
Game 4- Diamond Dawgs- 19 vs Mike’s Blue Collar- 15
Game 5- Talaga Construction- 22 vs Syracuse Cyclones- 11 (winner bracket final)
Game 6- Cape Cod Mariners- 22 vs Diamond Dawgs- 16
Game 7- Cape Cod Mariners- vs Syracuse Cyclones- (in progress)
Game 8- Talaga Construction vs TBD (1:30pm) Championship Game
Game 9- Talaga Construction vs TBD (3:00pm) If necessary


50 MAJOR BRACKET
Game 1- Hard Hat / Latella - 30 vs JeMar / Perfect Pitch- 17
Game 2- Domino’s / Bob Johnson- 19 vs Johnny’s Auto- 16
Game 3- Roebell Painters – 25 vs Hard Hat / Latella’s- 24
Game 4- Johnny’s Auto- 19 vs JeMar / Perfect Pitch- 13
Game 5- Roebell Painters- 18 vs Domino’s / Bob Johnson- 16 (winner bracket final)
Game 6- Johnny’s Auto- 20 vs Hard Hat / Latella’s- 18
Game 7- Domino’s / Bob Johnson- vs Johnny’s Auto- (3rd place, in progress)
Game 8- 2:00pm- Roebell Painters vs TBD Championship Game
Game 9- 3:30pm- Roebell Painters vs TBD If necessary


50 AAA BRACKET
Game 1- Central PA Cavemen- 22 vs Custom Logo- 15
Game 2- PGC / Access Security- 18 vs Chicago Sam’s 15
Game 3- Chicago Sam’s- 23 vs Custom Logo- 14
Game 4- Central PA Cavemen- 18 vs PGC / Access Security- 17
Game 5- Chicago Sam’s- 23 vs PGC / All Access Security- 19
Game 6- 12:30pm- Central PA Cavemen- vs Chicago Sam’s - Championship Game in progress
Game 7- 2:00pm- Central PA Cavemen- vs Chicago Sam’s- If necessary


, June 3, 2017
TimMcElroy
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: CT MASTERS UPDATES

We still have another day of play at the CT Masters Games, but here are your results from Saturday-

CONNECTICUT MASTERS GAMES
SMITH PARK (Middletown, CT)

Men’s 60’s Division seed games
Hannington’s (Maj)- 22 vs Mike’s Blue Collar (AAA)- 16
Diamond Dawgs (AA)- 13 vs Syracuse Cylones (AA)- 14
Hannington’s (Maj)- 17 vs Talaga Construction (AAA)- 16
Deep Purple (Maj)- 13 vs Cape Cod Mariners (AAA)- 20
Cape Cod Mariners (AAA)- 25 vs Diamond Dogs (AA)- 14
Deep Purple (Maj)- 16 vs Mike’s Blue Collar (AAA)- 18
Talaga Construction (AAA)- 14 vs Syracuse Cyclones (AA)- 17

60 Major (Best 2 of 3)-
1) Hannington’s (2-0)
2) Deep Purple (0-2)

60 Silver seeding-
1) Cape Cod Mariners (2-0)
2) Syracuse Cyclones (2-0)
3) Mike’s Blue Collar (1-1)
4) Talaga Construction (0-2)
5) Diamond Dogs (0-2)


CONNECTICUT MASTERS GAMES
SAGE PARK (Berlin, CT)

Men’s 50 Major Division seed games
Domino’s / Bob Johnson-33 vs Hard Hat Café / Latella- 18
Je-Mar / Perfect Pitch-12 vs Johnny’s Auto & Truck-14
Domino’s / Bob Johnson- 20 vs Roebell Painters- 30
Hard Hat Café / Latella- 29 vs Je-Mar / Perfect Pitch- 15
Johnny’s Auto & Truck- 16 vs Roebell Painters- 21

50 Major seeding-
1) Roebell Painters (2-0)
2) Johnny’s Auto (1-1)
3) Domino’s / Bob Johnson (1-1)
4) Hard Hat Café / Latella (1-1)
5) Je-Mar / Perfect Pitch (0-2)


50 AAA Division seed games
Central PA Cavemen-22 vs Chicago Sam’s-23
Central PA Cavemen-14 vs PGC / Access Security- 29
Chicago Sam’s-11 vs Custom Logo- 23
Custom Logo- 22 vs PGC / Access Security- 14

50 AAA seeding-
1) Custom Logo (2-0)
2) PGC / Access Security (1-1)
3) Chicago Sam’s (1-1)
4) Central PA Cavemen (0-2)

, May 23, 2017
TimMcElroy
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Umpire Got It Wrong - Loudoun VA

Tournament UIC / Field Director response:

Crackerjack06: I will apologize on behalf of the umpire crew for the inappropriate comment made by that umpire. He and I will have a conversation very soon.

Regarding the chopped ball play, I'm wondering if you might be confusing a chopped ball (high bouncing ball) with a softly hit ball (slow roller). The question to consider in that case is- Did the batter complete the swing?

impster23: I was seated in the front row of the bleachers behind home plate (Bolen Park, F10) when this play happened and saw it differently. The ball came to rest in fair territory just out front of home plate, just inside of the foul line. The batter did not make contact with the ball as he exited the box giving us a live ball (Had he stepped on it or kicked it, the ball would have moved again).

Out #1 was recorded when the catcher threw down to first for the force out.

Out #2 was recorded when the Cougar defender tug the runner that started that play on 1b. On contact, your guy didn't hold the bag at 1st or break for 2nd. He chose a 3rd option- standing a few steps off of the base arguing that the ball was foul.

Your team had a very good weekend. Brighter days are ahead for Lynch Construction. See you soon.

Tim


, May 23, 2017
TimMcElroy
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: ACC results

65 Platinum
1) Superior
2) NJ Hittmen

65 Silver
1) Jersey Masters
2) Bradford White

70 Major
1) Jersey Masters
2) Bostonian 70s

70 AAA
1) Spicer Properties
2) Syracuse Cyclones

75 AAA
1) Bailey Talent Cavaliers
2) Monkey Joe's Big Nut Company


, May 23, 2017
TimMcElroy
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: ACC results

Women's 40 Gold
1) Chill
2) Sweet Ladies

Women's 40 Silver
1) Lew's Crew
2) Fireballs


, May 23, 2017
TimMcElroy
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: ACC results

40 Major
1) PA Posse
2) Thunder / Giant Steel

40 AAA
1) JD Oxford's / Bob Johnson Chevrolet
2) Superior 40s / Potomac Sports

50 Major Plus
1) Blue Mountain / Team USA
2) Mid-Atlantic

50 Major
1) BH Maintenance
2) Mizuno / RB Lawncare

50 AAA
1) Trinity / Rizzo
2) Gaithersburg Rental

55 Major Plus
1) High Street Bucs
2) FL Automated Shade

55 Major
1) Building Innovation Group
2) Action Auto Parts

55 AAA
1) Maryland Cougars
2) Lynch Construction

60 Major
1) Cardot
2) Omega QSE

60 AAA
1) NoVA Force
2) Pill & Pill


, May 11, 2017
TimMcElroy
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: 50 AAA team looking for an outfielder

Fine Wine / Potomac Sports out of VA / MD is looking for an outfielder (or utility player) to fill out the roster. The team is partially funded and will play 6-7 tournaments in the region this year.

4 SSUSA + ISSA in Salem & Richmond.

If interested, send email to PotomacSports1@gmail.com


, May 1, 2017
TimMcElroy
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Polk County Masters Showcase

This event was played. Because it was an independently administered event, the schedules were not posted to this website. Managers of participating teams received the schedules via email.

50 / 55 Major results
1. RBC / Pro-Grass
2. LeMay Contracting

50 / 55 AAA results
1. Hit & Run for the Cure
2. FL Legends


Have a great day everyone.
, 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 Men’s 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- Hannington’s 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 ½ 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


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