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Dave Dowell

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Sacramento, CA

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June 23, 2018
DaveDowell
Topic: Website comments
Discussion: why no aa teams

Because there isn't a "AA" Rating division in either of those age groups ... The lowest rating for both (and also the 85+ Division) is AAA, which coincidentally, is the same with the 40-Masters Men (for an entirely different reason!)
June 23, 2018
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Posting scores and updates

No problems Pa, just a very full work load here in Sacramento ... I'm "that guy" on the posting side, and am finishing up the Tournament Administration package this morning for the NorCal event going off on Tuesday ... It's next on the priority list for a bit later today ... Thanks in advance for a bit of patience!
June 22, 2018
DaveDowell
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: bounced pitch

shortstop33 ... The short answer is NO ... Here are the applicable Rulebook provisions ...
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6.15 SHORT PITCH -
A pitched ball hitting the ground in front of the home plate is a dead ball. A ball shall be called on the batter.

7.5 BALL CALLED BY UMPIRE -
A. For each legally pitched ball that does not hit the strike mat, or touches the ground before reaching the strike mat, and the batter does not swing. Any pitched ball that hits the ground or strike mat cannot be legally swung at by the batter. NOTE: If the batter swings at a pitch after the ball hits the ground, the ball is dead and all runners return to the base occupied at the time of the pitch. A ball is called.


June 21, 2018
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Nor Cal / Can-Sirs Championships

FIELD ASSIGNMENTS

SESSION #1 Men's 65+, 70+, 75+ and 80+ (Tue-Thur)
All ages and divisions at Sacramento Complex

SESSION #2 Men's 50+, 55+ and 60+ (Fri-Sun)
Men's 50-Major and 55-Major+ Sacramento Complex (Fri) & Foskett Park (Sat/Sun)
Men's 55-Major and 55-AAA Sacramento Complex
Men's 60+ (All) Sacramento Complex

SESSION #3 40-Masters (Men and Women) and 50+ Senior Women (Sat/Sun)
Men's 40-Major+ and 40-Major Foskett Park
Women's 40-AAA and 50+ Seniors Sacramento Complex


June 19, 2018
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: 4 DAYS NOW FOR VEGAS MASTERS?

curveball & 4rpitch ... Allow me to get a bit out front of this thread diversion ... TENTATIVE Field Assignments for the 2018 LVSSA/SSUSA World Masters Championships are a LONG way off right now ... To date, NO decisions have been made ... This is due principally to the uncertainty regarding the City of Las Vegas' Lorenzi Park fields problem being resolved in a timely manner (if ever) ... Thanks!
June 19, 2018
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Posting scores and updates

Seby2222 ... The only event we know about in Michigan last weekend was a very small (we're showing nine teams) INDEPENDENT Tournament Director qualifier run under SSUSA Rules sanction ... We had nothing to do with the scheduling, tournament administration, awards package OR the score reporting ... The Director's contact information, including phone and email, is available from the event tournament page of this website ... That would be your best place to start, and my apologies for not being more rant-responsive ...
June 18, 2018
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Rule Question

Ultimate short summary YES
June 18, 2018
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Rule Question

B.J. ... We're both (sort of) incorrect ... The change prohibiting a slide into 1st Base or The Scoring line/plate was made 5 years ago at the 2012 National Rules Committee sessions, first appearing in print in the 2013-14 version of the Rulebook ... That's certainly longer than "..a few months or maybe a yr..", but also a lot less than "..a decade or more"!.. ... My apologies for the confusion, but it's nothing really "new" ...
June 18, 2018
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Rule Question

stick8 and B.J. The rule prohibiting a slide into/across the scoring line/plate has been unchanged for at least a decade or more ... The only related change was a couple years ago to make the batter's box and strike mat area a "no fly zone", prohibiting running through OR over that area ... All plays at home are "force plays" except for the limited exception available in the instance of the base runner avoiding a collision with a defensive player (umpire's judgment call) ...


June 18, 2018
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: 4 DAYS NOW FOR VEGAS MASTERS?

Reid ... If some divisions, like Major+ and possibly smaller AA's, don't require four days, we will likely schedule them to be concluded in three ... Those days will be Thursday thru Saturday if it works out for some three-day sessions ... We'll get a better feel for it as the entry deadlines start to roll through ... The teams/games demand, coupled with CLV field availability at Lorenzi, will be highly influential in any final decisions ... Thanks!


June 17, 2018
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Rule Question

ChiPrimeMarty ... Your answer is in the second to last sentence of the rule cited above ... "..The runner will be called safe, the ball remains live and the runner is not required to touch the scoring plate or cross the scoring line.." ... In your hypothetical, the run scores and the following runner, if he acquired third base legally, stays there ... The umpire erred in sending the initial runner back to third after he should have been declared "safe" at home by rule ...

k man ... We don't know!


June 17, 2018
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Rule Question

Yep, that would be a script worthy of a Tim Conway/Harvey Korman sketch ... The initial call should probably be "safe" due to the tag on the home plate side of the C/L, subject to an appeal ("out" should be granted) that he did not tag up ... That scenario/sketch would also likely involve U.I.C. and a Director characters at some point! ...
June 16, 2018
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Rule Question

NOPE ... It's an automatic call, not an appeal ... See Rulebook 8.8 [emphasis added] on page 51 ...
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8.8 COMMITMENT LINE

A commitment line thirty feet from the scoring line or scoring plate will be used. Once a runner's foot touches the ground on or past this line, the runner is committed to advancing to the scoring line or scoring plate and may no longer be tagged out. EFFECT: Tag of the runner by a defensive player will not be allowed. The runner will be called safe, the ball remains live and the runner is not required to touch the scoring plate or cross the scoring line. NOTE: If a runner re-crosses the commitment line for any reason in an attempt to return to third base, he will be declared out and the ball remains live.


June 16, 2018
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Rule Question

NOPE ... The Commitment Line is a one-way street ... Once crossed, it may not be re-crossed on the way back to third base for any reason, including to tag up ... Base runner is OUT ... It's a simple base running blunder best not repeated ...
June 16, 2018
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: 4 DAYS NOW FOR VEGAS MASTERS?

Wiz ... Maybe a re-read of what I wrote would be an aid to comprehension ...

We did NOT change two (of the four) sessions to the four-day format for any reason other than to accommodate what has been a modest projection of 2-3% annual entry growth ... Last year's 612 teams is projected to be somewhere around 630 this year ... It would be irresponsible for us to allow teams commit to air fares and housing costs, sometimes months in advance, only to be told "you can't come, we have too many teams and can't accommodate you" ...
The City of Las Vegas has seriously restricted our historical field availability ... Their Risk Management Department has forced Parks and Recreation to close half of Lorenzi Park (Fields #2-3) because of purported "safety concerns" over balls being hit into the homes outside #2 and the commercial parking lots outside #3 ... They have also restricted Doc Romeo Park #5 for the same reason as it relates to the Skate Park ... Previously, those two parks were unaffected by Local League considerations, but now the former 7-field CLV inventory between the two parks is down to four fields, two at each facility ... That circumstance makes the former seven (now FOUR) fields virtually unusable as currently permitted for both the Southwest Championships and the World Masters ...
Senior Softball World Championships, Inc. is a not-for-profit entity under IRC 501(c)(4) and, accordingly, is required to "zero-base-budget" ... That means we budget to BREAK EVEN every year, and some years we actually DO ... Our tax returns are a matter of (required) public access ... Take a peek at them and hopefully that will dispel the fallacy about "..all that money [we] make.." ... As the SSUSA's accountant and tax return preparer, I'd LOVE for you so show me where it is/was! ... Two last things on that point: [1] If you like to play in SSUSA sanctioned tournaments, it's in our mutual best interests that SSUSA stay in business; and [2] Don't fall into the trap so many before you have about having ALL the answers (except for one BIGGIE) for what it takes to run a perfect senior softball association: The answer to the question of "..How do I found, capitalize and run my own association to perfection, avoiding all of the SSUSA's failings?.." ... We strive to improve every day, and will continue to do so ... But ill-informed and logically faulty rants are counter-productive ... Thanks for writing ...

Carry on! ...


June 15, 2018
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: 4 DAYS NOW FOR VEGAS MASTERS?

USMC21 ... You may be a bit behind the curve on this news ... We announced the 2018 World Masters schedule late last year, about seven or eight months ago ... It's in response to increasing demand for participation (we don't limit entries in ANY of our SSUSA Home Office administered events), coupled with a degree of declining field availability and a desire to limit/eliminate the extremely late nights in many divisions ...

You also fanned it entirely on your economic shot at us ... The 2018 entry fee was NOT increased over last year's $745 amount ... But we DO get to pay for an two extra days of [1] field rents, [2] rental cars, [3] director fees, [4] staff and umpire lodging, [5] equipment rentals and [6] a multitude of other (expensive) budget line items ... The normal way to get more money is to increase revenue and decrease expenditures, not the other way around like this! ... We certainly welcome your attendance, but it's not mandatory ... Hope we see you there and good luck! ...


June 15, 2018
DaveDowell
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Obstruction, interference, or incidental play?

DCPete Same rules, same analysis/judgments applied. Presumably same ruling.
June 14, 2018
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: TOC TOURNAMENT AND SPRING NATIONALS ETC HELD IN AUBURNDALE POKE COUNTY FLORIDA

The title of the thread is: TOC TOURNAMENT AND SPRING NATIONALS ETC HELD IN AUBURNDALE POKE COUNTY FLORIDA ... There is only ONE complex in Auburndale that we use ... No confusion here on my initial response ... Apparently some confusion by G MAN on the County name (POLK) ...
June 14, 2018
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: TOC TOURNAMENT AND SPRING NATIONALS ETC HELD IN AUBURNDALE POKE COUNTY FLORIDA

The Auburndale Sports Complex facility was used by Polk County as the recovery/clean-up staging site for the extensive Hurricane Irma damage from last Fall ... There were literally thousands of cubic yards of debris, felled trees and other structural components from destroyed homes and businesses staged there for processing, handling and removal ... Natural disasters take a higher priority over a couple of softball events in the same area ... Fairness would seem to indicate a bit of patience in light of the circumstances would be appropriate before harshly condemning the facility ... Thanks ...


June 14, 2018
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: base running rule

No call ... PLAY ON ... The key phrase in the rule (above) is: "..If there is a play on a batter-runner going to first base.. ... I cringe as a Director every time I hear an umpire say "batter is out for touching the white bag" because I'm going to have to overturn the call ... There is NO SUCH PROHIBITION so long as he also touches the orange bag simultaneously when a play is made at first ...


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