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Jan. 17, 2022
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Move Midwest Championship to St. Louis

The Midwest Championships will NOT be in Rogers, AR this Season
Jan. 15, 2022
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Tournament softball

Merged messages » placehitter: I am 60. sorry. left that out earlier
Jan. 14, 2022
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: SSUSA'S ORIGINAL TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS 2022 • "DRAFT" Game Schedules & Brackets


DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for the SSUSA's Original Tournament of Champions 2022 in Polc County, FL, have been posted and are available from the links below and on the event's Tournament page ... As always, these DRAFT schedules are TENTATIVE, are subject to change and become final ONLY when released as "OFFICIAL" when play commences ... There will NOT be a Managers' Meeting this year because of COVID caution ... Check in with site Tournament Director before commencing play ...

The Master Games & Fields Grid and the Participating Teams List have also been posted ... Good luck to all! ...

DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets (PDF's)


Men's: 40's & 50's | 55's | 60's | 65's | 70's thru 85's

Women's: 50+ Seniors

Complete: All Ages & Divisions [Large file: 34 pages]

Tournament Administration (PDF's)


Master Games & Field Grid: T.O.C. 2022

Participating Teams List: T.O.C. 2022


Jan. 13, 2022
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Renewal Registration

Superstar12 ... With a grand total of "1" message board posts, I'm going to take a wild guess that you may be talking about your initial registration with Senior Softball USA ... If I'm correct, you'll need to call the Sacramento Home Office during normal business hours in the Pacific time zone at (916) 326.5303 and they will walk you through it ... You can educate yourself a bit on the process by downloading the registration from from this website under TOURNAMENTS ► FORMS ► Player Registration ...

If this truly is a renewal, call that same number with your credit card in hand and the OVER/UNDER on getting renewed is somewhere short of 3 minutes ... Welcome to the fray and good luck! ...


Jan. 12, 2022
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Address Change

The office is open today (and every other weekday) ... You're most likely going to have to call them at (916) 326-5303 during normal business hours in the Pacific Time Zone ... Or you may email them at: info@seniorsoftball.com ... Those are the only apparent options for an anonymous poster (that would be you) here ... We don't allow players to change their own state of residence in their player record because of the roster composition/bordering states/snowbird adverse implications that might come from chicanery ... Good luck ...


Jan. 9, 2022
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: TOP GUN'S WINTER CLASSIC QUALIFIER 2022 • "DRAFT" Game Schedules & Brackets


DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for the Top Gun Winter Classic Qualifier 2022 in Bullhead City, AZ have been posted and are available from the links below and on the event's Tournament page ... As always, these DRAFT schedules are TENTATIVE, are subject to change and become final ONLY when released as "OFFICIAL" when play commences ... There will NOT be a Managers' Meeting this year because of COVID caution ... Check in with site Tournament Director before commencing play ...

The Master Games & Fields Grid has been posted and the Participating Teams List tab on the event page has been activated ... Good luck to all! ...

DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets (PDF's)


Men's: 50's & 55's | 60's | 65's | 70's thru 85's

Complete: All Ages & Divisions [Large file: 21 pages]

Tournament Administration (PDF's)


Master Games & Field Grid: Winter Classic 2022


Dec. 21, 2021
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Major (?) Rule Change

OnTheOutz ... The matter was brought to the attention of the National Rules Committee for consideration by a Regional UIC and National Director following a multi-incident series of verbal altercations that occurred at Sunset Park at the World Championships in Las Vegas ... This was the result a disagreement over the volume, and underlying content, of amplified "boom box" music affecting multiple diamonds at the same complex ... Reference to the actual Minutes should lead you to be better informed on this ...
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Motion: Artificial noise makers, including music, are not allowed if they interfere with any games being played, or if they contain vulgar or inappropriate language. If team refuses to eliminate source of complaint, after a team warning, a violation will involve a manager ejection or game forfeiture.


Dec. 17, 2021
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Roster Eligibility

Multiple questions, multiple answers ... Here are the GENERAL RULE answers to your inquiries ... If any additional questions, best to call the Sacramento Home Office at (916) 326.5303 during normal business hours in the Pacific time zone and ask for an eligibility specialist ...

• Your roster may have two (2) players from your side of the Mississippi River that are NOT from your state or bordering states so long as they are otherwise eligible as to age and previous player/team rating history (see also the answer to your third question below)
• The "home state" of a team is the state where a majority (or plurality if no majority) of players reside ... The Manager's state of residence is a part of that calculation, but otherwise has no additional relevance or weight
• Teams from five states are not permitted to add the two "extra" players as described in our first answer above ... Those states are: AZ, CA, HI, OR and NV because they are high player density player populations (California and it's four "bordering states")

NOTE: The Sacramento Home Office will be closed for Winter Break from 5:00 PM on Friday evening, December 17th, until 9:00 AM on Monday morning, January 3rd ... Happy Holidays to all! ...


Dec. 17, 2021
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 3 69 yr Olds able to play 70 age group next yr

REPRINT from last Friday ...

Gentlemen ... There has been NO DECISION made yet on whether or not to allow underage players to participate on 70+ SSUSA teams ... This issue, and several others, have been referred to an SSUSA National Rules Committee member to meet with other associations regarding roster and playing rules consistency ... The goal is to find common rules and regulations for the possibility of jointly sanctioned qualifying events ...

SSUSA made initial contact with a SPA representative on Tuesday, but no formal meeting schedule has been established ... The probable timeline will be early in 2022 and, depending on progress, any decisions could be forthcoming in the Spring ... Generally, SSUSA rules revisions are made only once annually, in late November/early December for the following Season ... It's unclear if that would be the case here ... Thanks!


Dec. 14, 2021
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: END OF SEASON RATINGS • Teams Moving Up After The 2021 World Championships


Congratulations to teams that finished at the top in the largest tournament in Softball: The 2021 World Championships in Las Vegas!

We are moving the top 10 percent (approximately) of each World Championships Division into the next higher skill level. The move-ups are also based on comparative scores in The Worlds brackets and team performance in the 2021 Season.

Teams winning their divisions with 6 or more teams are raised for the 2022 season without opportunity for appeal.

Teams finishing 2nd or lower – and teams winning divisions with 5 or fewer teams – are eligible to appeal their rating after playing a few SSUSA tournaments and submitting their appeal.

NOTE: Teams participating in the 2022 TOC will compete at skill level in which they won their TOC berth.

Men’s 40 Major to Major-Plus (65 Teams)
1. DDA Nation (FL) – Triple Grand Slam
2. Dudley Lightning (MO)
3. First Capital (NY)
4. Asylum Ballers (CA)

Men’s 40 AAA to Major (23 Teams)
1. Hit N Solos: LC Merchants (WA)
2. Shut-D (HI)
3. 40 Cal Assault (CA)

Women’s 40 AAA to Major (25 Teams)
1. Still Grubbing (CA) – Triple Grand Slam
2. Shut-D XP (HI)

Women’s 40 AA to AAA (3 Teams)
1. Still Got It (UT)

Men’s 50 Major to Major-Plus (46 Teams)
1. Hard Hat Cafe/Latella’s (CT)
2. HTM (ID)
3. Bart’s Fosslis/BL29 (CA)
4. Arizona Heat

Men’s 50 AAA to Major (75 Teams)
1. Originals (TX)
2. High Street Bucs (MD)
3. Lonestar 50 (TX)
4. Oklahoma Rhinos
5. Arizona Alpha Dawgz (AZ)
6. Smash It Sports NW (WA)

Men’s 50 AA to AAA (5 Teams)
1. Guam Seniors

Women’s 50 AAA to Major (12 Teams)
1. Lew’s Crew/Exceeding Expectations (MD) - Triple Grand Slam

Men’s 55 Major to Major-Plus (32 Teams)
1. Rock N Legends 9 (TX)
2. Bad Seed (CA)
3. 55 OH MY (CA)

Men’s 55 AAA to Major (46 Teams)
1. KC Vintage (MO)
2. Carolina Legends (NC)
3. Alliance/Scrap Iron (CO)
4. Fossil Fuel (CA)

Men’s 55 AA to AAA (9 Teams)
1. Salty Old Dogs (TX)

Men’s 60 Major to Major-Plus (30 Teams)
1. Vandals (CA) – Triple Grand Slam
2. AMR/Salsa Bombers (MI)

Men’s 60 AAA to Major (40 Teams)
1. Texas Heat
2. Scrap Iron Xplosion (CO)
3. Claremont Property Co. (OH)
4. Big Daddy’s Donuts (MO)

Men’s 60 AA to AAA (15 Teams)
1. Antiques of Iowa City (IA)
2. OKC RedHawks (OK)
3. Lights Out (CA)

Men’s 65 Major to Major-Plus (25 Teams)
1. Chicago Prime (IL)
2. Trachsel Auto Body (OR)

Men’s 65 AAA to Major (27 Teams)
1. Pill & Pill (WV)
2. MN LumberJacks

Men’s 65 AA to AAA (14 Teams)
1. Montana Cutthroats
2. Relentless (TX)

Men’s 70 Major to Major-Plus (13 Teams)
1. Minnesota Masters

Men’s 70 AAA to Major (17 Teams)
1. Valley Fog (CA)
2. SoCal Gusto

Men’s 70 AA to AAA (8 Teams)
1. Scrap Iron Diamonds (CO)

Men’s 75 Major to Major-Plus (8 Teams)
1. AMR South (FL)

Men’s 75 AAA to Major (10 Teams)
1. Midwest Express (IA)

Men’s 75 AA to AAA (4 Teams)
1. MN Lumberjacks

Men’s 80 Major to Major-Plus (6 Teams)
1. LOTA Softball (TX)

Men’s 80 AAA to Major (8 Teams)
1. Arizona Outlaws

Men’s 85 to Major (5 Teams)
1. Top Gun Blue Angels (CA)
2. Center For Sight (FL)


Dec. 10, 2021
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 3 Game Guarantee v.s Double Elimination Bracket

Seems like it's time to recycle this one again, for the seventh time - REPRINT OF MESSAGE BOARD POST FROM 2006, 2011, 2012 (twice), 2014 and 2016 ON TOPIC:

There are three principal reasons SSUSA adopted (in 2006) the two Round Robin into Three-Game-Guarantee Bracket (2RR/3GG) format for brackets of five or more teams –

1. A strong majority of teams believe that the ‘real’ tournament begins only when the elimination bracket begins, regardless of its structure. The 2RR/3GG format gets teams into the brackets earlier and keeps them there longer, meeting that majority belief while still complying with the five game guarantee offered in SSUSA events.

2. The 2RR/3GG format requires less total games than the former 3RR/DE structure. With the growth in the number of teams being at a faster rate than the availability of new playing facilities, ‘every game counts’ in scheduling.

3. In any division with an odd number of teams playing a three-game seeding, one of those teams must play an “exhibition” game that doesn’t count in the standings, but constitutes that team’s fourth game prior to the bracket. Almost all teams that draw that extra game believe it is unfair. There are no “exhibition” games in the 2RR/3GG format.

The 3GG format is also the industry norm for the ASA, NSA, USSSA and almost all other significant softball associations.


Dec. 10, 2021
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 3 69 yr Olds able to play 70 age group next yr

Gentlemen ... There has been NO DECISION made yet on whether or not to allow underage players to participate on 70+ SSUSA teams ... This issue, and several others, have been referred to an SSUSA National Rules Committee member to meet with other associations regarding roster and playing rules consistency ... The goal is to find common rules and regulations for the possibility of jointly sanctioned qualifying events ...

SSUSA made initial contact with a SPA representative on Tuesday, but no formal meeting schedule has been established ... The probable timeline will be early in 2022 and, depending on progress, any decisions could be forthcoming in the Spring ... Generally, SSUSA rules revisions are made only once annually, in late November/early December for the following Season ... It's unclear if that would be the case here ... Thanks!

P.S. - Jet: The T.O.C. is a 2021 Season event and will be played under the 2021 Rules ... Any player would have had to have been 70+ eligible (not 69) DURING 2021 to be considered for that event ...


Dec. 4, 2021
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: 11 defensive players 65+

The change was simply all about consistency and conformance with the other notable Senior Softball sanctioning associations ... Nothing more ...

ISSA • "In the 65 men’s divisions and up and 50 to 70 women’s divisions eleven defensive players shall constitute a team"
SPA • "DEFENSE: SPA will allow:
Men’s 65+ AA, and 65+ AAA = A maximum of eleven (11) players on defense
Men 65 + Major and 65+ Major Plus = A maximum of ten (10) players on defense"
USSSA • "TEAM AGE/CLASSIFICATIONS = 65+ & 70+ divisions get 11 players on the playing field."


Dec. 4, 2021
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: 11 defensive players 65+

NYGNYY ... The issue of allowing an 11th defensive player for the men's 65+ age division is not new ... It has been discussed and considered on some basis by the SSUSA National Rules Committee during their annual sessions in five of the past seven years ...

2015 • Motion to allow 11-defensive-players for ALL ages/divisions of play FAILED 1-11
2016 • Was on the list of potential Official Agenda items and failed to achieve Agenda status for lack of a motion
2017 • Was on the list of potential Official Agenda items and failed to achieve Agenda status for lack of a motion
2018 • Not mentioned
2019 • Motion to allow 11-defensive-players for 65+ age division FAILED 2-5 (with 4 others abstaining)
2020 • Not mentioned (NOTE: Zoom meeting in 2020 due to pandemic travel impacts)
2021 • Motion to allow 11-defensive-players for 65+ age division PASSED 12-0


Dec. 3, 2021
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Baserunner hit by batted ball

If the baserunner never left the bag, he is SAFE. Whether or not it is a live or dead ball is determined in accordance with Rulebook §8.2.C ...
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§8.2BATTER BECOMES A BATTER-RUNNER
A. ...
B. ...
C. When he bats a fair ball even though it strikes another player, umpire or their attached clothing or equipment.
1. If the runner is hit with a fair batted ball while touching a base, he is not out. EFFECT: The ball is live or dead depending on the position of the fielder closest to the ball. If the closest defensive player is in front of the base runner hit by the ball, the ball remains live. However, after the runner in contact with the base is hit by the batted ball, it shall be the same as hitting the ground. Since the ball remains live, the defense is free to make whatever plays are available. If the defensive player is behind the base runner, the ball is ruled dead, the hitter is awarded a base hit and runners are advanced only if forced to advance.
2. If the runner is hit by the ball while off base and before it passes an infielder (excluding the pitcher), the ball is dead and the hit runner is declared out. The batter-runner is awarded first base without liability to be put out.


Dec. 3, 2021
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: 11 defensive players 65+

The upcoming T.O.C. is a 2021 Season event and, as such, is played under the 2021 Season rules ... The 65+ teams will play 10 defensively ...
Dec. 3, 2021
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Rock no longer to be used in SSUSA tournaments

Bruce M ... Your initial statement is generally accurate ... "The Rock" may be used in events run by independent Tournament Directors, at their discretion ... But for events administered directly by the SSSUA Home Office, the BSN STOTE/Trump 44 cor./375 comp. Microcell™ Technology ball will be the SSUSA's Official Softball ... Reasons for this minor change affecting just the two Las Vegas events include:

• Consistency in making the Official Softball the same for all events administered by the SSUSA, and more important, making it consistent for the World Championships ...
• Supply-side issues ...
• Significant favorable pricing/economic impact ...

We will maintain inventory availability for teams or leagues that may wish to purchase The Rock in moderate quantities ...


Dec. 2, 2021
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: League rules on teams I qualify to play with.

Canadian Provinces: New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island and Quebec
USA States: Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New York and Vermont
Dec. 2, 2021
SSUSA Staff
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: 2021 SSUSA NATIONAL RULES COMMITTEE MEETINGS • Official Minutes


The link below redirects to the Official Minutes of the 2021 SSUSA National Rules Committee for the sessions that occurred during the SSUSA Annual Convention in Sacramento, CA, from November 29 - December 2, 2021 ... All rules changes have an effective date of December 1, 2021, unless otherwise stated in the Rule Amendment itself ...

Official Minutes: SSUSA Rules Committee 2021

Thank you to the entire Rules Committee membership and, more important, to everyone who contributed by either personal appearance, written correspondence, or both ... SPECIAL NOTE: Chair Donna McGuire (MO) was unanimously re-elected to serve for a record eighth term in that position for the 2022 sessions ... This was an inescapable recognition of her outstanding leadership, organization and temperament ... Well done, Donna!


Nov. 22, 2021
SSUSA Staff
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Hall Of Fame form

Presuming you are referring to the National Senior Softball Hall of Fame ... Nomination and election qualifying eligibility criteria for candidates and the related submission forms are at: sshof.org ... Good luck!
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