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Dave Dowell

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Sacramento, CA

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Men's 65

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, Oct. 30, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Speed up rules

Yes, Bruce, the umpires are supposed to start the clock for 67/72 at the conclusion of the pregame plate conference ... Teams can maybe squeeze out an extra minute by hustling out and getting underway, or they can burn their own time by not ... From a director's viewpoint, I would personally prefer they not start calling "phantom" strikes ... When it has happened, it generally sets a bad tone for umpire/manager relations and unwinding the mess ends up taking more time than was saved .. But that's not to say I don't favor it in theory! ...


, Oct. 29, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Papago Softball Complex Phoenix AZ

City of Phoenix owns it now, but it used to be the Spring Training home of the Oakland A's before they got their new "digs" ... Softball Complex is at the corner of Charles O. Finley Dr. and Walter A. Haas, Jr. Way (Not kidding!) ... Google Earth picture was taken in January, which is the "dormant" season for grass growing in Arizona ... It should be lush and green during tournament time ... Property to the north of the park is a National Guard military facility ...
, Oct. 29, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Papago Softball Complex Phoenix AZ

Agree with ^ JDub ^ 101% .. Played there as a youngster in the 70's and have worked there as a Director for years ... One of my favorite parks in the country ... Field prep has been outstanding every year and park staff is courtous and helpful ... Enjoy!
, Oct. 28, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Speed up rules

garyheifner ... The conversation we had was in Indianapolis and I sure hope you didn't understand what I hope I said, but anything's possible! ... The preference survey was done and tabulated pursuant to the SSUSA Club and Leagues regions that appear on the color coded map from this web site Home Page ... The results did NOT include any separate data for Southern California, which is just a part of the larger Far West Region ... Here's what I should have more clearly communicated regarding the "regional bias" favoring either the "0-0" or "1-1" count ...

Of the 12 SSUSA Club & League geographic regions:

Favoring the "0-0" starting pitch count (9) Far West, Florida, Mid-Atlantic, New England, Northeast, Northwest, Southeast, Southwest and Texas
Favoring the "1-1" starting pitch count (3) Central, Great Lakes and North

Related: We will be addressing the issue of consistent rules application across all qualifiers with the independent tournament directors at a later date ... We believe that a national qualifier system requires uniformity in how they are administered ...
, Oct. 27, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Why are runs allowed the decider?

Jack .. That may be a sound theory, but it's not feasible to have Directors parsing each and every game card, especially when they may be calling another Director (like me) with scores to do their seeding calculations ... The run differential tie breaker is seldom employed, and only in the super large brackets of like 40+ or more in Las Vegas ...
, Oct. 27, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Why are runs allowed the decider?

BCA80 ... The rationale for SSUSA sanctioned events is simply based on a sportsmanship issue ... We choose to reward defense ("Let's hold these guys and help our seeding!") rather than rewarding offense ("If we can put up a couple touchdowns in the open inning against this obviously over-matched opponent, it will help our seeding!") ... Run differential may also be somewhat impacted by whether or not a team bats in the bottom of the 7th, especially if the flip-flop rule has been invoked .. Any winning team has to stop their opponent in seven -innings at bat, a fairly consistent approach ... It's not a sophisticated theory and not likely to change anytime soon, but it works for us ...


, Oct. 25, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Is it a strike if ball hits front edge of strike mat and also kicks up some dirt?

Boom Boom 1 In SSUSA sanctioned events, a pitched ball must only hit the strike mat. It does not have to cross the strike mat completely. A ball that hits the front (or side) edge of the mat and bounces away is both an excellent pitch and a strike.
, Oct. 25, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Expected Tentative Field Assignments for Winter Worlds Phoenix

With one day left before the entry deadline, entries have already raced past last year's tournament record (178) and 195-200 teams is achievable ... We will activate the Teams Tab List from the tournament page at 5:00 PM Tuesday, call the three singleton teams and the entered but unpaid teams early tomorrow ... That will tie down the total entries and slotting them into specific facilities will follow shortly thereafter ... Thanks for your continued patience! ...
, Oct. 22, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Expected Tentative Field Assignments for Winter Worlds Phoenix

That's another excellent reason to exercise patience. We got blasted recently by a couple mangers who didn't and ended up in the wrong city for the Winter National's. A totally unacceptable reaction in our view.
, Oct. 22, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Expected Tentative Field Assignments for Winter Worlds Phoenix

NYGNYY ... Tim speaks the truth ... We (unfortunately) bowed to the incessant phone calls, text messages and emails and went ahead and made some educated early guesses for field assignments at the Winter Nationals ... It was a poor decision since the data was insufficient to do so effectively ... Of course, when we had to adjust the locations, the "noise" actually got worse, not better! ...

The deadline for Winter World's entries is Tuesday, and shortly thereafter we will publish tentative field assignments ... There are changes this year, probably adding another facility in Peoria, the 40-Masters going to a 3-day format instead of the weekend only and we may not require Big League Dreams in Gilbert on Friday ... The wise move is to wait a few more days for the sake of a higher probability of accuracy ... For the people making the repetitive inquiries, it usually comes down to not being able to discern between the time they may "want" something as opposed to the time they actually "need" it ... Patience will be rewarded! ... Thanks and good luck!


, Oct. 20, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Schedule for Winter Nationals

Frank ... Your group (Session #1) will likely post today (Thursday) or tomorrow ... Session #2 over the weekend or very early next week ...
, Oct. 17, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Speed up rules

stick8 ... The times I've seen the "consecutive inning" approach employed, it's been administered like the flip-flop rule ... At the first occurrence of 5-runs OR 3 outs, the bases get cleared and the next half-inning at bat commences ...
, Oct. 12, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Courtesy runner replacement on a base.

Agreed: It's a very simple fix, and I can name that fix in two words: "..A courtesy runner may not be replaced by another courtesy runner or substitute except for injury causing removal of the original courtesy runner permanently from the game.."
, Oct. 11, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Umpire Hit by a Batted Ball

coop ... That was just a little joke between me and rlspls1974! ... Don't be so serious about this place ... B.J. - You know the batter is out pursuant to Rulebook 7.3 A. every time if (s)he's out of the box on contact ...
, Oct. 11, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Expected Tentative Field Assignments for Winter Worlds Phoenix

Shortly after (within a few days) the entry deadline on October 25th
, Oct. 10, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Umpire Hit by a Batted Ball

Nope ... But ONLY because it didn't clear the fence untouched ... [grins]
, Oct. 9, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Ruling clarification

DCPete: Yes, it's counted as a team HR, just not scored as one on the scoreboard (see below).

L.Martin: The flip side of that same coin is that you would penalize the defense by letting the offense "reload" and try again later, maybe even legally. The "out of the batter's box" call is a serious violation that can expose the pitcher to risk of injury. We are very comfortable with the strength of the penalty, especially if the batter wants to burn a team HR with that kind of serious rule transgression.

Dbax: That's highly unlikely. This umpires' interpretation has been around for at least 10-15 years. It was most commonly invoked in the case of "touch one base" violations before we adopted "hit and sit". There will be a proposal to formally add this interpretation to Rulebook 7.3 BATTING POSITION at the National Rules Committee sessions during this year's annual convention. Its odds of passage should be extremely high.


, Oct. 3, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Las Vegas Results for 55's

Yes, someone (that would be me) will be finishing this effort up in the near future. The official scores already online are for the sites where I either [1] served as a Director or [2] for larger bracket groups at other sites where I assisted those Directors by seeding the large brackets on their behalf. We're still in Las Vegas, are driving back to Home Office all day Tuesday and will start on it Wednesday. Congratulations to all of the Champions and thank you to everyone who participated!
, Oct. 2, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 50 Scores

Men's 50-AAA FINAL FOUR 4th Place game: WC Thunder vs. CHI Town 50 3rd Place game: Winner vs. PGC Enterprises Winner vs. Escobar Auto Body in Championship Game #1
, Oct. 1, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 50 Scores

jimperry19 ... Just click on the link to the 50+ schedule set ... Official scoring is there ...
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