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Dave Dowell

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Sacramento, CA

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Men's 65

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Sept. 29, 2020
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Small State, Big Time Teams ...

That's great to hear about the Lost Boys/Spirits West crew ... They won deservedly over a strong field of Major+ teams ... As for the AAA's, I remember thinking as the bracket narrowed down late Saturday night and into Sunday morning, "Gee, there are a lot of Maryland teams left!", then all of the sudden, it became "Wow, it's only A&B Plumbing against the entire State of Maryland!" ... A&B hung on and were the only team in ANY 40-Master's division, men or women, to come through entire three days unbeaten ... Impressive! ... I know, Tim, how hard you've worked over the past few years to bring a lot of new Eastern 40's teams into the SSUSA family, not just in Maryland ... This has gotta feel good ... Enjoy it ... You certainly earned it! ...


Sept. 29, 2020
DaveDowell
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: Washington State 55+ AAA Team has spots open for 2021 season

Bruce M ... There's a Senior Softball News article from May that describes/announced this 2020 roster accommodation called SSUSA Loosens Roster Restrictions to Help Teams Restart Season ... Here's the link to copy/paste into your browser: https://seniorsoftball.com/?news&story=1642 ... I can't remember if it has been extended beyond the 2020 Season (not saying it hasn't, I just don't know either way) ... Regardless, it might be a good idea to call the Sacramento office at (916) 326.5303 and ask for one of the "eligibility specialists" ... They can help you out accurately ... Good luck ...


Sept. 28, 2020
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Small State, Big Time Teams ...


Just an interesting observation from this past weekend in Kingman ... The State of Maryland sent five (5) teams to the 40-Masters divisions of play for Session #3 of the World Masters ... Here's how they did ...

• 40-Major-Plus • LB/Spirits West/SMC – CHAMPION – Won USA National Championship Game – Won Triple Grand Slam

• 40-AAA • NOTE: NorCal's Above & Beyond Plumbing (CA) won the unofficial "Maryland State Championships"
Finalist – Gigantes O.C. 40's (MD)
3rd Place – Potomac Sports 40 (MD)
4th Place – Rough Ryders (MD)
5th Place (tie) – CBD/True North Remodeling (MD) (eliminated by 3rd place neighbor Potomac Sports 40's) – USA National Champion

You guys travel spectacularly! ... Congratulations!


Sept. 27, 2020
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: brackets

I'd never forget, Rickey ... I keep your (xxx) yyy-4787 in reserve for when the "heavy lifting" starts and I have to call out the "Big Dawgs"! ... Hope you're doing as well as can be in this crazy year! ...
Sept. 27, 2020
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Teams Automatically Moved Up

There is NO set criteria or formula for how many teams other than the Champion may be re-rated up (or down) following the World Masters Championships ... Historically, in "larger brackets", 10-20% get the call to step up a level ... The specific guidelines for "Champions" appear below ...

It appears from your inquiry that your ball club did quite well, maybe falling just short of the championship goal? ... Congratulations! ... Savor your accomplishment and enjoy it ... There's always time later to design your new ghillie-style uniform-set to make you invisible to the National Ratings Committee ... Just kidding! ...
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• Here are the guidelines for teams winning the LVSSA/SSUSA World Masters Championships or the SPA World Championships:

A. Teams winning in a division of 6 or more teams may NOT appeal their rating increase in the following Season.
B. Teams winning in a division of 3-5 teams may appeal their rating increase in the following Season after playing in three tournaments.
C. Teams winning in a division of 2 teams will not be moved up.
D. SSUSA reserves the right NOT to move a team up if there is a preponderance of information showing the team should remain in the original skill level.


Sept. 26, 2020
DaveDowell
Topic: Bats
Discussion: 40 Masters

Jeff ... All sanctioned SSUSA play, including the Men's and Women's 40-Masters divisions, may use approved "senior bats" ...
Sept. 26, 2020
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: brackets

The "DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets" files are precisely that until the tournament concludes ... At that time, I change the title to "Game Scores and Bracket Results" ... Same files, completed with the tournament data ... They appear from website hyperlinks in TWO places until the conclusion of the event: (1) in the "pink priority" message area on the top of the Message Board and (2) on the specific Tournament page for the event ... Simply click on the link for the tournament and age group you wish to access ... When the event is over, the "anchoring at the top" of the Message Board is removed, but the same files remain available for years on the tournament pages ...
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As for this specific thread, I DO have a couple of observations ... The individual who initiated it did so with malice and ill-will for reasons known only to himself ... I was somewhat surprised at his tone, but not so much so after observing that he has played for 12 different teams, never for more than one Season, since 2010 ... I may not be the first person he "..has rubbed the wrong way.." ... Rather than respectfully asking for assistance as to where the completed files might be, like you did, he chose to conclude that multiple instances of the data did not actually exist ... He also infers, at a minimum, that to be some sort of deficiency or failure on our, or more accurately, my fault as the individual responsible for generating all of that content ... His abandonment of both intelligent inquiry and even a minimum of common civility is unacceptable ...


Sept. 25, 2020
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: What happened to the 70's scores

No problem ... Don't know which division you're curious about, so here's everything ...

Men’s 70-Major+ (2 teams)
1. OMEN (CA) – TOC
2. Venom (FL) – U.S. National Champ

Men’s 70-Major (8 teams)
1. Animals (CA) – TOC
2. Sidewinders (AZ) – U.S. National Champ (Declared)
3. So Cal Guys
4. San Antonio Silver Streaks (TX)

Men’s 70-AAA (11 teams)
1. Codgers/BCT (ID) – TOC
2. USA Patriots (OK)
3. Scrap Iron 5280 (CO) – U.S. National Champ (Declared)
4. Relentless (TX)

Men’s 70-AA (5 teams)
1. Valley Fog (CA) – TOC
2. Franklin Loan Center (CA) – U.S. National Champ (Declared)
3. STL Vision (MO)
4. California Oaks


Sept. 25, 2020
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: What happened to the 70's scores

stever ... The data file here shows EVERY SCORE, EVERY DIVISION, EVERY DAY including Championship Wednesday ...
Sept. 25, 2020
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Question...

Yes it is ... It's one of the (only) four posting rules we have here ... Those rules are directly adjacent to the box where you type your post ... We presume you see them every time ... Buy/sell/trade activity should be in more traditional forums for same. like eBay or CraigsList ... Thanks!
Sept. 25, 2020
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: What happened to the 70's scores

All 70's scores and bracket results from the World Masters Championships are posted here and have been (continuously) since Wednesday afternoon ... We suggest a simple refresh of your download(s) to view the current version ...
Sept. 24, 2020
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: brackets

Paul ... Which event(s) are you referring to? ... Complete Scoring and Bracket results are posted on the individual Tournament Pages of this web site for every event SSUSA was permitted to run during the COVID-19 Pandemic this calendar year ... In reverse chronological order, those were ...

• World Masters Championships Sessions #1 and #2 - St. George, UT (concluded yesterday, 09/23/2020)
• Northern Championships - Lansing, MI
• Spring National's - Polk County, FL
• Western National's - St. George, UT
• Texas State Championships - Grapevine, TX
• Eastern National's (PDF photocopies of all scoring sheets) - Loudoun County, VA
• Northwest Championships - Salem, OR
• Southern California Championships - Yuma, AZ
• Tournament of Champions (PDF photocopies of all scoring sheets) - Polk County, FL (pre-Pandemic shut-down)


Sept. 23, 2020
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Getting moved up

Generally speaking (no hard and fast rule), historically 10-20% of teams get moved up, including the automatic move for the Champion in divisions of five (5) or more teams ... In your example, likely three or four will get the call, but relax for a few days and savor your (apparent) fine accomplishment! ...
Sept. 23, 2020
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: C19 at Worlds.

Interesting and well reasoned observations, DRB22 ... Thanks! ... This Season has been a challenge of monumental scope ... We've seen nothing like it in our 30± years in business ... There's no certainty now that "life as we knew it" will ever fully return, especially to senior softball ... Right now I'd settle for something as simple as the return of a minimal level of basic human civility ... It somehow went away in the past six months or so ... A LOT of yesterday's anonymous, rude phone messages, emails and random postings here are a compelling indication that there are a lot of people who are undeserving of participating in Senior Softball ... If they took just a moment to re-consider, they should be embarrassed ... **END OF RANT**


Sept. 22, 2020
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: C19 at Worlds.

Smurfman ... There was a "semi-ejection" at The Canyons today as a player's spouse refused to wear a mask while in the park ... UNTIL the Director informed her that she didn't really have to put on the mask, but there wouldn't be anything to watch since her husband's team was about to be disqualified from the tournament if she didn't mask up ... Two things happened: Her husband's team is still playing and she is no longer coming into the park without a mask ...

Omar ... There's another (almost) incredible circumstance in play today, too ... Our office voice mail has been flooded with a virtual tsunami of rude and foul-language anonymous messages criticizing us for instituting today's safety provisions! ... One brazen lady (?) did leave a number, and when we returned her call, she screamed and cussed us out over the phone before hanging up on us! ... We should call this the "Pandemic Parodies" today ...


Sept. 21, 2020
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Archie Gubler Fields

Dale1122 ... On your umpires observation, it's not an economic one at all, no matter how much more we might consider charging ... The problem, and one that affects any sport requiring game officials, is simply finding enough of them willing to work ... Umpires/referees are in short supply in about all sports ... Sunday worked for us on "doubles" because we melted down to "single file" brackets and that freed up umpires that would have otherwise been on other active fields ...


Sept. 21, 2020
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: 40s schedule yet?

HAT MAN ... With 23 of the 36 teams coming from just two states (CA and AZ), I couldn't determine a fair way to pre-assign the teams to a specific bracket "pod" ... The only other option was to let the teams do it on their own! ... There's an upside for me, too ... No matter where any team ends up, it's not my fault!! ... Good luck!
Sept. 21, 2020
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Archie Gubler Fields

DRB22 ... There's another contributing factor, too, since his team played at Gubler in the Westerns and he had about five weeks to build up the negative vibes carried over from his comments here at that time ... It's also a difficult situation to overcome when a facility causes a team to start a 27-team tournament 0-4 ... This was just a self-fulfilling prophecy ... The fields were prepped more frequently than five weeks ago, but there wasn't anything that was going to be enough ...


Sept. 21, 2020
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 2020 LVSSA/SSUSA World Masters Game Results!!

Nope! ... The goal is to refresh the specific page on YOUR device ... The entire website is already "current" and doesn't need refreshing! ... [grins]
Sept. 21, 2020
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 2020 LVSSA/SSUSA World Masters Game Results!!

t_t ... That's exactly what the "Official Scoring" shows for the 60-AAA bracket and as it's posted ... See Bracket Game (58) ...
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