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Dave Dowell

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Sacramento, CA

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Men's 60

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Dec. 4, 2014
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Rules meeting?

Half a dozen or so public attendee (SSUSA members) were there throughout both 3-hour sessions ... Several others wandered in and out based on commitments to other convention activities they wanted to attend ... Eleven Committee members are present this year (two unable to attend for medical reasons) ...

Who decided the venue? ... Convention attendees from last year who voted to have an Eastern presence for the convention this year because of the generally Western loaded nature of other SSUSA events, most notably the World Masters Championships (the last World Championships that could even be considered Eastern were in Mobile, AL over 10 years ago) ... The 2015 convention will very likely be in a western venue ...


Nov. 21, 2014
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Winter National Results

neck10 ... Hilarious! ... You are probably NEVER going to let me forget about that wonderful incident!
Nov. 21, 2014
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Friday Seating Bracket Play

NYGNYY ... Your premise that these events are money driven as it relates to scheduling is incorrect ... In both of the examples you cite, field availability, as measured against the games load requirements for each division for each day, dictates the schedule ... As it relates to the most recent of the two (Phoenix), the principal factor was the matter of the 40-Masters Divisions (both Men and Women) playing only a two-day schedule on the weekend only ... I have proposed that the 40-Masters next year go to either a 2 or 3-day format to ease (or hopefully eliminate) this burden on the weekend ...

As both the Tournament Director in Phoenix and the SSUSA's National Scheduling Consultant who writes the schedules, here's how the Phoenix schedule came together ... (Las Vegas is a completely different animal, but it's more difficult there for a variety of reasons) ...

SESSION #1 had 135 teams playing a potential of 435 games that had to fit into 438 total available game slots (that were not later at the end of the day) ...
We utilized every available tournament quality facility within the control and operation of the City of Phoenix and added Big League Dreams in Gilbert for Friday after it bcame apparent we couldn't handle those 435 games without doing so ... BLD was not available to us on the weekend this year because of a preexisting tournament booked there ... By adding BLD on Friday, were were able to accommodate the five teams who were the "last five in" and had been initially placed on a waiting list ... All five of them entered before the stated deadline, so it was not a case of trying to squeeze in any late entrants to the detriment of earlier timely entrants ... We felt an obligation to get them in because of the financial commitments they had made for travel and accommodations, not the financial commitment of an entry fee ... We routinely refund those for teams that withdraw timely, and this would have been no exception, but airlines and hotels are sometimes not so generous ...
We built the weekend around the games demand of the 40-Masters, back-filling Sunday first to take as many teams to Sunday as we could, with the balance of their games being placed into Saturday ... We also back-filled Sunday (103 games) with as many teams as we could take in every other division, except the 50-AA who did their Best 2 of 3 Championship Series on Saturday ...
The balance of the games, by definition, have to fit into Saturday and Friday (in that order) ... So we filled Saturday with 170 games as late as was reasonable (9:00 PM at Rose Mofford, which was not your group location), but only 8:00 PM at Desert West for you ... Then it was simple, with the remaining 162 games having to be played Friday ...
All seeding games were played early Friday and then brackets commenced ... Although it is our preference to not play more than one bracket game per team on Friday, we did not have that luxury this time ... The only other option would have been to play more games on Saturday, but they would have been at 9:30 PM or later ...

There really isn't a lot we can do to, as you said, "...help those teams that may have an off day or not be at their best on Fridays..." since that is totally a team controlled function ... We believe that most teams try to do their best in every game of a tournament, but maybe that's not true ...

Thank you for your comments, they are much appreciated ... If you have the time, maybe you could download and print the Master Planning Grid, which illustrates the overall tournament plan, play with it a bit, and let us know how you would have done it differently ... We welcome any input you might provide ...


Nov. 20, 2014
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Winter National Results

Just got off the plane from Phoenix this afternoon after the back-to-back road show from Sacramento to Ft. Myers to Phoenix ... They're on the top of the priority list and will be online soon ...
Nov. 18, 2014
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Scores

Right now, they are 800 miles out ... I'm in Phoenix with the Winter World's and the Winter National's paperwork arrived back in Sacramento after I left for Phoenix ... Will get on them late this week and over the weekend for both events ... Thanks ...
Nov. 12, 2014
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Card Renewal

The check card is in the mail .... Actually, it's in my "stuff" for PHX and I'll deliver it this week ...
Nov. 12, 2014
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Winter National Results

Bernie17: My Dad once told me a (maybe true) story about golfer Sam Snead ... He holed out from a sand trap in a tournament, and a spectator said "Gee, that was sure lucky!" ... To which Sam (purportedly) replied: "I know, and for every thousand times I practice that shot, I get luckier and luckier" ... Maybe there's an analogy there somewhere ...
Nov. 11, 2014
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: 55 AAA Losers Bracket

GREAT catch, Mike (you're hired!) ... Noted and fixed ... Thanks!
Nov. 7, 2014
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Thank you

Las Vegas = 40+ Fields Available Phoenix = 26 Fields Available (and only 19 after Friday)
We don't HAVE to play that many on Friday if you would prefer to roll those games into Saturday night at 9:30 and 11:00 PM starting times (with 'survivors' due back on Sunday at 8:00 AM) ... Do you have a preference between those two options?
Nov. 3, 2014
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Phoenix world - need field assignments

Was just messin' with you wdodge22 ... It struck me as funny that as soon as we announced no information would be forthcoming until at least Tuesday, you followed up right away with an information request on Sunday ... All the details in the world are not going to get Tuesday in line ahead of the preceding Sunday! ...

We're working on it now, having secured Big League Dreams/Gilbert yesterday for Friday, so we're down to one more piece of the puzzle from the City of Phoenix when they open for business this morning ...
Nov. 2, 2014
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Phoenix world - need field assignments

JDub ... I didn't think the first line from our post earlier this morning was all that confusing and would require a followup inquiry! ...

Field assignments for Phoenix are on hold at least through Tuesday ...
Nov. 2, 2014
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Phoenix world - need field assignments

"Maricopa County" is about as specific as we can be until probably late Monday or Tuesday ...
Oct. 31, 2014
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: List of teams and seeding games schedule

Session #2 is now being targeted for a late Sunday (or maybe even mid-day Monday) release date ... Today is Session #1 paperwork (rosters, official program, director materials, etc.) preparation day in Sacramento and Saturday is a cross-country travel day ...

Here's the advice we provide in our written information from the Managers Handbook and what we tell people who call: Plan your travel and accommodations as though you will be playing in the first game on the first day, typically at 8:00 AM, and that you will have the good fortune to win the "If" game on the last day, typically scheduled for 3:30 PM ...


Oct. 30, 2014
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: List of teams and seeding games schedule

Florida Blue: And it will be "day 2" for another 16 or so hours here on the Left Coast (home of the World Champion San Francisco Giants!) ... If your team name is the same as your username here, you are playing at Cape Coral Softball complex (exactly as predicted in the TENTATIVE Field Assignments) and you play at 11:00 AM (Field #3) and at 2:00 PM (Field #2) ... If you are NOT one of the top seven seeds in your 25-team bracket, you will also play your first bracket game at either 4:00 or 5:30 PM ... Hope this helps you with your hotel and work arrangements ...
Oct. 29, 2014
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: field locations for Phoenix tournament

Plenty of 55's in Session #1
Oct. 28, 2014
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Team move-ups

LP: Not hard to figure at all ... SPA and SSUSA both have provisions to determine winners in weather-shortened events ... That TX team was declared the winner, and based on the previous post, certainly had a reasonable chance to win regardless of the weather ... I guess they could forfeit their awards by returning the trophy and rings, act like they were never there and then submit a ratings appeal ... [shrug]
Oct. 28, 2014
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: List of teams and seeding games schedule

Sometime in the next day or two for Session #1 and by the end of the week for Session #2
Oct. 15, 2014
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Fields and Teams - Major Tournaments

Or .... [1] You could stay in the Winner's bracket longer; [2] We could switch to single elimination brackets; [3] start Thursday and finish the following Wednesday or so ...
Oct. 13, 2014
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Las Vegas World ( batters box )

I can't speak to the other parks that had chalk boxes because I wasn't there, but at BLD the batter's boxes were positioned exactly to specification at 4' forward and 3' to the rear from the point of the "elbow" of the plate ... I know because I measured them with a tape measure at the Southwest Championships in April ... Also, the front of the strike mat should be aligned with the front edge of the home plate, so that should not be a technical placement problem either ...

As mentioned above, the big problem at BLD was the inability of players to wipe the lines to create either [1] a larger roaming area from which to hit, or [2] confusion on the part of umpires who would have to extrapolate the former location of the lines before they were wiped ...


Oct. 13, 2014
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Las Vegas World ( batters box )

As the Field Director at Big League Dreams, I am certain the batter's boxes were not a technical, but rather a player, problem ... They are sized to official specification and are appropriately positioned ... The big difference at BLD was the inability of the leadoff batter to wipe the front line or the second batter to wipe the inside line, thus allowing subsequent batters to wander anywhere they wished ... Those who were called out at BLD for being out of the batter's box should maybe have been looking in the mirror for the culprit(s) instead of voicing objections to the umpires and Tournament Staff ...


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