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April 13, 2021
TimMcElroy
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Sunshine State Showdown

Raiderman- The Sunshine State tournament begins 13 days from now. It will be played on SAT / SUN. Schedules will be up by Thursday.


April 12, 2021
TimMcElroy
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: 2021 Brickyard Invitational

This tournament is most certainly a "GO" - I will be scheduling the tournament and hope to have it completed, reviewed and posted by WED evening. That's still 10 days prior to first pitch, which is plenty of advance notice.

Here's what all teams should expect- A long day at the park on Saturday and Sunday.
April 11, 2021
TimMcElroy
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: WAYNE GILMORE MEMORIAL

Gents- At this very moment, Anne Arundel County (Bachman Complex) is not allowing out of state participants. They are the only jurisdiction in MD that is following that metric. I don't have a crystal ball, but am hopeful that things will change in time for the Crabtown Classic. We're still 8 weeks from first pitch, so let's not hit the panic button just yet.


April 11, 2021
TimMcElroy
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: WAYNE GILMORE MEMORIAL

Sunday play for the Wayne Gilmore Memorial is WASHED OUT.

Standing water on the fields and it is still currently raining. Canoe races begin at 12pm.

Tim
April 8, 2021
TimMcElroy
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: SOUTHWEST CHAMPIONSHIPS - Women’s 50s Divisions

Don't get too worked up ovef the terminology, RPM. You will often see divisional names that include a tag of platinum, silver or bronze at regional qualifiers. That is because you frequently have enough Major Plus, or AA teams to offer a division for only those levels.

Here's a cheat sheet on how it works...
PLATINUM = a mix of Major Plus and Major teams
GOLD = a mix of Major and AAA teams
SILVER = a mix of AAA and AA teams.

In your case this weekend (50-55 platinum), there is 1 55 Major Plus team and the rest are 50 Major. The M+ team will join you for pool play only, then go their separate way for bracket. This way, they get 4 games against at least 3 different opponemts.
April 8, 2021
TimMcElroy
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Southwest Tournament

I come from the northeast where, for most of my playing career we didn't have parks near the caliber of what you're used to out west. League ball fields were drug once a week on a set day and you'd use the same chalk lines for multiple days. "Leveling" the batter's box was done on an individual basis- using the shoes on your feet. Watering the fields? Fah-get-about-it!

My team has been assigned to Shadow Rock a few times and it hasn't been that bad. The grass isn't shin high and we aren't carting people off to the hospital at a higher clip than any other park on the circuit. The problem with Shadow Rock is that 2 grass fields sit adjacent to 2 turf fields. The visual has a lot to do with the perception of the park.

As a player & director, I've been to every facility in Las Vegas and have seen it all- Gopher holes at Sunset, skateboarders stealing HR balls at Doc Romeo, homeless sleeping in the dugouts at Cheyenne and gun wielding home owners at Lorenzi.

THESE are the stories (and laughs) that tie us all together and strengthen that common bond. Enjoy every moment my friends.

Timmymac-









April 4, 2021
TimMcElroy
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: SOUTHWEST CHAMPIONSHIPS - Women’s 50s Divisions

rmp- the format for the Wayne Gilmore Memorial tournament has EVERYTHING to do with available field space (55 teams, using 7 fields and only 3 of them with lights)

Every manager- repeat, every manager was made aware of the potential for drop down brackets, or single elim with a 3rd place game. I sent emails, explained it and gave every team the opportunity to get out. - as we sit here now, there is a waiting list of 12 teams looking to get in. If you want out, have your coach email me. The ball is in your court.
April 2, 2021
TimMcElroy
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Southwest Tournament

Wood-1966

SSUSA is busting hump to pull tournaments together across the country while meeting local COVID requirements / regulations that you probably wouldn't believe. Looking for ways to screw any division over is likey 479th on their priority list.

A year ago, we were all playing catch, ALONE in the back yard. 500k Americans died last year. Be happy that you weren't one of them and have the opportunity to play ball.
March 30, 2021
TimMcElroy
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: SSUSA 2day tournament Nashville

40 teams is a great, great start in the region. This might be a good time to chime in and say that SSUSA added a 2nd tournament in Nashville this summer.

Southern Championships / TOC Qualifier
https://seniorsoftball.com/?event=1647

Let's Go!
March 29, 2021
TimMcElroy
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: VA BEACH UPDATES

TIDEWATER RESULTS FROM SESSION 2-
Actual results from Tidewater are on the way back to SAC. My apologies for not getting the "live" results into the database this weekend. It was a hectic weekend.

40 PLATINUM
1. Spirit's West / SMC (40 Major Plus)
2. Team EVG / Sake (40 Major)
3. Hatch's Home Improvement

40 AAAA
1. Past Our Prime
2. Rough Ryders
3. Smokin' Aces

50 MAJOR
1. KIKU Imports
2. Utilities Systems
3. Bad Boyz

50 AAA
1. Freehold Buick / Juno
2. Old Skool
3. Potomac Sports

55-60 PLATINUM
1. Dugout / Mid-Atlantic
2. Building Innovations Group (B.I.G.)
3. Buell Fuel

50-55 SILVER
1. NoVA Force 55s
2. Finance of America 55s
3. Carolina Legends 55s

60 MAJOR
1. Carolina A's
2. Olympian Athletics
3. The Bank

60 AAA
1. Leed Construction
2. Crossfit
3. High Street Bucs II

Thanks everyone!
March 29, 2021
TimMcElroy
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: VA BEACH UPDATES

Thanks for the good words. I appreciate it. Here are some quick thoughts on scheduling at the Tidewater Classic.

PAAC COVID rules required that we schedule games every 105 minutes vs the traditional 90 minutes. Teams were not supposed to be allowed in the park until 15 minutes prior to their scheduled start times. You probably encountered SSUSA COVID directors trying to enforce those rules this weekend and holding teams at the outer marker. There were no "open" fields on Friday, Saturday or Sunday. What you may have witnessed was a field sitting "empty" because the prior game ended early (mercy rule, etc) and the next team's not being allowed at their field until the next scheduled time. That was a bit of an issue, but we were just trying to meet the rules that were in place.

Regarding the gap between winner bracket finals and championship game- that was a decision I made based on Saturday night's weather stoppage and Sunday's weather forecast. I flip-flopped winner bracket finals and played them ahead of 4th place games so that we'd have a single unbeaten team if the rains came.
Hope this helps- Tim
March 27, 2021
TimMcElroy
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: VA BEACH UPDATES

All-

Asking for patience. The last round of games were stopped in progress (rain / lightning). I am headed back to the hotel now to build the Sunday schedule. Managers will get an email or text from me this evening with updates.

Tim
March 23, 2021
TimMcElroy
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: YORK PA

We had 29 teams in year 1, and were COVID canceled in year 2. I was hoping / expecting that we'd be back on the 1st weekend of May, 2021. Senior Softball-USA submitted date requests to York back in September so I was surprised to see young adults on "our" weekend when events were published this year. I proposed a few date swaps in hopes of working something out, but didn't get a response.

We'll push to get back on the calendar for 2022 because York is convenient for many teams in the northeast.


If it helps you any, we did pick up Carroll County Sports Complex (Westminster, MD) to help teams out-
Men's 60-75 and Women on April 23-25 weekend
Men's 40-55 on May 1-2 weekend.

March 21, 2021
TimMcElroy
Topic: Bats
Discussion: BP swings

Some questions crossed my mind after listening to chatter at the ballpark this weekend.

Do people ACTUALLY count the number of swings they have on a bat? And, with 6 bats in your bag, how do you keep track of all of that important info? A little black book?

One more.... Everyone I've ever heard speak on this subject has 400, 700, 1,000 or 1,200 swings. Nobody has 717, or even 750 swings. If I had 21 at bats this weekend, should I only take 79 BP cuts next week? How does the rounding process work? Round up for bats you like to speak on the bat's durability and round down to the nearest hundred for bats you don't like, or are trying to sell?

Have a great day everyone.... see you at the park.
March 8, 2021
TimMcElroy
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: How to handle ejected player

SSUSA rule-
If a player is ejected, he / she can be replaced with a legal substitute. If there are no legal substitutes listed on the game card, an out is recorded each time the ejected player's position in the lineup come due.
March 5, 2021
TimMcElroy
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Explanation please

Here's the thing that you may not understand. SSUSA tries to protect the teams at the next level down. Some of the system safeguards are in place to accomplish exactly that.

Managers frequently (too frequently) work to find ways to get the best possible player on their lower level roster. As an office outsider, you have no idea just how frequently it happens. There are instances where it works against 1% of the players who are trying to play where they belong. In 99% of cases, it prevents a person who should be playing at a higher level from impacting the rest of the division.

"We know a thing or two because we've seen a thing or two"
Bum-pa-dum-pa-dum (Farmer's Insurance Commercial)
March 4, 2021
TimMcElroy
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: BELMONT II softball team

There are some real bloodhounds on this message board. No fewer than 6 people have given me the coach's name, rank and serial number. Thank you!
March 4, 2021
TimMcElroy
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: BELMONT II softball team


Taking a shot in the dark here..... Does anyone know who this team is?

I received a check from them today with no contact info of any kind. No return address or anything of the sort. There was a post-it note that said "tournament entry fee" fixed to it. A search of my email for "Belmont" and came up empty and so did a team search by the SSUSA staff. So, whoever you are, your entry is on hold.


IT IS NEVER A BAD IDEA TO EMAIL THE DIRECTORS TO LET THEM HIM KNOW THAT __________ WANTS TO PLAY IN THE ____________ TOURNAMENT, AND THAT YOU'RE SENDING PAYMENT.


Tim


March 3, 2021
TimMcElroy
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Hotels jacking prices for SSUSA tournaments

bkb555- I just called the hotel and spoke with a reservations agent. She told me that valet parking has been reduced to $5 per day if you booked using the SSUSA group account. Limit of 1 car per room. I didn't have to ask for a special rate or raise a stink. She freely shared that info to me.

I saw what you saw on their website but the issue was pretty quickly explained to me. You can probably call back and get confirmation of the same. See you in a few weeks.

The bad news is that the tournament booking block closed out yesterday (3/2). Hopefully they'll let SSUSA add more rooms.


March 2, 2021
TimMcElroy
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: COVID 19 PROTOCOLS

Let's try this from another angle. Nobody in the sports tourism industry wants to be the host of a super spreader event. Failing to take precautions for your customers could lead to financial ruin for you, and the industry as a whole. A high percentage of SSUSA's customer base falls into the "high risk" category. For them, that is a multiplier. Not doing enough simply isn't an option.

If you're coming to the park, wear the damn mask.







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