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Discussion: Age

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June 29, 2018
nails
Men's 70
71 posts
Age
What month determines softball age. I always thought NOV 1.?
June 29, 2018
cyborg45
Men's 75
194 posts
The year that you turn a certain age determines your age group,no matter what the month. As an example, if you are 64 this year, next year you will turn 65. As such, you will be able to play with the 65 age group no matter the month of birth. It changes for the 70 and above age groups. For instance, 75 and above can have 5 74 year olds on their roster.
June 29, 2018
Nancy Allen
Men's 55
1438 posts
All of our birthdays are on January 1 every year for our senior softball age. Nails, you might be thinking of what I like to call the play ahead tournaments that usually occur in November where you can use the next year's roster. So for instance a 49 year old can play because they will be 50 the next year.
June 29, 2018
nails
Men's 70
71 posts
thanks i knew something had to do with november
July 23, 2018
Wayne 37
Men's 65
773 posts
I will turn 64 on November 1st. Can I move up to 65 next year (2019)?
July 23, 2018
DaveDowell
Men's 70
4312 posts
YES
July 25, 2018
doker
Men's 60
185 posts
hey guys just a thought here!! one of our competitors.....SPA ....allows three 69 yearolds to play in their 70 + tourneys. i know so what!!!! Well, as we are getting older by the minute(i play 70's) it is getting harder and harder to get enough players to attend some our better tournaments.Some being a plane ride away instead of just driving to THEM!!!! IS THERE A CHANCE WE COULD GET THIS FOR THE 70 TEAMS AS WE HAVE IT FOR THE 75+ TEAMS.....IT WOULD MEAN MORE TEAMS TO PLAY WHEN WE TRAVEL AWAY!!! JUST A THOUGHT!!!!!!!!!!
July 25, 2018
DaveDowell
Men's 70
4312 posts
doker ... Let me give you a bit of perspective from the "other side of that same coin" ... While it's an excellent situation for the three 69-year-old's who get to play in an older/easier age group earlier, it's not always so good for the 73 and 74-year-old's who get "cut" to make room for the youngsters ... They are very often displaced from finding any team because the number of available 75+ teams is a significant reduction from the number of available 70+ teams ... I'm not advocating a personal stance either way, but there's the "rest of the story" on the issue, and I'm sure it will come up again in the Rules Committee Sessions ... It does every year, so far without attracting the support for change from a majority of the voting members ...

July 25, 2018
doker
Men's 60
185 posts
ACTUALLY DAVE I'VE GONE WITH OTHER TEAMS TO SOME OF THE SPA STUFF...BUT ONLY BECAUSE THEY DIDN'T HAVE ENOUGH PLAYERS....I WOULDN'T HAVE GONE IF I WAS REPLACING SOMEONE WHO COULD GO!! BUT I GUESS THAT'S ME!! AND NOT ALL OF US ARE THE SAME!!! THX BUDDY I KNOW THERE'S ALWAYS ANOTHER SIDE OF THINGS!!! HOPE TO SEE YA IN DEN IF U GO!
July 25, 2018
TimMcElroy
942 posts
doker-
SSUSA doesn't consider rule changes based on message board submitals. You'll need to send a written request to SSUSA along with a justification statement to explain why you think the change is necessary. Be sure to include your name and contact information.

As a regular attendee at the rules discussion meetings I can tell you that the question of allowing 69 year olds to play in the 70s division comes up often.

- In no particular order, here are some of the concerns
1) There are plenty of guys out there that are still working at 65 yrs old. Managers (particularly in the northeast) struggle to fill rosters as it is. Reducing the player inventory results in fewer 65s teams.

2) We allowed younger players to jump start growth in the 80s division, and it resulted in fewer available 75 yr old players. The 75s then asked to have exception players. Now the 70s guys are asking for exceptions. At what point do we draw a line in the proverbial sand?

3) SSUSA tried to mirror the SPA rule 2 years ago (I think) so that managers could carry an identical roster for both Associations. Two weeks after passing the rule, SSUSA learned that SPA had further modified their roster composition rules, meaning that we were again out of sync.

There is always spirited debate on this topic but the general consensus is that the 65s and 70s programs are healthy with the current eligibility rules.




July 25, 2018
OZ40
549 posts
69 year old's can play now as long as they turn 70 within that year.
July 25, 2018
Lefty50
1 posts
Curious question. Turning 50 in Nov. can I play with the 50's now?
July 25, 2018
DaveDowell
Men's 70
4312 posts
YES ... You have been 50+ Senior eligible since early last (2017) October ...
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