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Oct. 21, 2023
TimMcElroy
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: World Championship Medals

Jhucks- 2nd & 3rd place teams medals at the field. Champions are getting custom rings made. You should have received that form on the field before you left.

Junior2412- Don't forget to include the cost of awards fees, director fees, umpire fees, travel fees, rental car fees, hotel fees, meeting room fees, field rentals fees, field prep service fees, storage container fees and insurance fees. I left out about 8 other line items in the budget (including toilet paper, that YES- we have to provide as well) but hopefully you get the picture.
Oct. 13, 2023
TimMcElroy
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: age eligibility

1tufout- A player's age on December 31, 2024 determines the group he is eligible for during the 2024 playing season. Using your example, the 53 yr old (turning 54 in Oct, 2023) is eligible to play 55s in Ft. Myers and/or Phoenix.


Sept. 28, 2023
TimMcElroy
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: 50ís AAA PODS

https://seniorsoftball.com/?event=1817


SeniorSoftball.com
> Tournaments
>> World Championships
>>> Men's 50s

PS- The BLD director sent 50 AAA managers instructions on when / how to find the info (it is a large file). For the smaller 50 AA division, he texted a photo of that bracket.
Sept. 28, 2023
TimMcElroy
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Batter out of the box

I'm going to disagree with you Full Count.

Are you okay with umps calling strikes when a ball is just an inch or two from touching the mat?

Are you okay with a ball down the line being called fair because it was just an inch or two from hitting the chalk?

Are you okay with runners being called safe at home because they almost beat the throw?

Who gets to decide which of these calls are ticky tack?

I'm open to discussing batter's box rule ideas but until something is formally changed, the rule is the rule. Umps that pick and choose which rules to enforce make the job more difficult for everyone else.
Sept. 11, 2023
TimMcElroy
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: worlds 40's & 50's schedule

I'm sure the schedules are being built as we speak. The other age groups play 4 day tourneys. Pool games only on day 1 with brackets beginning the morning of day 2. The 40s group is a 3 day session so you should expect longer days at the park. Day 1 = Pool games in the morning and a bracket game in the late afternoon / early evening timeframe. Saturday = long day. Sunday = Champ games around 2:00pm with the "IF" games to follow.
Aug. 29, 2023
TimMcElroy
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Curious

Using Dave's format also takes away a few other popular complaints-

Great... BLD again tomorrow- We have to pay that ridiculous gate fee twice and those guys didn't have to pay it at all. OR- We got stuck at the Shadow Rock wind tunnel all weekend and that is _____ minutes back to the hotel.


Aug. 25, 2023
TimMcElroy
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Does the run count?

Runner at 2nd base, 2 out, and batter hits a gapper. Slow runner at 2nd base scores at the same time the fast batter / runner misses 2nd base while on his way to 3rd base. On appeal, the ump calls batter / runner out for missing 2nd base. Does the run score?

^^^ In the scenario, I agree with BJ, DD and mck71. The run counts.
Aug. 23, 2023
TimMcElroy
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Unfair Equalizer when 60AAA team plays a 65AAA

There IS a difference in mobility as you climb the age ladder. It is SSUSA's belief that the 65 yr old age group is where the decline shows itself on the men's side. You may disagree with that, but that is how the Association sees it.


There are a few 65s teams out there that don't "need" the 11th defender but they are in the minority. A high % of men's teams age 65+ don't have infielders with the range to cover the middle.


Aug. 17, 2023
TimMcElroy
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: for Vegas tournament

Many of the players attending have a preferred hotel on LV for gambling, shows or other personal conveniences. My advicsle to anyone is READ THE FINE PRINT before handing over your money.

There are often hidden fees (resort fees, parking fees, etc). Some packages include breakfast and others include breakfast at oddball hours. If you book through the host hotel site using the SSUSA booking links there are normally perks or discounts involved. And, we / SSUSA can help if problems arise. If not, "buyer beware"
Aug. 15, 2023
TimMcElroy
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: player couldnt qualify because of surgery

If you're the manager of the team, call the office to discuss options. They don't monitor the message board answering these types of questions.
Aug. 15, 2023
TimMcElroy
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Southern Nationals

Just took a quick look at 2023 team activity. Unless I've missed something, all 3 teams mentioned have limited participation in SSUSA qualifiers for the current season.

DT Express- Southern Championships only.nothing prior to Southerns
Darrell Harris- Southern Championships, plus the rain-shortened Nashville tourney in March
Montgomery Swarm- Southern Championships, plus the rain-shortened Nashville tourney in March.
Aug. 15, 2023
TimMcElroy
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: softball replacement

Mike A & Rob64 I'd encourage you to use the official ball (Baden Fire) in Las Vegas.
Aug. 14, 2023
TimMcElroy
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: softball replacement

Well if this isn't the most "Congress-like" thing I've read in a while... Stop the madness, people. If a team or sponsor wants to purchase extra balls because they don't want to chase them, don't have enough bodies to chase them, or are unable to rowboat out to them (i.e. F2 at the Twins Complex) then so be it. Let 'em buy balls and keep the tourney rolling.

10 guys chipping in $4 gets you another 6 pack of balls and solves the problem. And, if $4 cramps your travel budget, that's a different converstation.
Aug. 4, 2023
TimMcElroy
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Intentionally Dropped Fly Ball or Line Drive

The batter wasn't putting forth his best effort, so I'm going to do the defensive equivalent and intentionally drop a ball? STOP- It is bush league.

Senior Softball is not unique when it comes to the handling of this situation-


https://baseballrulesacademy.com/official-rule/mlb-umpire-manual/infielder-intentionally-drops-fly-ball-or-line-drive/
July 9, 2023
TimMcElroy
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Westminster MD tourney July 13-14

All-

Schedules should now be in the email box for all managers. I've sent the same to SSUSA and ask that they post the schedule to the tournament page tomorrow when they're back in the office.

NorEasters have contacted me saying that they've found at least one more player to help them field a team. They could use another, but have avoided the "forfeit" situation.


This message was included with the email sent to managers, but it's worth repeating- Food trucks have been lined up for Fri, Sat & Sun during the tournament. Nothing has been finalized for Thurs yet but I'll keep working on it. My experience with food truck operators is that they generally arrive when they feel like arriving and leave when they feel like leaving.... My point? Prepare for the worst case scenario- Bring water, gatorade and snacks with you just in case.

Other options-
1.5 miles to the right of the complex is Maryland Mallet. Great local restaurant.
1.5 miles to the right is a convenience store, a Subway and a Dairy Queen.

July 7, 2023
TimMcElroy
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Westminster MD tourney July 13-14

Still Got Wheels- Thanks for providing the opporunity to VENT

I'd like to thank the 4 teams who waited until TODAY to drop out of the tournament. Very kind of you- It's not like I haven't wasted time looking for additional parks, additional umpires & staff rooms to cover the team needs. It's not like teams on the waiting list have now missed an opportunity to play. It's not like I haven't already placed awards orders.


The answer your question- "Schedule?" is- No.
I'm going back to the drawing board on the schedule while also looking to see if I can get deposits back and awards modified.
July 5, 2023
TimMcElroy
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Westminster MD tourney July 13-14

I see it now- There was a message attached to your "conditional" payment-

[TEAM NAME] entry fee for Westminster tourney.
We are not yet at a roster of 11 but we are trying.
If we cannot get enough guys to go please use our entry fee for the Eastern Nationals. I will advise on our progress. [COACH NAME]



Just so we're on the same page, this is part of the hold up on the Bert Bennett / Westminster schedule writing. I would appreciate it if [COACH NAME] could give me a firm IN, or OUT by 12pm tomorrow.
My email is Tim@SeniorSoftball.com


Regarding the Eastern Nationals, that is an event hosted by the SSUSA National Office. You'll need to enter through them and pay the entry fee directly to them. 916.326.5303
July 5, 2023
TimMcElroy
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Westminster MD tourney July 13-14

Current team list is posted on the tournament webpage-
What team are you with 4040club?
June 22, 2023
TimMcElroy
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Baden Senior Softball

While I've used nothing but the Baden balls at my senior events this year it was nearly impossible to get the "official" ball in the two prior seasons. I used a number different makes & models in that time, paid through the nose for them, and frequently over-purchased so that I'd have something (anything) to use for the next event. I came into the 2023 season with about 60 dozen non-Baden balls. Fortunately, I've been able to use those balls at my young men's tournaments.

I share to raise this my story to raise a point- The Michigan director probably hasn't gone rogue. He's retired and not independently wealthy, so he's probably trying to solve a post-pandemic inventory issue. Tim

June 16, 2023
TimMcElroy
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Jim Sherman - Oregon

Probably sometime after registration closes on June 27th.
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