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Oct. 17, 2022
65phantom22
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Move Ups and Down

Are Rating updates happening soon??
Sept. 25, 2022
65phantom22
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Bracket Updates

I would like to point out what a WONDERFUL job you did with updating the 40 major bracket on Friday. I just don't understand why that couldn't be done all weekend.

Have a Great Championship Sunday!!
Sept. 25, 2022
65phantom22
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Bracket Updates

They can not be saved to your site, if they could, any Mo, Larry or Curly could mess with your brackets. And of course that would not be a good thing.

And yes, it's a simple procedure if done as you go. Not trying to be difficult, but trying to give a solution to what seems as an impossible task.
Sept. 25, 2022
65phantom22
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Bracket Updates

DD They are open for perusal, but I can not add to them. I already tried to add the scores which I can do, but it doesn't SAVE.

I would love to help you if they would let me. Thanks!!
Sept. 25, 2022
65phantom22
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Bracket Updates

No updates since Friday night. How about trying this......

1. Give somebody the rights to the PDF schedule DD has created.

2. Every 3 hours the directors at the fields take pictures of the score sheets.

3. Text or email these pictures to the person with the rights of the PDF.

4. That person than updates the schedule on line.
Sept. 21, 2022
65phantom22
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Scores

Hawkeye.....$100,000 question. Not sure of the answer, but I possibly have a solution:

1. Give somebody the rights to the PDF schedule DD has created.

2. Every 3 hours the directors at the fields take pictures of the score sheets.

3. Text or email these pictures to the person with the rights of the PDF.

4. That person than updates the schedule on line.

PROBLEM SOLVED!!
Aug. 31, 2022
65phantom22
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: PRIZES PRIZES PRIZES

Let's talk prizes....now I don't want this to turn into what this association does and what that association does. And of course you are going to hear that we don't play for the prizes, which is a given.

However, if your team is fortunate enough to do well in a tournament, what would you like to see as prizes?

Let the discussions begin......
Aug. 29, 2022
65phantom22
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Teams on FIRE WOW!!

Thanks Scott Harder, just curious how everything works and thought I would pick a couple of teams that won Western Nationals and see how they have been doing throughout the year.  Bumping up is always a delicate matter and I'm sure never agreed to by everyone 100%.

Dave D. was gracious enough to point me to the guidelines and procedures in a previous post and these three things stood out to me.

1.  SSUSA does an internal review of all teams based on all results of games played in SSUSA. The SSUSA database program flags teams that win or lose by an average of five (or more) runs per game for further review.

2.  SSUSA reserves the right to change a team at any time if it becomes clear the team is too strong or too weak for its current division.

3.  Over three (3) tournaments, is the team beating or losing to its opponents in the same age and skill level by an average of five (5) runs or more?

Damage is barely beating their opponents by a run here, a run there and the occasional bigger spread. For example, their Western National games were all decided by 5 runs or less. 
 
On the other hand, LAF's game results are almost the exact opposite, they will squeak by occasionally,  but for the most part they beat their opponents by double figures as four of their wins at Western Nationals were by 12 runs or more.

To the naked eye, one is a BUMP and the other one is not.  But I don't have 100 years of experience doing this and I don't have all the resources to check into the teams further.  Just a simpletons thoughts and observations of this wonderful game of softball.  Maybe I should look at the Eastern Nationals winners next?
Aug. 28, 2022
65phantom22
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Teams on FIRE WOW!!

Grant it, I might have missed a tournament here or there, but I think I have a good case study for each team.

Damage, a 50 AAA team out of Nevada has an Overall record of 26-15.  They have done pretty bad in some tournaments but have been on a roll recently of winning tournaments.  1st in Western Nationals and 1st at the Rocky Mountains which was a little affected by the weather.  Their average margin of victory in their last three tournaments is under 3 runs.

LAF -  a 55 Major team out of California has an Overall record of 43-6.  The worst they have done in a tournament this year is 3rd place.  Reeling off five 1st place finishes in a row including the Southwest Championships and the Western National Championships.  Their average margin of victory in their last three tournaments is over 7 runs.

My personal opinion is Damage is HOT at the right moment and LAF should get a bump since they have been HOT from the beginning.

Unfortunately, I don't have 100 years of experience,  but I do have two cents and that's my two cents worth.
Aug. 26, 2022
65phantom22
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Teams on FIRE WOW!!

I love a good discussion, I'm going to do a little research on the two above mentioned teams....curious to see if they are hot at the right time or been dominating for most of the year??
Aug. 26, 2022
65phantom22
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Teams on FIRE WOW!!

Arbo, I think they would have to have just cause... what that is EXACTLY nobody really knows...winning streaks....winning margins....time of the year....??
Aug. 24, 2022
65phantom22
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Teams on FIRE WOW!!

You would think #movethemup could be an option. I'm sure the system has flagged them and an internal review has taken place or is in the process.

Not sure if there is a deadline on moving teams up before Worlds??
Aug. 23, 2022
65phantom22
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Teams on FIRE WOW!!

A couple of teams I see are hot hot hot!!

Peaking at the right time or a little too early?

Damage a 50 AAA team out of Nevada has won three tournaments in a row including Western Nationals and the Rocky Mountain Championships.

LAF a 55 major team out of California has done even better, winning four tournaments in a row including Western Nationals and the Southwest Championships.

Can anyone say TRIPLE CROWN!!
Aug. 21, 2022
65phantom22
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Getting Bumped Up

Thank you for the help.....I see a few things that make perfectly good sense...and I hope these guidelines are being followed.

1. SSUSA reserves the right to change a team at any time if it becomes clear the team is too strong or too weak for its current division.

2. Over three (3) tournaments, is the team beating or losing to its opponents in the same age and skill level by an average of five (5) runs or more?

3. We do an internal review of all teams based on all results of games played in SSUSA. The SSUSA database program flags teams that win or lose by an average of five (or more) runs per game for further review.
Aug. 18, 2022
65phantom22
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Getting Bumped Up

H2 - I guess my bigger question is about in season bumps....I see more teams bumped from AAA to Major and very few from Major to Major+. Is there a criteria for in season bumps??
Aug. 17, 2022
65phantom22
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Getting Bumped Up

As a TEAM, are the guidelines for getting moved from AAA to Majors the same for getting moved from Majors to Major+ during the season?
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