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March 17, 2023
lb16
Men's 55
187 posts
Music City
I like how the SSUSA staff are punishing the teams that didn't back out of the tourney. I can understand the shortened pool play games but not the bracket play games WTF!
March 18, 2023
monty25
Men's 60
110 posts
Shortened games times are because on Saturday everyone playing at one complex. They should on Sunday go back to regular game time IMO.
March 18, 2023
SSUSA Staff
3333 posts
Here's the actual Rule Book provision on point (at page 56) ... Historically, it's been an effective method for adverse weather recovery ...
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SECTION 10 - ADVERSE WEATHER
10.1(1) TOURNAMENT PLAYED OR MODIFIED


SSWC qualifiers and World Masters Championships may be played in adverse weather conditions, much like a football game. Teams accept these conditions when entering. If it becomes necessary in the judgment of the tournament committee, playing procedures may be modified. If game times must be reduced because of time limitations due to inclement weather, or other acts of God, the following methods may be implemented, in priority order:
A. Games may be reduced to five innings, with the 5th inning being the open inning. A game reduced to five innings becomes official only after the completion of five innings, or 4 innings with the home team ahead....

March 20, 2023
Country13
18 posts
Got to vent just a bit. The weather forecast only got worse the closer it got to the weekend. In hindsight we should have just got out or just not gone. With the big rain on Friday the fields were Awful. All teams were moved to 1 complex which was a total Mess. Way too many teams at one complex. MAJOR CONFUSION!! Then on Sunday the fields we were supposed to play on really were not playable at all. The temps Sunday at game time were 25 with a wind chill of 14! Pretty Dang Cold. So our team Voted at this point and just forfeit and leave. A lot of money for just 2 -5 inning games in freezing weather. On the good side we did Win both of those games. A lot of bad decisions were made but the worst of those for us were that we went and attempted to play in this one. LIVE AND LEARN.
March 20, 2023
Parman
Men's 65
38 posts
Why any tournaments in States other than California, Nevada (Vegas), Arizona, Texas or Florida this time of the year is beyond me. Teams are taking real chances Mother Nature is going to throw a big wrench into your plans.
March 20, 2023
Parman
Men's 65
38 posts
I meant to say- why any tournaments in any other States besides those 5 are even scheduled this time of the year is beyond me.
March 22, 2023
Schmitty
Men's 55
1 posts
Not what I expected from my first SSUSA tournament.
After 30+ years of playing, managing, coordinating and spectating slow and fast pitch tournaments, this was by far the most poorly run tournament I have ever seen. The SSUSA should be embarrassed and the local director banned from ever running anything above t-ball.
No-one can control the weather, but the effort put in by the staff was minimal and disorganized.
I arrived in Nashville on Friday to sunny mid 50's, city was completely dry, I am told it rained the couple days prior. Scheduled to play 11am Saturday morn, at 8:30pm Friday notified game time now 3pm at a different park. I suspect they never attempted to address the field conditions until late Friday evening.
Arrive at the park at 1:30 to find we are now scheduled for 5pm. Reduced to 40 minute games, but no urgency in getting next games started. Actual game time was about 7:30pm, after playing 3 innings they called time limit (the only time I saw this called all day) we win the 4 inning game. Wait an hour for next game only to have the other team forfeit. Directors cannot even give a guess as to playing time Sunday morn, only info is play starts at 8am not sure where.
5:30am Sunday receive notification to play at 8am at original park that we were supposed play at on Saturday.
Arrived at 7am to an infield that resembled a frozen plowed farm field. The furrows were a minimum of 3" deep with large areas of ankle breaking frozen clumps 2-4 feet in diameter. The field had obviously not been touched since and original deep drag on Friday evening. No one with the organization makes any effort to fix the field - dragging it would have likely broken up the clumps and made it playable, yet the only work done was to chalk the frozen plowed field. Both teams refuse to play on this field -they refer us to an unused field which was marginally better, but playable. Of the 3 games scheduled for 8am the other two are forfeited by teams refusing to play in dangerous conditions. We play on the most playable of the fields losing a 5 inning game and being directed back to the frozen plowed field for the next game. The field has still not been dragged, the Directors refuse to do anything such as moving the games to the playable field or finding another park. Again both teams refuse to play, eventually flip for it and we lose. Or did we? the other team was scheduled to play two hours later on the same frozen plowed field.
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