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Dave Dowell

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, Sept. 1, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: World Masters Championships

HAT MAN - There will be NO mid-day site moves for the 40-Major, except: On Friday, there will be split seeding pods (21 teams at Sunset and 20 teams at Desert Breeze) before everyone reports to Desert Breeze for Seeding Assignments ... There will be 12 games Friday evening at Desert Breeze affecting both bracket pods ... The American pod will play at Sunset on Saturday and the National pod at Desert Breeze ... Saturday survivors will all play at Desert Breeze on Sunday .. Good luck! ...


, Sept. 1, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: World Masters Championships

SESSION #1 REVISED TENTATIVE Field Assignments for 40-Masters and 50+ Senior Women (111 teams) ... Had a bit of a "glitch" overnight as the actual games demand numbers didn't quite match up to availability ... Site assignments were swapped for Women's 40-Masters Major (to BLD) and Women's 50+ Seniors (to Sunset) ...

Men's 40-Major+ (21) Big League Dreams
Men's 40-Major (41) Sunset Park & Desert Breeze Park
Men's 40-AAA (12) Shadow Rock (Fields #3-4 ONLY) Friday/Saturday and BLD Sunday
Women's 40-Major (11) Big League Dreams
Women's 40-AAA (18) Lorenzi Park Friday/Saturday and Sunset Park Sunday
Women's 50+ Seniors (8) Sunset Park


, Aug. 31, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Getting released from a team you don't want to play for any longer

Dancer ... At 5'-11" and about 195, I was at least four inches shorter and fifty pounds lighter than the two (Motown) Stars of the show! ... It got loud, but not physical ... I worked in Michigan this month and saw Crump again ... Couldn't help but chuckle a bit at the memory ...
, Aug. 30, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Heat stroke

Fabe - With the way entries are rolling im at a pace far greater than last year for Las Vegas, we could well be playing at some of those times anyway! Heck, Vegas is a 24-hour city, right?
, Aug. 30, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Heat stroke

Ummmm ... Well, I guess we COULD do that in theory in Las Vegas ... We'd stop play at 11:00 AM and resume after local leagues end around 10:00 PM ... Yep, that would give us game times at 10:00 and 11:30 PM, 1:00, 2:30, 4:00, 5:30, 7:00, 8:30 and 10:00 AM ... Do we have a consensus??? ... That's hilarious!
, Aug. 30, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Getting released from a team you don't want to play for any longer

To wrap this up for my involvement ...

grayhitter59 ... The player is not always the "victim" here ... One thing often overlooked is the reasonable expectation the team and manager should be afforded that players who commit to that team will stay there through the entire season ... It's the flip side of the same coin that the player has a reasonable expectation of being respected and treated well as a member of the team ... Obviously, that's not always the case, and why we decline to arbitrate the remedy in a factual vacuum ... It ALWAYS comes down to a "he said, she said" kind of discussion ...

dog ... The "invention" of softball is exactly as you stated ... The game's "design" evolution is as I stated, principally with younger girls as the participants, for them to have an alternative to younger boys baseball ... And I about bit off the tip of my tongue to keep from laughing when he snapped that bat like a toothpick! ... Very impressive! ...

CAT ... The SSUSA Escrow Agent in this one declared a "DO OVER" ... The manager was required to fill out and sign another Release and the player was told that to get the release, he had to give the manager a Miken Ultra II that was in at least as good condition as the one he brought into the room before snapping it in two ... Player asked how he could do that ... Escrow Agent told him the Miken Truck and Corky were right outside the building ... Player thought about it for a moment, reached into his wallet, and tossed $200 at the manager, picked up the broken one and told him to go buy what he wanted from Corky (not exactly in those words, though) ... I guess he bought the first Miken two-piece bat! ... By the way, the Escrow Agent was FRAN! ... I was only in the room to provide (unneeded) Event Security ...

And I SO clearly remember the "intramural feud" your team had following the USA National Game at Victory Lane in Phoenix ... But by the time they drove 35 miles to Papago to discuss it, with a stop along the way for an adult beverage (or two), they were best of friends again and it worked out ... Time is a good methodology in these matters, and hopefully it will be the same here ... (CAT, how young were we then ?!?!?)


, Aug. 29, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Getting released from a team you don't want to play for any longer

Come on guys. The first game starts in 5 minutes in this case and you're taking longer than that to debate the theory! What would you do and what did we do? CAT is close to being on the right track. Quick, that first pitch is just a moment away. LOL! ... This isn't as easy as you may like: Automatically side with the player for total freedom of movement ... What about the Manager's reasonable expectation that a player will honor his commitment to the team for the entire season? ... Drat, this isn't as easy as it looks on the surface!


, Aug. 29, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Getting released from a team you don't want to play for any longer

Here's a real life actual example from the World Championships in Phoenix a few years back ...

Major+ player quits team in late summer prior to World's and asks for his release;
Manager says, I'll do that, but only after you return your uniforms and the Miken Ultra II I bought for you to use;
Player says, no problem, I'll bring them to Phoenix, since I found a new team that appreciates me. But I want the exchange in front of SSUSA so they know I returned them;
Manager says OK, and on opening day of World's, both meet with SSUSA official on site, Manager with signed Release in hand and player with uniforms and bat;
Player hand uniforms to Manager and then SNAPS BAT IN TWO over his thigh and hands the two pieces to Manager, asking for the Release;
Manager blinks once, then tears Release into very small bits of paper and tosses it toward the Player, creating mini ticker-tape parade moment and says, there it is; and then
Things REALLY got interesting! ...

Things aren't always as clear as they seem on their face and why we will not, under current rules, arbitrate Releases ...

OK, all you bright guys, what would YOU do? ... I'll post what WE did in a couple of days ... Have fun!


, Aug. 29, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: World Masters Championships

In the next few days ... We will be using BLD, Desert Breeze, Lorenzi, Shadow Rock and Sunset ... Overflow, if needed, will be at Cheyenne ...
, Aug. 25, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Little League World Series

Especially if they happen to have another of those awesome 15-year old pitchers like Danny Almonte
, Aug. 25, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Little League World Series

Things may have changed since my kids played, but then the LL World Series umpires worked for free and solely for the honor of being allowed to do so. Thus lending support to the truth of the old adage: You get what you pay for.
, Aug. 24, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Why are there rules?

We respect people's privacy here ... The formal complaint mechanism, where names are named, is in place, but it's a private matter between the "complainant" and the "accused" otherwise ... We're pretty comfortable with our dispute resolution methodology ... We have no obligation to be "forthcoming" on private matters in this intellectual (so to speak) wasteland ...
, Aug. 21, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Why are there rules?

With such a multitude of detail information you have provided, it's hard to know where to begin. Maybe a tournament, a director name, even a general overview of the issue would be a starting point. Absent that, it's somewhat meaningless so far.
, Aug. 20, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: Associations
Discussion: Unfavorable weather conditons......

Unfavorable weather award winner for Saturday 08/20/16 goes to the NORTHERN CHAMPIONSHIPS in Lansing ... Lost last two rounds of games at both facilities due to violent thunderstorms and a mandatory Sheriff's Dept. evacuation order for tornado sightings near the Lake Alliance Park ... Well done to all of the people who evacuated the park in a very orderly and FAST manner ... I'm fine with California earthquakes all day long over today's tornado scare ...


, Aug. 19, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 4 Teams in the 50AAA Topgun Tournament???

Nope! 54 was the max, regardless of how many were in any individual division. It wasn't a 4-team tournament. Common error, though, as a lot of players don't consider any other ages/divisions than their own!
, Aug. 19, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 4 Teams in the 50AAA Topgun Tournament???

The waiting list didn't prioritize teams by age/division, but rather the date that those teams attempted to enter. When capacity was reached, the list started. Not enough teams had a change of heart about participting to allow yours to clear the wait list. Suggest an early entry next year to improve/ensure your spot in the field. Defending champs, it seems, do not get a free pass to the front of the line for next year.
, Aug. 14, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: field assignments for worlds

Nope ... Still too early in getting a firm handle on number of entries by age/by division ... That and travel schedule conflicts will interfere for a while longer ... Terry is out of town now, and not back before I leave for Lansing (Northern's) Tuesday, then he's out again to Aurora (Rocky Mountain's) before I return ... Looks like sometime during the week of August 29th is an achievable timeline target for us to get together and hammer it out ... We'll see ...


, Aug. 13, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Ratings

OVER time, these type threads drop into page 2 oblivion.
THE thing to do is just wait it out as we
EDGE closer to the World Masters in Las Vegas, right?
, Aug. 12, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: 40s World

Why: Field availability (in September) and not so much so in October ... The dates for the 40-Masters have been public knowledge and published for about nine months now, so it's not exactly a "Breaking news, film at 11:00" type item ...
, Aug. 9, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: field assignments for worlds

That's funny dog! ... You're never going to let me get off the deck (and I deserve it) for that laptop stunt! ... But September 16th ?!?! ... What surprises me that you're dropping down to play 40-Masters that weekend! ... We'll publish field guesses when we have better data ... Truthfully, the vast majority of the field inquiries have very little to do with hotel choices, and a whole lot to do with simple curiosity as to where they may play ... An equally vast majority of players stay where they have in the past, regardless of playing sites and especially if they can get more favorable room rates by using their frequent player cards from that hotel/casino ...


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