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Real name:
Dave Dowell

Location:
Sacramento, CA

Division:
Men's 70

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June 25, 2022
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Eastern Nationals

Here's an excerpt (reprint) from the Eastern National's Tournament Page of this website ... Ken is usually pretty responsive to the email contact approach ... Let us know if that doesn't work next week (he's likely going to have the weekend off) ... Thanks!
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SSUSA is teaming up with Zenith Group. The Zenith Group is working on the best hotel deals for all of you and your teams.

Please contact Ken at:
kbroadbent@thezenithGRP.com
(540) 974-7992
Mention Senior Softball USA

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June 24, 2022
DaveDowell
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Illegal tournament bat

It's easier when you ask the question, then answer it for us ... Like you just did ... The reason your bat is not legal for SSUSA play is that it's NOT stamped 1.20/1.21 and does NOT have the current NTS Certified stamp of testing compliance ... ASA/USA bat testing is now done with a different bat/ball combination than testing for the SSUSA bat/ball combo ... Testing the ASA/USA bat with the SSUSA ball specification yields non-compliant test results, non-compliant as being too "hot" ... The umpire made the correct call, on a safety theory, to remove your bat from play in an SSUSA sanctioned event ... We appreciate your presumed cooperation ...


June 24, 2022
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Great call by a manager!!!

cw ... Most appeals have to be made before the next pitch ... This is one of those, and the manager's timing was perfect ... Also saw another similar move by a heads-up manager (not as good as stick's guy) in Reno who did this: Bottom of 7th, two outs, home team trailing by two, and runner on 1st ... Big power hitter at bat, so he's intentionally walked ... Predictably, home team puts in their "rabbit" as CR on 1st ... Visitor manager (and I asked him about it later) thought that might happen ... When it did, he intentionally walked TWO more guys to load the bases, forcing in one run, but also stranding the CR on 3rd when it was his turn to bat ... BALL GAME! ... That likely doesn't happen unless a good scorekeeper is on the book, and in this case it was the visitor manager himself ...


June 21, 2022
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Western Nationals

Yep, but that was an entirely different issue ... Carson City is a "which age group" is going to play there, so that's just a rotation/who's turn is it ... That's not the case in the Western's ... Patience for another couple of weeks will be met with an informed decision ... It wasn't all that long ago that Elk Grove cancelled our contract in favor of a youth tournament (which is their right) after we had published tentative field assignments ... A couple of things resulted: Almost EVERY player and manager became brain dead on the definition of "TENTATIVE" and I got obliterated by unfair criticism ... I can certainly take that, but it's not something I'll volunteer for again any time soon! ... Sometime shortly after July 4th is the target ...


June 19, 2022
DaveDowell
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Fly ball catch

Correct call ... The umpire's call appears to hinge on his judgment (key word) that the fielder did not complete the catch ... That's a judgment (there's that word again) call not subject to appeal ... I've got a four-base award ...
June 19, 2022
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Ruling

It's the 40-AAA Rule Six (6) per team, per game, dead ball outs thereafter
June 18, 2022
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Check the 60AA schedule

That's by design, Andy ... With an odd number of teams, someone gets to play that fourth game so that another team get's their third ... The 60-AA has three teams, but are seeding only on the INTERNAL GAMES in the 60-AA Division ... Neither of their games on Friday count, but BOTH of them on Saturday DO ... The determination of who gets the "extra" game is a random choice ... Thanks!
June 18, 2022
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Western Nationals

Standard question with the standard reply: "We won't be making that decision until shortly after the entry deadline on July 5th" ... Stay tuned!
June 16, 2022
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: player ratings

curveball ... You may be getting less than accurate advice ... Your player rating experience only follows you for one year (plus the current Season) because you are over 70 years young ... It's not a two-year deal anymore for those of us that have hit that milestone decade ... Call Sacramento and get confirmation ... Good luck ...
June 15, 2022
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: 2022 Reno results

Best suggestion would be to go to the Tournament Page for the event in this web site and click on the links in the center column under the heading of Game Scores and Bracket Results (PDF's) ... They have been there since just a few minutes after the Tournament ended on Sunday afternoon, June 5th ...
June 15, 2022
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: player ratings

Maybe the THIRD time's a charm: Please call the Sacramento Home Office as suggested above ... This intellectual wasteland is the LAST place you should rely upon for resolving an issue personal to you and your team ...
June 15, 2022
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: player ratings

Please call the Sacramento Home Office as suggested above ... Your "dilemma" is not unique and is the result of the guys who are "playing younger" on a higher rated team than your primary 50+ team ... The coldly objective analysis is that if your players are good enough to play 40-Major (Rating Index = 9), they will not be permitted to play 50-AAA (R/I=7) because that's two rating levels different ... But if your 50's W-L performance data is accurate, those guys aren't necessarily creating a competitive advantage that's translating into wins ...

The problem goes away if those guys stop playing 40's ... When players age up, they "take their experience rating with them", in their case 50-Major (R/I=8), and would be eligible for your 50-AAA team as one of the three allowed out-of-rating players ... But the moment they drop back down to 40's, they re-establish the actual 40-Major R/I=9 tag ... Good luck on this one!


June 14, 2022
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: player ratings

"SSUSA doesn't rate players" (posted for at least the 100th time) ... We do, however, keep track of the teams players play with and the ratings of the teams at the relevant times ... If you have a question about a specific situation, please call the Sacramento office at (916) 326.5303 between 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Pacific time ... Ask for an "eligibility specialist" and be prepared to speak in specifics as to who you are and the player(s) and team(s) that are the subject of your inquiry ... We don't do anonymous theory speculation ... If this is just an average generalized complaint, well, then, noted, and carry on! ...


June 13, 2022
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Playing in different age/classes

YES you may (both 60-AAA and 55-AAA) so long as you are otherwise eligible as to residency ... Good luck!
June 13, 2022
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Balls

Chick50 ... Please don't read anything into this other than what I type ... What you heard about shortages is accurate ... We use whatever acceptably performing ball we can find and acquire on a tournament by tournament basis, week to week, while we continue to wait and hope for our preferred Official STOTE/Trump microcell technology ball from BSN to become available again ... The one thing that hasn't changed week to week is that ALL softballs are about $20 per dozen MORE expensive now than they were last Season ... Good luck!


June 13, 2022
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Southern Championships - Dalton, GA

Yes, we can confirm that the Dalton event is a new location/venue for SSUSA's Southern Championships ... We won't have a fix on "numbers" until we get closer to the entry deadline of July 29th (about six weeks from now) ...
June 10, 2022
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Reno

Maverick Construction 75's (TX) defeated Last Call 75 (NV) 21-13 in the Championship game on Thursday morning ...
June 9, 2022
DaveDowell
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: catch no catch

ss33 ... Maybe some of the others here will contribute to this "discussion", but you are going to have a very real "NO CATCH" exposure any time your glove comes off of your hand (with or without the ball in it) because you are going to fail the "control test" ... This is true no matter where the ball and glove end up (on the ground, on your stomach, wound up in your jersey, etc.) or how many times you nudge the facts a little bit further while trying to convince yourself it's a catch ... It's not ...
June 9, 2022
DaveDowell
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: catch no catch

REALLY??? ... It's NO CATCH if you don't have the ball securely in control throughout the entire process ... When your glove is falling to the ground, you likely don't pass that "control" test ... Please read Rulebook Definition 1.10 for clarification ...
June 8, 2022
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Balls being used in Nor Cal Championships

DCPete and bandylegs ... The ball used in Reno was not from Dick's Sporting Goods and was not a Tattoo brand ball ... It was a 44/400 synthetic cover Worth Gold Dot, but I don't know a specific model number ... NOTE: This is not a B.Y.O.B. event, so we'll have adequate quantities of the official/only ball allowed for use on site ... Good luck everyone ...
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