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Dave Dowell

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Sacramento, CA

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Men's 65

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, April 12, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Vegas 50's Fields

Hi nick ... You guys are hilarious! ... But just so you'll feel better, the 50-AAA won't play at Shadow Rock in the Southwest Championships this year ... You were at BLD in 2014, and Shadow Rock last year, so we'll see what makes sense for this time around! ... Still working on Session #1 right now, but will put the 132 Session #2 teams in the blender later in the week ... Sunset? ... Lorenzi? ... Arroyo Grande? ... Cheyenne? ... Anything's possible!
, April 6, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: courtesy runners

A couple years ago, a member submitted a written request to the SSUSA National Rules Committee to limit CR's to a maximum of two per inning, UNLESS beer was involved, then the number would be three ... The Committee didn't go for it!
, April 6, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Fields for Vegas

Tim ... Don't most guys usually stay at the hotel/casino that issued their "Frequent-Loser" card? ... JUST KIDDING!
, April 6, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Fields for Vegas

Not yet! ... The stated deadline was yesterday, and entries exploded ... Tuesday started with 158 teams entered and closed at 191 ... We expect more "last minute" entrants today ... Our best advice to you is to book at any of the host hotels on the Boulder Highway corridor because they are convenient to about any facilities ... We will (95% certain) NOT be using Doc Romeo, so that convenience exception isn't an issue ... Should be a few more days, since we're tackling the events one at a time, and the Tidewater Classic in Virginia Beach is at-bat now, Columbus IN is on deck and then the Southwest Championships ...


, April 1, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Tournament scheduling software

BruceAZ ... Please give me a call at the SSUSA Home office (916/326.5303) during Pacific time business hours ... I developed the scheduling system software SSUSA uses, but I recommend you take a look at a fine company called All Pro Software out of Minnesota at www.allprosoftware.com ... They have an offering called "Tournament Scheduler Pro" ($149.99) ... It can handle events up to 128 teams, which is insufficient for many SSUSA tournaments ... I can't remember if it can handle three-game-guarantee brackets, but it does have conventional double elimination formats ... Good luck!


, March 31, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Spring Nationals

Within the next several days
, March 21, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: POWER HITTERS

If you're sure the bats are identical, or if they are using the same bat, then I vote for technique ... Same thing on the PGA Tour where some 5'-8" 150 lb. guys hit the golf ball a MILE (something I have never been capable of doing!)
, March 18, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: St George

Just to make it totally fair, NOBODY who played in Mesquite last year plays there this year ... [grins]
, March 18, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: St George

We won't know for a few days ... Writing Session #1 first ... Entire tourney is in St. George, but specific field assignments are pending ... Thanks
, March 17, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: St George

Team list Tab on the Tournament page has been activated. There are 85 teams in this year (plus the 19 teams in the 40-Masters going off this weekend). Good luck everyone!
, March 17, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: face masks

19 ... The Major+ rules set very closely mirrors the HR/DBO combo that the USA National Team plays in the annual "Border Battle" with Canada and other similar tourneys where they compete ... They have a 10-HR limit, then DBO's thereafter ... Strategy IS an important factor in how they utilize them to maximize the number of runs ...

Rules that dictate strategy isn't exactly a new concept in baseball/softball nor is it patently absurd ... An good example is that NL pitchers are required to actually hit, which leads to the double switch substitutions, pitchers having to learn to get a bunt down, etc., strategies driven by the rules ... A change in the DBO treatment for excess HR's is unlikely any time soon ...


, March 11, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: face masks

19 ... Only if those health conditions can be linked to increasing the likelihood of being hit in the face by a batted ball during a slow pitch softball game ... As for changing the bat standard, SSUSA could look at it if there was a ground swell of support from 305' power hitters who think being a 275' power hitter on 300' fenced fields is where they want to be at this stage of their careers ...


, March 8, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: Bats
Discussion: bat rolling

WOW ... It's seldom that we see an admitted bat cheater confirm that in this forum ... Which raises a few questions for the Cougar ...

1. Are you aware that probably 85-90% of serious altered-bat-caused injuries occur in local leagues as opposed to regional and national tournaments sanctioned by reputable associations?
2. Are ALL players in your league bat cheaters, or only just you and your buddies?
3. If NOT all are bat cheaters, do the honest competitors know you are using illegal and potentially lethal equipment? You owe them that information so they are fully informed about what they are up against instead of exposing themselves to your cheating unknowingly.
4. Does the Macomb Township Parks and Recreation Department know you are using illegal and potentially lethal equipment in the league play on their faciities? More to the point, does their insurance carrier know?
5. Do you really lack the moral character to acknowledge that what you are doing is prohibited by ALL legitimate sanctioning organizations?

and here's the BIGGIE ...

6. How do you reconcile advocating on SSUSA's web site (as a non-registered, non-member of SSUSA) the use of illegal altered bats while having provided the following testimonial on behalf of "Pitch Safe Sports Screens"? ... It's available at: http://www.pitchsafe.net/testimonials/ for anyone who may like to see it ...

ONE OF THE MOST AWFUL THINGS

“The reason we purchased this screen is due to a rival team’s practice which I attended back in May [2014] and witnessed a line drive hit a pitcher in his face, breaking his jaw. It was one of the most awful things I had ever witnessed in my years of softball. . . . [Your screen] has been a Godsend for us and the older guys who can only pitch. Since its purchase, it has saved our pitchers from injury virtually every game we play. Your screen is the best protection for pitchers that I have been able to locate on the internet and the most convenient to set up and take down. Add to that, it’s durability which is very impressive! Kudos to you and your company for developing this product!”


—Don Ruedisueli, Macomb Township, Michigan

The obvious final follow-up question: Was the ball that did the damage hit by one of your buddies with his own altered bat, one like you admit to using? ... Your position in support of bat rolling is reckless, hypocritical and indefensible in ALL regards.


, March 7, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: ISA WINTER NATIONALS March 12&13

Have you checked the Tournament Page for the event on this website? ... The one we post as a courtesy to our affiliate ISA ... All of your questions are answered there, including dispelling of the Altamonte Springs rumor (which is false) ...

P.S. - Spell check is your friend!

, Feb. 18, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Softball Quotes

"...Softball was a lot easier when we were younger and only had to get three defensive outs an inning..."
, Feb. 15, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Winter World Championships Results

And MAYBE you should have looked at the event Tournament Page before you started typing ... That's hilarious!
, Jan. 29, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Need a Tracker in Modesto/Escalon/Oakdale/Riverbank, California

Ya think???? ... Between you and mad dog and about four people here in the office, that (true) story is going to have a nuclear half-life!
, Jan. 25, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Need a Tracker in Modesto/Escalon/Oakdale/Riverbank, California

Seems logical ... A dog would know
, Jan. 20, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Travelling question

I travel a bit for senior softball and have never had an airline caused baggage issue. However, two years ago I had a significant problem when I ran over my laptop bag with my car in the parking lot of SSUSA at 4:15 AM when getting ready to go to the airport for the TOC! The computer didn't tolerate it very well, and I don't advise that for anyone else!
, Jan. 9, 2016
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: What is your favorite complex you've ever played at?

Director's perspective • Favorites for combination of physical facility and its administration support group ...

1. Golden Eagle Regional Park (Sparks, NV)
2. Big League Dreams Sports Park (Las Vegas)
3. Walnut Creek Softball Complex (Raleigh, NC)
4t. Papago Park & Rose Mofford Softball Complexes (Phoenix)


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