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Dave Dowell

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, May 1, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Shadow Rock Complex

Dbax and FOFO ... The TENTATIVE Field Assignments for the World Masters Championships 2015 were posted here on July 6th, 2015 ... The first of the rolling entry deadlines for the 2015 event were on September 4th ... That's two days shy of two months in advance of the start ... I'm not sure there's much more we could have done on that disclosure ...
, May 1, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Shadow Rock Complex

OK, we'll try to do this one more time to get everybody on the same page ... Shadow Rock WILL BE in the Field Allocation mix for future LVSSA/SSUSA events held in Las Vegas for larger bracket groups so long as:

Arroyo Grande, Big League Dreams, Russell Road and Sunset parks continue to prioritize Local League play (Monday thru Friday) over our opportunity to use those facilities beyond mid-afternoon ... BLD has been very helpful in carving out some Friday help, but Sunset also has Saturday night leagues;
The only unrestricted usage facilities available for extended play are Lorenzi and Doc Romeo Parks in the City of Las Vegas and Shadow Rock in Clark County ...
Hollywood Park has previously been in that unrestricted group, but is currently off-line for a major renovation ... That project includes re-doing the two existing fields and adding a new Field #3 at the SW portion of the park and is expected to be complete in time for the 2017 Southwest Championships, but not in time for the World Masters 2016; and
Desert Breeze has been reserved for years by another tournament promoter whose rights to that facility vested before ours and, accordingly he has priority on reservations ...

Other relevant factual information ...

We continue to encourage Clark County to address the stated concerns about Shadow Rock Fields #1-2, but any such remedial work is Clark County's decision if/when/how to proceed ... With the incredible games demand load (nearly 1,800 games for WMC 2015 and 624 for SWest 2016), we have neither the leverage nor short-sightedness to threaten to not use the facility ... For the first time last month, we were able to vacate Fields #1-2 on Sunday, so that's a start ...
We have met with Clark County and City of Henderson officials requesting relief from Local League play restrictions on Fridays and Saturdays, but to date those discussions have not resulted in any favorable changes ...
The Cheyenne Park fields have been completely re-done and that facility WILL BE back in the rotation for the World Masters 2016 weekend sessions ... For those who may criticize that neighborhood, you are probably too young to remember Freedom Park (the current location of BLD) in the "old days", when after dark play was a significant challenge due to roaming gangs, occasional gunfire and the regular annoyance of flashing police car lights!

Thanks for commenting ... Hope this is helpful for you to make any play/no play decisions for yourself ...


, April 26, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Vegas 50's Fields

neck10 ... Or you could take the same $15 and buy a good lock and a chain to keep that gate closed on Field #3 at Midwest ... Just sayin' ...
, April 22, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Vegas 50's Fields

I thought you'd like that, and I couldn't resist! ... We're not in Las Vegas this time around ... Had to cancel out due to a grandparent conflict ... But it was worth it, when we greeted the arrival of Grandchild #6 (and Grand-daughter #4) Tuesday night in Berkeley ... Baby Noa and Mom are doing great ... We're spending the weekend in the Bay Area to make sure we appropriately spoil her right from the start! ... Have fun and good luck!


, April 19, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Vegas 50's Fields

FOFO ... Several years ago, we had a player walk up to the desk on the way out of BLD and say the same $10 thing, with a twist ... He apologized and asked me not to say anything to his wife about it because they were "those two" who thoroughly embarrassed themselves via rant at the gate on the way in! ... There's a lot of that here ... The complaint department is wide open, but nobody actually has the strength of conviction on the issue to ask me to NOT schedule them at BLD! .. All over $4 (net) a day ... Go figger! ... Good luck this week, and get to Sunday when the 55-Major finishes at BLD ...


, April 18, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Vegas 50's Fields

Dbax and nick If $15 dollars for three days of softball at BLD is a budget killer, maybe the trip to Las Vegas isn't for you? [grins]
, April 17, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Southwest Schedules

Hey GOMDA and nick ... We had a glitch this year (TOTALLY our fault) when the annual Tournament Guide and the Tournament Page were published ... For any event that has typically more than 125 teams, the entry deadline is supposed to be three weeks ahead of the start date ... We botched it on this one and it was set at only two weeks ... Losing that extra week to sort out teams actually in, getting rosters from managers and rating moves arising from player adds and the like crunched us a bit .. We should be able to publish seeding game schedules by late Monday or very early Tuesday ... Thanks ...


, April 14, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Fields for Vegas

Benji4 ... You forgot to give him his third game Friday ... Baseball field at Pioneer Park in Mesquite at 5:00 PM
, April 12, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Vegas 50's Fields

Hi nick ... You guys are hilarious! ... But just so you'll feel better, the 50-AAA won't play at Shadow Rock in the Southwest Championships this year ... You were at BLD in 2014, and Shadow Rock last year, so we'll see what makes sense for this time around! ... Still working on Session #1 right now, but will put the 132 Session #2 teams in the blender later in the week ... Sunset? ... Lorenzi? ... Arroyo Grande? ... Cheyenne? ... Anything's possible!
, April 6, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: courtesy runners

A couple years ago, a member submitted a written request to the SSUSA National Rules Committee to limit CR's to a maximum of two per inning, UNLESS beer was involved, then the number would be three ... The Committee didn't go for it!
, April 6, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Fields for Vegas

Tim ... Don't most guys usually stay at the hotel/casino that issued their "Frequent-Loser" card? ... JUST KIDDING!
, April 6, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Fields for Vegas

Not yet! ... The stated deadline was yesterday, and entries exploded ... Tuesday started with 158 teams entered and closed at 191 ... We expect more "last minute" entrants today ... Our best advice to you is to book at any of the host hotels on the Boulder Highway corridor because they are convenient to about any facilities ... We will (95% certain) NOT be using Doc Romeo, so that convenience exception isn't an issue ... Should be a few more days, since we're tackling the events one at a time, and the Tidewater Classic in Virginia Beach is at-bat now, Columbus IN is on deck and then the Southwest Championships ...


, April 1, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Tournament scheduling software

BruceAZ ... Please give me a call at the SSUSA Home office (916/326.5303) during Pacific time business hours ... I developed the scheduling system software SSUSA uses, but I recommend you take a look at a fine company called All Pro Software out of Minnesota at www.allprosoftware.com ... They have an offering called "Tournament Scheduler Pro" ($149.99) ... It can handle events up to 128 teams, which is insufficient for many SSUSA tournaments ... I can't remember if it can handle three-game-guarantee brackets, but it does have conventional double elimination formats ... Good luck!


, March 31, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Spring Nationals

Within the next several days
, March 21, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: POWER HITTERS

If you're sure the bats are identical, or if they are using the same bat, then I vote for technique ... Same thing on the PGA Tour where some 5'-8" 150 lb. guys hit the golf ball a MILE (something I have never been capable of doing!)
, March 18, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: St George

Just to make it totally fair, NOBODY who played in Mesquite last year plays there this year ... [grins]
, March 18, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: St George

We won't know for a few days ... Writing Session #1 first ... Entire tourney is in St. George, but specific field assignments are pending ... Thanks
, March 17, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: St George

Team list Tab on the Tournament page has been activated. There are 85 teams in this year (plus the 19 teams in the 40-Masters going off this weekend). Good luck everyone!
, March 17, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: face masks

19 ... The Major+ rules set very closely mirrors the HR/DBO combo that the USA National Team plays in the annual "Border Battle" with Canada and other similar tourneys where they compete ... They have a 10-HR limit, then DBO's thereafter ... Strategy IS an important factor in how they utilize them to maximize the number of runs ...

Rules that dictate strategy isn't exactly a new concept in baseball/softball nor is it patently absurd ... An good example is that NL pitchers are required to actually hit, which leads to the double switch substitutions, pitchers having to learn to get a bunt down, etc., strategies driven by the rules ... A change in the DBO treatment for excess HR's is unlikely any time soon ...


, March 11, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: face masks

19 ... Only if those health conditions can be linked to increasing the likelihood of being hit in the face by a batted ball during a slow pitch softball game ... As for changing the bat standard, SSUSA could look at it if there was a ground swell of support from 305' power hitters who think being a 275' power hitter on 300' fenced fields is where they want to be at this stage of their careers ...


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