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Dave Dowell

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Sacramento, CA

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Men's 70

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April 9, 2022
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Hollywood Park

curveball makes a good recommendation ... Another option with similar travel time/distance depending on where you're staying is Silver Bowl Park (6800 E. Russell Rd. - Henderson) ... Open grassy area that used to be a softball facility and had a lot of room to hit ...
April 6, 2022
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: What's the ruling

Thanks hitnrun5 ... I never for a moment thought you were jumping on the other guys "let's bash Timberworks" bandwagon ... That's the reason his comment went away and yours survives ... Back to my original (and unchanged) answer ... DRobb provides the historical perspective and validation, so if go through the evaluation requirement in the 60-Major division of an SSUSA qualifier, and if the SSUSA rating folks determine that you would not create a competitive imbalance "playing younger", you would be allowed to do so under the 60+ Division playing rules for the World's ... That means 10 defensive players (the same as Timberworks did playing younger in the 65+ previously) ... If you want to discuss it, lots of SSUSA key people will be in Las Vegas in a couple of weeks and they'd be happy to meet with you ... Good luck! ...


April 6, 2022
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: What's the ruling

hitnrun ... Sticking to your specific question as asked ... A 70-Major+ team gets a five-run equalizer from a 65-Major+ team because their Rating Index = 5 and the 65 Major+ teams have a Rating Index = 6 ... Since both play with 11 defenders, the only equalizer available is runs, making the 70+ and 65+ rules at Major+ identical ...
April 6, 2022
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: What's the ruling

Nope ... Play 60's, you're governed by the 60's rules set for number of defenders ...
April 6, 2022
DaveDowell
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: bases loaded but no advancement

B.J. is correct, but the 3B missed a very easy double (or triple) play opportunity ... [1] Field the ball, tag the runner standing on third THEN [2] step on third for the double play ... The runner on third is required to vacate the base on the ground ball so long as the force is in play (standing on the base is NOT a safe haven) ... Depending on the speed of the batter-runner, a triple play is not out of the realm of possibility if [3] the throw to 1B makes it in time ...


April 5, 2022
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: 65M Southwest

Noted and fixed Monday afternoon ... Refresh your download and it should be OK ... Thanks to all the folks who called and/or emailed that one in! ...
April 2, 2022
DaveDowell
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Batting out of order

After this (hopefully) brief comment, I'm done with this annoying exercise in cyclical redundancy ... The ITB rule clearly and concisely requires the last specifically identifiable batter who completed his at-bat in the prior inning to start on 2B and to reach 3B on his own ... If he can't or won't, because his wife called him home, because his coach botched his substitution (either in or out), because he doesn't feel like running, because he's the slowest guy in the county, because he died, or for ANY other reason, he is declared out and the next previous batter goes to 2B ... The cost of that failure to go to 2B is an out for each and every person your hypothetical attempts to excuse from his obligation to run ... It's crystal clear in the mind of every commentator here, but for one ...


April 2, 2022
DaveDowell
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Batting out of order

I have no questions whatsoever about the content, intent and clarity of this rule ... The last individual and identifiable batter who completed his turn at bat is the ITB runner, period ... The only possible way that could be problematical is if this game involves the Bob Newhart Show cast, with Larry, his brother Darryl and their other brother Darryl in the lineup ... The SSUSA Rule is elegant in its simplicity and highly unlikely to be changed ...
April 1, 2022
DaveDowell
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: A pitched ball hits the strike mat

DEAD BALL STRIKE ... Here's the rule ...

7.4 STRIKE CALLED BY UMPIRE
A. For each legally pitched ball hitting the strike mat before touching the ground and the batter does not swing. Any pitched ball that hits the ground or strike mat cannot be legally swung at by the batter. NOTE: If the batter swings and misses the pitch prior to the ball hitting the plate or mat it is a strike. EFFECT: The ball is dead.
April 1, 2022
DaveDowell
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Batting out of order

Purely a random guess, because I don't think I've ever seen a team go completely brain dead across the entire roster, but I'm thinking it's an Appeal for an illegal substitution ... I have about a 51% confidence rating on that opinion!
April 1, 2022
DaveDowell
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Batting out of order

T2 ... The National Rules Committee members enjoy the same protections that all SSUSA members do under our Privacy Policy ... Should you wish to communicate with them, email to info@seniorsoftball.com with "Rules Committee" in the subject line is the most efficient and recommended manner to do so ...
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The Committee membership roster is a matter of public record, but their contact information is not ... From the Official Minutes of the Committee sessions last year:

Members Present (13 total members): Donna McGuire (Chair/MO/Regional U.I.C.), Terry Hennessy (CA/C.E.O.), Fran Dowell (CA/Executive Director), Michael Boone (NJ/Director), Don Brooks (TX/Director), Dave Dowell (CA/Director), Mike Hula (NV/Director), Tim McElroy (MD/Director), Felix Mendiola (NV/Director), Doug Robbins (CA/Director), Rick Seifman (AZ/V.P. Umpires)

Alternates: Ron Grassi (WA/Director) and Randy Rowe (MO/Director)

NOTE: Committee Members Otis Rowland (OK/Director) and Don Reddig (CA/Director) were unable to attend and replaced by Alternates.


April 1, 2022
DaveDowell
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Batting out of order

B.J. ... Unless the original ITB designated runner entered the game initially as a substitute ... They can cycle him out as T2 described, but then he's prohibited from being cycled back in because substitutes may not re-enter once removed ... That's what happens when people tend to over-think things unnecessarily! ...
March 31, 2022
DaveDowell
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Batting out of order

T2 ... It's not that big a deal ... If "Joe's Not Here!", he's out #1 and the next previous individual batter goes out to second base ... Unless, of course, he drove Joe home, which results in "next man up", now with two outs ... This isn't difficult! ...
March 31, 2022
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Sparks vs Carson City (again)

BOTH the 50's and 55's will be in Reno (Rancho San Rafael) and/or Sparks (Golden Eagle) this year ... They play in Session #1, when the Carson City facility is not available to us ... Centennial Park hosts the U-Trip Midnight Madness event on Memorial Day weekend ... Good luck ...
March 31, 2022
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: MUSIC CITY

Music City tentative field assignments


CANE RIDGE PARK (25 teams) - 419 Battle Road - Antioch, TN 37013
40 Major (3)
40 AAA (1)
50 Major (4)
50 AAA (8)
55 Major (5)
60 Major + (1)
60 AA (1)
65 AAA (2)

CEDAR HILL PARK (18 teams) - 860 Old Hickory Blvd. - Madison, TN 37115
55 AAA (6)
60 Major (6)
60 AAA (6)


March 31, 2022
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: MUSIC CITY

coop3636 ... What Tim is too gracious to tell you is that a team (Midwest Elite) withdrew yesterday, necessitating a complete schedule re-draft and hampering an earlier release ... Nobody wins when this happens, including the team who forfeits their entry fee to help pay a portion of the schedule preparer re-do costs and the office support staff extra time caused by the paperwork changes ... Good luck!
March 30, 2022
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Mountain West Qualifier in Mesquite NV

From the Tournament Page of this website ... Email: playusasp@aol.com
March 30, 2022
DaveDowell
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Batting out of order

T2 ... It's not the same analysis ... The CR rule/substitute issue deals with a particular position in the batting order ... The ITB rule identifies a specific batter: "..The runner is the last batter of the previous inning whose turn at bat had been completed, assuming a position on second base. No substitute or courtesy runner may replace him until he has reached third base.."
March 30, 2022
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Possibility of a DH?

Well, I suppose that could work ... Maybe balance it for the pitchers/defense by adding a "1 - 2" starting pitch count ... A little something for everyone! ... JUST KIDDING! (sort of) ...
March 28, 2022
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Spring Worlds St. George

Thank you bond_171513 ... Your first paragraph is very kind ... The entire SSUSA team appreciates your observations on a community effort that worked out pretty well ...

Your second paragraph is, fortunately for all concerned, a complete work of fiction someone is blindly trying to sell you ... The rumor mill is thriving, as is the norm ... SSUSA C.E.O. Terry Hennessy and the Greater Zion Convention & Tourism Office reached an agreement in principal last week for St. George to be the primary host of the 2023 Spring World's in St. George, with secondary coverage in Mesquite, if needed ... This agreement includes SSUSA using more fields in the metropolitan area and should result in the inclusion of the Men's 40+ Masters division next year ... Don't believe everything (anything?) you hear around the ball parks on this ... There are a lot of things being presumed that have no basis in fact ... We'll see you in St. George about this time next year ...


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