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Discussion: Age limits

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Aug. 14, 2021
downtowndobie
Men's 60
7 posts
Age limits
Next year in 2022 will 369 year old players be able to play 70 ball + in 2022 I'm hoping that's the case
Aug. 14, 2021
DaveDowell
Men's 65
3530 posts
The National Rules Committee does not meet until the SSUSA Annual Convention in late November ... That will be the next opportunity for that proposal to be considered ... Currently, there is no provision for underage players being eligible for 70+ division teams ...
Aug. 14, 2021
The Wizard
14 posts
WOW ! 369 years old and STILL playing ball. Amazing ! (snicker, snicker) Smile !
Aug. 14, 2021
B.J.
915 posts
Lol Im a little disappointed in DD for letting that 1 go
Aug. 14, 2021
DaveDowell
Men's 65
3530 posts
I let it slide because I was reasonably sure he meant "three (3) 69-year-olds" and it was too easy ... Ha!
Aug. 14, 2021
downtowndobie
Men's 60
7 posts
Yes I meant just three players that were 69 years old able to play in the 70s division
Aug. 15, 2021
Nancy Allen
Men's 55
1376 posts
Even at 369, the same answer. Welcome to nn softball. Pick one:

Hitting
Running
Fielding
Throwing

They all pick hitting. Notice that is one more than Bull Durham per NA.

Downtowndobie, in case you don't see the suggestion, Dave is saying that you or someone else can submit a proposed rule change. The worst that could happen is for it not to pass as a rule.
Aug. 19, 2021
Jet
27 posts
I would like to officially request SSUSA consider a player eligibility change for their next annual rules meeting. The request is to allow a small number of 69 year old players to be on the roster of a 70+ team. Thank you
Aug. 19, 2021
DaveDowell
Men's 65
3530 posts
Jet ... That issue has found its way into the National Rules Committee meetings annually for the last several years ... To date it has failed to advance/pass to the level of being implemented ...
Aug. 19, 2021
Jet
27 posts
I am sorry to hear this but hope it passes this year. It sounds as if there is plenty of interest for this change from your customers. 😃 I really cannot think of why SSUSA would not implement this change. In the Midwest it is not always easy to find enough 70 year olds to fill out a roster. I would think allowing a 70 year old team to have at least one or two 69 year olds would be a positive and reasonable change.
The players are interested in seeing what new changes are implemented each year especially the ones that benefit the players.
You most likely know this but all the other senior organizations (ISSA, SPA, WSL and NSA) do allow some 69s on a 70s roster and this helps team managers know that if they add a 69 year old to their roster then he is available for all tournaments.
Thank you for considering this request.
Aug. 19, 2021
DaveDowell
Men's 65
3530 posts
Jet ... I'm not advocating for OR against change, but the reasons that have carried the day historically against your desired change include:
The excellent health of the SSUSA 70+ Divisions not requiring underage players to be viable; and
Opposition by some players who fear being disenfranchised as some managers are willing recruit 69 year old players after cutting the 73's and 74's, many of whom do not want to yet play 75+ ball ...
The most common argument heard in favor of allowing underage players is:
Some other associations allow it, and we don't like to have to have two different rosters if we play in multiple sanctions ...

If this is like most other years, those should be the respective pro vs. con positions ... The National Rules Committee specifically excludes Message Board commentary when it comes to the annual meeting Agenda, so you'll need to submit the proposal in writing for potential consideration ... It's not automatic ... Good luck! ...

Aug. 19, 2021
Nancy Allen
Men's 55
1376 posts
Jet, unless Dave is making an exception, posting on the message board is not going to be considered a formal request. E-mail, snail mail, or come to the rules committee meeting. I have raised a proposed rule change on this same subject the third way once because the guys in my area asked me to.
Aug. 19, 2021
Jet
27 posts
Thank you for the responses. I will submit a proposal in writing.
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