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Dave Dowell

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Sacramento, CA

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Men's 65

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July 7, 2020
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Western National Tournament Cancelled ???

Yes, Bruce ... If only it had been as easy for Terry and Fran as your concise description! ...
July 7, 2020
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Team list for the Northwest Championships?

• MEN'S 65-MAJOR
Bulldogs 65's
Goodman Legends 65s
Last Call 65
Oregon Crabs

• MEN'S 65-SILVER
Aro Glass Clubbers
Grey Sox 65
Seattle Merchants
Northwest Silver 65's
Vancouver USA-Wooly's 65's

• MEN'S 70/75-GOLD
Animals 70s
Mr. Plywood
Brunettes
Scrap Iron 5280'
General Equipment
Silver City Brewers 75


July 6, 2020
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: ISA Senior Worlds Columbus Indiana

Jay ... Separate 50+ Divisions for Major and AAA ...
July 6, 2020
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Team list for the Northwest Championships?

Ball4 ... We're hopeful of publishing sometime later today (Monday) ... By not having the Timber Linn Park (Albany, OR) complex this year because of their shutdown, we're over-subscribed by about 10-12 teams and there is a wait-list of those teams ... There are 61 total teams entered (15 in Session #1 65+ and older and 46 in Session #2 60+ and younger), We're calling and confirming attendance with everyone to see if anyone "moves" from wait-list to active-participant ... We're also trying to beg some additional time slots at Wallace-Marine Park on both Friday and Sunday from their local league inventory, too ... Every little sliver of time helps! ... Thanks for your continuing patience ...


July 4, 2020
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Renewal of ID cards.

Thanks everyone for your insights ... Of the top 50 priority issues we're facing right now, this one is maybe around #84! ... After the season concludes, we'll assess what happened and regroup for 2021 ... As you all have experienced too, it's been very frustrating being unable to overcome the restrictions placed on our sport by outside influences and governmental entities ... Please keep hoping for good things! ...
July 3, 2020
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Renewal of ID cards.

1bounce ... There ARE tournaments being offered and run, which makes the issue you raise somewhat factually flawed ... It's not the actual absence of events, but rather your dissatisfaction with the quantity of same, and that's simply a debatable subjective discussion ... Again, when/if we look at it, October after the Season ends is a probable timeline ... There are more than enough higher-priority items captivating our attention currently! ...
July 3, 2020
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Renewal of ID cards.

Tim ... I think it's a good idea to defer any decision on that for now, but I do you know if I renew the license plate on my car and then don't drive it for a year, it's unlikely the DMV will let me roll that one over to the next year ... But I guess we can look at it ... Thanks! ...
July 2, 2020
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Western National Tournament location

Thanks, Win! ... We're hanging in there ... Terry and Fran are the Master jugglers ... I just do the technical teams' games load demand calculations in the ever shifting mix of available fields and imposed restrictions! ... It's like a jigsaw puzzle where they hide some pieces from you just for fun or occasionally change them at the last moment! ... Stay safe! ...
June 23, 2020
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: ISA Senior Worlds Columbus Indiana

Thanks 17B ... I'm very likely "on the outside looking in", too ... Those are details I wouldn't be involved in ... If it's just one facility, then it's a different animal on limiting entries or going back to Dunn if Shelbyville is unavailable ... The maximum teams load is about six teams per available field and the games burden is about 3.2± games per team entered (50 teams = 160± games) ... Thanks for the "head's up! ...


June 23, 2020
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: ISA Senior Worlds Columbus Indiana

17Black ... I've had the honor of writing this tournament schedule on a complimentary professional courtesy basis for Jerry (and now Amy) Jackson since 2014 ... I've never sent him a bill for it because he was an early-on mentor for me in a number of areas ... "Doing the right thing" was always at the top of Jerry's list and fairness in scheduling was a part of that ... If you have a preference for which of the two facilities may have a material impact on your team, please say so on your entry form and we'll do our best, no guarantees, to accommodate your preference ... Obviously, it's not going to work for everyone if all 60 teams ask for the same location! ... My initial thought is that divisions will catch a specific site and stay there all three days ... I don't envision bouncing back and forth between them ... The hotel and travel logistics get too complicated if the spread between them is 40± miles ... Thanks! ...


June 22, 2020
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: So Cal brackets

Posted last night ... That was SUNDAY (the SAME day the event ended) ... Did you check the Tournament Page of this web site yet? ... I'm suspecting you maybe didn't? ... Am I correct?
June 20, 2020
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: ISA Senior Worlds Columbus Indiana

titanhd ... That's mathematically "do-able" if the teams load is the same (50 teams, but not 62, which is the "new" theoretical capacity) as 2019, but here's the schedule implication reality ... Games would still play through at least 8:00 PM on Friday and Saturday evenings ... On Sunday, if everything went to the six field Lincoln Park complex, there would be six (6) games at 5:00 PM (three Championships and three "If" games) and another three "If" games at 6:30 PM ... That presumes, of course, there's no schedule slippage on Championship Sunday, which would be a welcome rarity! ... I'm certainly open to whatever Amy and Nancy want to do ...


June 19, 2020
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: schedule of game times at 60's Missouri open,june 6&7, won't ever play their again

NYTX and kop22 ... Totally non-medical guy here, but I'm in the "information pathway" at the SSUSA office ... We've had NO notification that ANYONE who participated in or attended the Missouri Open or the Fountain Hills Tournament (not SSUSA sanctioned) has tested positive for COVID-19 subsequently ... The same is true regarding teams who may be organizing BP or team scrimmages or practices with or without civic approval ... That doesn't mean it can't or hasn't happened, but not to our knowledge to date ... Hopefully it stays that way ...
June 13, 2020
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Catchers will wear a mask

bkb555 and AJC ... Thanks for the logical and accurate analysis, so here's a wrap-up ... Participation in SSUSA events is a voluntary activity ... Nobody is compelled to play ... Those who play are, however, subject to the SSUSA rules governing everyone's participation ... There are (only) three concisely simple rules relevant for this discussion ...

• Those electing to play the position of catcher WILL be required to wear a covering over their mouth and nose;
• Those who may object to wearing a covering over their mouth and nose will still be allowed to play, but NOT in the defensive position of catcher; and
• SSUSA has recently engaged independent legal counsel to modify the Softball Player Contract/Waiver ... In short, we made a few changes to more expressly state that the risk of contracting COVID-19 is inherent and assumed by the participant ... ALL players will be required to sign this agreement as a precondition to playing ... Players who may seek to either modify the document or decline to execute it will be prohibited from playing ...

There shouldn't be any reasonable expectation that additional commentary here will result in changes to the policies mentioned above prior to SSUSA seeing them in tournament action ... In the interim, anonymous amateur legal and/or medical analysis will continue to be disregarded ... As has been the case from the start, if you are uncomfortable with playing, by all means do not do so ... For those wanting to play, we have adopted policies consistent with the CDC and state/local governmental entities and hope you safely enjoy your participation at locations where legally permitted ... Good luck to all!


June 11, 2020
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: So Cal brackets

Yep ... If temperatures are unreasonably high at 3:30 PM, there will be a field/heat break until it's deemed comfortable enough to resume play ... The schedule will slide later as needed ... This suggested approach, with which we concur, came from the Yuma Parks & Rec. administration based on their experiences with running summer events ... Good luck and have fun!
June 10, 2020
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: So Cal brackets

USMC21 ... The bracket time is shown as "TBA - OR" and "3:30 PM - #3?" ... The "TBA" notation is shorthand for "To-Be-Announced" ... If the temperatures are not as bad as forecast, and it makes sense to play, that is certainly allowed ... That will be an on-the-field decision that's in the best interests of the players at the time ...
June 10, 2020
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: CHANGE OF VENUE: Sunshine State Showdown in FL

We haven't talked in a while, but GREAT JOB, TIM! ... Not many folks understand the complexity of putting on a tournament and hardly any grasp the complexity of having to relocate it ALL at the last moment so it can go off ... Field rental swaps, supply shipments re-directed, umpires and their housing have to move, additional economic burdens and some previously invested funds flushed ... At least we could handle it "by committee" here for the SoCal Championships moving to be hosted by Yuma .. Good luck next weekend! ...
June 9, 2020
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Tulsa Brackets ?

If "D.D." is me, I have no idea on that! ... Please contact the Tourney Director listed on the Tournament page for the event ... His name and contact information should be there ... Good luck! ...
June 9, 2020
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: So Cal brackets

The DRAFT Master Plan has been generated and sent to Yuma Parks & Rec ... It's a three-day event for all except the Men's 40-Masters (2-day) principally due to the current mid-range temperature forecast ... Per Accuweather™ today, here are the forecast highs ...

• Friday: 107° • Saturday: 107° • Sunday: 108°
• Just for laughs: Monday: 110° • Tuesday: 112° • Wednesday: 113°

Friday games will run from 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM starts ... Saturday starts at 8:00 AM through 2:00 PM games, then there will be a heat-recovery/shelter break, with games likely beginning again (3 rounds) around/after 6:00 PM ... Sunday is the usual 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM (If) games structure ... There are 10 "If" games spread across the six fields and later games will move earlier to fill any prior holes ...


June 9, 2020
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: So Cal brackets

There's always a chance, no matter how remote, "something" could happen to change the plan ... This tournament is currently in "go-mode" and we're cautiously optimistic it will remain that way ... If you have personal reservations, by all means take the weekend off and wait until next time ... The City of Yuma civic officials have the tourney Master Plan and we've heard no objections to the schedule ... Good luck with your own decision and we hope to see you there ...
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