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Dave Dowell

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Sacramento, CA

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Men's 65

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, Aug. 8, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: POSTING ALL SCORES IN 2017

G MAN ... Which event(s) are you YELLING about??? ... (ALL CAPS is considered yelling and is neither polite nor necessary)... I have posted the Game Scores and Bracket Results for all 2017 T.O.C. Qualifying tournaments administered by the SSUSA Home Office up to the Western Nationals ... They are available from the links on the individual tournament pages of this website ... Have you checked there? ...

The Western and Eastern Nationals and the ISA Senior Worlds are still pending ... I worked thru the end of the Western's on July 30, took a day in the office and went to Raleigh/Cary, NC, for the Eastern's on August 1, returning to Sacramento last night ... Those will be forthcoming shortly ...


, Aug. 7, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Rules on playing down

I'm not sure "they" is SSUSA at all. We had all 40's playing "clean" in the Eastern Nationals and there were no 40's in the 10,000 Lakes Classic in Minnesota.
, Aug. 7, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: Website comments
Discussion: MONEY

Roger ... We have not deleted or restricted any of your posts. Try posting it again.
, Aug. 6, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Birmingham tourney? PLEASE explain

A majority of the Session #1 teams declined an offer to move their session back a day for exactly the reason we didn't move yours back initially: Not wanting to disrupt their travel and hotel arrangements ... We polled your group and got a preference to move it back ... That's exactly the opposite of the polling result in their group ... As Bruce indicated "..you can't please everyone.." .. Although we DID please the majority of the teams in each of the two sessions! ... But, heck, no good deed goes unpunished around here!


, Aug. 4, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Birmingham tourney? PLEASE explain

Brett ... DONE DEAL .. Thanks to all of the managers who responded quickly and positively to rolling it back to the weekend ... Also had the benefit of extra time that allowed another team who has played there for years to get in ... Nice clean 4-team full round robin to DE brackets now for all groups ... Good luck! ...
, Aug. 4, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Birmingham tourney? PLEASE explain

The SSUSA office will likely be polling teams today to see if weekend-only is preferred by all ... But in the interim, here are TWO good reasons ... We kept the initial start date of Friday because [1] it's been published that way for over seven (7) months and [2] to avoid us making a unilateral decision that could have potential adverse economic effects on teams/players who may have already locked in on non-refundable hotel bookings ...
, Aug. 1, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Check out Dave on TV

Juice9 ... Crystal is single. But after watching her handle that situation, I'm reasonably sure any change in that status will be totally on her terms! She's a pro and a very nice lady with a fabulous sense of humor!
, Aug. 1, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: San Antonio Legends should be Majors not AAA as they are now!

No problem Alamo ... The initial thread was started by a player with only 65-AA experience history since 2014 ... So we're a bit perplexed about him, not even playing in AAA, wanting your team moved from AAA to Major ... It's entirely possible that if guys would spend, say, only about 10% as much time worrying their own team as they do worrying about other teams, they would likely have a better ball club ...
, Aug. 1, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Check out Dave on TV

STL0 ... The guy who had the questionable judgment to "crash the broadcast" during the first segment compounded that error by coming back to apologize while the reporter was getting ready for the second segment ... She had him stick around for what was an absolutely classic "payback" ... It truly was hilarious! ..
, Aug. 1, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Western results

I'll be playing "catch up" on score details as soon as I get back from Raleigh/Cary and the Eastern National's. The Western Champions and the automatic Eastern Champions are available for viewing in the USA National Championship Games post.
, July 27, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Courtesy runners

Turbobob ... We don't disagree conceptually at all ... In fact, TheScreamer5 articulated quite well my (lukewarm) dismay with unlimited CR situations ... "Way back when", the CR was implemented to allow a player with some level of physical limitation to still participate by having someone run for him ... Over time, the CR has evolved to a "competitive and strategy device" that is deployed somewhat inconsistent with the CR's "health and welfare" origins ... [just my personal opinion]


, July 25, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Batter hitting the strike mat

I think you're on to something SOFTBALLNUTZ ... One strike/stroke penalty for "grounding his club in a hazard" ...
, July 23, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: MIDWEST CHAMPIONSHIPS

Dave ... It's nice to know that I can always count on you to take that extra step and go out of your way to help! ... Thanks! ...
, July 22, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Fields for Las Vegas

That's hilarious Benji4! ... We posted the Winter National's because the Lee Co. Sports Organizing Committee handles all HQ and Host Hotel arrangements via direct-emails to the teams and players from past years' participation and wanted to get started on that ... I wasn't getting away any longer with my answer being "Florida" every week when they asked where people were playing! ...
, July 22, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Fields for Las Vegas

We're AT LEAST A MONTH away from a determination on that ... We'll announce them here when the "guesstimates" have been made ...
, July 21, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: MIDWEST CHAMPIONSHIPS

Haven't gotten to them yet ... Had a serious run of back-to-back's recently (Northeast, Midwest, Northwest and Westerns) and scheduling "futures" is a higher priority than reporting on "historicals" ... I have the ISA World Series, Windy City and Easterns to write in the next 3 days ... Texas and SoCal are online, though ... Will play "catch-up" as time permits ... No current timetable ...
, July 19, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: TOC SoCal Championships

Jon44 ... Haven't gotten to them yet ... Had a serious run of back-to-back's recently (Northeast, Midwest, Northwest and Westerns) and scheduling "futures" is a higher priority than reporting on "historicals" ... I have the ISA World Series, Windy City and Easterns to write in the next 5 days ... Texas and SoCal are online, though ... Will play "catch-up" as time permits ...
, July 17, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Western Nationals

mitch1414 ... You've probably already noticed that the TENTATIVE Field Assignments were posted this morning ... But to answer your question, here are some of the factors that go into the decisions ...

Balancing the games demand (3.2 times the number of teams is always incredibly close! 119 teams x 3.2 = 381 Actual is 384 this year) against the available game slot inventory by facility, accounting for local league restrictions, opening ceremonies and staffing considerations for the municipal entity field crews;
Balancing the number of teams in each division to fit the facility-by-facility reasonable capacities;
Spreading the number of teams by division across the facilities so there is no wide range in end-of-day game times;
Matching similar skill sets, ratings based, to play together if possible;
Honoring special requests as to timing and location involving teams in different age groups sharing players and/or coaches; and
Dealing with multiple "later start requests" so that they don't all end up at the same facilities and cause no early games and an unreasonably late finish ...

To some extent, every one of those variables was present in the Master Plan for the 2017 Western Nationals, and it's a pretty complex jig-saw puzzle ... And there is also a reluctance to "guess" too early on fields for this event, based on an ugly incident from 2015 ... Despite a very clear notice, including the definition of the word TENTATIVE, we had to make changes in field assignments late due to a fields availability issue that was completely outside of our control with one municipality ... The degree and amount of animosity we were subjected to on this Message Board was enough to result in now publishing only when we're reasonably sure ... Good luck! ...


, July 17, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Nor Cal State Championship

They are there ... Try refreshing (re-downloading) the data file ... You may also try clearing your old temporary internet files ... First time that happened to me, my 8-year-old grand daughter showed me how to do it! ... [grins]
, July 16, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Equalizers

DCPete ... First thought: mad dog has the best idea ... But if that doesn't work to even things out, or can't be invoked, here are a few of "out there" options we've either been asked about or have seen employed over the years ... A lot depends, obviously, on the seriousness of the league's competitive nature and/or the disparity of individual teams involved as to skill level and age ... They're fairly unconventional, but someone, somewhere, sometime thought they might work! ...

Four outs per at-bat for team receiving the equalizer;
"Int'l Tie Breaker" runner on 2nd base starting every inning for team receiving the equalizer; and
Here's one WAY out there: For team receiving the BIG equalizer, they are BOTH the Home AND Visitor, getting one more offensive -inning at bat ...


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