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Dave Dowell

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Sacramento, CA

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Men's 65

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, 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.
, Feb. 8, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: NORTHEAST STORM

There are no current plans to modify or relax the TOC Roster Composition Rules. If you have a circumstance that requires attention, that would be something to discuss with Terry and/or Fran at the Manager Check-in on Thursday evening. Today in Winter Haven at the Hitting Clinic: Bright Sun, light breeze, forecast high of 82.


, Feb. 6, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Need players for Mini-games

Just show up. We will have lots of opportunities to place you on teams lacking a complete roster. Most years, that's somewhere around 100% of the teams participating. Have fun!
, Feb. 3, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: All you rule experts: Need your input..

HAT MAN -

SSUSA is pitcher excluded at all times regarding this rule? ... YES
The batted ball must be in the air correct when it hits the runner? It cannot bounce first? ... NOPE ... There is no differentiation between a line drive or a short hop ... A pop-up, under the hypothetical given with bases loaded, could result in an intervening Infield Fly call if less than two outs
Also wonder can a runner lean into a hit ball while on base al la Don Baylor? ... MAYBE ... That would be a judgment call that, as a Director, I would absolutely back an umpire who might rule interference (Rulebook Definition 1.45 - Interference is the act of an offensive player or team member that impedes or confuses a defensive player attempting to execute a play...)


, 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 ...
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