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Dave Dowell

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, April 17, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: You make the call.

B.J. ... You and coop3636 are both correct in my experience ... You are interpreting the rule correctly, but coop3636 is accurate in stating what the vast majority of umps do (or actually fail to do) when the circumstance arises, notwithstanding the rule's technical wording ...
, April 16, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: What is the call? Fair or Foul

If the ball leaves the field of play in fair territory, like from a deflection by the outfielder in the corner, that curves around the back of the fair/foul pole, I have a HR (baseball) or 4-base-award (softball) ...
, April 16, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Las Vegas 55AAA Bracket

kwilly ... That one was spotted and fixed last night ... The 55-M game is on Field #11 ... You may have to refresh the download ... Thanks! ...
, April 15, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Las Vegas 55AAA Bracket

Uncle Mike ... The "8:30 AM issue" is my typo ... It's fixed now to be Team 14 (Unknowns) instead of Team 4 (Hard 10's/Oxnard) ... The two teams playing three games Friday are actually the Unknowns (50-AA) and Lights Out (55-AA) ... This is by design ... They are each playing THREE games within the 55-AA two-game seeding because they are splitting off and playing a Best 2 of 3 Championships Series on Saturday ... Thanks for the heads-up on this ... Much appreciated!
, April 15, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: What is the call? Fair or Foul

B.J. ... I still think it's a two-base award/ground rule double, despite the bizarre flight plan amendment for the ball that you created for stick8's fairly simple hypothetical! ... [grins]
, April 15, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: What is the call? Fair or Foul

stick8 ... In baseball, and maybe softball, too, I've got a dead ball and a two-base award (ground rule double) ... Major League Rule 5.05(a)(9) basically says: If a fielder in fair territory deflects a fly ball into the stands into foul territory, you have a ground-rule double.
, April 15, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Need your opinon....and ideas

coop ... We're good with whatever you want to do so long as you're not head-to-head with major events we run, and by extension, those of our good friends at SPA and ISSA ... The goal of bettering the senior softball experience (an everyday process with SSUSA) is an admirable one ... Just don't fall prey to the very common mistake that the perfect tourney is going to be cheaper, unless you're willing to fund the shortfalls that can and do happen ... The economies of scale apply in most cases ... Southpaw's advice is sound: Start small and see how it goes ... Good luck!


, April 14, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: What is the call? Fair or Foul

gonz ... It's a judgment call by definition ... The umpire's judgment call is simple: Which side of the line was the ball on when touched? ... Outside the line = FOUL, inside the line = FAIR ... It's not a "mental coin toss" exercise for him ...
, April 14, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: What is the call? Fair or Foul

Absolutely true K man ... This call is guaranteed to have EXACTLY a 50% approval rating, regardless of which way it was ruled!
, April 14, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: What is the call? Fair or Foul

gonz ... Changing the facts from saying initially it would fall foul, to now saying it can't be determined, is only going to do one thing: It makes your first hypothetical irrelevant ... HOWEVER, the rule we stated and as affirmed by stick8 remains the same: Where was the ball in relation to the foul line, inside our outside of fair territory IN THE AIR at the time it was first touched? ... That is the only thing that matters ... If the umpire can't determine that, our best suggestion for you is to get another umpire for the next game ...


, April 14, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Ratings

NO ... A player may not be on two rosters in the same age group simultaneously ... He may, however, "double roster" vertically, such as on a 55-Major+ team and a 50-Major team (or a 50-AAA team as one of the three allowable "out of rating players") if he is otherwise eligible as to residency ... If you have specific questions about your own situation, please call the Sacramento Home Office at (916) 326.5303 during normal business hours on the Left Coast ...
, April 14, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Need your opinon....and ideas

I think you may have a great opportunity to start a competitive new association ... You could call it Coop's Own Outstanding Perfect Softball Association ... Nice use of your name as the acronym! ...
, April 13, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: southwest championships

We moved our SSUSA Home Office on Tuesday/Wednesday and were without data services for two days until last night sometime ... Session #2 is in process now .. Seeding games should be posted tomorrow (Friday) and Brackets over the weekend ... TENTATIVE Field Assignments as posted on the Tournament page are holding firm thus far ...
, April 12, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Tournament seeding

Relax Brett ... It was all in good fun while I'm killing time awaiting the moving van today! ... This probably isn't the most significant issue in slow pitch softball this (or any) year ... As to your original suggestion, it's not reasonable to presume being able to count to "seven" of the 13 votes required to implement your idea of a designated HOME for the 1st game and a coin toss for the "If" ... I don't see my colleagues on the Committee going that way (and I would lobby hard against it with my one little vote) over a designated true "Home and Home" situation of reversing the roles in the "If" game ...


, April 12, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Tournament seeding

coop3636 ... How about this to keep it clean and simple? ... HOME to the team who has the best cumulative run differential (subtracting, of course, all open-inning scoring) so far in the tournament ... In first games, HOME awarded in reverse alphabetical order ... Apply a multiplier factor for wins/losses vs. out of state teams ( 5%), of if from the same state, to the Manager address with the highest zip code, and a super bonus (+ 10%) for wins vs. teams that you have made either a roster or rating complaint about in the past 90 days ... Tie-breaker on HOME to the team who's opponents in previous games have the highest strength of schedule index, or VISITOR if your team has won a T.O.C. qualifier in the current or immediately preceding season .... Umpires and Directors should be able to handle this analysis fairly quickly, right? ... Or MAYBE we could just toss a coin in every game for a random chance to choose, with equal 50/50 odds, for both teams ... Nawwww, that would be too easy ... [grins]


, April 11, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Tournament seeding

Not too bad! ... Both sides of the issue presented fairly in (a surprisingly low) number of posts! ... Now it's off to the Convention for a possible Agenda item ...
, April 9, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: win loss records next to our ratings

Pitcher22 ... I'm a Tournament Administration and National Rules Committee "geek" and (thankfully!) am NOT involved in the team ratings side of things ... My suggestion would be for you to review the TEAM RATINGS Guidelines & Procedures (Rev: 12/15/2015) priority Message Board post (which has nearly 5,000 hits) and, if you believe the criteria was not followed as it relates to your team, present that in a formal Ratings Appeal for consideration ... Good luck ...
, April 9, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: First Base glove

The penalty is not addressed in the SSUSA Rulebook (and should be) ... In the absence of coverage in our Rulebook, our umpires are supposed to default to the ASA Rule ... I have seen umpires continue play without a penalty other than requiring the offending player to remove the "mitt" from play unless the position player is a catcher or 1B ... We'll probably look at this in the winter Rules Committee sessions ..
, April 8, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Tournament seeding

k man ... Seeding games are set up with a goal of matching teams from different areas (when possible) who normally don't face each other frequently ... The alphabetical presentation of the teams on the schedules is for convenience only and has no bearing on the match-ups generated by the scheduling software ... In fact, the entire schedule build is number-based in generation, and the team names are overlaid on the numbers as the last step in the process ... The team numbers are pre-assigned to separate Divisions, with a software instruction to play only games "outside of the Division" ...

At the World Masters, with some very large brackets, the match-ups are usually "East vs. West" ... In Regional TOC events, we do the best we can under the same theory, generally "out-of-state" being the primary criteria ... But next week at the Tidewater Classic, the 50-AAA division has six teams, five of which are from VA, so there's not much that can be done there! ... When we have events in the same geographic area in close proximity of dates, like last month's Spring World's and the upcoming Southwest Championships, both in Southern Nevada, we do our best to not duplicate seeding game match-ups from the prior event ... Another factor that may impact match-ups is "later start requests" by teams, and if there are two of those in a division, they will likely play each other to meet both of their requests with one game ...

Lastly, Directors often hear: "We just played them in seeding, why do we have to play them AGAIN in the first game of the bracket???" ... The correct, but not always popular, response there is pretty simple: "SSUSA is solely responsible for who you play in Seeding games, but you are solely responsible for who you play in the bracket, based upon your performance in those Seeding games" ... Hope this helps in filling in some background ...

As for the coin flip, we are not too concerned about any problem in deciding who calls it ... Most umpires are able to get that handled without controversy! ... We like the totally random nature of a coin toss for all "neutral site" games, and we also have a potential complication with mandatory HOME designation for a team GIVING an equalizer if we were to change ... I wouldn't be personally opposed to a team who was HOME in a Championship game being the VISITOR in an "If" game, but I'm only one of the 13 voting members on the National Rules Committee ...


, April 8, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: First Base glove

Uncle Mike ... The only explanation for the situation you cite from the World Masters last year is UMPIRE ERROR in failing to know and/or properly apply the rule ...
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