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Real name:
John OSullivan

Location:
Oak Forest, IL

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Men's 50

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Nov. 29, 2023
JohnO28
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Midwest Championships

Bob21,

How many teams would that be? Honest question, a quick scan of 50 55 and 60s ratings on the SSUSA website shows a total of 6 teams combined for those 3 age groups.

Nov. 26, 2023
JohnO28
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Midwest Championships

Rob64,

A little common sense goes a long way. Have no idea why this would have been moved. A quick scan of the Ratings page shows there are 8 total 50's MN teams and 6 I've never seen play ever and it looks like 4 haven't played in a tourney in 4 years.


Nov. 18, 2023
JohnO28
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: shoes

I have tried almost everything and thought I had finally settled on the NB being the best I could find.. That changed this year, I gave the Under Armour Yard Turfs a try and I will never go back to NB after..
Nov. 16, 2023
JohnO28
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Midwest Championships

STL0,

I'd love to know the thought process of HQ when it comes to tourneys. The last several years they tried the Windy City Classic in early April in Chicago, it' kept getting canceled because lack of interest because it's too damn cold still. Now they move the Northern Championships from MI to even further North in MN a week earlier. Teams that has been getting in it from IL, IN, WI, MI who were the majority of the teams that made up the paritipation. 27 out of 38 teams that got in last year were from 4 states I listed. The rest were from OH and ON,C. Talking with multiple managers from IL, IN and MI they won't even consider making that drive in April with a huge chance of rainout.

Oct. 22, 2023
JohnO28
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Player Classification

If a player played 50 Major last year and filled in for some tourneys last year on a 55 Major team as well and move as an individual to 55s next year what will their ranking be? I've heard they would stay Major at 55 but also heard that since they were Major in 50s and moving up as an individual to 55s they would be classified as Major+.
Oct. 3, 2023
JohnO28
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Worlds Vegas

Congrats to SSUSA for their hard work and effort that went into this years worlds.

Not sure what was my favorite part. It was really nice to see the update brackets posted everyday so people could follow along. That was a nice change of pace and something everyone has been asking for for a long time.

But if I had to pick it would be one of these:

Was it when we were told on this message boards that when we got to the fields the Baden balls we had purchased already but didn't have the SSUSA logo on them would be swapped out at the parks but were denied once we got there.

Or was it the new state of the art seeding program that they used this year that had the most teams I've ever heard complain about having to play not only teams multiple times in same tourney. Hell one 55 teams out of their 4 games they played the same team twice and one of them is local to them and someone they've played against at home. Or teams like myself that flew all the way to Vegas to play the same team twice this past weekend that we've played in 5 tourneys already this year.

Nah, I think it's the fact they let a Major team who had success last year who already had 2 Major+ players on their roster petition down to AAA while they spent the whole year winning tourneys at the Major level in every other association while playing AAA in SSUSA. Then they proceed to go undefeated winning all their games by a margin of over 10.5 runs a game.
Sept. 27, 2023
JohnO28
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: 50ís AAA PODS

After the pool play games to determine seeding, When and where will the brackets be posted then?
Sept. 22, 2023
JohnO28
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Thread Closed

Coop3636,

There are multiple programs available to do this.
Sept. 20, 2023
JohnO28
Topic: Website comments
Discussion: Can you please update the brackets for tournament...

Banditos180,

Thats a fight you're not going to win. It's been addressed here hundreds of times and brought to their attention that every single other association has live updates during games and they say it can't be done. Ironic that EVERY other smaller association makes it happen but ssusa won't
Sept. 20, 2023
JohnO28
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Batter out of the box

TitanHD,

I have been told by SSUSA HQ specifically Ant that no player is allowed to play for more than 2 teams in the same age group in a season. If a player is on a roster for example at 50 AAA buy never even plays a tourney for them but then is released from that team and he plays for another team that year he's not allowed to play for anyone else the whole season

The scenario that happened to a guy we tried to pick up was he agreed to play for a team in MI and they put him on a roster their team roster but he never played a tourney for them. He asked to be released from the team when he realized they were only going to play 2 tourneys all year. He got on another roster and didn't feel he was being used properly and was basically just being used as a runner. Him and that manager came to an agreement that he would he released. It was then he found out from Ant that the only team he could play for for the rest of the year was the team he was just being released from according to SSUSA rules that no play may be released from 2 rosters in the same age group and still be eligible to play for another team. Apparently it's supposed to prevent team hopping but it's rarely enforced from what we've seen.
Sept. 18, 2023
JohnO28
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Batter out of the box

It's ironic that Dave used that guys pics, it's been assumed by bascially every Midwest team that SSUSA couldn't actually see that guy to know he exists considering he plays on average of at least 6 different teams all in the 50s division every year to the point his nickname is Rent-A-Catcher... Now that there is actually video proof of him existing and was posted by someone who works at SSUSA HQ they have no argument that NOBODY plays for more than 2 teams in a season... Thanks for sharing Dave.
Sept. 14, 2023
JohnO28
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Tie Breaker Rule

Rob64,

Until Associations start holding teams to accountable to play in the divisions they've earned nothing will change. Sadly some teams would rather play against lesser talent than equal or better.
Sept. 12, 2023
JohnO28
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Tie Breaker Rule

Played in a non SSUSA event this weekend and had something come up we've never seen before.

4 team pod with 2 pool play games so it's not a round robin. One team went 2-0 and one went 0-2. The two 1-1 teams played each other. team 1 gave up 33 runs while team 2 gave up 42 runs but team 2 beat team 1 in their head to head matchup.

When seeding came out the team that gave up 33 runs was 3 seed while the team that gave up 43 was the 2 seed. The director said that when there are ONLY 2 teams that are tied head to head matchup is used instead of runs against. If 3 or more teams are tied then it reverts back to runs given up.

There wasn't a single player there that had ever heard that rule before and none of us could understand how head to head trumps runs given up. Doesn't seem right that the entire rest of the games are decided by one set of rules and then 2 teams are governed by a different set of rules. You are basically throwing out what happened in the other game. I can see if it was round robin that head to head would be used as a tie breaker but can't see how it's not standard for everyone to use runs given up except 2 teams.

Can someone make sense of that to us because the director said that happens in every association and I've never seen it before. The only ones he could find to agree with him were umpires, not a single player.


Sept. 4, 2023
JohnO28
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Player Classification

Thought I saw this talked about earlier this year but can't find it now. I thought I had read that if for example a 50AAA player was also playing 55 Major he would then be classified as a Major player in both 55 and 50s. Is that true?

Aug. 31, 2023
JohnO28
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Session 4 Field Assignments

Dave,

Do you know when we will know which which fields the 50s will be playing for Vegas?
Aug. 24, 2023
JohnO28
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: vegas 50 AAA

talk to you tomorrow
Aug. 7, 2023
JohnO28
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Injury Rule

Had a guy go down due to injury this weekend in the 2nd inning of semifinal game. We didn't have a sub and were told we had to take an out for the whole game which I always understood to be the rule. Had 2 different people tell me since then that only the first time through the lineup is an out. What is the official rule on this?
Aug. 7, 2023
JohnO28
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Midwest Championships This Past Weekend

Can we get some clarifications as to what happened this weekend in Wentzville and what is going to be done about it?


Fridays games were delayed due to weather and we were given updates as to when the games would finally start and were told they would be 45 minutes or 5 innings whichever came first then the open. When we get there we're told they are now 40 minute games even though when we checked in the director said 45.


It rained again Friday night and seemingly whoever takes care of the fields flat out refused try to even get the fields ready to play for Saturday even after the umpires offered to do it themselves if they unlocked gates and provided them with squeegees and field dry. The umpires told us the 1 and only person that came out to the fields said they didn't want their fields ruined by playing on them and their guys refused to come in on a Saturday to work the fields.

The fields the rest of the tourney were played at managed to get their fields up and ready and played all day on Saturday while we were sporadically lead along via text with virtually no communication from our site director because she wasn't given any directions. Yet somehow some of the team Managers that were supposed to be playing at our complex that had nothing to do so they were watching games at the fields that were made ready were told by that site director that our entire tourney was canceled for the weekend and save ourselves money and just go home.

Then after sitting around for 11 hours waiting to get some sort of factual information we get a text at 8 00 PM at night telling us in fact we are playing the next morning and what time. Only to find out our double elimination tourney has now turned into a single elimination game with 1 team that finally had enough of the circus and just went home and never showed. Some games and some fields had 2 umpires and some had 1 and there was no rhyme or reason as to who got 2 and who got 2. The 50AAA was the only division to get reduced to a single elimination as far as I know and I think it was the 55 or 60s that were also at that complex played that played double elimination and the managers there were complaining that they would rather just do the single elimination so they could put the shit show behind them and head home.

We had a guy get hurt and tear his calf muscle and couldn't walk on Sunday and we asked if the grounds crew could put him in the back of the cart they and drive him to his car and were just given a flat no we don't do that from the director. She never made any attempt to talk to anyone to see if they could drive him out there.

Almost $700 in tourney fees for a guaranteed 5 game tourney and we get to play 8 innings on Friday and 2 games on Sunday while the rest of tourney got their full 5 games. There needs to be at the very least some explinations given and some money refunded to those that didn't get anywhere near their 5 games. They knew the storms were coming in Friday night and Saturday night and no attempt was done to play games Friday night before the storms came in. The other complex played games until midnight to get games in before the rain.

July 27, 2023
JohnO28
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Midwest Championships

Dave,
It says 5 games scheduled, is there going to be 3 pool play games played Friday for the 50s?
July 24, 2023
JohnO28
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Midwest championships

A's, you have been registered as AAA in SSUSA since April of 2021.. This certainly can't be the first time you've shown up to a SSUSA event and played as a AAA team knowing you're supposed to be registered as a Major team.
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