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Dave Dowell

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Sacramento, CA

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Men's 60

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, Jan. 8, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: SSUSA Opens Northeast Region

mad dog We're absolutely sure. Take a look at the map. Next thing you know, someone in FL will be asking to add a player from LA because it's "only about 100 miles" of the Gulf of Mexico between the two states. Oh, wait a moment, that actually happened this past year! That request was denied.
, Jan. 7, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: SSUSA Opens Northeast Region

Rickey: No they don't [grins]



, Dec. 18, 2015
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Winter World Pics

Hilarious!
, Dec. 14, 2015
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Phoenix Winter Nationals

They're in process and should appear on the event tournament page shortly ... Same with Winter National's ... We've been a bit jammed up lately with the Annual Convention, the 2016 Tournament Guide and winter edition of the Senior Softball News (both went to press today) and completion of the Year-end 2015 Ratings cycle for rating appeals and performance moves up and down ... Should be in the next few days for both ... Thanks
, Dec. 11, 2015
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Where can I find the results of the Winter Naionals in Ft.Myers.

They're in process and should appear on the event tournament page shortly. Same with Winter World's ... Thanks
, Dec. 10, 2015
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: draft matrix

taits ... This was a request for some assistance on balancing a League Draft ... Don't think it was tournament related ... This gives 12 teams a #1 pick, and for the 4 teams that don't get a #1, they get a #2 or #3 in the first four rounds to make up for it ... Not a perfect solution, but should give some balance to their draft ...
, Dec. 9, 2015
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: draft matrix

Let's try this one ... 12 teams get a #1 and the remaining 4 teams get a #2 ... Every two round set is balanced at an aggregate 17 ...



, Nov. 24, 2015
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Who won 55 Major and 55 AAA in Phoenix??

L.A.F. 55 over R&R 55's in 55/60-Platinum (for 55-Major title)
, Nov. 24, 2015
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Who won 55 Major and 55 AAA in Phoenix??

JBTexas ... Timberworks Construction (CA) defeated Omen 65 in the "If" game for the 65-Major+ Championship in Phoenix
, Nov. 12, 2015
DaveDowell
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Question for SSUSA or any one who might know.

Not so fast, Tim! ... This is going to be hilarious! ... You would be right, UNLESS, of course, there is something else you are also ill-informed about, which IS pushing your 2% number downward ... slap hitter was on the Rated Athletics roster for TWO events in 2013, the Western National's and the World Masters ... Both of those events ran AFTER they were rated to Major+ ... The team withdrew from the Western's very late, did not play and forfeited their entry fee ... As Major+, they did not have to qualify for Las Vegas, so they went to the World's, where slap hitter DID play ...

Here's what you apparently don't know (or forgot): If ANY player, regardless of age group or rating plays in ONLY ONE event at the higher skill rating during the two-year period, we DO NOT automatically lock in his player history at that higher level ... In short, EVERY player gets one "freebie", and the 2013 World Masters was slap hitter's ... For purposes of roster eligibility for the World Masters 2015, slap's addition to Cornerstone was legal and allowable ... ** END OF STORY **

Now might be a good time for you to retract your inferential accusations about the Cornerstone, stop this thread hijacking, and maybe even congratulate the Champions for their accomplishments ... I know you'll have to have the final word, but those three little items should be included therein ...


, 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 ...
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