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Real name:
Dave Dowell

Location:
Sacramento, CA

Division:
Men's 65

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Oct. 14, 2020
DaveDowell
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: Arizona AAA 2021

Don ... Did you get my email from last Thursday evening? ... Never heard back from you ...
Oct. 14, 2020
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Ratings Drop

bbullet ... Playing in three (3) events is the "general rule" ... Those three don't have to be the bigger/more expensive TOC Qualifiers ... They may be smaller regional events so long as they are SSUSA sanctioned and the Director completes and submits the tournament paperwork and scores ...

As for "sitting it out", that's very seldom, if ever, a good idea ... When a player (or team) stops playing because they believe it will "pass the time" and benefit their ratings desires, we stop the statute of limitations as well until they resume play ... There no benefit there, and in fact it's a detriment because each year out throws away a year of your career ... If your question isn't entirely theoretical in nature, please call the Sacramento Home Office during weekday mornings at (916) 326.5303 and ask for a ratings person ... Be prepared to identify yourself and the team(s) involved ... Good luck!


Oct. 14, 2020
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Updated Ratings

Thanks MO-dave, and the same well wishes to you and yours ... Just as an additional tidbit of information, the team that won the 65-Major World's in St. George last month is actually listed, but it's not likely something you would have known without a hint ... Top Gun Elite 65-M+ (now) is playing in the upcoming Winter World's in Phoenix as a 60-Major in order to take advantage of a presumably larger teams population than 65-Major+ might offer ... They're on the 60's Ratings list (since Monday) through that event ... Both 65-M+ and 60-M carry a rating index of R/I=6 ...


Oct. 13, 2020
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Updated Ratings

missouridave ... They are working on them as you typed ... In a limited-staff meeting this morning, mention was made that the target date for ratings of Eastern teams likely to consider the Winter National's is a week from today (10/23/20) to be out front of the entry deadline there ... The Western target date for the Winter World's would be a week later under the same theory ... The Men's/Women's 50+ teams playing in Session #4 of the World's are on hold ... Teams that won their divisions, and some number of others, will be moved up as always happens ... Also heard that preliminary decisions have been recommended for "appeals" and they are awaiting comment from ratings committee members ... Best answer seems to be "...fairly soon..."


Oct. 12, 2020
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: TEAMS MOVING UP

That's pretty funny, Jim ... Maybe you'd have figured it out eventually that I'm one of the guys in the SSUSA office who's read all of your rants about things we do that bother you ... But, then again, maybe not! ...
Oct. 12, 2020
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: TEAMS MOVING UP

Casey ... "Lighten up, Francis" ... After the second sentence of the second post in this thread, it's been a bit of a light hearted fun/joke fest ... No reason for you to revive your crazy theory of late event roster adds ... You guys played your way to your SSUSA rating, but all is good because now you've apparently entered the "other association" event at the lower rating ... You'll likely do a lot better than OK "playing down" ... Good luck and play safe!


Oct. 12, 2020
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: TEAMS MOVING UP

Benji4 ... Can you imagine the effect if we announced that for the upcoming 50+ World's in your area? ... All those teams in brand new ghillie-suit camo uniforms trying to stay hidden from the National Rating Committee! ... What a hoot! ...
Oct. 12, 2020
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Recreational tournaments

Yep ... 👍 ... I listened in on the conversation ... Just don't have this Major+ team play below the Major rating group ... That prohibition is unrelated and still valid ... Good luck!
Oct. 12, 2020
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: TEAMS MOVING UP

pizzaboy ... During the pandemic, lots of businesses are going "cash-less" so nobody has to physically handle it ... We're no different ... And we moved our office a couple of years ago and haven't seen the Ouija Board since then, either ... Looks like we're back to using the dart board this year!

Webbie ... Frequently down one level, but I can't remember a two-level smack-down ... Tell your friend! ... Ha!


Oct. 11, 2020
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Recreational tournaments

Actually, the answer is consistent ... The team playing in a "Rec" tournament may build the roster without "restrictions" ... An example would be playing as a AAA team with five players (more than the three allowed) having qualifying Major history, or maybe an out of region guy from the wrong side of the Mississippi River, or one guy who's 53 playing with his buddies on a 55+ team ... However, the prohibition about a player with Major+ history wanting to play down on a AA or AAA team is not a roster restriction ... That's a player safety provision that's in place regardless of the Recreational/Qualifier/Exhibition status of the event ...

It seems entirely possible you have a specific team arrangement as your goal and are seeking assurances here there won't be any qualifying history implications to you if you do what you are probably going to do anyway ... We aren't offering that assurance now ... Feel free to call the Sacramento Office weekday mornings at (916) 326.5303 and ask for an eligibility specialist ... Be prepared to identify both yourself and the team(s) involved and they'll walk you through it ... This will not be a "theoretical discussion" ... Good luck!


Oct. 11, 2020
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Do I need to file a snowbird exemption?

Call the Sacramento Office during weekday mornings Pacific Time at (916) 326.5303 and ask for an "eligibility person" ... They will discuss your circumstances and provide accurate guidance ... Be prepared to identify yourself and the team(s) involved ... This is not a "theory discussion" ... Good luck!
Oct. 11, 2020
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: TEAMS MOVING UP

sdc ... There will be teams other than the Champions being moved up in rating level before the Winter Nationals/Worlds events ... The data analysis of all 2020 Season tournaments is a continuing effort, but nearing completion ... Personally, I'm lobbying the National Ratings Committee to take a more efficient (and probably accurate) approach by just moving UP every team that played on Sunday in the World Masters ... We wouldn't miss very many that way! ... Unfortunately, the Committee hasn't yet indicated they like my approach, but I'll keep trying! ...


Oct. 11, 2020
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 65 major-60AA

Yes, it does ...
Oct. 11, 2020
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 2021 tournaments

coop3636 ... In a reasonably "normal" year, which is nothing at all like this one has been, I'd say late-November to mid-December is the typical reasonable timeline ... I can overhear the conversations occurring in the office and see the formal paperwork flowing for facility reservations, so I can assure you we're working on it ... But I wouldn't suggest letting any anxiety build up until maybe after Thanksgiving! ... As for the 60's I'm (sorta) happy for you ... When I log in now, I get the "renew your card" nag screen and the number it shows is 70's! ... Stay safe! ...


Oct. 10, 2020
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 65 major-60AA

Yes, as one of the three allowable "out of rating" players. 65-Major = 60-AAA, which is one up from 60-AA.
Oct. 7, 2020
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: 2020 WInter Worlds Phox Az

Popa ... That's typically something that's not addressed until after the entry deadline when we have an idea of how many teams are in the mix ... That deadline (10/27/2020) is about three weeks out from now ... Shortly after that date would be a good time to check back here or on the event's tournament page ... Thanks!
Oct. 7, 2020
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Field Assignment

Northwest or Lee County, depending on how large is the landslide of 75-M+ teams that enter ... The number currently showing as entered in that age/rating is ZERO, which makes it pretty much a theoretical issue so far! ...
Oct. 7, 2020
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: New age groups

nails ... [1] When you see them in a new (to you) age group on a tournament schedule or [2] When you see them in a different age group on the RATING page(s) of this website or [3] When someone posts here something like "..Hey, we just moved up to ___ age group and need players!.." ...
Oct. 6, 2020
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: MESSAGE BOARD POST REMOVED (and Why)

Yes it did ... In an 810 word anonymous and unsubstantiated accusation against another member of the Message Board community ... We are certainly interested in the topic and are hopeful the information may get cleaned up and submitted properly for our analysis and follow-up as may be appropriate ...
Oct. 6, 2020
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 2020 WMC COVID-19 Update

Joey525i ... I have no updates to report other than the fact that I remain apparently personally un-infected by the disease ... Any official updates originate periodically from the Newspaper/Newsletter division of the office staff ...
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