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Aug. 6, 2013
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: THE WINDY CITY QUALIFIER 2013 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for The Windy City Qualifier 2013 in Elgin, IL, have been posted and are available from the links below and on the event's Tournament Page ... As always, these TENTATIVE schedules are subject to change and become final ONLY when released as "OFFICIAL" at the Manager's meeting before play commences ...

NOTE: Managers who do NOT attend the meeting will be presumed to be fully informed on ALL matters (such as schedule changes, tourney formats and rules issues) discussed at the meeting. Tournament rosters are “frozen” as of the Manager’s Meeting. NO on-site player additions are allowed without Tournament Director approval before team’s first game. Managers who do not attend Manager Meeting, and do not send a representative, will be prohibited from beginning tournament play before check-in with Field Director and are prohibited from Roster additions ...

The Master Games & Fields Grid and the Participating Teams List have also been posted ... Good luck to all!

DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets (PDF's)

• Men's: 50's & 55's | 60's | 65's & 70's

• Complete: All Ages & Divisions

Tournament Administration (PDF's)

• Master Planning Grid & Teams: The Windy City 2013


Aug. 4, 2013
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Western National Championships

That's the difference ... Flying out of Raleigh at 6:30 AM PDT and back in Sacramento office by 2:00 or so ... Will see what I can do tomorrow other than dealing with jet lag ...
July 29, 2013
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: EASTERN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS 2013 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

SESSION #2 REVISION • Men's 55-AAA and 60-Silver • There have been revisions to the Session #2 schedule to reflect the withdrawal of the Dayton Legends 55 (OH) team today ... The changes are as follows ...

• MEN'S 55-AAA - This division has been reduced from six to five teams ... The Friday seeding games will have one game playing EARLIER than as originally published ... There will be one 10:30 AM seeding game, between Hannington's 55 (MA) and Beltway Bandits (VA) on Field #9 ... The Saturday and Sunday bracket games remain unchanged as to times, but will reflect the 5-team format instead of six ...

• MEN'S 60-SILVER - There is one game change in the mixed Round Robin on Friday, with the Slug-A-Bug (FL) vs. Carolina Cobras (NC) game being moved from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM on Filed #7 ... The 60-AA double elimination bracket starts earlier on Saturday, now commencing at 12:30 PM on Field #5 ... There are no other changes affecting the 60-Silver division ...

The revisions (dated 07/29/2013) are online now ... Any previously downloaded/printed versions should be discarded ... Thank you and good luck to everyone! ...


July 26, 2013
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: WESTERN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS 2013 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

SESSION #2 REVISION • SACRAMENTO COMPLEX • Due to the Friday afternoon withdrawal of a Women's 50+ team (California Spirit 50), the entire division of play was eliminated ... Accordingly, the Saturday (ONLY) schedule for the Sacramento Softball Complex was significantly revised ... Changes include ...

MEN'S 60-PLATINUM • Saturday final round seeding games AND bracket commencement were moved EARLIER;
MEN'S 60-AAA • Saturday bracket play was moved to earlier game times throughout the day;
MEN'S 55/60-AA • One of the two Saturday final Roubd Robin games was moved LATER, and first games of the Best 2 of 3 Championship Series were moved one game slot EARLIER

WOMEN'S 60+ DIVISION • Saturday games were NOT affected and the schedule remains unchanged ..

We apologize for any inconveniences, especially to the other teams in the Women's 50+ Division who are now unable to participate, despite the fact that these circumstances were out of our control.

All changes have been posted online, and any previously downloaded and printed DRAFT schedule sets dated prior to 07/26/2013 should be discarded ...


July 25, 2013
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Western Nationals

And I probably should have thought to tack onto the back of the 60's schedule set! ... It's there now, and thanks for the heads-up!
July 25, 2013
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Western Nationals

The 60-AA division is playing combined with the 55-AA Division ... Their schedule and brackets are in the tab for the 55's and also in the "complete" schedule set ... So ... YES there is a 60-AA division.
July 25, 2013
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: EASTERN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS 2013 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for SESSION #2 of the 2013 Eastern National Championships in Raleigh, NC, have been posted and are available from the links below and on the event's Tournament Page ...

The caveats mentioned above for Session #1 apply here as well ... Good luck everyone!

DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets (PDF's)

• Men's: 50's | 55's | 60's

• Women's: All Ages


July 24, 2013
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: 50 Major + Western Nationals

87 is THE number at Maidu ... 130.5 game-hours scheduled ... 32.625 hours per field over 3 days = 10.875 hrs. per day per field ... The "on time" part is a collaborative effort of directors, umpires, managers, teams and the "freak factor", which includes such things as a 9-inning seeding game, a 40-runs-combined open inning, a medical emergency (hopefully not), rain (not likely), etc. ...

Good luck, play safely and have fun! ... If you have any complaints, please be sure to let your director know, since I'll be 3,000 miles down the firing range from the local snipers! ... Will be working in Raleigh at the Eastern's, where the 90/90 factor is in play (temperature AND humidity) as part of the "freak factor" ...
July 24, 2013
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: 50 Major + Western Nationals

Rich and Marv: Scheduling 101 - "Cliff Notes" Version ... With our preferred 2RR/3GG format, total games = 3.2 times the number of teams ... It's an amazingly accurate rule-of-thumb measurement ... (Western's: 104 teams x 3.2 = 332.8 ... There are 331 games on the schedule) ... We also schedule on 1:30 time slots because anything less than that is naive at best, and the schedule won't hold ... Then it's just a game of "make it fit" into the available field inventory, taking into account local league restrictions and other limitations that may be there ... Good luck next week to everybody!


July 24, 2013
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: 50 Major + Western Nationals

Ron ... Your last two seeding games (from Saturday) would have to be moved to Friday night and they must play consecutively ... Which means they would play at 6:30 and 8:00 PM ... Bracket would start at 9:30, assuming (and that's a biggie) that the venue is on time ... Please take a look at the Master Planning Grid, print it, and lay it out the way you wish! ... But if you do that, remember we generally avoid changing "first game times" for any teams because they set their own daily schedules based on the first published version ... I'm ALWAYS open to suggestions ... Ohh ... Please keep in mind there are pre-secheduling requests for late(r) starts to be accommodated and a request to keep the 50-M+ and the 55-M+ segregated as to time slots because MTC 50-M+ is 'borrowing' a couple of players from MTC 55-M+ ...

Rich ... There are actually 27 teams at Maidu Park over the three days, where 24 (six per available field) is the optimal schedule layout number ... I think you may have overlooked the six teams in the 50-AAA ...

Thanks, guys, and good luck!


July 23, 2013
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: 50 Major + Western Nationals

Hi Ron ... Yours is a common misconception about the size of a tournament ... You isolate to a 3-team tournament when, in fact, it is a 104 team tournament, of which your sub-group comprises only three of those teams ...

Please take a look at the Master Planning Grid (it's available online) and let me know when you might suggest those games be played ... There are four Sunday games scheduled in your Division ... There are no empty games slots until 8:00 PM on Saturday evening ... And your games are at a point in the bracket where they have to be played in single file ...

So while it is theoretically "possible" to finish on Saturday, those Sunday games would have to be played consecutively Saturday night at 8:00, 9:30 and 11:00 PM and 12:30 AM ... Not only does that make it difficult to get out of town at that time, it's probably not a reasonable solution as to the other teams, the tournament staff or the public entity employees staffing the tournament venue ...

I may have missed something here, but I doubt it ...Please let me know if you still think I did ... Thanks! ...


July 23, 2013
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: WESTERN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS 2013 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for SESSION #2 of the 2013 Western National Championships in Sacramento & Roseville, CA, have been posted and are available from the links below and on the event's Tournament Page ...

The caveats mentioned above for Session #1 apply here as well ...

Good luck everybody!

DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets (PDF's)

• Men's: 50's | 55's | 60's

Women's: 50's and 60's

40-Masters: Men & Women


July 23, 2013
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: EASTERN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS 2013 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for SESSION #1 of the 2013 Eastern National Championships in Raleigh NC, have been posted and are available from the links below and on the event's Tournament Page ... As always, these TENTATIVE schedules are subject to change and become final ONLY when released as "OFFICIAL" at the Manager's meeting before play commences ...

NOTE: Managers who do NOT attend the meeting will be presumed to be fully informed on ALL matters (such as schedule changes, tourney formats and rules issues) discussed at the meeting. Tournament rosters are “frozen” as of the Manager’s Meeting. NO on-site player additions are allowed without Tournament Director approval before team’s first game. Managers who do not attend Manager Meeting, and do not send a representative, will be prohibited from beginning tournament play before check-in with Field Director and are prohibited from Roster additions ...

The Master Games & Fields Grid and the Participating Teams List have also been posted ... Good luck to all!

DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets (PDF's)

• Men's: 65's & 70's | 75's & 80's

• Complete: All Ages & Divisions

Tournament Administration (PDF's)

• Master Planning Grid: Master Games & Fields
• Participating teams List: Eastern's 2013


July 23, 2013
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: WESTERN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS 2013 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for SESSION #1 of the 2013 Western National Championships in Sacramento & Roseville, CA, have been posted and are available from the links below and on the event's Tournament Page ... As always, these TENTATIVE schedules are subject to change and become final ONLY when released as "OFFICIAL" at the Manager's meeting before play commences ...

NOTE: Managers who do NOT attend the meeting will be presumed to be fully informed on ALL matters (such as schedule changes, tourney formats and rules issues) discussed at the meeting. Tournament rosters are “frozen” as of the Manager’s Meeting. NO on-site player additions are allowed without Tournament Director approval before team’s first game. Managers who do not attend Manager Meeting, and do not send a representative, will be prohibited from beginning tournament play before check-in with Field Director and are prohibited from Roster additions ...

The Master Games & Fields Grid and the Participating Teams List have also been posted ... Good luck to all!

DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets (PDF's)

• Men's: 65's | 70's & 75's | 80's

• Complete: All Ages & Divisions

Tournament Administration (PDF's)

• Master Planning Grid: Master Games & Fields
• Participating teams List: Western's 2013


July 22, 2013
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: WESTERN CHAMPIONSHIPS 2013 • Final Field Assignments

The final field assignments for the 2013 Western National Championships in Sacramento and Roseville, CA are as follows:

• All 65+ and older divisions (Session #1) will play at either the Sacramento Softball Complex or Howe Community Park, or both.

• Men's 50-Major+ - Maidu Regional Park (Roseville)
• Men's 50-Major - Maidu Regional Park (Roseville)
• Men's 50-AAA - Maidu Regional Park (Roseville)
• Men's 55-Platinum (Major+ and Major) - Maidu Regional Park (Roseville)
• Men's 55-AAA - Howe Community Park (Sacramento)
• Men's 55/60-AA - Sacramento Softball Complex
• Men's 60-Major+ - Sacramento Softball Complex
• Men's 60-Major - Sacramento Softball Complex
• Men's 60-AAA - Sacramento Softball Complex

• Women's 50+ and 60+ Divisions - Howe Community Park (Friday) and Sacramento Softball Complex (Saturday)

• Men's 40-Masters (Major+ and Major) - Mahany Park (Roseville) - Saturday and Sunday
• Women's 40-Masters - Howe Community Park (Sacramento) - Saturday and Sunday

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets will be forthcoming shortly ... Good luck everybody!


July 13, 2013
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: MIDWEST CHAMPIONSHIPS 2013 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

SESSION #2 MANAGER MEETING LOCATION CHANGE • Please note that the Manager Meeting on Thursday evening for Session #2 has been CHANGED to the Hampton Inn ... The Session #1 meeting remains as previously scheduled at the Courtyard by Marriott ... Further details are available from the event Tournament Page ...
July 10, 2013
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: MIDWEST CHAMPIONSHIPS 2013 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

SESSION #1 REVISION • The withdrawal this morning of a 65-AAA team (Minnesota Masters 65's) has resulted in modification of the Session #1 schedule, principally in the Men's 65-Gold Division ... Changes are as follows:

• TUESDAY - Only one round robin seeding game was impacted. The 10:30 AM game involving Kansas City Fire will not be played. They will play Mid America Legends 65's at 1:30 PM to replace the withdrawing team.

• WEDNESDAY - The 65-Gold morning seeding games were modified to adjust for the withdrawal. Bracket games across all ages and divisions EXCEPT the 70/75-Silver Division were changed ... Please check the new versions dated 07/10/2013.

• THURSDAY - The schedule is essentially unchanged except for the 65-AAA bracket being a 6-team instead of a 7-team setup. This resulted in ALL teams in this session playing all three days.

We apologize for any inconveniences due to these circumstances which were completely out of our control. Good luck everyone!


July 9, 2013
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: MIDWEST CHAMPIONSHIPS 2013 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for SESSION #2 of the 2013 Midwest Championships in Shawnee, KS,, have been posted and are available from the links below and on the event's Tournament Page ...

The caveasts posted above for SESSION #1 apply here as well ... Good luck everybody!

DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets (PDF's)

• Men's: 50's | 55's | 60's


July 9, 2013
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: MIDWEST CHAMPIONSHIPS 2013 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for SESSION #1 of the 2013 Midwest Championships in Shawnee, KS, have been posted and are available from the links below and on the event's Tournament Page ... As always, these TENTATIVE schedules are subject to change and become final ONLY when released as "OFFICIAL" at the Manager's meeting before play commences ...

NOTE: Managers who do NOT attend the meeting will be presumed to be fully informed on ALL matters (such as schedule changes, tourney formats and rules issues) discussed at the meeting. Tournament rosters are “frozen” as of the Manager’s Meeting. NO on-site player additions are allowed without Tournament Director approval before team’s first game. Managers who do not attend Manager Meeting, and do not send a representative, will be prohibited from beginning tournament play before check-in with Field Director and are prohibited from Roster additions ...

The Master Games & Fields Grid and the Participating Teams List have also been posted ... Good luck to all!

DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets (PDF's)

• Men's: 65's | 70's & 75's

• Complete: All Ages & Divisions

Tournament Administration (PDF's)

• Master Planning Grid: Master Games & Fields
• Participating teams List: Midwest Champs 2013


July 3, 2013
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: CALIFORNIA STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS 2013 • DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

MEN'S 40-MASTERS REVISION #2 • After carefully considering input from several Men's 40-Masters teams, we have revised the 40-Masters Division to provide for two separate brackets, for Major+ (3 teams) and Major (6 teams) ... Previously, all 40-Masters teams were in a single 9-team bracket, initially with a split of 2 Major+ and 7 Major ... A subsequent roster based change was made that resulted in a former Major team being re-rated to Major+, yielding a 3/6 split in ratings composition ... We believe that to be a competitive balance problem as it relates to the Major rated teams in a global bracket ... The changes are being implemented as follows:

• The two Saturday morning pool play seeding games for each team will remain unchanged ... The Major+ will play two games each against the six Major Teams ... The Major teams will also play one game within the Major division group ... At the conclusion of those games, the TWO respective brackets will be seeded for play commencing Saturday afternoon ...

• The brackets have been structured so that all teams will play on Sunday ... Under the former 9-team bracket structure, one team, and possibly two, would have been eliminated Saturday night ... This guarantees that every team that has commited to play with SSUSA enjoys the two-day experience rather than playing five games on Saturday and being eliminated after a very long day ...

• Potentially, and likely, one team in the 40-Masters Major+ Division could only get a four games in the tournament, depending on who ends up playing in, and winning, Elimination Bracket Game #3 on Sunday morning ... Should that occur, the Tournament Director will award the 4-game team with a $100 Credit Voucher to be used by them in any future SSUSA TOC Qualifier tournament, including the World Masters Championships in Las Vegas, to compensate for the original 5-game guarantee not being met ...

• EFFECT ON MEN'S 50/55 PLATINUM DIVISION ... The bracket revisions for the 40-Masters will cause a nominal ripple effect on the Saturday (only) schedule for the 50/55-Platinum Division ... Elimination Bracket Games #8 through #11 will play 1:30 EARLIER than as originally posted and Championship Bracket games #14 and #15 will play 1:30 LATER than as originally posted ... All Friday and Sunday play remains unaffected ...

ALL affected schedules have been posted online, and the Bracket Boards at the Foskett Regional Park will reflect the changes and will become the Official Tournament Schedule ... Previously downloaded DRAFT Game and Bracket sets should be discarded, as the operative date of the revisions is now 07/03/2013 ...

We apologize for any inconveniences, but firmly believe this revision is important for both competitive balance and for ensuring that no team has to face elimination in a fifth game for them on Saturday night ... Good luck everybody!


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