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Real name:
Dave Dowell

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Sacramento, CA

Division:
Men's 65

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, June 13, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 2017 TEXAS STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS

boston ... There are 36 total teams in the tournament this year, with 23 of them hailing from the State of Texas ...
, June 13, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 2017 TEXAS STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS

L.Martin ... Is is any further for the West Texas teams to travel to Central/Eastern Texas 10 years in a row for the Texas State Championship than it is for the Central/Eastern teams to travel to West Texas one time this year? ...
, June 10, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 2017 TEXAS STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS

22 Texas teams entered to date ...
, June 9, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Rock'nReno scores

100% chance. See my immediately preceding post about when I get back from Minneapolis early next week.
, June 5, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: DARK CLOUDS IN 65 MAJOR PLUS

Randy (team1st) ... I seldom respond to specific ill-informed and factually deficient posts because it's simply not the best utilization of time in this generally anonymous opinion board ... This is one of those exceptions because you have questioned the integrity of the SSUSA in general, and two of our National Tournament Directors in particular, one being me ... Just to get it out there first, all of us are human and as a human, I make mistakes ... Even you do too, but more on that later ... The measure of responsibility in handling mistakes is NOT whether or not mistakes are made, but rather how they are rectified ...

The Rock Ball issue WAS a failure of three parties, [1] the offense for allowing the presence of non-tournament approved (read: illegal) softballs in the dugout, something almost ALL teams that play in Las Vegas do; [2] the umpire for not following the stated protocol of having all balls entered into play come through him/her; and [3] and the pitcher, who in this case erroneously presumed the penalty would be a batter ejection and, therefore, waited until the clean-up batter came to the plate before raising the controversy ... Your assertion that neither the defense nor the umpire has ANY obligation in enforcing this rule is a mistake (#1 for you) ... Three parties for enforcement is the goal ... As an umpire registered with SSUSA, you should have known the penalty for this circumstance, and you should also know that we consider rule changes only once annually, at the meetings of the National Rules Committee during the SSUSA/ISA Convention ... Your assertion that the rule should be changed immediately, and possibly even retroactively last week, is your mistake (#2 for you), notwithstanding that your team wasn't even playing in that game ... You didn't "have a dog in that fight" ...

The 65-Major+ Seeding issue was solely my error ... It was my mistake for not knowing and following the exact process in a full round robin environment with a multi-team tie that does not involve all teams in the division ... When you asked how I seeded them, I told you "..aggregate runs allowed in all games.." ... You then said that was wrong, and after consulting the rule book, I immediately, and without argument, made the change and apologized ... Your accusation that I did this either independently or in collusion with the Timberworks manager to benefit their team is a grossly irresponsible insult ... After you left the Director Table area and I had made the change, the Timberworks manager was in my face about it, too ... Showing him the applicable rule reference stopped that immediately and he offered an apology for being upset, something you must have forgotten to do after the correction was made in your favor ...

The Batters' Boxes at Golden Eagle issue one that arises every time we play on artificial turf facilities with permanent batters' boxes ... You must have left this item out because of how wrong you were about it ... But in every one of those tournaments, there is "that guy" who makes a scene ... That guy was YOU last week ... We also occasionally run the "tape-measure-show" as a demo, knowing every time what the results will be ... Your rant was that the boxes were the wrong size and improperly placed ... Technically, you were correct ... They actually measured 7'-1" in depth, 3'-1" in width, and 1" closer to the pitcher's rubber than they should have been ... In NO event were they too small (#3 for you) or too far back (#4 for you) ...

It appears your message may have been just a venting from the frustration of giving up 15 runs in the top of the open inning to lose by four in the Championship game and following that up by losing the "If" game to complete the double-dip ... It certainly wasn't due to any meritorious analysis of what transpired on site ... We don't presume the worst of anyone who plays in our events ... You may wish to consider the same approach ...


, June 3, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Rock'nReno scores

Dbax ... I'm just gonna toss your comment in the folder marked "...What have I done for you NEXT..." ... But to answer the question, S3 will get posted sometime after I finish writing the Tournament Administration package for next week's TOC Qualifier in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area ... That might be this Sunday, and then again it might be after I get back from Minnesota in 10 days or so ... Geeeeezzzzzzzzzzzz ...


, June 2, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Rock'nReno scores

Swanky ... You're new here, so we suggest you look on the event Tournament Page and click on the "Game Scores & Bracket Results" link for the 70's ... ALL of the scores were posted Sunday afternoon at the end of the Session #2 tournament ..
, June 2, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Steve Simmons Memorial

Session #1 (Men's 65+ and more senior) playing Thursday and Friday is likely to publish later today, Friday, or early Saturday ... Session #2 (Men's 50+ thru 60+) playing Saturday and Sunday will likely publish over the weekend ... I'm doing "double duty" here in Reno with 200 teams and writing the Mosquitoland Classic simultaneously ... And with you being an "anonymous poster" here, it's difficult for me to give you any more specific information for your team ... The schedules will be here on the Message Board and the event Tournament Page as soon as they pass final approval ... Patience is advised! ...


, May 24, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Batting Practice at Golden Egle

What's an "extra" free drink token? ... Didn't know there was such a thing!
, May 23, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Batting Practice at Golden Egle

Mulewhipper ... Maybe there's a market for auctioning off 8:00 AM game times at Golden Eagle????
, May 22, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: 2017 SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS

No problem Ed ... I just didn't want you to invest a lot of effort on this only to find out that it's not do-able because of league issues ... Good luck and thanks!
, May 22, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: 2017 SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS

Mr Ed ... Before you get to far into your survey, it may be a good idea to call the BLD facilities and inquire about Local League conflicts ... Generally speaking, they have them almost every weeknight and Sundays in many cases ... Those seem to take a higher priority than Senior Softball when it comes to field availability ...
, May 20, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Runs for lower ranking teams

The "aggregate runs allowed" calculation for the tie-breaker includes equalizer runs given by the higher ranked (or younger) team ...
, May 18, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: WHAT IS WRONG WITH SENIOR BALL!!!!

We're not running an event in Virginia Beach now, so maybe you really meant Loudoun County ... The 55-Major games and bracket schedule I wrote has Friday pool play at 8:00, 9:30 and 11:00 AM, with a lunch break and bracket starting at 2:00 PM ... Saturday has 9:30 and 11:00 AM, 2:00 and 3:30 PM games and Sunday starts at 9:30 AM and has to play in single file in the bracket to a 2:00 PM Championship and 3:30 PM "If" game ... That's not the sort of schedule component in a 100-team tournament that finds itself in the "complaint department" very often ... [shrug]


, May 15, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Reno

A couple more days for Session #1 (Men's 50's and 55's) ... JUST finished re-write #132 (not really, it just felt like it!) for the Atlantic Coast Championships ...
, May 15, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: VEGAS SW CHAMPIONSHIPS

Jerry H ... The complete game scoring and bracket results are available (and have been for about two weeks) from the links on the event Tournament Page of this website ...
, May 9, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Brickyard Tournament Indianapolis

Rick35 ... We don't know yet here in Sacramento ... With the multiple re-writes done on-site Saturday on an almost hourly basis to cover the defections, we're not sure what the final schedules even looked like! ... The Directors were under deadline Sunday to get to FedEx Office in time to ship surplus softballs to Loudoun County, VA, and other "stuff" here, so we'll just wait until later in the week to review it all ... Best guesstimate is sometime next week for updates ...

Thanks, again, to all of the teams that bought into the proven concept of SSUSA's policy of making all "play/no-play decisions" at the fields of play at game time ... Your confidence was rewarded with a fine weekend of softball! ...


, May 8, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Brickyard Tournament Indianapolis

Thanks Dave ... Much appreciate, as always, your comments pro and/or con ... Next year, the Men's 50's and 55's will begin on Friday afternoon/evening to hopefully eliminate the late night play ... That will give a lot more scheduling flexibility for the teams AND for me ... Although I DID get a lot of re-scheduling practice this past weekend as the defections mounted almost by the hour! ... Hope to see you guys soon, and good luck along the way! ...
, May 8, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Vegas Info Help

Another Arizona Charlie's upside: They have a comprehensive, delicious and very affordable Breakfast Buffet ... Many times I've left Boulder Station and detoured through there to grab breakfast on the way to the fields! ... Just so long as the guy who does the game schedules doesn't give you a "pre-dawn" first game of the day ... [That guy would be me!] ...
, May 8, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Vegas Info Help

lb16 ... That's good advice from titanhd ... Depending on what your housing budget may be, you'll find the Strip to be more expensive than elsewhere ... In my own opinion, the best "value for location/access" are any of the hotels along the Boulder Highway ... They are convenient, in varying degrees, to more facilities than any other area ... These include Boulder Station (the Tourney Headquarters Hotel where the majority of staff stays), Arizona Charlie's, Eastside Cannery and Sam's Town ... Good luck and "Welcome to Las Vegas" ...


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