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Real name:
Dave Dowell

Location:
Sacramento, CA

Division:
Men's 70

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March 25, 2023
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Fields 4 and 5

YES ... We used Field #4 yesterday ... Fields #2 and #5 are back online ...
March 24, 2023
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Gametime

DieselDan ... The Canyons held up quite well today ... The "first five" available this morning were Fields #1, 3, 4, 6 and 7 ... Fields #2 and 5 were ignored so they could get the others up and running ASAP ...
March 24, 2023
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Gametime

MAYBE ... Those will be the game times IF we are able to start at 12:00 Noon ... There will be six consecutive hourly start times from whatever time the first games go ...
March 23, 2023
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Pitching Net

Rangeview85 ... SSUSA does not provide for, or allow, the use of pitching screens/nets in sanctioned tournament play ... As such, there will not be any rules in that regard in the SSUSA Rulebook ... However, local leagues who play under the SSUSA sanction are permitted to enact their own local rules to govern play ... Many of those leagues use pitching screens ... Maybe some of them will be kind enough to let you know here what they have found to be effective for them ... Good luck!


March 22, 2023
DaveDowell
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Original Miken Ultra gamer series

Macten ... Your bat is good to go as a 2021 version ... It's the "more senior" guys like softball4b and me whose ears perk up when the Original Miken Ultra is mentioned! ... Have fun wit it!
March 22, 2023
DaveDowell
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Original Miken Ultra gamer series

Could be, Mike ... He mentioned "Gamer" in the title, but not in the text ... If someone told him it was illegal, it had to be either [1] it is an Original Miken Ultra or [2] the umpire and/or Director erred ... The 14" Maxload Senior Slow Pitch Softball Bat is certainly legal ...
March 22, 2023
DaveDowell
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Original Miken Ultra gamer series

Very few people still have one of those bats in good or excellent condition ... I'm envious!
March 22, 2023
DaveDowell
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Original Miken Ultra gamer series

Mackten ... The Original Miken Ultra (aka, Miken Ultra I) bat has been an illegal bat for over 20 years, going back to 2002 or so ... The bat was "too hot" and was outlawed by all softball associations at the time ... Shortly thereafter (2003) Miken came out with their Ultra II, which by most objective analysts, was a far and away favorite and dominated the market-share until other manufacturers made in-roads of their own later ... If you have an actual Original Miken Ultra from that era, it's a collector's item ... The last time I saw one in a tournament, I advised the owner to go buy the best auto-wax he could find, shine that thing up and put it in a plastic bat display box and hang it on his wall ... That bat truly revolutionized the offense side of senior slow pitch softball and is a legitimate rarity today ...


March 20, 2023
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Notice on changes to Spring Worlds Session #2 due to rain forecast

Thanks Greg, I appreciate the heads-up ... According to Accuweather.com at 8:00 AM PDT Monday, the TOTAL rainfall projected for Tuesday through Thursday in St. George is 1.05" ... That's probably not going to have City Hall putting out an A.P.B. for Noah to get the boat ready ... We're going to have a good tournament, wish you were here ...


March 18, 2023
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Tidewater Tournament is come up

SGW ... I just triggered the team list for the 54 teams currently confirmed ... Good luck!
March 18, 2023
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Notice on changes to Spring Worlds Session #2 due to rain forecast

sdc ... Who does "your friend" play with? ... It would be nice to get a jump on the re-write ... Thanks (I think) ...
March 17, 2023
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Notice on changes to Spring Worlds Session #2 due to rain forecast

JCColorado ... SSUSA does NOT cancel a tournament based on a forecast ... All "Play/No-play" decisions are made at the fields of play at game time ... You will hear, and be fully informed, as any decisions are made ...

Example: In the 2022 Atlantic Coast Championships in Raleigh, a storm forecast created an event withdrawal panic the week of the tournament ... Twelve teams withdrew in the last three days for a tournament that lost exactly ZERO games to weather ... The only downside we noticed for the teams is that all of them forfeited their $555 entry fee ... Let's try to avoid that happening here ...

The fields in St. George, and the professionals who maintain them, are excellent for any potential adverse weather impacts that might happen ... The onsite tournament director (me) will be happy to talk with you about it when you get here... The weather is gorgeous here in Mesquite this morning for the start of the 60+ Divisions ... Safe travels and good luck!


March 16, 2023
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Tidewater Tournament is come up

Sftbln13 ... You're in the right place, just a bit early. The DRAFT schedules and brackets are a few days away from publication. We'll be writing them as soon as roster reviews (for proper ratings placement) conclude. They will show up first in a pink "priority" post at the top of the Message Board main page. Welcome aboard and good luck!


March 12, 2023
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Music City

The information you desire has been available for a couple/few days ...
1. Click on Music City tournament page for the event in this website
2. Find second column on that page
3. Locate top line in that column
4. Click on item on top line called Tournament Schedule
5. Find your Division of play on Master Planning Grid at Page 3
6. Navigate to your Division schedule
Good luck!


March 10, 2023
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Roster question

Mikelmart ... No worries ... I'll be the T.D. @ Mesquite/St. George ... See me and I'll officially enter your team (if you haven't) and note your team page that it's OK ... I'll have my laptop on-site ...
March 9, 2023
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Music City

Hmac24 ... Just a crazy guess here, but very likely as soon as they're done and pass final review ... I know the really sharp guy writing that one and I'm resasonably sure he has no incentive to delay their release ...
March 8, 2023
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Qualifiers

The Eastern National's (Loudoun County), Western National's (Sacramento/Placer Counties) and the World Championships in Las Vegas are "qualified roster events", meaning players must play in another prior event to be eligible to play in those events ... Those tournaments are also "qualifiers" (slightly different definition) a team must win to earn a bid to the Original Tournament of Champions each February ...
March 3, 2023
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: 5gg spring championships

H ... In the DE-6 configuration, ZERO teams are guaranteed to be 0-2, but as many as two could be ... The losers of Games #1-2 are both 0-1, and IF the loser of Game #3 or #4 is the #1 and/or #2 seed, then you could have two teams go 0-2 ... But no team is GUARANTEED to go 0-2 unless bye team(s) lose ... You mentioned Game #5 (L1 v. L4), so let's play with that one ... Game #5 has L1 (@ 0-1) v. either W2/L4 (@ 1-1) OR the #2 seed (@ 0-1) ... If W2 is also L4, then it's in Game #5 at 1-1 vs. L1 ... If L-1 wins Game #5 v. W2/L4, Then they advance to Game #8 at 1-1 and W2/L4 is eliminated at 1-2 ... And NO 0-2 comes out of that quadrant of the bracket ... The same analysis would apply for Game #6 ... Let's talk about this when I get there ... It may be too dangerous for you to try at home! ... JUST KIDDING!


Feb. 22, 2023
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Aloha Bowl 2023

Relaxing deep breath time now! ... I wrote the Master schedule very early this morning, then had to de-do it when one team "..just HAD to have.." that fourth out-of-rating player that bumped them up one rating level ... So I re-wrote it again late morning and am building the detail division schedules ... Bear with us a little bit longer and I suspect there will be answers to most of your curiosity questions ... Thanks!


Feb. 21, 2023
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Aloha Bowl 2023

#9 ... Here's an update based on getting the last of the sign ups and the last of the bail-outs earlier today ... There are 26 teams entered:
Four-team 65+ and 70+ Seniors Division
Seven-team Men's 40-Masters Major Division
Six-team combined Men's 40-Masters AAA and 50+ Division
Seven-team combined Men's 55+ AAA and 60+ Division
Two-team Women's 40-Masters AAA Division


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