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Dave Dowell

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, April 7, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Tournament seeding

Sometimes is the simple answer that's the best ... SSUSA flips for every game as a matter of consistency and fairness (50% odds every time) as to have the option to be Home team ... That and umpires seem (in most cases) to know which games fall into the grouping known as "every game" ... This comes up every few years in the Rules Committee and has failed every time ...
, April 7, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Las Vegas schedule Boo Boo.

Thanks Dan ... Got it fixed and, yes, it was a long day! ... Good luck!
, April 6, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: win loss records next to our ratings

the car Of your 15 posts to date here, about a third of them ask essentially this same question ... Here's a more full explanation ...

Our Team Ratings Database yields a 250 page, fine print report for each semi-annual ratings cycle ... The data includes every game each registered team played over the previous two seasons and analyzes that data for W-L records, run differentials and the nature of the game played: seeding, bracket or Championship/If ... And it cuts that data by games inside and outside of the team's native age group and rating level, with detail calculations for thos splits ... It is simplistic, misleading and irrelevant to put out an aggregate W-L record for each team on a semi-annual basis without the full picture ... We don't have unlimited personnel or financial resources to grant many "wish list" items like this one ... As for the "move up/down" situations, every team involved in that process receives a detailed explanation of why, which isn't necessarily a "public domain" document ...

We issued a total of SEVEN IRS Forms W-2 last year, to a really dedicated hard-working crew that sanctioned 70 SSUSA events, (and directly administered about 25 of them) involving 30,000 registered players on 1,400 teams ... Their plate is full! ... If you're playing an unfamiliar team, your best approach may be to check the list of qualified and invited teams to the T.O.C. ... Teams that are on it are probably reasonably good ... As for every other team, playing well and winning is more valuable in assessing your odds of future success ... Good luck!


, April 3, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Mat vs. board

PoolShark and D-Dan ... It's a mixed bag ... For the SSUSA sanctioned and administered annual events, like the TOC Qualifiers, the East/West Nationals, the TOC itself and the World Masters, we typically supply the mats initially and leave them at the facilities ... From year to year, as the events get closer, we confirm that the site still has them (not all do!) and doesn't need replacements ... If they need more, we order from a local Sacramento rubber fabricating plant that manufactures and ships them or, if time is tight and someone from Sacramento is driving, we bring them that way ... With independent Tournament Director events, we generally refer them to our fabricating company if they wish, or allow them to get their own locally, with the proper dimensions ...

We are not against the use of wooden strike mats, but rather to use rubber for our administered events ... As for colors, black is a really easy to get color (since these are made from standard truck mud-flap stock) ... Again, we don't have any objection for those who want to go with a different composition or stock, so long as it's 34" by 19", isn't too thick to pose a tripping hazard and will stay reasonably in place during play ... We're not likely to mandate a change in composition or color because doing so would require the independent T.D.s to incur the unnecessary, in our view, cost of switching them out ...


, April 2, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Mat vs. board

Several of our sanctioned leagues use the board vs. the mat, and we're fine with that ... But it's unlikely we'll switch to the board for SSUSA administered events any time soon ... It would be expensive, cumbersome and generally really difficult to ship a lumberyard around the country all year! ...
, March 30, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Trump Stote Softball Concerns

Thanks Steve ... Those who choose to ID get an instant bump in credibility with us ... That 1st Amendment concept is a good one and protects those who don't, the "A-K-C" group ... There was a former very frequent poster here about 10 years ago who ripped us at least weekly, and it felt like daily, using that description frequently for not requiring posters to ID, but we still think it's a significant freedom to be preserved ... Unfortunately, too many people in that group type things they would never have the courage to say publicly, so we totally disregard Message Board commentary ... If you choose to take the exact same commentary you have made and re-submit it through proper channels, it goes straight to the Rules Committee Chair for her consideration on building her Agenda ...

On the balls issue, there's not enough bandwidth to cover all of the aspects of the SSUSA's ball specification, and the brand choice therein ... It's performance and competition based, and it's economic based for both us (and, by extension, the teams' entry fees) and for the dozens of independent tournament promoters offering SSUSA-sanctioned events ... The goal of our entire qualifier system to get every team in the proper rating group for the World Masters Championships ... A "Smorgasboard" softball menu would have a detrimental effect on that system in terms of consistency of application of results and scoring ...

In any event, the convention is in "your neck of the woods" this year, and you don't even have to convince me of anything should you invest the time to come and present your thoughts ... Those who have done so in the past have generally been happy with the results ... There are 13 members of the National Rules Committee and all you have to do is count to "7" to get something passed! ... Every person has one vote and we have no Super-Delegates that can overrule the majority ...


, March 30, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Trump Stote Softball Concerns

Mike ... I can certainly appreciate that ... People will tell me frequently at a tournament, "You're married to Fran, you can surely put in a good word and get this done for us!" ... My standard reply: "Please don't confuse access with influence" ...
, March 30, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Trump Stote Softball Concerns

Perl ... Sorry you misinterpreted our "no problem" response as being condescending ... It wasn't ... But since you brought it up, here's our thinking on Message Board commentary like yours ... We don't require posters to provide any identifying information on who they may be ... Some voluntarily do so, but it's certainly not mandated ... The result is that the "vast majority posting here" (your words) is comprised of the anonymous-keyboard-courage-crew, of which you are a member, who can say anything they want and not be accountable ... That's great for you and is fine with us, but it's also the basis for our position on Message Board commentary:

The next time anything posted here results in any policy change, any administrative change, or any rule change (including even being considered for the Rules Committee sessions Agenda) it will be a first in the 30-year history of SSUSA ...

If you are sincere about advocating change, the only way to start that ball rolling is to submit identifiable correspondence to us by email or regular mail OR appear at the annual Rules Committee sessions during our convention ... The convention this year is shortly after Thanksgiving and is scheduled for Auburn, AL ... In the meantime, please feel free to post whatever you want within the guidelines, but avoid the misunderstanding of thinking that it will influence us in any manner ...


, March 29, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Spring World Championships in Mesquite

FOFO .. I guess with all of the bad decisions we make, being so stubborn and resistant to change and getting so darn old, you maybe should have planned ahead to pick which game to tank late Saturday so you could get over on Field #2 for Sunday instead of relying on us to do it for you ... [grinning and ducking for cover]
, March 28, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Trump Stote Softball Concerns

What's also more than a bit funny is that we didn't even use the Trump/STOTE ball at the T.O.C., yet it gets criticized just as though we had! ... Due to a supplier inventory shortage, we substituted in the Micro-cell ball at the T.O.C. ... Hilarious!
, March 24, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: Bats
Discussion: What is the Best Senior Bat 2017? ( Dudley, Adidas, Miken )

Heard two of the four hitting instructors at last month's T.O.C. in Florida tell the clinic participants something pretty close to: "All the senior bats are great, and the best one is the one you feel most comfortable swinging." ... Seems like pretty solid advice and consistent with Clean Up's remarks ...
, March 18, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: LOL

To give a below average (performance-wise) team a level to play down to ... Seniors start at age 50+, with the 40-49 age group being called the "40-Masters" ...
, March 18, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: What is the only situation where, after the play is over that a "do over" or "mulligan" can be implemented? (at least that I'm aware of)

Certainly not discussed in the SSUSA Rulebook, but here's a wild guess (confidence level about 35%) that may constitute a "do-over" ...

If an illegal player on defense is involved in a play, and the infraction is discovered by an umpire or either team prior to the first pitch to the next batter of either team, the team on offense has the option to let the play stand or to allow the batter to bat again.


, March 18, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Game Times

WCM#00 ... Simple explanation is a field allocations issue at BLD ... There are TWO organizations (SSUSA and Fire Dept.) sharing the facility for the weekend, dividing available game times 50/50 ... This makes for (unusually) tight scheduling that isn't going to please everyone ... Here's a suggestion for you to consider: Print the "Master Planning Grid" and play around with it to see what you can do to make it fit your desires .. The "grayed out" areas on the grid are unavailable times for us ... A couple of criteria to keep in mind ...
All teams are playing three games each on Saturday, using only two fields for most of the day, but none should play three in a row ... We have only two fields available until 5:00 pm, but five fields thereafter;
Teams should not have to play at 8:00 am AND 8:00 pm;
Bracket for Majors is modified Single Elimination (another not so popular issue!), so bracket is deferred until Sunday so nobody gets eliminated in one day, and the earliest bracket could have started on Saturday (if we had to) would be 10:00 pm, with the completion of the first round with 11:30 pm games ...

This was a tough layout, but was about the best that could be done ... Hopefully, you'll have a better plan should we face such circumstances in the future ... Thanks and good luck! ...


, March 14, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: Bats
Discussion: shoes

I agree with NYTX ... I tried on my first size choice (11) and found out I was also a -size under what I needed (11) ... GREAT shoe, though, in the correct size ...
, March 14, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 40s spring world championships

I hope so too! ... It's mathematically possible, but HIGHLY improbable ... I do have a single game slot reserved to cure it in the event something like that happens, but I'd be the "under" on it ...

You're on your own on calendars!


, March 14, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 40s spring world championships

HAT MAN ... This event was also a four-game-guarantee format last year ... It was played in a two-round-robin into DE brackets format last year, but the field availability is different this time around, with two entities (firefighters tourney being the other) sharing the facility for the entire weekend ...

All teams are getting the four game guarantee minimum, through a four-game round robin, with the top four seeds moving into a modified single elimination bracket for the Major division ... The Major+ format is identical to last year ... Take a look at the Master Planning Grid to get a visual on how the maximum number of games that fit the game slots inventory was utilized ... Good luck!


, March 12, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: New ball ?

It's completely legal, with a couple of comments ... Players cannot call "time", but may request "time" from the umpire, who normally grants the request ... The new ball introduced should go through the umpire to ensure it is a legal ball ... Otherwise, no prohibition exists in the rulebook ...
, March 10, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Spring Worlds (St. George & Mesquite)

Glad you noticed, Tad! ... I used "ballplayer math" to keep it simple ... That's the math, using my example, that allows a guy who goes 7 for 13 in a tournament to come here to advertise his services for a new team by saying he batted .820 in his most recent outing! <> ... Good luck in Mesquite!
, March 9, 2017
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: TOC 2017

No worries, Scott ... This is just an extension of the 2017 version of the annual "Dump on the TOC" exercise ... The TOC has been a phenomenally well received event for the past 11 years, the level of support it receives allows us to charge less to attend than any qualifier event to earn a bid, it's not likely to change much (if any) for the foreseeable future and, simply, we're pretty proud of it ... The critics are certainly welcome to express their opinions, but should keep in mind they aren't anywhere close to being considered as "action items" for a revamp! ... "If it ain't broke, don't fix it!" ...


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