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Dave Dowell

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Sacramento, CA

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Men's 65

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, April 27, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Results from Vegas?

Probably next week ... Am working on Brickyard Session #2 now and then out of town from later today through Sunday ... Some are online already, for divisions that played at Lorenzi Park and BLD in Session #2: Women's 40-Masters & 50+, Men's 60-AA, Men's 40-Masters and Men's 50-Major ...
, April 27, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: home advantage

YES ... The flip-flop rule alplies ANY time the Visitor is ahead by 10 or more runs going into the open inning ...
, April 25, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Rock Ball in Vegas

DieselDan ... The Southwest Championships (and the World Masters Championships) are the only two events annually where The Rock is the official tourney ball ... This is a contractual agreement by and between LVSSA and SSUSA ... If someone was hitting the Anaconda/Trump/STOTE ball, it was not an authorized ball and, if discovered, should have been removed from play ...
, April 24, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Out of the Batters Box.

Omar ... That's the "flip side of the same coin" argument in favor of properly enforcing the existing rule ... Pitchers argue, fairly, that they should have someplace they can deliver a pitch that makes the odds of it being hit 350' diminish ... Artificial turf permanent batters boxes are always going to be there for batters to see where they must stay within ...
, April 23, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Out of the Batters Box.

All that needs to be done is more strict enforcement of SSUSA Rulebook 7.3(1) on page 41 regarding Intentionally Obliterating the Batters Box ... That's not possible at BLD and Golden Eagle in Sparks with the permanent boxes, so the "out of the box calls" are proper, correct and easily determined ... On a related topic, I measured four randomly selected batters boxes at BLD early Friday morning ... Four of the six were the perfect dimensions ... The other two were 1/8th inch and 1/4 inch too long, respectively ... That's a tolerance for error we are comfortable with ... Best advice: Stay in the batters box at permanent artificial turf facilities ...


, April 23, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: scores

jack222 ... PAY ATTENTION ... This has been asked (by you) and answered twice already below ... Thanks!
, April 23, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Home plate mat dimensions

Softballgal ... The STRIKE MAT DIMENSION for SSUSA is in the second post of this thread ...

STRIKE MAT (SSUSA specifications) Rectangular rubber mat 34" deep by 19" wide, aligned with the front edge of the Home Plate and extending 1" on either side ...

To our knowledge, they are not commercially available for SSUSA specifications ... We have an arrangement with a rubber fabrication firm in Sacramento, but about anyone can cut them ... The most common "base material" is truck mud flap stock or restaurant kitchen mat stock ...


, April 23, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Arroyo to Big League Dreams Friday Nite

Webbie25 and Dbax ... Your observations on OF conditions at BLD are valid .. As for the "Opt-out" option for Shadow Rock, I guess that's something we could look into if Clark County ever imposes a gate fee ... [grins]
, April 23, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: SSUSA

jack222 ... Same answer we provided when you asked this a couple days ago ...

Probably not during the two events going off right now ... Tidewater in Virginia Beach and Southwest in Las Vegas are running simultaneously and the guy who does them all (that would be me) is working as the lead Field Director at the largest of the eight complexes in use in Las Vegas ...


, April 22, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Arroyo to Big League Dreams Friday Nite

Omar ... Your math may well be true if the base assumptions on the number of players, fans, etc. showing up are accurate ... But the initial post in this thread was about a one-time appearance at the end of the first day, and only the first day, apparently being an unreasonable $5 burden on the travel/tournament budget ... We have no say (or financial stake) in what any facility may charge for admission, including any BLD or Victory Lane in Phoenix, for example ... Should a team think that BLD is an unreasonable economic burden, all they have to do is say so on their entry invoice ... Every tournament we run in Las Vegas has a significant majority of teams expressing a desire to be assigned to BLD because they believe the experience to be worth it ... However, it certainly wouldn't be too much effort to remove from consideration any division that has a team making a "Opt-out-of-BLD" request ...


, April 22, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Arroyo to Big League Dreams Friday Nite

OK nick ... Take away all of the suspense for us! ... Did you:

Play your way out of the $5 "economic disaster group" by finishing in the top 12 (of 20) seeds? ... or
Did you fall in the mid-range group that paid $5 to get in for the 5:30 games? ... or
Did you get semi-lucky and play your way down to the 7:00 PM game when they were only charging $3, which is a whopping 40% off the regular gate fee? ...

This is too funny!


, April 21, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Scores

Probably not during the two events going off right now ... Tidewater in Virginia Beach and Southwest in Las Vegas are running simultaneously and the guy who does them all (that would be me) is working as the lead Field Director at the largest of the eight complexes in use in Las Vegas ...
, April 21, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: spring nationals

gman67 ... Please call the Sacramento Home Office at (916) 326.5303 during normal business hours on the Left Coast ... IF you are determined to be a person entitled to receive any information on this, they may tell what they decide to be relevant ... In any event, we will not be commenting publicly on these type of items ... We will, however, respond to your last statement ... Teams DID check in for that tournament ... All rosters have been "post-event processed" to record players who actually checked in ... This was done on March 31st ... If you and/or your team decided to not check in, for whatever reason(s), that could be a problem later on should you choose to use the Spring Nationals roster as a qualifying roster for either the Eastern Nationals and/or the World Masters ...
, April 19, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Arroyo to Big League Dreams Friday Nite

HAT MAN ... You are totally correct about the field dimension "quirks" which come with the peculiarities of the major league replica fields ... All fields in the BLD system start with a basic 300' footprint ... But they shrink down for things like the left field "green monster" at Fenway, the short right field porch at Yankee, etc. ... It's interesting to look at Google Earth imagery of the BLD sites ... Because of land utilization constraints, most, if not all of them, have Fenway and Yankee side by side to squeeze into a normally straight property line along Fenway LF and Yankee RF ... I'm traveling to Las Vegas later this morning and will be the lead Field Director at BLD Thursday through Sunday ... Please look me up and introduce yourself ... Enjoy your time there, play safely and good luck! ...


, April 19, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Arroyo to Big League Dreams Friday Nite

Should I start making notes on which divisions would prefer to not be assigned to BLD in the future? ... With the tremendous volume of requests to play there, that would make it a little easier! ... [grins]
, April 17, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Hollywood Park Vegas Help

1bounce ... Why am I NOT surprised that a governmental entity would number the "three-of-a-kind" fields #1, #2 and #4? ... That's hilarious! ... I'll re-number the schedules later today to swap out #3 for #4 ... I'm going to be seeing it personally for the first time since the re-do later in the week ... Thanks for your observations! ...
, April 17, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Hollywood Park Vegas Help

The smaller field on the NE is in fact a fast-pitch/Little League type field (200' fencing) ... The new field on the SE has concentric 300' fences all the way around, as do the other two softball fields ... The infield/outfield grass cut distance, measured from Home plate thru second base to the grass cut, is 115' on all three fields, so there's nothing disproportionate between the infield sizes or outfield fence distances of the three softball fields ... The perspective of looking from the new field back toward the mountains instead of out across the City may alter your perception, but all three fields are virtually identical standard regulation softball fields ...


, April 17, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Vegas 50M+ Bracket

The "9:30 AM issue" is my typo ... It's fixed online now to be 10:30 AM for that game ... Thanks for the heads-up! .. Good luck!
, April 17, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Hollywood Park Vegas Help

D.Litch ... Sun/Shade shouldn't be an issue for your fans on Friday ... You guys have 8:30 and 10:00 AM games and could be back by the pool at the hotel around noon! ... Good luck!
, April 17, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: You make the call.

B.J. ... You and coop3636 are both correct in my experience ... You are interpreting the rule correctly, but coop3636 is accurate in stating what the vast majority of umps do (or actually fail to do) when the circumstance arises, notwithstanding the rule's technical wording ...
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