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Dave Dowell

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Sacramento, CA

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Men's 65

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April 12, 2018
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Las Vegas - 55 Major Tournament Draft

Oppppssssss ... The difference between .786 and .714 is gonna make me slip down the batting order a few slots! ... LOL !!!
April 11, 2018
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Las Vegas - 55 Major Tournament Draft

Hi Mike ... You are an astute observer, which I appreciate and respect! ... Normally, I would have done as you suggest, but there are extenuating circumstances whenever Shadow Rock is the location because of the public chirping ... I wrote this schedule in an attempt to balance the number of games by team played on Fields #1-2 as opposed to #3-4 because there is a marked difference between those two combinations ... The goal, which was met about as well as could be done, was to have teams play once on each side on Friday ... The only team that plays twice on #3-4 is Team 14 ... The only teams that play two on #1-2 are Team 5 and Team 12 ... A .786 batting average (11 for 14) isn't great, but it's not bad either ... ALL games for the 55-Major and the 40-Women-Major on Championship Sunday are played only on the #3-4 pair of fields ...


April 11, 2018
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 1-1 count and new ball

k man ... We wouldn't have a definitive answer on last year's data, but with a high degree of confidence, it was a percentage significantly lower (however you may wish to define that phrase) than the same events for the current year ... The T.D. in Florida is "..almost certain.." his number was 100%, same for the Texas T.D., and the Mesquite T.D. says he "..doesn't remember seeing a game that went less than seven, but it's possible maybe one or two might have.." ...
April 11, 2018
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 1-1 count and new ball

No opinion here (because the only opinion that counts is that of the National Rules Committee in late November), just a factual update of sorts ... For the Spring World's (Mesquite/St. George), the Spring National's (Polk County, FL) and the Texas State Championships, the percentage of games playing the full 7-innings in the allotted time under the 1-1 count was in excess of 98% ...
April 11, 2018
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: VEGAS

On the fields at BLD if you're the first game of the day ... CAUTION: The Little League and soccer fields adjacent to BLD are NOT owned or managed by them (City of Las Vegas facilities), so they can't be used ... Maybe someone from Las Vegas can provide you some better insight ... Good luck!
April 10, 2018
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Update

NY² ... Nothing new from me to report and, accordingly, no opinion either ... I had to abandon the Lighthouse to deal with a few other things, like tax clients (my real job), Texas State, Southwest and Tidewater ... To my knowledge, nobody was exiled to the Lighthouse sentry duty in my place! ...
April 9, 2018
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Schedule

Mikelmart ... I agree, but have to look in the mirror and recognize that most times I have been gouged by a casino, it was self-inflicted! ... Like sitting at the bar poker machine and burning a $20 bill so I can have a "free" ($20) Bud Light! ... Oh, well! ...
April 9, 2018
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Texas State Championship Results

Thanks, el viejo 50 ... All game scores and bracket results are also available from the links on the event Tournament page of this website ... Congrats to the Champions and thank you to all who competed! ...
April 8, 2018
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Schedule

That's probably true Swing14, but your response got me a bit curious ... Most players, except local Las Vegas residents, DO stay in hotels like you said ... But if you fall in the category of "..not everyone..", do you have a network of friends or "safe houses" around Las Vegas where the field assignment would determine which one of those you may utilize? ...
April 8, 2018
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: LVSSA/SSUSA SOUTHWEST CHAMPIONSHIPS 2018 • TENTATIVE Field Assignments

SESSION #2 • Friday thru Sunday, April 20-22, 2018 • 154 Teams

Oooppps! ... There was a typo in today's previous version ...

• MEN'S 40-MAJOR+ (14) • Big League Dreams
• MEN'S 40-MAJOR (23) • Big League Dreams

• MEN'S 50-MAJOR+ (4) • Sunset Park (Revised)
• MEN'S 50-MAJOR (8) • Sunset Park
• MEN'S 50-AAA (13) • Arroyo Grande

• MEN'S 55-MAJOR+ (4) • Arroyo Grande (Revised)
• MEN'S 55-MAJOR (14) • Shadow Rock Park
• MEN'S 55-SILVER (14) • Lorenzi Park

• MEN'S 60-MAJOR+ (5) • Lorenzi Park
• MEN'S 60-MAJOR (8) • Sunset Park
• MEN'S 60-AAA (20) • Cheyenne Park (Friday & Saturday) / BLD (Sunday)
• MEN'S 60-AA (5) • Russell Road (Friday & maybe Saturday) / Arroyo Grande (Sunday)

• WOMEN'S 40-MAJOR (6) • Shadow Rock Park
• WOMEN'S 40-AAA (11) • Hollywood Park (Friday & Saturday) / BLD (Sunday)
• WOMEN'S 40-AA & 50-MAJOR (5) • Lorenzi Park


April 8, 2018
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Schedule

Swing14 ... We don't worry too much about the Las Vegas field assignments ... Our experience has been over many years that the majority of players stay in the same hotel/casino that issued their frequent-player cards, and requests like this most times are driven more by curiosity than specific hotel/field location relationships ... Any of the host hotels on the Boulder Highway are very convenient to all playing facilities except Desert Breeze and Doc Romeo, NEITHER of which we are using this year ... In any event, we were able to complete the last of the facility procurement effort on Friday afternoon to accommodate the tournament record 230 teams, so the Session #2 TENTATIVE field assignments are posted ...

Oh, I posted the Reno data early because that one's REALLY easy ... It's the same Field Assignments EVERY FOUR YEARS ... So if you would like to know where you'll be playing NEXT YEAR (2019), just look up the location your division played in 2015 and, BINGO, you've got it 13 months in advance! ...


April 7, 2018
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Still waiting for a rational answer

Omar Khayyam ... You have only half an idea how fortunate the 65-AAA team was to have had him on the roster with that skill set ... He has a teammate (who will turn 66 in less than a month) on both teams with the exact same player experience history: Played SIX events with the former 60-Major, now 60-Major+ team, while also playing multiple events with the 65's team ... Lastly, here's why the focus of the debate shifted late in the game to a 60-AAA team: The 60-AAA and 65-AAA teams he references, without naming, are two "franchises" that have [1] the same team name (but for the age), [2] manager-of-record; and [3] sponsor ... [As I get older, I believe less and less in coincidence! ...]


April 6, 2018
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Still waiting for a rational answer

You were doing so well until this post, but you've got everything "bass-ackwards"! ... We're reasonable sure that "on the fly" doesn't encompass about 10 years of this analytical approach, which is how long it's been in place ... Your personal R/I is absolutely determined by the highest R/I of the team(s) you played with, after the first one (which is a freebie, but you played 5 times for the 60-Major last Season) ... A player's R/I has everything to do with the performance of the team, because we don't rate players, we just track the rating level(s) of the team(s) they play with at the times they do so ... Yours CAN be a six, but only if you limit your roster presence to 65+ teams ...

tugboat ... You seem to be a "..gotta have the last word.." kinda guy ... So we're going to let that happen, by asking you a simple question in the hopes of not wasting any more internet bandwidth on this ... Looking forward to your reply! ... This ought to be good ...

What do you think your potential future 65-AAA opponents would want us to do when they learn (right now) that ...

YOU are on the active roster submitted by your 60-Major+ team for the Tidewater Classic starting in two weeks?



We'll give you the last word!


April 6, 2018
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Still waiting for a rational answer

tugboat ... You have exactly ONE R/I number in our system ... It's R/I=7 for 60-Major+ ... YOU can make that shrink by one to R/I=6 for 65-Major+ IF you limit your play to 65+ age division ... Totally YOUR call ... Good luck! ...
April 6, 2018
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Still waiting for a rational answer

Hopefully final comment from here ... You "won" your upgraded 60-Major+ tag in the 60's, and it converts to a 65-Major+ ONLY if you no longer participate at the 60+ age level (that was clearly explained above, too) ... IF you go back to that 60's neighborhood during the next two seasons, and still want to play 60's, the 60-Major+ R/I is reinstated for as long as you do so ... You're either a 65+ player ONLY, or you're not ... We do not allow, in effect, a player that is a 60-Major+ R/I to ignore that fact for convenience because he's actually eligible for 65+ ... You were skilled enough last Season to achieve the ultimate performance award our association confers, the Triple Grand Slam ... If you "stay" in the 60's, you'll continue to be treated as one who carries a 60-Major+ R/I ... You are not the first player to find himself similarly situated, and you won't be the last ... But we've been through this enough times to have developed, and applied, a common standard to address protecting the lesser skill rated divisions ...


April 6, 2018
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Still waiting for a rational answer

Yes I have! ... Here's the reprint ... underline emphasis added ...

"..If you stop playing at all in the 60+ age group, you would "graduate" and take the now 65-M+ R/I with you ... BUT, if you insist on going back down to 60+, you go back to that neighborhood with the 60-M+ R/I ... So in your example, you would be prohibited from playing 60-AAA because that's two clicks down from 60-Major+ ..."


April 6, 2018
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Still waiting for a rational answer

tugboat ... There is complete consistency on this issue as it relates to you, and presumably it couldn't be more clearly or concisely explained ... Your rating experience history is NOT based on any theory that you are younger than 65 ... You have only ONE effective rating index number, and it's the highest R/I based on the actual performance rating index history of the team(s) you choose to play with ... But even your new theory is flawed ... If you want to be considered 65+, that's fine with us! ... As a 65-Major+ R/I player, you are still not eligible for joining a 65-AAA team ... Our decision stands ...

If you have an interest in advocating changes in the rules or policies, please plan on attending the National Rules Committee sessions at this year's Annual Convention in late November in Las Vegas ... Alternatively, you may also make your case by submitting identifiable written correspondence by regular or email for possible Committee Agenda inclusion ... The factual matter is concluded, and so am I on it (starting to get a headache from beating my head against the wall!) ... How far you want to chase the theoretical aspect is up to you ... Good luck! ...


April 6, 2018
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Still waiting for a rational answer

MurrayW ... That's [1] true and [2] what I said ... Major+ rosters are "open" without restriction so long as the player is otherwise eligible as to age and residency ... This "issue" is all about the circumstances (NOT consequences) that arose by this player "playing young" and that team having a phenomenally successful Season ... He may play Major+ at ANY age level, but is not eligible to play 65-AAA ...
April 6, 2018
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Still waiting for a rational answer

NOPE ... Major Plus rosters are exempt from rating experience histories ... They can take anyone who is otherwise eligible as to age and residency ... Not a bad effort, though, on trying to tweak the facts to nudge the decision in a different direction! ...
April 6, 2018
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: What Ball for 2018 LVSSA/Southwest Championship

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