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Dave Dowell

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Sacramento, CA

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Men's 65

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Aug. 24, 2019
DaveDowell
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: HELP AVAILABLE FOR VEGAS WORLD MASTERS

DD ... "..Lower-than-expected turnout.." by who's analysis other than your own? ... Entries as of the close of business Friday exceed the number entered for last year's record-level participation as of the same date ... But we can squeeze you in if you can get it together by Monday evening ... Thanks to all of the teams! ...
Aug. 24, 2019
DaveDowell
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: player interference

clem ... I believe your recollection of seeing it in the SSUSA Rule Book is probably at 7.2 E. 1. (page 41) regarding the ON-DECK BATTER committing an act of interference ...

E. The on-deck batter may not interfere with the defensive player's opportunity to make an out:
1. If it involves a runner, the runner closest to home plate at the time of the interference shall be declared out...


B.J.'s analysis of the more commonly seen form of interference is accurate ...


Aug. 21, 2019
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: toothpick

JohnBob ... I appreciate and respect your opinion, but I'm still convinced this was just an out of control ego clash over a relatively (or possibly totally) insignificant circumstance ... Yes, the items you mentioned could happen ... There is also about the same probability that the runner could be struck by lightning or a meteor, or that his manager will call the SSUSA office after the tournament and say "..You know, we're better than what you have us rated ... Could you please raise our rating to where we belong?.." ... You know, the kind of stuff that would NEVER happen! ...


Aug. 21, 2019
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: toothpick

Totally hilarious, stick8 ... Best post of the month, by far!
Aug. 21, 2019
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Player Playing Status

yankeesfan1949 ... There are a lot of variables in your personal circumstances and it would be best if you contact the SSUSA Home Office directly ... Please call us at (916) 326.5303 during normal business hours Pacific Time and ask for an "eligibility" staff member ... That should get you to Tiffany, Stephanie or Anthony ... They can walk you through your situation and hopefully get you headed in the right direction ... In the interim, there is a "white paper" titled LVSSA/SSUSA WORLD MASTERS ROSTER CONSIDERATIONS available from the RULES page of this website that is an excellent reference document as you start ... Good luck!


Aug. 21, 2019
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: toothpick

curty ... As the editor of the Official SSUSA Rulebook, I'm reasonably certain there are no applicable provisions therein for the circumstance you describe ... Was it an altered toothpick? ... This looks more like a "urination for distance" contest that the umpire won ... There also appear to be multiple parties who should be ashamed of their contribution to what happened ... Hopefully nobody has to consider that ridiculous fact pattern again ...
Aug. 21, 2019
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: discussion

mck71 & Dbax ... Teams may play "out of region" in either the Eastern or Western National Championships but, as noted, may not represent in the USA National Game should they win "on the other side" ... This has happened twice, with Fairway Ford (CA) 80's winning in the Eastern's in Raleigh and Pope Transport (WI) winning in the Western's in Sacramento ...

Jawood ... The #1/#2 Seed structure for the USA Game participants in brackets of at least five teams began in 2012, when the Western's were in Aurora, CO ... It was in response to a seeding debacle that came out of a USA game in the 2011 Phoenix SSUSA World Championships ... Because the USA game is not a random match-up and not subject to time limits like all other seeding games, it could (and did) yield unfair results to BOTH teams ... In 2011, the 50-AAA USA National Championship game had 5150's (CA) defeating Eagle Tile/Who's on 1st (MD) by a score of 30-26 in nine innings ... The extended game and the Runs Allowed tie-breaker caused the 5150's to be seeded #9 (of the nine unbeaten teams) and Eagle Tile to be seeded #29 (of the 29 teams in the bracket) ...


Aug. 20, 2019
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: discussion

Just a quick addendum to Tim's observations ... In the moves to other Western locations (Reno 2006-07, Salt Lake City 2008-09, Lacey, WA, 2010 and Aurora, CO, 2012) and the recent Eastern move last year to Valdosta, GA, attendance was considerably lower than in Sacramento for the Western's and either Raleigh or Loudoun County in the Eastern's ... This may well fit in the category called "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" ... Thanks for your thoughts ...


Aug. 15, 2019
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Player Rating

action50 ... Please call the Sacramento Home Office at (916) 326.5303 during normal business hours in the Pacific Time Zone and ask for an eligibility person ... This forum isn't to be relied upon as a case by case ruling authority ... Be prepared to discuss specific player(s) and team(s) when you call ... Thanks!
Aug. 15, 2019
DaveDowell
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: I know this is early

Good to know Mark ... I'm retired as a player but am one of a dozen or so SSUSA National Directors from around the country who supervise the events ... I have run both Potterville and E. Lansing over the years, but others from that group are onsite in Lansing now ... Mike Hula (Las Vegas) is at Lake Alliance and Joe Yacono (Chicago) is at E. Lansing in addition to Mike Dembicki roving from place to place ... All three are great guys ... Enjoy!
Aug. 15, 2019
DaveDowell
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: I know this is early

Mark16 ... Your timing is pretty good ... The SSUSA Northern Championships begin today in the Lansing area, with play at the Lake Alliance Complex (Potterville) today and there plus the East Lansing Complex (on Abbot Road) tomorrow through Sunday ... If you get by East Lansing, ask for Mike Dembicki ... He's our Michigan State Director and may be a helpful resource for you ... Good luck and welcome to SSUSA ...
Aug. 15, 2019
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Player Rating

BH44 ... In the face of it, from your simple facts, the answer is "NO" ... The respective Rating Index numbers are two clicks apart ... As with all of these, it's best to call the Sacramento Home Office at (916) 326.5303 during normal business hours on the Left Coast ... Ask for someone in the "eligibility group" to get a definitive ruling ... Good luck!


Aug. 15, 2019
DaveDowell
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: what's the call

youngen ... We answered this for you previously but, unfortunately, the thread became polluted by unrelated personal insult commentary and had to be removed ... Here's your answer again ...

Once your base runner has passed second base, he is presumed to have legally acquired that base unless/until there is a subsequent appeal to the contrary ... With that presumption of having legally acquired the base comes a related obligation to (re-)touch it when retreating back the other way to first base ... The umpire's out call on appeal was correct for the failure to touch 2B on the way back to 1B during the play as described ... Thanks for writing (twice) ...


Aug. 14, 2019
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Player Rating

coop ... Flip side of the same coin for your consideration ... Nobody is being penalized here ... The guy is making a conscious decision to play down where his skill-set is apparently appropriate for 55-AAA ... But the 60-AA players shouldn't be subjected to the competitive disadvantage of having to compete against a guy who is (as you noted) two clicks up the skill set ratings ... BTW, the older guys can play down as many ages/ratings as they want, but we will still be protecting the older/lesser rated teams involved ... If he stays in his native age group, he has lots of options, but once he wanders down to the younger age, he assumes that rating history as long as he participates there ... The rule is not likely to be changed ...


Aug. 14, 2019
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Player Rating

If the player plays ONLY 60+ in the current Season, his experience rating history will be 60-AAA and he may play on a 60-AA team as one of the three allowable out-of-rating players ... However, if he continues to "play down" at 55-AAA, his experience rating history will be 55-AAA and he may NOT play on a 60-AA team ... He, in effect, wears the hat of the youngest age division where he is currently participating, so if he wishes to "graduate" to 60-AAA, he has to abandon the 55+ age group ...
Aug. 9, 2019
DaveDowell
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: How does it work

Or, a more balanced look at the other side of the same coin ... Accept the challenge and compete at the higher level where your team's performance justified being moved to ... Sometimes it resembles a game of Twister as teams who know they should be playing up go through all sorts of gyrations to try to justify sliding back down where they are more generally guaranteed success instead of actually earning it against better competition ...
Aug. 8, 2019
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 2019 Eastern National Championships - Action shots etc

Great stuff, Jack! ... Thanks ... "Picture of the Year" is the one of the Live! Casino third baseman getting some SERIOUS air time avoiding the sliding base runner into the bag ... Also really nice coverage of the Andy Snyder Hall of Fame Induction ceremony ...
Aug. 8, 2019
DaveDowell
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Illegal substitute runner

jsheeran ... The Columbus, IN, approach is the proper way to address this situation ... The rule was designed to make CR entry more efficient in the interests of saving playing time ... As a personal opinion, the other approach could easily be presumed that the umpire is looking for "cheap outs" ... We will likely refine this at the National Rules Committee during this year's national convention sessions ...
Aug. 7, 2019
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: LVSSA/SSUSA WORLD MASTERS CHAMPIONSHIPS

The Men's 50-Major will begin on Thursday ... First games of the day are typically at 8:00 AM (occasionally 7:30 AM in larger monster-brackets) ... Tentative field assignments are currently undetermined ... Booking at any of the Boulder Highway hotels on the list is convenient to ALL facilities in use ... Last games of the tournament (the "If" games) are typically scheduled at 3:30 PM, but on Championship Sunday, some schedule slippage is possible and normal ... Good luck!


Aug. 6, 2019
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Eastern National

No worries, Manny ... If "instant scoring" is what turns you on, I suggest watching the Golf Channel ... As the only guy who does these, I get spread a little thin with 220 teams playing on 29 fields at eight separate complexes 3,000 miles apart simultaneously! ... [grins]
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