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Dave Dowell

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, Jan. 17, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: TX STATE CHAMPIONSHIP-

Al, the initial topic thread was removed for cause, and we regret that your commentary did not survive the removal ...

I had the tremendous honor to travel to San Antonio on Saturday, representing SSUSA, to give the keynote address at the 30th Anniversary Banquet of the San Antonio Seniors Softball League ... In what came as no surprise, the Texas State Championships were an item of interest to their membership and I commented candidly and fully about it ... Here's the short version: It takes a combination of civic support, ample tournament quality fields and local senior softball people pushing to make it a reality for being named the host city for any major TOC Qualifier event ... We also made inquiries and negotiated directly with multiple Texas venues in an attempt to get that combination at the appropriate time on the tournament annual calendar, which is mid to late June for the Texas State ...

With that as the process, the following cities in Texas received "Request for Proposal" packages to serve as the host city for the 2017 Texas State Championships Austin, Dallas/Ft. Worth, El Paso, Houston and San Antonio ... Only ONE city in Texas responded to that RFP, making the selection and negotiation process quite simple El Paso ... They were able to put together everything that's important for a successful event ... While we recognize that you are personally disappointed in the location, but should you choose to participate, we would be very surprised if you weren't pleased with the event and facilities as being worthy of the Texas State Championships ... We will repeat this process for 2018, so maybe suggesting to, or helping, the appropriate people in your area might result in a location you like better ... We aren't looking for a permanent home for the Texas State Championships, but we do seek the best fit, on an annual basis, for the event ... This year, that location is El Paso ... Thank you for your commentary ...


, Jan. 10, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Summys Nighthawks now Summys Demolition ?

Nope ... Both the Summy's Nighthawks and Summy's Demolition return to the fields as 60-Major+ teams ... It appears that only Summy has changed his sponsor's support affiliation ... They are both in the same bracket in Hemet this weekend ..
, Jan. 8, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: TX STATE CHAMPIONSHIP-

[D] Any of the above
, Jan. 8, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: TX STATE CHAMPIONSHIP-

Thanks, Jerry ... I very much appreciate your candor ... We, too, believe in free speech, so long as it's responsible and maintains proper decorum consistent with the posting rules for our "home" ... Thank you for your service and good luck this year ... DAVE
, Jan. 8, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: TX STATE CHAMPIONSHIP-

I am the Message Board Moderator and the "SSUSA Staff" person for at least 95% of our posts under that username ... You may well be the very last frequent poster here to acquire that tidbit of knowledge ... And we know who you are, but we won't "out" you so long as you choose to wear the cloak of anonymity ... Post responsibly ...
, Jan. 6, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: New age eligibilty rules for 75s and 80s - Reactions?

Mike ... For the sake of theoretical discussion, again as simply one of 13 Committee members There have been recent discussions that will most likely result in a "Special Session" of the National Rules Committee, by telephone conference call, to consider this issue, both as to substance and timing of any potential fine-tuning ... This would be well in advance of the end of the 2017 Season, when roster composition for the 2018 Season (ethically) commences ... It could be somewhat unfortunate to have done a lot of "free agent recruitment" in vain should the current guidelines change ... The probability of SSUSA addressing this, "yay or nay," in the short to mid-term future is very high ...
, Jan. 5, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: New age eligibilty rules for 75s and 80s - Reactions?

Mike ... My most recent post in this thread was only a personal preference ... The factual data is correct as stated, but that's not what this is about right now ... I'm only one vote on the National Rules Committee and have no opinion if such a motion would even get a second for consideration ... From there, it would still have to get to "7" to pass ... Just me speculating for the sake of discussion ...
, Jan. 5, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Spring Worlds (St. George & Mesquite)

Reprint from virtually identical post yesterday: "We'll post TENTATIVE field assignments on or around the date of the entry deadline, which is March 2nd ..."
, Jan. 4, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: New age eligibilty rules for 75s and 80s - Reactions?

The two extremes have been well stated ... [1] SSUSA/SPA Roster consistency vs. [2] Disenfranchising the elder players of the two age groups ... The SMART thing to do would be for both associations to phase out the underage exemptions over the next two years ... The 73's and 78's could "play up" in 2017, then eliminate those exceptions for 2018 ... Those same players could then "play up" one more year (in 2018), and then eliminate the exceptions altogether for 2019 ...

SSUSA believes, with data to support it, that there are enough teams and players to populate them in pure age groups up through the 80+ Division ... The 85+ Division would retain their exemptions until that player population increases ...


, Jan. 4, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Spring Worlds

We'll post TENTATIVE field assignments on or around the date of the entry deadline, which is March 2nd ...
, Dec. 30, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Staff

Amusing thought of the day It's interesting nobody has mentioned the other "variable" that usually experiences a performance decline in high(er) temperatures and humidity ► PLAYERS! (Maybe it's just easier to blame it on the ball) ... Happy New Year 2017 to everyone! ... Play safely and have fun!
, Dec. 24, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Staff

That's hilarious!! ... Won't it be so much more fun, though, when you start your own association and can purchase any ball on the planet! ...
, Dec. 22, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Staff

missouridave ... A couple of things ... We DO appreciate your willingness to ID yourself here ... Although it's never been a requirement, we can assure you that doing so lends instant credibility to what you write ... That's not the case for the "anonymous keyboard courage" flamers! ...

As for a survey on softballs, we're not sure there is much to be gained by it as a practical matter ... We're very unlikely to change from Anaconda, certainly not during the term of the current ball contract ... We're also unlikely to go to a vastly more expensive ball like the "ROCK" unless, of course, it's clear in the survey that doing so will likely necessitate a rise in entry fees ... We'd also like tournament directors, and that includes our own at events we administer, to do their best to provide a cooler and shaded environment for ball storage ... By extension, that includes managers who may choose to toss their initial allotment in the trunk of their car in 100 heat for a couple hours before breaking them out and blaming us for them not meeting performance expectations! ... ALL balls degrade in warmer conditions, but that can most times be mitigated with common sense storage ...

Thanks for commenting ... We'll take a look at it more closely after the Holidays ... If we do end up with a survey, please note that's NOT a binding vote for a change, but simply a look at the opinions of those who may choose to respond ...


, Dec. 22, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Staff

tscs000 ... Here are a few things you may have missed ... [1] We are an IRC 501(c)(4) not-for-profit corporation ... [2] We zero-base budget annually, which is significantly different from a "maximize profit" business model ... [3] If you think our 2015 net income for the calendar year of $13,159 is "..making a lot of money from it..", there's not much we can say to correct your thinking ...

If you are personally interested in the ball selection process, starting or buying a softball manufacturing and/or sales company and bidding on the contract is probably the most efficient way to seek a different result ... This is the 2016 edition of the annual "bash the ball" exercise, but it's not a one-way street ... There are many players who don't want a hotter ball, most notably as evidenced by the spike in opposition when we get ready to play in Las Vegas ... However, we are contractually obligated with LVSSA to use the "ROCK" ball there, but player support for it's use is far from unanimous ... As usual, this is another example of where a simplistic broad-brush condemnation of something we do doesn't reflect the complexities, economics and realities of the true circumstances ...


, Dec. 20, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: 2017 Tournament Schedule?

NYGNYY ... The 2017 Tournament Guide was released and published here last Friday (12/16/16) ... Click on the Priority Message near the top (#2) of the Message Board ... The "Tournament Page" is currently under construction (the staff person who previously built the page has moved on to a different job/industry), but the essential information for SSUSA administered events is now available ...
, Dec. 15, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: records for the year

Just think, another couple 1,000 anonymous national ratings experts available to advise us that "ABC" and "DEF" teams should be moved UP, and our team "XYZ" obviously should be moved DOWN !! ... What we can tell you, however, is that in the aggregate, the teams in the global scoring database have exactly a .500 W/L percentage overall ... [grins]
, Dec. 14, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Sun rule

swing ... Is that the same 50-AAA division that played at BLD in the World Masters a couple months back? ... Yeah, I thought so, too! ...
, Dec. 9, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Sun rule

It could be a pretty dangerous place at the ball park if any of these "anonymous keyboard courage" cowboys were, say, only about 10% as tough as they think they are! ... Hilarious!!!
, Dec. 5, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Scoring of Runs - Question concerning interpretation of Section 5.7

I don't remember the year the Committee made that change, but do recall the discussion ... Your presumption that under the old rule the R2 run would not have counted is correct ... Changing sub-part 3. to read: "..A preceding runner is declared out on an appeal play. appeal involving a force play..." prevented the defense benefiting, in effect, by having no penalty for throwing the ball out of play ... The Committee decided that awarding R2 the remedy to which he was entitled, the advance to home, should take precedence over a subsequent dead ball appeal on R3 ... The only way to ensure that proper order was maintained was making a properly timed live ball appeal the first priority, the base award for the ball out of play the second, and the dead ball appeal for R3 leaving early the third ... The change was also consistent with the general rule that the run NEVER scores when the final out of a half-inning at bat is a force out ... Hope this helps! ...


, Dec. 5, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Sun rule

NYGNYY ... I attempt to avoid "sun fields" when we have the field availability to do so, most notably when brackets slim down to two fields or single-file on Championship Thursday/Sunday ... Individual field directors have the authority to do so if I missed it on the initial schedule ... Prior to that, field availability as measured against games demand most times does not allow that luxury ... Most players voice opposition to playing later in the evening or at night, which is the practical result of creating holes in the schedule to let fields be open based on sun position ...

From the SSUSA side of it, most lessors charge us by the hour for usage from first game of the day through the last, including times for seeding breaks, open game slots, etc. ... The only exceptions are Big League Dreams sites, which imposes a flat rate per game played ... Too many "blanks" we have to pay for could have the result of higher entry fees to cover the cost of this change in scheduling philosophy and efficiency ...


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