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Real name:
Dave Dowell

Location:
Sacramento, CA

Division:
Men's 70

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Sept. 22, 2023
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Hollywood Park

A few years ago, Clark County added two more softball fields, one Adult (#4) and one Youth (#3) and did a major renovation of the original Fields #1 and #2 ... They added a nice bathroom and concession stand building, too ... This park is "..not the Hollywood Park you remember.." from the old days ... Good luck! ...
Sept. 20, 2023
DaveDowell
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Batter out of the box

JayPar ... That's a joke picture and you probably shouldn't read too much into me posting it just for laughs ... It's an old gag picture someone sent me years ago after we had another of these "IT'S LIFE AND DEATH 'CUZ HE'S OUT OF THE BOX!!!" feeding frenzy type message board parties ... I haven't any idea where it came from originally, but it's certainly not BLD ...
Sept. 19, 2023
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Worlds bracket

Sorry fellas ... The insult-fest is over ...
Sept. 19, 2023
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Worlds bracket

There's no holdup from our perspective ... Not meeting your personal release date expectation is because of me writing the schedule in session-order for 650 teams playing 2,100 games and simultaneously serving as a Field Director in Las Vegas ... I guarantee that you'll have plenty of lead time on getting to your first day's games on Thursday ... Brackets will commence on Friday ... We have no incentive to delay publication, so as soon as they are done, they'll be here for your consumption ... Good luck!
Sept. 19, 2023
DaveDowell
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Batter out of the box

BLD has artificial turf infields (including the foul territory areas) and grass outfields ...
Sept. 18, 2023
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Worlds bracket

Methodically still working on them ... 😎
Sept. 18, 2023
DaveDowell
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Batter out of the box

What box????





Sept. 18, 2023
DaveDowell
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Batter out of the box

SSUSA considers rules amendments one time per year ... Here's the "deal" ...

The Rules Committee does NOT take comments made on this forum into account when considering a change in policy, procedure or rules ... We expect interested parties to either [1] attend the annual meetings in person to be heard OR [2] submit identifiable written correspondence (by email to Info@seniorsoftball.com with "Rules Committee" in the Memo Line or snail-mail) ... You should plan now to attend the meetings if at all possible and present your arguments for changes ... We're very visitor-friendly! ...

Please note that ALL the arguments and suggestions made here over the year on this forum are specifically EXCLUDED from potential Meeting Agenda inclusion ... This is due to the generally unregulated and anonymous nature of the forum, especially when many of those suggestions contradict each other ... We hope to hear from you by proper channels or, even better, see you in Ft. Myers in early December ...


Sept. 18, 2023
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Field allocations for winter worlds

Probably on or close to the entry deadline on Halloween (10/31/23) ...
Sept. 16, 2023
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Sunset Concessions

Hi Win ... Management assures me that she has arranged for concessions at Sunset in S2 ... See you there!
Sept. 14, 2023
DaveDowell
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: What do 12 and 6 foot arcs really look like?

SS11 ... Probably not ... The "clamshell" style backboard Bruce was pitching over generally are not taller than 18" ... Bruce was skimming the ball over that one, which would be just a couple of inches under 12" ... Had he been at an outdoor court with rectangular "standard" backboards, the top edge would be very close to 12" ...
Sept. 13, 2023
DaveDowell
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Worlds bracket

It'll be a few more days is my best guess ... It's still over two weeks from start date ... They'll be here first, within minutes of approval ... We have no reason to delay publication, so if they're not here, they just aren't done yet ... Good luck ...
Sept. 13, 2023
DaveDowell
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: softballs that are kept in a cooler

The "ball in a cooler" cheat alters the technical performance of that ball and is, therefore, not allowed ... In our view, the "bat in a warmer" doesn't alter the bat's technical performance specifications, but rather only makes it less likely to break in cold(er) temperatures ... Players may use passive bat warmers only ...
Sept. 13, 2023
DaveDowell
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: softballs that are kept in a cooler

curveball ... Thanks for proving my point! ... That entire exercise WAS non-meritorious AND complete waste of time because: THE TEAMS SHOULD NEVER HAVE BEEN ALLOWED TO BRING & PUT A BALL IN PLAY THAT WAS NOT "IDENTICAL" ... If they're identical, then there's no reason for concern ... It's a nice "Paul Harvey rest-of-the-story" moment to learn a decade later that there in fact WAS a test-lab confirmed difference, but I stand by my (eventually overruled by a higher authority) position as the on-site Director that day ... At the time, you and I and everyone else had no clue whether or not they were identical in performance ... Although I was instructed to allow the balls to be used, I wasn't wrong ... Hopefully we don't see a not-so-instant replay ...


Sept. 12, 2023
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Tie Breaker Rule

In the 5-game-guarantee SSUSA realm, this isn't normally an issue because we would be playing a full three-game RR and the issue disappears ... But I will confess to having done that "h2h" decider in an even-number larger group, like a 10, with four 2-0 teams, four more at 0-2 and the last two at 1-1 and they played each other ... Then we're just deciding who's #5 and who's #6 ... Most people should be able to live with that h2h result being the decider, regardless of aggregate runs allowed ... In reality, most teams understand that better ...
Sept. 12, 2023
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: worlds 40's & 50's schedule

Or just click here ...

40+ Masters Divisions: MEN | WOMEN
Sept. 11, 2023
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: worlds 40's & 50's schedule

McD ... Now that I know which hat you wear, I'll tag your team for as late as I can get ... It won't be 8:00 PM, but it won't be 8:00 AM, either! ... Travel safely and good luck!
Sept. 11, 2023
DaveDowell
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: softballs that are kept in a cooler

Full Count ... NO, that's NOT what my posts said OR intended to convey ... Our suggestion was, and remains, to call BADEN and inquire if their retail version includes the SSUSA logo ... They have NO authority to "confirm" anything other than that ... "Identical" is a fairly easily understood concept and the presence of the SSUSA logo is a component of that term ... If you desire to bring softballs that are not "identical", your team assumes the non-appealable risk of whether or not they will be allowed for use ...

Historical NOTE Ten or so years ago, there was an annoying and completely unnecessary time-wasting exercise at B.L.D. over multiple, repetitive protests by one team that another team was using "different" STOTE/Trump "ROCK" balls because they had a different color stitching ... It was a pure 50/50% non-meritorious argument, and whether or not the balls were identical performance-wise (the real issue) was never determined ... We're going to attempt to avoid a repeat of that exercise ... Thanks and Good Luck!


Sept. 8, 2023
DaveDowell
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: worlds 40's & 50's schedule

McDilly42 ... Absent any info on who you play with, the best I can do is the "generic" answer as Benji4 accurately mentioned ... The 14-Team 50-Major+ division will be playing at Arroyo Grande ... They do not allow us to play weekday games after 2:00 PM because of local league restrictions ... Plan on morning games on Thursday and Friday ... If your manager has filed a "later start request" with the SSUSA office, that will generally keep you out of an 8:00 AM game ... But no guarantees beyond that ... Good luck ...
Sept. 8, 2023
DaveDowell
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Duplicate jersey numbers

Jim ... A scorekeeper for the opposition and/or an alert umpire will object to multiple identical numbers on a lineup card ... Best suggestion is that you have duct or electrical tape handy, so you'll have a couple of other options (like "15" or "51") when the noise starts ...
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