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Dave Dowell

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, May 7, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Brickyard Tournament Indianapolis

WizKid ... You seem to need the "last word" (or 1,180 of them), so we'll just let that happen! .. Good luck the rest of the Season ...
timmyb ... Good luck today and thanks for showing up ...
Dbax ... No way, no how! ... We've seen some of your "great ideas" over the years! [grins]
, May 6, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Brickyard Tournament Indianapolis

WizKid ... The proof of the wisdom, or lack thereof, in proceeding with any event is in the conditions every year as evaluated prior, during and after the tourney ... Last year we failed collectively in managing those conditions at the Brickyard ... This year we haven't, but for some reason that seems to really annoy you ... You just gambled wrong on whether or not to attend this year ... Maybe last year too, who knows? ...

But here's a constant: The issues of travel distance, likelihood of play and cost budget for same, is present in every tournament you may choose to enter, with any association ... That's simply the nature of travel ball ... Most times the teams win ... Once in a while Mother Nature wins, but not this year so far ...

Your decision to pass on this one is solely yours, and we have no criticism ... The flip side of that same coin is you may be called out when you anonymously, and with disregard to the facts, criticize us for proceeding, and successfully thus far, when conditions were as favorable as they were today ... You demean the impressive efforts of the Midwest crew AND the onsite SSUSA Director, who is in his first year being assigned to Indy ... We wish your team, whoever they are, had been here ... But you're not, which certainly diminishes, or eliminates, the credibility of your factually deficient assertions ...


, May 6, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Brickyard Tournament Indianapolis

WizKid ... You guys staying at home for the Brickyard Boycott missed a great day of softball ... Look at how horrible the conditions are! ... Maybe next year will be better?? ...




, May 6, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Brickyard Tournament Indianapolis

No problem 57BLACK ... Two people in the SSUSA office check the "info" email periodically during the day ... Yesterday one of them left at noon for a personal commitment and the other has been out of the office all week on vacation, so I guess we could start with any punishment being internal! ... Maybe we all get too complacent in this technology realm when we confuse simply sending an email with actually contacting someone ... The phones still work pretty well for communication of important information in the final analysis! ...

As an update on the tournament, play is underway and on time under very good conditions ... Kudos to the field crew professionals at Midwest for an exceptional job of getting ready ... Two more teams were unannounced no-shows this morning ... One fit into the "email to the temporarily unattended inbox" scenario (despite having confirmed their attendance in another email at 8:00 PM Thursday) and the other manager says he deputized a player on his team to call, but the player didn't ... The multiple changes and restructuring required by these latest defections are being handled marvelously by the on site Directors, and too fast to be efficiently updated here ... Check with them for the latest game and bracket sequencing ...

One additional thought to ponder: If there's ever a "Tournament Director's Textbook" published, this Brickyard Invitational will be the perfect case study illustration of why we have the policy that all "play/no-play" decisions are made at the fields at game time unless there is overwhelming evidence to the contrary, which was not the case here ... That's much more reliable in yielding a wise decision than canceling based on a forecast ... Ten teams "bought" into the hysteria of panic initiated and advanced principally by one team, while the other 30 teams are playing softball right now ... To the teams actually participating, have fun and good luck! ...


, May 5, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Brickyard Tournament Indianapolis

Rick35 ... Refresh your download ... The current version is dated 05/05/2017 and is the one I just re-downloaded ... Your device is storing the previous post ...
, May 3, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Roaster

A forfeit game is a designated loss for purposes of the tournament standings and seeding only ... We do not record those scores (7-0) in the master scoring/ratings database because it would distort the statistics for both teams, which are based on actual on-the-field performance ... The "first game played" is actually easier to administer because teams check in before their first game playedand the players are either on the roster (or added at that time) or not ... One-stop processing at it's most simple! ...


, May 2, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Brickyard Tournament Indianapolis

17Black ... Please read the Schedule Format Change note in the Session #2 schedule (pink priority) post ... That gives a thorough explanation of the rationale for change ... We tried to get teams to play Friday, but we were poor salesmen I guess! ... Not enough "takers" to accomplish the goal of getting out of 10:30 PM and Midnight games Saturday and 5:00 PM "If" games on Sunday ...

A couple of things ... You are STILL scheduled to play "weekend only", and that same structure in prior years has had teams departing on Saturday depending on how they play ... One thing is pretty constant: Winners' Bracket teams will be there Sunday and a lot of Elimination Bracket teams, too ...

Next year, this event will start on Friday afternoon/evening to take the schedule pressure off a bit ... Those teams that depart after only three games this time WILL (not "could") receive a $100 refund OR credit (at the sole option of the team) ... Good luck! ...


, May 2, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Roaster

grayhitter59 ... I presume you are still abusing the equine corpse (beating a dead horse) over the Spring National's ... Here's the general process and policies/rules analysis ...

Rosters are done online by the Manager and are due, in theory, with your official entry, typically two weeks prior to the start of the tournament ... We electronically "lock" the online roster drop/add function after that deadline, and all changes to your roster are accomplished via email to Sacramento ... The rosters are printed and sent to the site about five days prior to the start for use at the Manager Meeting and on-site check-in on the first day ... Any changes in those last few days are sent via email to the Tournament Director and printed just prior to each Manager Meeting ...
Managers may add roster players at the Manager Meeting if the players are otherwise eligible as to age, residency, player experience rating history and release status (if applicable) ... For "Qualifying Roster Events" (Eastern and Western National's, World Masters and T.O.C.), rosters are frozen at the end of the Manager Meeting ... For normal qualifiers, there is a bit more latitude: Managers may add otherwise eligible players until they start the team's first game of the event ... NOTE: A forfeit is not deemed to be a "game played" for purposes of allowed roster changes ... After a team has played it's first tournament game, no roster additions are permitted ... This is probably the one rule I have never seen waived, regardless of the circumstances, in 15 years of serving as a T.D. ...
The effect of forfeits in seeding/pool play are discussed at Rulebook 15.5 on page 75 ... A team must play in at least one seeding game to be eligible for bracket play ... If a team forfeits seeding game(s) the penalty imposed, unless they forfeit them all, is at the sole discretion of the Tournament Director ... The options include [1] assigning them to the last seed (ALWAYS done in my experience as a director) and/or [2] requiring them to play their first bracket game, but forcing them into the elimination bracket regardless of the result of the game (very seldom done in my experience) ...

Hope this helps, and let's put this one to bed once and for all ...


, May 2, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: VEGAS SW CHAMPIONSHIPS

70-MAJOR Division 1st: California Wrecking Crew 2nd: SoCal Gusto (CA) 3rd: Tri-State Diamondbacks (NM)
, April 27, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Results from Vegas?

Probably next week ... Am working on Brickyard Session #2 now and then out of town from later today through Sunday ... Some are online already, for divisions that played at Lorenzi Park and BLD in Session #2: Women's 40-Masters & 50+, Men's 60-AA, Men's 40-Masters and Men's 50-Major ...
, April 27, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: home advantage

YES ... The flip-flop rule alplies ANY time the Visitor is ahead by 10 or more runs going into the open inning ...
, April 25, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Rock Ball in Vegas

DieselDan ... The Southwest Championships (and the World Masters Championships) are the only two events annually where The Rock is the official tourney ball ... This is a contractual agreement by and between LVSSA and SSUSA ... If someone was hitting the Anaconda/Trump/STOTE ball, it was not an authorized ball and, if discovered, should have been removed from play ...
, April 24, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Out of the Batters Box.

Omar ... That's the "flip side of the same coin" argument in favor of properly enforcing the existing rule ... Pitchers argue, fairly, that they should have someplace they can deliver a pitch that makes the odds of it being hit 350' diminish ... Artificial turf permanent batters boxes are always going to be there for batters to see where they must stay within ...
, April 23, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Out of the Batters Box.

All that needs to be done is more strict enforcement of SSUSA Rulebook 7.3(1) on page 41 regarding Intentionally Obliterating the Batters Box ... That's not possible at BLD and Golden Eagle in Sparks with the permanent boxes, so the "out of the box calls" are proper, correct and easily determined ... On a related topic, I measured four randomly selected batters boxes at BLD early Friday morning ... Four of the six were the perfect dimensions ... The other two were 1/8th inch and 1/4 inch too long, respectively ... That's a tolerance for error we are comfortable with ... Best advice: Stay in the batters box at permanent artificial turf facilities ...


, April 23, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: scores

jack222 ... PAY ATTENTION ... This has been asked (by you) and answered twice already below ... Thanks!
, April 23, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Home plate mat dimensions

Softballgal ... The STRIKE MAT DIMENSION for SSUSA is in the second post of this thread ...

STRIKE MAT (SSUSA specifications) Rectangular rubber mat 34" deep by 19" wide, aligned with the front edge of the Home Plate and extending 1" on either side ...

To our knowledge, they are not commercially available for SSUSA specifications ... We have an arrangement with a rubber fabrication firm in Sacramento, but about anyone can cut them ... The most common "base material" is truck mud flap stock or restaurant kitchen mat stock ...


, April 23, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Arroyo to Big League Dreams Friday Nite

Webbie25 and Dbax ... Your observations on OF conditions at BLD are valid .. As for the "Opt-out" option for Shadow Rock, I guess that's something we could look into if Clark County ever imposes a gate fee ... [grins]
, April 23, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: SSUSA

jack222 ... Same answer we provided when you asked this a couple days ago ...

Probably not during the two events going off right now ... Tidewater in Virginia Beach and Southwest in Las Vegas are running simultaneously and the guy who does them all (that would be me) is working as the lead Field Director at the largest of the eight complexes in use in Las Vegas ...


, April 22, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Arroyo to Big League Dreams Friday Nite

Omar ... Your math may well be true if the base assumptions on the number of players, fans, etc. showing up are accurate ... But the initial post in this thread was about a one-time appearance at the end of the first day, and only the first day, apparently being an unreasonable $5 burden on the travel/tournament budget ... We have no say (or financial stake) in what any facility may charge for admission, including any BLD or Victory Lane in Phoenix, for example ... Should a team think that BLD is an unreasonable economic burden, all they have to do is say so on their entry invoice ... Every tournament we run in Las Vegas has a significant majority of teams expressing a desire to be assigned to BLD because they believe the experience to be worth it ... However, it certainly wouldn't be too much effort to remove from consideration any division that has a team making a "Opt-out-of-BLD" request ...


, April 22, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Arroyo to Big League Dreams Friday Nite

OK nick ... Take away all of the suspense for us! ... Did you:

Play your way out of the $5 "economic disaster group" by finishing in the top 12 (of 20) seeds? ... or
Did you fall in the mid-range group that paid $5 to get in for the 5:30 games? ... or
Did you get semi-lucky and play your way down to the 7:00 PM game when they were only charging $3, which is a whopping 40% off the regular gate fee? ...

This is too funny!


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