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Discussion: Other Senior Associations.

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July 26, 2018
caryp33
Men's 50
22 posts
Other Senior Associations.
Besides SSUSA, SPA, and ISSA, are there other associations that promote senior tournaments?
Mainly looking in IL, MO, IN area
July 26, 2018
DaveDowell
Men's 65
2519 posts
The Independent Sports Association (ISA) is running their annual Senior World Series this week in Columbus, IN ... Contact information for the Director (and a principal of the association) is available on the tournament page of this website ... He would be a good source of further information (after this weekend since he's a little busy right now) ... Good luck!
July 26, 2018
caryp33
Men's 50
22 posts
Do you have to have a card to play ISA events? Iíve onky played SPA Ssusa and Issa
July 26, 2018
DaveDowell
Men's 65
2519 posts
We don't know that answer and are reluctant to "guess" on an item that's not our area of authority ... Suggest you contact ISA on this as well .. Good luck!
July 26, 2018
Pa
40 posts
we have GSL in socal
July 26, 2018
17Black
Men's 55
382 posts
in Ohio we also play events/leagues/tourneys in GSL and WSL for seniors.

We have played and do play SSUSA/ISSA/ISA/SPA

There is also Florida Half Century, and ASA/NSA/USSSA do limited events with seniors too

Its basically the entire alphabet different arcs of the ball, foul ball and home run rules, 1-1 and 0-0 counts, two strike foul balls allowed and not allowed, the list goes on and on.

we just make sure we ask the ump before we start any tourney game





July 26, 2018
Nancy Allen
Men's 55
1246 posts
There was an association out of Iowa, SSWS, when Coachie started playing, but I believe that the head of the association passed away. I have not seen anything about them in years. I had heard that Herb Oliver who founded SPA was trying to put something together also but have not seen anything on that in a while either. There are also the Huntsman Games and some states have Senior Olympics that all include softball. FHC as already mentioned and some other states have local association tournaments. Because of Coachie, I have been involved with senior softball in many capacities for 21 years, and SSUSA has always had the best product even though we played in others. Bob Mitchell and Terry Hennessy and their staffs have built a real quality product over the years. SSUSA has the largest senior tournaments.

caryp33, maybe you could come visit us at the Brickyard in Indy next year. We are right next door to you.
July 26, 2018
Omar Khayyam
1285 posts
Northern California Senior Softball Association is another association only for seniors. They scheduled 39 tournaments for 2018, so there is a tournament somewhere most weekends, although some are occasionally canceled due to a rainout or lack of teams. There are no individual memberships and there are 98 registered teams so far this season.

Teams can pick up a player for a tournament from anywhere, irrespective of the player's ability. Tournaments are not based on age (with the exception of the extra fielder allowed for older teams), but rather all teams are ranked and play within their group, or nearby groups with handicaps given. The tournament fees are around $300 with a five game minimum, and most are weekend only. SSUSA rules are the guidelines with a few exceptions posted for each year after SSUSA rules are out. The frequency of tournaments gives teams an advantage when playing in SSUSA or SPA tournaments.
July 26, 2018
Nancy Allen
Men's 55
1246 posts
Omar, I started thinking about the state associations. So after FHC, LVSSA came to mind, but I then realized that the list was getting longer, and he did say near Illinois, Indiana, and Missouri. So I abandoned that path.
July 27, 2018
DoubleL10
Men's 65
893 posts
Nancy, you are correct about the SSWS. Ken Maas started the association and passed away in the mid-2000s. His son, Greg, ran it for a year or so before it folded. The Maas's ran a great tournament.
July 27, 2018
OZ40
418 posts
Carpy, Played in ISA in Indy before and no, no association card is needed, just a license or other positive ID. Nice tournament, good competition and friendly administrators, (even sold me a couple dozen new balls at tournament end.) PS. Nice complex too.
July 27, 2018
Nancy Allen
Men's 55
1246 posts
Double10, thank you, I could not remember his name. I remember looking at those tournaments when we were building our team schedule. We never participated in one.

I think Herb's new venture was called Heartland.

OZ40, the Brickyard is in Indy. The ISA is in Columbus. Both are excellent tournaments.
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