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Dave Dowell

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Sacramento, CA

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Men's 60

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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 ...


Oct. 11, 2014
DaveDowell
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Why Not Reward Performance?

Don ... A couple of quick observations ... The SSUSA Field Director at your park in Las Vegas, although he does attend the sessions, is not a voting member of the SSUSA Rules Committee ... Here's what the motion should probably be, to maintain fairness ...

Proposed - In elimination play, the team coming through the winner's bracket to the final game automatically earns the option to select home team status. In the event of an "If" game, a coin flip will determine the team winning Championship Game #1 shall have the option to select home team status. All in favor . . . .

Some teams have expressed a desire to be Visitor and your proposal would deny them that choice because they are unbeaten ... This final two game series becomes, in effect, a true "Home and Home" affair as modified above, which is fair ... My personal view is that your proposal would not be able to "count to seven" on the 13-member Rules Committee vote otherwise ...


Oct. 9, 2014
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Result for Session 2

In progress ... Session #1 is posted and available from the links on the World Masters Championships tournament page ...
Oct. 9, 2014
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: results

Men's 50+ are online now ... Should finish all 40's today and keep chipping away at it over the next few days ... Mike: We envy the Huntsman Foundation having probably a $100 mil. or so in the bank and a thousand paid and volunteer workers staffing the Huntsman Games ... Makes it a lot easier to accomplish "wish list" items! ...
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