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Dave Dowell

Location:
Sacramento, CA

Division:
Men's 70

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Jan. 21, 2022
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Move Midwest Championship to St. Louis

▲ Agreed that it's a nice facility ▲ ... We've looked into it ... Issues are:
1. Not available in dates we need
2. Only 5 principal fields (ancillary fields are unfenced and/or irregular shape)


Jan. 20, 2022
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Move Midwest Championship to St. Louis

Thanks Chuck ... There are two other people here (Fran & Anthony) who are actually doing the "heavy lifting" on this ... I'm just the status update guy ... But I'll pass along your kind words ...
Jan. 19, 2022
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Bullhead Scores Update!!

That's hilarious, Win ... But since this event is being solely administered by the good folks at Top Gun, I'll pass the word along to their (so far anonymous) Directors as I slip out of the crossfire here! ... And best to you and yours for a Happy and Healthy New Year! ...
Jan. 19, 2022
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 3 69 yr Olds able to play 70 age group next yr

Jet ... No decision(s) made yet ... SSUSA and SPA have had a preliminary discussion on this topic with the goal of finding a consistent rule for both associations ... SPA currently allows three (3) underage 69-year-old players and has recently repealed the (new this year) former requirement that the player actually attain his age 69 birthday before joining a 70+ team ...

SSUSA has respectfully asked SPA to consider a 1-year phase-out the underage player exception ... The 69's playing up would be allowed for SPA this Season, but not thereafter, if they agree to enact our suggested approach ... As it relates to SSUSA only, my personal opinion is that it's unlikely we would approve a number that high (3) for just the 2022 Season ...

A multitude of other SPA v. SSUSA playing rules were also discussed and resolved, with both parties now optimistic that we will be able to jointly sanction SPA/SSUSA Qualifiers as early as this Season ...


Jan. 18, 2022
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Move Midwest Championship to St. Louis

Thanks, Brett ... We're pretty close to an announcement for the 2022 tournament, with just a few items left to be confirmed ... This event, as you know, has been problematical since the Mid-America Sports Complex folks on Shawnee, KS, gave away half of our field allocation to a youth tournament in 2014, and then the balance of the field allocation in 2015, resulting in the move to Rogers, AR ... Maybe some year soon we will be able to return to Shawnee ...

Folks in your area are hopeful that there might be an opportunity to create a "Central National's" on par with the Eastern (3 complexes/12 fields) and Western (5 complexes/17 fields) National's as soon as the 2023 Season ... Currently, there is no available to us venue combination that meets the minimum criteria, so it's on hold for now ... Be safe!


Jan. 17, 2022
DaveDowell
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Same age, different divisions...

lowprofile ... Yes, each division (other than Major+, of course) may have a maximum of three "out-of-rating" players from the next higher rating level and still maintain their current team rating ... When they want/have to go to four or more guys, a rating increase is likely in their immediate future ...
Jan. 17, 2022
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Move Midwest Championship to St. Louis

We're working on a specific acceptable location for the Midwest Championships 2022 and are hopeful of having an announcement soon ... We can assure you there are a LOT of factors in the process ... Those include field availability on the competitive calendar dates sought by multiple sanctioning associations, support from the locality (wherever it may be), field lease economic viability, adequate and affordable hotels, dates that don't conflict with other SSUSA independent director qualifiers, etc. ... While an opinion that "Rogers Sucks" from someone whose player record indicates he's NEVER played an SSUSA event there, or that it's "brutally humid" near the Mississippi River, may have varying degrees of accuracy, they do not contribute to tying down a venue and dates for the Midwest Championships 2022 ... Patience, please ...


Jan. 17, 2022
DaveDowell
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Same age, different divisions...

Multiple issues, Ed, neither of which is very complicated ...

[1] When you matriculate to the next age group, you "take your rating with you" ... Since your team experience rating history was 50-AAA, you will be considered 55-AAA now ... You MAY all be able to join the same 55-AA team IF that team has ALL THREE of it's "out-of-rating" exemptions available to cover your threesome ... If not, they may take up to three total or they may take you all and move to 55-AAA ...

[2] A player only requires a release when he wishes to move from one team in a specific age group to another team in that SAME age group ... Unless you have played for a different 55+ team so far this season, a release is not indicated as being required ...

As always with these matters, avoid problems and get definitive answers by calling the Sacramento Home Office in Sacramento at (916) 326.5303 during normal business hours in the Pacific time zone ... (The office is closed today in observance of the MLK holiday) ... Ask for an eligibility specialist and good luck! ...


Jan. 16, 2022
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Ratings

bogie ... I couldn't resist ... His note just made me chuckle because seemed a lot like someone wondering how much longer they have to stay crouched over in the "tall grass" in the hopes our Ratings Committee doesn't take notice of them! ... Happy New Year to you and yours! ...
Jan. 16, 2022
DaveDowell
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: 2022 season

placehitter ... It's absolutely allowed, and in fact we highly encourage it, for you to post to the same message thread if you have additional thoughts to contribute ... It's a lot easier for the rest of us to follow along if you employ a "One Topic One Thread" theory ... Thanks!
Jan. 16, 2022
DaveDowell
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Covid residence rule

YES
Jan. 16, 2022
DaveDowell
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: California player looking to play in Washington

If he is truly a 50/50% residency/work situation, his "Home State" will be one that appears on his U.S. Individual Income Tax Return (No, we don't require a copy of it) ... It appears that may be California ... IF he is eligible for a "Snowbird" card, then he could be rostered on the Washington team in most circumstances ... Have him download the Snowbird form from this website (https://www.seniorsoftball.com/forms/form_region_chg_2019.pdf) to determine if he meets the criteria ...

Depending on the current composition of the Washington team roster, they may also be able to add him as one of two allowable "out-of-region" players if he is otherwise eligible as to age and player history experience ratings ... BEST ADVICE: Have him call the Sacramento Home Office at (916) 326.5303 during normal business hours in the Pacific time zone and ask for an eligibility specialist ... Good luck!


Jan. 16, 2022
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: New Zealand tour

LeeM ... There's an INTERNATIONAL Page in this website, accessible from the second from the right side of the Menu Bar at the top of the page ... Information on the New Zealand Tour is at the very bottom of that page, and starts with ...
__________

NEW DATES: MARCH 16 - 28, 2023

Upon the recommendation of our Tour Operator, we are moving our planned tour and games in New Zealand from March 17-29, 2022 to March 16-28, 2023.
__________

There is also other information on that trip ... Happy Trails!


Jan. 15, 2022
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: New Zealand tour

Please call the office sometime next week to inquire ... There may not be a real sense of urgency yet with summer of 2023 about a year and a half away ... Thanks ...
Jan. 15, 2022
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Ratings

sdc ... Who do you play with? ... Maybe I can get a word to the Ratings Committee to accelerate notifying you of your rating bump ... Thanks!
Jan. 11, 2022
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Apps for softball scorekeeping 11 position tournament competition

No personal experience/opinion on it, but you may want to take a look at iScore Baseball/Softball ... It's an Android/iPad/iPhone app designed (in their words) ".. for all those who want to easily track a baseball/softball game. You can create a new match and start to jot down the scores, no matter if it's a pro or an amateur game.." ... Website: http://iscoresports.com/ .. Good luck!
Jan. 10, 2022
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: 60 MAJOR DIVISION FIELDS FOR VEGAS WORLDS

That's funny stuff, Bert ... Since the St. George facilities are NOT available to us for Session 1 (the Men's 60's), there wasn't any need to draw straws of any length ... ALL 60's are playing in Mesquite because that's simply preferable to the alternative of not playing at all ...

As for the fencing issue, no temporary short fencing is allowed at Hunter Park #3 because of the prohibition against driving stakes into the artificial turf sub-surface ... We have, way back when, occasionally put up snow fencing at Pioneer Park #3, but it's been awhile and the fencing was owned by a private third party who wasn't SSUSA or the City of Mesquite ... I'll do my best to minimize games on the respective Fields #3 and balance them across divisions, but it's unreasonable to expect that the Session 1 can be scheduled on just two fields at both parks ... Good luck!


Jan. 10, 2022
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Ratings

H ... Yes, they may ... That would be their only logical option because the 55-AAA guys are not old enough to play 60's ...
Jan. 7, 2022
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Ratings

H ... "ACTUAL history" = The current Season and two (2) previous complete Seasons ... If the player is 70+ or more senior, it's the current Season and the immediately preceding single full Season ...
Jan. 7, 2022
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Ratings

Yes ... And it's hard to over-emphasize the importance of calling ahead to Sacramento and having them confirm the guy's ACTUAL history ... Take your hypothetical for the pending initial appearance on 55-M Team "A" and add just one factual circumstance: The guy never told that 55-M Team "A" manager OR his 60-AAA manager that he also played for my 55-M "Dave's Dummies" team in a random qualifier ... So, when he plays for 55-M Team "A", he [1] doesn't have a valid release to do so and [2] he's now DQ'd from 60-AAA for the balance of the Season due to multiple out-of-rating appearances ... This happens more than you might think ...


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