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Dave Dowell

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Sacramento, CA

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Men's 65

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, June 16, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Awards

16wood ... The point I think he was attempting to make (and I concur) is that there were TWO previous events where points could be earned: [1] SSUSA World Championships and [2] LVSSA World Masters Championships ... With the merger of the associations, there is only ONE such qualifying-points event now ...
, June 16, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Awards

ballover ... Just to "pick some nits" here, but in your golf example, wouldn't a sub-par performance be a really good thing? ... [grins]
, June 15, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Rule or Common Sense

JBTexas ... You are 100% correct in both posts ... I am the Director who blew the call/ruling in Reno ... My apologies, and it won't happen again on this issue!
, June 12, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Money Taken

Pssstt ... The rules were bent in favor of YOUR TEAM ... Had we not let you in late (our mistake), you couldn't have bailed out (your mistake) after the schedules were drawn .. Doesn't get any more simple than that ... Good luck, have fun and play safely wherever you play ...
, June 12, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: TX STATE CHAMPIONSHIP-TOC QUALIFIER

dog ... #5 and #6 are both about 270-275' to CF with a common fence .. #7 is about 245' to a common fence with #8 ... #3 is about 285' and appears to have a taller fence that would make it "play longer" ... But to make you a little less grumpy (if that's possible), I just moved the games from #3 to #4 on Wednesday, even though you'll walk further to get to #4 than the extra 10-15' or so of OF distance! ... See you there!
, June 12, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Money Taken

Joncon ... It was a bit educational for us, too ... We were again reminded that letting a team in late as a favor (against our normal policy) AFTER the deadline isn't always the best idea ... Especially when the team waits until the schedules have been drawn to subsequently withdraw ... We'll toss this in the folder marked: "..No good deed goes unpunished.." ...


, June 12, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: TX STATE CHAMPIONSHIP-TOC QUALIFIER

JBTexas ... With an odd number of teams in a 3-game seeding, one team is required to play their fourth game so another gets their third ... If your team volunteers to play that "exhibition" game, I can eliminate ONE game in your seeding pool ... Playing that one additional game with the other two teams makes it a fair and balanced seeding games demand for all three teams ... Let me know if you're willing to be the "Exhibition" team and I can drop the other one ... Thanks ...
, June 12, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: TX STATE CHAMPIONSHIP-TOC QUALIFIER

dog ... Why? ... It's a field geometry issue ... Kreig/Austin won't allow us to play any games after 2:00 PM starts due to Local League restrictions on eight of the 11 usable fields (#5-7 are unsuitable due to short fence distances) ... Having lateral flexibility isn't a good fit because of vertical limitations ... Two days is "theoretically" doable if you don't mind playing three (or four) games in five game slots on Day 1 and five in a row on Day 2 for the bracket ... That's a health and safety issue for the 70+ and 75+ teams ... Temps are projected to be in the 90's and rain is (almost always) a Texas reality this year, so a limited amount of flexibility is a plus ... The third day doesn't do us any favors either due to increased field lease and other costs ...

Session #2 is the real problem, with no field restrictions on Saturday, but the same short schedule on Sunday ... We have 40 teams on the weekend and have requested adding the Bob Havins Fields (5) to make it fit ... Without those fields, the Saturday schedule will likely be 7:30 AM thru 10:30 PM game times, and likely format modifications .. Session #2 will run three days next year ... Having a 26% increase in the number of teams entered is the reason ... I'm scheduled to be there, so look me up and we can talk more if you wish ...


, June 9, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: A few more scores from Reno and oddity

Thanks Omar ... Much appreciate your insights ... This is an interesting conundrum ... We have done the full brackets format in Las Vegas and hear the "..too many games.." argument ... When we switched last year in the World's to the RR format, the "..it's not a tournament unless there's a bracket.." commentary was more prevalent .. The 75's commenting have a very high percentage favoring brackets, and that may be somewhat attributable to the modified single elimination bracket format we employed ... It's not a pure DE bracket, but seemed to be more acceptable than no bracket ... The 80's commenting also favored a bracket, but it was closer to a balanced opinion ...

And then there's the 80+ player who called to let us know he didn't like having to play 12 games last year in Las Vegas ... It took me a while to get the true facts, but it turned out he was double-rostered on an 80+ AND an 85+ team, playing six games for both! ... Who would have thought that was even possible 10 years ago ... We will look at it again this year and try to do the right thing, knowing full well it's going to be another 50% approval rating either way ... Thanks, again, for your insightful comments ...


, June 8, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: A few more scores from Reno and oddity

Omar ... The guidelines you mention are for the World Masters Championships only, which have a four-day timeline ... In Reno, the term was only three days, necessitating that schedule ... The alternative, which is generally opposed by the vast majority of teams, is to just do a round robin format (like you play in NCSSA) and dispense with the bracket entirely ... The downside is, as you know, that a team two games behind with one to play on the last day often just bails out, forfeiting and denying their opponent their fifth game in the tournament ... The schedule I wrote spread the games out, with adequate time between, and nobody was at risk ... Which of those format options would be your preference? ...


, June 8, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: A few more scores from Reno and oddity

MEN'S 50+ DIVISION Golden Eagle

50-Major Plus
1. Sommerville Softball (CA)
2. Arizona Elite
3. Nazzareno Electric (CA)

50-Major
1. NorCal Warriors (CA) - In the "If" game
2. JU Entertainment (CA)
3. Washington Legends

50-AAA
1. Mc U Sports (ID)
2. Never Say Never/Big Al's Trucking (UT)
3. Quicksilver (CA)


, June 7, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: What do you expect?

Bruce ... I would include: Rules knowledgeable and well organized Directors, umpire consistency on rules interpretations, the tournament running at or close to on time, teams appropriately grouped by skill levels (no sandbaggers OR obviously over-matched teams) and a reasonable team and individual awards package ...
, June 7, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Money Taken

Big-Elliot ... It was the Atlantic Coast Championships ... Here's how the "deadline" system works: On the published deadline date (two weeks before tourney Day 1, except for larger events of 100 or more teams, which is three weeks), entries close ... The SSUSA office then calls all teams that have not yet paid their entry fee, not yet submitted their tournament roster, or both, and we publish the teams entered list ... We refer to this internally as the "soft deadline" ... The subsequent calls to managers sometimes result in teams dropping out for any number of reason ... And sometimes, which we believe is the case here for ESB Renovations, teams decide after seeing the list that there are enough teams in their bracket that they want in, too! ... The roster/eligibility people at SSUSA then review and establish the divisional breakouts, starting with Session #1, the 65+ and more senior age groups, and release that to me for schedule preparation ... This becomes the "hard deadline" for that session, and the same process is repeated for Session #2 ...

It was during the Session #1 processing that your team asked to enter the event ... With the luxury of 20-20 hindsight, we made a mistake by granting your request to enter late, since I hadn't begun the Session #2 scheduling process and could fit you in ... I completed the Session #2 schedule on Saturday and the final review was to occur first thing Monday morning, but the email withdrawal was sent to an address that is not monitored on weekends ... So I re-drafted, and charged SSUSA for, the Session #2 schedule ... Not that it matters, but you do not appear to be fully familiar with the bracket logic and structure of three-game-guarantee brackets ... In the case of a standard double elimination bracket, the fix would have been simple from 12 to 11 teams, just dropping a game here and there, fixing the seeding games you would miss and creating forfeits in the bracket ... Such is not the case for 3GG brackets, causing an extensive re-write that affected multiple divisions of play ... The cost of this re-write, which I charge to SSUSA, is why a team that withdraws after the schedule is prepared forfeits their entry fee ... Hope this helps you in understanding what actually happened and why ...


, June 6, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Money Taken

titanhd ... I am that independent contractor ... I am not a W-2 type employee of SSUSA and my firm charges them for all services I provide of any nature, including tournament schedule re-writes when a team withdraws after they have been generated ...
, June 3, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Rock n Reno Photographer named Jack

Jack Eberhard's web site and contact information is in the click through ad on the right side of most pages in this web site. "Jack's Action Shots."
, May 31, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: which do your prefer on a 5 game guarantee?

Reno this week: 60-Major (9), 65-Major (10), 50-Major (10), 55-Major+ (7) and 55-Major (7) are just this week's over six and over AAA/AA examples for one tournament.
, May 26, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: Associations
Discussion: Baden Fire softball 2SB550YS Junk in its core!

Hilarious Don! ... Welcome to the world of anonymous "Ready, FIRE, Aim .... Oppppssss!" ... Good luck this Season to our friends at SPA! ...
, May 11, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: NOR-CAL State championships

dog ... In complete good faith, we thought we had them locked down ... Elk Grove Parks & Rec. sprang this on us late Thursday ... Sometimes "stuff" just happens despite everyone's best intentions ...
, May 11, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: NOR-CAL State championships

dog ... Seems like we agree on the desirability to publish TENTATIVE site information as soon as reasonably possible ... In response to your question, we routinely issue tournament refund checks, most recently yesterday ... The policy in Sacramento is that the team can ask for a refund check OR a credit for a future event, and that choice is solely the team's option ...

For the NorCal event, we provided the field information based on the best field inventory information we had at the time we made the announcement ... That availability was changed by Elk Grove Parks and Rec, NOT by us ... We responded by acquiring another, and better, facility to allow the tournament to proceed for all teams that entered ... To allege that doing so was somehow a failure in customer service or requires an apology for circumstances that were neither our causation nor within our control is ludicrous ...


, May 10, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: NOR-CAL State championships

dog ... You are the "Priceline Prince" and we've laughed a lot about some of the deals you get ... That's fine for you ... But from our viewpoint this week, if we had cancelled the division(s) we thought were going to play at Elk Grove Park and refunded the entry fees 100% instead of procuring another (and better) place to play, would those who booked that way get their money back from Priceline? ... Don't think so ... That's simply the risk you run with that booking arrangement ... We made the best and only decision we could in light of last moment changes in field availability, and the only way to prevent something like this from happening extremely rarely is to simply NOT announce field assignments until the schedules are released ... Which would you advise?


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