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Dave Dowell

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, Nov. 21, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: rules

I think there will be somewhere around a 0.04% of softball facilities that will sink new base anchor systems for this; and
I think there will be somewhere around a 99.96% player objection rate to using the flat little orange throw-downs as an alternative to make this happen!

If you want runners veering wide, maybe consider a "safe" line analogous to the "scoring line" and keep the batter-runner completely away from 1B like we do at Home plate/Strike mat ... Crazier ideas have been implemented!


, Nov. 19, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: rules

Here's the current formula: 800-mile Road trip to Phoenix + 210-team tournament + 33 fields over 8 complexes = No time for naps or that famous off-season exercise of "Stump the Ump" ... We will do some research on the Appeal issue and report back next week ...

B.J. and Mango As for the white bag/orange bag issue, that's an easy one, although often misunderstood ... Please carefully re-read Rulebook 8.4(1) ... The ONLY requirement imposed on a batter-runner is that he must touch the orange bag on a close play at first ... There is NOTHING in the rule prohibiting him from touching the white bag ... Umpires consistently miss this call by ruling "Batter is out because he touched the white bag" ... There is no such rule violation ... By Rule (properly applied) he's out ONLY if he fails to touch the orange bag ... Making contact with portions of both bags on the way by is NOT an infraction ... Ruling is: SAFE
, Nov. 17, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: UP TO DATE TOURNAMENT SCORES

"Perfect storm" situation in this 65-team session, guys! ... Me not working as a site-specific field director and the three guys who are doing a great job reporting in ... We'll see how it works with 145 teams on seven separate complexes spread over about 35-40 miles this weekend! ... But, heck, thanks!
, Nov. 8, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: injured player

You were just looking for a "Get Out of Jail Free" card ... Nice try!
, Nov. 4, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: 70s AAA Players Looking for a Team

His posting history indicates it's VERY LIKELY Southern California
, Nov. 4, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Speed up rules

Good idea, NYGNYY ... THREAD CLOSED
, Oct. 30, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: field of choice for winter world,phoenix

Here are some other observations on facilities I am familiar with that Dbax omitted ...
EXCELLENT Thompson Peak/Grayhawk (4) and Vista del Camino (3) in Scottsdale and Big League Dreams (8) in Gilbert
VERY GOOD Horizon Park (4) and Chaparral Park (4) in Scotsdale and Rio Vista (4) in Peoria

Dbax - I didn't say nuttin' about (half of) Shadow Rock in Vegas!!


, Oct. 30, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: field of choice for winter world,phoenix

This outta be interesting! ... Phoenix has, top to bottom, arguably the finest collection of multiple softball complexes of any metropolitan area in the country ... The "worst" in Phoenix is better than the "best" in a whole bunch of other places! ... Have fun!
, Oct. 30, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Speed up rules

Yes, Bruce, the umpires are supposed to start the clock for 67/72 at the conclusion of the pregame plate conference ... Teams can maybe squeeze out an extra minute by hustling out and getting underway, or they can burn their own time by not ... From a director's viewpoint, I would personally prefer they not start calling "phantom" strikes ... When it has happened, it generally sets a bad tone for umpire/manager relations and unwinding the mess ends up taking more time than was saved .. But that's not to say I don't favor it in theory! ...


, Oct. 29, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Papago Softball Complex Phoenix AZ

City of Phoenix owns it now, but it used to be the Spring Training home of the Oakland A's before they got their new "digs" ... Softball Complex is at the corner of Charles O. Finley Dr. and Walter A. Haas, Jr. Way (Not kidding!) ... Google Earth picture was taken in January, which is the "dormant" season for grass growing in Arizona ... It should be lush and green during tournament time ... Property to the north of the park is a National Guard military facility ...
, Oct. 29, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Papago Softball Complex Phoenix AZ

Agree with ^ JDub ^ 101% .. Played there as a youngster in the 70's and have worked there as a Director for years ... One of my favorite parks in the country ... Field prep has been outstanding every year and park staff is courtous and helpful ... Enjoy!
, Oct. 28, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Speed up rules

garyheifner ... The conversation we had was in Indianapolis and I sure hope you didn't understand what I hope I said, but anything's possible! ... The preference survey was done and tabulated pursuant to the SSUSA Club and Leagues regions that appear on the color coded map from this web site Home Page ... The results did NOT include any separate data for Southern California, which is just a part of the larger Far West Region ... Here's what I should have more clearly communicated regarding the "regional bias" favoring either the "0-0" or "1-1" count ...

Of the 12 SSUSA Club & League geographic regions:

Favoring the "0-0" starting pitch count (9) Far West, Florida, Mid-Atlantic, New England, Northeast, Northwest, Southeast, Southwest and Texas
Favoring the "1-1" starting pitch count (3) Central, Great Lakes and North

Related: We will be addressing the issue of consistent rules application across all qualifiers with the independent tournament directors at a later date ... We believe that a national qualifier system requires uniformity in how they are administered ...
, Oct. 27, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Why are runs allowed the decider?

Jack .. That may be a sound theory, but it's not feasible to have Directors parsing each and every game card, especially when they may be calling another Director (like me) with scores to do their seeding calculations ... The run differential tie breaker is seldom employed, and only in the super large brackets of like 40+ or more in Las Vegas ...
, Oct. 27, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Why are runs allowed the decider?

BCA80 ... The rationale for SSUSA sanctioned events is simply based on a sportsmanship issue ... We choose to reward defense ("Let's hold these guys and help our seeding!") rather than rewarding offense ("If we can put up a couple touchdowns in the open inning against this obviously over-matched opponent, it will help our seeding!") ... Run differential may also be somewhat impacted by whether or not a team bats in the bottom of the 7th, especially if the flip-flop rule has been invoked .. Any winning team has to stop their opponent in seven -innings at bat, a fairly consistent approach ... It's not a sophisticated theory and not likely to change anytime soon, but it works for us ...


, Oct. 25, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Is it a strike if ball hits front edge of strike mat and also kicks up some dirt?

Boom Boom 1 In SSUSA sanctioned events, a pitched ball must only hit the strike mat. It does not have to cross the strike mat completely. A ball that hits the front (or side) edge of the mat and bounces away is both an excellent pitch and a strike.
, Oct. 25, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Expected Tentative Field Assignments for Winter Worlds Phoenix

With one day left before the entry deadline, entries have already raced past last year's tournament record (178) and 195-200 teams is achievable ... We will activate the Teams Tab List from the tournament page at 5:00 PM Tuesday, call the three singleton teams and the entered but unpaid teams early tomorrow ... That will tie down the total entries and slotting them into specific facilities will follow shortly thereafter ... Thanks for your continued patience! ...
, Oct. 22, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Expected Tentative Field Assignments for Winter Worlds Phoenix

That's another excellent reason to exercise patience. We got blasted recently by a couple mangers who didn't and ended up in the wrong city for the Winter National's. A totally unacceptable reaction in our view.
, Oct. 22, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Expected Tentative Field Assignments for Winter Worlds Phoenix

NYGNYY ... Tim speaks the truth ... We (unfortunately) bowed to the incessant phone calls, text messages and emails and went ahead and made some educated early guesses for field assignments at the Winter Nationals ... It was a poor decision since the data was insufficient to do so effectively ... Of course, when we had to adjust the locations, the "noise" actually got worse, not better! ...

The deadline for Winter World's entries is Tuesday, and shortly thereafter we will publish tentative field assignments ... There are changes this year, probably adding another facility in Peoria, the 40-Masters going to a 3-day format instead of the weekend only and we may not require Big League Dreams in Gilbert on Friday ... The wise move is to wait a few more days for the sake of a higher probability of accuracy ... For the people making the repetitive inquiries, it usually comes down to not being able to discern between the time they may "want" something as opposed to the time they actually "need" it ... Patience will be rewarded! ... Thanks and good luck!


, Oct. 20, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Schedule for Winter Nationals

Frank ... Your group (Session #1) will likely post today (Thursday) or tomorrow ... Session #2 over the weekend or very early next week ...
, Oct. 17, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Speed up rules

stick8 ... The times I've seen the "consecutive inning" approach employed, it's been administered like the flip-flop rule ... At the first occurrence of 5-runs OR 3 outs, the bases get cleared and the next half-inning at bat commences ...
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