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Dave Dowell

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Sacramento, CA

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Men's 65

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, June 23, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Summer Solstice Sleepiness?

Omar ... mad dog has a good deal today if it's only 105 where he is ... He could be in El Paso at the Texas State Championships where it's 109 right now on the way to a forecast high of 111 ...
, June 23, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Summer Solstice Sleepiness?

Omar ... Only explanation I have is the heat in most of the country made everyone lethargic ... I even sent a text to the Webmaster early this morning to make sure we weren't having member access problems (we weren't!) ... Sure was nice while the quiet lasted, though! ... k man may have nailed it, too! ...
, June 19, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: EQUALIZER RUNS QUESTION

TOMAR77 ... We have briefly discussed this on an occasion or two, but here was the thinking of a majority of the National Rules Committee for all to read if they are interested ... It's not a matter of any whining or a campaign, loosely or well organized, by any specific group of teams or managers wishing to dilute, or strengthen, depending on your perspective, the equalizer ... The change to designate HOME for the team giving the equalizer was driven principally by a sportsmanship theory ...

Directors, with scorecards in hand to support the theory, were experiencing an increasing frequency of teams giving the equalizer then electing to be VISITOR, regardless of the result of the formerly employed coin toss ... Their goal, many times even stated for all to hear, was to keep the score inside of the mandatory "flip-flop" circumstance so that they "..can have batting practice in the top of the open inning.." ... It's not every team, but it's an undesirable frequency for the teams that used to do it ... They know who they are, and so do we ...

We're OK with a team giving an equalizer and then having a huge open inning, but it's much better in our view if that huge open is to come back to win by one and not simply to put up a couple of touchdowns against a lower rated or older, and sometimes over-matched, opponent ...


, June 18, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: EQUALIZER RUNS QUESTION

YES
, June 17, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Lost Glove-Steve Simmons Tournament-Mn

Gary ... Isn't it amazing what strange things can happen when a player makes the seemingly trivial mistake of not keeping track of his own glove? ... Glad to see you got it back, though! ...
, June 17, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Texas State Championship

boston ... Equal Rating Indexes (R/I=6) for all teams results in playing more different teams if left together ... Splitting the 60-M off would also require they play three games on Friday (5-game guarantee) within the other group playing two each before the three-game guarantee bracket ... Also protecting each team with T.O.C. bids as top finishers in their own specific age/division ...


, June 16, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Big League Fields/Field of Dreams

bruiser ... Rather than us just guessing (possibly incorrectly) on their rules, please call them and ask ...

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, June 16, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Team ratings

Generally, if some teams spent, say, about 10% of the time they spend worrying about other teams on their own team, they would have a better ball club ... Again, this appears to be a rating issue involving another association and, as such, should be pursued with that association, on something other than an anonymous basis ...


, June 15, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Reno Rock & Roll

60-AAA at Centennial park in Carson City
, June 14, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Line drive hits base

Rulebook 1.23 FAIR TERRITORY

Fair territory is that part of the playing field within, and including, the first and third base foul lines from home plate to the bottom of the playing field fence and perpendicularly upwards. (NOTE: Any batted ball first hitting any portion of the strike mat then settling in fair territory is a fair ball. Fair territory includes the strike mat.)


, June 14, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Pretty sad

B.J. ... No "Oliver Stone Moment" conspiracy here ... This does not have anything to do with the team's SSUSA rating ...
, June 14, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Line drive hits base

coop3636 is correct ... FAIR ball by definition regardless of where it may deflect ...
, June 13, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 2017 TEXAS STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS

boston ... There are 36 total teams in the tournament this year, with 23 of them hailing from the State of Texas ...
, June 13, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 2017 TEXAS STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS

L.Martin ... Is is any further for the West Texas teams to travel to Central/Eastern Texas 10 years in a row for the Texas State Championship than it is for the Central/Eastern teams to travel to West Texas one time this year? ...
, June 10, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 2017 TEXAS STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS

22 Texas teams entered to date ...
, June 9, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Rock'nReno scores

100% chance. See my immediately preceding post about when I get back from Minneapolis early next week.
, June 5, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: DARK CLOUDS IN 65 MAJOR PLUS

Randy (team1st) ... I seldom respond to specific ill-informed and factually deficient posts because it's simply not the best utilization of time in this generally anonymous opinion board ... This is one of those exceptions because you have questioned the integrity of the SSUSA in general, and two of our National Tournament Directors in particular, one being me ... Just to get it out there first, all of us are human and as a human, I make mistakes ... Even you do too, but more on that later ... The measure of responsibility in handling mistakes is NOT whether or not mistakes are made, but rather how they are rectified ...

The Rock Ball issue WAS a failure of three parties, [1] the offense for allowing the presence of non-tournament approved (read: illegal) softballs in the dugout, something almost ALL teams that play in Las Vegas do; [2] the umpire for not following the stated protocol of having all balls entered into play come through him/her; and [3] and the pitcher, who in this case erroneously presumed the penalty would be a batter ejection and, therefore, waited until the clean-up batter came to the plate before raising the controversy ... Your assertion that neither the defense nor the umpire has ANY obligation in enforcing this rule is a mistake (#1 for you) ... Three parties for enforcement is the goal ... As an umpire registered with SSUSA, you should have known the penalty for this circumstance, and you should also know that we consider rule changes only once annually, at the meetings of the National Rules Committee during the SSUSA/ISA Convention ... Your assertion that the rule should be changed immediately, and possibly even retroactively last week, is your mistake (#2 for you), notwithstanding that your team wasn't even playing in that game ... You didn't "have a dog in that fight" ...

The 65-Major+ Seeding issue was solely my error ... It was my mistake for not knowing and following the exact process in a full round robin environment with a multi-team tie that does not involve all teams in the division ... When you asked how I seeded them, I told you "..aggregate runs allowed in all games.." ... You then said that was wrong, and after consulting the rule book, I immediately, and without argument, made the change and apologized ... Your accusation that I did this either independently or in collusion with the Timberworks manager to benefit their team is a grossly irresponsible insult ... After you left the Director Table area and I had made the change, the Timberworks manager was in my face about it, too ... Showing him the applicable rule reference stopped that immediately and he offered an apology for being upset, something you must have forgotten to do after the correction was made in your favor ...

The Batters' Boxes at Golden Eagle issue one that arises every time we play on artificial turf facilities with permanent batters' boxes ... You must have left this item out because of how wrong you were about it ... But in every one of those tournaments, there is "that guy" who makes a scene ... That guy was YOU last week ... We also occasionally run the "tape-measure-show" as a demo, knowing every time what the results will be ... Your rant was that the boxes were the wrong size and improperly placed ... Technically, you were correct ... They actually measured 7'-1" in depth, 3'-1" in width, and 1" closer to the pitcher's rubber than they should have been ... In NO event were they too small (#3 for you) or too far back (#4 for you) ...

It appears your message may have been just a venting from the frustration of giving up 15 runs in the top of the open inning to lose by four in the Championship game and following that up by losing the "If" game to complete the double-dip ... It certainly wasn't due to any meritorious analysis of what transpired on site ... We don't presume the worst of anyone who plays in our events ... You may wish to consider the same approach ...


, June 3, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Rock'nReno scores

Dbax ... I'm just gonna toss your comment in the folder marked "...What have I done for you NEXT..." ... But to answer the question, S3 will get posted sometime after I finish writing the Tournament Administration package for next week's TOC Qualifier in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area ... That might be this Sunday, and then again it might be after I get back from Minnesota in 10 days or so ... Geeeeezzzzzzzzzzzz ...


, June 2, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Rock'nReno scores

Swanky ... You're new here, so we suggest you look on the event Tournament Page and click on the "Game Scores & Bracket Results" link for the 70's ... ALL of the scores were posted Sunday afternoon at the end of the Session #2 tournament ..
, June 2, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Steve Simmons Memorial

Session #1 (Men's 65+ and more senior) playing Thursday and Friday is likely to publish later today, Friday, or early Saturday ... Session #2 (Men's 50+ thru 60+) playing Saturday and Sunday will likely publish over the weekend ... I'm doing "double duty" here in Reno with 200 teams and writing the Mosquitoland Classic simultaneously ... And with you being an "anonymous poster" here, it's difficult for me to give you any more specific information for your team ... The schedules will be here on the Message Board and the event Tournament Page as soon as they pass final approval ... Patience is advised! ...


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