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June 3, 2024
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Don Brooks / Crabtown Classic wrap-up

75 teams was a tournament record for the Crabtown Classic and I couldn't be happier to continue hosting the tournament that Don Brooks started over 2 decades ago. You laid the foundation for senior softball here in the east, sir. I'm just here maintaining it for you.

Wednesday night rain resulted in a 3-4 hour delay on Thursday. HUGE thanks to the AA County Parks Dept for their efforts to get us going. I'd also like to thank the teams for their patience while the field staff did their thing. Once we cleared that hurdle, Mother Nature gave us spectacular weather. [ Thank you ma'am. ]

To the umpires who covered 214 games on 11 diamonds-
Claude, Hockey, Randy, Robert, Bob, Lillie, Scott, Chere, Anita, Tim, Craig, Jimmy, Doug, Rod, Ray, Mike, & Chip- You did a fine job on the field and deserve higher praise for your customer service skills.

Trish, Todd & Dave.... THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU.

Full, detailed results are posted on the tournament page. Here's a summary of results

75 Gold -
Northern VA Force 75s
Syracuse Cyclones 75s
JAG-One / Jersey Masters 75s

70 Gold - (IF GAME)
Spring Ford 70+
Northern VA Force 70s (played 5 games on Championshipo day)
JAG-One / Jersey Masters 70s

West Chester Wild
Robinson's Furniture

65 Major
Empire / Monroe
Hudson Valley Cyclones

Spring Ford 65+
Monocacy Brewing Co. (4-1 on Championship day, including an IF game loss)
Northern VA Force 65s

55-60 Major
Finance of America 55s
High Street Bucs 55s
NoVA Force 60s

55-60 Silver
Anchor Mechanical 60s
Harford Financial Group 55s
Your Bath & Kitchen 60s

50 Platinum (IF GAME)
Walkoff 50s
Rough Ryders 50s

Arooga's / Old School
FFE 50s
EIS / Fradken Law

40 Platinum
Detwiler Roofing
Racehorse Tavern
Dilly, Dilly!

40 Major
Motion / Edge HVAC
Lead Foot Grays
Gigantes / O.C.

Women 50s (IF GAME)
Shots Fired
Lew's Crew

Women 40s (IF GAME)
Lady Legends (lost 1st game on Sun morning, then won 5 straight)
Fear No One

June 3, 2024
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Albuquerque

I don't know if there are additional parks in the ABQ metro area, but we would have needed them if more teams came on the weekend. S2 requires 124 games to complete and we have 125 available game slots.
8am first games and 8pm last games on Friday & Saturday.
8am first games and 5pm "IF" games on Sunday.

Good luck to all teams-
May 31, 2024
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Land of Enchantment Bracket

Bougie- That correction has been made.

Johnny44- You didn't specify which team you're with, but clues lead me to believe we're talking about 70 AA seeding games (?). If so, I was able to get you out of that DTX vs DTX matchup.

I've sent a revised schedule (with an effective date of 5/31) to SSUSA staff and asked them to post on receipt. I've further asked them to send an email to managers instructing them to check out the revisions. Changes only affect a couple of divisions, but it won't hurt for everyone to eyeball their own pages.

May 31, 2024
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Land of Enchantment Bracket

There's no need to call the office. I wrote the schedule for LoE. There are 60 teams entered with 39 playing a 5gg.

The park says we can't start games before 8am, or after 9pm on any day..... Every field is in use for every potential game slot on Friday and Saturday (last games start at 8pm on those nights). The FIRST available game slot is 5pm on Sunday afternoon.

Regarding seed game opponents... my apologies for not realizing that teams from TX, NM, and CO play each other regularly.

Enjoy the tournament everyone. Stay hydrated and be safe. Tim

May 22, 2024
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Back Foot in Front of the Mat

You don't have to attend the annual meetings to get a rules item on the agenda for discussion. Just send an email to the office explaining which rule you'd like to see changed. A number of people do this each year.
May 20, 2024
Topic: Tournaments

I've gotten used to seeing you show on Sundays. Sorry that it didn't happen yesterday. Congrats to your guys.
May 20, 2024
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Atlantic Coast Championship Compliment and Criticism

I explained this a number of times over the weekend but it sounds like the message didn't get through to some- or the story changed as it had been passed from one party to the next...

First- The red stitch Baden Fire ball is the only ball that SSUSA brought to Raleigh. We DID NOT sell 2 types of balls or offer some teams red stitch and others black stich.

HISTORY of the black stitch ball....
The manufacturer drop-shipped balls to the Tidewater Classic back in March. The shipment included a mix of red & black stitched balls. We (tournament staff) didn't realize this until mid-way though the check in process. At that point it was too late to go go back and swap them out. We also didn't have enough balls to complete the tournament using red or black balls. We were forced to go with it and use / sell / play with what was available.

AUTHORIZATION of the black stitch ball...
I told teams at the Tidewater Classic that I didn't want to be the guy who took someone's money for balls, then said that they couldn't use them. I explained that those teams who had Tidewater leftovers would be allowed to use them here in the east for the next few tournaments until we cycled though them. My expectation was that we'd soon be out of them and it wouldn't be a big deal.

That's exactly how it played out at the First Responder benefit, the Battle of the Roses,and the Maryland Classic. Teams have used a combination of red & black stich balls and there hasn't been any issue. For whatever reason it became a bug-a-boo this past weekend in Raleigh.

I made a decision at the park in March and stood by it. People are welcome to disagree with the way I handled the ball situation and that's ok. It's part of life.

GOING FORWARD- Black stitch balls = BP balls. Leave 'em in the bag.


May 19, 2024
Topic: Tournaments


60 Major
1. Estes / Rheem
2. Carolina A's
3. Diamondblade

Congrats again to Drew Pearson (Carolina A's) on your Senior Softball National HoF Induction.

60 AAA
1.GRC / TC Backer
2. Raging Mummies
3. Alliance / Scrap Iron

55 Major Plus
1. BPA / Miken Worth
2. Excel Masonry

55 Major
1. Backside 55s
2. Walkoff 55s
3. Born Free

55 AAA
1. GA Renegades
2. Holy City Hitmen
3. Alliance / Scrap Iron

55 AA
1. Harford Financial
2. Longshoremen

50 Major
1. Roebell Painter
2. HRS
3. AST

50 AAA
1. Broughton Farms
2. That 50s Show
3. FFE 50s

40 Major Plus
1. Killman's / Lewis Lawn Care
2. HDI 40s
3. Suncoast 40s

40 / 50 Platinum
1. Suncoast (50 Major Plus)
2. ShinBiscuits / Potomac Sports (40 Major)
3. Sake

40 AAA
1. Smokin' Aces
2. Black Kings
4. Y'all Next

Closing notes-
Thank you to the Walnut Creek Softball Complex staff for an AMAZING job of field prep and old fashioned effort Zeb- without your team, there was no tournament.

Umpires... We had a few late call out but those who showed up did an outstanding job. Your game knowledge and effort were 2nd only to your attitude.... You were fantastic.

To the teams who are looking for somewhere different to play, put Raleigh on your 2025 schedule.

6 hour drive ahead, so I'm headed home. Paperwork will be sent back to SSUSA with complete, detailed results.

Thanks all!

Tim McElroy
May 15, 2024
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Raleigh weather update for WED

We are ON TIME at Walnut Creek this morning.
May 14, 2024
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Raleigh weather update for WED

Revised schedules have been sent to all S1 managers. Check your inbox. Tim
May 14, 2024
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Raleigh weather update for WED

Tuesday play is canceled.
Wednesday / Thursday schedules are being revised.
May 14, 2024
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Raleigh weather update for WED

12:10pm update
All WED play is canceled at Walnut Creek. We'll give this rain a few hours to move out, then work with the Parks Dept to formulate a recovery plan.

Managers should expect the next update at 6pm (local time) tonight.

Tim McElroy
May 14, 2024
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Raleigh weather update for WED

11:00am update
We are in a weather delay, hoping for a break-

All 10:30am games will start / resume at 1:00pm today.

Old time / New time
10:30 = 1:00
12:00 = 2:30
1:30 = 4:00

Please share this info with your teammates. If anything changes I will text managers again.

Tim McElroy
May 13, 2024
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Baseball Fields

Simple? I just did a quick search and found Utrip slow pitch events at Shawnee on March 2, 8, 15 & 30... Also April 12, 20 and 27. Another search showed Perfect Game (youth) in there for a week in May, June and July. Getting dates is not as "simple" as you might think.

May 6, 2024
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Bat standards

A dozen posts in the past few days suggest that you're trying to bait someone into an argument. I've read the room and decided that there's nothing beneficial in it for me. So this is me leaving the cheese on the trap.
May 6, 2024
Topic: Tournaments

Time for my annual post about the Don Brooks / Crabtown Classic-

If your team is planning to get into the tournament, here are some things you should know-

1) This tournament grows every year with teams coming from multiple states. This year is no different. EMAIL me to get in so that I know you're coming.

2) Do not wait until the deadline because you'll likely be shut out.

3) We will use 2 parks again this year- all teams in all skill levels should expect to play games at Bachman (Glen Burnie) and/or Carroll County (Westminster).

4) Hotels should be booked in the Owings Mills area which is 20 minutes from both parks. Booking at "x" hotel, expecting to play at "y" location is a gamble.

5) Late / Early start requests will not be honored. If you are getting in your team should be ready to play at 8am, 8pm and sometime in between. The same applies to championship games.... We'll have teams from 12 states entered and most will have a significant drive home. Plan accordingly.

6) Go back to Item 1 above... The manager must EMAIL me if planning to enter a team. Don't just drop a check in the mail or send an electronic payment. I need to get an email from your manager.

May 5, 2024
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Maryland Classic

RESULTS from completed divsions at the Maryland Classic

70 Major-
1. NovA Force 70s (VA)
2. Promotion / Phoenix Tube 70s (NJ)

70 AAA-
1. Upstate Xtreme (NY)
2. Spring Ford 70s (PA)

65 Gold-
1. Howe Enterprise / The Bank (DE)
2. Action Auto Parts (RI)

60 Major-
1. Building Innovations Group (NY)
2. Phoenix Tube 60s (NJ)

55 Major-
1. Bob Johnson / Rizzo's (NY)
2. Finance of America (NJ)

55 / 60 Silver
1. Harford Financial Group (MD)
2. Hudson Valley Cyclones (NY)

Men's 40s and 50s division games were stopped mid-day due to deteriorating field conditions.

Mother Nature got the "W" this weekend. On a positive note, this tournament drew 52 teams from MD, DE, PA, VA, WV, NY, NJ & RI. We also had TWENTY teams signed up for the 40s division. You can bet that it will be back on the calendar next year.

Thanks to everyone for the continued support here in the mid-Atlantic region. Thanks also to the umpires for doing what you and being customer service agents for the Association.
May 4, 2024
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Maryland Classic

Currently dealing with a rainout situation at Maryland Classic. I will post results from completed brackets tomorrow.

The 40s and 50s divisions are rained out in progress and we will NOT be able to continue this weekend. Todd amd Dave are reaching out to managers now to confirm this. Tim is off-site handling a personal matter and will send an email tonall teams on Monday explaining any awards earned and credits / refunds that may be coming.

Thanks for your patience and understanding.
May 3, 2024
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Bat standards

I find this whole thing comical-

Players- SSUSA, you need to do something about the altered bat problem.

SSUSA- Does something about the altered bat problem.

(Same) Players- SSUSA doesn't know what they are doing and has no idea how to manage this.
March 19, 2024
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Music City results

Thanks for the feedback. It isn't worthless, and it does matter.

SCHEDULES- We planned to use 2 parks / 8 diamonds for this tournament. A few days before the reg deadline there weren't enough teams to justify the 2nd park so we made a decision to cancel Cedar Hill- and then a nummber of last minute entries came in.

Prepare yourself for a paragraph of schedule-geek-speak
With 24 teams / 66 games required to complete the tournament, here's what that would have required if we used the traditional 90 minute time slots.
SAT- 8:00am, 9:30, 11:00, 12:30, 2:00, 3:30, 5:00, 6:30, 8:00, 9:30pm
SUN- 8:00am, 9:30, 11:00, 12:30, 2:00, 3:30, 5:00

With new turf and no field prep required, I made the decision to schedule games in 80 minute intervals to get off the fields a bit earlier. A combination of things (big open innings, extra inning games, high scoring games) worked against us. I started looking for scheduling "outs" mid-afternoon on Saturday to reduce the long delays for the players. To my eye, there was a natural break available if I moved the last round of games on SAT night to first thing SUN morning. The decision got 8 teams out early on SAT. I locked the gate at 10pm on SAT night, but it would have been midnight without the move.

BALLS- After 18 months of tournament play, I feel like the Baden ball is pretty fair. Performs well in varied heat / humidity circumstances and knuckles much less than the Rock ball that we used to use in Vegas.

RESULTS- The 50 Platinum results are actually correct. As the "singleton team" giving an equalizer to all others, MP/Primetime winning the bracket triggered a 2nd set of awards to the highest finishing 50 Major team, which was TX Steel / CA Bat. Marcus handed them out and took photos before they left the park.

Hope this helps.

A huge THANK YOU to all of the teams who not only participated, but were largely complimentary even when fell behind. There is always room for improvement and I'll add your comments to the tournament notes that I've already made. Tim

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