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Dave Dowell

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Sacramento, CA

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Men's 65

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March 18, 2018
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Player classifications

k man ... I think (glancing up) that cheezhed1 stated his team is rated 70-AAA ... The only mention of a 65+ team is in the player's experience history ... Obviously, 70-M+ is up "two clicks" from 70-AAA, thereby making him ineligible ... You would be correct if the cheezhed1 team was 65-AAA ...
March 18, 2018
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Player classifications

cheezhed1 ... Presuming the player aged up to 70+, he brings his rating history with him, which means the 65-Major+ converts to 70-Major+ ... Unless your team moves to 70-Major, and he is one of the three maximum allowed out-of-rating roster players, he is not eligible to join your team ... See Rulebook §13.1(1)A.3 on page 61 ...
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3. Major-Plus players may not compete on AAA or AA teams without written permission from SSUSA.


March 18, 2018
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Spring Nationals

Hi Manny ... Just because you HAVE to know, RBC plays its first game at 8:30 am on Friday at the Diamondplex on Field B the way the pre-review schedule looks ...
March 17, 2018
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Spring Nationals

Ya know, Manny, I was gonna bust my butt to get the Spring National's schedules done today and take a gamble on posting them without the formal technical review in the office ... But you got me thinking ... No good deed goes unpunished, and I sure wouldn't want to make any little mistakes that could get you rolling again with even more uninformed and unfair criticism ...

So the smart move is to play hold 'em, go through the proper procedures and post sometime Monday (which was the exact day when we posted for last year) ... It's really nothing more than a little reminder of the difference between when you WANT something, as opposed to when you actually NEED it ... So tomorrow will end up what it should be: Going to my grandson's 7th Birthday Party and some college basketball the rest of the day! ... Thanks for the motivation to get to the proper insights!


March 15, 2018
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Spring Nationals

Most likely in the next couple of days ...
March 15, 2018
DaveDowell
Topic: Bats
Discussion: replacing bat caps

fisherman ... I believe YOU, but there's always that potential element of the unknown when it's coming from somewhere down the line! ... No bad inference was intended, just (hopefully) sound advice in case what he told you may not be totally true! ... You're doing the right thing in trying to help him with a simple repair ... Thanks!
March 15, 2018
DaveDowell
Topic: Bats
Discussion: replacing bat caps

If it were me in this circumstance, instead of a "..player on a differ[ent] team..", it might be a good idea for him to perform this repair in the presence of a Tournament/League Director ... There's no "downside" to having a verifiable witness to what was actually done ... As a general theory, more questions arise than are answered when the cap comes off/breaks ... Proceed with caution and good luck ...
March 13, 2018
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Spring Worlds Managers Meeting

NY˛ ... No sightings yet, but since the BSN corporate HQ is Dallas, TX, it will most likely be "Gulf Coast: Houston", hopefully in my lifetime! ...
March 10, 2018
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Bullhead Last Week?

Whoa there, NUTZ ... Doesn't sound like much fun for you at this one ... Sometimes as seniors, a lot DEPENDS on whether or not you PASSED a GAS station along the way to the park ...
March 9, 2018
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Why so late

No worries, Manny! ... Not the first time the complaint department has hijacked a thread from a different tournament! ... Will be releasing some information regarding your preferred event later today, Left Coast time ... Good luck!
March 8, 2018
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Why so late

tall_thunder ... You're in the wrong tourney thread, but I'll cover it here for efficiency ... Any request for the solution to a purported "problem" first requires its identification and source ... Here are the most likely, and quite simple, three contributors to your "problem" ...

You guessed wrong for your group ... It's unreasonable to expect complete accuracy on field assignments before the entry deadline ... Nearly two-thirds (76) of the 115 entries came in during the last 10 days before the deadline ... Although it's not your complaint, of the 19 brackets this year, 16 of them, including yours, are playing at the originally stated TENTATIVE Field Assignment ... That's an .842 "batting average", acceptable in most cases;
You don't appear (nor are you expected to) fully understand the field assignment logistics required to balance games demand with facility availability across multiple venues ... That's what I do ... This year there are 114 teams, and exactly 57 each are playing in Mesquite and St. George, respectively ... The schedule is very well-balanced by venue and by day ... We also try, when possible, to move teams to differing venues from year to year ... Reliance solely on where you played last year isn't always going to work ... In Mesquite, I also try to minimize the number of games, and maximize the number of individual teams playing only one seeding game each on the larger field at Hunter Park (there will be temporary 300' fencing at Pioneer);
• More savvy players sometimes book hotel reservations in both locations and when the TENTATIVE Field Assignments are known and/or final (17 days in advance for you this time), cancel one set before there is any financial detriment ... We don't advocate that approach because it creates unreliable data for our host hotels on how room blocks arranged for your convenience are filling, but for the few players with a self-imposed "compulsion" to do something early, it works .. Had you done that, your team would already have rooms in Mesquite and, theoretically, would have freed up some rooms for the teams that were relocated to St. George ...

We do hope you continue to participate in this long-term excellent event ... But if you happen to disagree with, or are unwilling to accept, the above analysis, we understand and maybe this tournament isn't for you ... Good luck!


March 7, 2018
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Field Assignments Changed for 70's and others

Thanks nofear ... The primary "back way" route is via "Old Highway 91" ... Here's the short version, but Google Directions using start point "A" as The Canyons Complex to destination point "B" as the CasaBlanca Hotel in Mesquite will give you something like:

West on W 2000 N (3± mi.) to Pioneer Parkway then a right onto E. Old Highway 91 ... That becomes Co. Highway 91 in Arizona, and the total run is about 30± miles until you plug into I-5 South to Mesquite (10± miles) ...

It's a beautiful and relaxing drive and I take it every time when working at The Canyons ... I also stay in Mesquite every time, too!


March 7, 2018
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Field Assignments Changed for 70's and others

nofear ... While you are not technically "wrong", you seem to have disregarded a fundamental component of every post we made for this event, specifically the definition of the word "TENTATIVE" ... As background, the players and managers start very early asking (demanding?) to know where they will be playing, weeks before the entry deadlines ... You anticipate certainty from us when there is no accurate data to support that level of confidence ... Ten days before this entry deadline, we had 39 teams officially entered ... In those last 10 days, we received an additional 74 entries, which is 65% of the total ... We occasionally have to make field assignment changes to balance games demand across all venues rather than having you play at 6:30 or 8:00 PM while fields are open at other facilities ...

We also believe that many folks who look at these posts go straight to their age/division and then click right out and are done with it ... Those who actually read the entire post, including the disclaimer/fine print, end up better informed ... You will likely notice a common "TENTATIVE" theme in each of our posts for the Spring World's when they are all in one place ... Good luck in the tournament! ...
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02/27/2018 • The following are the TENTATIVE Field Assignments for the 2018 SSUSA Spring World Championships in Mesquite, NV, and St. George, UT ... Please note that TENTATIVE means they are NOT FINAL and are SUBJECT TO CHANGE. Final Field Assignments will be released simultaneous with the publication of the DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets shortly ...

03/03/2018REVISED TENTATIVE Field Assignments for the 2018 SSUSA Spring World Championships in Mesquite, NV, and St. George, UT ... REMINDER: TENTATIVE means they are NOT FINAL and are SUBJECT TO CHANGE. Final Field Assignments will be released simultaneous with the publication of the DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets shortly ...

03/06/2018DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for the SSUSA's Spring World Championships in Mesquite, NV, and St. George, UT, have been posted and are available from the links below and on the event's Tournament page ... As always, these DRAFT schedules are TENTATIVE, are subject to change and become final ONLY when released as "OFFICIAL" at the Manager's meeting before play commences ...


March 5, 2018
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Why so late

No kidding! ... Why does it always sound better when I said it as opposed to when I think I typed it like I thought I wanted it to read??? ... Check back late-week or Saturday and Good Luck! ...
March 5, 2018
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Why so late

You're not supposed to see them yet! ... Before you file that lawsuit, consider attending a remedial reading refresher course first! ... The published entry deadline for the Spring Nationals is this coming Friday:

Deadline: Entry fee payment must be received by: March 9, 2018 ...

Just like we did for the Spring World's, we'll publish shortly after the deadline ... The Western event had a three-week lead time on entries because of the size of the tournament (113 teams), but the Eastern event is considerable smaller ... Patience will be rewarded! ... Maybe ...


March 4, 2018
DaveDowell
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: pitcher getting hit

Fleck14 ... BINGO! ... You nailed it ... This should be an area of emphasis this season, hopefully the U.I.C.'s at the various events agree ... During the T.O.C. last month, we saw a "new twist" on this one ... A manager actually wiped the front lines of both batter's boxes before the pre-game home plate managers/umpire meeting ... Delayed the game a couple of minutes to get it re-chalked, but DID provide the "first offense warning" for everyone ... Pretty funny how blatant that stunt was! ...
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§7.3(1)OBLITERATING THE BATTER’S BOX
A batter, in the umpire's judgment, deliberately erasing any portion of the batters box will be called out. A second offense by the same player will result in the player’s ejection from the game.


March 4, 2018
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Spring Worlds Managers Meeting

NY˛ ... No worries ... It's a fair question, probably caused by poor wording on my part previously! ... We delayed ordering from BSN for this tournament until the "last moment" in the hopes they would have received the new balls to ship our way ... It's very frustrating for us, too ... We made the ball spec. change and ordered accordingly in October, announced it at the convention on December 1st and have, for lack of a better description, been "..stuck on a slow boat from China since.." ... The Trump/Stote 44/375 (NOT "The Rock") will be used for Spring World's and should be perfectly fine at that altitude and cooler temperatures ...


March 2, 2018
DaveDowell
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: pitcher getting hit

Mike and NUTZ ... Reminder of the four modern stages of bat control ...

• Major+ • Can hit the ball 400' anytime, or on command through the eye of a needle stuck on the top of the outfield fence except after the team is out of home runs, then can only hit it through the 2' wide pitching rubber area;
• Major • Can hit it precisely on a short hop against the outfield fence anytime he wants and out of the park if the team needs one;
• AAA • Can hit it most of the time to an area of the outfield where the ball doesn't get caught on the fly; and
• AA • Anything that's not a foul ball ...


March 2, 2018
DaveDowell
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: pitcher getting hit

maskedman ... Take a look at Rule Book §6.18INTENTIONALLY HITTING UP THE MIDDLE AT THE PITCHER on page 38 ... It appears as though the umpire used the incident you described as the "warning" about going middle ... As a Director, I've seen and support that approach ... Inform the teams that the next middle shot will be presumed as intentional, resulting in a dead ball out and batter ejection ... It's an excellent approach ...
March 2, 2018
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Spring Worlds Managers Meeting

Jon44 ... We will schedule all three fields at both Mesquite facilities (see below) ... Mesquite is the tournament host city and we are required to fill Mesquite first, with "overflow" to St. George in priority order of The Canyons Complex then the Fields at Little Valley ... When (if) possible, open field slots will be the larger field at Hunter ... Assignments may change as the tournament grid takes shape over the next few days ...

NY˛ ... 60-M is at Hunter due to multiple teams requesting not to play in St. George ... Waiting on a bid for temporary fencing at Pioneer, but it's likely there ... Not going to happen at Hunter due to not being able to set stakes into the artificial turf outfields ... We will be ordering 18 cases of softballs this morning, and will either get them or not based on import status ...


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