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Aug. 10, 2022
TimMcElroy
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 90's National Championship Game (anyone who knows a player 88 and over)

Dear Terry & Fran,

I'd like to request a few hours of leave time while this game is being played. Amazing- just amazing. Tim
Aug. 9, 2022
TimMcElroy
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Legal pitch

Borrowing a quote from a frequent poster on this board- I can't accurately define pornography but I know it when I see it. Same theory applies here-

If I'm umpiring and the pitcher releases the ball at an 89 degree angle, I'm declaring the pitch illegal. I might do the same at 76 degrees, 58 degrees or 45 degrees. I can't tell you at exactly which point I'll deem the pitch "legal" but we're using my judgment when it comes to UNDERHAND. What yesterday's umpire or last week's umpire judged to be legal doesn't apply in the current game.

Aug. 4, 2022
TimMcElroy
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Am i wrong to think this way

The only proposed problem solver would be to confiscate the bat if a player hits the pitcher. If the pitcher's team believes it is shaved then they pay for the cost of cutting it open and replacing it if it is not altered. Most softball players are cheap so therefore that probably won't work either.


You're proposing the Associations take a "No blood, no foul" approach? It's up to the injured party to police cheating? I've got an issue with that.


Here's a term that cheaters should get familiar with- CHARACTER.
Aug. 2, 2022
TimMcElroy
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Equaluzer rules/# of homeruns

Everyone walked in the door under the assumption that they were average players (i.e. AAA). Getting to the Major level suggests that, at least most of your team has proven itself to be above average offensively and defensively.

You play better defense, and will record outs that a AAA team will not. You will also score runs with, or without home runs. The "average" team won't do those things as consistently as an above average team.

IMO, you aren't being penalized twice. You're being asked to compete using some of your other skills. Major should treat games vs AAA teams as an OPPORTUNITY to fine tune their game. I've seen it 100 times in Las Vegas. Major teams that play defense, base hit and use HR wisely are playing on Sunday while those that are more interested in hitting 400 ft solo shots are in the stands watching.
Aug. 1, 2022
TimMcElroy
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: here we go again.

Yep. Every last one of us are lazy as the day is long.
Aug. 1, 2022
TimMcElroy
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Dalton tournament

coop3636 and JDSmith67-

Don't make the mistake of assuming this is a 4 team tournament. It's actually a 24 team tournament. With 5 games guaranteed for each, this mix of teams requires 86 games to complete.

Men's 65-70-75 = 4 teams (6 seed + 7 bracket)
Men's 60 Major / AAA = 6 teams (9 seed + 10 bracket)
Men's 50-55 Major = 4 teams (6 seed + 7 bracket)
Men's 50 AAA = 5 teams (5 seed + 11 bracket)
Women's 40-50 = 5 teams (5 seed + 11 bracket)

Assuming 5 diamonds and no inclement weather, you're talking about 17 rounds of games. You're not getting that done in 2 days.



Aug. 1, 2022
TimMcElroy
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: here we go again.

Dave Dowell was working at the Eastern Nationals this past weekend and had access to all scores as they occurred. He's celebrating his 46th wedding anniversary today and flying home tomorrow.
July 6, 2022
TimMcElroy
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Office Open??

Whoa people.... Whoa! I've seen a few of the emails that have been sent to the office in the last 24 hours. I've also received a few texts and calls from people who feel they aren't being served quickly enough. It's really not necessary and not acceptable.

The registration period for Easterns & Westerns closed yesterday but it was open for 6 months prior. Planning, and two minutes of the manager's time at any point in those 6 months would have eliminated today's emergency. When communicating with the staff, keep in mind that they aren't just focusing on the Eastern & Western nationals today. There are 7 other tournaments that begin in the next week and each has its own issues.

The folks on the other end of the line aren't our servants or our punching bags. They are people, and they are doing the best they can to handle a huge rush of work. There are 6 people handling the urgent wants and needs for about 400 teams right now. The pipeline is full but everyone will get taken care of. I have 3 simple requests-

1) Be patient.
2) Be kind.
3) Find the lesson.
>>>> Register early for the next tournament.
>>>> Don't wait until the last minute to square away your roster.


Have a good day folks!

July 3, 2022
TimMcElroy
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Player ranking

Dave's done a fine job of explaining SSUSA's position (past, present and future) on roster allowances, so there's no need for me to comment on that.

This statement rubs me the wrong way though- "Lets not forget SSUSA allowed other players to help other teams during COVID which also helped SSUSA have more teams in a tournament"

COVID exception polices had NOTHING to do with getting more teams into a tournament and EVERYTHING to do with the handling of teams that had actual COVID issues. Any rosters exceptions made were for the sole intent of avoiding 11th hour withdrawals by teams and complete disruption to schedules. SSUSA was very specific as to when an exception player would be allowed and what their rating could or could not be.

I find it comical that anyone would complain about SSUSA clarifying its position on next season's rosters 4 months before this season comes to an end. For gosh sakes, you can look at any tournament held by the other guys and find teams playing a level or two below their SSUSA rating- There were individuals approved to play in Salem last week that had already won a "World Champion" ringlet this season at a higher level. Now they've got another.


June 13, 2022
TimMcElroy
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Southern Championships - Dalton, GA

True North / shinBiscuits (40 Major) are planning to attend the Dalton tournament. Hopefully some other 40s teams in the southeast will jump in, too.
June 8, 2022
TimMcElroy
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Sunshine State Showdown

Your manager has the correct schedule. They are 100% up to speed and have the proper documentation-
June 5, 2022
TimMcElroy
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Don Brooks Crabtown Classic results

Managers,

What an awesome weekend of softball at the Don Brooks Crabtown Classic! 67 teams from 8 states competed and 184 games were played during that time. Thanks to every team, every player, every umpire and every one of the directors that made it a memorable one. Game scores and complete tournament results have been emailed to the managers. The same will be posted to the SSUSA website shortly for public viewing. In the meantime, here is a summary of results-

.
75 AAA
1. Syracuse Cyclones
2. Delaware Legends
.
70 Gold
1. Chesapeake Senior Softball
2. Northern VA Force 70s
.
65 Major
1. High Street Bucs 65
2. Empire / Monroe
.
65 AAA
1. Northern VA Force 65s
2. The Starboard
.
60 Major
1. High Street Bucs II
2. NY Fitness / Frederick Chevrolet
.
60 AAA
1. Northern VA Force 60s
2. Curtis Engine
.
55 Major
1. Finance of America
2. 50 Core Sports / Mid-Atlantic
.
55 AAA
1. N.E. Merchants
2. Maryland Classics 55 / The Office
.
50 Major
1. Walkoff
2. Gashouse
.
50 AAA
1. Maryland Classics 50s
2. JDL Express
.
40 Major
1. HDI
1. Wilson's Blvd / Chesapeake Lift
(unable to play the "IF" game due to local league conflict at the park)
.
40 AAA
1. Autism Pride
2. Black Kings
.
.
NEXT TOURNAMENT: Old Line State Showdown (July 17-19) in Westminster, MD. Any team looking to play should contact me immediately as space is limited- Thanks, Tim....... PotomacSports1@gmail.com


June 5, 2022
TimMcElroy
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Equaluzer rules/# of homeruns

You always play to the HR rule of the lower rated team. In this case, 3 HR per team.
June 3, 2022
TimMcElroy
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Sunshine State Showdown

thomasjp44- You should have a schedule in your inbox now. If not, contact me directly. PotomacSports1@gmail.com

Tim
June 1, 2022
TimMcElroy
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Sunshine State Showdown

Have your friend ask his coach / manager of record. They received an email from me yesterday afternoon providing an update. I've already given the same message to the half dozen or so guys that called me today because they "heard a rumor...."

Here's what everyone needs to know-

THE SUNSHINE STATE SHOWDOWN IS A "GO"
I will be working on schedules tonight or tomorrow giving every player a full week to make travel plans for the 2-day tournament that begins at 9am next Saturday.


May 26, 2022
TimMcElroy
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: 3rd baseline

Mike... I didn't fully read your last message and will agree that there was a good deal of chalk laid between 3rd base and home plate (including the diagonal / directional line).
May 26, 2022
TimMcElroy
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: 3rd baseline

Hi Mike,

As a general rule, umpires will intruct managers to have their runners "run to the outside" of home plate but I doubt they say "you'll be called out for invading the airspace of the battery's box."
May 26, 2022
TimMcElroy
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: 3rd baseline

Interesting. As the TD, I was unaware 9f this until just now. Did you ask the umpire to get help or a Director's input?
May 22, 2022
TimMcElroy
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: RESULTS: Quad-State Showdown

Thanks to all of the teams that participated this weekend and congrats to the winners in each bracket. MD, PA, VA, WV, DE, NY, NJ and MA were well represented.

To my fellow directors who put their lives on hold for me on the weekends and the umpires that bust their butts in 90 degree heat and jungle-like humidity.... THANK YOU.

Complete tournament results are posted on the tournament page-
https://seniorsoftball.com/multimedia/results_2022_quad-state.pdf

The Don Brooks Crabtown Classic (with a record setting 67 teams) is now on deck.
May 19, 2022
TimMcElroy
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Eastern Nationals

For whatever reason, you seem to have a negative attitude toward the program, the tournaments we host and the facilities we use. I'm not in really in the mood to argue with you but will say this-
Loudoun County provides first class playing facilities using maintenance staff that takes pride in their work. Fields are touched up at least every other game, given mid-day drags and pre-championship game drags. Heck, I've been there when they've cut the outfield grass in between games.

Potomack Lakes and Brambleton will be used for the Eastern National again this year. If those fields and that level of service are what you consider "poorly maintained" then maybe you should consider staying home.

Tim McElroy

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