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Dave Dowell

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Sacramento, CA

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Men's 60

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, June 25, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: why won't SSUSA show teams entered ?

Fabe ... Call me at the Sacramento Office on Tuesday at (916) 326.5303 during normal business hours on the Left Coast. Thanks!
, June 25, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: why won't SSUSA show teams entered ?

Yes you may, Fabe. Am working in Austin this week, Returning to Sacramento Monday. Please call office on Tuesday or my cell if you have it.
, June 25, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: why won't SSUSA show teams entered ?

coop ... We publish the teams entered Tab AFTER the entry deadline for all of our events ... Go to the tournament page and click the Tab ... We do not publish before that date because in most cases, over 60% ov the teams enter in the last 7-10 days ... If, for example, a couple of teams are in, and half a dozen others are thinking about, they will usually pass it up if that interim team count is available ... What could have been an 8-team bracket is now a 2-team best 2 of 3 ... Don't expect this policy to change ...


, June 23, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Staying Close

Omar ... Not to mention the teams who call the hotel(s) and are told "...We're sorry, the SSUSA block with the better rates is sold out..." ... This is not an advisable procedure ...
, June 22, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: WHO IS IN THE SO-CAL STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS 50'S

Team List Tab on the Tournament Page has been activated ... There are 82 teams currently entered ...
, June 21, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Awards

I'm good with that, Brock, despite the incorrect inference that we lack care for our customers ... The most glaring hole in the process is something you touched on: Managers who do not advise SSUSA of who was awarded the All-Tourney recognition ... We end up calling a lot of managers when it comes time for publication of recipients in the Senior Softball News and the most common response is, almost unbelievably: "I don't know/remember" ... That creates a "Catch 22" where there is nothing for us to keep track of in the overall analysis ... Players will sometimes, on their own, call when they DON'T see their name in the news, so we pick up a few more there, but noting approaching a 100% documentation rate ... We are happy to assist where we can, starting forward from this fall's World Masters, but the overall responsibility falls on the manager to fully and timely inform us, AND the candidate to know, and be able to document, his/her eligibility qualifying points ...


, June 21, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Awards

Brock, it must not have been all that overwhelming to gather the data ... You were inducted to the NSSHoF (congrats, again!) this past year ... Maybe sharing with others how you did, as opposed to criticism, may be more helpful for future candidates?
, June 17, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Awards

Webbie ... You read it correct as to Major+ and Major ... It also says: AAA 1st Team All Tournament Point ... The document makes no mention of those competing in the AA Division ...
, June 16, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Awards

16wood ... The point I think he was attempting to make (and I concur) is that there were TWO previous events where points could be earned: [1] SSUSA World Championships and [2] LVSSA World Masters Championships ... With the merger of the associations, there is only ONE such qualifying-points event now ...
, June 16, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Awards

ballover ... Just to "pick some nits" here, but in your golf example, wouldn't a sub-par performance be a really good thing? ... [grins]
, June 15, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Rule or Common Sense

JBTexas ... You are 100% correct in both posts ... I am the Director who blew the call/ruling in Reno ... My apologies, and it won't happen again on this issue!
, June 12, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Money Taken

Pssstt ... The rules were bent in favor of YOUR TEAM ... Had we not let you in late (our mistake), you couldn't have bailed out (your mistake) after the schedules were drawn .. Doesn't get any more simple than that ... Good luck, have fun and play safely wherever you play ...
, June 12, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: TX STATE CHAMPIONSHIP-TOC QUALIFIER

dog ... #5 and #6 are both about 270-275' to CF with a common fence .. #7 is about 245' to a common fence with #8 ... #3 is about 285' and appears to have a taller fence that would make it "play longer" ... But to make you a little less grumpy (if that's possible), I just moved the games from #3 to #4 on Wednesday, even though you'll walk further to get to #4 than the extra 10-15' or so of OF distance! ... See you there!
, June 12, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Money Taken

Joncon ... It was a bit educational for us, too ... We were again reminded that letting a team in late as a favor (against our normal policy) AFTER the deadline isn't always the best idea ... Especially when the team waits until the schedules have been drawn to subsequently withdraw ... We'll toss this in the folder marked: "..No good deed goes unpunished.." ...


, June 12, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: TX STATE CHAMPIONSHIP-TOC QUALIFIER

JBTexas ... With an odd number of teams in a 3-game seeding, one team is required to play their fourth game so another gets their third ... If your team volunteers to play that "exhibition" game, I can eliminate ONE game in your seeding pool ... Playing that one additional game with the other two teams makes it a fair and balanced seeding games demand for all three teams ... Let me know if you're willing to be the "Exhibition" team and I can drop the other one ... Thanks ...
, June 12, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: TX STATE CHAMPIONSHIP-TOC QUALIFIER

dog ... Why? ... It's a field geometry issue ... Kreig/Austin won't allow us to play any games after 2:00 PM starts due to Local League restrictions on eight of the 11 usable fields (#5-7 are unsuitable due to short fence distances) ... Having lateral flexibility isn't a good fit because of vertical limitations ... Two days is "theoretically" doable if you don't mind playing three (or four) games in five game slots on Day 1 and five in a row on Day 2 for the bracket ... That's a health and safety issue for the 70+ and 75+ teams ... Temps are projected to be in the 90's and rain is (almost always) a Texas reality this year, so a limited amount of flexibility is a plus ... The third day doesn't do us any favors either due to increased field lease and other costs ...

Session #2 is the real problem, with no field restrictions on Saturday, but the same short schedule on Sunday ... We have 40 teams on the weekend and have requested adding the Bob Havins Fields (5) to make it fit ... Without those fields, the Saturday schedule will likely be 7:30 AM thru 10:30 PM game times, and likely format modifications .. Session #2 will run three days next year ... Having a 26% increase in the number of teams entered is the reason ... I'm scheduled to be there, so look me up and we can talk more if you wish ...


, June 9, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: A few more scores from Reno and oddity

Thanks Omar ... Much appreciate your insights ... This is an interesting conundrum ... We have done the full brackets format in Las Vegas and hear the "..too many games.." argument ... When we switched last year in the World's to the RR format, the "..it's not a tournament unless there's a bracket.." commentary was more prevalent .. The 75's commenting have a very high percentage favoring brackets, and that may be somewhat attributable to the modified single elimination bracket format we employed ... It's not a pure DE bracket, but seemed to be more acceptable than no bracket ... The 80's commenting also favored a bracket, but it was closer to a balanced opinion ...

And then there's the 80+ player who called to let us know he didn't like having to play 12 games last year in Las Vegas ... It took me a while to get the true facts, but it turned out he was double-rostered on an 80+ AND an 85+ team, playing six games for both! ... Who would have thought that was even possible 10 years ago ... We will look at it again this year and try to do the right thing, knowing full well it's going to be another 50% approval rating either way ... Thanks, again, for your insightful comments ...


, June 8, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: A few more scores from Reno and oddity

Omar ... The guidelines you mention are for the World Masters Championships only, which have a four-day timeline ... In Reno, the term was only three days, necessitating that schedule ... The alternative, which is generally opposed by the vast majority of teams, is to just do a round robin format (like you play in NCSSA) and dispense with the bracket entirely ... The downside is, as you know, that a team two games behind with one to play on the last day often just bails out, forfeiting and denying their opponent their fifth game in the tournament ... The schedule I wrote spread the games out, with adequate time between, and nobody was at risk ... Which of those format options would be your preference? ...


, June 8, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: A few more scores from Reno and oddity

MEN'S 50+ DIVISION Golden Eagle

50-Major Plus
1. Sommerville Softball (CA)
2. Arizona Elite
3. Nazzareno Electric (CA)

50-Major
1. NorCal Warriors (CA) - In the "If" game
2. JU Entertainment (CA)
3. Washington Legends

50-AAA
1. Mc U Sports (ID)
2. Never Say Never/Big Al's Trucking (UT)
3. Quicksilver (CA)


, June 7, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: What do you expect?

Bruce ... I would include: Rules knowledgeable and well organized Directors, umpire consistency on rules interpretations, the tournament running at or close to on time, teams appropriately grouped by skill levels (no sandbaggers OR obviously over-matched teams) and a reasonable team and individual awards package ...
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