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Dave Dowell

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Sacramento, CA

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Men's 60

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, May 26, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: Associations
Discussion: Baden Fire softball 2SB550YS Junk in its core!

Hilarious Don! ... Welcome to the world of anonymous "Ready, FIRE, Aim .... Oppppssss!" ... Good luck this Season to our friends at SPA! ...
, May 11, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: NOR-CAL State championships

dog ... In complete good faith, we thought we had them locked down ... Elk Grove Parks & Rec. sprang this on us late Thursday ... Sometimes "stuff" just happens despite everyone's best intentions ...
, May 11, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: NOR-CAL State championships

dog ... Seems like we agree on the desirability to publish TENTATIVE site information as soon as reasonably possible ... In response to your question, we routinely issue tournament refund checks, most recently yesterday ... The policy in Sacramento is that the team can ask for a refund check OR a credit for a future event, and that choice is solely the team's option ...

For the NorCal event, we provided the field information based on the best field inventory information we had at the time we made the announcement ... That availability was changed by Elk Grove Parks and Rec, NOT by us ... We responded by acquiring another, and better, facility to allow the tournament to proceed for all teams that entered ... To allege that doing so was somehow a failure in customer service or requires an apology for circumstances that were neither our causation nor within our control is ludicrous ...


, May 10, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: NOR-CAL State championships

dog ... You are the "Priceline Prince" and we've laughed a lot about some of the deals you get ... That's fine for you ... But from our viewpoint this week, if we had cancelled the division(s) we thought were going to play at Elk Grove Park and refunded the entry fees 100% instead of procuring another (and better) place to play, would those who booked that way get their money back from Priceline? ... Don't think so ... That's simply the risk you run with that booking arrangement ... We made the best and only decision we could in light of last moment changes in field availability, and the only way to prevent something like this from happening extremely rarely is to simply NOT announce field assignments until the schedules are released ... Which would you advise?


, May 9, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: NOR-CAL State championships

Mark .. It sounds as though you are seeking an apology for the real-world effects of circumstances that were outside of our control ... I have no problem with that, so I apologize for making a mistake by giving you the best information I had available at the time when everyone was clamoring for "where are we playing?" ... The above statement was a simple explanation because, quite honestly, there isn't going to be anything we can do to play in Elk Grove and Foskett seemed a better solution than cancelling divisions ... Good luck!
, May 9, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: NOR-CAL State championships

That's my understanding, too, and that's the one that counts
, May 9, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: NOR-CAL State championships

Yep ... 50's are in Lincoln ... We lost the Elk Grove Complex on Thursday, but were able to pick up Foskett in Lincoln at the last minute due to a Tournament cancellation there over the weekend ... With Friday open at Foskett as well, we dropped the Sacramento Complex on Friday so that the teams didn't have to move once they start ... Good luck!
, May 8, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 50's Nor-Cal state

They should still be online on Monday ... [grins]
, May 7, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: times

Go to either the Message Board topic titled: ATLANTIC COAST CHAMPIONSHIPS 2016 DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets (it's second from the top) or the Tournament Page for that event and click on the 55's schedule link ... Oh, and in case you missed it before your comment, please re-read jarhead74's original post in this tread, in particular the last part that says "...This is for the loudon county tourm. Thank[s]..."


, May 7, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: times

Mason's Grandpa ... Nope, no field problems of any kind in Loudoun County ... You've been misinformed and ran with it unconfirmed ... DRAFT schedules were posted Thursday mid-day, EIGHT days in advance of the start, which is by any reasonable standard within the range of acceptable ... This was most likely just a conflict between when a player WANTS information as opposed to when he actually NEEDS it ... The best advice remains that provided by mck71 ...


, May 7, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Brickyard-Nancy Allen

garyheifner ... Tournament date scheduling is handled exclusively by Fran Dowell in the SSUSA office ... I have virtually no experience in this, but I know there are a lot of factors in play ... Some of those include the potential conflicts with other nearby (geographically AND chronologically) events by SSUSA and other associations, field availability in a city, SSUSA staffing availability, etc. ... The Brickyard Invitational has run on the first week(end) in May for as long as I can remember, so there's the tradition angle there as well ...

The weekend you mentioned, the first after Memorial Day, is a tough one because that's the wrap up of our second largest annual event, the 10-day Rock 'n Reno Challenge Cup (over 200, and still adding, teams this year) and all Home Office personnel are allocated to that one ... I suggest you give Fran a call or send her an email to get your thoughts in front of her ... Good luck in Milwaukee! ...


, May 1, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Shadow Rock Complex

Dbax and FOFO ... The TENTATIVE Field Assignments for the World Masters Championships 2015 were posted here on July 6th, 2015 ... The first of the rolling entry deadlines for the 2015 event were on September 4th ... That's two days shy of two months in advance of the start ... I'm not sure there's much more we could have done on that disclosure ...
, May 1, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Shadow Rock Complex

OK, we'll try to do this one more time to get everybody on the same page ... Shadow Rock WILL BE in the Field Allocation mix for future LVSSA/SSUSA events held in Las Vegas for larger bracket groups so long as:

Arroyo Grande, Big League Dreams, Russell Road and Sunset parks continue to prioritize Local League play (Monday thru Friday) over our opportunity to use those facilities beyond mid-afternoon ... BLD has been very helpful in carving out some Friday help, but Sunset also has Saturday night leagues;
The only unrestricted usage facilities available for extended play are Lorenzi and Doc Romeo Parks in the City of Las Vegas and Shadow Rock in Clark County ...
Hollywood Park has previously been in that unrestricted group, but is currently off-line for a major renovation ... That project includes re-doing the two existing fields and adding a new Field #3 at the SW portion of the park and is expected to be complete in time for the 2017 Southwest Championships, but not in time for the World Masters 2016; and
Desert Breeze has been reserved for years by another tournament promoter whose rights to that facility vested before ours and, accordingly he has priority on reservations ...

Other relevant factual information ...

We continue to encourage Clark County to address the stated concerns about Shadow Rock Fields #1-2, but any such remedial work is Clark County's decision if/when/how to proceed ... With the incredible games demand load (nearly 1,800 games for WMC 2015 and 624 for SWest 2016), we have neither the leverage nor short-sightedness to threaten to not use the facility ... For the first time last month, we were able to vacate Fields #1-2 on Sunday, so that's a start ...
We have met with Clark County and City of Henderson officials requesting relief from Local League play restrictions on Fridays and Saturdays, but to date those discussions have not resulted in any favorable changes ...
The Cheyenne Park fields have been completely re-done and that facility WILL BE back in the rotation for the World Masters 2016 weekend sessions ... For those who may criticize that neighborhood, you are probably too young to remember Freedom Park (the current location of BLD) in the "old days", when after dark play was a significant challenge due to roaming gangs, occasional gunfire and the regular annoyance of flashing police car lights!

Thanks for commenting ... Hope this is helpful for you to make any play/no play decisions for yourself ...


, April 26, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Vegas 50's Fields

neck10 ... Or you could take the same $15 and buy a good lock and a chain to keep that gate closed on Field #3 at Midwest ... Just sayin' ...
, April 22, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Vegas 50's Fields

I thought you'd like that, and I couldn't resist! ... We're not in Las Vegas this time around ... Had to cancel out due to a grandparent conflict ... But it was worth it, when we greeted the arrival of Grandchild #6 (and Grand-daughter #4) Tuesday night in Berkeley ... Baby Noa and Mom are doing great ... We're spending the weekend in the Bay Area to make sure we appropriately spoil her right from the start! ... Have fun and good luck!


, April 19, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Vegas 50's Fields

FOFO ... Several years ago, we had a player walk up to the desk on the way out of BLD and say the same $10 thing, with a twist ... He apologized and asked me not to say anything to his wife about it because they were "those two" who thoroughly embarrassed themselves via rant at the gate on the way in! ... There's a lot of that here ... The complaint department is wide open, but nobody actually has the strength of conviction on the issue to ask me to NOT schedule them at BLD! .. All over $4 (net) a day ... Go figger! ... Good luck this week, and get to Sunday when the 55-Major finishes at BLD ...


, April 18, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Vegas 50's Fields

Dbax and nick If $15 dollars for three days of softball at BLD is a budget killer, maybe the trip to Las Vegas isn't for you? [grins]
, April 17, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Southwest Schedules

Hey GOMDA and nick ... We had a glitch this year (TOTALLY our fault) when the annual Tournament Guide and the Tournament Page were published ... For any event that has typically more than 125 teams, the entry deadline is supposed to be three weeks ahead of the start date ... We botched it on this one and it was set at only two weeks ... Losing that extra week to sort out teams actually in, getting rosters from managers and rating moves arising from player adds and the like crunched us a bit .. We should be able to publish seeding game schedules by late Monday or very early Tuesday ... Thanks ...


, April 14, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Fields for Vegas

Benji4 ... You forgot to give him his third game Friday ... Baseball field at Pioneer Park in Mesquite at 5:00 PM
, April 12, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Vegas 50's Fields

Hi nick ... You guys are hilarious! ... But just so you'll feel better, the 50-AAA won't play at Shadow Rock in the Southwest Championships this year ... You were at BLD in 2014, and Shadow Rock last year, so we'll see what makes sense for this time around! ... Still working on Session #1 right now, but will put the 132 Session #2 teams in the blender later in the week ... Sunset? ... Lorenzi? ... Arroyo Grande? ... Cheyenne? ... Anything's possible!
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