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Dave Dowell

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Sacramento, CA

Division:
Men's 65

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, Dec. 18, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: survey

djs_1964 ... The most recent change in playing time was an increase by five minutes each for seeding (65 + Open) and non-championship bracket (70 + Open) games ... This survey is solely in the context of considering a possible change for some age groups to help maximize innings played in the same time slots, nothing more ... We have no desire to "speed up" or "shorten" games ... The goal is to achieve "more innings = more at-bats" ... As the SSUSA's National Scheduling Consultant, I can't envision, and would oppose, a change to squeeze in another round of games ... That may happen in local leagues, but is impractical, at best, in National Tournament play ... Stay tuned! ...


, Dec. 15, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: survey

DCPete ... Because it's a fundamental requirement for ratings analysis consistency that all teams are playing the same rule set for qualifiers and championship events ... Support on either side of the "1-1" issue has, and will likely always be, variable based on age and geographic region ... Any possible expansion of the "1-1" beyond the 40-Masters will be uniform across specific age group(s), but it's highly improbable for us to allow a multiple choice approach ...

HAT MAN ... Your estimate is probably a bit low ... 40-Masters AAA Men at the 2017 World Masters was 100.0% on 7-inning games ...


, Dec. 14, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: TOC Florida

Championship games are usually scheduled for 2:00 PM and the "If" Game at 3:30 PM ... However, it is "Championship Sunday" and some schedule slippage is likely ... Book the latest flights available as a precaution and good luck!
, Dec. 14, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: Product review
Discussion: Batting Practice Balls-- Evil BP balls (orange/white) vs Tattoo NX3 Balls (green/yellow)

Come on, Mike ... No spelling/grammar check is likely ... Jon44 impressively posted something just under 600 words error-free! ... You may need to "up" your typing game a bit! ... [grins]
, Dec. 14, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: 5 games

chico senior ... The SSUSA World Championships (thru 2011) and the LVSSA/SSUSA World Masters (thru 2014) had a six-game-guarantee format for ages 65+ and more senior groups, played over four days ... That was a four Round Robin games to seed Double Elimination brackets format ... Beginning in 2015, ALL ages went to a five-game-guarantee, generally a two-game Round Robin to seed Three-game-guarantee brackets ... There are occasionally other formats employed to minimize any health risks inherent with large brackets in high heat causing an excessive number of games in the Elimination Brackets ...

Starting with 2018, the LVSSA/SSUSA World Masters Championships will be held under a four-day format for all except the 40-Masters (Men and Women) and the Senior Women 50+ and above ... This change is in response to increasing team participation, as impacted unfavorably by the local league restrictions present in many of the jurisdictions providing facilities for our lease and use ...


, Dec. 14, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: survey

OZ40 ... As just one vote on the 13-member National Rules Committee, I don't envision seven votes are there to change to the "1-1" count for every age group ... I do, however, see a reasonable probability of counting to seven to change some of the younger age groups ... With or without the courtesy foul, by age group, will be the debate topic in my view ... Five years ago, the "1-1" was preferred by ages 40+, 50+ and 55+, which would, all things being equal (and they seldom are), translate to likely support affecting ages up through age 60+ today ... In a week or so, we'll have a better sense of the membership's preferences by age, by gender and by geographic Club and Leagues regions ...

NYGNYY ... There is absolutely no desire by SSUSA to "speed up" or to "shorten" the games ... This potential change is being evaluated in response to the (almost) unanimous desire by players to maximize innings played within the same time limits currently in place for non-championship games ... One-pitch is not the answer ...


, Dec. 14, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: survey

OZ40 ... It's very difficult, if not impossible, to disagree logically with your analysis ... Based on 15± years as one of the SSUSA National Tournament Directors, "player based initiatives" simply don't work because way too many players (and occasionally umpires and T.D.'s) are reluctant to look in the mirror to discover the true identity of the time wasters ... We are gathering member preference data to help us as we consider a potential "association based initiative" to address the concept of maximizing innings played ... Despite an inference of conflict in positions, I also agree with the analysis presented prior to yours! ...
, Dec. 13, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Survey

Relax, guys. Am talking with the webmaster this evening. There's about a 99.3% chance this will be a "Do-over" from scratch to ensure data integrity. Thanks!
, Dec. 13, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Survey

JBTexas ... We just got a phone call on the same issue ... Webmaster has been contacted ... Seems there is no problem submitting a "1-1" count vote, regardless of which flavor of 1-1 you prefer, but 0-0 has had a hard time taking ...
, Dec. 13, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Survey

JBTexas ... Same thing happened to me, too ... Go back to the email you received and click on the polling link again ... If it takes you back to the survey, your first try didn't go through, then enter your answer(s) and click SUBMIT ... If you get a "different" message, something like "the survey is currently unavailable or you have already submitted your vote", then your participation was properly tallied ... Each participant has a unique identifier so that we can subdivide the voting responses by gender (M/F), by the age group in which the player is registered and their Clubs & Leagues Region of the country where they reside ... Mine "took" on the second attempt ...


, Dec. 12, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: morning sunrise

stick8 ... The Sun affecting the FIELDERS' vision IS a safety issue and the sole basis for the provisions of Rule Book §6.16 calling for an allowed (short) suspension of play ... The converse circumstance affecting the BATTERS' vision is not ... As stated in the last two sentences of the rule: EFFECT: Softball is an outdoor game played in the elements. Sun position affecting the batter is not a potential safety issue and shall not be the basis for a suspension of play.
, Dec. 12, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Steve McKinlay

surf88 was notified under the provisions of the "Victim/Witness" reporting program for pending changes to a convict's prison status ...
, Dec. 11, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Sorting out Tourneys

Probably
, Dec. 10, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Sorting out Tourneys

Navigate from the MENU link above for "40 MASTERS to ...

http://www.leaguelineup.com/miscinfo.asp?menuid=30&url=megadraft

for the current list ...


, Dec. 7, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Milwaukee Classic

Tony ... Am not working in the SSUSA office today, so don't have any specifics ... However, this event is likely pending to join the group as referred to at the top of the Tournament page • This is a partial 2018 schedule only. More tournaments to come. ... Patience is normally rewarded, or a call to the SSUSA office might be best for you if this is a "gotta know right now!" item ...
, Dec. 7, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 2018 Rosters

Manny ... Several of the Staff (Terry, Fran, George and I) become involved in "release discussions" with managers and players each season, exactly as you experienced ... We have a VERY high conflict resolution rate ... It's ultimately in the best interests of the player AND the team that a separation dispute not drag on and that the player be able to play ... However, we view our involvement as "mediation" and not "binding arbitration", so the decision is ultimately by the player and the manager, not us ... That role precludes us making a mistake if we were to unilaterally decide which of the three sides of the story is accurate! ... Facilitating communication it's almost always a good thing ...


, Dec. 6, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 2018 Rosters

Manny ... As historical background, and to illustrate that this issue isn't something "new", here's a excerpt from the Official Minutes of the 2011 SSUSA National Rules Committee meeting sessions held in St. Pete Beach, FL ... It's very straight forward and remains accurate today ...
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PLAYER RELEASES – Annually, the SSUSA office receives correspondence requesting that it become involved to compel a Manager to release a player who no longer desires to play for the former team. As a policy, the SSUSA office does not get involved in these issues and, accordingly, will not compel such a release. A request has been made to the Rules Committee that we consider implementing provisions that would direct the SSUSA office, at a minimum, to arbitrate player release disputes, and when appropriate in its judgment, compel that release. Action: Retain the Player Release provisions as they are currently, to the sole discretion of the Manager. In most cases, there are three sides to each of these player release disputes: [1] the player’s side; [2] the manager’s side; and [3] the truth somewhere in the middle AND not readily determinable by SSUSA staff.
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, Dec. 6, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 2018 Rosters

grayhitter59 ... Your assumption was incorrect ... As the Recording Secretary of the SSUSA National Rules Committee, I saw every item of written correspondence, via email or snail-mail, SSUSA received in the past year with suggestions for consideration by the Committee at last week's convention sessions ... This topic was not among them ... All 40± properly submitted items we received were forwarded to the Committee Chair for her inclusion on the list of potential formal Agenda items, and all were discussed in the Committee sessions ... About half made it onto the Agenda, and the other half (see Exhibit "A" of the Minutes) failed to make it due to a lack of a motion and second for formal consideration ...

If the issue is still of interest to you as a proposed 2019 rules amendment next year at the convention, please submit identifiable written correspondence on topic to SSUSA by regular mail or email sometime in the next eleven months ... Our mailing address is "SSUSA Rules Committee - 9823 Old Winery Place, Suite 12 - Sacramento, CA 95827-1720 ... You may also submit by email to info@seniorsoftball.com with "Rules Committee" in the subject line ... As a reminder, due to its generally anonymous and unregulated nature, Message Board commentary is specifically excluded from consideration for Rules Committee agenda inclusion ... We do appreciate your unofficial 2˘ worth, but please consider spending another 44˘ on a stamp and get your thoughts into the Rules Committee Agenda system ... Or send us a FREE email ... Either way works ... Thanks!


, Dec. 5, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: St George

Vinny ... It most likely means that you are the only one seeking attendance commitments from other teams for an event that's still over a quarter-YEAR away, before most teams have even considered their full 2018 schedule! ... We anticipate very good participation from the 40-Masters ... [grins]
, Dec. 1, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: GLOVES/MITTS

Vinny ... One of the earliest 40-Masters teams when the 40's program was in its infancy was out of Reno ... They were called "Ten Catchers", but didn't play like it ... They were really good!
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