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Dave Dowell

Location:
Sacramento, CA

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Men's 65

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May 14, 2018
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Reno 60

In theory, I guess that could be do-able, assuming finding Director and Umpire coverage and getting the consent of the facilities ... The "finish on Saturday" games would be four in a row and the times, assuming no schedule slippage, would be ...

If at RANCHO SAN RAFAEL ► 5:00, 6:30, 8:00 and 9:30 PM ("If") ... OR
If at GOLDEN EAGLE ► 8:00, 9:30 and 11:00 PM and 12:30 AM Sunday ("If")

Is this what you had in mind? ...


May 12, 2018
DaveDowell
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Commitment line

SAFE is the correct call ... The rule prohibits a tag on the home plate side of the commitment line and makes no mention regarding specific defensive players ... Head's up base running move at a minimum ... Next time, you should just flip the ball over his head to ANY defensive player covering the strike mat/home plate area for the out ...
May 11, 2018
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Player or Team Ratings

Not necessarily ... Now that you've introduced "factual tweaks" to your original generic question, our response changes to: Please call the Sacramento Home Office at (916) 326.5303 during normal Left Coast business hours and ask to speak to an eligibility specialist ... Be prepared to identify yourself and all players and teams involved in this circumstance ... Good luck!
May 10, 2018
DaveDowell
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: New to 55s

David's posting information indicates he's from the State of Washington
May 9, 2018
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Brickyard

maskedman ... We're minor accomplices in what you liked ... As for what you didn't, this may make you smile ... About 10 years ago, I was at the Midwest Sports Complex as the T.D. for the Brickyard event ... They were charging the $3 entry fee in Session #1 (65+ and older) despite the "Park Rules" on the entrance marquee sign that said "Seniors over 65 Free" ... I had to leave to get a replacement water jug at Home Depot, so I stopped by the park office on the way out and asked the manager to fix that because I was getting eaten up by angry ball players ... He said he'd take care of it, so I left to run the errand ... Came back about 20 minutes later, and the problem was solved! ... He put a swatch of duct tape over the part about "Seniors Free", completely covering it, and kept right on charging! ... I guess he DID solve the problem, but it wasn't quite in the manner I had hoped! ... At least it's good to know they've held the $3 line on inflation since then, though ...


May 8, 2018
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Power fading

I certainly don't have any answers, but maybe looking into the excellent series of YouTube videos by "Bogie" may have some clues ... They include clips featuring players of about all ages, and that guy Bogie can hit! ... Good luck!
May 8, 2018
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Somerville

SS11 ... This is a highly subjective question, and one for which no solid answer exists ... Unless, of course, the discussion is held where adult beverages are involved ... Who's better? ... Russell's Celtics? Jordan's Bulls? the Showtime Lakers? Bird's Celtics? the Spurs mini-dynasty? any team with LeBron James? Golden State now? ... Too many answers spanning too many years for a valid comparison ... Not wanting to offend anyone, but here's a team name I'll toss out ... They are certainly "in the discussion" ... The San Francisco Seals (now 75's) have won dozens (or more) World and National Championships in multiple associations at the highest levels of play (usually Major+) spanning at least five age groups over the past 25 Seasons ... Longevity of success over time counts ... My apologies in advance to a lot of other fine organizations/teams ...


May 7, 2018
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Somerville

ss11 ... The only answer we are sure is accurate, involving the SSUSA's 50's, 55's and 60's divisions, is: LOTS ... Maybe someone from Sommerville Softball can be more specific ... And are you interested in only the current "Sommerville" team name, or are you also looking for Championships from their previous years under the name of "Seacrest Mavericks" and/or their other team, "Summy's"? ... That would also be LOTS ... As would the number of different sanctioning associations where they have earned titles ...
May 5, 2018
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Get rid of the 1-1 count

No worries! I'll make it a double! Good luck and play safely this Season.
May 5, 2018
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Get rid of the 1-1 count

OZ40 ... You seem to be bothered that I used your first name and the age group you are eligible to play in an earlier post ... Although that's not exactly a Cambridge Analytica/Equifax type data breach, if an apology is what you want, please consider it done ... I apologize ... And as long as you brought up the topic (again), here are some thoughts on the general concept of message board anonymity, which we generally allow until specific content forces us to take a closer look ...

Many people go to great lengths to remain anonymous here, for any number of good and not-so-good reasons ... One of those, not present in all cases, is the belief that they can type just about anything they want, including things they would never say to your face if they were identifiable and, therefore, accountable ... And that's OK to a certain extent ... But most of those people are not nearly as careful or clever as they believe, and almost invariably type a multitude of clues in their posting activity leading to a relatively easy determination of who they really are ... Here's how easy it was in your case ...

Our Message Board back-end system records the originating DNS/ISP address for the origin of every post ... It was very easy to determine via "Reverse DNS" lookup where you are located when you post ... That gave us your likely city and state and your Internet Service Provider's name, but nothing else;
You are opposed to playing under the implementation of the "1-1" count, which logically places you in the 60+ age group or younger, but probably not the 40-Masters because of the relative scarcity of teams in that age group in your area;
Your history includes a few comments about playing in a specific regional qualifier event AND talks about a temporary closure to accommodate Little League at a local softball complex you identitfied by name ... Google is a friend in this circumstance, revealing that the location of those places is consistent with the DNS/ISP data on your locale;
Your history also talks about going to a specific T.O.C. a few years back ... Knowing your state, a look at the participating teams list from that T.O.C. revealed seven teams from your state attended that one ... Four of them were in the 60+ or younger age group, and we dismissed the other three 65+ or older teams as unlikely candidates;
As luck would have it, a quick look at the very first roster of those four teams revealed a player with the exact same first and last initials as are in your username ... Clicking on that player's name brought up your player page ... And the final piece of the puzzle was that your email address and the ISP from the reverse lookup have the exact same domain name ... BINGO! ... We couldn't have done it without your posting history content, and without you choosing a rather obvious username ...

I guess the summary for this is simple: If everyone, regardless of whether or not they put their name in their message board profile, would type as though they were having that conversation in front of their immediate family and close friends, we'd likely seldom have to deal with questionable or unacceptable content ... It's a good behavioral model to follow ...
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It also very likely this thread will be closed shortly to begin it's journey toward Message Board "Page Two Oblivion"


May 5, 2018
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Get rid of the 1-1 count

OZ40 ... We're not asking, nor do we expect, you (or anyone) to refrain from posting on any topic, just please do so responsibly ... Thank you ...
May 4, 2018
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Get rid of the 1-1 count

OZ40 .. You seem to be a big fan lately of the "cut and paste" posting approach, so we'll play that game with one from you ...
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Jan. 10, 2018 OZ40 Discussion: Drum Roll...the Starting Count decision results.

"PREDICTION: Believe me, I'm not a grassy knoll type of conspiracy person. That said and I hope I'm wrong, after this 'experimental count' season and everything shakes out, it will be realized that any time saved is inconsequential. The argument then will be along the lines of 'well that's because the batter still got a foul to waste'. Even though there will be no reliable stats to say how many players hit a foul, the next step will be another 'trial season' without the foul ball option. Following that, I believe that like many of the temporary taxes passed by our politicians that never rescind the 1-1 count will too be with us despite no solid basis to support it. I hope I'm wrong but......"
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YOU ARE WRONG SO FAR, unless, of course, you (incredibly?) believe that playing 7-inning games more than 98% of the time this Season in the "1-1" count group isn't as high as it should be ... The mandate by the players favoring this change, and the context within which that mandate was evaluated by the National Rules Committee, was to maximize innings played ... It's difficult to fathom that giving them exactly what the super-majority of poll respondents wanted is somehow our error ...


May 4, 2018
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Get rid of the 1-1 count

OZscar ... The 65+ division doesn't have a horse in this race (YET), including you, since you're only 61 ... But nice phrasing, though, since tomorrow IS Kentucky Derby Day! ... And we'll probably not have to be "extolling" anything ... If the statistical reality continues, the data will adequately speak for itself ... Carry on!
May 4, 2018
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Get rid of the 1-1 count

Meanwhile, back at Reality Central the empirical data continues to show the rate of games reaching the 7th inning at ≥ 98% for the divisions playing the "1-1" count ...
May 4, 2018
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Home plate mat size

Imagination is proving unreliable here ... They were the official standard size of 34" deep by 19" wide ... Early on Tuesday (ONLY), BLD was unable to locate our mats, which we leave with them year-round ... The Maintenance Director was sick that day, but a phone call to him and a quick cruise to the maintenance shed revealed our mats and they were used for 5 of the 6 days ...
May 3, 2018
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Get rid of the 1-1 count

k man ... Your question illustrates the perfect example of why we completely ignore message board commentary at the Rules Committee sessions ... We don't have a 55-minute game time component, never have ... But a random, anonymous and factually inaccurate assertion of same gets this thread off on a logically failed start! ... You have it right: 65 (+2 = 67) minutes for Seeding, 70 (+2 = 72) for Bracket, and 7-innings for Championship game(s) is correct ... The general theory is that if you can't get on the field and ready to play in two minutes from the end of the plate conference, that consumption of time is rightfully on the teams, and not us ...


May 3, 2018
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Get rid of the 1-1 count

Neither ... It has been on the annual Rules Committee Agenda for about as long as I can remember, at least 10 years, and until the 2016 sessions, had failed implementation every time ... We have also done "member preference polling" on three occasions over the last 11 years, the most recent in December, 2017 ... In 2016, the "1-1" count was implemented for the 40-Masters (only) divisions on a one-year trial basis ... That trial-basis was made permanent for the 40-Masters divisions last fall, and was implemented for the 50+ thru 60+ Men and 50+ Women for the current season, based on TWO factors ...

[1] The member preference polling in December resulted in those age/gender groups mentioned above favoring the "1-1" count by more than a 20% margin of votes ... That is generally described as a "mandate" in political terms ... The full results of that polling have been on this website for months ... Go to the Rules Committee Meeting Minutes post from January 9, 2018 and read the attachment ... It has the complete polling results by age, by gender and by geographic regions of the SSUSA ... The results were appropriately deemed by the Rules Committee to be compelling ... and
[2] The results achieved in the 2017 Season for the 40-Masters in the context of the percentage of games reaching the 7th inning surprised even us, with the percentage being above 98% ... Simply, it worked ...

So the answer to your question as to "who did it" is the membership, and a Rules Committee that was willing to give them what at least 60% of them asked for as their desired pitch count format ... You may well be in the (shrinking) minority on this, but I'm sure it will find its way back on the agenda in November ...


May 3, 2018
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Get rid of the 1-1 count

Thanks marcster13 and Webbie25 ... This thread ought to be good for a 100 or so redundant "I like it" / "I don't" (or is it Dodn't?) posts! ... Nothing said here is going to result in any change, but maybe it's therapeutic to type about it!
May 3, 2018
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Oil City Classic

Probably not ... This is an Independent Tourney Director event administered outside of the SSUSA Home Office ... Contact information for him is available on the event information page of this website ...
May 1, 2018
DaveDowell
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Runner's right to the base

Deafening silence thus far, interrupted only by the occasional chirp of the crickets ...
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