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Dave Dowell

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, Dec. 30, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Staff

Amusing thought of the day It's interesting nobody has mentioned the other "variable" that usually experiences a performance decline in high(er) temperatures and humidity ► PLAYERS! (Maybe it's just easier to blame it on the ball) ... Happy New Year 2017 to everyone! ... Play safely and have fun!
, Dec. 24, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Staff

That's hilarious!! ... Won't it be so much more fun, though, when you start your own association and can purchase any ball on the planet! ...
, Dec. 22, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Staff

missouridave ... A couple of things ... We DO appreciate your willingness to ID yourself here ... Although it's never been a requirement, we can assure you that doing so lends instant credibility to what you write ... That's not the case for the "anonymous keyboard courage" flamers! ...

As for a survey on softballs, we're not sure there is much to be gained by it as a practical matter ... We're very unlikely to change from Anaconda, certainly not during the term of the current ball contract ... We're also unlikely to go to a vastly more expensive ball like the "ROCK" unless, of course, it's clear in the survey that doing so will likely necessitate a rise in entry fees ... We'd also like tournament directors, and that includes our own at events we administer, to do their best to provide a cooler and shaded environment for ball storage ... By extension, that includes managers who may choose to toss their initial allotment in the trunk of their car in 100 heat for a couple hours before breaking them out and blaming us for them not meeting performance expectations! ... ALL balls degrade in warmer conditions, but that can most times be mitigated with common sense storage ...

Thanks for commenting ... We'll take a look at it more closely after the Holidays ... If we do end up with a survey, please note that's NOT a binding vote for a change, but simply a look at the opinions of those who may choose to respond ...


, Dec. 22, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Staff

tscs000 ... Here are a few things you may have missed ... [1] We are an IRC 501(c)(4) not-for-profit corporation ... [2] We zero-base budget annually, which is significantly different from a "maximize profit" business model ... [3] If you think our 2015 net income for the calendar year of $13,159 is "..making a lot of money from it..", there's not much we can say to correct your thinking ...

If you are personally interested in the ball selection process, starting or buying a softball manufacturing and/or sales company and bidding on the contract is probably the most efficient way to seek a different result ... This is the 2016 edition of the annual "bash the ball" exercise, but it's not a one-way street ... There are many players who don't want a hotter ball, most notably as evidenced by the spike in opposition when we get ready to play in Las Vegas ... However, we are contractually obligated with LVSSA to use the "ROCK" ball there, but player support for it's use is far from unanimous ... As usual, this is another example of where a simplistic broad-brush condemnation of something we do doesn't reflect the complexities, economics and realities of the true circumstances ...


, Dec. 20, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: 2017 Tournament Schedule?

NYGNYY ... The 2017 Tournament Guide was released and published here last Friday (12/16/16) ... Click on the Priority Message near the top (#2) of the Message Board ... The "Tournament Page" is currently under construction (the staff person who previously built the page has moved on to a different job/industry), but the essential information for SSUSA administered events is now available ...
, Dec. 15, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: records for the year

Just think, another couple 1,000 anonymous national ratings experts available to advise us that "ABC" and "DEF" teams should be moved UP, and our team "XYZ" obviously should be moved DOWN !! ... What we can tell you, however, is that in the aggregate, the teams in the global scoring database have exactly a .500 W/L percentage overall ... [grins]
, Dec. 14, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Sun rule

swing ... Is that the same 50-AAA division that played at BLD in the World Masters a couple months back? ... Yeah, I thought so, too! ...
, Dec. 9, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Sun rule

It could be a pretty dangerous place at the ball park if any of these "anonymous keyboard courage" cowboys were, say, only about 10% as tough as they think they are! ... Hilarious!!!
, Dec. 5, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Scoring of Runs - Question concerning interpretation of Section 5.7

I don't remember the year the Committee made that change, but do recall the discussion ... Your presumption that under the old rule the R2 run would not have counted is correct ... Changing sub-part 3. to read: "..A preceding runner is declared out on an appeal play. appeal involving a force play..." prevented the defense benefiting, in effect, by having no penalty for throwing the ball out of play ... The Committee decided that awarding R2 the remedy to which he was entitled, the advance to home, should take precedence over a subsequent dead ball appeal on R3 ... The only way to ensure that proper order was maintained was making a properly timed live ball appeal the first priority, the base award for the ball out of play the second, and the dead ball appeal for R3 leaving early the third ... The change was also consistent with the general rule that the run NEVER scores when the final out of a half-inning at bat is a force out ... Hope this helps! ...


, Dec. 5, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Sun rule

NYGNYY ... I attempt to avoid "sun fields" when we have the field availability to do so, most notably when brackets slim down to two fields or single-file on Championship Thursday/Sunday ... Individual field directors have the authority to do so if I missed it on the initial schedule ... Prior to that, field availability as measured against games demand most times does not allow that luxury ... Most players voice opposition to playing later in the evening or at night, which is the practical result of creating holes in the schedule to let fields be open based on sun position ...

From the SSUSA side of it, most lessors charge us by the hour for usage from first game of the day through the last, including times for seeding breaks, open game slots, etc. ... The only exceptions are Big League Dreams sites, which imposes a flat rate per game played ... Too many "blanks" we have to pay for could have the result of higher entry fees to cover the cost of this change in scheduling philosophy and efficiency ...


, Dec. 5, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: winter worlds

There were two women's 40-Masters divisions and the 50+ Seniors division ... The game scores and bracket results for the event are complete and available from the Tournament event page of this web site ... They were posted about two weeks ago ...
, Dec. 4, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Sun rule

Sisavic ... I can only share my own observations and opinion on the principal rationale for the repeal since I didn't speak to the matter when it was open for what turned out to be a very short discussion on the motion to repeal ...

My sense of the Committee's stance (as evidenced by the unanimous 13-0 vote) appeared to be: [1] Softball is an outdoor game and to legislate rules against the non-safety-risk natural environmental elements is improper; [2] Requiring the pitcher to move from his normal delivery position is an unreasonable mandate that disrupts the pitcher's normal delivery routine and defensive posture; [3] Moving the pitcher distorts the strike mat/zone functional dimensions to something other than a 90 positioned, straight-ahead 19" by 34" rectangular target; and [4] Rule Book 6.16 was designed to protect pitchers when the sun position creates a safety risk to the pitcher, but there is no analogous safety risk to batters (or their batting averages) justifying retaining the rule ...

NOTE: There was no commentary presented by any members of the Committee, or the public observers, in favor of retaining the 2015 rule ...


, Dec. 3, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Sun rule

The SSUSA National Rules Committee has settled this issue. See the Minutes from this year's sessions available from this web site.
, Nov. 29, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: rules

B.J. - NO ... The Dead Ball Appeal is available to the defense before the next pitch in the event the umpire called "time" before [1] the runner returned to 1B after the overrun, AND/OR [2] before the defense tagged him or the 1B white bag, which in effect terminated the Live Ball Appeal prematurely ...
, Nov. 29, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: rules

B.J. and coop3636 ... Here's a bit of a diplomatic response, but you both could be correct, depending on the timing, on this limited fact pattern, which EXCLUDES the "avoidance of a collision" exception ...

Until the umpire calls "time", the Live Ball Appeal (LBA) rules, which we explained to B.J. a while back, are in effect: If the defender tags either the runner or 1st base before the runner returns to touch 1B in a live ball situation, he is out on a successful live ball appeal ...

After the umpire calls "time": IF "time" is called before the batter/runner returns to 1st, such as on overrun situation with no intention to advance to 2nd, missing 1st base may result in an out on a dead ball appeal if the appeal made before the next pitch ... IF "time" was called after the runner returned successfully to 1B and absent a LBA, the batter is safe and there is no further appeal available ...

Those are the potential results, all based on live vs. dead ball appeal AND timing of the runner returning to 1B ... Hope this helps ...


, Nov. 27, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: Bats
Discussion: A Question 4 U Bat/Math Geeks

This sounds a lot like the grade school math quiz: "Two trains are on the same track at a distance of 100 miles apart heading towards one another, each at a speed of 50 MPH. A fly starting out at the front of one train, flies towards the other at a speed of 70 MPH. Upon reaching the other train, the fly turns around and continues back towards the first train. How many miles does the fly travel before getting squashed in the collision of the two trains?" ... I can't figure that one out either!


, Nov. 24, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: The 1 day Tourney Movement

raiderman66 ... It's no surprise to me that not many tournaments have 210 teams because I write all of the schedules for SSUSA Administered events! ... There are only three 200+ events, Phoenix, Reno and Las Vegas in the World Masters ...

We're not sure where your poorly reasoned "..line [its] pockets.." theory comes from ... SSUSA certainly spends more on its own travel costs, rental cars, director's compensation, umpire housing and field rentals in a longer event ... Maybe you're confused because you've played in some other association events where there was a "stay to play" requirement for their favored hotels, but never in an SSUSA event ... SSUSA makes player-favorable rate deals at less than standard "rack rates" with host/headquarter hotels in most places, but you're on your own and are in no way required to use them ... You can stay in any hotel, private residence, RV park, your car or campground you wish, we don't care ...

The 2017 SSUSA Tournament Guide will be published in the next few weeks, but don't spend too much tinme on it looking for one-day events ... There won't be any ... The safety of your couch is an excellent place for you to research other associations to see if you can find many/any of your preferred quickie one-day format ... Good luck and play safely!


, Nov. 23, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: The 1 day Tourney Movement

The answer to the "bigger question" is exactly that: The events that are bigger than just your team's division ... It's a common self-focused attitude for many players that the event is all about their own 6-team division and not about the size of the overall multi-age and multi-division event ... We had a couple of 6-team divisions in Phoenix ... They were part of a MUCH larger 210 team tournament that filled a LOT of fields over seven complexes simultaneously ... The usual Sunday finish times in SSUSA events call for 2:00 PM Championships and 3:30 PM "If" games ... Other factors for many seniors include a reluctance to play at or after dusk, a desire to limit the number of games played in a day and a desire to experience some of the local amenities in addition to the softball ... But if those more common desires are too much for your travel appetite, we encourage you to seek out the little 1-day events and play as much as you can! ... Good luck and play safely ...


, Nov. 23, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: shirt vendor in Phoenix

tg ... Please call the Sacramento office at (916) 326.5303 during business hours Left Coast time and anyone who answers will provide it ... Privacy policy prevents us posting it without her consent ahead of time ...
, Nov. 21, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: shirt vendor in Phoenix

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