http://www.mikensports.com/

 
SIGN IN:   Password     »Sign up

Message board   »Message Board home    »Sign-in or register to get started

Online now: 5 members: Nancy Allen, elpbadboys, hlbones, jimmy13, softball guy; 53 anonymous
Change topic:

Details for DaveDowell


Real name:
Dave Dowell

Location:
Sacramento, CA

Division:
Men's 60

Messages posted by DaveDowell »Message board home   »Start a new discussion

, Nov. 6, 2015
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: AAA team from PA defeated by Major team

Tim is the SSUSA National Director running the N. Collier facility this week. I'm betting on him being correct.
, Nov. 6, 2015
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: New Ratings for the New Season

Well, Someone said the magic words ... The duck dropped down ... And Groucho closed the thread ... Well done, guys!
, Nov. 6, 2015
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: New Ratings for the New Season

We're going to stay out of a lot of the "ancillary" issues that have arisen, but I will say, as the Field Director at BLD where BOTH 55-Major and 55-Major Championships were contested, I am very familiar with the "Cornerstone Roster" issue ... I spent literally hours going over that roster, with a multitude of interested parties (not to be confused with Managers, who are the only people I'm required to discuss it with) ...

As Cornerstone posted, everything written in the first full paragraph of his post is 100% accurate ... Beyond that paragraph, we simply don't care ... Within the roster composition rules available to ALL teams, they added roster players #10-12 from the same age, same skill rating, and players #13-15 from the next age, same skill level criteria ... It is totally irrelevant under that rules-based roster build scenario whether or not ANY of them had previously played for the team ... It's unfortunate when wild accusations, false rumors and false innuendo detract from the greatness of all teams involved ...

Northwest Softball had a GREAT year in Las Vegas, and not just the 50's and 55's ... Ruth Realty 70's and PDR Fastsigns 75's also won World Titles, so that's four from just two states ... Very impressive ... Enough is enough, please ... "That's it" from us, and hopefully from most of you, too, on this topic ... Thanks ...

The next step will be thread closure ..


, Nov. 6, 2015
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Winter World Schedule

Great catch Ozone8! ... Noted and fixed ... Thanks!
, Nov. 5, 2015
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: AAA team from PA defeated by Major team

OK Rudy ... To avoid offending anyone's sensibilities, **POOF**, the prior post went away ... Here are a few items, on point to consider ... Hopefully this is acceptable to you as it relates your comment "..If there is more to this story, let's hear it.." ...

Dyson's original post (in this thread AND on this Message Board) infers, at a minimum, criticism of our placing a 70-Major team (Venom 70's, a new team of experienced players this year) in with the 65-AAA Division, despite the fact that they carry an identical SSUSA Ratings Index of 4 on the 10 scale ... They are not an "all-star" team any more than his team is an "all-star" team, unless that's what the difference is between a local league team and a traveling tournament team, which they both are ... When we have a "singleton" team, meaning the only team entered in its age/rating level, we endeavor to place them in a bracket with an identical rating index group of teams ... This eliminates giving/receiving equalizers, which is why Venom was not placed in the 70-AAA ...
There were 19 teams in the bracket, so it's not unusual that these teams didn't play during his first six games ... Based on the number of games he had already played, it's also reasonable to assume they met in the Elimination Bracket ... What's significant about that, if true, is that at least ONE other 65-AAA team had to have defeated the 70's team ...
Regardless of the level of play, from Major+ down through AA, our experience over many, many years is that not scoring until your opponent is up 19-0 rarely results in victory ... His BEST case condition is that they were the home team going into the bottom of the 4th and the 70's team had gone 5-5-5-4 (in some order) while he went 0-0-0 through three ... If the game was actually further along, their offensive output was even less effective ...

Slow pitch softball is an offense oriented competition ... Failing to score at all for as long as they did is the real reason they lost ... It has nothing to do with having an equal Rating Index team of players five years older than they are in the same bracket ... Any inference to the contrary is incorrect ... Respectfully submitted ...


, Nov. 4, 2015
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: WINTER WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS (2016 ROSTER EVENT) Phoenix AZ

Voodoo ... Book on the West Side ... Likely to be either Desert West or Cesar Chavez ... NO GUARANTEES, but that's the current thinking ... Still attempting to get another complex for Session #2 ...
, Nov. 4, 2015
DaveDowell
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: 2015 Winter Worlds/Phoenix and team for 2016

A true legend in his own shower ...
, Nov. 4, 2015
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Why have the mat?

It's just a mild and respectful disagreement! ... In my (solely personal) view, it's only a handful of teams that give the "flip-flop" rule a bad name ... It's galling to hear a team say "...NO, we're NOT going to F-F ... We need the batting practice!! ..." ... This is from a team that is leading by at least double-digit runs anyway and apparently DOESN'T need it in this game! ... It's a sportsmanship issue in addition to tourney time management ... And, thanks, all is well here with us ... Grandchild #6 is now on the way, so life is good ...


, Nov. 4, 2015
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Why have the mat?

Bruce ... On the "flip" side (pun intended), all of those items probably help prevent 3-hour games, games being played at midnight that were originally scheduled for 4:00 PM and ungodly softball costs (which would be passed on to the teams) ... It's really about reasonable compromise in the spirit of competition for the good of the game as measured by the "we want it ALL" approach to the offense component ... Respectfully ...
, Oct. 30, 2015
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Why is this rule not enforced??

B.J. - That's going to be somewhat problematical since about 99.8% of all facilities have permanently installed home plates anchored in place ...
, Oct. 29, 2015
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: 55AAA Bracket

No firm prediction wagon ... But you ARE getting a little closer on the priority list ...

Scheduling for World Masters Session #4 (Men's 40's)
Tournament administration paperwork for WMC Session #4
Travel to/from Las Vegas for WMC Session #4 as Field Director
Final Results posting (1st thru 4th place) for all WMC Sessions
Scheduling for Winter Nationals (FL)

Tournament administration paperwork for Winter Nationals (FL)
Scheduling for Winter Worlds (PHX)
Tournament administration paperwork for Winter Worlds (PHX)
Travel to/from Phoenix for Winter Worlds as Tournament Director
Detail scoring and brackets for WMC
Preparation for Rules Committee Sessions at Annual Convention in Reno


, Oct. 28, 2015
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: WINTER WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS (2016 ROSTER EVENT) Phoenix AZ

Nope. The Men's 65-85+ divisions will be playing at Papago or Rose Mofford.
, Oct. 27, 2015
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Why is this rule not enforced??

I was the Field Director at Lorenzi on Friday with the 40-Major+ and this was a complete non-issue ... Batters boxes were chalked before each game and batters were rule-compliant ... There was no complaining (or criticism) at all ... Players had an increased awareness of the rule due to being reminded during pre-game manager/umpire meetings and the pre-tournament emphasis ... Well done, guys ... As it should be ...
, Oct. 26, 2015
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 40's USA Championship Game Auto Seeds 1 and 2 Regardless

Dbax ... And the Champion emerged from the "coveted" #15 Seed slot ...
, Oct. 26, 2015
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: same team playing in two different age groups

YES
, Oct. 23, 2015
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Vegas 2015 worlds

Tournament Sports of AZ is the tourney tee shirt vendor and Elite of SoCal is selling the generic apparel items ... BOTH are at Las Vegas for Session #4 right now ...
, Oct. 22, 2015
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 50 Worlds

Box scores would be something that you would have to get from a specific team's score book ... We'll publish detail scoring and brackets after the other higher priority items are completed ... We understand that sometimes it can be difficult to differentiate between the time you might WANT something as opposed to when you might actually NEED it, if at all ... It's all a matter of personnel resources (one person) and time available as measured against what's really more important ... Like the items listed above ... Thanks for commenting!
, Oct. 22, 2015
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 50 Worlds

JT25 ... Reprint from below ... Not hard to do at all ... Just time consuming at a moment when time is scarce ... World Masters resumes tomorrow ...

Here's the "priority batting order" ...

World Masters Championships Session #4 (Men's 40-Masters) in Las Vegas this week ... Traveling tomorrow morning this afternoon ...
Winter National's Session #1 Scheduling ... Hopefully before tomorrow departure ...
Winter National's Session #2 Scheduling ... Early next week ...
Winter World's Scheduling ... Shortly after Tuesday entry cutoff ...
World Masters detail scoring and bracket work ...

Some ages/divisions are already online ... 50-Major, 55-Major+, 55-Major and 60-Major+ (the divisions that played where I worked as a field director or inherited the group) ...
, Oct. 22, 2015
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Does anyone know if 14 games at a senior worlds is a record

Tim ... A quick look at the past few years seems to support that 14 games may be a "record" ... MTC was 2-0 in Seeding, 5-1 in Friday/Saturday bracket play, and 5-1 on Sunday ... The most remarkable feat may have been winning 10 in a row over two days in the Elimination Bracket after the opening round 1-run loss ... Well done!

This year's 50-AAA Champion, P.D.C. (MI) played 13 ... They were 1-1 in Seeding, 3-1 in Friday/Saturday bracket play (lost their last one Saturday evening), then ran the table at 7-0 (consecutively from 8:00 AM through 5:00 PM "if game") on Sunday to double-dip the KC Naturals for the title ...


, Oct. 22, 2015
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Why is this rule not enforced??

Tom ... I don't know on the strike mat's "age", but it's been that way in the 12 years I've been helping out as a Field Director ... A "few" years ago, it was enlarged by 2" all around, going to 19" wide (covering a 17" wide plate) and lengthened by 2" to 34" ... I'm ignorant as to how the original length was determined ... Just guessing here, but I suspect the strike mat was originally adopted to eliminate the "subjective nature" of the traditional ASA strike zone call for the umpires ... The theory was probably that a visual and audible determination of "did it hit the mat or not?" was perceived as easier for ball/strike calls ... (Yes, I know, some umps still miss it!) ...


« Newer messages       Older messages »
Senior Softball-USA
Email: info@SeniorSoftball.com
Phone: (916) 326-5303
Fax: (916) 326-5304
2701 K Street, Suite 101A
Sacramento, CA 95816
Senior Softball-USA is dedicated to informing and uniting the Senior Softball Players of America and the World. Senior Softball-USA sanctions tournaments and championships, registers players, writes the rulebook, publishes Senior Softball-USA News, hosts International Softball Tours and promotes Senior Softball throughout the world. More than 1.5 million men and women over 40 play Senior Softball in the United States today. »SSUSA History  »Privacy policy

Follow us on Facebook

Partners