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Aug. 14, 2019
71 posts
Player Rating
A 60 year-old player has been playing on a 55AAA team for, let's say, 2 years including several qualifiers with that team. His rating , therefore, is 55AAA. He then also joins a 60AA team. Is his rating now 60AAA or is it 60 major (which is the equivalent of 55AAA) and therefore ineligible to play on the 60AA team?
Aug. 14, 2019
Men's 65
2836 posts
If the player plays ONLY 60+ in the current Season, his experience rating history will be 60-AAA and he may play on a 60-AA team as one of the three allowable out-of-rating players ... However, if he continues to "play down" at 55-AAA, his experience rating history will be 55-AAA and he may NOT play on a 60-AA team ... He, in effect, wears the hat of the youngest age division where he is currently participating, so if he wishes to "graduate" to 60-AAA, he has to abandon the 55+ age group ...
Aug. 14, 2019
407 posts
This may be the rule, but...
No player should be penalized when they can still play in a lower age group.
If he is 60 and has a AAA rating on his 55 team, he should be able to play on his 60 AA team with no restrictions. (one of the 3 upper rating players)
The rule needs to be changed to let older players still play with the younger guys with no penalty.
Just my 2 cents

ps.. I think if a player plays down 2 age groups, he ought to have NO restrictions
Good for them to be able to play.
Aug. 14, 2019
Men's 65
2836 posts
coop ... Flip side of the same coin for your consideration ... Nobody is being penalized here ... The guy is making a conscious decision to play down where his skill-set is apparently appropriate for 55-AAA ... But the 60-AA players shouldn't be subjected to the competitive disadvantage of having to compete against a guy who is (as you noted) two clicks up the skill set ratings ... BTW, the older guys can play down as many ages/ratings as they want, but we will still be protecting the older/lesser rated teams involved ... If he stays in his native age group, he has lots of options, but once he wanders down to the younger age, he assumes that rating history as long as he participates there ... The rule is not likely to be changed ...

Aug. 15, 2019
Men's 50
45 posts
Hello Dave,

Can a 60 year old that plays on a 50 AAA also play on a 60 AAA team?

Aug. 15, 2019
Men's 65
2836 posts
BH44 ... In the face of it, from your simple facts, the answer is "NO" ... The respective Rating Index numbers are two clicks apart ... As with all of these, it's best to call the Sacramento Home Office at (916) 326.5303 during normal business hours on the Left Coast ... Ask for someone in the "eligibility group" to get a definitive ruling ... Good luck!

Aug. 15, 2019
2 posts
Sometimes guys just want to play with some friends and be active on a weekend. A lot of us bring our wives/girlfriends and it is a social event. Always seem to be punishment when a guy wants to get out and play. Not people in the USA can do what we do, yet we continue to hinder healthy fun.
Aug. 15, 2019
691 posts
Nobody is being punished here and nobody has taken away the opportunity to have healthy fun. While you might be looking to play with friends on a given weekend keep in mind that other teams are playing in that QUALIFIER for different reasons. And, what's "fun" for some may not be fun for another team- particularly when the guest player is a Major Plus level guy hitting the ball back at infielders that are a couple of notches below on the talent ladder.

There are associations that look the other way on rosters. SSUSA isn't one of them.
Aug. 15, 2019
Men's 55
10 posts
Can a player who played 60 major in 2017 play 65 AA in Naples tournament in November
Aug. 15, 2019
Men's 65
2836 posts
action50 ... Please call the Sacramento Home Office at (916) 326.5303 during normal business hours in the Pacific Time Zone and ask for an eligibility person ... This forum isn't to be relied upon as a case by case ruling authority ... Be prepared to discuss specific player(s) and team(s) when you call ... Thanks!
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