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Dave Dowell

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, Oct. 3, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Russell Road Rec Complex

It's actually all about the teams numbers and getting the winner's bracket done early and out of the schedule sequencing complexities ... The need to maintain vertical integrity in the number of elimination bracket games on Saturday, to avoid Midnight Madness scheduling, was the driving force ... You played a couple games there while some elimination bracket teams were playing a half a dozen in eight time slots ... Sensible scheduling theory prevailed ...
, Oct. 2, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: Women's softball
Discussion: WHY DID YOU ALL PUT THE WOMEN TEAMS AT HOLLYWOOD PARK?

Ms. Dee ... In reply to your observations and questions on the Senior Women being assigned to Hollywood Park ...

The 50+ Senior Women have a very comfortable game schedule based on times ... Here are some clarifications, along with some other options, you may wish to consider ...
We are playing 87 games at Sunset Park over the three days, handling one-half of the 44-team Men's 40-Major Division .. However, I do have open game slots on four of the six fields at Sunset on Friday after 7:30 PM and after 8:00 PM (one field) and after 9:30 PM on two fields on Saturday ...
Lorenzi Park is not in our fields inventory for this Session ... Nobody is playing at Lorenzi ...
It appears that you have not seen Hollywood Park since it was completely re-done last year, refurbishing the two former fields, adding another tournament quality field and constructing a rest-room and service building ...
Big League Dreams (where you will play on Sunday) has one open game slot on Friday (2:30 PM on Angel), has two open slots on Saturday evening at 6:30 PM (Crosley and Angel), but DOES have unlimited open game slots across all six fields beginning at 8:00 PM that evening ... Please let me know if this is something we should look into for you ...
The TENTATIVE field assignments are just that ... They are NOT FINAL and ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE which, not so coincidentally, is the definition of that word, based upon tournament entry numbers ... That's exactly what happened this year ... If you are truly interested in understanding the "why's", please read my post on this topic in another thread here titled: Schedule for 40's World ...
I've been a tournament director here in Las Vegas for about 15 years and have never stayed in an SSUSA headquarters or host hotel that was an hour drive from Hollywood Park ...

Good luck! ...


, Oct. 1, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Schedule for 40's World

No problem ... I didn't sense anything other than (legitimate) curiosity .. Good luck!
, Oct. 1, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Schedule for 40's World

Bubbles and chic ... I'll do this once and hopefully everyone else is paying attention ... TENTATIVE (which means subject to CHANGE and NOT final) field assignments are issued to satisfy the thirst for advance knowledge, regardless of its importance at the time, well before significant data to support those guesstimated field assignments exists ...

They are based on prior history of team attendance and are simply guesses until all of the entry deadlines pass ... The 2017 World Masters far exceeded our expectations for attendance, crushing the prior record (564) with 612 teams ... Our projections were based on a modest 3% increase over last year, to about 575 teams ... The growth rate was in fact almost three times that (8 percent) .. So, as for what exactly necessitated changes to the TENTATIVE field assignments this year ...

Men's 40-Major grew unexpectedly to 44 teams ... The general rule of thumb is that a facility, with Local League restrictions present, can handle six teams per field, without having to resort to Midnight Madness type Saturday scheduling ... Big League Dreams could not handle the 40-Majors, and the only place that could was the combination of Desert Breeze and Sunset Park ...
Men's 40=Major Plus was then slotted into Arroyo Grande because, with 21 teams, they almost fit there on Friday .. Henderson allows us no more than 20 games slots on Friday, so I had to split some of their seeding games over to Sunset with half of the 40-Majors ... 40-Major Plus is unsuited to both Shadow Rock/Hollywood and Big League Dreams because of severe restrictions on their ability to retrieve home run balls ...
The Women's 40-AAA, 40-AAA and Senior Women 50+ were then relocated to the 7-field combination at Shadow Rock and Hollywood because they fit comfortably to avoid late nights on Friday and Saturday, and that allowed us to bring all Women's divisions into Big League Dreams for the Sunday Finals ...
The last two divisions, the Men's 40-AAA (18) and Women's 40-Major (9) were (luckily) the only logical fit at BLD at 27 teams, because we lose two time slots from the theoretical maximum on Friday at BLD of 30 due to Opening Ceremonies and the honoring of the Guam Teams with the SSUSA Sportsmanship Award ceremony ...

It fits, but barely ... The global schedule this year was 2,001 games ... Good luck everyone! ..

P.S. - LM21: Your "split squad" scheduling issue has been fixed .. Thanks for the heads-up on that! ...


, Sept. 28, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 60/65 Major World results

I've had multiple (productive) correspondence exchanges with their C.E.O. ... Right now, technical issues involved with a 2,000 game schedule for 612 teams, including three-game-guarantee brackets as large as 85 teams, are present ... We would also require whatever solution they propose that it be able to interface directly with our national scoring/rating database ... Hopefully progress continues! ... This current LVSSA/SSUSA World Masters event with 10+ venues and around 40 fields is a tad bit different than, say, a 40-team single-site event ...


, Sept. 28, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: change tie breakers.. lets hear your thoughts

Not so quick Pete ... An actual occurrence from a major tournament earlier this year ...

Visiting team up nine with two outs in the top of 6th ... Manager tells batter to "..strike out so we don't flip-flop and we can get some BP in the open.." ... Batter did so, reluctantly ... Home got one in bottom of 6th and Visitor put up 23 in the Open in their BP session ... We believe such activity, although rare, should NOT be rewarded for purposes of seeding ... It's our intent, as chico senior observed, to reward good defense first in a tie-breaker environment ...


, Sept. 25, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: WORLD MASTERS 50-Major and 50-AAA Bracket Size inquiries

Just for clarification, we have received almost a dozen emails on this topic as of 9:00 AM PDT on Monday ... In Divisions where there is a USA National Game, those two teams must appear in the same seeding pod in order to play the USA game ... The LOSER of that game goes to a different pod ... So the "temporary" appearance of an error in pod vs. bracket sizes is just a simple illusion .. The respective Bracket Pod sizes are correct ... Please re-read the FORMAT section of the seeding schedules for what we thought was a very clear explanation ... Good luck!
, Sept. 24, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: 50 Major Brackets

AZ BillyD I'm reasonably sure it's correct ... The USA Game occurs in the 25-team American Seeding Pod, and the loser of that game slides over as the #1 Seed in the 25-team National Bracket Pod ... No worries, somebody falls for that one every year! ... This year you're "..that guy.." ... Good luck! ...
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FORMAT:
Two (2) game Round Robin to seed 50-Major Three-game-guarantee Bracket
NOTE
WINNER of USA National Game is #1 Seed in American bracket pod (24 teams)
LOSER of USA National Game is #1 Seed in National bracket pod (25 teams)


, Sept. 23, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Beat the dead horse

It's maybe a little early in the game to be abusing the equine corpse already! ... I've got about 1,600 of the 2,000 game schedule written (covering about 40 fields on 9 sports complexes) ... Flying to Las Vegas later today to start as a Field Director Monday ... Scoring isn't a higher priority than those two ... One person (me) does both with his own proprietary scheduling/scoring system ... EVERY post you've ever made here is on this exact same topic ... Hilarious!
, Sept. 20, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Adding players

Do what I do when facing a similar situation ... I ask my 8-year old grand daughter to help and it works every time ... Good luck!

, Sept. 18, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Vegas Brackets

CallaVett and curveball ... It's done through my proprietary scheduling system software ... But here's a brief overview of a 2-pod system ... I'm not sure what it's going to look like with the 4-pod, 85-team 50-AAA division in Session #3! ...

The system takes all entrants in a division and sorts them alphabetically both by state and team name ... The teams are then split by state equally (1 team) into the two pods ... Example: If there are six Texas teams, three will end up in each pod ...
The system then analyzes the East vs. West composition in each pod and adjusts those for balance without disturbing the "same-state" balance ratios ...
The system then suggests East v. West seeding pool play match-ups in an attempt to have all teams play teams they seldom, if ever, play during the season ... The only exception is force-feeding specific games for the USA National Championships, if applicable ... BTW, all of this is done on a numbers only basis ... The team names are overlaid as the LAST step in the process, which is the first time I see actual game pairings by team names ... This eliminates any question of bias on "who plays whom" ...

In a single site venue (like 42 teams in the 60-AAA), they are seeded #1-42 and alternated between the pods after seeding ... In a multi-site division (like 42 teams in the 55-AAA), the pod split occurs prior to seeding to minimize travel hassles, failed show-ups on time for Round #1 games and changes in hotel convenience ...

As for competitively balanced pods (not being sure how you define that), it's completely irrelevant in my view ... The SSUSA's national rating system does that already .. A AAA team is a AAA team, simple as that, with no judgment offered or required of me ... And in the case of the World Masters Championships, the bracket divisions are pure, absent combined brackets in all but the 70+ and 75+ Major+ Divisions this year ...

Other than that, it's a piece of cake! ... JUST KIDDING! ...

Good luck! ...


, Sept. 18, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Carrying bat

And it seemed like such a simple question! ... "Where can I find the rule covering carrying bat to 1st base" ... Question was asked and answered pretty concisely without the introduction of additional hypothetical facts ...
, Sept. 17, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Carrying bat

Agreed, B.J. ... About the only other rare circumstance I've seen in 15 years as a tournament director is the batter who hits an easy one-bouncer back to the pitcher or a slow roller directly at the first baseman and trots down the line with bat in hand ... Never seen a guy trying to stretch a single into a double that way ... It's a total non-issue in my view ...
, Sept. 16, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Carrying bat

J R ... Best places to search would be the Rule Books of other associations ... In SSUSA sanctioned play, there is NO PROHIBITION against carrying your bat after putting the ball in play ... Any umpire who may rule otherwise has made a mistake that, hopefully, would be overturned upon appeal to the tournament director ...
, Sept. 13, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: 60 Division Schedule

No one (until just now), Don ... LOL! ... Credit (or blame?) for this goes to those poor unfortunate souls who are being inducted into the National Senior Softball Hall of Fame and asked us to make it so everyone from several other teams (including YOUR team) they wanted to attend could do so ... That and wanting to play early in order to be at the ceremonies on time and have an opportunity to celebrate with families after! ... Something "had to give" at Arroyo Grande because they only allow us 20 games slots on Friday due to local league restrictions against a 22-game load of 13 for 55-Major+ and 9 for 60-Major+ ... You'll be OK, since you get to recover at Arroyo Grande Country Club over the weekend ... Good luck!


, Sept. 12, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: 60 Division Schedule

Noted and fixed ... That was a residual "hangover" from having to re-do an earlier review version to accommodate the guest lists, and timing of play, for the Hall of Fame inductees ... Problem was in the game times and fields for the 60-Major+ ... Should be good to go now ... Thanks!
, Sept. 10, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Any idea

I do (simple answer) ... Game sequencing (who plays who and when on Friday) has been completed ... Still in "make it fit" mode regarding additional field acquisition efforts to handle bracket games load on the weekend ... Session #1 has 194 teams playing about 625 games in three days ... We're also working on eliminating some issues to accommodate teams who have player-sharing issues, ensuring that teams (and former teams) who have players going into the Hall of Fame aren't conflicted with the ceremony timing and dealing with local league restrictions ... Just the "usual" stuff ...

BTW, schedule publication is historically 7-10 days before each start date ... At the moment, we're ahead on that timeline and looking to Monday sometime ... Simple suggestion is not to confuse when you "want" something with when you actually may "need" it ...


, Sept. 8, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: VEGAS

B94 ... Clicking on his username will reveal that he's in Chico, CA (NorCal)
, Sept. 1, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Northerns

Whew! ... You had me worried there for a second, Sparky ... They've been online for so long I was afraid they might have been archived already! ... [grins] ...
, Sept. 1, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Rocky Mountain Championship Results

As a "general theory" question, there are several variables that would need to be addressed directly with the Home Office in Sacramento ...

1. What is the rating level of the team? ... Major+ has different rules for eligibility ...
2. How many players did the team have from their original/master roster available for this event before they asked for "exemption" players? ... Teams 65+ and younger may add such otherwise eligible "exemption" players to get to 10 ... Teams 70+ and more senior may get to 11 by this procedure ...
3. Of the "exemption" players, what are their individual ratings history numbers over the current and two previous Seasons? ... Have the player(s) been in this circumstance before in this Season? ... We don't allow players more than one "guest" appearance per Season ...
4. Were the "exemption" player additions approved by Sacramento before the event?

There isn't a general rule for global application ... Individual facts and circumstances, with real names of teams and players, will dictate any such roster additions being approved or denied ...


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