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Real name:
Dave Dowell

Location:
Sacramento, CA

Division:
Men's 65

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Nov. 29, 2021
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Playing on 2nd team

Assuming you have already played for Team "A" this season, you would be able to play for Team "B" only after getting a release from Team "A" ... You will not be able to return to Team "A" for the balance of the current Season ... You get just one release per Season ...
Nov. 29, 2021
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: SSUSA and Bell Bank Park?

In Las Vegas parlance, the odds of the Southwest Championships being relocated to the Phoenix area in the near term future are likely somewhere < 1% ...
Nov. 28, 2021
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: SSUSA and Bell Bank Park?

Don't worry Mike ... That (Western's to PHX) won't be happening ... It would be detrimental to the Winter World's in November, among other things ... When we make the announcement about Bell Bank Park, most people will be favorably impressed and intrigued ... We're excited ...
Nov. 26, 2021
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Hall Of Fame form

Bruce ... Here's the "Umpire Nominee" criteria and procedure ... Please note that SSUSA has nothing to do with the NSSHOF as all matters are handled by SPA ...

Umpires will earn 1 point for umpiring in a National or World Senior Tournament.
An Umpire must have umpired in a minimum of 10 National or World Senior Tournaments to be considered for nomination.
The Umpire must provide a booklet with the following information:
• Completed NSSHOF Application
• Picture of the nominee in Umpire uniform
• Pictures of all the association awards received as a umpire
• Newspaper Articles or written documents
• Letters of recommendation from specific Association Directors, Managers, Players, National Umpire in Chiefs or NSSHOF Members


Nov. 26, 2021
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: SSUSA and Bell Bank Park?

It's a beautiful place ... There will be eight adult softball fields, which won't handle the Western's ... It's most likely the facility will become a part of the fields inventory for the Winter World Championships next November ... But it's absolutely going to be a special facility ...
Nov. 24, 2021
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: SSUSA and Bell Bank Park?

Bruce ... SSUSA has been in contact with the Legacy folks for over a year (September, 2020), and most recently last Friday ... We are aware of the potential quality of the facility and are anxious to put something together with them ... Thanks ...
Nov. 24, 2021
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: SSUSA Website Tournament Score Updates

Lebobster1 ... Check your email for my response ... Thanks!
Nov. 23, 2021
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Ratings

No mystery here Gramps ... Pill & Pill is heading to the 2022 Tournament of Champions early next year and they (like all teams in the event) will play at the rating they had when they won their bid, which was AAA ... They will be moved back up to Major as soon as the T.O.C. is concluded ...
Nov. 23, 2021
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Winter worlds

That's funny! ... It's a new Season and with it comes a new approach here ... ‌I don't particularly care what ill-informed anonymous posters type, but I may call out the more egregious offenders from time to time just for fun ... It has nothing to do with defensive, in fact it's just the opposite! ... It's also fun to point out that all scores for both of the recent Winter events are online and available ... Call a friend who is there next time if our schedule doesn't meet with your desires ...


Nov. 23, 2021
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Winter worlds

You: "..It's the right time to move into the 21st century..."
Me: Completely disinterested in an attitude like that from someone (you) with absolutely zero comprehension of the nature of this proprietary custom scheduling/scoring system, and therefore zero knowledge of how this works ... I'm the ONLY person with that system on my computer AND the only user ... If I have the time, I'll do the data work as efficiently as I can ... If not, the SSUSA Office will post scans of the scoring sheets to the tournament page (like they did for the Winter National's) ... Your Talaga Construction went to that event, but there wasn't anyone you know on that team you could have called to see how things were going?? ... If you're that interested in "instant scoring updates", The Golf Channel is perfect for you ...


Nov. 22, 2021
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Winter worlds

OK, I guess, despite your poorly disguised insult ... By the way, all Winter World's game scores and bracket results are online as of Sunday night ... You're welcome ... Happy Turkey Day ...
Nov. 20, 2021
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Winter worlds

It's not about complications, but it is ALL about personnel ... We lost a 12-year tenured staff person last week and the most recent four hires in the past month that have accepted job offers from us have failed to show up! ... Post-pandemic staffing is a nearly impossible task, and we know we're not the Lone Ranger ... We deploy the resources we have in the most sensible manner knowing that's probably not going to please everyone ... Thanks for the suggestions ...
Nov. 19, 2021
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Winter worlds

Here we go again ... In order of your observations ...

1. Because nobody in Florida sent me the scores from the Winter National's ... This is a ONE copy system, not in the public domain ... If I get time to do the data entry, great ... But I can't do much in an information vacuum ...
2. I'm aware of the noise from a few of the commentators here, and so are the technicians and programmers who have been chasing a custom solution to match my custom system design for about six years ... Good or bad, there's nothing else like this system ... The techies know a lot about bits and bytes, and nothing about monster brackets and the nuances of balanced scheduling, cross-regional match ups and seeding;
3. I doubt that a high school kid will be able to write the interface to the sole-author proprietary scheduling/scoring system ... It's 100% custom and doesn't "hang" on any off the shelf framework ... You not knowing anything at all about it is probably a contributing factor to your gross overstatement of the ease with which the technical issues and external design criteria involved can be overcome ... But that's OK, too, since I'm not going to lose any sleep over it!


Nov. 19, 2021
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Winter worlds

JBTexas ... All Session #1 Game Scores and Bracket Results (for 65+ and more senior divisions) are posted online through the links on the event tournament page and the schedule post message at the top of the Message Board ...
Nov. 17, 2021
DaveDowell
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Stepping out of the box to avoid being quick-pitched

jgoff5113 ... I like B.J.'s suggestion a lot of asking for time on every pitch ... Quick-pitching is, reduced to its simplest form, just the pitcher's attempt to disrupt your rhythm by rushing you ... The "time out on every pitch" is the batter's counter-tool to impose his own rhythm on the pitcher ... But the batter has a partner in the umpire! ... Good luck with it!
Nov. 17, 2021
DaveDowell
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Stepping out of the box to avoid being quick-pitched

It's a "play ball" situation unless/until you ask for, AND ARE GRANTED "time" ... The umpire should be seeing the same quick-pitch routine you are and that would be a good time for you to ask the ump to slow the pitcher down ...
Nov. 17, 2021
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Winter World Championships 2021

No worries ... The "Complete" grid (4 pages) should be there, too, if the ink is dry ... I just reposted it to reflect the drop-out of a 40-AAA team at Cesar Chavez park in Session #2 ...
Nov. 17, 2021
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Winter World Championships 2021

Hē ... It's there on both the tournament page for the event and in the second post of the "pink priority" message thread for the schedule set ... For this event it's 51 pages deep ... It's the link that looks like:

• Complete: All Ages & Divisions [Large File: 51 Pages] ...

I don't suggest, from an environmental viewpoint, printing it all ... Thanks ... Dē


Nov. 16, 2021
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Winter National updates

ZMan33 ... We have researched and considered Quickscores, including multiple comprehensive correspondence back and forth and a cordial phone call with their C.E.O. ... We believe they are a very good company and offer an excellent product for the right type of tournament provider ... They're fine for a promoter of smaller ISSA-type events, but simply don't fit efficiently for the 200+ team type events (Southwest, Reno, Winter World's) or, obviously, the 650ą team World Championships ...

They also (currently) don't have the super large three-game-guarantee brackets (65 teams and up) or 3GG's that provide for conditional "If" games in the Elimination Brackets and the ability to roll the effects of those un-played "If" games automatically into alternative time slots ... This is a pretty complex set of minimum criteria ...


Nov. 13, 2021
DaveDowell
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Same age, different divisions...

Somebody is making up a rule on you if they told you that is allowed ... IT'S NOT ... A player may not legally participate in SSUSA on two different teams in the same age group, regardless of the age of the player OR the respective rating(s) of the teams ...
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