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Real name:
Dave Dowell

Location:
Sacramento, CA

Division:
Men's 65

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Aug. 2, 2020
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: For Dave..........................................

No worries! ... This is funny stuff and much appreciated!
Aug. 2, 2020
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: SSUSA's WESTERN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS 2020

Omar ... Woodland (CA) has a similar (identical?) fencing system and it was nice ... Very expensive, though, as you indiocated ... This year in Mesquite it's not going to be a factor for us since we won't be playing there ...
Aug. 2, 2020
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: For Dave..........................................

Right now it's looking like Home Depot & Lowe's Parking Lots in the regional LV area ... We'll probably have a new "no sliding" local rule in place ... Details to follow!
Aug. 1, 2020
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: SSUSA's WESTERN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS 2020

Agreed ... But you're about a year early at the moment ... [grins]
Aug. 1, 2020
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: SSUSA's WESTERN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS 2020

DieselDan ... Don't waste too much time theorizing on the outfield fence distances for Fields #3 at Hunter and Pioneer Parks ... It's now pretty much a theoretical discussion only ... Thanks for your insights, though!
July 31, 2020
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Western Championships

REV # 07 ... The official softball for the Western Nationals will be the SSUSA standard BSN STOTE/Trump 44 cor./375 comp. optic yellow Microcell Technology softball ... It's close geographically, but it's still not Las Vegas, so NO "The Rock" softballs need be brought to town ... Save yourself the travel aggravation packing them around and save us the related aggravation that comes when one accidentally-on-purpose slips into a ball game! ... Travel and BE safe and good luck to all!


July 31, 2020
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: SSUSA's WESTERN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS 2020

TD. Tom ... There still is ... Team Panthers (UT) 50-AA asked to play round robin games with the 55-AAA and then a Best 2 of 3 Championship Series with the 55-AA Spin Tees (WA) under "AA" rules with an equalizer ... Their request was granted ...
July 31, 2020
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: SSUSA's WESTERN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS 2020

"Soon" turned out to be last night! ... First DRAFT schedules and brackets are online now ... Good luck!
July 30, 2020
DaveDowell
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: illegal courtesy runner

B.J. ... In the real world, if only about 7% of the umpires and team bookkeepers we have were [1] as meticulous and competent as you are, [2] we wouldn't have any problems at all anywhere ... [1] They're not [2] so we do ... Stay safe!
July 30, 2020
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: SSUSA's WESTERN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS 2020

Soon Opening day is still over two weeks away However, you may treat the TENTATIVE Field Assignments as FINAL now, so long as the governmental entities in NV and/or UT don't get involved with the scheduling ...
July 30, 2020
DaveDowell
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Equalizer clarification

CORRECTION Maybe the Director needs to have this tattooed on his posterior ...

IT'S NEVER AN EQUALIZER WHEN A 70+ OR OLDER TEAM PLAYS WITH ITS NATIVE DEFENSIVE ALIGNMENT OF 11 PLAYERS!
July 30, 2020
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Western Championships

Yes, Killer17 ... Mesquite has 50-AAA, 60-AAA and 40-Masters Men ... There will be some "bouncing back and forth" between Pioneer sand Hunter Parks, but they are only about a mile apart (or less), so it's workable ... All other TENTATIVE field assignments are on a "pink priority" message board post at the top ... Thanks, and good luck!
July 30, 2020
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Western Championships

Wood ... It's no biggie ... Just think how boring life would be if everyone thought the same thing on every issue! ... This comes with the territory and the next time it bothers me will be a "lifetime first"! ... All is good!
July 30, 2020
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Western Championships

The two younger divisions assigned to Mesquite (50-AAA and 60-AAA) BOTH had multiple teams requesting to play there rather than in St. George ... The 40-Men were assigned there by me because they make less "noise" about playing on Fields #3 at both parks than the seniors do ... Oh well, maybe this is just another small example of "no good deed goes unpunished!" ... Good luck everyone!
July 30, 2020
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Western Championships

USAMTZ ... In every larger event, I receive multiple emails and/or phone calls asking the same question: "Hey Dave, we have a guy who's also playing on XYZ team in a different age group ... Is there any chance you could schedule those divisions at different times so he can play for both of us?" ... The answer is the same every time: "I'll see what I can do, but it's likely only going to work on Friday before brackets start, then both teams are on their own based on where THEY put themselves in those brackets" ... I'm aware of, and doing the balancing dance, for four pairs of teams in S2 of the Western's ... And, of course, none of them are playing at the same complexes! ... Roster rules prohibit being on two teams in the same age group, but vertical double-rostering is permitted if the player is otherwise eligible as to age, residency and rating experience history for both teams ...


July 30, 2020
DaveDowell
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: illegal courtesy runner

B.J. ... I think your theoretical may have wandered a bit far ... The rule change was enacted to address one simple "problem" ... There was an increasing frequency of offensive teams taking the "low risk / high reward" gamble for 5-10 seconds to get an illegal CR in the game and then have the next intervening pitch, in effect, convert him to "legal" by the expiration of appeal rights ... Very few of our events have official scorekeepers, and many times there may not be even one experienced scorekeeper and "book" accompanying either team ... It is a natural environment for one team gaining an unfair advantage over another ... In the example given, and that's why I mentioned an assumption on the absence of an intervening pitch, the scoring of the runs would not vest until the next pitch so long as the illegal CR was in the game ... At that theoretical next pitch, they DO vest and the illegal CR remains at risk of discovery and being called out ... Thanks!


July 29, 2020
DaveDowell
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: illegal courtesy runner

Hi guys ... The distinction I draw from your analysis, and which leads me to a differing conclusion, is that you are erroneously in my respectful view, making reference to a batter, and maybe even two, when in fact this is all about the illegal CR ... After extensive debate in the NRC a few years back, the "continuing violation" language was added and the remedy clearly spelled out as it relates to the illegal CR should he score ... He may be "rung up" and the run taken off the board at any time up to the next intervening pitch ...

Let's say he scored in this instance behind the other two runners ... On what basis do you rationalize taking his run off the board pursuant to the specific remedy, yet allowing the two runners ahead of him to count when it was all one single play? ... You shouldn't, and that specific fact pattern was in the NRC debate at the time ... You must ignore which batter may be at the plate and focus on what is actually happening with the illegal CR in a continuing violation ... Ongoing illegal status, caught in the act, and declared out AND, if no intervening pitch, unwind the play just like to specific language indicates ... Had there been an intervening pitch, that "play" stands on its own as new activity and the runs stay on the board ... I still have an inning-ending out and no runs counting from the play ...


July 29, 2020
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Western Championships

The schedules are complete for divisions playing at The Fields at Little Valley and Bloomington ... I have all of the game sequencing written for Mesquite facilities, but am awaiting some player-sharing data from a couple of teams so I can keep them apart timing wise to allow those guys to do double duty if possible with their secondary teams playing in St. George at The Canyons ... Session #2 should publish in the next couple of days, which would put it in circulation about two full weeks before first pitch ... I know that's risky because you may start getting spoiled and expect this every time, so maybe I'll hold it back a few days for fun ...


July 29, 2020
DaveDowell
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Equalizer clarification

"NO Equalizer" game ... The Rating Index numbers are equal (R/I=4) ...
HR limit is 3 per team per game, outs thereafter (the AAA Rule as the LESSER rated team in the game) ...
Runs per -inning at bat = Five (5), except for the "open inning" ...
The 70-Major team plays with 11 Defensive players and the 65-AAA plays with 10 ... NOTE: Age 70+ and more senior teams are always entitled to their basic defensive alignment of 11 (or 12 for 85+) players ... It is NOT an equalizer when you are permitted to play your native defense, despite the "debate" that accompanies this circumstance in every event we run! ...


July 28, 2020
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Texas State Championships

Alamo ... Refresh your download one more time ... I think those have been fixed, too ... Thanks for your auditing skills!
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