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Dave Dowell

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Sacramento, CA

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Men's 70

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Feb. 23, 2024
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: aloha bowl

"Be careful what you wish for, lest it come true!" ... Aesop’s Fables, (circa 260 BC)
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The Aloha Bowl '24 Master Plan is currently in the final phase of development, and is structured for a five-games minimum format (not a "guarantee") for all teams, subject, of course, to favorable weather ... You should be prepared for VERY full, and VERY long, days of play in the Friday thru Sunday Session #2 ... Good luck everyone! ...


Feb. 22, 2024
DaveDowell
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Double play or force out?

DOUBLE PLAY ... The runner who was on 3rd base at the time of the pitch is required to vacate the base to clear for the runner from 2nd base advancing ... The 3rd base is NOT a safe haven when the runner is "forced" to advance ... By tagging that lead runner, the force play at 3rd base is preserved ... Stepping on the bag after the tag completes the double play ... It was a very heads-up defensive play by the third baseman ...
Feb. 21, 2024
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: aloha bowl

...sometime in the next couple/few days ... Session #1 (65+) will publish first ...
Feb. 15, 2024
DaveDowell
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Batters Box Rule Change

Scott ... I wasn't trying to single anyone out ... To the contrary, I intended to be all-inclusive ... I suspect you likely fit somewhere in the height range of 3'-7" to 6'-8", which is the upper and lower limit of ALL non-pitcher Major League Baseball players in history ... I picked that group because they have one thing in common: The ability to STAY IN THE BATTER'S BOX for nearly a century and a half of play ... If you think there should be further refinement, please write it up for submission, or attend in person, the 2024 National Rules Committee sessions at the annual convention in late November ...


Feb. 14, 2024
DaveDowell
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Batters Box Rule Change

Major League Baseball non-pitchers, ranging from 3'-7" Eddie Gaedel to 6'-8" Nate Freiman, ALL found a way to stay in the batter's box during the nearly 150 years since that first MLB season in 1876 ... This discussion has now gone from the sublime to the ridiculous ... With the clarity of 20-20 hindsight, the National Rules Committee never should have changed the batter's box rule ...
Feb. 13, 2024
DaveDowell
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Batters Box Rule Change

We'll see how it plays out ... But for the sake of transparency, more than a little bit of the intent of the rule change was to reduce the incessant complaining by batters getting called out of the box, particularly at venues where they are unable to wipe out the permanent lines on artificial turf fields ... Have fun!
Feb. 4, 2024
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: aloha bowl

Those details will be available after the entry deadline passes and the teams list is published ... Good luck!
Jan. 23, 2024
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Dave Dowell

outtashape3 ... Although I believe your suggestion on requiring "ID" is an excellent one, it's a non-starter ... Ownership here believes strongly, and I concur, in unrestricted (subject to just four simple posting rules) freedom of the press, and it's unlikely to change ... Those who wish to comment while hiding behind the cloak of anonymity are certainly free to do so ... But they have no reciprocal expectation that we will give any credence to that commentary ...


Jan. 21, 2024
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Dave Dowell

John028 ... Fair question ... The primary reason for the policy is that we don't require Message Board posters to "ID" themselves here and, accordingly, we are not interested in having to sort out the fact from the fiction authors in this largely unregulated and anonymous environment ... Some posters DO choose to identify, but it's not a requirement ... In this age of easy electronic communication, if the item is of sufficient importance to the author, we believe that suggestions for inclusion on the official Agenda of the National Rules Committee should be clear as to their originating author ...

Donna accumulates every single properly submitted suggested rule change proposal throughout the season, sorts and categorizes them in a pre-committee meeting correspondence package for the members of the Committee, and distributes it for our review ... She does a tremendous job with that process, and I can't imagine how difficult and inefficient it would be if she had to cull through thousands of (sometimes non-sensical, contradictory and redundant) posts here to build the draft Agenda ... The quality of the proposals we receive is very high, and we deeply appreciate the effort expended by those who participate ... But I suspect we're not likely to open the process up to random anonymous commentary ... Thanks for asking ...


Jan. 20, 2024
DaveDowell
Topic: Bats
Discussion: New rule on shaved bats

Markanthoni24 ... Donna is the tenured Chair (ten years of service) of the SSUSA National Rules Committee, so let's get right to the point: What you allege is, respectfully, complete nonsense, either originating from the umpire or yourself, individually or collectively ...

• SSUSA does NOT provide for, or even allow the use of pitcher screens in tournament play ... Local leagues may (and many do) have local league rules permitting their use, but not in SSUSA sanctioned tournament play;
• SSUSA does NOT contract for the rental (or other arrangements) for use of screens that may be deployed Contract Tournament Directors;
• Contract Tournament Directors do NOT have the authority to make financial arrangements for items that are not permitted ... In fact, they have all been advised that permitting the use of pitching screens in tournament play is grounds for termination;
• This umpire, presuming you have quoted him accurately, is completely ill-informed of the tournament administration function as it relates to screens; and
• The Rules committee meets at the annual National Convention in late November ... Public participation is welcome, in person, by snail mail, or by identifiable (as to you) email correspondence in advance of the meetings ... Message Board commentary is specifically excluded from potential Agenda consideration ... The last few messages in this thread should remove any doubt as to why we have this policy ...

We have wandered way off the original topic regarding the new penalty for the use of altered bats, not to mention an excessive "pitch count", so ...

** THREAD CLOSED **


Jan. 13, 2024
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Spring Winter Worlds

ALL Spring World Championships Men's divisions aged 50+ and up are playing (only) in St. George, UT ... Men's and Women's 40+ Masters and Women's 50/55+ Senior Divisions are playing (only) in Bullhead City, AZ ... This is exactly as is disclosed on the respective event Tournament pages ...
Jan. 9, 2024
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Top Gun 2024 in Bullhead City

Should likely be later today, but could slip to the morning ... The T.D. is on a SoCal to NorCal road trip today and I won't release it until he has a chance to review and approve ... Thanks ...
Jan. 9, 2024
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: vegas world's

JohnO28 ... "Rec" tournaments may run under SSUSA rules sanction compliance, but they're not required to do so ... The most common difference(s) is that they seldom comply fully with roster eligibility rules ... It's not uncommon, nor is it frowned upon or even discouraged, for "rec" events to have teams playing with underage players and/or geographically ineligible guys, although that's a lot less stringent since we've opened up borders a bit ...

Not many are willing to admit it publicly, but it's not exactly unheard of for teams to start playing "Rec" later in the summer as tune-up events that are (in theory) outside of the view of our National Ratings folks ... Rec is just more casual for all concerned ...


Jan. 9, 2024
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: vegas world's

H10th ... Your team must play in an SSUSA sanctioned qualifier ... It does NOT have to be a T.O.C. qualifier, but may NOT be just a "Recreational" event ...
Jan. 9, 2024
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Commitment Line question

TJK73 ... NOPE, that's nothing more than my individual preference if I were somehow assigned to be "Softball Rules God for the Day" ... I'm not, so until the National Rules Committee decides to clarify, right now the SSUSA rule is 40' from 3rd base in a 70' bases configuration ... The SSUSA rule book is silent as to what that would happen with 65' bases (35/30? or 40/25?) ...
Jan. 9, 2024
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Commitment Line question

It probably IS my fault (that's the "new normal" I think!) ... Maybe the easiest thing for consistency would be to consider this fall at the NRC meetings a simple: C/L is 30' from home ... Regardless of the base distance being used, once you get within 30 feet, you have to close the deal ... Make any sense? ...
Jan. 8, 2024
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: T.O.C. in january

Projmac ... The annual tentative field assignments are principally driven by team-count balance, not by random opinions as to perceptions of facility value, and secondarily by avoiding the same facility on consecutive years, if possible ... There has not been any formal field rotation in the first 17 years of this event ...

In a five-game guarantee structure, the optimal facility load is six teams per playing field ... That makes 24 teams each as the target for the three 4-field complexes, and 30 for Auburndale ... The 2024 assignments are nearly perfect under those goals and technical criteria ... We're one team "over" at Auburndale (31) and exactly on the button everywhere else ...

The Men's 70+ (except 70-AA) and the Men's 75+ are repeating at Walker Rd. this year only because I surrendered early to a barrage of November and December emails insisting on an early determination ... I chose Walker Rd. for them just for the peace of mind! ... The only other repeaters are the two 40-AAA teams, because they have to play preliminary games with the 40-Majors at Loyce Harpe ...

This process is a simple mathematical exercise driven by games-demand within the context of available games slots inventory ... Privilege and superiority are not factors ... Good luck! ...


Jan. 5, 2024
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Ratings bump and then after back down again

John ... Very simple explanation here ... Those are teams playing in the upcoming Tournament of Champions, where they compete at the rating level they had when they earned their bid to the event ... At the conclusion of the T.O.C., those teams will be re-rated to their current appropriate rating ... This is just a temporary move to avoid confusion at the T.O.C. ... Someone different asks this question every year, but the answer is always the same ... Good luck this Season ...
Jan. 4, 2024
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Top Gun 2024 in Bullhead City

Preliminary teams list has been published ... Schedules and brackets will follow when they are completed and pass final review ...
Jan. 2, 2024
DaveDowell
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: What's the rile

The National Rules Committee met during the first week of December in Ft. Myers (Estero), Florida ... Those sessions established the rules amendments that appears in the Minutes accessible from the pink priority message of this website for the current 2024 Season ... The Committee will meet again in late November or early December this year, somewhere in the Western USA ... If you want to put something together, 11 months should be plenty of time ...
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