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Dave Dowell

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Sacramento, CA

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Men's 65

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Feb. 22, 2018
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Ratings

marcster13 ... There is a pink "priority" message at the top of the Message Board called TEAM RATINGS Guidelines & Procedures (Rev: 12/15/2015) ... It's had over 9,000 "hits" and should give you a pretty good overview ...
Feb. 21, 2018
DaveDowell
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: what is the ruling?

An appeal for the out at 1st base is a valid appeal until the umpires leave the field of play ... If the appeal is made timely, the proper ruling would be that the batter is out for having left the field of play before legally acquiring 1st base and you would start the next (extra) inning ...
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Rule Book 1.1 APPEAL PLAY
An appeal play is a play on which an umpire may not make a decision until requested by a manager, coach or player. The appeal must be made before the next legal or illegal pitch, before an intentional walk or before the pitcher and all infielders have clearly vacated their normal fielding positions and have left fair territory on their way to the bench or dugout area. On the last play of the game, an appeal can be made until the umpires leave the field of play.


Feb. 20, 2018
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: vegas

If something like this happens again to your team in an SSUSA sanctioned event, respectfully decline to continue play until a Director or U.I.C. gets to your field for a consult with the umpire ... Most appeal rights terminate with the next pitch ... We don't charge for protests, so it's only a minimal investment in time (which should be stopped) to get it right ...
Feb. 20, 2018
DaveDowell
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: When runners are entitled to advance

We concur ... lb16 nailed it, especially the "kicker" ... Thanks!
Feb. 19, 2018
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Interesting Bracket

Flint ... As the guy who wrote the 2,003-game 2017 World Masters Championships schedule, I have a few observations on this ...

The seeding pool play games at the WMC are already set up to match teams that are not likely to have played each other during the year ... It's actually my top priority when laying out the schedules and great effort is spent on geographic disparity of opponents ... Unless it's a VERY small bracket, say less than six teams, you're simply not playing a local team in seeding ...

The suggestion of applying a secondary, geographically biased bracket seeding criteria, while certainly creative, would be chaotic, at best, and render the pool seeding play somewhat irrelevant ... And then, as an example, there's the potential of the top West seed being from Missouri and the lowest East seed being from Illinois, and being teams that play each other often ... On a mechanical basis, it's difficult enough to seed the larger brackets quickly and efficiently, and adding another layer of complexity and calculation is maybe not the best approach, not to mention Directors probably having to make several 1,000 individual explanations to players! ...

Seeding is not a complex theory, but the accepted process is consistent from sport to sport and clearly understood by all as an objective and mathematical function ... At the Annual Convention in Tucson about 10-12 years ago, I actually had the poor judgment to propose a rule amendment that would have allowed a Director to "fudge" the seeding by one place downward to prevent two teams that played each other in seeding from meeting in Round 1 of the bracket ... I got creamed! ... I still wake up sometimes in the middle of the night and can "hear" the unanimous crowd laughter to this day! ...

Many of you have heard this line from me, and it's completely true: I am solely responsible for who you play in your seeding games, but YOU are solely responsible for who you play in the bracket, based on how you performed in seeding games relative to the other teams in your division ...

I suspect it's unlikely that we will deviate from the current seeding procedures, but thanks for the thought! ...


Feb. 18, 2018
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: T.O.C

I guess it's a matter of perspective ... We are THRILLED to be "stuck" in this contractual arrangement and won't hesitate to extend the term! ... NO other state or municipality has even come close to an equally beneficial support level than Central Florida Sports Marketing to host the T.O.C. ... They deserve much of the credit for this incredible, multi-faceted event being offered at an entry fee that is less than EVERY qualifier providing the opportunity for teams to earn their bid ...
Feb. 14, 2018
DaveDowell
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: extra innings

YES
Feb. 14, 2018
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: TOC Jerseys

Two separate environments here, so we'll take the easy one first ...

Dorsey1 ... The tournament souvenir sales for the World Masters Championships in Las Vegas are handled by an independent third party vendor, Tournament Sports (from Arizona), who has been doing this event on our behalf for a couple decades ... We have no control over what they produce (subject to limited artwork approval), how much they produce or the manner by which they staff the multiple facilities ... They do, however, appear at the Manager Meeting for each session and let everyone know where they will be and when so that you may plan accordingly ...

magsdad ... We normally order tournament shirts for between 2.5 and 3.0 times the number of teams in the event ... With 108 teams entered this year, that range was 270-324 shirts ... The actual order was 500 shirts, somewhere around 200 more that the "norm" ... That can only be characterized as "..so limited.." with the luxury of 20-20 hindsight ... Our initial order, based on history, was aggressive in the context of potential excess cost for potential unsold items ...

There were a couple of unexpected circumstances resulting in the sales volume running so quickly .. One team brought a traveling party of 58 people, all of whom attended the SSUSA All-Star Game on Wednesday night at Auburndale ... We're think every member of that group bought a shirt, and one individual purchased 17! ... That was after very brisk sales on Wednesday at the Hitting Instruction sessions ... Sales were, again, very strong during the Skills Competitions on Thursday... As the director at Auburndale, when we spoke I told you we hoped to have more shirts available, but that was dependent on what other facilities had available and was not a guarantee ... It turns out other facilities experienced similar sales demand ...

Sales were also influenced favorably by us giving away one prior year TOC shirt for each current year shirt purchased ... We did NOT sell prior year shirts, although we certainly could have! ... Although not a major point, we DID have three size XL shirts at Auburndale early Friday morning and we had all sizes of the TOC sweatshirts until the Louisville Slugger All-Star game Saturday night, where some, but not all, sizes sold out ...

If there is enough interest in post-tourney sales and we hear about it other than here, we may reorder and make mail-order sales available if quantity demand is worthwhile ... Please contact the office by phone at (916) 326.5303 or email (info@seniorsoftball.com) if that interests you ...


Feb. 13, 2018
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Recent TOC Tourney Format question

jt1919 ... The tourney paperwork got back to Sacramento with the traveling delegation just before midnight Monday ... Lots of the results are available in the two TOC UPDATES Message Board threads ... Detail results are also available in the Auburndale thread for 60-Major, 55-AAA and 50-AAA divisions ... The rest should be available shortly ...
Feb. 13, 2018
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Recent TOC Tourney Format question

The originally published format for the 55/60-Platinum had the three Major+ teams (two 55-M+ and one 60-M+, receiving an equalizer) splitting off into a three-team Double Elimination bracket after pool play ... Friday before the event, one of the 55-M+ teams (Florida Automated Shade) withdrew from the T.O.C., leaving seven teams with a rating index of 7 and one with an R/I=8 (DLB) ... The re-write was made to an eight-team bracket with DLB giving the equalizer ... We could have given DLB the option to play "Exhibition" and not be able to advance in the bracket ... When faced in advance with this circumstance, we normally give the team the option to withdraw and get their entry fee refunded, but not that late in the game after they have committed to travel and hotel reservations ... The reason/fault for this rests squarely with Florida Automated Shade for their late withdrawal ...


Feb. 12, 2018
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: TOC UPDATES for Auburndale Sports Complex

WEDNESDAY
National All-Stars (24)
American All-Stars (13)

SATURDAY
National All-Stars (29)
Louisville Slugger Warriors (25)

NOTE: Go-ahead Grand Slam HR with two outs in the top of the 9th Inning by National's Steve Zahn (KC Classics)

SUNDAY

Men's 50-AAA
1. Team O50 (IL)
2. Trinity-Rizzo's (NY)
3. Lakeshore Contracting (ON)
4. Central Penn Caveman Softball (PA)

Men's 55-AAA
1. TMS Michigan
2. Never Say Never/Big Al's Trucking (UT)
3. Maryland Cougars
4. Ameriprise Florida Legends

Men's 60-Major
1. AMR/Clean Planet/A Special taste (MI)
2. Minnesota Cowboys
3. Gonzalez Insulation (TX)
4. Cardot/Madalena Construction (NY)


Feb. 10, 2018
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: TOC UPDATES for Auburndale Sports Complex

Periodic update for teams participating at the Auburndale Sports Complex ...

Auburndale: Men's 50-AAA, 55-AAA and 60-Major Divisions


Feb. 7, 2018
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: TOC weather forecast

We don't alter schedules and/or panic based on a very mild weather forecast ... All "play/no-play" decisions are made at the fields of play at game time ... There is a current mid-range weekend forecast for a high of 85 on Sunday and a "..possibility for a couple of afternoon showers..", which is not a likely "Noah, get the ark ready" scenario ...
Feb. 6, 2018
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Spot the Major + player

Within the last few years, I've seen the 75-Major+ San Francisco Seals hit several over-the-fence HR's at the Rock 'n Reno event (where I was the field director) ... Standard senior bats and the Anaconda Trump/Stote .44/375 SSUSA ball ... Very impressive, but didn't seem to surprise them as much as it did me! ...
Feb. 6, 2018
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Kudos

Dilly! Dilly! ... Well done, guys!
Feb. 4, 2018
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Roster Rules for Older Player Also Playing in Younger Age Group

k man also triggers one other relevant consideration ... At that age, it's not uncommon for both 75-AAA and 70-AAA to end up in a mixed combined seeding and/or bracket group ... If that happens, a player rostered on both teams would have to select only ONE of those teams to play with in seeding pool play (and bracket play if they compete in one bracket) ... If the brackets are split, he may play for both, subject to the potential conflict of playing at the same times ...
Feb. 4, 2018
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: desertlady 00 vs 1-1 count

OZ40 ... We stand by the complete accuracy of our comment ... "..the 2018 changes made to go to the "1-1" count, with a courtesy foul, were ONLY for the SSUSA women's 50+ senior division and the irrelevant to you men's 50+ thru 60+ divisions.."

desertlady is a registered 60+ women's division player ... Accordingly, the "1-1" count is, as we stated, irrelevant FOR HER as it relates to the men's 50+ through 60+ divisions of play AND for women's divisions of play 55+ and older ...

Hopefully, this ship hasn't done a U-turn on the horizon and is now steaming back into port!


Feb. 4, 2018
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Roster Rules for Older Player Also Playing in Younger Age Group

Gary ... crusher nailed it ... Thanks!
Feb. 3, 2018
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Spot the Major + player

Jawood ... I understand, and ew have discussed, your objection, since your team has not historically rostered "out of region" guys ... But for those who may not know the background, every player suspension we ever imposed for fraudulent "snowbird" card shenanigans occurred at the Major+ level of play ... Apparently, nobody was wiling to take that risk for a AA or AAA player! ... When we merged with LVSSA seven years ago, we conformed our rule to their (excellent) rule prohibiting "snowbirds" while allowing a maximum of two out-of-rating guys from the team's east/west side of the Mississippi River for Major+ 50+ (now 40+) through 70+ ... It's maybe not perfect, but DOES eliminate up to a potential of half a dozen or so iffy "snowbirds" showing up on a roster ...


Feb. 3, 2018
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Bordering States Rule

OZ40 ... The states and bordering states rules (except as they relate to Alaska, Hawaii and Guam) include only states and provinces having a "land border" ... For Michigan, it's as follows ...

MICHIGAN Bordering States/Provinces Indiana, Ohio, Wisconsin / Eastern Canada (Provinces east of Manitoba)

Bordering states coverage does not bridge the Great Lakes of Lake Superior (MI/MN), Lake Michigan (MI/IL) or Lake Erie (MI/PA) or (MI/NY) as they relate to Michigan ... This topic is debated from time to time here (and this may start it again!), but that's the eligibility rule as currently interpreted and applied ...


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