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Dave Dowell

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, March 18, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: LOL

To give a below average (performance-wise) team a level to play down to ... Seniors start at age 50+, with the 40-49 age group being called the "40-Masters" ...
, March 18, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: What is the only situation where, after the play is over that a "do over" or "mulligan" can be implemented? (at least that I'm aware of)

Certainly not discussed in the SSUSA Rulebook, but here's a wild guess (confidence level about 35%) that may constitute a "do-over" ...

If an illegal player on defense is involved in a play, and the infraction is discovered by an umpire or either team prior to the first pitch to the next batter of either team, the team on offense has the option to let the play stand or to allow the batter to bat again.


, March 18, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Game Times

WCM#00 ... Simple explanation is a field allocations issue at BLD ... There are TWO organizations (SSUSA and Fire Dept.) sharing the facility for the weekend, dividing available game times 50/50 ... This makes for (unusually) tight scheduling that isn't going to please everyone ... Here's a suggestion for you to consider: Print the "Master Planning Grid" and play around with it to see what you can do to make it fit your desires .. The "grayed out" areas on the grid are unavailable times for us ... A couple of criteria to keep in mind ...
All teams are playing three games each on Saturday, using only two fields for most of the day, but none should play three in a row ... We have only two fields available until 5:00 pm, but five fields thereafter;
Teams should not have to play at 8:00 am AND 8:00 pm;
Bracket for Majors is modified Single Elimination (another not so popular issue!), so bracket is deferred until Sunday so nobody gets eliminated in one day, and the earliest bracket could have started on Saturday (if we had to) would be 10:00 pm, with the completion of the first round with 11:30 pm games ...

This was a tough layout, but was about the best that could be done ... Hopefully, you'll have a better plan should we face such circumstances in the future ... Thanks and good luck! ...


, March 14, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: Bats
Discussion: shoes

I agree with NYTX ... I tried on my first size choice (11) and found out I was also a -size under what I needed (11) ... GREAT shoe, though, in the correct size ...
, March 14, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 40s spring world championships

I hope so too! ... It's mathematically possible, but HIGHLY improbable ... I do have a single game slot reserved to cure it in the event something like that happens, but I'd be the "under" on it ...

You're on your own on calendars!


, March 14, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 40s spring world championships

HAT MAN ... This event was also a four-game-guarantee format last year ... It was played in a two-round-robin into DE brackets format last year, but the field availability is different this time around, with two entities (firefighters tourney being the other) sharing the facility for the entire weekend ...

All teams are getting the four game guarantee minimum, through a four-game round robin, with the top four seeds moving into a modified single elimination bracket for the Major division ... The Major+ format is identical to last year ... Take a look at the Master Planning Grid to get a visual on how the maximum number of games that fit the game slots inventory was utilized ... Good luck!


, March 12, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: New ball ?

It's completely legal, with a couple of comments ... Players cannot call "time", but may request "time" from the umpire, who normally grants the request ... The new ball introduced should go through the umpire to ensure it is a legal ball ... Otherwise, no prohibition exists in the rulebook ...
, March 10, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Spring Worlds (St. George & Mesquite)

Glad you noticed, Tad! ... I used "ballplayer math" to keep it simple ... That's the math, using my example, that allows a guy who goes 7 for 13 in a tournament to come here to advertise his services for a new team by saying he batted .820 in his most recent outing! <> ... Good luck in Mesquite!
, March 9, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: TOC 2017

No worries, Scott ... This is just an extension of the 2017 version of the annual "Dump on the TOC" exercise ... The TOC has been a phenomenally well received event for the past 11 years, the level of support it receives allows us to charge less to attend than any qualifier event to earn a bid, it's not likely to change much (if any) for the foreseeable future and, simply, we're pretty proud of it ... The critics are certainly welcome to express their opinions, but should keep in mind they aren't anywhere close to being considered as "action items" for a revamp! ... "If it ain't broke, don't fix it!" ...


, March 9, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Spring Worlds (St. George & Mesquite)

NYGNYY ... Don't over-think this one! ... It's probably best you evaluate the Mesquite/St. George "location odds" in terms of the number of fields as opposed to the number of complexes ... The Canyons Complex has seven fields ... Hunter Park and Pioneer Park have three each ... In "ballplayer math", that 7:6 fields ratio is reasonably close to 50:50 (stattad would maybe disagree, but it works for the rest of us!) ...

The entire 2016 event was played in St. George due to a quirk in City of Mesquite event scheduling (making their fields unavailable) ... We added The Fields at Little Valley complex (four fields) in 2016 to achieve the required field inventory to meet games demand for 85 teams (272 games) ... That complex was also available to us this year ... Once it became apparent Little Valley wouldn't be needed, even with 108 teams (345 games), we removed it from the Playing Facilities list to lessen confusion and eliminate players wasting time looking for the answer to the question "..I wonder who's playing at Little Valley this year?.." ...

We also have a fifth facility, but didn't list it because it's a single-field 280' diamond (The Field at Old Mill in Mesquite) ... That's a last resort site, but we have occasionally used it in the past for overflow in the older age groups during the week before St. George was a Session #1 option ...

Please note that arrangements for recurring annual larger tournaments are made almost a year in advance ... It's prudent for us to reserve and list all potential facilities and then modify the list to match the actual field/games demand when they are known, which happens shortly after the entry deadline ... We'll have The Fields at Little Valley complex on the list in 2018 ... Whether or not we'll need it is an open question ... Good luck!


, March 8, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: TOC 2017

Got it on the joke ... Doh! ... Here's an interesting related statistic on the percentage of eligible qualified teams that actually attended the 2016 World Masters Championships and the 2017 Tournament of Champions ...

WMC Attended in 2016: 564 Qualified Teams: 1,500 Percentage in attendance: 37.60%
TOC Attended in 2017: 111 Qualified Teams: 291 Percentage in attendance: 38.14%

Pretty close ratios! ...


, March 8, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: TOC 2017

The good news is that we have four or five years to see how things play out ... The not-so-good news is that we don't envision our primary event sponsor, Central Florida/Polk County Sports Marketing annexing any of the recommended "new venues" during that time ... The TOC would simply not be feasible without their tremendous support ...

Oh, and Scott, that line about "vacation" is hilarious! ... The TOC is one of our most labor intensive weeks annually with all of the ancillary events in addition to the tournament itself! ... And "colder" weather teams seemed to do OK too, with Champions this year from Michigan (3 teams!), Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, New York and Washington ... Not too bad!


, Feb. 26, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: How to renew

I haven't, James ... But it's a bit easier for me, though, having to just get up from my desk and wander 10' to Tiffany's and ask her to renew my card once every five years! ... We're working on a computer system/web site overhaul and hopefully this process becomes both more comprehensive and less complicated at the same time ...
, Feb. 18, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: A True Equalizer

Omar ... No worries! ... I can't even imagine the National Rules Committee being able to count to "two" for a motion and a second to consider eliminating equalizers ... The odds would then be astronomical against being able to count to "seven" to pass such a motion ... Probably about the same odds as playing the World Masters Championships without reading a complaint here about Shadow Rock, to give you the realm of magnitude we're talking about! ...
, Feb. 17, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: TOC 2017

Thanks Mitch ... And as a bit of tongue in cheek commentary, it may not be such a good idea to listen to umpires regarding the banquet ... They, as a group, aren't on the invitation list because of the 1,800 players having first priority, so they may not be totally objective! ... Congratulations on getting to the TOC this year and we hope we see you again!
, Feb. 17, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: TOC 2017

mitch1414 ... You sound a bit new to the TOC, so here are a few observations that may fill in some blanks for you ...

The TOC is sponsored by Central Florida Sports Marketing under a long-term contract for the event to be held in early February in Winter Haven and Lakeland through at least 2021 ... The contract will very likely be renewed/extended at that time ... This precludes moving the event to Disney (or any place else) for the foreseeable future ...
The experience is greatly enhanced by taking advantage of all of the "extras" described by Tim McElroy, such as the hitting instructional clinics, the skills competitions and the Mini-Tournament ... To our knowledge, they are unique extras for your enjoyment ...
Distributing 1,800 custom design polo shirts, which we presume you DID get, is something that's rare in the senior tournament environment ...
As for the TOC Banquet, it's unfortunate that your team decided not to come because someone in your group apparently did the "ticket math" incorrectly ... Some teams think it's no big deal to say they are going and then not show up ... Yes, we distributed 1,750 tickets (net of returns) against a 1,500 plate theoretical maximum ... In past years, we have given out 1,500 tickets, only to have about 1,200-1,300 show up ... The tickets are "free" to you, but the underlying meals are not "free" ... We pay for them whether or not you honor your RSVP by actually coming, and to waste that amount of food isn't the best thing to have happen ... This year, we had just under 1,450 show up on the 1,750 tickets, so everyone was fed comfortably and had a great time ... Dinner with the Louisville Slugger Warriors amputee softball team was an incalculable benefit, too ... Your team should have been there ...

We hope you win your way back to the TOC, and that maybe you'll take a more global approach to what's available ... It's worth it ...


, Feb. 16, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: TOC

Refresh the history/cache on your device (you've got an older version in memory) ... If you don't know how, do what I do: I ask my 8 year old grand daughter ... Works every time! ...
, Feb. 16, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: TOC

Toss this in the same file for Hollis Appraisals 65's bracket games ...

32-31
22-23
24-25


, Feb. 11, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Lost Phone

Not yet, Stacks. It's on the "watch for" list.
, Feb. 11, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: TOC

On the Bracket Boards at the five playing venues.
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