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Real name:
Dave Dowell

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Sacramento, CA

Division:
Men's 70

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Sept. 25, 2022
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Bracket Updates

No worries here ... And thank you for the kind words ... This is a very time consuming process because the scheduling system is a one-of-a-kind completely custom endeavor ... I'm not technically sophisticated or talented enough to make it an instant electronic marvel, but others are looking at it ... What happens, as a practical matter, is I'm generally able to update from the site where I'm physically working, and whatever else fits available time for both me and the other Directors ... If the past decade or so is any indication, the anonymous critics will continue to enjoy and employ their amusing critical commentary!

BTW, the 40-Major+ and 40-Major from Big League Dreams are posted through thus morning's games ...


Sept. 25, 2022
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Bracket Updates

They can be saved ... FILE ► SAVE does it ... Please don't change the file names ... But they can absolutely be edited ... Just open the entire file, pick the page you want, open the "edit" function in Adobe Acrobat and go for it ... When you get done, simply save the file and B*I*N*G*O, it's updated ... Be careful where you put your cursor when you update individual scores, it can be a mess if you get out of sequence or alignment ... Try a couple and let us know ... It's entirely possible the level of work and time required for this is going to be a bit more than you might think on the front end ... But thanks! .


Sept. 25, 2022
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Bracket Updates

65 ... Lets try this instead ... The PDF files I generate are NOT encrypted or restricted access ... They are completely open architecture for your perusal ... Post your cell phone number here and I'll see how many Directors I can get to photo-text you periodic updates ... Try your hand at doing those updates, and I'll send you an email address where you can forward them for accumulated processing and posting ... There won't be anyone in the office in Sacramento until tomorrow morning, but they'll get to it as soon as they can ... Just for planning your work-flow timing, there are 2,116 games in this year's schedule and some days, like last night, two of the three venues finished just at or slightly after midnight ... Thanks!


Sept. 25, 2022
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 70 Major Divison at Las Vegas

70-PLATINUM Division •
1. Timberworks/Suncoast (70-Major+ Champions)
2. New Jersey Hitmen (70-Major and Triple Grand Slam Champions)
3. Via Citrus 70 (70-Major Finalist)

NOTE: Following considerable pre-tournament disscussion on topic, Timberworks DID NOT eliminate a single team in the bracket. When the final game was played, both teams had clinched their respective titles.


Sept. 25, 2022
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: How do I see a players rating?

coop3636 ... SSUSA does not rate players ... They do, however, keep track internally of the team rating history of the teams when players play with those teams ... That's not a publicly accessible or searchable database ...
Sept. 24, 2022
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: VEGAS WORLDS

The 40-Major updates are coming from B.L.D. (Dave) and Sunset (Jerry and Joel) ... 40-Major+ from Hollywood (Donna) ... Don't know about the 40-AAA's ... Women's 40-Major is from Arroyo Grande (Donnie thru Stephanie) Thenandnow: I cleared your multi-post excesses ... Those dial-up modems like you seem to be using can be tricky! (just kidding!)
Sept. 24, 2022
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Bracket Updates

Thanks bond_171513 ... We're attacking it by committee ... It doesn't matter who's doing it; we all subscribe to the motto espoused by Robert Woodruff, the former President of Coca Cola (from 1923 to 1985): "..There is no limit to what a man can do or how far he can go if he doesn't mind who gets the credit.." ... [Of course, that was before awesome quotes had to be neutered!]


Sept. 23, 2022
DaveDowell
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Altered bat at Worlds

Rob64 ... I removed your suggestion in this thread about bat shaving because, quite honestly, the suggestion was too stupid to leave on display ... DON'T ALTER BATS ...
Sept. 23, 2022
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Championship bracket 50 AAA

In the 50's DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets file here. It's been online and available since last Saturday. Refresh your download. Should be fun. The "If" game is Game #179 in the bracket.
Sept. 18, 2022
DaveDowell
Topic: Product review
Discussion: The new Senior Baden ball.

No Bruce, it's not ... It was a lighthearted joke poking a little fun at the (still true) fact that you are the only one publicly slamming this ball choice ... But the theory of relevancy by any/every poster is greatly enhanced when a suggestion for improvement accompanies criticism, regardless of its origin ...
Sept. 17, 2022
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Updated World Champs results

Dan ... Stephanie has been with Senior Softball longer than anyone except Terry, Fran and me ... She fills a variety of roles with importance to a lot of things we do ... She is volunteering a lot of her (uncompensated) off-duty time to help out on this data task ... She's also heading to Las Vegas tomorrow (same flight with me) and will be back in Sacramento next week sometime ... Be kind to her!


Sept. 17, 2022
DaveDowell
Topic: Product review
Discussion: The new Senior Baden ball.

A couple of quick observations Bruce ... YES, we are hearing multiple complaints, but the good news so far is they're all from YOU [grins]... But more to the point, unless someone critically posting here is just ranting for the fun of it, they have an implied obligation to suggest an option for improvement ... Absent that, the criticism is irrelevant in my view ...

Just out of curiosity, what reasonable and achievable different approach would you have taken to get 700 dozen tournament quality softballs on site in a timely manner in this global supply chain debacle? ... We, too, would LOVE to have your beloved Stotes in Las Vegas, but it appears they're still on a ghost freighter ship circling Gilligan's Island ...


Sept. 16, 2022
DaveDowell
Topic: Product review
Discussion: The new Senior Baden ball.

Mike ... The actual "math" is that we budget a dozen softballs for each team ... There were 662 teams entered, and we rounded up to 700 ... There was ONE company (Baden) that could reliably deliver that quantity on schedule ... The "bonus" is that the ball is new technology and it comes from an excellent company (Baden) run by people we respect and greatly admire ... That's a WIN-WIN-WIN situation for the players, Baden and SSUSA ... There are always going to be folks with a sincere preference for another ball ... That's why we can choose between 7-Up, Sprite, Sierra Mist and Slice ... But the trick here is finding a supplier of a quality product at the proper economic order quantity allowing all teams to hit the same ball ... Mission accomplished with/by Baden ...


Sept. 16, 2022
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Hows the new ball performing at worlds Dave?

Thanks bogie ... From a Director perspective, everything was as expected ... The balls are spherical ... They are optic yellow ... The guys we expect to jack it out of the park are doing so and those we don't expect to aren't ... It's a "fair to everyone" ball ... Temps were in the warm (high: 91°) range, but not Las-Vegas-Hot realm ... So far, so good in our view ... Thanks!
Sept. 15, 2022
DaveDowell
Topic: Product review
Discussion: The new Senior Baden ball.

Thanks B.J. ... I knew I could count on you! ... The good news is in what we're NOT hearing: COMPLAINTS ... This ball is going to be just fine, in fact, likely to be better than fine ... The guys who jack it out of the park regularly will still do so ... Those who don't, won't ... And nobody is mentioning any incidents of "The Rock Knuckleball Flutter" factor ... Cheers!
Sept. 15, 2022
DaveDowell
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: 50 Vegas worlds 2022

Thanks guys ... Both teams you mentioned are completely rules compliant, fairly and consistently applied to them and multiple other similarly situated teams in several age and rating levels of the 2020 SSUSA World Championships ...

• Proton 40 • BY RULE raised to "OPEN" Division status because they did not play in an SSUSA 2022 Season qualifier (they also later added an out-of-region player which would have had same effect)
• Flatliners 40 • BY RULE allowed to participate in World Championships at current rating level because they entered a late summer qualifier (Invitational Summer Sizzler in Hemet on July 15th to 17th) that was cancelled through no fault of the team ... When that happens, we allow the team to enter at their current rating and their roster is limited to 15 players (in their case that's 13 from Flatliners 2021, one new to SSUSA, and one from Genesis 40-Major in 2021) ... The roster has only one player (of a maximum three allowed) with 40-Major+ history during the applicable period ...

It's reasonable to conclude from your comments that you may be opposed to the rules and/or policies employed in these instances ... That is certainly fine with us ... The venue for suggested changes to those rules is the National Rules Committee ... They meet annually at the SSUSA Convention, this year in Ft. Myers, FL in late November ... If you have an interest in contributing suggestions to be considered for change, please contact the SSUSA office and they will provide guidance ...

Good luck!


Sept. 15, 2022
DaveDowell
Topic: Product review
Discussion: The new Senior Baden ball.

That's query #2 ... Come on now, I need a few more to get to the "OVER" on this Parlay bet with another Director!
Sept. 15, 2022
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Baden Balls

NY² ... Yippie, I won my side bet with another Director! ... I had the "UNDER" on whether the first "WHAT ABOUT THE BALL?!?!?!" post here would be before or after first pitch 8:00 AM ... You posted at 7:28 am ... Thanks! ... Now it's on to the 2nd bet in our little parlay: I have the OVER on the number of such posts during the day ... We'll see!!! ... This is great! ... Good luck everyone! ...
Sept. 14, 2022
DaveDowell
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Miken

That's a testing standard (old technical spec) ... What it means, as a practical matter, is that both bats are legal for SSUSA sanctioned play ... Good luck!
Sept. 13, 2022
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Worlds 70 Major Bracket Logic?

Lenny ... Please don't overthink this ... It's really not a logic issue at all ... There is one simple fundamental premise we have scheduled under for years: Teams play in their native age group at the World Championships ... That differs from what can happen in mid-season events leading up to the World Championships ... So the final analysis is: "Is Timberworks a 70+ team? ... Yes ... Good, they're in the right age group" ... The rest of it is just structuring the equalizer and protective status for the Runner-up in case that singleton wins ...

It appears a couple of posters object to that fundamental governing premise and want us pluck that 70+ team out of their native age group and, in a purely subjective move, drop them in some other age group ... That is not happening, as you noted ... Respectfully, we're going to play the games as presented, see who's willing to compete and who's setting up a self-fulfilling prophecy of failure ... I'll be happy to talk with anyone face to face on site, but this (hopefully) last comment on topic from me is not the best utilization of time until the Session #4 schedule set is complete ... Good luck!


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