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Dave Dowell

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Sacramento, CA

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Men's 65

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, June 2, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Rock'nReno scores

Swanky ... You're new here, so we suggest you look on the event Tournament Page and click on the "Game Scores & Bracket Results" link for the 70's ... ALL of the scores were posted Sunday afternoon at the end of the Session #2 tournament ..
, June 2, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Steve Simmons Memorial

Session #1 (Men's 65+ and more senior) playing Thursday and Friday is likely to publish later today, Friday, or early Saturday ... Session #2 (Men's 50+ thru 60+) playing Saturday and Sunday will likely publish over the weekend ... I'm doing "double duty" here in Reno with 200 teams and writing the Mosquitoland Classic simultaneously ... And with you being an "anonymous poster" here, it's difficult for me to give you any more specific information for your team ... The schedules will be here on the Message Board and the event Tournament Page as soon as they pass final approval ... Patience is advised! ...


, May 24, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Batting Practice at Golden Egle

What's an "extra" free drink token? ... Didn't know there was such a thing!
, May 23, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Batting Practice at Golden Egle

Mulewhipper ... Maybe there's a market for auctioning off 8:00 AM game times at Golden Eagle????
, May 22, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: 2017 SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS

No problem Ed ... I just didn't want you to invest a lot of effort on this only to find out that it's not do-able because of league issues ... Good luck and thanks!
, May 22, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: 2017 SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS

Mr Ed ... Before you get to far into your survey, it may be a good idea to call the BLD facilities and inquire about Local League conflicts ... Generally speaking, they have them almost every weeknight and Sundays in many cases ... Those seem to take a higher priority than Senior Softball when it comes to field availability ...
, May 20, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Runs for lower ranking teams

The "aggregate runs allowed" calculation for the tie-breaker includes equalizer runs given by the higher ranked (or younger) team ...
, May 18, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: WHAT IS WRONG WITH SENIOR BALL!!!!

We're not running an event in Virginia Beach now, so maybe you really meant Loudoun County ... The 55-Major games and bracket schedule I wrote has Friday pool play at 8:00, 9:30 and 11:00 AM, with a lunch break and bracket starting at 2:00 PM ... Saturday has 9:30 and 11:00 AM, 2:00 and 3:30 PM games and Sunday starts at 9:30 AM and has to play in single file in the bracket to a 2:00 PM Championship and 3:30 PM "If" game ... That's not the sort of schedule component in a 100-team tournament that finds itself in the "complaint department" very often ... [shrug]


, May 15, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Reno

A couple more days for Session #1 (Men's 50's and 55's) ... JUST finished re-write #132 (not really, it just felt like it!) for the Atlantic Coast Championships ...
, May 15, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: VEGAS SW CHAMPIONSHIPS

Jerry H ... The complete game scoring and bracket results are available (and have been for about two weeks) from the links on the event Tournament Page of this website ...
, May 9, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Brickyard Tournament Indianapolis

Rick35 ... We don't know yet here in Sacramento ... With the multiple re-writes done on-site Saturday on an almost hourly basis to cover the defections, we're not sure what the final schedules even looked like! ... The Directors were under deadline Sunday to get to FedEx Office in time to ship surplus softballs to Loudoun County, VA, and other "stuff" here, so we'll just wait until later in the week to review it all ... Best guesstimate is sometime next week for updates ...

Thanks, again, to all of the teams that bought into the proven concept of SSUSA's policy of making all "play/no-play decisions" at the fields of play at game time ... Your confidence was rewarded with a fine weekend of softball! ...


, May 8, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Brickyard Tournament Indianapolis

Thanks Dave ... Much appreciate, as always, your comments pro and/or con ... Next year, the Men's 50's and 55's will begin on Friday afternoon/evening to hopefully eliminate the late night play ... That will give a lot more scheduling flexibility for the teams AND for me ... Although I DID get a lot of re-scheduling practice this past weekend as the defections mounted almost by the hour! ... Hope to see you guys soon, and good luck along the way! ...
, May 8, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Vegas Info Help

Another Arizona Charlie's upside: They have a comprehensive, delicious and very affordable Breakfast Buffet ... Many times I've left Boulder Station and detoured through there to grab breakfast on the way to the fields! ... Just so long as the guy who does the game schedules doesn't give you a "pre-dawn" first game of the day ... [That guy would be me!] ...
, May 8, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Vegas Info Help

lb16 ... That's good advice from titanhd ... Depending on what your housing budget may be, you'll find the Strip to be more expensive than elsewhere ... In my own opinion, the best "value for location/access" are any of the hotels along the Boulder Highway ... They are convenient, in varying degrees, to more facilities than any other area ... These include Boulder Station (the Tourney Headquarters Hotel where the majority of staff stays), Arizona Charlie's, Eastside Cannery and Sam's Town ... Good luck and "Welcome to Las Vegas" ...


, May 7, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Brickyard Tournament Indianapolis

WizKid ... You seem to need the "last word" (or 1,180 of them), so we'll just let that happen! .. Good luck the rest of the Season ...
timmyb ... Good luck today and thanks for showing up ...
Dbax ... No way, no how! ... We've seen some of your "great ideas" over the years! [grins]
, May 6, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Brickyard Tournament Indianapolis

WizKid ... The proof of the wisdom, or lack thereof, in proceeding with any event is in the conditions every year as evaluated prior, during and after the tourney ... Last year we failed collectively in managing those conditions at the Brickyard ... This year we haven't, but for some reason that seems to really annoy you ... You just gambled wrong on whether or not to attend this year ... Maybe last year too, who knows? ...

But here's a constant: The issues of travel distance, likelihood of play and cost budget for same, is present in every tournament you may choose to enter, with any association ... That's simply the nature of travel ball ... Most times the teams win ... Once in a while Mother Nature wins, but not this year so far ...

Your decision to pass on this one is solely yours, and we have no criticism ... The flip side of that same coin is you may be called out when you anonymously, and with disregard to the facts, criticize us for proceeding, and successfully thus far, when conditions were as favorable as they were today ... You demean the impressive efforts of the Midwest crew AND the onsite SSUSA Director, who is in his first year being assigned to Indy ... We wish your team, whoever they are, had been here ... But you're not, which certainly diminishes, or eliminates, the credibility of your factually deficient assertions ...


, May 6, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Brickyard Tournament Indianapolis

WizKid ... You guys staying at home for the Brickyard Boycott missed a great day of softball ... Look at how horrible the conditions are! ... Maybe next year will be better?? ...




, May 6, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Brickyard Tournament Indianapolis

No problem 57BLACK ... Two people in the SSUSA office check the "info" email periodically during the day ... Yesterday one of them left at noon for a personal commitment and the other has been out of the office all week on vacation, so I guess we could start with any punishment being internal! ... Maybe we all get too complacent in this technology realm when we confuse simply sending an email with actually contacting someone ... The phones still work pretty well for communication of important information in the final analysis! ...

As an update on the tournament, play is underway and on time under very good conditions ... Kudos to the field crew professionals at Midwest for an exceptional job of getting ready ... Two more teams were unannounced no-shows this morning ... One fit into the "email to the temporarily unattended inbox" scenario (despite having confirmed their attendance in another email at 8:00 PM Thursday) and the other manager says he deputized a player on his team to call, but the player didn't ... The multiple changes and restructuring required by these latest defections are being handled marvelously by the on site Directors, and too fast to be efficiently updated here ... Check with them for the latest game and bracket sequencing ...

One additional thought to ponder: If there's ever a "Tournament Director's Textbook" published, this Brickyard Invitational will be the perfect case study illustration of why we have the policy that all "play/no-play" decisions are made at the fields at game time unless there is overwhelming evidence to the contrary, which was not the case here ... That's much more reliable in yielding a wise decision than canceling based on a forecast ... Ten teams "bought" into the hysteria of panic initiated and advanced principally by one team, while the other 30 teams are playing softball right now ... To the teams actually participating, have fun and good luck! ...


, May 5, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Brickyard Tournament Indianapolis

Rick35 ... Refresh your download ... The current version is dated 05/05/2017 and is the one I just re-downloaded ... Your device is storing the previous post ...
, May 3, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Roaster

A forfeit game is a designated loss for purposes of the tournament standings and seeding only ... We do not record those scores (7-0) in the master scoring/ratings database because it would distort the statistics for both teams, which are based on actual on-the-field performance ... The "first game played" is actually easier to administer because teams check in before their first game playedand the players are either on the roster (or added at that time) or not ... One-stop processing at it's most simple! ...


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