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Dave Dowell

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, Sept. 9, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Vegas Bracket 60's

SESSION #2 TENTATIVE Field Assignments for Men's 55+ and 60+ Divisions (Session record 182 teams) ... Seeding Games scheduling in process and will be posted shortly / Brackets are UNDER CONSTRUCTION ...

Men's 55-Major+ (10) Arroyo Grande
Men's 55-Major (34) Sunset Park (Saturday AM overflow: Arroyo Grande)
Men's 55-AAA (37) Big League Dreams (Friday AM overflow: Cheyenne Park)
Men's 55-AA (9) Russell Road Friday/Saturday & Arroyo Grande Sunday
Men's 60-Major+ (9) Arroyo Grande
Men's 60-Major (25) Desert Breeze
Men's 60-AAA (39) Lorenzi Park (Friday/Saturday only) and Shadow Rock
Men's 60-AA (19) Doc Romeo Park Friday/Saturday & BLD Sunday (Friday AM overflow: Cheyenne Park)



, Sept. 5, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Vegas Fields?

Thanks Ozone8 ... Much appreciate your understanding, and we'll likely re-visit again in the future ... This is a pretty large jig-saw puzzle every year and takes some time to fit all the pieces around local leagues and other restrictions ... And thanks for being an honest man! ... We believe the overwhelming percentage of "Where are we playingggggg?" inquiries have very little to do with hotel choices and a lot to do with curiosity on location, regardless of hotels ... With this being the 5th year in Las Vegas, our sense is that most people stay in the places they like and have before, as enhanced occasionally by where they have their "frequent player/loser" cards for reduce room rates! ... Good luck!


, Sept. 5, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Vegas Fields?

Ozone8 ... We are not publishing any field assignment "guesses" this year in advance of the release of DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets ... This is largely due to an incident earlier this season when a municipality gave away our fields to another event (youth vs. adult priority, and we lost out) ... That unleashed a torrent of unfair, largely anonymous, criticism here, which is now easily avoided ... The difficulty in making these types of guesses is hard enough with the growth of this event, so we're just waiting until we "know" ...

Session #1 (Men's and Women's 40's and Senior 50+ Women) has been published, so those are firm ... It seems you may be in the Session #2 (Men's 55's and 60's) or #3 group (Men's 65+ and more senior) ... Session #2 (Men's 55's and 60's) had it's deadline Friday evening (09/02/16) ... The Session #3 entry deadline is tomorrow (09/06/16) ... It takes a couple days to tie down the entries, by rating group, and so far this weekend we have received "Whoa, we weren't on the preliminary team list but we're coming ... We already have our flights and hotels!" emails ... So, Session #2 should publish in the next few days and Session #3 hopefully by this coming weekend, both of which would be about two weeks ahead of session starts ...

If you are awaiting an announcement before making a hotel reservation, that's probably not the best course of action ... Most, if not all, of the host hotels have sold out for this year's championships ... We're not the only event in Las Vegas right now and demand for rooms has been unusually high ...


, Sept. 4, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Rating Changes for Vegas

Haven't seen any complete list and am in full schedule-prep mode for Las Vegas now, so I'll not likely be doing any looking ... Sessions #1 (Men's 40's and all Women) and #2 (Men's 55's and 60's) team lists for Las Vegas have been posted by age/rating, so you're good to go for those groups ... RATING pages would be where any other changes may have been made ... Look up the team(s) you're interested in and that;s where their current ratings will be ... You can sort the lists by "Date" to see when any changes might have been made ...


, Sept. 3, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Question

The second string quarterback of the NFL San Francisco 49er's football team.
, Sept. 1, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: World Masters Championships

HAT MAN - There will be NO mid-day site moves for the 40-Major, except: On Friday, there will be split seeding pods (21 teams at Sunset and 20 teams at Desert Breeze) before everyone reports to Desert Breeze for Seeding Assignments ... There will be 12 games Friday evening at Desert Breeze affecting both bracket pods ... The American pod will play at Sunset on Saturday and the National pod at Desert Breeze ... Saturday survivors will all play at Desert Breeze on Sunday .. Good luck! ...


, Sept. 1, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: World Masters Championships

SESSION #1 REVISED TENTATIVE Field Assignments for 40-Masters and 50+ Senior Women (111 teams) ... Had a bit of a "glitch" overnight as the actual games demand numbers didn't quite match up to availability ... Site assignments were swapped for Women's 40-Masters Major (to BLD) and Women's 50+ Seniors (to Sunset) ...

Men's 40-Major+ (21) Big League Dreams
Men's 40-Major (41) Sunset Park & Desert Breeze Park
Men's 40-AAA (12) Shadow Rock (Fields #3-4 ONLY) Friday/Saturday and BLD Sunday
Women's 40-Major (11) Big League Dreams
Women's 40-AAA (18) Lorenzi Park Friday/Saturday and Sunset Park Sunday
Women's 50+ Seniors (8) Sunset Park


, Aug. 31, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Getting released from a team you don't want to play for any longer

Dancer ... At 5'-11" and about 195, I was at least four inches shorter and fifty pounds lighter than the two (Motown) Stars of the show! ... It got loud, but not physical ... I worked in Michigan this month and saw Crump again ... Couldn't help but chuckle a bit at the memory ...
, Aug. 30, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Heat stroke

Fabe - With the way entries are rolling im at a pace far greater than last year for Las Vegas, we could well be playing at some of those times anyway! Heck, Vegas is a 24-hour city, right?
, Aug. 30, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Heat stroke

Ummmm ... Well, I guess we COULD do that in theory in Las Vegas ... We'd stop play at 11:00 AM and resume after local leagues end around 10:00 PM ... Yep, that would give us game times at 10:00 and 11:30 PM, 1:00, 2:30, 4:00, 5:30, 7:00, 8:30 and 10:00 AM ... Do we have a consensus??? ... That's hilarious!
, Aug. 30, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Getting released from a team you don't want to play for any longer

To wrap this up for my involvement ...

grayhitter59 ... The player is not always the "victim" here ... One thing often overlooked is the reasonable expectation the team and manager should be afforded that players who commit to that team will stay there through the entire season ... It's the flip side of the same coin that the player has a reasonable expectation of being respected and treated well as a member of the team ... Obviously, that's not always the case, and why we decline to arbitrate the remedy in a factual vacuum ... It ALWAYS comes down to a "he said, she said" kind of discussion ...

dog ... The "invention" of softball is exactly as you stated ... The game's "design" evolution is as I stated, principally with younger girls as the participants, for them to have an alternative to younger boys baseball ... And I about bit off the tip of my tongue to keep from laughing when he snapped that bat like a toothpick! ... Very impressive! ...

CAT ... The SSUSA Escrow Agent in this one declared a "DO OVER" ... The manager was required to fill out and sign another Release and the player was told that to get the release, he had to give the manager a Miken Ultra II that was in at least as good condition as the one he brought into the room before snapping it in two ... Player asked how he could do that ... Escrow Agent told him the Miken Truck and Corky were right outside the building ... Player thought about it for a moment, reached into his wallet, and tossed $200 at the manager, picked up the broken one and told him to go buy what he wanted from Corky (not exactly in those words, though) ... I guess he bought the first Miken two-piece bat! ... By the way, the Escrow Agent was FRAN! ... I was only in the room to provide (unneeded) Event Security ...

And I SO clearly remember the "intramural feud" your team had following the USA National Game at Victory Lane in Phoenix ... But by the time they drove 35 miles to Papago to discuss it, with a stop along the way for an adult beverage (or two), they were best of friends again and it worked out ... Time is a good methodology in these matters, and hopefully it will be the same here ... (CAT, how young were we then ?!?!?)


, Aug. 29, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Getting released from a team you don't want to play for any longer

Come on guys. The first game starts in 5 minutes in this case and you're taking longer than that to debate the theory! What would you do and what did we do? CAT is close to being on the right track. Quick, that first pitch is just a moment away. LOL! ... This isn't as easy as you may like: Automatically side with the player for total freedom of movement ... What about the Manager's reasonable expectation that a player will honor his commitment to the team for the entire season? ... Drat, this isn't as easy as it looks on the surface!


, Aug. 29, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Getting released from a team you don't want to play for any longer

Here's a real life actual example from the World Championships in Phoenix a few years back ...

Major+ player quits team in late summer prior to World's and asks for his release;
Manager says, I'll do that, but only after you return your uniforms and the Miken Ultra II I bought for you to use;
Player says, no problem, I'll bring them to Phoenix, since I found a new team that appreciates me. But I want the exchange in front of SSUSA so they know I returned them;
Manager says OK, and on opening day of World's, both meet with SSUSA official on site, Manager with signed Release in hand and player with uniforms and bat;
Player hand uniforms to Manager and then SNAPS BAT IN TWO over his thigh and hands the two pieces to Manager, asking for the Release;
Manager blinks once, then tears Release into very small bits of paper and tosses it toward the Player, creating mini ticker-tape parade moment and says, there it is; and then
Things REALLY got interesting! ...

Things aren't always as clear as they seem on their face and why we will not, under current rules, arbitrate Releases ...

OK, all you bright guys, what would YOU do? ... I'll post what WE did in a couple of days ... Have fun!


, Aug. 29, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: World Masters Championships

In the next few days ... We will be using BLD, Desert Breeze, Lorenzi, Shadow Rock and Sunset ... Overflow, if needed, will be at Cheyenne ...
, Aug. 25, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Little League World Series

Especially if they happen to have another of those awesome 15-year old pitchers like Danny Almonte
, Aug. 25, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Little League World Series

Things may have changed since my kids played, but then the LL World Series umpires worked for free and solely for the honor of being allowed to do so. Thus lending support to the truth of the old adage: You get what you pay for.
, Aug. 24, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Why are there rules?

We respect people's privacy here ... The formal complaint mechanism, where names are named, is in place, but it's a private matter between the "complainant" and the "accused" otherwise ... We're pretty comfortable with our dispute resolution methodology ... We have no obligation to be "forthcoming" on private matters in this intellectual (so to speak) wasteland ...
, Aug. 21, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Why are there rules?

With such a multitude of detail information you have provided, it's hard to know where to begin. Maybe a tournament, a director name, even a general overview of the issue would be a starting point. Absent that, it's somewhat meaningless so far.
, Aug. 20, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: Associations
Discussion: Unfavorable weather conditons......

Unfavorable weather award winner for Saturday 08/20/16 goes to the NORTHERN CHAMPIONSHIPS in Lansing ... Lost last two rounds of games at both facilities due to violent thunderstorms and a mandatory Sheriff's Dept. evacuation order for tornado sightings near the Lake Alliance Park ... Well done to all of the people who evacuated the park in a very orderly and FAST manner ... I'm fine with California earthquakes all day long over today's tornado scare ...


, Aug. 19, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 4 Teams in the 50AAA Topgun Tournament???

Nope! 54 was the max, regardless of how many were in any individual division. It wasn't a 4-team tournament. Common error, though, as a lot of players don't consider any other ages/divisions than their own!
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